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Posted by Anonymous on 01/02/2010
Went to Celeste last nite for the first time, I heard the pizzas and pastas were the best there... We tried 2 different types of pizza - they were OK but not anything special. Overall I was not too impressed by the food quality or by the atmosphere. It is decently priced and service was good last night. I would go back again but not for a while.. I think this restaurant is overhyped and maybe that's why it did not live up to the expectation.
Posted by nyu_uws on 12/29/2009
I finally got to Celeste last week (even though I have lived right around the corner from it for more than 8 months) and I am so glad I went! While the cash only policy is annoying, as is the fact that anytime after 7pm any night of the week there is a long wait for a table, the food is well-worth it. If the food had been salted just a touch more I would've given it a 5.0, but it was a touch underseasoned the night we went. With the addition of a little salt the fritto mixto and the filet mignon special over a bed of arugula went from good to amazing. The pastas were also quite good. Next time I will have to try a pizza because they also looked delicious.
Posted by anonymous on 12/19/2009
Last week, when I was dining with friends, we each ordered a pasta entree all of which were very good, and we ordered two bottles of wine between five people. We also ordered appetizers. At the end of our meal, we did not want dessert, but instead wanted a glass of wine each. We were told that we could not order wine, because other people were waiting outside. We were turned down and told that we had to pay our bill. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard, and the most insulting. Last time I checked in this economy when you have a table of five people spending almost $200 you DO NOT rush them and tell them they have to leave.
Posted by UWS on 11/16/2009
I don't understand what is so great about this restaurant. I lived in Italy for several years with a family of foodies, speak fluent Italian and would say I am very comfortable with Italian culture. I understand why people thought the owner rude. He was actually sort of nice to us--I think bc we spoke to him in Italian (although his Italian is not perfect--you can tell he was born in the US)--but very arrogant at the same time. When I was surprised about a cheese that I love being on the menu, he told me that he is famous for cheese and that he can get all sorts of special cheeses from Italy. Now, let me be clear, this cheese is one of my absolute faves, but it's not exactly a delicacy--something you can buy from a producer similar to a Kraft here in any supermarket or mini-mart. The waiter was nice, but also very rude at the same time. He seemed to take it as a challenge that I pronounced a dish with an Italian accent (which I didn't do on purpose) and proceeded to speak to me and my friend (who clearly does not speak Italian) in Italian and tell us how he is fluent in a million languages. Generally, the service just made me uncomfortable and feel awkward. Slow and everything that the other reviewers have already said... The food--so mediocre. The fried artichoke was embarrassing and tasted pretty much like burnt oil. The pastas were edible but not good--overcooked in a way any Italian would be upset about. The salads were good, but not nothing special. Just not worth the wait, rushed feeling and general rudeness. Again, I just don't get it. But I do understand that there really aren't many, if any, good Italian restaurants on the UWS, so perhaps that and the cute/cozy decor have gotten this restaurant through?
Posted by Anonymous on 09/15/2009
this is the best italian restaurant! dont go there for the service, go for great food! try the baby artichokes with parmesan sauce, pasta al vongole or the fried calamari. we stayed one extra day in NYC to go again to Celeste
Posted by anonymous on 09/10/2009
Although the food is tasty, there are plenty of other delicious italian restaurants. This one doesn't make the cut with a dirty bathroom, rude staff and overcrowded dining area. Won't make this mistake twice.
Posted by Scott on 09/03/2009
I go here for dinner at least once a week. The owner is a lovely man and the food is excellent. I dream about the fried artichokes. All you people complaining about attitude and service must be out of towners because I have not an inkling as to what you are talking about. I have never had a negative experience there, in fact my only complaint is I do not eat there more. There is usually a wait but to me it is worth it. I dont like tightly paced restaurants but I deal with it because I enjoy the very modestly priced food some much. I would highly recommend this Upper West Side gem.