Estela

4.6
521 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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In 2013, Thomas Carter and Ignacio Mattos took over the intimate space that once housed the Knitting Factory music venue and turned it into estela. Set above Houston Street, the lively restaurant serves a New-American menu, cooked with a personal approach that incorporates the many diverse experiences and cultures of New York City. There is a deep wine list, as well as a bar serving cocktails late into every evening.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Sun–Thu 5:30 pm–11:00pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:30 pm
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Phone number
(212) 219-7693
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ignacio Mattos
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mulberry / Mott Sts.
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Public transit
B, D, F, M at Broadway-Lafayette St.; 6 at Bleecker St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Cocktails, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.6based on all time ratings
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food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
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OT
1 review
Reviewed on June 27, 2019
Overall 1food service ambience

I heard good things about this restaurant and I finally decided to visit. The food was actually not bad but the service I received was extremely terrible. The server, Ryan was beyond rude and disrespectful toward my friends and me. He treated us like we do not belong there. We reported it to management but instead of apologizing, they defended him. It’s just a shame you pay your money to enjoy a good food and have a good time, but you leave disappointed. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

n
New York Area
14 reviews
Reviewed on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Such a great hospitality group - food... can't wait to go to one of their restaurants.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Reviewed on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food service ambience

Food was creative and delicious but over priced. Service above average but wait staff pushed ordering more dishes than necessary.

l
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Among the best restaurants in the US. Compact menu of refined flavor bombs. Been here around 7-8 times and consistently excellent. EXCELLENT. And when they err; they immediately work to make it up, making you feel really good in the end. This is a well run restaurant. Kudos to staff and management.

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Comida excelente, buen servicio, gran ambiente. De seguro volveré.

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O
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

burrata is out of this world and endive salad is amazing

r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Execellent as always!!!

J
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente lugar para una comida o cena casual! La comida deliciosa!

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ST
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with amazing food. Will definitely eat here again

a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It’s the second time in Estela and it still hit the spot!

S
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was absolutely delicious.!We had the tartare, the endives, the ricotta dumplings and the lamb.
Each dish was an explosion of flavors hard to describe. So good!!!
For desert we had the panacotta also excellent.
The restaurant is small and tables are very near one from the other. I have seen this in many places in NY but I don’t like to listen to my neighbors conversations or mine to be listen.
Service was great.
We were celebrating our 15 anniversary, and being Uruguayan as the chef is, we wanted to try his food.
Any complimentary attention whatsoever other than the candle on the dessert.
I would have expected something else but that wasn’t the case. A glass of champagne or a dessert or coffee....
All the same I have to congratulate Mattos for his delicious food and cozy restaurant.

JC
London
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

All dishes were awesome - but the overall value for the food feels very low. Portions are extremely small.

M
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative and delicious food. Very loud, difficult to maintain a conversation. The overall experience is worth a try at least once.

SB
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We had to wait up to 20 minutes even though we made a booking. The restaurant was pretty noisy and exactly great for dating. Otherwise, the food itself and the wine selection was AMAZING, Every one of our order was so creative and delicious.

MH
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I was disappointing by the seats we got. Small table by the bar, the food could not all fit to the table and as it was next to the window, it was freezing cold! And as people got in and were waiting for tables they all stood over us, either crammed into our chairs or almost staring at us eating. Just a weird set up and I do not know if I would offer those seats like the restaurant seats - this is more bar/lounge seating. So yes, quite disappointing by that, especially as I booked the table well in advance as this place has been on my list for a while.

But food was really good and staff really nice.

PN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the most incredible experience at Estela. The service was top notch. The staff was so friendly and helpful, and the food was hands down the best meal I’ve had in my 6 years in Manhattan!

Z
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, great service, great ambience but what is the deal with the banquets? They are the wrong height for the table and the person sitting on the other side of the table is way lower in the chair. I kept leaning my elbows on the table to get lower down. If it were my restaurant, I would have ripped them out day one and got it right.

LH
Adelaide / SA
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Low key but excellent service, creative menu, interesting crowd, and the best chocolate dessert I’ve ever tasted!

A
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very creative food. Service was excellent and welcoming. Noise level is very loud. And loud music. Always full house. Wine bar atmosphere. We were the oldest diners in the place but go because of delicious food .

j
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

everything was great, but it’s too loud for conversation. the waiter was efficient, knowlegable, but made no connection with us, no smile, like a machine. not uncommon with younger servers in many restaurants. we were happy though, amazing food. i would come again, but with a younger friend!

SV
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service. Buzzy and exciting. Superb menu. The scallop crudo is amazing - so flavorful we ordered a second at the close of the meal. I posted on Instagram - @srvmusings

OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I’ve ever been to

BP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent date spot. Very classy with delicious small dishes. The best dishes we had were the steak and pork. So amazing.

a
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming spot in the west village. I love to eat at the bar and this place is great for that. The menu is primarily small plates for sharing that are quite fancy and a bit pricey but overall it was a nice, cozy experience on a rainy Sunday afternoon. We arrived at noon and by the time we left about an hour and a half later it was getting busy and more crowded. I love coffee with cream when having brunch but the bartender told me they didn't have cream, only milk (no!) so I asked hom to check with the kitchen for cream and he came back with some minutes later (a trick I use often for these weird new york brunch places that don't believe in having cream available for coffee) the kitchen always has some! ✨✨✨

R
Berlin
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Only one fish dish and „policy“ is not to change any sides, so we had to leave

OT
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food over the top great and inventive. Waiter was gruff and inattentive. For four of us he recommended we order 7-9 items. We ordered 5 and were very happy. Overheard him suggesting 5 item order for a table of two!

i
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful brunch! Bit too loud to enjoy conversation, but we love Estela!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and excellent food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Incredible dinner. Just wish they had more vegan/vegetarian/ or pescatarian entree options.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Get the market greens and endive salad 🥗

KB
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elevated dishes and very knowledgeable team. Good job!

AF
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Black rice unbelievably delicious. Enjoyable evening!

BS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is very good but portions a bit on the small and everything is small plates. If you like small plates then that's wonderful. Personally we were a tad underwhelmed as we are tired of small plates and are looking for adult main course portions. You get a few bites and that's all. If they would offer regular entrees we'd more inclined to go back. And for small plates while the portions were not on the small side the prices certainly weren't. You end up paying full entree prices for small portions. Not worth it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 3

Service was nothing to write home about. At times rude. Host was very rude. Food was fantastic

R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic! Sitting at the bar was so fun. Loved the entire meal, one of the best I’ve had out in awhile!

WD
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple and wonderful seasonal plates that just get better and better. Add an eclectic and well curated wine list that perfectly matches the food and setting for an unbeatable combination. Prices are very reasonable. Book well in advance!

OT
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it again. It’s a staple for us every trip to NYC!

MA
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, professional staff, superb food. Order 5-6 dishes for two.

k
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing meal!!

v
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner! From the food, to our wonderful server, Fred and an energetic vibe, we had an outstanding dining experience. As delicious as the food was, Fred really enhanced our evening!

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