Cafe Alaia

4.8
128 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Situated just a short walk from the Scarsdale Metro-North Station, Café Alaia, a Michelin award winner 2020 thanks to its cozy décor, soaring ceilings and welcoming owner (Vincenzo Alaia), the dining room is all buzz. Thoughtfully arranged tables, framed by rustic wooden chairs, typically bear elevated versions of regional Italian dishes. Pastas are a highlight and fittingly so, like tender spinach- and ricotta-filled ravioli bathed in a melted sage-infused butter. Squid stuffed with crab, spinach and breadcrumbs is augmented by perfectly poached cherry tomatoes, not unlike the fresh figs set atop a crostata di pere. A bar in the middle is ideal for solo or couple diners who want to linger.

Our brand new space has plenty of room to accommodate social distancing. We have installed the highest rated air purification system with state of the art UV technology combined with MERV 13 Filtration.

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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 128 people are saying
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vipSandylane
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 6.
I had dinner a couple of times at the last location. First time in the new space.
Perfection in the food, the atmosphere and the service.
I am pretty hard to please and so are my friends.

Hopping in the restaurant even on a Monday night. That should tell you something.
Branzino so fresh. Really liked the tomatoes and mozzarella and grilled shrimp with beans. I am gluten free and found MANY options.
Will certainly return!

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vipDori
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, followed up with superb food. From the appetizers to the entrees. Thank you.’

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. Nice atmosphere. Will return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant was great! I will definitely be coming back

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vipABNYC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Way too loud. Horrible acoustics. I like an energetic vibe but this was just too much. We had to yell just to hear each other. I wouldn't go back just for this alone, the noise level was that bad. The food was just ok. Not bad but not amazing. Nothing even close to Michelin-worthy food. Everything except for the mushroom soufflé was quite bland.

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SteveV
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating at Cafe Alaia! We were not disappointed! The food is the best Italian food I have had, other than going to Italy! Their portions are very nice size, you definitly go home full. Fresh homemade pasta yum! Our service was impeccable, from the time we were seated until we left. I highly recommend the Sformatino di Melanzane (eggplant souffle’, topped with burrata fondue & light tomato sauce) Delicious! Also the Pappardelle Al Ragu Di Agnello (homemade pappardelle, braised lamb ragu & shaved pecorino cheese).

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Stacy
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was absolutely delicious and prompt. Really enjoyed the ambience and the waiter was very attentive and sweet. Will definitely return!

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vipNay320
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service!

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vipJoseph
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My party of three ordered an appetizer each, another shared appetizer for the table, an entree each, and special special cocktail(s). All I could say is, “terrific, terrific, terrific, and terrific”. It was a first-time visit for my guests and “I did good”.

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JunkoH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Food was good.
However, Waiter ware always try to hurry us.
They put away our dish while we ware eating ( did not finish to eat yet)
Finally. They brought bill , it’s like they let us go out.

We could not enjoy to dinner .

I was so disappointed.

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Dara
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are local to Cafe Alaia, and it quickly becoming the preferred weekend dinner dine out treat on a a weekly basis. Food is legit great, wait staff is well trained, knowledgeable, and attentive, and value is bar none.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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JonB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent, generous portions, and service first class, we have been here many times amd always enjoy the experience. Only complaint is the noise level— the brick walls and wood without anything to dampen the sounds creates a very loud space

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vipTracyH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Superb food and cocktails in a fun energetic atmosphere with impeccable service.

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Neighbor
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Ok, but not as good as it was when it was smaller. Moving to a larger space, it did not maintain the quality and creativity that it had.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Drinks were outstanding, food was amazing, ambience was great. Service was seriously lacking warmth from the bar to the table …. I was in the industry for many years and it was disappointing to experience this in such a great place. The host was very sweet and greeted us with a smile but beyond that all i saw was men who didn’t smile.. We asked to swap shrimp for chicken on a dish and the answer was flat out no, with no further responses.. My friend thought that it was a joke and laughed but the server continued to ask if she still wanted the dish - Felt that was rude. The food is so good and I look forward to going back.. hopefully will have a different experience with staff.

