Sestina

4.8
103 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
Sestina- new healthy take on classic Italian cuisine with California execution. Entirely Vegan menu from pastas, breads, cheeses to classic Italian desserts, featuring an organic, biodynamic and sustainable wine program and modern takes on classic Italian cocktails.

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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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sun 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Thu 5:00PM - 7:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 10:00PM - 11:00PM

What 103 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJill
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great choices for whole group - even non-vegans enjoyed

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AlyssaN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend the primavera, caprese and the chocolate dessert! The god father was a fantastic drink. The rigatoni was good but very spicy!! Love Matthew Kenneys restaurants! Amazing vegan food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional. The food was great and the staff took care of us for our special occasion!

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vipLisaRDN
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was outstanding. Food was delicious and we all had a great time. Will definitely be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and everyone was very friendly.

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DocH
London
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at Sestina and it was great! The waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. We asked him to turn down the music a bit because we were sitting right next to a speaker and he did. The food was excellent! Even for non-vegans! And the service in general, such as refilling water glasses, clearing dishes, etc was also very good. I will certainly return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and attentive service. I highly recommend the spicy rigatoni

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EshitaS
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was perfectly made. But just wish it didn’t come out so quickly.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re in the mood for homemade pasta, go here! Great food and service! The staff are delightful and are very warm and inviting.

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vipJustFolks
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quickly becoming the best vegan restaurant in town. Only downside is high noise level.

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EzgiG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent! I don’t have words to tell their vegan cheese. Pasta was cooked well. I just don’t like the garlic bread. It was just bread. Besides food, servers were friendly helpful. Definitely will go back!

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JessicaB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious! Nice staff and amazing food. Eat here!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The kale salad was so delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good experience. Good food and service

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LivE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sestina was lovely. Food was absolutely delicious, service was great, and the restaurant is in such a fun neighborhood.

Sestina
Responded on July 25, 2021

Thank you so very much for your review! We know our neighborhood and feel right at home here :) We love being approachable in every way, without compromising our hospitality. Can't wait to see you back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The pea ravioli and the spaghetti vongole were really salty. The vodka shells were delicious! I really liked the limoncello waffles - they’re almost cake like and more hearty than Belgian waffles, but the berries and basil all worked well flavor wise. The arancini were yummy, but my mom didn’t like the texture- kind of stuck to your teeth. The chocolate gelato and chocolate hazelnut budini were nice for chocolate lovers! The gelato isn’t as smooth as I remember dairy gelato, but I liked the dark chocolate flavor + the flaky salt + olive (?) oil combo.

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HannahG
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sestina is so amazing! We tried three different pastas and all were fantastic. Our server, June, was so amazing and friendly. Highly recommend!

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Caroline
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all got different pastas and we all loved them. The gluten free pasta does not taste gross like other gluten free pastas. Definitely a must try!

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AmpedToGo
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, not a better place for vegan Italian cuisine in NYC.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant!!!

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vipDmitry
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is great! Inside was noisy and music loud, could still talk but had to raise voice.

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Cece
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious and flavorful! Highly recommend!

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vipDotsky
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I had no idea this place was vegan and booked it for a party of 6. My friends were not thrilled with that fact but to our pleasant surprise, everything we ate was delicious!

Unfortunately the service could use some help. No wait staff came to our table and no water was served until 15 minutes after we were seated, which was especially frustrating on such a hot day. We also ordered garlic bread as appetizers and two of us got salads as our entrees. They brought out the two salads immediately, followed by the other entrees 10 minutes later. The garlic bread arrived last. Additionally none of had plates when the food first arrived so were not able to share the dishes.

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ChristineW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sestina was the perfect place for my anniversary dinner with my husband. The food was finely crafted and fresh. The service was impeccable. They really made our night special. We will be back soon, no doubt.

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vipsams
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably my fav vegan Italian in the world. The caprese they have is out of this WORLD!

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ShannonLee
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been vegan for a year and a half and for my birthday finally got to take my friends to a place where I didn't have to nitpick through the menu to find something to eat. My 4 friends are all non-vegan and were very weary of what they were going to experience. Long story short, every single plate was completely licked clean! They loved every dish. The staff was attentive and friendly and very good with food and drink suggestions. While we loved everything, the truffle tagliatelle was my favorite menu item. I definitely recommend to vegans and non-vegans alike!

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vipJustFolks
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is maybe the best vegan place in the entire city. The food is great, and original. The service is superb, and the prices are very reasonable. Bravo!

