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Posted by Anonymous on 03/23/2005
Good food, cozy atmosphere and decent service. Recommended!
Posted by Kristen & Brian, Upper West Siders on 03/14/2005
The first time we dined at Celeste, it was a pleasure. (but we may have had too much wine) The several times after that were not the most delightful. It's hard to sometimes get the owner's attention to put your name on the list. You HAVE to be aggressive in order to do so. And yes, like others have said, it is way-super-cramped. And the waitstaff rush, rush, rushes you to finish -- we didn't feel welcome. The food is on the above-average side, but some dishes need a little tweaking. We've found much more delicious and authentic gnocchi just ten blocks North! Recommendation to Celeste: Customer service, customer service, customer service. We are why you are here.
Posted by foodie on 02/13/2005
I have eaten at Celeste a few times now and have generally found the dining experience pleasurable. The menu is small-but I think that is for the best, as they manage to do what they do well. The service, I have found, lacks somewhat. The waitstaff are keen to push a party through dinner quickly, and make infrequent trips to your table, even after a few requests. Though the wait time for a meal is relatively short, I found it excrutiating to get something as simple as more plates of bread, olive oil and balsamic. They aren't so keen on giving up a few extra plates of bread when a table of 8 is spending a couple of hundred dollars on food, beer and lots of wine, dessert and coffee. That, I find irritating and odd. My advice is to simply tell them, "Please stop rushing us, we'll pay and leave when we are finished." I don't think people speak up enough when agitated at shoddy or agressive waiting tactics.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/02/2005
This was absolutely the best Italian food that I've ever had - Handmade pasta, brick oven pizza, all with fresh ingredients- everything tasted divine! Everybody working there was very friendly and nice. And as another reviewer said, I came out trying to think of an excuse to go again soon. It is a bit cramped and can be a bit noisy too, but the food just makes up for everything!
Posted by divadecucina on 11/11/2004
A gem on the UWS has been discovered. Patrons are welcomed with opened arms by the owner of this humble yet cozy eatery. The food in a word, is flawless. Handmade pastas, brick oven pizzas, mussles fed exed in daily, delicious salads, exquisite fishes and more....along with a selection of Italian cheeses and salames brought from Italy, that could make you weep. The flavors are clean, pure, and made with only the freshest ingredients. No spaghetti with meatballs, no parmigiana anything. Fresh, spectacular Napoletan fare that's also a great bang for your buck. Now, THAT'S Italian.
Posted by yummyfood on 10/28/2004
The food is great. The space is cramped. They offer takeout!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/24/2004
The food is amazing. But the tables are too close together, and the service is sometimes lacking.