Scarpetta

4.6
3966 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
An Italian expression that means “little shoe” – or the shape bread takes when used to soak up a dish — Scarpetta represents the pure pleasure of savoring a meal down to its very last taste. Amongst many accolades, Scarpetta NYC received a three-star review from The New York Times and a nomination for Best New Restaurant in the country from the James Beard Foundation in 2009.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Vegetarian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily, 7:00AM - 10:30AM
Brunch
Sun 11:30 am–3:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 691-0555
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Jorge Espinoza
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Catering
Based on availability, our chef team can create special off-premise catering experiences, inclusive of private chef options in-home and social/office gatherings.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
29th St and Madison at James New York - NoMad
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Public transit
6 Train (33rd & 28th St Station Stops), R W Trains (28th & 23rd St Station Stops)
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Entertainment
Our new location sit atop The Seville, our social cocktail lounge. After dinner, join us downstairs at The Seville to sip cocktails and listen to live music and DJs nightly.
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Special events & promotions
New Private Dining Room that can seat up to 30 guests!
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Scarpetta NYC offers a fully private dining room for seating up to 30 guests with A/V capabilities along with full restaurant buyouts of 150 seated/200 standing. Join us as we customize your special event, with culinary and beverage packages available and our seasoned staff to serve you.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Scarpetta, located in the Nomad district of Manhattan. A special Thanksgiving prix-fixe will be available throughout the day. Final menu and hours will be available shortly, please contact us for more information.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Scarpetta is hosting a festive New Year's Eve celebration. A la carte dining will be available until 7pm, and the remainder of the evening will feature a festive prix-fixe menu. Final menu and hours will be available shortly, please contact us for more information.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 3966 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The spaghetti is a must, it is a game-changer! Service, ambiance, food are all fantastic - we will be back every time we visit NYC. Expensive but worth every penny.

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H
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I declared this meal the best I've ever had! Shared an appetizer, ordered an entrée (beet ravioli), and shared a dessert. Everything was delicious and perfect. And the service was amazing. We had a great waiter and the other staff were so attentive and kind.

I plan on going back to Scarpetta every time I'm in New York!

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PC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing to add

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K
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was weak. Didn’t bring bread, then brought appetizers and saw we didn’t have bread and left WITH THE APPITIZERS and gone for 5 minutes to get the bread. Asked for parmigiana and waited until the pasta was cold until the parmigiana arrived. Knew we were on short time (theater) and could not get the check. The “specialty” tuna was so salty, could not be eaten.

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NP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great overall “sex in the city” vibe with great cocktail menu and food.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

After being made to wait more than an hour for a reservation - needless to say I’m thoroughly disappointed because when you wait over an hour to be seated you can be assured there’s not a five star dining experience awaiting because five star restaurants know how to properly book their reservations.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Had a 8pm reservation. Waited an hour and still no table. Kept being told just a few mins. So disappointing. Wish I was notified there’s a heavy delay.

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G
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Scarpetta serves wonderful dishes; however, wait staff/kitchen easily made three or four errors that were annoying. A manager did get involved and comped us free desserts - that's how bad the errors were. In spite of that, I would go back. Food is that GOOD.

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MC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Our front waiter was rude the bus boy was great. The restaurant was out of 3 of their best menu items by 6:30pm on a Sunday night. Very disappointed and would not go back.

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DU
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Had dined at the prior location many times and always had wonderful dinners. The new location is gorgeous with fabulous ambience and the staff could not have been more friendly or accommodating. The food however was slightly disappointing. My spaghetti was cooked perfectly but the sauce was a bit gummy. Did not taste at all like it had on prior occasions. Thankfully my husband’s agnolotti was delicious. Both my wagyu steak and husband’s duck breast had wonderful flavors but were not as tender as they should have been for the cost.

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G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

We arrived on time for our 3:30 reservation for four people. We were seated at 3:45. Live music was playing LOUDLY. Waiter appeared at our table at 4:00. He was completely frazzled. We had plenty of time to look at the menu. We had a few questions. He became annoyed and rather rude. We considered leaving but it was a special occasion so we didn’t want to ruin the fabulous day we were having.

