Altesi Downtown

4.4
558 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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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What 558 People Are Saying
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Seattle
9 reviews
5.0Dined 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
58 reviews
5.0Dined 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
2.0Dined 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
63 reviews
5.0Dined 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
9 reviews
3.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
14 reviews
5.0Dined 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
3.0Dined 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
4.0Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service

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F
New York Area
36 reviews
5.0Dined 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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New York Area
5 reviews
5.0Dined 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
1.0Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrific. Disgusring

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food, reasonably priced.

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RD
New York Area
50 reviews
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
20 reviews
4.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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New York Area
35 reviews
5.0Dined 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
4.0Dined 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
2.0Dined 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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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
2.0Dined 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
8 reviews
4.0Dined 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
4.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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New York Area
14 reviews
4.0Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were great, decor not so much. We ate in the smaller front area which was fine - the back sort of looks like a cafeteria.

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New York Area
2 reviews
3.0Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was okay, bartender was terrible - no clue how to make a dirty martini, margarita, or Black Russian... service was excellent - super attentive even with a large group.

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RD
New York Area
50 reviews
5.0Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paolo does an amazing job running a top notch - incredible service - perfect food establishment. We always order the specials and are never disappointed.

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SM
New York Area
1 review
2.0Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Not great at all. It looks pleasant and quant from photo, but the service was off, no one was there, and the food was pretty bad. Gnocchi were tough, table hummus was weird, and the pomodoro was lacking seasoning.

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N
Philadelphia
2 reviews
5.0Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazingggggg!! Service was great and the cocktails were phenomenal. Highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
3.0Dined on December 12, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

It smelled great and the space was cozy. We felt ignored by the staff after we received our meals. There were two large parties that took most of the staffs attention. Some of the staff seemed to be unaware of their surroundings, but most were experienced though seemed quite busy. They missed the chance to ply us with more wine and dessert. The octopus appetizer was delicious and the wine was quite good.

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S
New York Area
37 reviews
5.0Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. I especially love their lobster salad.

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RD
New York Area
50 reviews
5.0Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best downtown restaurants in the city. They make great Manhattan's. The salads, pasta and fish specials were marvelous. The food is great and so is the service. Anytime we are in SOHO we will eat at Altesi Downtown.

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OK
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on December 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place for authentic Italian where you are left alone and not rushed.

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SS
New York Area
21 reviews
4.0Dined on December 4, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Jaime was wonderful! Delicious food and excellent service!

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S
New York Area
37 reviews
5.0Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Altessi, as usual, pleases & satisfies. A favorite of mine in Soho.

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Los Angeles
1 review
3.0Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Understaffed, delicious octopus - hand-cut spaghetti with tomato and basil totally bland and basic - overpriced. Chairs scrape loudly on the floor

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F
New York Area
33 reviews
5.0Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the place and it is one of our favorite restaurant in NYC. The staff is always friendly and welcoming, the food authentic and delicious. We really enjoy coming here and we always leave satisfied and happy.

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DL
New York Area
31 reviews
5.0Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, really exceptional items all over the menu. We've been coming here for years.

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NB
New York Area
30 reviews
2.0Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We are big fans of the location on the upper east side, which is why we visited the SoHo location. Everything felt a bit off, though. The dining room was not as warm. The service was not as smooth as the other locations; servers did not communicate very well, their frequency of visiting the table was inconsistent, and there was a lack of an overall welcoming feeling. And the food was not as good as uptown. Steak was great, pasta was great. The basics are there. But something has been lost in the translation from uptown to downtown.

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F
New York Area
37 reviews
5.0Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Altesi. I travel a lot for business in Italy and I must say the food at Altesi is same as good as the best restaurants in Italy. We had a party of six and everyone loved their dishes. I had cured salmon with the cucumber and apple to start and it was fantastic followed by an excellent, perfectly cooked papardelle pasta with chanterelle mushroom. So if you don't want to travel as far as Italy for the great, authentic food go to Altesi and you will love it.

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