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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.)
Posted by Disgruntled on 08/25/2005
The food here is great, but the service left much to be desired. Too crowded, and waiters aggressively want you out of your seat as soon as you finish eating, whether you've finished your drink or not. I'm not going back.
Posted by wendyintheupperwest on 08/16/2005
Looking for a new restaurant one night my roomate and I stumbled upon "Celeste" and we are so happy we did. Not only is this place charming with it's tuscan feel and Italian charm but the food is amazing! Salads were fresh and we loved the main dishes as well. But let me tell you if you are looking for a place that had great service definitely go. Superb waiters that are not only as attentive as cute but you are greeted with a warm Italian hello and you will leave with a "Ciao Bella " and kisses on both cheeks. I'll definitely be going back.
Posted by honeebee on 07/06/2005
I went with three friends. The four of us shared two appetizers - both were superb. We each had a different entre. We each tried all the entrees. They were all wonderful although the Flat Iron Steak (I think that's what it was) was my absolute favorite. And then came the cheese platter. Oh my the cheese platter. It was amazingly spectacular. We went for the big $30 cheese plate which may sound expensive but the experience is very much worth it. It was my very first meal in New York and I would have to say it was the most memorable. Warning, it is really busy and quite loud inside so I would suggest trying to go earlier or later on in the evening. We showed up at around 9pm or so (I think). It started to slow down shortly after got there. So our service was fine.
Posted by alan on 06/15/2005
Definitely had the feeling they thought they were doing us a big favor to allow us to eat there. The food is good and well priced, but having the waiter look at his watch while you are ordering is a bit much!
Posted by Allison on 06/09/2005
The food here is superb, most dishes are stellar, all are good. You can't really go wrong. The prices are really amazing for food of this quality. In fact they have one of the best pasta dishes I've tried for about $10. The wine list is good and affordable, and the staff answered my wine questions with care and friendliness. The owner is quite a character and his introduction to the cheese plate is worth seeing in itself. The cheese selection and quality cannot be beat. Each cheese is brilliantly paired with a homemade compote, preserve, or honey. It is the best cheese plate I've had in the city. Worth the money! And yes it is cramped and noisy, but a very attractive space. Go late or early to miss the peak crowds.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/05/2005
Celeste is a fantastic deal and I'm always happy to eat there. The food and service are of high quality and the atmosphere is romantic and cozy. Beware that you will be given lots of chicken liver to eat if you order it - but it's good, so if you're really into chicken liver, you're totally psyched. The pizza is the only thing lacking, and I advise avoiding it. The wine list is a good value. There is usually a wait, but its never too bad and is always worth it.