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  • Italian, Pizza
  • 502 Amsterdam Ave, New York NY10024 40.786678 -73.976074
  • (Btwn 84th & 85th St)
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  • (212) 874-4559
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User Ratings (Based on 117 reviews)

Food 4.0 Value 3.7
Service 2.7 Atmosphere 3.0

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 874-4559
Cash Only
Mon-Thu: 5pm-11pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-11:30pm Sun: 5pm-10:30pm Brunch: Sat-Sun: 12pm-3pm
Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Take Out, Wheelchair Accessible

User Reviews

  • Celeste

    Posted by joe on 11/09/2006

    Hard to enjoy

    After waiting about 6 minutes to get our menus, we were continually met by unfriendly waiters and an even more unfriendly owner. i admit, the food was delicious, but the service continued to be poor throughout the night.

  • Celeste

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/19/2006

    Asked to leave

    The food was ok, nothing special but it could have been a pleasant experience anyway. But when you are asked to leave when you still have wine in your glass the pleasant experience ended. It is a very busy place and they really want turnover so if you go there - eat quick and leave quick!

  • Celeste

    Posted by sammy2 on 08/24/2006

    Great restaurant ... If you're in a rush

    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!

  • Celeste

    Posted by Marty on 07/08/2006

    No pretenses here

    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.

  • Celeste

    Posted by Are you kidding? on 05/29/2006

    You have to be kidding me?

    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.

  • Celeste

    Posted by ernie on 05/06/2006

    The best deal in town

    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.

  • Celeste

    Posted by Probably one of the best pizza in town on 05/04/2006

    You need to check it out...

    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!

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