We were literally ordering when the manager came over and pulled the waiter away. The waiter returned and told us ALL the items on one half of the menu were ‘sold out’. These were all the brunch items. The waiter actually complained to us that we arrived at the END of brunch and that they were transitioning the dining room for dinner.

Three of us ordered the chicken dish which were served without the egg noodles that were mentioned on the menu. The fourth guest ordered the spaghetti. It was a bit dry and when she asked for a little extra sauce, was told ‘we don’t do that here’ noticing our blank stares, the waiter then said he’d see what he could do. The small dish of sauce came out 10 minutes later.

TERRIBLE SERVICE by this waiter!

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J
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

I have been a regular at Scarpetta since 2011 and previously considered it to be in the top echelon of Italian restaurants in the country. Countless visits over the years to the Scarpetta in the Montage in Beverly Hills, the Scarpetta in the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, and the old New York one near Chelsea Market. Unfortunately, tonight was a huge disappointment.

The new location at the James hotel is beautiful and classy. Truly top-notch. We started out with the creamy polenta, which was very good as per usual. However, the pasta courses were a travesty.

--Spaghetti
The Spaghetti was severely overcooked and not even close to al dente. When I asked to have it re-made, the manager had the audacity to tell me that this is fresh pasta and it does not have the same texture as dry pasta. Thank you, but I've had this dish over a dozen times and I can tell you definitively that this was not cooked properly. The second time it came out, the spaghetti was properly al dente, but lacked the depth of flavor that it usually does. I wonder if to save time/money Scarpetta stopped infusing their sauce with the garlic, basil, red pepper flake oil blend?

--Agnolotti
My date had the agnolotti. I think Scarpetta needs to revisit the definition of agnolotti. The entire problem with this dish was the size and shape of the pasta. What was served was actually what I can only describe as a lumpy dumpling. Because it was improperly sized, by the time the filling was cooked through, the pasta was overcooked. The second time it came out, the center filling was cold, presumably in an effort to properly cook the pasta.

At this point we had enough, cancelled the rest of our order, and asked for the check. I will give credit where credit is due. The service was excellent. Our waiter was very attentive, apologetic, and asked if they could bring us anything else instead. Unfortunately, the kitchen that night was far from even decent. We won't be returning.

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M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A restaurants tone is set at the door and initially I was not impressed with how we were greeted and shown to our table by haughty younglings. However, our waitress was exceptional so was the sommelier. The wine selection of mostly big name Italians are short but impressive and mark-up is quite reasonable. I was not impressed with the food that much. The crudo of scallops and yellowfin tuna were superb but a pasta with crab meat was downright bland. The veal was cooked to perfection and the sweetbreads were fine but on the other hand the sauce on the dish did not belong there so did not the gnocchi. The desert a budin was also beautifully executed. I will return to Scarpetta for ambiance but one has to go through the uneven dishes to have a satisfying dinner.

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MG
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best spaghetti in nyc !! We have eaten at all the Scarpettas this on really stands out everything is great from the cocktails to the appetizers and the spaghetti is perfect! Can’t wait to return !!!

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N
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I was celebrating my birthday with my friends here. We brought the cake to the store, and were fine with the open food fee. However, when we finished all the dishes, the waitress couldn't find the cake and even asked us who did we give it to. We were charged with the "open food" fee with no extras with it. This is the restaurant that do not even say "happy birthday" to you when you put down the special occasion when making the reservation. Will definitely NOT come back.

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w
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We're fans and have been to this restaurant in NY, miami and mtk - It's consistent and the spaghetti is a go to kids favorite which makes scarpetta an easy pick.

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JC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation on Open Table, looking for a great restaurant near our hotel. A friend who visits NYC several times a year also mentioned Scarpetta. Everything was delicious. The waitstaff was professional and helpful yet friendly and approachable. The pasta is a standout, especially the spaghetti (it’s highly recommended, not a placeholder to be overlooked), but the entrees our party ordered (chicken and Branzino) were wonderful as well.

