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Posted by A Local Guy on 07/21/2008
We used to love this restaurant. It closed for renovations and it has reopened badly! The décor would be nice but there are approximately 10 large paintings/pictures all of the owner’s Daughter (I think). It is kind of weird because it dominates the atmosphere. The menu has changed too and they have dropped some of my favorites like the Mussels. On the upside the menu has a more daring flare. My Wife (and I) enjoyed the Ginger twist to the Scallops and linguine. I had the Chicken with mozzarella, spinach and prosciutto. It was good, but beware the rice with cherries it was served over had many pits in it. I was not expecting it Honestly the restaurant was great before the renovations and if it ant’ broke...
Posted by Anonymous on 03/22/2008
I felt compelled to write a review after my recent dinner at Bistango. We were a party of 2 on a Thursday night at 7:30. We did not have reservations and there was a 10-15 minute wait. The waiter told us to get a drink at the bar on him while we waited. They were more then accomodating! We had a wonderful meal. These people know what customer service is. It is a pleasure to be treated so kindy in a NYC resturant amid many other pretentious resturants that aren't even half as good.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/15/2008
it was just okay. I live around the corner and wanted to try it but most likely won't return. I shared a shrimp risotto and a pizza with a friend and they were ok...
Posted by Stacie L on 12/22/2007
I ate at Bistango this evening and felt compelled to write a review. As a celiac I am always searching for a restaurant that can provide me with gluten free quality food. Bistango was truly a wonderful experience for myself and my non celiac friends and family. The servers (Anna) bus staff and owner were all accommodating, pleasant, and knowledgeable. The food ws delicious, and the selection was very nice. By 7:30 the restaurant was teeming with guests...some of which were greeted at the door with a kiss! The owner stopped by our table to inquire about our meal. He also asked about my celiac disease and how I was feeling. I have never had a restaurant owner extend himself this way to me in the past:) I am going to frequent Bistango as often as possible. Thank you for an all around great experience!!!
Posted by Bistango Groupie on 12/05/2007
When you eat at Bistango, you may notice the owner greeting patrons with hugs and kisses- that is because everyone who eats there becomes a "regular." The food is consistently good...the pasta is cooked to perfection, the fish dishes are delicious, great chicken, salads, pizzas....options are huge. The waitstaff are attentive and friendly. Service is impeccable. It's a small, comfortable place, and the wine list is superb. I HIGHLY recommend Bistango (and I eat all over NYC).
Posted by Dona on 09/25/2007
Earlier this year I found out that I have celiac (i.e., eating gluten-free), and as a former "foodie" it was quite discouraging. One of my favorite cuisines has always been Italian food. Last week I was introduced to this gem. I've been loyal to Risotteria, but now I can add Bistango's to the short list of places that not only provides great food, but more importantly, let's me enjoy the dining experience anxiety-free. The owner/chef is absolutely charming and warm and makes you feel as though you are dining in his own home. My pasta was delicious; a fellow dinner had the pizza (gluten free as well) and was raving about it. I was probably 3 or 4 bites into my meal and declared that I would be returning within a week (and I am!) It was a bit loud the day I was there, but it didn't ruin my experience. There is also outdoor seating, which is always a good thing. I highly recommend this gem...and as many restaurants as I've been to over the years (hundreds in NYC), this is the first time I felt compelled to write a review. There are so few restaurants in NYC that understand the importance of providing options for those of us who must adhere to gluten-free diets and when you find one, you are quite thankful. Still loyal to Risotteria, but now I have an equally delicious option on the other side of town. THANK YOU BISTANGO!!!
Posted by Tim on 08/16/2007
A group of my friends and I went to this cute Italian eatery last night. I had never been there before, but had heard good things about the place. I live in South Brooklyn and frequently go to local Brooklyn Italian restaurants, so I know what real good Italian food is for the value. This place was very cute (small) but nicely decorated. The wait staff was attentive. The food was a little over priced for the quanity of what you get. Plus the Bolognese sauce tasted like someone dumped a cup of salt in it. Also, the Bolognese is served with a strange pasta. In general, it is a nice place, but a bit pricey for what you get...but than again, its in Manhattan... that is to be expected.