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Altesi Downtown

541 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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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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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Full off-site catering available for all kinds of parties
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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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Only during parties
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Special events & promotions
Monthly Wine Tasting Dinners and all major Holidays Menu
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 541 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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!

vipFoodie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

vipNYEats (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

EUGENE (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Not much ambiance but good food.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

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

vipFoodie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

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!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Nsampat (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

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.

Sohowoman (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

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