Stella 34 Trattoria
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Food was great. Pasta perfectly cooked. Good selection of wine. Problem. Service. The worst ever and nobody cared. I asked for a manager on the way out. Tipped zero for the first time in my life and left without even an “how can I make it right”. Might be back for a pizza at the bar but only if I’m in the store for another day of shopping.
Pre race dinner
Service was very, very slow. Nothing was offered while we waited. My husband and son ordered simple linguine with red sauce (pre-marathon meal). The portion was very small for $21.00!! We needed to stop and get another meal on our way back to the hotel.
Although the food was good, the service was a little slow. We waited awhile to get our drinks and order.
Excellent food, the pie ( pizza) was very much up to snuff for a New York Pie. We took our visiting friends there and they have never had authentic NY pizza. My risotto carbonara was to die for.
This has been a go-to choice for lunch for several years. Very convenient when shopping at Macy's and close to Penn Station.
The service this particular visit was a bit uneven. Maybe it was because it was the end of peak lunch hours and a reduction in staff.
One very annoying element was the serving of coffee at the end of the meal. The espresso cup was just placed on the table without saucer, spoon or sugar choices. We had to ask for all of that. Not what I have come to expect at this establishment.
everytime we go to Stella they trying to put us on a table with a bad location. We ask for a table at the wimdow, we can see many of them empty, but they never let us to sit on those tables. They always try to put us at the last table of the sallon, so far of the midle.
My husband and I went to have our last dinner in New York and we were very disappointed with the food, my eggplant was burnt and didn’t come with any sides! The service was very poor and the ambience is like a cafeteria.
Food very tasty. Small servings for big eater but rich flavors make up for it. A bit on the pricey side. View fantastic.
The food was great and the service too. You get a nice view of the Empire Statue building, had a great time.
Always an excellent experience here. I bring people here for business lunches and it's the best place in the neighborhood. The service is unusually professional and attentive, and the food is excellent (usually order the prix fixe). Best of all is the ambiance of the spacious, light-filled dining room. Haven't been here for dinner. Highly recommended.
The food was good but expensive. Our waiter hated his job and was rude
The food and atmosphere are outstanding and the prices are not bad for a Manhattan restaurant. I would go again in a heartbeat. Highly recommended.
Spectacular food in a beautiful ambiance every time.
Interesting location.. the food was pretty good, in particular their pizzas and 1/2 chicken entree but had a really diverse selection.. . service was so so. We went with group of 4 of us for pre-dinner MSG concert meal. It really was a good choice being nearby the Garden and not crowded at all
The food was outstanding however our waiter was overwhelmed. It took more than a half hour for him to put our drink order in. Our drinks came after we were finished eating.
I loved this restaurant. It was a little confusing that it was inside Macy's, but it was delicious. My only problem is that the waiter clearly didn't like us after we said we didn't want to pay $5 A SLICE to cut our own cake. We said we just wouldn't have it and he was clearly annoyed. I did not appreciate the service but the food was phenomenal and it was so easy to get a reservation.
Food was good but small portions. On expensive side.
Food was good, had the lobster, was a little disappointed that it did not come with a baked potatoe or a salad. Overall a good location - nearby the majority of the trains.
Birthday Great Atmosphere great food great service we will definitely be coming back. As this is our 4th visit. Great find.
I've been to Stella several times before but never for dinner. The food is just wonderful and I liked the presentation. The service was a bit slower than I would have thought for a Monday evening.
The one thing, however, that we were all surprised at was that when we asked for bread, we were advised that it would be $8. We did purchase it; it was a small loaf, still warm and served with butter and salt on a bread board and I think some olive oil. It was delicious but we still bristled at the cost.
Switched waiters mid dinner, it got a little confusing
Everyone was wonderful/friendly/helpful...including the wait staff and the manager. Food was delicious. Desserts were extra special.
