Altesi Ristorante

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Italian
Located at 26 East 64th Street, Altesi Madison is one of the two restaurants of Altesi Group, serving lunch and dinner (as well as Saturday & Sunday brunch). Our recipes are rooted in Italy’s rich culinary tradition and the freshest seasonal ingredients. Conveniently located just off Madison Avenue, Altesi Madison has an outdoor dining space in its enclosed garden. Altesi Madison is a neighborhood gem for gourmets in search of elegant but authentic Italian food.
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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dinner at Altesi. I have been there a few times already and it is always great. We love the food, it’s always fresh and very tasty. The atmosphere is warm and the service very attentive. I recommend it to everyone looking for a great Italian restaurant.

F
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a business lunch there and everything was perfect. The food was tasty and very well flavored. The wine list has nice selection and the service is friendly and professional. Everyone really enjoyed.

G
New York Area
338 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is my second time at altesi. The service and menu and hostess and atmosphere are all wonderful. My only negative are the prices. Albeit Ues, it’s a little high The restaurant week. Offer was reasonable. The regular menu is too high

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food was horrible. “Roasted” chicken was really just boiled. Everything had absolutely no taste, perhaps the chef himself has no tastebuds.

Altesi Ristorante
Responded 5 days ago

Dear Customer You made your own dish due to your limitation: no dressing, no salt, no chives, no garlic, no onions. Basically you changed completely the dish and our flavor. Additionally you ate 2/3 of the chicken and you made comment we should remove from the check. Sorry for the restaurants who failed into this kind of game but I will not be one of them. Thank you Paolo

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MS
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Altesi for a wonderful dinner and Valentine’s celebration. The food, wine and service were amazing, we look forward to dining there again.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love italian food but my favorite restaurant is Altesi and owners is amazing person I was there for Valentine’s Day he came to us and he asked how’s everything

T
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Not bad, but not as good as previous years. There was nothing special about any of the dishes and quite pricey!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Salmon tasted very fishy. Not fresh.

F
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with delicious food and friendly service. We love coming here and always recommend the place to our friends.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at Altesi. I went with the group of friends to celebrate my Birthday and everything was wonderful. The food was excellent and the service friendly and attentive. They have a good wine selection with wide price range so everyone can find something to please them.

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Waitress had an attitude

M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the salmon and lamb shank
which were both delicious, cooked to perfection. The ambiance is lovely and the service was excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant

GS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Altesi, at 64th Street near Madison Avenue, was wonderful. I enjoyed delicious polenta with mushrooms, shredded greens and balsamic vinegar for the appetizer; sea bream with roasted cauliflower for the entree; and although not included in the Restaurant Week special, tiramisu for dessert. All were outstanding. Atmosphere and service were also excellent.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I just loved having sunday lunch there. Loved that it hd enough space and their ragu was wonderful!

SS
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We were underwhelmed on arrival when directed to a rail to hang up our coats despite three members of staff being there. The food was undoubtedly well flavoured but one dish was undercooked and tepid. The restaurant had a good atmosphere and the staff were attentive but disinterested when we gently mentioned about the food.

Altesi Ristorante
Responded on February 3, 2020

Dear Sir You and two ladies had a dinner. Your wife said the pasta is hard which immediately we explained to you that the pasta is cooked al dented and we offered you to cook pasta over. You refused and you said it’s fine. It is unfair to say that we did not react to your comments. Thank you Paolo

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r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff wonderful helped friend with walker. Very eager to help. The food wonderful

G
New York Area
338 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! Occasionally I need a place to dine in the mid-60s off fifth and have found most of the restaurants very loud and not conducive to a quiet conversation and a dining experience. Altesi is that and more.
The hostess and owner were charming and welcoming, the menu was diverse and the food was made to perfection We had the restaurant week special with carpaccio, salmon, roast chicken, and two fabulous deserts. Service was impeccable and the ambience is friendly cozy warm upscale
Yet reasonable and not stuffy for an upper east side establishment
Plan to return soon even if I don’t have an occasion to be on the upper east side

RD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went for restaurant week. Place was about half-full on a Sunday in January. Hostess was polite and seated us promptly after allowing us to hang our coats on the coat rack by the front door. Ambience was quiet and classy with tame conversation throughout the dining room. Server(s) were attentive during our entire visit. Food was incredibly delicious, including the insalata di zucca, burrata, mushroom truffle risotto, and grilled salmon. I recommend this restaurant.

PM
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first time dining at Altesi and were very pleased. The person who greeted us was lovely and turned out to be the owner. Our server was just beyond amazing. It was restaurant week and the menu was varied, several options and each was delicious. Will definitely return.

RD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Altesi is a gem. Great place for a quiet business lunch, good food, great service, and ambiance. Gabriella is such a charming hostess!

EV
New York Area
311 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real surprise, as we didn’t even know this restaurant existed. Went here for Restaurant Week lunch, and loved everything we are, as did our friends. Excellent cacio e pepe pasta, delicious Caesar salad, and very nice pounded breast of chicken with arugula and balsamic vinaigrette. Lovely service, and a very pleasant atmosphere in the room itself. We will definitely go back.

J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance

J
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The brunch was very good but the American coffee was terrible. You must find a new vendor or coffee brand for regular coffee.

SC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Pasta lovers - your life is not complete until you've visited Altesi. Lovingly and artistically prepared - a jewel in the Italian foodie crown. And, there's a rare wine list. Even if you can't afford them, you'll enjoy reading the labels and feeling delightfully indulgent -- all the while enjoying a bottle of moderately priced Montepulciano. Ambiance is great and the staff is professional, attentive, cheerful, and very well informed.

d
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very welcoming. Excellent wine list and innovative take on classic Italian. Wide range of choices. Attentive yet non intrusive service

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Lunch
Quiet
Small salad

d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great spot on the UES. Food is consistently outstanding and the setting is perfect...contemporary, warm and relaxing. I have been there many times. Pastas are great, and my favorite entree is the halibut. Trio of creme brûlée is a great finish.

M
28 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food and Ambience is outstanding. We have been to this restaurant many times and it just seems to get better each time. This is a quant neighborhood place!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a long day of shopping & visiting Rockefeller Center, this was a fabulous find! Several places in the area that we were familiar with were booked, and I am so happy we came upon Altesi Ristorante for a delicious finale to a beautiful day. Service was impeccable, food was superb! We ordered beef Carpaccio, Gnocchi with Duck ragout, Homemade tagliatelle with crab, and Salmon with lentils. All absolute perfection! We will definitely be visiting Altesi again in the future!

s
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Italian food, great ambiance and staff! It’s our favorite!

RD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabriella lovely, nice atmosphere, like the daily specials and good food! Quiet!

E
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Altesi is a wonderful, civilized place to go for dinner----the food is simple, fresh, excellent. Staff is delightful. Great place for a quiet dinner with friends or even someone who has a hard time in loud, annoying restaurants. We love this place!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food, lovely service, never too noisy

d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

beautiful room, excellent food and service. I will be back

F
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinner at Altesi. The food, service and the ambiance always delightful. Altesi keeps the standards high and that’s why we always love there!

LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Sunday night chef and food dreary day

AM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good, but server was unhelpful and had an attitude.

Altesi Ristorante
Responded on November 9, 2019

Dear Amy My waiter does not have attitude and only follows the rules. We do not allow refills of any soda and I am sorry for misjudgment. Thank you Paola

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L
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always.

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent ambiance, service, food. We'll be back! Thank you.