This Cipriani outpost has the same exact menu as the Cipriani Wall Street, prices and all. Though at this Cipriani I feel the only thing they could do differently is lower their prices a tad as, personally, I don’t feel you’re getting the “full” Cipriani experience here. Yes you get the yellow table cloths and the baby blue menus with the tassels at the end, but I want the Europeans air kissing right in the entrance so no one can get in and the host that barley speaks English and pretends to know your name for the 2 hours that you’re there. At the Cipriani Dolci you get none of that. Here you get frumpy business people and the occasional tourist who comes in with the sweat suit they wore on their 3 hour train ride to New York and the beauty of Grand Central…that’s it. With all that said the food is as good as the Cipriani Wall Street. The Dodge Salad was fresh and light and the pastas are good, though I still prefer the Cipriani Downtown. The biggest change of the menu at the Cipriani Dolci is the addition of a bar menu which consists of an array of slightly cheaper small dishes, which is a good addition if you need a quick lunch or just sitting at the bar.
Is the Cipriani Dolci better than the Cipriani Downtown: no. Is it better than their Wall Street location: no. Is it better than the Cipriani Le Specialita: they’re about the same. The only reason why I may choose Cipriani Dolci over Cipriani Le Specialita is because the Cipriani Le Specialita gets packed and its very hard to find a seat. Quite frankly the Cipriani Dolci’s prices are a bit too high for what the place offers. Its kind of a half a Cipriani for the full price. The only reason you should go to the Cipriani Dolci is if you are on a business lunch and need to stay within a 5 block radius of your office and specifically want to go to the Cipriani. If that’s not the case, please take the 6 train from Grand Central and head down to Spring Street and walk over to the Cipriani Downtown.