La Stanza

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$30 and under
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Italian

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La Stanza is House of Lasagna's slightly more elegant sister restaurant, located just above the House of Lasagna on the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 39th Street. Down-to-earth, honest & simple homemade pasta specialties, in a more relaxed atmosphere than its bustling, downstairs sibling.

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Sun 5:00PM - 8:30PM
Mon 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Tue - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 4:30PM - 7:30PM
Sat 4:30PM - 7:30PM

What 305 People Are Saying
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JG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We were a large party who needed a quiet enough place to sit and catch up and eat. We had kids so it needed to be able to accommodate all these needs. It did as far as space and quiet but I sure wish the food was better. The food really lacked flavor.

SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local Italian restaurant, friendly staff. They have a Sunset menu and a pix fixe dinner menu as well which are both a terrific value! We had the pasta e fagioli soup, which was excellent and a salad with a very good balsamic vinaigrette. For entrees we had chicken Florentine and wild mushroom ravioli with bechamel sauce, both were delicious. For dessert we had their tiramisu which is the best! Highly recomment!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great cozy little neighborhood Italian bistro. Food was very good, generous portions. Service was friendly and well run. Overall, restaurant over-delivers relative to cost.

GB
New England
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great neighborhood Italian restaurant. Attentive staff, without being overbearing. Solidly good food at a reasonable price. Overall...a good value.

SM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at La Stanza is excellent and the price is very reasonable for such good cuisine. It is a small intimate restaurant with a nice atmosphere. The staff is very professional and the waiter Laszlo is great. He works as a team with the other waiter and they provide outstanding service. He is always attentive to the diners. We have eaten there several times while in New York and return each year. Reservations are a must but well worth the planning ahead.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem that we just discovered.
The place is small upstairs but vey comfortable and noise level is low so we had no trouble having a conversation.
Food was excellent and service impeccable. We were not rushed at all.
We will definitely be back

LS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice staff and service

KZ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining at La Stanza for years, back since it's Fagiolini days. It's terrific for a quick lunch or a leisurely dinner and even a holiday event.

OT
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and intimate experience
Was amazing

RD
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem of an Italian restaurant in Murray Hill district. Pasta is made fresh and is to die for. Highly recommend for a quiet good quality dinner.

AS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The waiter was lovely and it was very quiet! Food was tasty too and the lunch pre fixe comes with a glass of wine!

HC
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food is ordinary Italian fare. Kind of bland.Nothing remarkable. Service was very good but this is a "one and done" for us.

F
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Adorable and great food ! Perfect for any occasion.

DT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to la Stanza many times and consider it our go to place to take out of towners for a hearty, well prepared and delicious Italian meal at a reasonable price. It never disappoints! And Lazlo is a force of nature, a whirling dervish of energy and efficiency. He practically runs the entire restaurant!

f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Unfortunately, the day we went to the restaurant they were down a staff member and there was only 1 person running the front of the restaurant. He did everything and managed all tables, so the service was so incredibly slow. Food was fine, but it everything was slow and while the waiter did his best, the restaurant should have hired more help. The wine bottle we ordered was a bit warm for my taste but we didn't dare ask for it to be cooled down given the lack of service that night. There are so many amazing restaurants in NYC, so we probably won't be back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Delicious food

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice cosy place ... good food at great prices

JM
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

La Stanza is an charming, unpretentious, authentic Italian restaurant with a concise menu of classic dishes. We had a great view of Lexington Ave. from the second floor window of the cozy dining room. Their meatballs were moist, rich with a perfect flavor profile. The pasta was homemade with a clean, simple sauce. Perfect. We will be coming back.

WV
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Neither as good as many supporters have said, nor as bad as the criticism leveled by its detractors. Pastas are good, but sauces could be much better. Our first course salads were drenched in dressing. Still it was quiet enough to have a conversation and the atmosphere was very pleasant.

F
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

La Stanza is truly a "neighborhood gem" in every sense of the word "gem"—it is treasured and sought after and something that you want to keep. Its lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus are Manhattan's best deal, and the wait staff is superb. Also love the "quiet little Italian feel" of the place.

B
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent and well priced Murray Hill Italian with outstanding service from Tudor.

h
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I have been here a few times. The food is consistently good. The prices are the best. Not too many restaurants offer deals like this anymore. It’s so nice.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. Attentive wait staff, low noise level, and most importantly mouthwatering Italian specials

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is impeccable. On a level with a much more expensive restaurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We were moved downstairs on arrival as our table was not ready, it was not explained that this is a different restaurant with kitchen share. The confusion could have been avoided with a simple explanation. We were however offered either menu. The serving staff were great and the food was reasonably priced and very tasty.

Unfortunately a large party of older teens were very noisy which ended our night a little earlier than anticipated, however this is not down to the restaurant. If I had 25 people making a little noise I would probably accept it in favour of a smaller number of other guests being a little disgruntled.

Overall it was a good meal and the restaurant was clean with good food at a reasonable price. I would revisit.

t
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting for the weekend, we found this gem and were so glad! Pasta is beautifully made, and the ambience and service were wonderful.

SS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice quiet neighborhood restaurant with consistently good food and outstanding tiramisu!

BD
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were outstanding! Thank you.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner was good. Waiter was loud

LP
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment you walk into La Stanza the experience, the staff and the food was exceptional. I will be coming back to this restaurant for years to come. Thank you!

N
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the perfect place for a friends get-together or a quiet dinner for two. The prices and service can't be beat!

V
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time but not the last. Food was good and service at its best. Friendly, quick and made you fell welcome.

This will be one of our local hangouts for a good Italian meal.

h
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I have been here a few times and never disappointed. The food is basic Italian but consistently good. The service is very attentive. The restaurant is small but that is what makes it so enjoyable.

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, great food and our two kids (11 & 15) were warmly welcomed. Would definitely come back!

OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely experience. Great food, great service, and wonderful ambiance. Very low key and a wonderful place for a 1 on 1 meal. Will definitely be returning regularly!!

JH
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Decent neighborhood place, good value. Should have more "specials", and the one waiter they had was a bit overwhelmed at times.

ML
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really homey and cozy place, not fancy, but feels like eating dinner in a small Italian town. Great service and homemade tasting food. Would definitely return

CC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Retirement party

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S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

A serviceable Italian restaurant staffed by Eastern Europeans. I had a decent prix fixe, but nothing to write home about (the best part of which was the tiramisu dessert). The space is small and a bit cramped and relatively inexpensive for Manhattan. It appears to be run out of the same kitchen as the 'House of Lasagne' downstairs, which presumably is the budget version of La Stanza.

DC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, well priced! Great service. A neighborhood gem!