Altesi Downtown

4.6
584 reviews
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Italian
After 22 years, Paolo Alavian has closed his iconic Soho restaurant "Savore" and replaced it with Altesi Downtown. Altesi Downtown is outpost of Altesi Madison, his Upper East Side townhouse restaurant. Locally sourced seasonal ingredients will be used in traditional Italian dishes, which will be served alongside small plates including Salumi and cheese platter served on cutting boards, panini and pizza from the wood-fired oven. Like its sister concept, Altesi Downtown offers Aperitivo (cocktails served with Hors D'Oeuvres) and A2Go - a lunchbox-style selection of panini, water/soda and small cookies.
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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Altesi Downtown with a special 3 course prix fixe menu with the choice of appetizer, entree and dessert for $59 per person. Our regular menu will be available.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I’ve eaten several times at Altesi on East 64th. The food and service were equally as good. The Spring Street dinning room was comfortable but the 64th Street room more spacious and quiet.

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S
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Altesi came through as usual. My neighborhood go to restaurant for a meal with friends.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paulo and his team always provide Exceptional service and the food is absolutely amazing

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E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great but service felt a little too rushed

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RD
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent SOHO restaurant. Great food and service.

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b
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Has been on of my favorite restaurants sine we stated going there in 2002. Altesi Uptown is equally good

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JB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving at Altesi downtown excellent.

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LL
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, with attentive service. Highly recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing food. Awful service. They charged us for water.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good food, personalized service, attentive waiter. The tagliatelle with lamb ragu was delicious.

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L
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a gracious gem with true Italian cuisine; an accomodating staff and the greatest focaccia ever!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Overpriced food for what it was, tables were rammed in too close to each other to the extent that other diners next to us laughed about it. Service was friendly but haphazard.

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EC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great experience at Altesi Downtown and plan to return soon!

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J
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my sister visiting from Boston to Altesi a month ago. When she returned this past weekend with her husband, we asked her where she wanted to go. Altesi! She said. The food is terrific; the focaccia divine; tasty cocktails. The waiters are so friendly and the atmosphere cheerful and elegant without being stuffy. The best test of an Italian restaurant is the simplest thing, spaghetti with tomato sauce. Altesi's spaghetti chitarra is amazing. And that's just the benchmark. A pleasure.

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SK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Paolo the owner is very warm and friendly. The food is authentic Italian with other choices. Our table started with the salmon tartare and the calamari with zucchini appetizers. Then had the gnocchi, the spaghetti and the fettuccine with duck. Everything was delicious.

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k
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Another ok NYC restaurant. With so many choices, this one is a pass.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great people, friendly, great food and wine.

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b
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been going to this restaurant for close to 18 years when it was Savore. Always a good meal, and a pleasant staff.

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RD
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor dining in SOHO. Pasta and fish were perfect and the sides were exceptional. Consistently good no matter what is ordered.

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k
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to get a good meal after shopping or seeing a show. It was my daughter's birthday and she wanted Italian, I picked Altesi Downtown because the seasonal menu consist of foods she would enjoy and I was right. Both of my girls enjoyed the meal they ordered. Love this place.

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e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My friends and I were very pleased with our meals at Altesi Downtown. I appreciated the vast selection in the Prixe Fixed Menu for Restaurant Week. The portions were appropriate however, I'd preferred that the dessert be bigger in size because it was so delicious. I just wish the happy hour prices were cheaper but other than that it was a great experience.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The food quality was terrible. My pasta and shrimp were over cooked. My waiter gave me a difficult time sending it back and taking it off the bill. I barley had 2 bites of my entree. I wanted to get out of there as fast as possible.

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c
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant! Just love dining there! Everything is always so good. The staff is always attentive and so courteous. It was my birthday and this was the place where I wanted to celebrate my special day! We had the grilled octopus, burrata, the pappardelle and gnocchi con melanzana arrosta and tiramisu . As always, every thing was delicious. Would highly recommend this restaurant!!!

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Close the doors and windows and turn on the air conditioning! I couldn't finish my meal because of the flies.

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MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

There was about an hour and a half wait between the appetizers and the entrees. Wait staff started actively avoiding the table and hiding from us. While we were able to entertain our clients and keep everyone happy, some people had to leave before getting to eat their food.

Unfortunately, I wouldn’t just not recommend this place, I would actively tell anyone looking to go here to find somewhere else.

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CL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place to enjoy a great meal in Soho! The food was excellent and ambiance very quaint! I’m glad I tried it will definitely recommend!

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s
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous service, great food and lively atmosphere. Owner Paolo is the quintessential host.

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Phoenix
61 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As former New Yorkers in town for our annual visit, we chose Altesi to celebrate our 45th anniversary. With all the options available in New York, Altesi's food and service is consistently excellent and one of our very favorite spots. We would have loved to have sat outside but it was a bit chilly. Otherwise, a great spot for people-watching.

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Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food here is great, but with so many options I’m not sure it’s worth dealing with the rude staff. The waiter could not answer basic menu questions and spoke very little English. We had to flag someone down for anything we needed including drink refills, again the food did not disappoint but there are so many options in the city that dealing with terrible service is not acceptable.

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RD
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another visit to Altesi Downtown and another perfect experience.

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n
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A bit overpriced this place is a good casual pit stop in Soho

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OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. We will come back many many times

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s
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a really delicious soho local gem
Make sure to ask for the pizza flatbread

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DL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Accommodated a large group. Food was good but service very very slow

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service

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F
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Group of friends got together and we went to Altesi. We have been there few times already and we always love it. This time we went for a brunch. The food, the service and the atmosphere were fantastic. Well done Altesi see you soon!

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O
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - not sure why this hasn’t been “discovered” yet. Best food I’ve had in that neighborhood in years.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrific. Disgusring

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food, reasonably priced.

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RD
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a return visit for us and we had invited a couple and it was their first visit and they are in the food business. We have a spectacular dinner with incredible service. We always have the specials - the soup - the pasta and the fish. All were top shelf. If it is a special occasion or everyday dinning Altesi is guarantee.

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