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About Paola's Restaurant

"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!

1295 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10028
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Monday 5 -10 pm,
Tuesday - Saturday 5 - 11 pm

Lunch: Monday - Friday 12 - 4 pm

Brunch: Saturday 11 - 4 pm

Brunch: Sunday 10 - 4 pm

Stuzzichini "Lite Bites" at the bar or outdoor tables 4 - 6 pm

Cross Street:
92nd Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 794-1890

Website:
http://www.paolasrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Upscale, farm fresh, home made. Classic Italian, Vegetarian, Gluten Free menus available. Hand made pastas, house made desserts.

Parking Details:
After 7 pm, free parking is available on Madison Avenue. Prior to 7 pm, parking can be paid by credit card or coins at the Muni Meter kiosks , after which the receipt should be displayed inside the car on the dashboard. Side street parking is free, but be careful to observe alternate side of the street parking rules indicated on the signs. The nearest parking garage is located on 94th Street between Madison & Park Avenues.

Public Transit:
Subway:
The nearest subway station is 96th Street and Lexington Avenue. The nearest express subway station is 86th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Bus:
The M1, M2, M3 and M4 busses all stop directly in front of Paola’s at 92nd and Madison Avenue.

Executive Chef:
Paola Bottero

Private Party Facilities:
Paola's Restaurant can accommodate private events for 8 – 80 guests. Upstairs from our main dining room we have access to 4 rooms as part of the Hotel Wales, the largest of which, the brand new, stylish Carnegie Room, can accommodate up to 80. We specialize in private parties such as Rehearsal Dinners, Weddings, Baptisms, Business Meetings, Bar Mitzvahs and Fundraisers. In addition, there is a glorious roof top space with views of Central Park available in the spring and summer months. The roof terrace accommodates up to 80 and is serviced by a private kitchen.

There is a cover charge for private spaces and per person menu prices are customized to suit the needs of your event.

Private Party Contact:
Paola Bottero: (212) 794-1890

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Trent’ Anni! 30 Years!

Celebrating 30 years of Paola’s on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in October 2013!

Cent’Anni is a traditional Italian toast that celebrates life and literally means, “May you live to be 100 Years”. “Trent’Anni” is our expression of pride in 30 years of devotion to the authentic Italian dining experience.

We look forward to celebrating our loyal clientele with several events featuring food, wine, and festivity in the coming year

Paola's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (29)
Authentic (22)
Good for a Date (19)
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Fit for Foodies (18)
Special Occasion (16)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Romantic (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Business Meals (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Cozy (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Casual (5)
Fun (5)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

One of the best spaghetti pomodoro's outside of Italy!

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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

THis is our favorite restaurant. The food is wonderful,nthebservice great, the owner closely monitors the food and service and quality, which is consistently excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 15, 2018

We had an excellent dinner at Paola's. The pasta entrees were superb (highly recommend the pappardelle with pork ragu and rigatoni with spicy sausage and porcini mushrooms) as were the brussels sprout salad and crispy artichokes to start. If you have room, share the hazelnut profiteroles! The space is cozy (crowded and noisy) but still able to have a conversation and enjoy nonetheless. The service was friendly and attentive too. We will definitely return soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

I have a few favorites at Paola's and i am never disappointed. Their artichokes are outstanding. Sometimes it can get a little noisy at night but it is one of our favorite restaurants in the "hood".

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was both creative and delicious and the restaurant was physically attractive and most comfortable . Unfortunately, the service we experienced from the head waiter to the busboys was inattentive and, at times, bordering on rudeness. I will go back to be certain we were not there at a difficult time -it was New Year's Day, and the food was superb..

