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Posted by sammy2 on 08/24/2006
I agree with several other reviewers. You probably have at most, 45 minutes to eat before you are asked to leave. It is a very very busy place, the tables are very close to each other. So, if you want a quiet dinner, or if you want privacy, do not go here. I enjoyed chatting with the other guests, so I did not mind this. But being whisked-away after the meal so quickly was very off-putting. My recommendation: Eat here quickly and go somewhere else for dessert!
Posted by Marty on 07/08/2006
I shake my head when I read how some people are complaining that Celeste is too crowded. You can easily see the entire inside of the restaurant from the street; if it looks too crowded for your comfort, don't go in! However, by walking past you will have avoided one of the best restaurants on the UWS. On the recommendation of a friend, my wife and I took some out-of-town guests to Celeste after spending the day in NYC. What a find! We got there at about 7:30 and were promptly and courteously seated. Our waiter was an absolute pleasure; he chatted with us and with a good sense of humor and a heavy accent answered questions regarding a few menu items. Bread and drinks were served promptly, and then the meal began. We started by splitting the special appetizer of the day, Margharita pizza with wild mushrooms. It was spectacular, and the 4 large slices with dollops of fresh mozzarella were perfect as an intro to the meal. Two of us ordered the salmon, and when it was served we were amazed at the large portion we each received, considering it only cost $14.50. I've paid $29.95 for less elsewhere. The fish was juicy and very flavorful. The spouses got the almond-crusted chicken-- a pounded chicken breast covered with arugala which they were absolutely raving about. BTW, the owner stopped at our table two or three times to ensure that we were enjoying our meal, and at his suggestion for dessert we got the Tiramisu (he said it was just made) and the coffee gelato. I'm not a big Tiramisu fan, but this was extraordinary. We left Celeste feeling we had just enjoyed one of the best dining experiences we've had in quite a while. Is it crowded there? Of course it is. Make the decision that you won't let it bother you, and be prepared to have a wonderful meal.
Posted by Are you kidding? on 05/29/2006
The best neighborhood joint in the city. The only thing bad that you can say is that the place is small. Even with the new front end. To me, it just provides a cozier setting where you know you'll never be disturbed. I've never had a glass of wine or water go empty for long. Food is always amazing. It's the best bang for the buck that i've found.
Posted by ernie on 05/06/2006
My wife and I go to Celeste two/three times a year and always have a great experience. The pasta's and the daily specials are off the charts. We dine out constantly usually spending a lot more money and everytime we leave we say to ourself why eat anywhere else. From the food to the attentive service this is the best value for the buck around. Highly recomended.
Posted by Probably one of the best pizza in town on 05/04/2006
Although they do not accept reservations and it is a CASH only restaurant, I think that it is worth to go there. I had a pizza (was a special of that night) and it was just great. My friend had filet mignon and it was amazing. I suggest the cheese platter... will never forget it! The host is a funny man... Desserts are good. Try the Tiramisu and the Limoncello Semifreddo. I am Italian and very picky and I will go back to Celeste!
Posted by steven on 04/15/2006
ive been going to celeste for 2 years and i can say the clam pasta is some of the best in the world. the service is bad and if they add another table in you wont be able to get in the door-- please move to bigger store.
Posted by anonymous45 on 04/02/2006
A disappointment. They are well staffed, all very busy, lighting candles, pouring water and general all-purpose-fitting, but NOT with customers. Oh, the food. The best pizza. Period. The fresh sardines, the best this side of Cinque Terrra. Should be warm, not cold. Overall, a noisy, family place that fulfills a neighborhood need for good food and rude table turning service. Don't go out of your way, you will be disappointed. PS: as an example of institutionalized pedantic rules and policy, you cannot be seated until all your party has arrived. Even if tables are very much available. Rules are rules you know.