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Posted by Andy on 02/28/2006
The food was good, but there is no room to sit, poor service, and small portions. Not worth the money, I would not go back.
Posted by LouisM on 01/18/2006
Celeste is a hectic place, at least it was when we dined there in late December. We, the 10 of us, added exponentially to the hubbub. This needs to be said in light of some complaints about the service. I couldn't disagree more. We were treated not just courteously, but generously. The owner and waitstaff went out of ther way to fit us in, even with some arriving a tad late--and the place was packed. The food was honest and delicious. As for the cost: 2 pizzas, 4 bottles of very drinkable primitivo, main courses, cheese platter and tip came to $40/person. So it boils down to this: excellent food, accomodating service, reasonable prices. What's not to love about Celeste?
Posted by anonymous on 12/16/2005
Sure, the food is good and the prices are reasonable. But is it worth it to be treated poorly for the entire short time you are allowed to stay in the restaurant? You will probably be rushed in a way that I have never seen in my 10 years in NYC. Sit down, start your food, and watch your plate disappear the second you finish. You will not be offered dessert. The check will come in the blink of an eye. If you protest -- say, you have a FULL BOTTLE OF WINE that you paid for and would like to finish -- you will be told by the manager that you must leave. Truly unbelievable.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/31/2005
I've been here 4 times-- and have been impressed by the food everytime. It is incredibly affordable. Best tiramisu in the city. If you go on the weekend, be prepared to wait 30-45 mins. Sometimes the service is a little rushed, and the seating is definitely tight, but worth it!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/29/2005
I live a few blocks away from Celeste and finally decided to check this place out. The food is delicious! The brick oven pizza is a great starter to share - and the mussels are the best I've ever had - no question. There was a long line when we got there, but we barely had to wait more than 15 minutes - yet once we sat down we didn't feel rushed at all. The waiters are a little rude, but the owner was extremely friendly and took every care to make sure we were happy. My only real complaint is that it's tough to have a conversation in there - it was hard to hear each other over our neighbors who were barely 2 inces away. A true European experience :)
Posted by aj on 09/12/2005
The food is really really good here and you cannot go wrong with anything on the menu. But, it's true that the waiters rush customers a little bit. Love the mussels and shrimp pasta. Really good dining experience every time.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/12/2005
Granted, I went to Celeste on a Sunday evening, but they still had a waiting list. We took a walk around the block, returned, and were seated within ten minutes. Everyone was incredibly gracious and helpful. Our waiter was an adorable young Italian man, who seemed a little uncomfortable serving us (we're both 21 year old women) and stumbled over his words a bit. When we asked him to repeat the specials (we were too busy checking him out the first time), he looked like he had been smacked across the face! Regardless, the food was TERRIFIC and the waitstaff (as well as the owner) stopped by to refill our wine glasses frequently. We began the meal with a shared salad - the thin sliced baby artichokes - delicious. The gnochhi was wonderful and the pasta special (tagliatelli with tomato sauce and mussels) was incredible. We shared everything and still didn't have room for dessert, despite the waiter's pleas that we stay a little longer (and spend more money). Contrary to others' experiences, when I stood up to go before my dining companion was ready, the other waiter and ours scolded me for wanting to leave too soon! Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I look forward to dining there again. (Admittedly, the waiter's total lack of skill was ameliorated by his sheer adorableness, so this experience may be quite different for someone without my interests.)