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Healthy
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service2
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

High end neighborhood restaurant. Always very good and entirely consistent.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was good and authentic. Service was fast and friendly. Would go back to try more dishes

Tags: Authentic
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Paola is one of the few restaurants in NYC that have the most amazing puntarella salad, original from a Roman recipe. The food and service is very good. It's a cosy place. We love it.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Paola's earns its stripes as an Upper East Side standby again and again. The food is always of high quality - more traditional than cutting-edge, but from first-rate ingredients and deeply flavorful. Splendid wines, alert and caring service ... the place exudes warmth, friendship, and deep deliciousness.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Beautiful and delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I’m mostly a lifelong new Yorker and this is my favorite restaurant in New York. Reliable excellent food in Carnegie Hill.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, People Watching, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Excellent! The food is very well prepared and presented. The service is excellent. It's a great restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Always reliable and good food. Always busy and somewhat loud, but one of the better Italian restaurants in the city. One noteworthy point is that they offer wild fresh Branzino . Almost every other restaurant now only offers farm raised Branzino--- which is considerably inferior, less tasty and less healthy (full of antibiotics, PCB's and fed things you do not want to know). And, of course much, much cheaper for the restaurant--- it really is not right nor fair especially since these restaurants charge so much for this cheaper version of this fish.
Paola's charges a fair price especially since it is vastly superior (and more expensive) and they deserve credit for this.

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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food4
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great food and professional service in a lively venue. Will be back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Always perfect. Great ambiance, delicious food, neighborhood gem.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our party of seven was given a table in a corner as requested so we could talk. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Food was wonderful. Entrees arrived hot for each of us! We had a wonderful evening together, celebrating over 40 years of friendship. Thank you.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

First time having dinner here. Stayed close by and tried it as our usual restaurant was not open.
Delicious choices. Wonderful desserts. Very pleasant and attentive staff. Popular and with good reason. Close to our hotel which was lovely in cold weather. Casual chic dress, popular with people of varied ages. Will go again. Soon, we hope.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Fun
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food4
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

If I lived in New York I would be eating here regularly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Paola runs a great restaurant. Wonderful menu with lots of new specials.
Big wine list and nice bar!
Good staff - and lots of them!
Seriously - a "real" restaurant. Mature and sophisticated - delicious food well prepared and beautifully served.
Getting "pricey" -but well worth it.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We come often and love it every time! Can’t wait to go back. Best eggs Benedict with salmon.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great, fresh foods including homemade pastas! Love when I go to a restaurant and the staff is attentive enough to refill my water glass before it is empty! What a find!!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Fun, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, People Watching, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Always a delicious and great dining experience!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Went to Paola's for brunch on a Sunday. The food was excellent and the service was very attentive. I would highly recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Delightful restaurant. Excellent wine without the high price. Charming wait staff

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great but the noise is a major factor in my enjoyment. And, it is noisy!

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Love the the restaurant- 2 blocks from my house: easy, tasty, nice ambiance. Don’t be tempted to be fancier. That’s a bore.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Local good

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Every time keeps getting better
Perfect restaurant for everything

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Paola's continues to be my favorite restaurant for special occasions. The food is always excellent, the service attentive, and it's a lovely space in which to eat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Paola's is always welcoming, with great food and a nice wine selection. Seats are a little close, and the high ceilings can cause the conversation buzz to be a little loud, but , hey, we're not eating in Kansas!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

My birthday

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Honestly not so great as I expected... good for the neighborhood but not a destination place at all. Nothing was done for my girlfriend birthday and I was a little disappointed... talking about the food, nice chicken, a bit dry. Agnolotti very tasty but the can black truffle on top I’m still digesting it... calamari just fine.
Good if you live around it, but doesn’t worth the trip if you live more then 15 block away...
Great expectation, bigger disappointment

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food is always top notch. Restaurant is always busy and noisy. But that being said ,service and food are excellent. Well worth it

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Love Paola's but wish I had stuck with the delicious pasta or the other entrees which I've had and enjoyed -- the osso bucco at $46 was a big disappointment -- tough and not flavorful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Paola's NEVER disappoints us. This neighborhood favorite has great food and service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Looking for. Local place and found it. Food food and ambience Great.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Everything was A+. But the noise is like a jet engine that won,t stop.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Though posing as a neighborhood restaurant, this is one of the best Italian restaurants in town. The food is terrific throughout the menu, the service is prompt and friendly. There are better known Italian restaurants downtown, and there are more expensive Italian restaurants uptown — but there are not any better Italian restaurants elsewhere in the city.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Greatest place in NY

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Quiet and comfortable.
Service excellent.
Very expensive.
Food good not great.

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