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Paola's Restaurant
Paola's Restaurant

Paola's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.paolasrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (212) 794-1890
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Monday 5 -10 pm,
    Tuesday - Saturday 5 - 11 pm

    Lunch: Monday - Friday 12 - 4 pm

    Brunch: Saturday 11 - 4 pm

    Brunch: Sunday 10 - 4 pm

    Stuzzichini "Lite Bites" at the bar or outdoor tables 4 - 6 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Paola Bottero
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Upscale, farm fresh, home made. Classic Italian, Vegetarian, Gluten Free menus available. Hand made pastas, house made desserts.
  • Private Party Facilities: Paola's Restaurant can accommodate private events for 8 – 80 guests. Upstairs from our main dining room we have access to 4 rooms as part of the Hotel Wales, the largest of which, the brand new, stylish Carnegie Room, can accommodate up to 80. We specialize in private parties such as Rehearsal Dinners, Weddings, Baptisms, Business Meetings, Bar Mitzvahs and Fundraisers. In addition, there is a glorious roof top space with views of Central Park available in the spring and summer months. The roof terrace accommodates up to 80 and is serviced by a private kitchen.

    There is a cover charge for private spaces and per person menu prices are customized to suit the needs of your event.
  • Private Party Contact: Paola Bottero (212) 794-1890
  • Special Events & Promotions: Trent’ Anni! 30 Years!

    Celebrating 30 years of Paola’s on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in October 2013!

    Cent’Anni is a traditional Italian toast that celebrates life and literally means, “May you live to be 100 Years”. “Trent’Anni” is our expression of pride in 30 years of devotion to the authentic Italian dining experience.

    We look forward to celebrating our loyal clientele with several events featuring food, wine, and festivity in the coming year

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 92nd Street
  • Public Transit: Subway:
    The nearest subway station is 96th Street and Lexington Avenue. The nearest express subway station is 86th Street and Lexington Avenue.

    The M1, M2, M3 and M4 busses all stop directly in front of Paola’s at 92nd and Madison Avenue.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: After 7 pm, free parking is available on Madison Avenue. Prior to 7 pm, parking can be paid by credit card or coins at the Muni Meter kiosks , after which the receipt should be displayed inside the car on the dashboard. Side street parking is free, but be careful to observe alternate side of the street parking rules indicated on the signs. The nearest parking garage is located on 94th Street between Madison & Park Avenues.
A word from Paola's Restaurant
"Everybody in New York seems to be looking for the perfect neighborhood restaurant. I think I found it."
- Ruth Reichl, The New York Times

For almost 30 years, Executive Chef Paola Bottero has offered an authentic Italian dining experience and a warm welcome on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. An icon of the Carnegie Hill Neighborhood, Paola’s serves lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and Stuzzichini “lite bites” at the gracious bar or al fresco at the outdoor tables. Joined by her son Stefano, together they are committed to the freshest ingredients and the truest interpretations of La Cucina Italiana. Benvenuti!

