Altesi Downtown

4.6
593 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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Join us for Easter Brunch, Lunch or Dinner. Our regular menu will be available and Easter specials.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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MC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very tasty. My brother and I shared an artichokes-and avocado appetizer, and enjoyed it. I had the lasagna, which held its own, as did the tiramisu. The only problem seemed to be getting the attention of a waiter, which seemed to be resolved when I eventually resorted to asking for help from the bartender.

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G
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Pleasant local trattoria in Soho. Food well above average. Service friendly but distracted. Pasta courses are a strength, generously sized portions. Salmon entree was excellent. Excellent value.

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JW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great food, good wines and friendly service.

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J
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We return often and always leave with the lovely sensation of having eaten a perfect meal in a warm and inviting place

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JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good, service was good. Not a restaurant that had anything over the top. Just a regular spot to have lunch or dinner. It was a quiet and pleasant experience.

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KS
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian places I have ever visited. Lasagne, Cesar salad, mozzarella with tomatoes were the best. Delicious food, nice time spent

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a
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience overall! Food was delicious, space was stylish and our waiter was super friendly! Would go back, and recommend to others.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch, very cute restaurant design, amazing pizza!

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S
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was DELICIOUS! The decor was great, service was excellent, I'm definitely glad I came. Highly recommend!!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 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
46 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 27, 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 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great but service felt a little too rushed

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RD
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent SOHO restaurant. Great food and service.

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b
New York Area
17 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 22, 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 17, 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 16, 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
9 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 3, 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
52 reviews
Dined on October 26, 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
11 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 21, 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
17 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
124 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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OT
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on June 2, 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
124 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
22 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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