Peace and Chianti
We go to Scaletta's for excellent food, thoughtful, attentive service, and--best of all--the quiet yet festive atmosphere. I've never had a bad meal here. The pasta is terrific, the Italian classics are done perfectly, and you are never hurried or pestered. My only disappointment was they were out of duck--and I love their duck! It's especially nice for holiday meals--I've had Thanksgivings and Christmases there--plenty of room for all and really good meal options. And if you're tired after an afternoon at the Museum of Natural History, this is the place to sit down, have a nice glass of chianti, and be glad you, unlike the dinosaurs, get to try the veal!
2/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The only truly quiet restaurant
The only truly quiet restaurant in the city where it is possible to have a serious conversation.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
A HIT for grandparents' visit
Perfect for groups who want to actually hear each other speak, including an older crowd. Respectful, old-world service, with survivable prices (unlike other area restaurants). Everybody in our group (7) enjoyed their food, which was tasty, hot and fresh. Well-behaved children are welcomed and will feel welcome and at home, but this is no play-yard, Scaletta is for family dining (almost a lost art in NYC). And you know how everyone loves the desert trolley!
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is one of those wonderful
This is one of those wonderful old fashioned family run Italian restaurants that you come across in NYC -- if you're lucky. No surprises on the menu but everything is delicious. We were a party of 6 and there were several other large parties around us but the noise and activity levels were surprisingly reasonable.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
A reasonable place for some
A reasonable place for some excellent food --- two veal dishes we had were outstanding
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently excellent food
Consistently excellent food in a quiet, spacious, well-appointed dining room where no one rushes you out the door. A favorite place for taking out-of-town guests.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was great at Scaletta.
The food was great at Scaletta. There were four of us and we each ordered
something different- and we were all very pleased. The pasta was cooked
perfectly and the sauces had excellent flavor. I had a seafood
special and the seafood was very flavorful and fresh. We will go back again.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Place for the Mature Crowd
Great place for dinner before a 7:00 event at the New York Historical Society. The restaurant was almost empty at 5:30, leisurely service, very tasty food, nice portions. Good selections from the menu supplemented by sevaral seasonal specials. Definitely a repeat before the next lecture or concert.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful simple menu equisitely prepared; quiet gem in the neighborhood overlooked by the hotspots. Great for family brunch or late dinners. Staff attentive without hovering.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We know when we eat at Scaletta's, that we will have a very good meal in an environment that is "conversation friendly," as we enjoy meeting friends there for dinner.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a Pleasure
We eat at Scalettas all the time - it is our favorite local restaurant. Great food, great service, and they always greet you with a hearty hello and a smile.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice and quiet and civilized
Nice and quiet and civilized and the food has gotten really good. A pleasure.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We discovered Scarletta through a friend and have been returning ever since. Although we live on the east side of Manhattan we don't mind the trip to the upper westside to enjoy Scarletta. Love. The Monkfish and Snapper dishes. Wine voices are excellent, too.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well worth it all around...I
Well worth it all around...I enjoyed the food, the quiet, and the service.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
a new experience for me
After passing this restaurant many, many times, I decided to give it a try, and was delighted by it's quiet, very good
service and very tasty old fashioned Italian cooking. I will go back again gladly
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem in the City
A family atmosphere and a space that allows for a conversation. A rare find in the city. We never felt rushed and the staff were all very accommodating and friendly. The food was fabulous - try the Bolognese and Rack of Lamb!!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
traditional northern italian
a quiet, meaning you can carry on a conversation w/o shouting, italian restaurant serving well-prepared northern italian cooking for years. service is professional and unobtrusive,e.g. the waiter will not ask you how everything is until you have had a chance to actually eat some of it, nor will they bring you a check before you ask for it.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for a celebration
We came here with a group of 12 for a graduation celebration. The food was great and the service was very accommodating. They did not rush us out which was much appreciated. HIghly recommend this restaurant for groups and special occasions.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a late reservation
We had a late reservation and arrived shortly before the kitchen closed. Wait staff encouraged us to get our order in but never rushed. We stayed for desert and an after-dinner drink, and overall the food was excellent. Ambiance was a bit on the quiet side but I'm sure it was due to our timing. Highly recommended.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
the way it used to be
This is a restaurant that is like a restaurant used to be -- tables are far enough apart that you are not forced into others' conversations, white tablecloths, good waiters, no music, and of course, good food. A comfortable experience that isn't about hype, showing off, or being trendy.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you want a quiet dinner with friends, outstanding Italian food, and great service, this is the place!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Old timey buy good
if you're in the mood to take a trip back to 1973, this restaurant is fantastic. the food is great, the service is wonderful, décor laughable, and menu limited to the classics. Overall, I had a great experience and would go back again.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant provided excellent service and food. Tables are not stacked on
top of each other allowing an enjoyable meal. Will definitely go again.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was planning to visit the Met and was looking for a restuarant close by. It was Restaurant Week so i wanted to try something new and selected Scaletta. The food and service were very good on this Friday evening. I don't typically expect much during Restaurant Week but the menu offered many choices and everything we ordered was great
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second time there.
This was our second time there. We enjoyed it as much as the first time and will go back again.
The service was very good without being overbearing and eveyone enjoyed the food.
So hard to decide on dessert as they all look gorgeous and taste even better!!!!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice italian Classic specialities.
