Cipriani Wall Street

By Jesse Hall

The name Cipriani guarantees a certain amount of Italian panache (think Harry’s Bar in Venice, where the fabled peachy Bellini Prosecco cocktail was invented in 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani himself). But no other location in this worldwide chain—or should we say string of pearls—has you dining between Corinthian columns overlooking the most powerful financial address in the world. Cipriani Wall Street is quite an eyeful, and while dining under the gilded ceiling and Wedgwood dome, you can be pretty sure the menu is a match for all the visual majesty. Salty prosciutto from Parma, with syrupy cantaloupe, is a classic, and speck from Alto Adige with regional Asiago is a heartier alpine variation on the theme. Grilled Australian lamb chops are juicy and tender, while a T-bone comes so perfectly seared you’ll worry about ordering it anywhere else. Pastas like tagliardi with rich veal ragù make the perfect primo piatti, but like the setting here, they’re best shared with someone special.

menu musts*

Bellini (of course)
Prosciutto de Parma with cantaloupe
Tagliardi with veal ragù
Chicken spezzatino all pizzaoila (in tomato sauce with sardines)
T-Bone steak
*menu changes daily
view full menu here

sweet seats

A table on the balcony above Wall Street makes you feel like royalty. Inside, seating can be bit cramped, in the Cipriani style, but maybe that will allow you to overhear some fascinating financial gossip.

chew on this

Cipriani took over from a long line of distinguished tenants at 55 Wall: the U.S. Customs Service, the National City Bank (forebear of Citibank, which survived its own generation’s crash), and, from 1998 to 2003, the Regent Wall Street Hotel.


Mon.–Fri. 6:30 AM–10:30 PM

price range

$22.95 (pasta and risotto) to $39.95 (lamb chops)