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Diner Reviews
  • "One of the best in Carnegie Hill. Food was amazing...the artichokes & pasta were to die. Service was lovely and the wine list was plentiful."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food was great, but expensive for rather small pasta portions"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Interesting Italian--not your generic menu. Same for wines, though few bargains on the list. Careful reading in less well regions like Sardinia pays off. Our waiter excellent and knowledgeable though that hasn't been the case on prior visits."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I have nothing to add to my previous comments about this wonderful Italian Restaurant."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The tables were packed together, less than a foot apart. Twice during dinner I had to assist older women with canes leaving an adjacent table, which needed to be pushed aside (by me and my companion) - no staff came to assist them. My water glass was empty most of the time. Twice I had to ask for refills. Repeatedly the staff reached over my shoulder, knocking me, to grab used plates and not-quite empty glasses. For these prices, they should be courteous and be more on top of things. The food was good but not amazing."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This is where we go for an exciting Italian meal in an elegant setting. Menu always changes, so there is always something new to try."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Looking forward to an intimate Anniversary Dinner? Not the place...too tight and too noisy...but great food. So go with your taste buds and ear plugs."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Nothing like Paola's for wonderful, authentic, Italian! Home made pastas are the best in the City! Now it's even better because you can dine outside. The hostess/owner/ executive Chef, Paola Bottero, is originally from Rome and provides exciting and delicious culinary creations Roman style with flavors from other great regions in Italy using the best fresh market ingredients. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Food is absolutely delicious. The only minus is the table we were given....next to the front door OpenTable should negotiate better placement for customers who use the app for a reservation."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "They were so busy, our reservation was for 8:30 and they did not get us in till 9:00; and then they had to rush the food -our fish was undercooked and I returned it for the pasta which was good. I have to say, this was not my usual experience there and it is a neighborhood hot spot- so I probably will go back again; I generally have a positive experience so will chalk this up to a bad day! Every business has a bad day and well, as they say- 3 strikes and your out- so if the tides are turning we will soon find out"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Best Italian food outside of Italy. They also have Gluten free pasta!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Having lived in northern Italy for four years, I can tell you they do their pasta and other dishes correctly. Portions are reasonable without being over the top. Try the artichoke appetizer and the ricotta cheesecake cherry dessert is NOT to be missed. Not cloyingly sweet, but so yummy. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Wonderful homemade pastas.friendly service. I especially enjoyed the pasta with asparagus and lemon zest."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "A real neighborhood find. Everyone in my party thought the food was delicious if a bit pricey but, hey, it's Madison Avenue. I've walked by the place for years and assumed it was probably a rather sleepy in the evening. Not so. It was fully booked until 9:00 pm on a Wednesday night. My only complaint was the combination of the tile floor and the lively crowd makes Paolo's a bit noisy. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Our family party of 10 needed a restaurant in Manhattan for Sunday brunch to celebrate a graduation. A place we could reserve and not wait. My brother recommended Paola's, having dined there several times. The staff were very helpful and accommodating in every aspect, including specially setting up a table in the front corner to seat our full party. (I could only reserve 2 tables of 5 online.) There are a good variety of brunch-appropriate menu items available. The food was very good and well presented. The members of our party ordered a variety of items, all of which pleased. I ordered the frittata, which was superb! The setting was very enjoyable as well. Not elegant, but classy and comfortable enough. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Very enjoyable evening, as always, for my wife, my teenagers and me. Thanks, again"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Paola's Restaurant is just like the restaurants I went to growing up in Rome, except that it's in New York! The ambiance is terrific, the food is delicious, and the service is excellent. Grazie mille Paola per un'altra serata splendida."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The menu is varied, with many dishes you don't often find in this country. The service was relaxed, friendly, and prompt. And it's a nice room, not too big and not too small, with windows onto Madison Avenue. We enjoyed a long early lunch with some old friends and agreed Paola's was perfect for that and we'd be back."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Nice food, good service. What more can you ask for in the neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We've been here several times for family events and have always been treated well and served wonderful Italian food. This time they were especially accomodating in allowing us, over two weeks, to expand from three people to seven for our reservation (DON'T try this on OpenTable -- you have to call the restaurant!). Everyone was entranced by the food, though I would recommend the chocolate cake over the tiramisu. We will certainly be returning here."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "this is definitely the best italian food of the UES and UWS!!!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The food is consistently terrific, every dish we have tried is exceptional, the servers are excellent and Paola walks around the restaurant making sure everything is fine. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The menu at this neighborhood gem is outstanding, with an inclusive selection of dishes to satisfy any palette, Dishes are thoughtfully prepared and are rarely disappointing, even though the selections are vast."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The outstanding food is matched by the warm, friendly, and wonderful service. A must: the artichoke appetizer. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The food is surprisingly delicious and inventive. I really love the food here. My only complaint is how tight the tables are. Diners and packed in and can practically share food from the table next to you. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "The food here is consistently excellent. Whatever we order at this restaurant is terrific. We have never had a mediocre meal and continue to rate it as our favorite restaurant. The wait staff is terrific and attentive. The owners are also there to ensure that everything goes well."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "On the very upper East side there are a number of good, but very small bistros with very tight tables. Paola's provides a larger space, with just a little more space inbetween their white table clothed tables, to allow diniing and speaking without entering into your neighbor's conversation at the same time. It has wide windows and even on a rainy evening, it felt air and still cozy. The food presentation was excellent. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Paola's is our UES go to restaurant. The food is always delicious!! If you like artichokes definetly try their Roman style app dish. Also I have trouble not ordering just their simple spaghetti in red sauce, it's always perfect! Only complaint it that I felt like they were rushing us out of there! I saw them bring our pastas out when we hadn't even finished our first course......was a bit annoying! The scene is a bit noisy but that only because of the space itself. Otherwise great spot."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Paola's is a wonderful Rome-centric Italian restaurant in the UES. It's one of the rarer restaurants that truly means "homemade" and "housemade" when it comes to the pastas and cheeses. The service is always excellent, and the prices are reasonable for the excellent quality of food."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The salads were skimpy and obviously made in the morning, because the plates were frozen, the pastas were average, and the expressi after dinner were bitter with a foam that disappeared after the first sip...the service was polite and proper, without a touch of warmth or concern. The room itself we knew about from previous incarnations in the same space, with 20" ceilings (a former supemarket many years ago), and when it's full, the noise level creates the Lombard effect, where everyone feels they have to speak louder than the person next to them in order to be heard. There are too many other good restaurants in this neighborhood for us to return here."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "I had the Lobster Ravioli which was so delicious I can still remember the taste days later. The grass fed beef and pork meatballs were awsome too."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • " The Caesar salad was very good, and so was the salmon. The veal piccatta was rubbery and over salted. Service just so so."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Service was efficient but not at all gracious. Hostess never so much as smiled."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The trofie genovese keeps me coming back for more! Tastes just like the trofie in Cinque Terre. And the olive oil is fabulous…..with peppery finish!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Paola's continues to be our favorite restaurant. It is in our neighborhood, but we went there when it wasn't. How lucky we were that it moved a few blocks from us a few years ago! Now we can go even more often. When we take our friends for the first time, they agree with us. :)"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Pleasant dining option on Madison Avenue. Outstanding papardelle, fine salad. Tables closely spaced."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This was my first time at Paola's and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I ordered the grilled shrimp, which was a nice size order (six large shrimp) with grilled corn and arugula. The seasoning and dressing on the grilled corn was delicious. I was there with some girl friends and we weren't rushed at all. The staff were very friendly and attentive. The only negative, we ordered two salads to share and I thought the size of the Caesar salad was a big small for the price. It was, however, very tasty."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Paola's food is always exciting, delicious and healthy. We always are happy there. Very elegant and varied menu with lots of seasonal specials."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant based on reviews about the food but I was disappointed. The pasta with tomato and basil was so/ so and not al dente, the bread was dry and the service was slow. If you want intimacy, go somewhere else. The tables are too close to one another so if you're not by the window, it feels cramped and there's no privacy. With so many fabulous 'authentic' Italian spots in NYC, Paola's falls short. Very noisy even on a Sunday evening. The only positive note was our waiter, an older gentleman who was very attentive."
    Dined on 4/6/2014