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Posted by Laura on 11/07/2007
The wait staff did seem a little rushed when we went as there were about a 100 people waiting to be seated. The place doesn't look like much BUT the food is authentic and good. It was the same as experiencing a nice Italian trattoria. My pasta was fresh and hand made. The mushroom sauce was simple yet divine. It's a very family friendly place. I recommend it.
Posted by Elliot on 10/05/2007
I used to go to Celeste alot, but now I've had it with the servers condescending attitude. Yes, the owner/host can be friendly if he feels like it. The owner/host can also order a bottle of wine for you without you even agreeing. This happened, then when the waiter brought the wine, he looked as if I was crazy because I should just take what he brought. The staff was so focused on getting people in and out that the whole experience of eating there was not pleasant. Additionally, the homemade ravioli was mediocre, and the salads had a salad bar feel to them. I had a good date, but this speaks to my company - not to the atmosphere. I guess this just shows that you get what you pay for. It certainly is cheap, but I will still never go back.
Posted by mrbubs on 09/17/2007
Celeste's is a great UWS eatery-- if you don't mind waiting for your food and getting cozy with other diners. It can get quite loud, boisterous even. That being said, it's some of the most authentic Italian food I've ever had. The artichoke appitizer is incredible; the four seasons pizza is the best neapolitan pizza i've had outside of naples; and the chocolate mousse cake is to die for. And it's a very, very reasonable price-- entrees are $9 to $15 and you can get a full dinner for two-- appetizer, entree, a glass of wine, coffee, and dessert-- for about $70.
Posted by Overrated on 08/13/2007
There is only one word for this place, overrated. In any other neighborhood in the City this place would fail miserably, but, it's on the UWS so it's survived, and unfortunately for people who live on the UWS and actually know what good food taste like (i.e. including crazy seasoning like, gasp, salt & pepper) it's doing well. We went last night and I don't understand what the fuss is about. First, my fork was dirty, as was the table, the plates, and the napkins. Then, we had to beg for our menus and then beg even more for a glass of wine. Then the food came, cold buffalo ricotta, and fried artichokes which tasted as if they had been dropped in the fryer on Wednesday. Following that came cold, under seasoned, pasta. The gnocchi tasted like mashed potatoes with lukewarm pasta sauce with no flavor, and the penne was undercooked and underwhelming. Do yourself a favor, get on a train, or in a cab, on the back of a camel, and get out of the UWS and get some real Italian food somewhere else.
Posted by One of the best of its kind on 08/01/2007
A great place. Great food. Great prices. That's all that can be said. It's amazing for that. Atmosphere and service are a real madhouse - but it's nothing rude or offensive on either side. A constant in my diet.
Posted by New Yorker on 07/07/2007
Make no mistake about it. The food here is very good. However, if you are put off by loud and crowded restaurants, and a staff (prodded by the owner) that has no problem urging you out the door the moment you look like you've finished your meal (it won't matter if you haven't finished your wine), then don't go here.
Posted by Italian Princess on 06/23/2007
This place is well hidden, but due to the fact that it was packed by 6:30pm on a Friday night, we quickly gave our name to the maitre d'. The food was delicious and although it is packed they do not rush you at all. On the flip side they are not always quick to fill your water glasses or take your order. This is perfect for a relaxed meal despite the crowd. Food choices range from brick oven pizza to the traditional pasta and meat dishes. The wait staff speaks with an Italian accent and seats you elbow to elbow with your neighbor which gives you an authentic European feel. Great value for your money, but not good for groups of more than 4 unless you call ahead to make a reservation.