Altesi Downtown

4.6
651 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 651 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NadavD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Really bad service despite the restaurant was empty

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vipDavidS
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific, as always. Excellent appetizers, delicious pasta dishes and yummy tiramisu, along with a nice Barolo wine. Top notch service. Don't miss it!!

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MartyD
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love This Place....Food is amazing
Staff is friendly
Great location!

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vipDavidS
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside. Delicious food. Sliced artichoke and parmesan delicious as was the mushroom ravioli. Super tiramisu. Go and enjoy!

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vipcowboy
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we keep going back. Food,service is all excellent
You will not be disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Perhaps cut backs lost
Them a chef? Got the special lobster bisque soup which had lobster shell pieces in it was not smoothly puréed and over salty. Told
The waiter I had lobster shell in my soup the pieces on the side of my bowl visible and he just said lobster bisque and took it away. Ordered pizza that came slightly undercooked dough light brown and falls apart
bc I could tell it wasn’t very clean to serve reusable menus that are visibly dirty with sticky food spots during a pandemic and not offering hand sanitizer is a bit scary probably won’t return heard it was one of
The best places in the city but it’s not today

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vipDotsHurl
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Altesi Downtown is one of our favorite restaurants in all of Manhattan. We have been coming here for years way back to when it was callee Savore. The service is always exceptional and friendly. The food is fabulous and I have to comment on what an outstanding job the entire staff has done during these very trying times. Just a stupendous job! Highly recommend!!

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vipcowboy
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good drinks & food. Very fine service
recommended for a nice leisurely lunch or dinner
will go back

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brianh
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Realizing like most NYC restaurants they are struggling. It has been one of my favorites for nearly 20 years. Had 3 bloody Mary’s there were 3 diners. They were horrible and left unfinished. The Altesi antipasto was pieces of lobster and asparagus stems. I’ll let them get up and running before I bail on them

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Melp
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We've never been disappointed here. We weren't this time either...

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal. Dinner with my parents while visiting from away. We searched best Italian food in soho and this is what we found. Pasta was fantastic. Service was top notch with bread and drinks on the table in less than 5 mins. Staff was so sweet! We got tiramisu to share for desert and it’s the best I’ve ever had. To top it off, a man came to check how our dinner was and had a nice chat with us, turns out he is the owner. Excellent service, amazing food!

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sbvk
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Freshly baked focaccia with the white bean spread is delicious! We also enjoyed the fresh artichoke salad with parmigiano and avocado. And of course, the fresh pasta with chanterelle mushrooms is my absolute favorite! Make sure you leave space for tiramisu - it’s the best in NYC!!! The staff is lovely and the ambiance is nice, too!

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Nola14
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite Italian eclectic restaurant downtown/Soho area. It is unpretentious- excellent dishes- love the Judeo-Roman- style artichoke dish starter; the endive pear and Gorgonzola salad; Branzino; and mushroom pasta.
Heimi our server was charming and attentive. The background music was lovely and for the atmosphere.
We will always return!

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AliciaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was the perfect location for a friend's birthday party. They handled the large number of guests seamlessly and the food was absolutely delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I was celebrating my birthday and had a great time. The food was delicious and the ambience was unbelievable. Great playlist and clientele (between 25-35). Highly recommend for a date night

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MarciG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing and the service was excellent. will definitely o back

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vipgman
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Avoid not very good

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Birthday1234
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice. Fancy pizzeria.

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vipLynneG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I take my granddaughter who is just 2 there for dinner often. She loves their pasta and I love everything on the menu. Staff couldn’t be nicer!❤️

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vipRitaW
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Got together with friends for dinner. Ordered from the Restaurant Week Menu which had a good variety of choices. Everything was delicious and well portioned. We'll be going back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It’s just that the dishes were served so lately. But the flavors were OK

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vipMegg
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful menu as part of Restaurant Week. The food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service , delicious food .

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heidid
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

TERRIBLE service; terrible ambience; terrible noise level

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Betty
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Altesi as part of restaurant week and had a great meal. Chose the meatballs, the pappardelle and the creme brûlée. Everything was exceptional and the service was super accommodating. I would definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great restaurant!!! super good food and the ambiance was great! however the waiter did mess up my order when i clearly said out the meal that i had wanted and too almost 30 minutes out of our time waiting for the right meal! But when i got the meal it was amazing!!

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vipColinC
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience1

There was a children’s party in the restaurant during brunch. It was noisy and chaotic. If the restaurant review/description had warned me it was ‘child friendly,’ I would have made a reservation somewhere else.

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vipNY2World
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A really superior dining experience! We dine a lot in Soho & never went to Altesi before, not sure why, maybe it seems too formal from the outside? The other night, it was the only Italian option nearby at the hour we wanted to eat, so we went. We all had fish dishes & they, plus the various sides & garnishes, were extraordinary! Beautifully seasoned, a wonderful medley of flavors and the fishes were all grilled to a nice crisp on the outside and still moist & tender inside. The service was attentive & competent, not at all intrusive. The incongruous Spanish music being played was oddly festive & loud for some reason.

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vipECNY
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've been a semi-regular here for 15 years and it is always a great experience. Food in consistently excellent. Service while always very good, was severely put to the test the first Friday of Restaurant Week. The place was jammed and they were understaffed but still everything went smoothly -- the true test of service.

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vipLynneG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious homemade pasta! My 2 year old granddaughters restaurant of choice ❤️❤️❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent.

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AnkitaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

very nice and accommodating staff! food was good. prices were also reasonable

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vipemgee
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been a regular at Altesi Downtown for the last 3 years - typically with a large party - and the staff there always delivers. Excellent food and service.

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LKLew
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a perfectly prepared and delicious Thanksgiving meal at this excellent downtown Italian venue. The service, as usual, was exemplary.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted warmly at the door and good service continued throughput the meal. The menu is very inventive and also includes pizza which we saw on a nearby table. It looked thin,crispy and delicious. We ate from the regular menu and I had a delicious mixed grill of fish which was fresh and not over cooked. The price seemed fair too. All in all, a good evening.

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Egan
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with a wonderful location. Fun to sit in the front when the windows are open and you can watch the hustle and bustle down spring street

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vipMaristMom18
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food was delicious, service was great but it was TOO LOUD and the choice of music was inappropriate for fine dining - techno that was super fast and super loud. Other than that it’s a good value for the neighborhood.

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AnnC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I loved it except for the noise level, but no worse than most NY restaurants

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NishthaD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Terrible food, it’s a waste of prime real estate in a neighborhood with great food. Hardly would call it Italian, the pasta was far from hand made, not cooked well. When asked for olive for dipping bread, they gave us the olive oil you cook with - terribly smelly and definitely not appropriate to serve with bread. Never going back

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Great food crap service

FAQs

Altesi Downtown does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats.

Altesi Downtown is rated 4.6 stars by 651 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.