Permanently Closed - EOLO: Seasonal Sicilian Kitchen

3.9
459 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Enjoy a meal at Eolo and experience our chef Melissa's love letter to the region of Sicily.

At Eolo: Seasonal Sicilian Kitchen, food is thought to be a source of great pleasure as well as an insight into the culture and history of Sicily. In a warm & relaxed setting, we offer innovative Sicilian-inspired dishes and an award-winning selection of Sicilian wines.

Our menus change seasonally and we are committed to using both traditional Sicilian and local/organic ingredients. Breads, sausages, desserts, pasta, ricotta and more are all prepared in-house. We are vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free friendly.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Sicilian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Monday to Thursday 11am-11pm
Friday & Saturday 11am-12am
Sunday 11am-10pm
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Phone number
(646) 225-6606
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Melissa Muller
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Private party facilities
At Eolo, private events are tailored to your needs, desires & budget. Menus are devised based on your culinary ideals & are structured on a 1-to-1 basis with Chef Melissa. We consider our cuisine to be a source of great pleasure as well as an insight into the culture and history of Sicily.
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Private party contact
Melissa Muller Daka: (855) 821-0813
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Catering
Our catering services range from business lunches to barbeques and picnics to buffet-style feasts and multi-course celebrations. No gathering is too small, nor too big for Eolo.

We also have a private chef service, which allows you to enjoy a restaurant style experience in the comfort on your home. Chef Melissa and/or another skilled chef from her team will prepare a feast to fit your needs. For those intimate dinners for two to gatherings of friends for brunch, we will prepare a meal from start to finish.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W 21st Street
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Public transit
Take the 1 train to 23rd and 7th Avenue
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Special events & promotions
We offer a wide array of pre-fixe menus from a family style menu to a 10 course tasting menu.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
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3.8
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3.6
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3.9
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PD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We never dined at Eolo. We made a reservation for Restaurant Week via Open Table. We were excited to try a restaurant that we had not been to before. When we showed up we found a sign on the door suggesting that we try their sister restaurant Pastai. Eolo had gone out of business. We went to Pastai expecting that they were participating in Restaurant Week also but they were not. We stayed and did dine there because we had been there before and knew that it was good and did not want to search for another restaurant. The meal was very good as expected. I initiated a conversation with the manager and he apologized. Our coffee was comped from our bill but we left feeling disappointed and deceived. This is basically "Bait and Switch" advertising. I don't understand how Open Table can advertise a restaurant on their website that is out of business. Was it the restaurant that initiated this deception or Open Table? I anticipate your reply!

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A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We left after fifteen minutes. No waiter. No bartender. No host. Don't bother.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is first rate - Sicilian - a lighter, fresher Italian. The staff are friendly and willing to assist with wine selections. Don't be put off by the drab, small decor. The food would not be out of place at much grander location.

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DD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was true to Sicilian cooking. Pasta Con Sarde, Panelles and Caponata were outstanding. Nice neighborhood crowd and the Hostess was very attentive around the room. A good meal and a good time.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our time and look forward to coming back again.

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VJ
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Acceptable food. Salad was good but pasta with clams was overcooked. Clams were not the little ones (vongole) that I expected. Disappointing.

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JS
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eolo is a great Italian restaurant.

The food is always fresh and perfectly prepared.

I love the prosciutto, caprese, gnocchi, and ravioli.

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DE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Sicilian meal in the heart of Chelsea. The bar has amazing happy hour specials with tapas at $5 and happy hour all night at the bar. I have never actually sat at the bar, but the dining experience is that much more comfortable, so both were unexpected great finds for me. The wine listasting has something for everyone and they give you after dinner drinks , limoncello etc on the house. My first meal here was with a group and the second with one other person. I would highly recommend the location for any occassion. The menu is very diverse and tasty.

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l
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, great authentic Sicilian food, & good value / atmosphere!

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ET
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A surprising Sicilian find and so convenient to the Irish Repertory Theater. Interesting menu and reasonable prices. The Arrancini was an especially tasty appetizer.

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P
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the meals, cocktails and service at Bar Eolo

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m
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Menu has authentic Sicilian food which is a change of pace- the stuffed swordfish was delicious and the day's special of stuffed red pepper was savory. Not as happy with the Pasta Le Sarde but that may be personal taste
Save room for the cheese plate as it features some regional cheeses you will not easily find elsewhere

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real neighborhood/Sicilian feel. The gnocchi is amazing so is the ricotta bruschetta. Very friendly service.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunchtime experience ... excellent food, ambiance, service.

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DP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex/Alessandro and the team were wonderful as were all of our dishes!
Grazie!

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c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love everything about EOLO --the staff welcoming, warm, and friendly. The food is excellent. I have never been disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we have dined at Eolo. Food and service are exceptional. I will return and recommend it to friends and family.

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HS
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with two authentic Italian's and they deemed the food authentic. We were treated very well and some of the staff/customer interchange was conducted in Italian. We plan to return.

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h
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good - more authentic Italian than most which are usually Italian/American. Interesting preparations at fair prices. Staff very friendly.

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PM
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is the best place for pasta in the city - bar none. Authentic Sicilian with many local and organic ingredients and finest EVOO from Sicily. Staff could not be more pleasant and professional. Good value too. fantastic wines by glass including several organic ones from the old country. Recommended.

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Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal and top notch, laid back service. We'll be back.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic Sicilian food in a comfortable, unpretentious environment. Don't miss the fried stuffed olives or the pasta with cauliflower.

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J
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really interesting pastas. Very tasty

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food here is the focal point. Really excellent. Could have a little better price point, but I won't complain.
Service was ok but not enough servers.
Ambiance was eh.

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WD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good but nothing special in prep or presentation. The service was bipolar. The manager played the sommelier. Eolo is a Sicilian restaurant so he knew the sun and the sea and the volcanic rock rap about Sicilian wine. He was cordial and feigned at formality. The waiter was patient and efficient. The bussing and secondary servers were more lax. Where the waiter served the plates from the proper side of each diner the servers who bussed and poured water and delivered small plates for dessert annoyingly reached across diners and the table. The nearby bar was populated by profane drunks with the obligatory shouting of their conversation. All in all, the Eolo experience wasn't regrettable but it doesn't earn a repeat visit.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful little find in Chelsea. Food was excellent , service was great and the prices were reasonable.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant!!!
Great food. Great service. Reasonably priced wines. The meal is well paced and the restaurant staff very attentive without being overbearing. Our new favorite place!!!

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MM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious- not just average Italian food but true taste of Sicily.

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r
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Online menue does not haven't do anything whatbis offered when visiting, worst Italian food we ever had

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LI
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit to Eolo was wonderful. What a lovely restaurant, beautifully decorated, friendly staff and a cozy atmosphere. The brunch menu is filled with so many choices and at a reasonable price. Will be going back soon.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The menu sounded so good, but unfortunately we were very disappointed by the experience. Overall I felt like it had its heyday 20 years ago and hasn't done anything to stay current. The decor was tired, the preparations were bland, and the pastas (which sounded terrific) were bland and poorly cooked. The service was decent, and was attentive without being overbearing.

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PM
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic very authentic Sicilian fare with top top notch ingredients. I was referred to this place by one of the organic farms which supply them and I was thrilled to now have this as a go to regular.

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C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have gone several times after theater at Atlantic. Very interesting food and very fresh plus interesting wine selections

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s
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

EOLO sits in a pocket of a number of good restaurants. After theatre at the Irish Rep, we had great bowls of pasta, sticking to the specials of the evening. And our wonderful waiter recommended Sicilian white wines as accompaniments. Fresh cannolis for dessert. We sat outside under a scaffolding and above the subway right below us, very NYC romantic. We had a great time.

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r
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Because we travel to Sicily our expectations tend to be rather high -- the three-star rating reflects that.
However, the restaurant certainly serves food that seems based on family recipes -- the arancini were quite unique -- much less risotto and more filling. The eggplant caponata and our entrees (wild rabbit, squid ink pasta etc) were all right but not exceptional on the taste buds -- nothing on offer was particularly "seasonal" either.(The "seasonal" suffix to the name of the restaurant does raise expectations also.)
We did appreciate the happy hour drink prices.

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d
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wine, food, service all were perfect--what a lovely restaurant!

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p
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Very disappointed. Looking for something authentic- like couscous. They served Israeli couscous! Waiter listen to my concerns but initially thought I was talking about risotto. I asked to speak to chef but he did not come out. He did send dessert .
Very pricey.Outside seating cramped and very noisy. Wanted to like this place but will not be going back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, plain and simple

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w
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Some interesting and unusual food, carefully prepared.

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b
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Chicken was very tender although over-priced. A pet peeve of mine is the difficulty getting iced water in some restaurants. Although I specifically requested it, I got water with no ice poured from a pitcher with no ice. I did then request a glass of ice which I received. Unavailability of ice is one of the things I hate about European travel. It seems to be making it's way here and is not a welcome trend. Especially on a day with high humidity and temperatures in the 90s, I want ice water; not chilled water that quickly becomes room temperature.

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