Donna Margherita

4.8
24 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Enjoy a variety of Italian favorites - such as Lasagne Della Nonna (traditional meat lasagna), Penne Arrabbiata O Al Pomodoro (penne in a spicy homemade tomato sauce), and Melanzane Alla Parmigiana (eggplant parmigiana) - made with the highest quality Italian ingredients and with Chef Rosanna's special touch. We also offer 14 different brick oven, thin crust pizzas, including a Rustica (mozzarella, sausage, red peppers, olives and basil), a Vedova Bianca (mozzarella, ricotta, radicchio and walnuts), and our signature Donna Margherita (buffalo mozzarella, tomato "filetto" and pecorino), along with salads, appetizers, homemade desserts and a variety of wine and beer. Our cozy restaurant is a cheerful retreat from the bustle of Second Avenue. Lunch and dinner are served in our downstairs dining room where intimate twosomes as well as families and groups of friends can gather under a photographic mural of an Italian countryside.
What 24 people are saying
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vipJoez
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place - excellent service, food, value. Hidden gem!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though we had reservations we arrived early and they seated us immediately. The waiters were amazing and the food was great. They even gave us free dessert.

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vipCGNNYC
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donna Margherita is my go to neighborhood spot! Welcoming atmosphere and excellent food. Whether just getting together with friends or a special occasion (I hosted a birthday dinner there a month ago) the service is the best

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vipBarbara
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for two friends to meet for delicious lunch

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vipTK719
New York Area
378 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Donna Margherita for the first time, and enjoyed a most wonderful and relaxing lunch. The space is so warm and cozy. My beet salad, gnocchi sorrentina and chocolate souffle were all delicious. The service was excellent and the prices most reasonable. Great dining option on the UES.

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vipJoez
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top notch! Hidden Gem on the UES!

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vipNinaD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the owner was so nice to us. He made excellent recommendations and gave us a dessert on the house.

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vipFernandoM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This has become one of our Staples. It is the best Italian food in the upper Eastside. This institution is owned by Sal and his cousin Enzo who are from Naples. They are extremely kind and use only the finest ingredients for traditional and innovative dishes. There’s an excellent wine selection. The service is wonderful and their outdoor facility is cozy but Covid safe.

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DeniseP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

For authentic Italian familia cooking
Go to Donna Margherita. Everything
Is good here. We went back two days later for lunch too.

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vipKristoF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful neighborhood place, where all the staff treat you like family every time you eat at the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian restaurant in New York. The food is really delicious and the owner is very friendly. It was our first time here but we immediately felt at home. We will come back again. Strongly recommended.

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vipWorldTraveler
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Watch your wallet. We paid $77 for 2 salads and one pizza. And then were charged a fee for paying with a credit card. No warning anywhere - the fee just appears on your bill, where you are given the option to avoid the fee by paying in cash. Seriously? How many of us, in 2021, walk around with $100 in cash? Higher costs? Understood. Raise your prices. But don’t charge a fee, surreptitiously, which most diners won’t notice. It’s a scam across the industry and will only end when diners refuse to patronize restaurants which encourage it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service. No shortcuts. The best fresh ingredients. Pizza if true Neopolitan and the best in the city. Other fares are just delicious. Chef Sal is impossibly great!

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Mitzie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The chef uses top quality ingredients masterfully blended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful local gem that keeps getting better. Fresh ingredients and authentic Italian fare prepared by chef Rosanna. Our weekend "go to" but also perfect for a special occasion. Will return again and again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

静かで料理も美味しく綺麗でこの値段は申し分ない。

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vipNYCFoodie
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall2food1service4ambience2

This is a cute place and we had high hopes in finding a new little Italian restaurant in our neighborhood. Unfortunately the food was awful. One dish was bland. The other overly salty. The eggplant parmigiana was the size of an appetizer and greasy. Appetizer of Crostini with mozzarella mushrooms and prosciutto was like something your kid makes themselves in the toaster oven. Big disappointment.

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vipNola
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A real authentic Italian restaurant with a casual setting. Very friendly chef and owners. Loved it. Will go back again and recommend it to others.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A clubby neighborhood restaurant that brings Italy right to your table. Roseanna the chef is warm, friendly, and talented and Luigi the host is welcoming. A great addition to the neighborhood.

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vipWorldTraveler
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a neighborhood gem. Fresh, authentic Italian food. Pizza was outstanding, as was the pasta.

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vipCarolS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was out of this world. Also loved ambiance and attention from owner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Luigi and his staff are always welcoming. A real neighborhood find with excellent, fresh Italian cuisine...thin crusted, just out of the oven pizzas are outstanding (I'm not a pizza eater, but make an exception here).

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vipCindyO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roseanne and staff are charming. The food is freshly prepared and amazing flavors and quality. The smaller space makes it intimate and overall lovely dining experience. It is our new neighborhood favorite.

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HKRI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful and annoying. They took our reservation for six people but wouldn't honor it and didn't even care-- no apologies at all. Just told us they didn't have a table for us. I would NEVER go here again

FAQs

Donna Margherita does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Donna Margherita also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 772-1169.

Donna Margherita is rated 4.8 stars by 24 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.