Altesi Downtown

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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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Mon - Thu 4:00PM - 11:45PM

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OT
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!

s
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!

N
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!

AM
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!

OT
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

g
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Avoid not very good

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

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

B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice. Fancy pizzeria.

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LG
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!❤️

RW
New York Area
47 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.

M
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service , delicious food .

h
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

TERRIBLE service; terrible ambience; terrible noise level

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B
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!

OT
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!!

CC
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.

NY
New York Area
22 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.

EC
New York Area
53 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.

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

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

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent.

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

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

e
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.

LK
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.

OT
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.

E
Sacramento
6 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

MM
New York Area
20 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.

AC
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

ND
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

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Great food crap service

c
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have here numerous times before both for lunch and dinner. The food is always very delicious and well prepared. My husband had the pasta special and I had the pork chop special which came sliced off the bone. Both dishes were great. We then had the tiramisu which we've had before and it didn't disappoint us. All in all , we really like this restaurant and would recommend it to lovers of good Italian dishes.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I have been going to Altesi for many years. We enjoy the ambiance, the food and especially entire staff. Paulo and his team are very accommodating!
We have had numerous family parties there as well which have been a big hit. The summer outdoor seating is picturesque with a European feel.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Spending time with friends

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Pretty much every Italian restaurant in SoHo is nicer

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, great service and reasonable pricing. Worth a return trip!

MF
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a great experience with friendly service and very tasty food and wine. This is a favorite spot when we’re in town.

W
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of our favorite Sunday spots for lunch.

S
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My lobster salad was sublime - as it always is. My dining partner's salmon entree was overcooked and, for some reason its top was coated heavily with black pepper, which made him choke. He finally scraped off the top lawyer of the fish & ate the rest of it.

Having eaten at Altesi Downtown many many times & also taken many people there, this was the first time someone's meal was less than superb.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service

RD
New York Area
143 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - service - outdoor dinning.

g
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Not great food; calamari was dreadful and we returned it. Touristy and expensive mediocre food do not make me want to return soon.