High level of service. Big portions.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty food, efficient and
Tasty food, efficient and pleasant service and the ability to hear your guests because the spacing of the tables has appreciable room in between is all a plus.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent but the service was superb!!! It was our first time there but Rade the waiter and his assistants made us feel as if we've dined there for years Thank you all !!!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
a nice celebration
We had a quiet dinner -- 3 of us -- two friends with a friend whose birthday it was. A nice, quiet meal, good food and ambience so we could talk and hear each other. I love that there is no music here -- it makes for a peaceful dining experience. Scaletta is always my go-to choice.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice, quiet place
We had a good dinner. Service was prompt and efficient. However, we never felt were being rushed. Wines were reasonably priced.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Wonderful Restaurant
Scaletta continues to deliver very good food in a civilized, attractive setting. We really enjoy Scaletta for all occasions--and because of its ambience it is very suitable for a romantic dinner and special events.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great find!
Went before a concert at the Beacon....found it on Open Table and absolutely LOVED it!! Randy my server was delightful and the whole experience was great! The food was amazing, I had the salmon and it was seasoned perfectly, I also had an asparagus appetizer topped with crumbled hard boiled egg which was probably the best asparagus I've ever had! The desert cart was everything you would want in the "sweets" category...I will definitely go back~
9/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
It doesn't get better than
It doesn't get better than Scaletta. Fred Gurgurev runs a high caliber dining establishment.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service. A bit stodgy in terms of clientele, but a great neighborhood spot.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We made a recent visit as this is close to the Beacon theater. An old-world atmosphere, with a bit of seediness in the rest room and the coat check areas. The waiter staff was swift, numerous and helpful. Special requests were met with smiles. The food was excellent - served just the way we ordered. The veal scaloppini was generous, tender and delicious! Though we passed on the dessert cart (now that's old world!) we heard from others it was amazing, and the pastry chef was worthy of awards. A great value - we will be back.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Veal is to die for...
I rarely eat veal, maybe once every other year. I went into Scaletta's and decided, today was the day to eat veal. I am so glad I picked the Veal Parmesan because it was to die for... the best I've ever eaten. My girlfriend also ordered it and she never eats veal and she loved it too. If you go to Scaletta's, please order the veal parmesan it is the best in the city.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Found Scaletta Ristortante on Open Table. Our group of four was looking to dine at an Italian restaurant before a concert at the Beacon Theatre. I had made 5:00PM reservations. Unfortunately, we got tied up in Friday afternoon traffic and called Scaletta to advise that we would be 15-20 minutes late. The person who answered the phone was so polite and told us not to worry that a late arrival would be just fine. Finally, we arrived at 5:20PM. The entire Staff was extremely accomodating and quite professional from the moment we walked in the door. The wine, appetizers, dinner and dessert were WONDERFUL! The service was OUTSTANDING from start to finish! Two of us had Veal Parmesan and two enjoyed Lasagna with a Veal Sauce. A++ all around!
10/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lovely restaurant with a great staff a wonderful food! We will be back!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
central ohio couple in manhattan
Lucky find for us on upper west side. 3 long blocks from our hotel but easy to walk to. You do have to ask about wines by the glass--not shown on wine list. Good team approach by restaurant crew. Great saturday night dinner.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
An adult dining experience.
An adult dining experience. Quiet, good food, very decent service.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still a Favorite
Scaletta is a marvelous choice for getting together with old friends. The food is top-notch classic Italian and the staff makes it easy to accommodate lots of different food allergies so that everyone can be accommodated. The best thing, however, is that it is easy to hear your own dinner table conversation (and not everyone else's).
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not Sure What we were getting into
When we arrived early for our dinner reservation and saw a stark restaurant, we were a bit worried until we realized that it had just opened. We were warmly greeted by the owner and he made us feel very welcome. We had a cocktail & were shown to a lovely corner table. Quickly the crowd began to come in and fill all the tables. Our waiters were attentive and everything could be customized to your liking. From the appetizers, through the entrees and dessert-which we got too many of because they looked so good-the food was beautifully prepared and presented. We all had something different & were all comparing how good it was. Service remained attentive throughout the meal and we never had to ask for more water or look for someone to help! YUM!
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
I found this restaurant in
I found this restaurant in Zagat. It was a bit out of the way for us, but it sounded like what I wanted--a neighborhood restaurant with good food and service. I was not disappointed. If I get back to the "city," this restaurant will be high on my list again. So glad to find this place!
10/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
We have been frequenting Scaletta's for many, many years. It never fails to please! THe food and the service are ALWAYS OUTSTANDING! Everything on the menu is worth mentioning but my personal favorite is the Rack of Lamb..rare!
A terrific wine list that, although limited on inexpensive selections, is sure to contain something that will nicely accompany every entree and app.
Scaletta's is pricy but the value is there!
We now live in Massachusetts but try to get to Scaletta's for dinner every time that we visit NYC.
Try it..you will be back again and again!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were going to the Beacon theater and looked for a spot nearby. The menu was intriguing so we gave it a try. We arrived at 6PM and since it was an early meal, the restaurant had few diner's and was quiet. I'm a big eater so the entree was a bit small but very tasty. My wife was extremely satisfied. I had a mousse desert that was excellent too. The only disappointment was no beer on tap.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love the old world ambiance
I love the old world ambiance of this place. Food is good, service attentive and you can actually have a conversation with your companions because of the carpeting, acoustic ceiling and generous spacing of the tables.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our second visit. Solid well-done
Our second visit. Solid well-done old style Italian food. Not cheap but It' a decent price considering its Upper West Side, NYC. I think the average age of a diner in the place was in their 60's.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM