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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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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
4.0
food
3.8
service
3.6
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3.9
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on February 8, 2017

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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1.0Dined on January 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2017

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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5.0Dined on January 14, 2017

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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5.0Dined on January 7, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2017

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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5.0Dined on January 6, 2017

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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4.0Dined on January 5, 2017

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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5.0Dined on December 29, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2016

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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5.0Dined on December 27, 2016

Always love the meals, cocktails and service at Bar Eolo

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2016

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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5.0Dined on December 21, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2016

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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5.0Dined on December 9, 2016

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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4.0Dined on December 7, 2016

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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5.0Dined on December 3, 2016

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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4.0Dined on November 29, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2016

Really interesting pastas. Very tasty

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2016

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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3.0Dined on November 9, 2016

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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4.0Dined on October 30, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2016

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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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

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

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2.0Dined on October 22, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

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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2.0Dined on October 15, 2016

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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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

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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4.0Dined on September 14, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on September 13, 2016

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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3.0Dined on September 10, 2016

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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4.0Dined on September 10, 2016

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

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1.0Dined on September 3, 2016

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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5.0Dined on August 20, 2016

Loved it, plain and simple

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2016

Some interesting and unusual food, carefully prepared.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2016

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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