I've eaten here many, many times since it first opened. It was much better food at the beginning. I had
the meatball sandwich and did not care for it at all. My friend had a salad and said it was ok. I go here because it is convenient as I am always shopping at Macy's.
The food was quite well prepared and flavorful. The service was quick and efficient. We had an excellent view of the city from our table. We were very surprised that this restaurant existed inside of Macy’s and even more surprised that we were able to make a short notice reservation at a primo time.
I love the setting and view of midtown , east access from Penn Station and a little oasis within Macy’s. Great service and the food was good not great.
This is a nice place to have a good meal after shopping. No one rushes you to hurry through the meal. Cappuccinos are really delicious and comes with a small biscotti.
Wonderful lunch before fashion week! Our waiter was fantastic
Service was very slow. Waited for seating for 15 minutes even though there was no line and plenty of tables available. Server was also very slow and not helpful. Food was good but not exceptional.
We ordered two pastas and a bottle of wine. The pasta with the corn basically tasted like a can of corn and undercooked, flour-ey spaghetti noodles (and I like mine al dente, but this was just undercooked). The lamb pasta also was undercooked and you could almost feel the grains of flour on it as well. They didn't offer a tasting of the wine before pouring out the servings and it was way too sweet and wasn't refined at all.
The room is top notch, food inventive and tasty. Service was initially a little slow and inattentive but improved as the meal progressed. Great pre MSG dining spot.
Really enjoyed our meal! So many healthy and delicious choices to choose from ! The view was nice..service was good. Overall an enjoyable night! Meg
I’ve eaten here since the place opened. The room never disappoints — it is spectacular — not had the food until last night. The salad (di verdure) was a jumbled mess in a strangely sweet dressing, the vitello tonnato, a classic dish, was interpreted here with “cured veal.” Technically correct, but it was actually three micro-thin slices of veal tongue. I happen to like tongue, but I was in the mood for something closer to the classic. The papardelle was passable, but a bit stodgy. Very disappointing after the many fresh, clean delicious meals I’ve had here in the past.
I love Stella 34 and have from the start. They’ve changed things up a bit (no more bread and olive oil to start😕). But the food quality and service is still strong. ❤️
I thought the food was pretty solid. The wood roasted veggies were great. My gluten free pasta with their beef ragu was nice. I asked the waiter if the ragu was a shredded beef or a ground beef and he had no idea what I was talking about. I'll never understand how chefs do not train their waiters enough...but anyway..
My friend enjoyed the squid ink pasta with crab and the other 2 ordered the chicken which I believe they said was pretty good. The restaurant gives you a nice view of the Empire State Building and has a very casual feel. Other than the service being slightly polished up a bit I would recommend Stella 34!
This is my go-to place for lunch near my office. All of my guests have always been very impressed with it, especially, of course, the view, which is spectacular. The food is reliably tasty. However, recently the management decided to eliminate the complimentary slice (!) of bread they had long offered, and replace it with a loaf for which they charge $8. When I'm paying $26 for a smallish plate of pasta, it does not seem unreasonable to expect a slice of bread on the house. Being asked to pay an additional $8 is insulting. Moreover, the last time I was there the waiter urged me and my lone companion to try the bread, even though it says on the menu that it serves 4. The management needs to wake up to the fact that they are alienating longtime customers with this ungracious and greedy move. Shame on them.
I used to look forward to dining here every trip to NY...but not any more. They used to have a great tapas selection which I enjoyed, but stopped that a few years ago. I used to go there specifically for their eggplant Parmesan which was cut shaved thin, with a fresh zesty tomato sauce, baked and then a they came around to fresh grate Parmesan on the spot. This trip, it was really bad. I can't describe the tomato sauce, but something out of a jar would have been better. Also, no more freshly grated cheese...just a bowl of food service Parmesan. The server suggested some red pepper 'to help'...but they did not. I left most of my $27 entree. I am very disappointed that Stella has gone downhill.