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Scaletta Restaurant
Scaletta Restaurant

Scaletta Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.scalettaristorante.com
  • Phone: (212) 769-9191
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00pm-10:30pm, Sunday 4:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Omer Grgurev
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Upon request only

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus Ave
  • Public Transit: 1,9 79th St and B,C at 81st St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Scaletta Restaurant
Located on the west side across from Central Park and the Museum of Natural History. Tasty Northern Italian specialties and on-site pastry chef's masterpieces. Scaletta Ristorante is a "must eat" for anyone who enjoys fine dining.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Scaletta may have been a wonderful place in the past, but that day is gone. The service was lacking, server could not even remember the specials or what was in them. The wrong bottle of wine was brought to the table, no one actually listened to what you wanted. The food, was less than mediocre. The Carpaccio had no flavor, capers were stale. The mushroom risotto was the only thing decent. I had the rack of lamb special, quite possibly the worst lamb I have ever tasted, more like mutton, tough, gamey, and way to much salt. Temperature of restaurant was also unpleasant. Not worth the first trip so won't be back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant in NY. Perfect for conversation, and they never rush you. Food and service are consistently good. Just wish they would deliver."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food is fine, but way overpriced for the quality. A $34 halibut dish came in a nice red sauce accompanied by a tablespoon of tasteless polenta and 2 small broccoli florets. The decor is so dated it's depressing."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Our group drifted in after an event at Natural History on a Tuesday night -- table of 3, table of 5, table of 4 over the space of half an hour after 9. We were all well taken care of, with excellent service right down to water refills. The food was delicious-- the salads, the soups (especially the gazpacho), and the fish. Enjoyed our time there and will add it to our regulars in New York."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Good for seniors, and anyone who would like a nice meal enjoyed in a relatively quiet ,old fashioned atmosphere.Menu seems out of the past-which is good for those who want food they can recognize -not at all precious...Everything was well prepared, and tasty. the service was mostly good- and my companion and I could enjoy the opportunity to have a leisurely meal, in a spot where the tables are far apart, and diners mostly quiet.(One larger group in the rear of restaurant erupted in loud laughter --making it occasionally festive, but hard to hear) Food could be a bit more inventive, and seasoned a bit more.... we will likely come back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable evening...good food, great service, and nice atmosphere. I would definitely return to this restaurant! They obviously have a lot of loyal local customers...a real gem!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food is mediocre, but it's quiet and they don't rush you out. Service is pretty good. It's a good place to go if you're not into a gourmet experience, want to eat out, and wish to have a good conversation with friends."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant in NY. Consistently great in every way."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Fred Gurgurev runs a delightful dining establishment. Every visit is thoroughly enjoyable without even a hint of anything off kilter. Regularly visit when coming into the city for dinner."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Always a good choice for a good dinner with good service and a relaxed atmosphere where you can hear each other. Consistent and great menu choices. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Food needed seasoning needed salt would try again but disappointed"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food was so good and the service was great, will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "one of the most consistently good restaurants in ny. has gotten better with time. we've never had a less than good dish here whether it's veal, fish, or pasta. the dessert cart is terrific. i've dined here perhaps 20 times over the past few years sometimes with one other person and sometimes with a larger group and the service is always good. one caveat-the waiters are sometimes difficult to understand. also, the wine list is somewhat inaccurate-a 2007 bottle on the menu may appear as 2011 when brought to the table. the owner, freddy, can make good recommendations, particularly croatian wines. you can actually hear the person across the table from you, which is not often the case today. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Gracious service coupled with nicely made traditional food and some tasty specials. Quiet enough to hear your companions' conversation. If you want trendy, make another choice."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Freddy and his staff are the best. Kitchen does top notch work."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "if your plans take you to The Museum of Natural History and environs, you must put Scaletta on your agenda...we always do. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "as always was a very pleasant dining experience, good food, pleasant atmosphere and nice service"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "A very pleasant, charming resturaunt in the heart of the W70's. Nice menu including appetizers and salads, wine list and beautiful desserts. Best to get dropped off vs parking. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "As always, everything was perfection. My all-time and forever favorite restaurant in NY."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Scaletta Restaurant is consistenly wonderful. The food, the service, the welcoming atmosphere - all topnotch!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We celebrated my husbands 64 th birthday here. Spent the day at the museum of natural history and wanted a restaurant that was nice and also close to the museum. Well we got both. There were 7 of us and everyone enjoyed their entire meal. It was not loud, there was space between tables, the service was not intrusive and pleasant. We have definitely placed this restaurant on our list"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Reliably excellent local restaurant. My book club meets there once a month as we value the low noise level, the spacious surroundings, the quality of the food, and the courteous service by professional waiters as opposed to ambitious young actors."