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  • Italian
  • 306 E 81st St, New York NY10028 40.774254 -73.953745
  • (At 2nd Ave)
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  • (212) 288-7374
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User Ratings (Based on 23 reviews)

Food 3.7 Value 2.9
Service 2.8 Atmosphere 3.1

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 288-7374
(212) 299-0486
Take Out Major Credit Cards
Mon-Fri: 4:30pm-11pm Sat: 5pm-11pm Sun: 4:30pm-10pm
Accepts Credit Cards, Outdoor Seating, Take Out

User Reviews

  • Sandro's

    Posted by StephenH on 11/09/2010

    3rd time here in 2 years

    I don't get here often, even though its around the block. But I have always liked it. The food is very good, A friend and I split the special salad, a simple but tasty blend of tomato, cucumber and red onion with red wine vinegar. We both had specials, the Chicken parm with a layer of Procuitto and the parpadelle with pork ragu. Both were great. At the end of the meal we were served complimentary grappa and fresh baked cookies. The service is "relaxed" but the staff is very friendly. As its a narrow space, it is a little loud. But not overwhelmingly so. We also had the house red wine, with the restaurants label. It was very good and reasonably priced.

  • Sandro's

    Posted by PCLowerre on 06/25/2010

    Feels like Family

    Recently very good friends invited us to dinner at Sandro's for my B'day. I was thrilled, because Sandro's has always been a fun, friendly and delicious outing. This was no exception. From the warm greeting by "Mrs Sandro" to a well-turned martini at the bar (with the house-made Grissini and green olives to snack on!), I always feel like family. Sure its on the loud side, but its part of the buzz of the place. If you want peace and quiet, order in! Grilled artichokes, Cuttlefish Fra Diavolo, and a bottle of Aglianico. All great! A little espresso and peach grappa to finish? Eccezionale. Buon Appetito!

  • Sandro's

    Posted by arnold on 01/22/2010

    Overrated, Overpriced

    Why Zagats has given this a 26 is beyond me. The food was mediocre, the restaurant noisy and overcrowded, the chef-owner surly and intrusive. The cost was way out of line for the quality.

  • Sandro's

    Posted by Zoe on 11/22/2009

    poor treatment

    Chef closed the kitchen 20 minutes after we ordered, didn't come out and apologize, just left to his waiter to come out and tell us that the chef wone be cooking. Ruined a great night- diappointing and I hope they are ashamed of themselves.

  • Sandro's

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/22/2009

    Overpriced and loud

    My wife and I visited the restaurant for the first time earlier this week, at the suggestion of friends whom we met there. We won't be going back, even if someone else pays. The food is OK, but food and wine are phenomenally overpriced, and it's unbelievably loud. We literally couldn't hear anyone except the person sitting next to us. Why it's popular is beyond me.

  • Sandro's

    Posted by east side gal on 06/26/2009

    wont be going back

    Tried Sandros a few times since it opened and really enjoyed it. Sophisticated, out of the mainstream Italian. However, we wont be returning. Way overpriced!! Very noisy- so loud you cannot have a conversation at normal range with the tables so packed together. Service was fine. No more cheese and mortadella complimentary. Recession has taken it's toll, but still no value here.

  • Sandro's

    Posted by Stephen on 03/09/2009

    Good neighborhood Italian place

    I had dinner here last night with my GF and very much enjoyed it. The fried artichoke was great as was the special salad, a blend of cucumber, red onion and tomatoes. Simple but delicious. We both had pasta main courses. And while they were great, in hindsight, I think I should have had one of the other dishes, something more unique to this restaurant. Other reviews have complained about the service, and while its not fast, its best described as "relaxed." If you want quick pasta, go to a pizza place that has tables. My big knock on the place was the volume, its on the loud side. We got there at 7pm on a Sunday. The cost of the night, for 2 apps, 2 main pasta dishes and $20 corkage for our own bottle of wine was $100. After dinner they brought us some fresh backed biscotti (lemon and polenta?) and a very sweet Italian dessert wine, a nice touch.

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