Costata, which was opened by Chef Michael White - a James Beard award winner - in the trendy SoHo neighborhood, is a specialty Italian steakhouse. Priding itself in excellence is a top priority for Costata, and they only hire the most impressive talents, from its chefs to its regional managers. Hospitality is as much a part of Costata as is its food, and it desires to provide an overall experience, not simply a mere dining pleasure. When dining at Costata, start with the Heirloom Tomato Salad with Stracciatella Cheese, bail and pesto. Next, order the Tomahawk Ribeye for two or the Pasta Fusilli, and end the meal with the delicately sweet Torta di Olo - pineapple coconut dessert cake.
Costata has one of the best lunches in the city. Get a great salad with a bit of quality steak. Side of fries, pasta... Or both.
great food, terrific service and ambiance. i would go again, happily and recommend to friends for business or pleasure
$ 40.00 for a pasta main - you have to be kidding. There were very few bottles of wine under $ 100.00 and the $ 50.00 steak was OK but hardly earth shattering. My wife did enjoy the risotto but that was about it. This restaurant is not worth the money.
Delicious meal, excellent apps and entrees. Steak especially delicious. Good wine. Great service. Lovely atmosphere. Already been back.
After dining at all of Michael White's other restaurants in the city, I was excited to try Costata for the first time. I left very unimpressed and wouldn't return. The service was fantastic-- knowledgeable, attentive and friendly staff. The ambiance was fine--nice room, and despite what lots of other reviews have said, good music (it was a bit empty and quiet). The issue was the food. Everything we ate, from crudos to pastas to different types of meat, was so bland and completely lacked flavor. It was nothing like the food at White's other restaurants. Therefore, for the price, it's hard to see how it could be worth returning.
Their ribeye is probably the best I've ever had. However, their lamb chops weren't. The taste of Rosemary over powered the taste of the lamb chops.
That Costata Steak (Tomahawk) and the Porteshouse are out of this world. One of the best Steakhouse I have been. A little bit expensive, but it worthed. We are from Mexico and came for the NYC Marathon and are very glad we found this plane
Went there early for a dinner prior to running the NYC Marathon. Not crowded but started to fill in by the time we left. Great service. Food was above average but not spectacular. Portions on the smaller size but adequate. Perhaps slightly overpriced but it is NYC after all.
Would go back but not the type of place I would rave about.
Had a business dinner there and the food and service was fantastic. Will go back in a heartbeat.
The veggie sides are a must. Every part of this meal was delicious.
third time in two months that we returned and this time was OUTSTANDING!!!!! as all the other times have been but this Saturday we really went to town and savored every mouth full we will travel from long island any time for this type of food and service. it just does not get any better thank you to Michael White and his team for this gem.
Had dinner here with two friends on Sunday night and we were somewhat disappointed. Tomahawk ribeye was tender but lacked flavor and temp was a bit off, apps and sides were good. I love Mares but I'm not sure I would do Costata again.
Never before have I walked into a classy restaurant and heard Europe's "The Final Countdown", followed by a Led Zeppelin song. But that's what you get here... truly non-traditional music, classic steaks, excellent cocktails, and attentive service. Overall we liked it. The food was very good, nothing special...but if you want a good steak it's a safe bet. Portions are ample, so pace yourself if you order multiple courses as we did. These guys know how to make classic cocktails too... best Manhattan we had during our stay in NYC.
The food was so delicious from the rosemary foccacia bread and the pork lardo dip to the signature delicious Michael White pasta...He never disappoints!! The space has always been too big and odd for SoHo but I hope this place sticks around.
The Costada Ribeye for 2 was a bit pricey at $126 but worth every penny!
My beef filet was great. The roast corn polenta is a must have - excellent. Got a surprise free dessert for my birthday w/ candle, and the waitress Amber was lovely. The old fashioned was sub par, and the pasta sizes were teeny. Pricey menu by Chef Michael White, but the meat and accompanying black pepper pancetta sauce was very good.
It's not often that you come across a restaurant that does more than one type of dish perfectly, but Costata is an exception. Not only are the crudos and pasta exquisite (two favorites are the warm seafood salad with a bounty of fresh scallops, shrimp, squid and octopus, and the tagliatelle with brown butter and wild mushrooms), but the porterhouse for two was impeccable. Aged beef cooked to a perfect medium rare, slightly funky with an amazing crust was made even more perfect when accompanied by rich creamed spinach and crispy artichokes. Service is discreet but attentive, and the wine expert at our table found a bottle that was decanted and enjoyed by all. I'll be back the next time I am entertaining guests.
Love the uni pasta and garganelli. Tomato salad is way too expensive for what it is. Pork belly app was tasty. Octopus was good but I've had better. Stick with the pastas!
Please order the pastas and soft shell crabs, then the streak or chops. Finish with the Crete brûlée .
