Paola's Restaurant

4.5
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$31 to $50
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Italian
"Everybody in New York seems to be looking for the perfect neighborhood restaurant. I think I found it."
- Ruth Reichl, The New York Times

For almost 30 years, Executive Chef Paola Bottero has offered an authentic Italian dining experience and a warm welcome on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. An icon of the Carnegie Hill Neighborhood, Paola’s serves lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and Stuzzichini “lite bites” at the gracious bar or al fresco at the outdoor tables. Joined by her son Stefano, together they are committed to the freshest ingredients and the truest interpretations of La Cucina Italiana. Benvenuti!

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BW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a reliable choice. The food is great, healthy and. Creative. You can hear, and the service is attentive.

m
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is superb. One of the best restaurants not only on the UES but in all of NYC.

D
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This neighborhood restaurant has very good food, attentive staff and a good vibe. The bartender, Beata, also makes a fabulous Vesper Martini using both Monkey in Paradise gin and Tanqueray vodka. It's reasonably priced and a great value. Most importantly, with very good food, it's a great place to dine.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite. Armando and Kosette the best. Great food, relax ambiance in the neighbour.

L
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service are always good

b
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants that I have had the pleasure to enjoy

RG
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

A bit noisy due to density but that is quite tolerable with the excellent and friendly service. The food is excellent. HOWEVER, the pricing of the wine list borders somewhere between insulting and demeaning. 'Tis offensively greedy. Looking at popularity, I understand about 'what the traffic will bear' and 'tis a business. But not for me.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ristorante di qualità con prodotti genuini cucinati da mani sapienti. Ottima esperienza!

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G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated New Year’s with friends. The wait staff was extremely attentive and welcoming. The atmosphere is traditional Italian. The doors was excellent. Is especially enjoyed the veal scallopini. It was very tender bit just a bit crisp around the edges. Seasoned well.desserts were delicious. A bit pricey but in keeping with the environment. I would eat there again for sure.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years was a pure delight food was amazing

NY
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful afternoon catching up with out of town friends - the food and service were just perfect - we ate at a European pace and could not have enjoyed ourselves more!

l
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adrian is ALWAYS the best!!!

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely neighborhood Italian. Dress up in the evenings

MN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always wonderful to go to Paola's. We have been going for 30 years.

N
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful , special nite out! Neighborhood Gem!

SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time at this rest. Staff were friendly. Food was good. There were 5 of us and everyone had something different. My salmon with asparagus ( sauce on side ) was very good. everyone else had pasta dishes they enjoyed. Decor is very nice. Modern but still homey. We will go again.

AF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food and service but very noisy during dinner which was at 6:30.

ME
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relatives visiting from abroad

OT
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way.

J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The noise level, combined with poor (though amiable) service diminished my enjoyment considerably. The food was good, but that's not the only criterion for a good restaurant experience I doubt if I will return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience1

We had a 730PM reservation for 4 people. They seated another table for 4 who came in after us at 750PM. and who were highly aggressive in their behavior. We were finally seated at 755PM after we said we were leaving. The experience was horrible. We will never go back.

E
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambiance is lively at this upper east side gem. Wonderful service at the bar where we sat and were able to sample great wines and terrific food including the warm mozzarella and perfectly fried artichokes. Very well priced for the city.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is very inviting. The only minor concern is the price which was $90 for a lunch

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and service at Paola's is consistently good. Price point is in line with the neighborhood. Atmosphere is conducive to having a normal conversation - no need to shout but not so dead that everyone hears your every breath. Highly recommend this neighborhood restaurant with a classy / casual feel and great food.

F
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! We love Paola’s!

n
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our first experience at Paola. Very accomodating host, hostess and coat check. Friendly, lively vibe. The tortillini soup was great and the buccatini was delicious. Nice wine list too. We would love to return.

L
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just moved in to UES. Will eat here a lot.

j
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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WP
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally consistent and an alway great menu. A neighborhood gem.

D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Italian ues

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LO
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Met an old friend for dinner.....we had a lot to talk about..........were seated at a table for two in the dining room --in the row in the center of the room with the bar in the back of it. Tables are very close together and
the place was packed on Thursday night. It was difficult to hear each other............but gradually as the evening went on the tables on each side of us were empty........and we could communicate. The tables are really too close together........but the food was very good.

B
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We only go to Paola's a couple times a year because they overbook, resulting in waits to be seated. This time it was 25 minutes. The food is good enough, but for the high prices I want to be whisked to my table the minute I walk in the door. And if you want to have a quiet conversation, go to Erminia - Paola's is like a wind tunnel.

S
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, cozy and very friendly place.
Service is excellent.

OT
New York Area
442 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had dinner at Paola’s before going to The Guggenheim for Alvin Ailey’s Works & Process. We shared a calamari to start. For main courses I had the Duck breast and my friend had the Cornish hen. They were all very good. The only complaint was that the Dessert we ordered was too sweet. The bottle of Nebbiolo we had to drink was delicious and reasonably priced.

SU
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very pushy manager/waiter. Asking us 2 minutes after we sat down for our order. He kept coming back every 2 minutes. Then he got the meatball appetizer order to us at the end of our meal. Also pushed a very expensive wine on us. He should back off. We are neighborhood frequent diners.

DS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic from the decor to the service to the food. I highly recommend this for a business dinner or a date night.

h
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Paola's I celebrated my birthday there with a group. We go for almost all special family meals.
It's a special neighborhood trat!

DP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Food delicious BUT meal rushed and restaurant staff pushed us out. Much pressure to vacate table. Dined with old friends and after 1.5 hours practically pushed out! 400 dollar bill for 4 people we should be able to dine and not be pressured to leave restaurant. We didn't overstay and it was obvious they wanted to serve us and push us out to seat next group and keep money coming in. Will never ever go again!!

RE
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paolo's is an old style Italian restaurant with good service, excellent food in a very nice setting.

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