Pastai

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$31 to $50
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Sicilian

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Pastai, an artisan pasta bar located in Chelsea, is a neighborhood restaurant that aims to share its family traditions of Southern Italian countryside cooking with the world. The specialty at Pastai isn’t hard to guess given that its name means ‘the pasta makers’ in Italian.

With homemade pasta, made from scratch and by hand served in dishes using products from local famers, the dishes are fresh and of high quality. The dishes at Pastai also include a grand selection of salads, such as bietole, a warm beet salad, sandwiches, such as the salsiccia di pollo, a chicken sausage sandwich, and of course pasta options, such as spaghetti scampi and pasta al forno.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very nice. Service was ok

JS
New York Area
182 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for a special family night out. Dinner, service, setting - everything was perfect. Thank you, Pastai!

SF
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Very good food, very good wine selection, unfortunately very lame service. Front of house is letting the kitchen down. VERY loud table next to us nearly ruined the evening alas. Our memory of this place was far better than our recent experience.

R
Tahoe
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic experience. Food was great and service attentive

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Dinner for 4 with app and wine, slightly overpriced as it did not include any salad or accompanying vegetables. coffee after dinner, two came, one specialty coffee did not. Not particularly crowded while we were there to account for inattention.

MA
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Amazing pasta, great menu variety and a fun place to have lunch or order a casual drink

f
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was good. Service was not good . Waiters kept rushing us to order, frowned when we gave back a dish that had an ingredient one of us could not eat, and also when we asked to take home the leftovers.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Had a 7pm reservation to meet with friends I hadn’t seen in over 6 years. After waiting an hour we had to catch the attention of the waiter so we could place our orders. We didn’t get our food for another hour, at 9pm. The vegetables in the chicken dish weren’t cooked thoroughly and it was nothing special. This restaurant didn’t exceed any of our expectations and the service was absolutely horrible. Made me feel horrible for suggesting a bad restaurant during their short trip when there are so many other wonderful restaurants in NYC.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Buena xperiencia

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were on time and sat right away, but didn’t get our drinks until 20 minutes later. Eggs were way over cooked on my salmon Benedict. Didn’t want to send it back, because it took quite a while to get it and the staff already seemed overwhelmed. I only ever saw a bartender and one waiter. My second time here, and I do like the ambience. I’m in the business, so I understand how hectic brunch can be sometimes, and everyone has a bad day, so I’ll most likely return.

JS
New York Area
182 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Terrible seating in a back room right next to the dishwashing kitchen area and garden door which serves as a service entrance. Staff have no sense of customer needs in this isolated space. They shouldn’t even make this a dining area - terrible judgment - and dilutes the ideal and more appropriate sidewalk, bar, and main floor dining areas. First time we had a bad experience here, not only due to hideous seating, but also the underwhelming pasta dishes, which lacked flavor, and even the burrata was a strike out blended with red peppers?? Wow if this had been our first visit, we would never return. But clearly a terrible evening to have introduced Pastai to our friends with whom we invited.

JS
New York Area
182 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the treasures of Manhattan. Neighborhood setting delivering a five star Italian experience. Should be Michelin rated great food without being haute. Truly without words you have to experience this homemade, everything is fresh, generation lost dining moment. A favorite without peer.

DB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I really like the quant atmosphere of Pastai, great food, and great wine list.

HR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I had called in advance to check to see if they had the Restaurant Week menu, I was told they did, but when we got there I was informed they did not.
The dish I ordered was tasty, but the description was a little misleading and it was not worth the cost.
The service was excellent!

K
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent pasta. Casual environment. Friendly service! Worth a trip!

AF
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great time at the restaurant. We went for dinner but started sitting at the bar. There aren’t too many tables, so we decided to eat at the bar instead. The food was delicious!

C
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta I’ve had! All pasta is homemade. A gem.

JS
New York Area
182 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Personal and invisible service. Homemade pasta. Flavorful ingredients. A special treasure of multigenerational recipes, preparations, ingredients, execution. Five stars.