Waiters and hostess were combining forces to come to our table every 3 min...I counted. For some this might be delightful, but for someone trying to have a conversation over a meal, the constant interruption became annoying.
This is a charming restaurant, with excellent service, good food and a tolerable noise level (rare nowadays and much appreciated). Their steak dishes and vegetables are very good, though the fries are slightly above ordinary.
Went here for Restaurant Week lunch. I had the steak tartare (excellent), the sirloin tips (delicious, but a bit too rare for my taste), and the mascarpone (very good). Service was attentive and friendly. The place was nice but the the tables were a little close to each other.
...what more can you ask for? This is a nice place for lunch and probably. also for dinner.
second time here and the meal was to die for.......the pastas and we had four different ones plus the steak just outstanding we shall return very soon
We didn't get the Costata, but the Restaurant Week prix fixe lunch was great! We tried the steak tartar, a beet salad, the skate with the creamiest polenta and roasted corn, and steak tips. Everything was cooked well, though the steak was a bit uneven (ranged from blue to medium rare). The desserts were both good. One was similar to tiramisu and the other was a beautiful cup of chocolate mousse, pistachio cake, and cheesecake topped with berries. We hope to return soon!
From start to finish our lunch was wonderful! We took advantage of restaurant week to try this restaurant for lunch and we will return for dinner soon. Service was excellent. Food was perfect. Presentation was so impressive. I had the burger which was so flavorful and cooked to perfection. My husband had the skate which was delicious also.
I am looking forward to our return visit.
went for restaurant week- such a great deal. food portion was large and everything was delicious. some small snags: there were flies due to the front door being open. i was handed a blank menu by accident, which was fine. then instead of being charged for two glasses of wine, i was charged for two bottles. hopefully this will improve, but food was worth going for.
Almost empty at lunch, blaring rock music made it hard to hear. Staff pleasant. Ordered "Famed" Costata burger rare, it came well done with large piece of blue masking tape attached to plate, which I gave back when asked how was my burger. He offered to redo, but I thought I'd just eat it, didn't realize the poor meat quality included grizzle that stuck in my teeth. My beet salad was delicious, but green salad overdressed, strings still attached to beans.And for good measure overly salted. Tagliatelle was sticky and had dry ends, as if left uncovered when drying fresh pasta. Dessert of "mixed berries" on ricotta pudding was just some off tasting blueberries that during the height of the season is unforgivable. Costata..cross it off!
Went here for lunch. The burger was like nothing I've ever had. Absolutely the best tasting and most satisfying burger I've ever had. And everyone at the table of four of us agreed. Also got to taste the skate with polenta and that was another outstanding dish. The wine selections offered by the glass was very well thought out and there's something for every taste and dish pairing. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive and the room was very comfortable and relaxing. Good background music too. Can't wait to try Costata for dinner.
Must try any of the pastas and the burger too, of course!
We arrived late (after calling them to warn them) and they were incredibly helpful. We were seated within minutes, and after telling the waiter we were in a rush because of work, they made sure our food came out very fast while still making this meal memorable. Amazing food! The atmosphere is good for lunch but nothing special. Would highly recommend!
The restaurant was very good. Tables somewhat close together. The decor was bright and inviting.
Food and experience far exceeded our expectations.
My boyfriend and I came here for restaurant week to sample the menu we had heard so much about. We each started with different appetizers, he had the beef tartar and I had the beet salad. Both excellent and I made him share with me! And we both had the burger, which was dripping down the sides of our hands and was so delicious we could barely speak while finishing our meal. The cheese, and bacon marmalade was just perfect. A great way to experience a fabulous restaurant- and I will definitely be back for more another time.
We had a reservation and when we arrived after 25 minutes of taxi ride they told us it was closed for the day. We couldn't believe it. Nobody called us or send us an email to cancel the reservation. Incredible! I would never recommend that restaurant.
First time experience at Costata. Although it was Rrsturant Week and the menu was limited everything was just great. New flavors and good atmosphere made this a wonderful Birthday celebration for my wife and I.
Maybe other people were eating outside on the summer night we went, but the place was about 25% full. We ate around 9:30 pm so it's a little concerning when most of the restaurant is empty. Service was fair, it seemed the manager took our order. Steak was good but very salty. Nothing special here-mushrooms were average. Pretty place inside, just didn't have much vibe.
I'm a big fan of Michael White Italian cuisine, very authentic and yet with a special modern twist! I love Costata!
I came for dinner with my husband and some friends from out of town on a Saturday evening. Our expectations were high, based on recommendations, and the quality of food blew us away. Creative pasta choices and great cuts of meat that can rival any Manhattan steakhouse.
It was very quiet. Loud, horrible music which did not suit the restaurant at all!!! It was like rock music!?!? It was very quiet too, unlike when it first opened. The food was very good as usual, but I'm not sure if I'd rush back there - the music was awful!