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vipJenniferS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a friendly and attentive waiter, and the food and wine were delicious. The noise level was very loud, and I was glad to be sitting in a corner and only with one other person so that I didn't need to raise my voice to be heard. It was very busy but the wait for food was not long and the restaurant had a great energy. If they could fix the acoustics I'd be back in a second.

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KK914
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy upscale vibe. Delicious food. Great Service!

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vipSuzicakes
New York Area
405 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We only had lunch but it was very good and we decided to go back and try dinner soon so that’s a good sign!!!

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vipTM08
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Alaia often, but only in good weather, when we sit outside, or at odd hours, when there are few patrons. Then we can enjoy the spectacular food, warm and friendly service, and good conversation. Inside when the restaurant is busy it is simply too noisy for an enjoyable experience.

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vipDino
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great evening at Cafe Alaia. This was our third visit and again exceptional service & food

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JeromeK
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The outdoor seating available was fine. Fortunately the weather was mild since the town does mot permit outdoor heaters and we are not ready to dine indoors.
The menu is varied and interesting with helpful servers to assist in making a choice for both food and wine.

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vipCamp440
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience .. exceptional service and food ! Will be back

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VincentS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Urban sophistication in an ideal suburban setting. Food, service and ambience - all memorable.

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vipMargaretY
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing Italian with a twist; beautifully presented as well, with very attentive service. From the bread/spread to dessert, everything was delicious.

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vipMayra
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic eggplant souffle and lamb. My family enjoyed the Italian salad special, mussels, and mushroom crostini. The new waiter and busboy were so nice and helpful.

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Gusta
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, service and wine. The lamb chops were a standout. Only negative was the noise level. Do not recommend for people who are hearing-challenged.

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vipKaraO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a lovely spot and so convenient to the train. Food and atmosphere are top notch!

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HappyDiner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience at Cafe Alaia! It was our first time dining at the restaurant and we thoroughly enjoyed each course. Highlights include the homemade pappardelle/ragu and the Galletto al Mattone (chicken cooked under a brick). The service was outstanding! We are looking forward to returning for dinner and treating friends and family to a fantastic meal that is truly authentic Italian cuisine.

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vipRichardW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Waiter was terrible...not accommodating to people with food allergies. Salmon was undercooked and good was just average in taste. Ate there twice & not impressed.

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vipMatthewH
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. We appreciate that the owner stopped by several times to check on us during the meal and as we were exiting to see if everything went well. We also were grateful that the owner turned off the air conditioning, which was on full blast during what had turned into a cold evening in Scarsdale.

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RobinU
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Italian food. Super fresh and healthy. We loved all our dishes except one - and when the waiter saw we weren’t eating it, he asked why. Nothing was wrong with it, just not our taste.... they took it off the bill. So, aslo great customer service!

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LucyXO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining at Cafe Alaia, but won’t be our last! The setting is so cozy and rustic, the food absolutely delicious, and the service we received last night was top notch—our server was super knowledgeable about the wines offered and brought over two samples so I could decide which I’d prefer. Little touches like that make a great night out. Definitely recommend!

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tina354
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place for lunch. Not as busy as it is at night which is nice.
Waiter attentive and lovely.

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FoodieAlbi101
London
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Appetizers and entrees are well prepared with fresh ingredients. We can always count on Cafe Alaia to offer the authentic Italian meals we are used to, although overly priced. On a negative note, the outside seating is uncomfortable, mainly due to small tables and very uncomfortable chairs. We have dined indoors, but the noise level is unbearable, almost as bad as their previous location. The background music could be better - maybe something to create a better Italian ambiance. All in all, we enjoy the food and excellent service and plan on returning soon.

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Luvsunsets
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, wonderful atmosphere, service was excellent. We really enjoyed ourselves, we will definitely be going back!

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vipBrad
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and the service attentive. The owner-and-chef came over to our table to ask how the food was for us. Then, when we were leaving at the end of the evening, he made it a point to introduce himself. A truly wonderful experience from start to finish.

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viptravelpro56
London
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It is consistently good with prompt and cordial service. Run don’t walk there!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great !all was very good

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vipJonS
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, always great service

FAQs

Cafe Alaia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (914) 725-3000.

Cafe Alaia is rated 4.8 stars by 128 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.