MG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service. Beautifully prepared food. Lovely atmosphere

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great, fresh pasta and wonderful creative bruschetta, but service was not attentive at all. Waiter hardly checked in on us, not even to refill water

E
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very cute Chelsea spot! It's a small place with an open kitchen, so it was a little warm, but everything was so good. We ordered three antipasti to start - all were delicious, but the fried artichokes were AMAZING. They also made great cocktails and had an extensive, reasonably priced wine list. Highly recommend for a quick dinner / drink!

RS
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Come to Pastai for the pasta. It's truly the best pasta I've ever had (sorry Granny). Nice wine list and friendly service. Pastai is a true Chelsea gem!

P
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Love Sicilian dishes. The food here is really good. Certainly not a fancy place. Very casual , but, very enjoyable dinner. Will definitely return.

CB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed our dinner at Pastai! The service was excellent, our food was delicious and the restaurant was a fun place to enjoy dinner with friends. We will definitely return on our next visit to NYC!

J
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I was specifically there for pasta con le sarde and their version wasn’t even close to what the dish was that I had in Palermo.
Noisy and crowded.

b
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice neighborhood place. Always interesting and seasonal specials. Wonderful cocktails.

T
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cute place with exquisite food!! Great time with friends celebrating!!

c
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Interesting menu, good service, but way too noisy for real conversation.

D
Las Vegas
45 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. No spaghetti o’s served here!!!

CG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really nice place. Watermelon martini was delicious and refreshing. Arancini were almost as good as my grandmother's. The carbonara was perfectly executed. Will come back real soon.

ET
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Inventive menu of Italian specialties, reasonable prices, and good service all make Pastai a good option when you're in Chelsea or heading to the Irish Repertory Theater.

j
Sydney / NSW
30 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good pasta, wine and service. Enjoyed everything we ate especially the beef cheek pasta m.

E
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I scheduled a reservation for 7pm. When my friends heard that their happy hour ended at 7, we rushed over hoping to grab 1 drink before our reservation. We got there at 6:45, only for the server to say we could not do happy hour because it was only at the bar. We said we would have one drink at the bar, finish it and then be seated at the table at 7 for our reservation. Mind you the restaurant was nearly empty at this point. The server refused saying we could not sit at the table with our drinks, even though we continually expressed that we would finish our drink at the empty bar. He refused saying we would have to then stay the bar. We specifically said, "We don't understand. We will get 1 drink at the bar, finish it at the bar, leave it at the bar, and then sit down for dinner. Why is this not possible?" And he verbatim said, "Yes it does not make sense but you're only missing 10 minutes." Confused and not in the mood to push the situation, we decided to sit and order dinner. Service was subpar during dinner, but the pasta was obviously house-made and cooked perfectly al dente. Probably won't be back only because of how service handled the situation, and there's over 100 more places in the city with good pasta.

BA
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All four of us truly enjoyed our dinners. This was the first time that we came here and we will be back.

NJ
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Brunch at Pastai was a really enjoyable experience until the end. Our food was delicious and the atmosphere was airy and pleasant. The main reason I docked the restaurant’s overall review was that, almost immediately after we paid the check, the waiter told us we needed to leave because they needed the table. I’m sympathetic to NYC restaurants’ need to turn tables, but this felt unreasonable and even a little rude under the circumstances. 1) We had a reservation, 2) we had not had a long meal at the table—about an hour 3) nobody seemed to be waiting on a table. We obliged by leaving, but the odd ending left an unpleasant taste in our mouths.

S
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful neighborhood place but also more than worth a detour to enjoy even if you don’t live nearby!
Good food in convivial room!

JM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic, Italian gem with great service & very fresh food. The view of the little yard outside added to the ambience.

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It took a bit long for our meals that we had to take it to go so that we would not miss the show. We will be back though.

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very very good Italian in a casual counter or table setting.

N
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was excellent!