Altesi Downtown

4.4
574 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: Noon - 11pm
Saturday: Noon - 12am
Sunday: Noon - 10pm

Aperitivo: 5pm - 7 pm

A2GO: Monday - Friday
Noon - 3:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 431-1212
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paolo Nozzole
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Catering
Full off-site catering available for all kinds of parties
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Spring & Sullivan
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Parking details
Street parking after 5pm weekdays, weekends all day
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Public transit
A,C,E train
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Entertainment
Only during parties
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Special events & promotions
Monthly Wine Tasting Dinners and all major Holidays Menu
Additional
Banquet, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether it is a business banquet, birthday party, rehearsal dinner or wedding reception Altesi Downtown offers both the décor and cuisine that makes for an unforgettable dining experience.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with family and friends at Altesi Downtown. We will offer 3 course prix fixe menu with the choice of appetizer, entree and dessert for $40 per person. Our regular menu will be available.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Christmas Eve with family and friends at Altesi Downtown. We will offer 3 course prix fixe menu with the choice of appetizer, entree and dessert for $46 per person. Our regular menu will be available.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate New Year's Eve with family and friends at Altesi Downtown and music by DJ. We will offer 4 course prix fixe menu with the choice of appetizer, pasta, entree and dessert for $79 per person. Our regular menu will be available all day.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 574 People Are Saying
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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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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
13 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
107 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
1 review
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
11 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
60 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
107 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
16 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
29 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
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food, reasonably priced.

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RD
New York Area
107 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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F
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner there. We got together we couple of the friends and everyone had wonderful time. The food was great, the service friendly and professional and we will be back soon Altesi!

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JR
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, wait staff is friendly and courteous, service is good without being intrusive. Menu
is full of delicious appetizers and entrees. Interesting wi e list as well.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love Altesi Downtown. The food was outstanding. For the appetizer we had lobster and belga salad followed by authentic and perfectly done pastas. The decor is beautiful and the service warm and friendly. We will be back very soon!

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F
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love this place. We have been coming here already for the while and we always enjoy it. We love their oval thin crust pizza. The pastas are all authentic and delicious. The service is always friendly and welcoming. We highly recommend the restaurant to anyone looking for authentic and tasty Italian food.

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London
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our meal. Staff very attentive and relaxed atmosphere

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NY
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I have mixed feelings about this place. I've been wanting to go to the other location for a while but came to this one since it's closer to me. The place itself is very cute and the staff is very friendly. Our waiter insisted insisted in giving me and my husband a happy hour menu even though HH was over, we thought it was going to be extended but when we asked, it created a lot of confusion (on both sides). We decided to move on and my husband asked for a cocktail menu, the waiter kept pointing at the HH (wine) list and said that if he wanted liquor, they have a full bar... (huh?) I don't think he was being that way to be rude, I think there was a little bit of a language barrier and he was not well versed on whatever the restaurant has to offer. Anyway, we decided to order. We got the salmon tartar and the meatballs as appetizers, they were pretty good (nothing outstanding but good enough). For the main, we both had the lamb shank ragu tagliatelle. The pasta was nice and light but it was SO bland! And this is coming from a person who prefers food on the blander side. I NEVER add additional salt to food but I found myself reaching for the salt shaker over and over again! Lastly we ordered dessert, we got the profiterole and the creme caramel. The profiterole was good but it was a presentation that I had never seen before, it was like an ice-cream scoop filled with a profiterole. The creme caramel felt like eating a blob of fat... almost flavorless. The food was a big disappointment but the place itself and the service was good. I probably won't come back.

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MB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

I feel totally ripped off. I went with a friend for a special occasion to have the Restaurant Week Lunch. The Piscacchio Semifreddo was removed from the dessert menu and she didn't even touch the Limoncella ice cream substitute. we both agreed that the food was so-so, nothing spectacular, but the worst part of it was that later in the day I looked at Altesi's lunch menu online and saw that they offer a daily lunch for $21.99 with more, and better, selections than what was offered for RW. And for $8 less. The owners must thing it is good business to take advantage by cheating their customers but I will spread the word about this deceitful practice and discourage people from dining there.

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EU
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Not much ambiance but good food.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service the home made tagliatelle whit lam ragu Mama mia delicious like in Italy I’m definitely coming back

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F
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love Altesi Downtown. The food was outstanding. For the appetizer we had salmon and lobster followed by authentic and perfectly done pasta and pizza. The decor is beautiful and the service warm and friendly. We will be back very soon!

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