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L
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our dining experience at this trendy contemporary Italian, except the noise
level was so high conversation was almost impossible. The salad and appetizer choices were
imaginative, and the main courses, especially the duck, perfectly prepared. Wine list was
varied and reasonably priced. So what if it was loud, the people watching made up for it!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was not on par with my previous experiences dining at Scarpetta. They were not as attentive, my entree came out after we were all finished. And we had to ask multiple times for the bread.

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the few upscale spots where the price is proportional to what you get. Amazing food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Hostess was overwhelmed and rude

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MC
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent wine list. Portion size optimal and sharing pastas great

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New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Scarpetta is our favorite place. We try to go there every time we go to NYC. We especially love the new midtown venue- it’s quieter and the seats are so comfortable. The spaghetti and the duck/foo gras ravioli are the best! We also enjoy the mushroom polenta, cauliflower and yummy cheese/Italian meat bread. We tried every dessert and the chocolate won...

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The new location is beautiful. Food, service ... as good as always.

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KG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Everything was good, but we felt rushed by the waitress. Coming up and asking us every ten minutes or so whether we were done is not my idea of good service. Also, the main dishes arrived almost exactly 5 minutes after we ordered. The experience just felt rushed.

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PP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything I have ever tried at Scarpeta has been utterly delicious. However as simple and boring as it sounds, the spaghetti I’d to die for! Perfect every time.

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Muy bien pero muy caro

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CA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent dining experience
everyone enjoyed the food was deliicious

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W
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 1

This was a terrible visit. We had a 10PM reservation and was not seated until almost 11PM. Also, the new space for this restaurant is quite bad. You are constantly cramped in, the restaurant is overcrowded. I will not be returning to Scarpetta, which is quite sad as this used to be my favorite restaurant in NY.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place has so much improved since coming from it's former Meatpacking space. This place is CHIC and delicious!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We went for a birthday dinner, I thought the food was overpriced.

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t
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Portion was small and price was expensive.
Space between tables was narrow and it is difficult to hear conversation when crowded.

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SL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enzo and Michael deserve highest marks in creating and maintaining the finest dining experience I've had in a very long time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot! Excellent food! Started as a disaster for 3 big guys. Quickly resolved from a very small table to a more reasonable one.
Service staff very attentive

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KN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food paired with a very well designed, impressive space. Attention to detail on every level, especially the beautiful glassware!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was outstanding - subtly shaped our experience so that the wine and food were just right in quality and price - delicious and reasonable - and engaged us in just the right time manner and pacing so that we felt cared for yet free to enjoy our meal and sharing. It’s interesting that while I didn’t realize how good he was at the time, in retrospect I see his art. Nice work.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My birthday

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t
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Scarpetta has moved from about as far west as you can get to Madison Avenue. The staff seems to love it. I'm not so sure. I rarely use the word yuppie these days, but the clientele seems distinctly that, or at least much more Wall Street than it was, as well as guests from the hotel it's now part of.

The atmosphere is not as hip or as compelling. Scarpetta is loud. Maybe too loud. And finding the restrooms, which requires going into the hotel lobby and, on my night, navigating around a tacky jewelry sales table, is an unwelcome adventure. Hint: Don't have too much drink (I didn't, but it was easy to imagine) before you embark.

Nevertheless, I would and will go back. The food is the saving grace. Scarpetta offers a number of dishes, especially when it comes to pasta and short ribs, that are as good as any in New York. "Why would you pay for spahgetti?" asked a close friend, a good cook in her own right. "Because, just as the rigatoni in Orso is another league—and people often ask why you would pay for something as simple as rigatoni—the spaghetti, as well as every other pasta at Scarpetta, lingers in one's taste buds, heart and soul. The desserts are also good. The wine list is overpriced and perhaps a little too big, but you can find something.

The service is excellent. Our waitress was considerate, without being intrusive. Careful about time, without being pushy. Every place should be so lucky as to have someone as pleasantly efficient and just pleasant as that.

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