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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!
New York, NY 10028
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Upscale, farm fresh, home made. Classic Italian, Vegetarian, Gluten Free menus available. Hand made pastas, house made desserts.
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.
The nearest subway station is 96th Street and Lexington Avenue. The nearest express subway station is 86th Street and Lexington Avenue.
The M1, M2, M3 and M4 busses all stop directly in front of Paola’s at 92nd and Madison Avenue.
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
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
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
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.
Paola's is a great restaurant and one of the best options in the immediate area. The food, especially the homemade pasta, is delicious and the service attentive. On the night we dined there, the weather was good and we got a table outside, which was very pleasant except for the fact that this particular table is hemmed in by boxwood hedges on all sides, leading to a somewhat isolated dining experience. The noise level is pleasantly modulated so that one can carry on a conversation. Highly recommend.
The meal was great. However, the service was very slow. For each course we waited and only got our food after asking where it was. It always came right out, as if they had just forgotten to bring it out. Even getting the bill and getting the credit card back took a very long time. We were there at 9 pm and it was not too busy.
Very boring standard Italian restaurant. Our waiter made a rude joke about someone at our table. Service was just OK overall aside from that. Noise level got bad as soon as it was 70% full. I would not go again or recommend this place for anything other than a "nice-ish" date location. Food was the best part of the night, I would say its above average for this class of restaurant.
Simply one the best restaurants in NYC. The food is authentic and if you love Italian cooking, the chef's touch is amazing - with a great wine list that won't break the bank. The old world charm is not heavy or tired. In fact, the restaurant is full of energy - and yes, that translates into a noise level that some may find off-putting. The staff are extremely attentive without being over bearing. This is a go-to for my wife and I and we never have trouble hearing each other over our meal. One of NYC's great dining experiences in the beautiful upper east side.
Service and food are excellent. Our reservation was at 6:15 pm on a Friday. We were seated promptly and the staff treated us like royalty. We ordered Pinot noir from the Willamette Valley (Why would anyone choose a Pinot from California?). The strawberry shortcake on a cookie was exactly the way it should be, however, I wasn't sure if the cream was made in-house - if it wasn't, It should be. Upon completion of our dinner, we were not rushed to finish and surrender the table. On the negative side we had to ask for a desert menu and the decor could use a little jazzing up in the dining area. I'm an architect who designs restaurants, so I pay attention to detail. All around this was a great dining experience.
Solid neighborhood Italian food. Not as pricey as you'd think. Good effort on the wine list. Ingredients are fresh, recipes real, and dishes well put together, very digestible, and not over the top. Slightly disappointing desserts. We'll be back for sure, especially for the fresh pasta
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here on Friday night. Everything about the experience was ideal - the cocktails (not too sweet Manhattans) were ice cold and perfectly blended, the pasta with mushrooms (including truffles, my favorite) al dente and sumptuous, and the Tuscan steak cooked to perfection. Barolo wine - divine. The service was impeccable. Can't say enough about it - one of the finest dining experiences ever.
Excellent restaurant. We weren't sure what to expect, but were very pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious - everything was very fresh and the portions were a perfect size. The Eggs Benedict was amazing. It was reasonably priced for NYC - a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with friends and family. I would definitely go back.
Well - somewhat fancy Italian on the Upper East Side. Expensive. Friendly staff that forgot to tell my arriving friend that I was already seated. Noisy. Food fairly good but not for this price. Nice looking decor. Overall - plenty of places in the neighborhood that serve as good food for less of a price and calmer.
The decor of the dining room is charming: art deco with large windows. I wish they had a lunch menu rather than using the dinner menu for lunch. That makes for a very expensive midday meal. Still, the waiters are professional and the food is good, just too pricey.
I absolutely love this place. Elegant, good service, excellent food - consistently good. A real neighborhood gem. Great for sitting outside under the umbrellas and watching the best of the UES crowd go by. Branzino to die for - simple and delicious. Pastas are excellent - portions are perfect, not too overwhelming and having lived in Italy, I can say it is truly authentic Italian cuisine!
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