Cecconi’s Dumbo is the New York branch of the iconic Cecconi’s Italian restaurant group. It is located at 55 Water Street, on the ground floor of the Empire Stores warehouse.
How it Started
The original Cecconi restaurant opened in London in 1978 and eventually went through several changes over the years, including a change in management.
The current management is in partnership with Nick Jones – Founder of Soho House. Under the Soho House management, Cecconi’s expanded its presence worldwide and in 2017, Cecconi’s Dumbo opened its doors.
It was all about the view. The Soho House Founder wanted a Cecconi’s in New York with an amazing outdoor view. Just ask anyone who has been to Cecconi’s Dumbo, and they’ll tell you they found the right place.
The empire stores in Dumbo are situated perfectly with waterfront views of the Manhattan skyline and bridge. Cecconi’s dumbo has been said to have the best terrace view in Brooklyn.
Cecconi’s Dumbo Outdoor Dining
Outdoor dining at Cecconi’s Dumbo is another experience on its own, especially at night. Cecconi’s dumbo at night is perfect for tourist visits, date nights, birthday celebrations, and other special events.
Enough About Outside Dining, What’s Going on Inside?
The restaurant’s interior is spacious and elegant. There is the main dining room with brick walls and arched windows, a traditional pizza oven, and a barroom with a large central counter.
You can sit at the bar and even chat with the bubbly mixologists. The restaurant has dim lighting which reinforces the high-end, classy ambiance it goes for. It deserves an A+ in that regard.
Cecconi’s Dumbo Food
Some options from their all-day menu include:
- Black truffle, squash blossom, goat cheese
- Buffalo mozzarella, tomato, basil
- Whipped ricotta, truffle honey, crostini
- Spaghetti, Maine lobster, chili
- Filet mignon, potatoes, mushroom sauce
Some options from their brunch menu include:
- Ricotta hotcakes, blueberry compote
- Croissant / Pain Au Chocolat
- Eggs arrabiata, sourdough bread
Some options from their dessert menu include:
- Vegan chocolate coppa, coconut cream, cherries
- Sorbetto & gelato
Some options from their wines and cocktails menu include:
- DUMBO FASHION (Rosaluna Mezcal, Amaro Montenegro, Allspice Dram, agave, xocolalt mole)
- PICANTE DE LA CASA (Cazadores Reposado, lime, agave, Fresno chili, cilantro)
- GIALLO NEGRONI (Casamigos blanco, Manzanilla sherry, Lo-fi dry vermouth, Suze, cardamom)
- DULCE VIDA (Ginger, apple juice, Pentire Seaward, club soda)
Book a reservation or walk in?
Technically, Cecconi’s Dumbo allows walk-in customers but making reservations are strongly advised. The restaurant is a hot spot with a great view. Needless to say, many people would be trying to get in on the action.
You might be looking at a horrendously long wait if you choose to walk in. Ironically, many customers have said they still had to wait even though they made reservations earlier.
You can try going a bit earlier than you reserved time to try and avoid that problem. They can also be pretty difficult to reach through email or phone calls, so if you can make the reservations at the restaurant, that would be the safest bet.
Make It a Private Event
The restaurant offers a private dining area for booking. The dining room comes with a patio that has a view of the Manhattan skyline and bridges.
Alternatively, you can choose to keep the room extra private by closing the Venetian curtains. The dining room can seat up to 36 guests and would be nice for intimate gatherings like thanksgiving dinners, engagement or wedding dinners, etc.
Soho Friends Membership
Thanks to the partnership between Hani Farsi and Nick Jones, Cecconi’s Dumbo restaurant counts as a Soho House Restaurant. Soho House offers two different kinds of memberships – Soho Friends Membership and Soho Work Membership.
It is the former that concerns Cecconi’s restaurant groups. A Soho Friends membership gives you a 20% discount on all Cecconi’s around the world on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and from 4 pm on Saturdays.
It comes with other benefits and you can check those out and apply for membership from the official Soho House website.
Overall, Cecconi’s Dumbo is a restaurant you should stop by if you’re in Brooklyn, even if it’s only for the view. Some other features include attentive and friendly staff, free wi-fi, happy hour specials, and bike parking.
Location: 55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Official website: https://www.cecconisdumbo.com/
Monday to Friday: 12 pm to 11 pm
Saturday: 11am to 11pm
Sunday: 11am to 10pm
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Does Cecconi’s Dumbo accept reservations?
A: Yes, they do. You can make reservations of less than six people from their website or through OpenTable. For more than five guests, please contact the restaurant directly.
Q: Do they have vegetarian options?
A: There are vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available.
Q: Isn’t Cecconi’s a restaurant in London?
A: Cecconi’s has several branches all over the world From Mayfair London to New York, Berlin, Istanbul, Amsterdam, and so on. The New York branch is popularly known as Cecconi’s Dumbo.
Q: Is there parking available?
A: There’s street parking and some parking garages close by.
Q: Is Cecconi’s Dumbo wheelchair accessible?
A: Yes, it is.
Q: How can I get the 20% discount?
A: The 20% discount is available for Soho House members. You can apply on Soho House’s website. https://www.sohohouse.com/
Q: How big is Cecconi’s Dumbo, Brooklyn?
A: The restaurant can seat up to 250 people between its indoor and outdoor dining areas.