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Posted by anonymous on 02/22/2012
A lovely warm welcome followed by 4 requests to take our order while we sought to simply savor our before dinner drink. Could the server have been paid by the table turnover? Feeling the pressure we ordered. Delightful hot and crisp large french fries described as roasted potatoes. Steamed spinach could very well have spelled my doom had i not chewed for several minutes to pulverize. Any nearby local supermarket could have offered a more tender harvest. No one sought to know if we enjoyed our meal. Beware the spinach. Table knife inadequate to cut the tough stringy stems.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/18/2012
This may have been the most disappointing dining experience I have ever had in NY. The glasses and silverware were dirty, the service was rude and small substitutions such as shape of pasta would not be accommodated. The tables were so crammed in and the noise level was so loud you could not even carry on a conversation with the person across from you. There is a reason all they can charge is 10 dollars for their pasta which was tasteless and overcooked.
Posted by WWWwestsider on 01/27/2012
Keep an open mind, bring your thick skin and enjoy! Keep away from the Owner .
Posted by Anonymous on 12/11/2011
Cute little spot where the food tastes like my last trip to Italy. Prices are amazing for NYC. It's a tight space where you can hear the next table's conversation which for some can be charming. The food arrives at the table in a short amount of time so it's easy to have a whole sit down dinner in about an hour. If you go later in the night they don't seem to mind if you linger. But for the quality, at that price, you understand why they are quick to turn tables over. So good, I will be back! Just not when I want a long slow meal or if I've had a bad commute earlier that day and could not bare to be in such a tight place.
Posted by Monica on 12/04/2011
It's a shame, really. Celeste is one of the best Italian places in Manhattan. However, as other reviewers say, you will be treated only as a quick win of cash. Dined there yesterday. Went to catch up with an old friend, and decided as we finished our entrees that we'd stay for another glass of wine. The manager said no, that we were not allowed to stay unless we ordered more food. Pathetic, especially given a dessert is $6 and wine for two was going to be $20 (bad math on his part). Recognize he wants to have other people come in, but he should realize that he just took two long-term fans of the restaurant and literally kicked them out. May as well just set up a takeout counter if he doesn't actually want guests.
Posted by Elaine on 08/29/2011
$2.00 for parmesan cheese? Honestly? What's next - $2.00 for butter. And rude waiter to boot. Mediocre food. Not rushing back to this crowded little place.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/25/2011
On one visit, the entire restaurant was disrupted when a man began shouting at management, exclaiming that he’d never been treated so rudely in his life. He’d brought a friend for her birthday and after 20 minutes of waiting to order, they complained, only to have management tell them they should just leave. It was shocking, but I assumed that there must have been two sides to the story. Ironically, five months later, I was there for my birthday with friends and I was treated similarly. Know this -- when you show up at Celeste, you are just a body with cash, and nothing more.