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DanteAmor
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely vegetarian restaurant with an open (glass enclosed) kitchen and creative takes on pasta classics.

Smokey Sugo Radiatore was the highlight on the savory side of things but it was Chef George's desserts that stole the show.

Raspberry gelato with a balsamic drizzle and pistachio gelato finished with olive oil were delicious but the two standouts were the unbelievably rich chocolate hazelnut bundino over salted caramel topped with an aquafaba meringue and the melt in your mouth panna cotta with boozy cherries.

Moral of the story... save room for dessert.

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BriannaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best opentable finds I've ever made! I would never know this was a vegan restaurant based on the food alone - they didn't miss an ounce of flavor, texture or presentation!!

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KatieM
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious, hot when it came out, and we didn’t have to wait long even though the restaurant was busy. Service was also very quick and attentive.

Sestina
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thank you so very much for your kind words KatieM! With many restrictions being lifted, the citizens of New York have been yearning to enjoy the summer weather, and we are here to oblige!! We have continued to grow each and every week and while we may be busy at times, we always strive to achieve maximum hospitality and service. Very happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and look forward to having you visit again! Best, CHRISTOPHER CORDERO // GENERAL MANAGER SESTINA PASTA BAR // NYC

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KellyH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our waitress was adorable — only complaint is that the portions are a bit small, but otherwise, all perfect!

Sestina
Responded on June 10, 2021

Hello Kelly! Thank you for your kind feedback on our dishes! Our hospitality is what we pride ourselves on here at SESTINA so its always good to hear its appreciated! Sorry to hear you're portions were not to your liking. In an effort to stay as affordable as we do, it took a painstaking process to find the right measurements, pasta styles, and work that goes into each dish. Always keen on hearing ways we can improve so we thank you very much and will take your feedback into consideration!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was SO good, great service. Highly recommend.

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TovaJ
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious vegan creations with warm and friendly staff. Food came out really quickly with attention to detail and quality creations. Highly recommended for the Italian food lover who is hesitant do to dairy or animal products. Yum!

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Samantha
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So wonderful!! The good is always delish and i love the vibe.

Sestina
Responded on May 24, 2021

Thank you so much Samantha, we are glad you enjoy time and time again!

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vipRobNTracy
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing. Our waitress was absolutely wonderful. Actually, she was better than wonderful. I wish I remembered her name. We had the olives, garlic bread, tagliatelle truffle, rigatoni arrabbiata, spaghetti vongole, mushroom ragout and the 2 desserts. It’s hard to pick our favorite dish but If I had to it would be the one with the truffle cream. Sestina has nailed it! Our non-vegan friends we amazed they were able to create something that delicious with no egg or dairy.

Unfortunately the indoor busboy was extremely rude to us. I’m not even sure why we had any interaction because we were seated outdoors. I hope management catches him and educates him on how to treat people. Especially patrons but why be rude ever? Luckily the rest of our dining experience was perfection so we had a great night in spite of him.

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vipGeoffrey
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner with wonderful service and fabulous recommendations! One of Matthew Kenney's best!!

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ValerieC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb!

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vipEmilyS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Staff not fully trained on how to communicate about food allergies.

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Carrie
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

What a disappointment! The food looked amazing online. If you know anything about food and how to cook, you will be greatly disappointed. I’ve been a vegan now for 14 years, so maybe my bar is set too high. I would think that Matthew Kenney himself would have been dissatisfied if he ate at his own restaurant. First of all, the menu is not the same as what is posted online or provided on Open Table, so don’t get your heart set on certain pasta dishes or non-pasta options. We started with Olives, Caesar salad, Arancini, and garlic bread (which was completely subpar) and for our entrees, we shared the sweet pea & avocado ravioli that was bland with a sauce was way too salty and the Tagliatelle that literally had no flavor and seemed watered down... worst of all were our drinks- the blackberry sangria was too sweet and the grapefruit Negroni was disappointing for the price. During our dinner we had about 6 different people wait on us- and really no organization. Sorry to say we will not be back.

FAQs

Sestina does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Sestina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (646) 490-4114.

Sestina is rated 4.8 stars by 103 OpenTable diners.

Sestina does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://egiftcards.spoton.com/2110/5f15ea5d9adef3862c3462cf?returnUrl=https%3A%2F%2Folo.spoton.com%2F5f15ea5d9adef3862c3462cf&source=olo-web.

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.