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "My family and I have been going to Scaletta's for almost as long as the restaurant has been in business. The owners and staff are friendly, and the décor is quietly elegant. We have never had a poorly prepared dish, and everything is served promptly and hot. The wine list can be pricey, but there are many bottles in the mid-range that are really fine selections. We recently brought friends from Indiana to the restaurant for dinner and they loved the seafood pasta. The rack of lamb was cooked to perfection, as was my veal sorrentina. All in all, an excellent, relaxing and quiet place to dine. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "An enjoyable dinner, clean, quite, service and food was excellent."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Disappointing service was poor. Was told it was because they had a big party in the back. Would not go back"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Nothing about this restaurant makes you feel like you are having a New York City experience. I think my husband and I were the youngest customers and we're mid 50s. We live in the neighborhood an have for over a decade and thought we should try it. We won't again."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Consistently, a great place! We have been eating here for years on many occasions. It is fairly consistent. The food is always good. Sometimes, they can get a bit overloaded and the service is a bit backed up but they more than make up for it with their charm and good will."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We had the most wonderful dining experience here. The service, the ambiance, the choices and the food was absolutely superb. I can't wait to go back. It is one of those restaurants you cherish and are hard to find today since every new restaurant seems to have to be servicing eclectic/nouveau cuisine. I highly recommend Scaletta."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I really like the ambience, warm feelings, and comfort of great food, relatively quiet time, a sense you are welcome, and all around a memory of past into present sense at Scaletta. The food was excellent and plentiful. Prices are a little high, and could be more moderate for people on fixed incomes, but I enjoyed the whole experience again. I had a big birthday party here 13 years ago and felt it was "old world" comfort all around. Keep it up but lower your prices a little."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Excellent food,. Huge wine selection and you can get glasses instead of bottles. Great atmosphere; can be romantic or a group. There were several groups there when we arrived and it was lovely. You'll probably have about 10+ servers but they're all good, just good luck getting any names and knowing which one will serve what."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We have enjoyed many evenings with friends at Scaletta's where the food is excellent and the ambience quiet and inviting for conversation."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I have been going there for more years than I can remember. It is always perfection. The only negative is that there are stairs to go down to the entrance, but they are always very kind about having someone bring my walker down and take it up afterward. Once there, the bathroom is on the same floor. Wonderful place for conversation, no rush, quiet, impeccable service, food is unfailingly good, they cater to fussy eaters (for me, no garlic or onions in an Italian restaurant!)."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I went with my daughter and her boyfriend about 2 weeks ago and we had a wonderful meal with lovely service. I wanted to bring my husband back and so we went this past Saturday evening. It began well enough, but went downhill...our server forgot to put in one order, then after apologizing profusely for his error, he then only came back once to check on our meal, never poured our wine or water, and we waited for nearly 20 minutes for them ( bus boys) to clear our dinner plates, and then another 10 before asking ( again bus boys) if we wanted dessert, which by that time we declined. My husband was not impressed, and I wondered how in the span of 2 weeks a restaurant could be so different."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Nice place to meet. Ambiance good and people friendly"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I love Scaletta because people of a certain age can go there with every expectation to hear and be heard at the dinner table. I was tasked with finding a place to meet for dinner with some friends who were in town from Israel and Chicago for our 50th high school reunion and Scaletta seemed like the right choice for a group of people who wanted both to reminisce and to catch up. As always, the service was attentive but not oppressive, and the food was nicely prepared, even if the menu never seems to change. Despite the fact that restaurant week was officially over, the management extended the three-course offer into the weekend, and we were therefore able to have more food for less money than we had expected, which was a bonus."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Nine of us had great meals and a wonderful time. Food was excellent, portions right, ."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "restaurant week choice. good menu with many choices, decent size portions, excellent food, attentive service"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "When I made reservations for this restaurant, it was to have easier access to the Beacon Theatre. The bonus was the menu for Restaurant Week, reasonable wine and drinks and the most amazing desserts ever."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Very nice selection for Restaurant Week. Convenient location to Museum of Natural History, Beacon Theater & Lincoln Center. Great for lunch after exploring Central Park in the spring. Great food ,ambience & service. Don't miss the Deserts!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Scalettas is as usual a lovely place to dine on good, well prepared food and actually be able to talk to one's table mates. A wonderful NY restaurant."
    Dined on 2/26/2014