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Estela

4.6
4.6
520 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
In 2013, Thomas Carter and Ignacio Mattos took over the intimate space that once housed the Knitting Factory music venue and turned it into estela. Set above Houston Street, the lively restaurant serves a New-American menu, cooked with a personal approach that incorporates the many diverse experiences and cultures of New York City. There is a deep wine list, as well as a bar serving cocktails late into every evening.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Sun–Thu 5:30 pm–11:00pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 219-7693

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ignacio Mattos

  • Neighborhood

    SoHo

  • Cross street

    Mulberry / Mott Sts.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    B, D, F, M at Broadway-Lafayette St.; 6 at Bleecker St.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Cocktails, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 520 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on June 27, 2019

    overall1foodserviceambience
    I heard good things about this restaurant and I finally decided to visit. The food was actually not bad but the service I received was extremely terrible. The server, Ryan was beyond rude and disrespectful toward my friends and me. He treated us like we do not belong there. We reported it to management but instead of apologizing, they defended him. It’s just a shame you pay your money to enjoy a good food and have a good time, but you leave disappointed. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
  2. n

    nycdiner

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Reviewed on June 8, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Such a great hospitality group - food... can't wait to go to one of their restaurants.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Reviewed on February 19, 2019

    overall3foodserviceambience
    Food was creative and delicious but over priced. Service above average but wait staff pushed ordering more dishes than necessary.
  4. l

    liketoeatwell

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Among the best restaurants in the US. Compact menu of refined flavor bombs. Been here around 7-8 times and consistently excellent. EXCELLENT. And when they err; they immediately work to make it up, making you feel really good in the end. This is a well run restaurant. Kudos to staff and management.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Comida excelente, buen servicio, gran ambiente. De seguro volveré.
  6. O

    Olia

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    burrata is out of this world and endive salad is amazing
  7. r

    rodrigos

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Execellent as always!!!
  8. J

    Joselito

    Mexico City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente lugar para una comida o cena casual! La comida deliciosa!
  9. ST

    SamuelT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant with amazing food. Will definitely eat here again
  10. a

    atyourservice

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    It’s the second time in Estela and it still hit the spot!
  11. S

    Sapi

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was absolutely delicious.!We had the tartare, the endives, the ricotta dumplings and the lamb. Each dish was an explosion of flavors hard to describe. So good!!! For desert we had the panacotta also excellent. The restaurant is small and tables are very near one from the other. I have seen this in many places in NY but I don’t like to listen to my neighbors conversations or mine to be listen. Service was great. We were celebrating our 15 anniversary, and being Uruguayan as the chef is, we wanted to try his food. Any complimentary attention whatsoever other than the candle on the dessert. I would have expected something else but that wasn’t the case. A glass of champagne or a dessert or coffee.... All the same I have to congratulate Mattos for his delicious food and cozy restaurant.
  12. JC

    JenniferC

    London

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    All dishes were awesome - but the overall value for the food feels very low. Portions are extremely small.
  13. M

    Marks

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very creative and delicious food. Very loud, difficult to maintain a conversation. The overall experience is worth a try at least once.
  14. SB

    SilentBob

    Birmingham

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2018

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    We had to wait up to 20 minutes even though we made a booking. The restaurant was pretty noisy and exactly great for dating. Otherwise, the food itself and the wine selection was AMAZING, Every one of our order was so creative and delicious.
  15. MH

    MardisH

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I was disappointing by the seats we got. Small table by the bar, the food could not all fit to the table and as it was next to the window, it was freezing cold! And as people got in and were waiting for tables they all stood over us, either crammed into our chairs or almost staring at us eating. Just a weird set up and I do not know if I would offer those seats like the restaurant seats - this is more bar/lounge seating. So yes, quite disappointing by that, especially as I booked the table well in advance as this place has been on my list for a while. But food was really good and staff really nice.
  16. PN

    PamN

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the most incredible experience at Estela. The service was top notch. The staff was so friendly and helpful, and the food was hands down the best meal I’ve had in my 6 years in Manhattan!
  17. Z

    Zephyr

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food, great service, great ambience but what is the deal with the banquets? They are the wrong height for the table and the person sitting on the other side of the table is way lower in the chair. I kept leaning my elbows on the table to get lower down. If it were my restaurant, I would have ripped them out day one and got it right.
  18. LH

    LeslieH

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Low key but excellent service, creative menu, interesting crowd, and the best chocolate dessert I’ve ever tasted!
  19. A

    Abigail

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very creative food. Service was excellent and welcoming. Noise level is very loud. And loud music. Always full house. Wine bar atmosphere. We were the oldest diners in the place but go because of delicious food .
  20. j

    jdjdjd

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    everything was great, but it’s too loud for conversation. the waiter was efficient, knowlegable, but made no connection with us, no smile, like a machine. not uncommon with younger servers in many restaurants. we were happy though, amazing food. i would come again, but with a younger friend!
  21. SV

    StevenV

    New York Area

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb service. Buzzy and exciting. Superb menu. The scallop crudo is amazing - so flavorful we ordered a second at the close of the meal. I posted on Instagram - @srvmusings
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant I’ve ever been to
  23. BP

    BrianP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent date spot. Very classy with delicious small dishes. The best dishes we had were the steak and pork. So amazing.
  24. a

    angelina6965

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming spot in the west village. I love to eat at the bar and this place is great for that. The menu is primarily small plates for sharing that are quite fancy and a bit pricey but overall it was a nice, cozy experience on a rainy Sunday afternoon. We arrived at noon and by the time we left about an hour and a half later it was getting busy and more crowded. I love coffee with cream when having brunch but the bartender told me they didn't have cream, only milk (no!) so I asked hom to check with the kitchen for cream and he came back with some minutes later (a trick I use often for these weird new york brunch places that don't believe in having cream available for coffee) the kitchen always has some! ✨✨✨
  25. R

    Robert

    Berlin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Only one fish dish and „policy“ is not to change any sides, so we had to leave
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2018

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Food over the top great and inventive. Waiter was gruff and inattentive. For four of us he recommended we order 7-9 items. We ordered 5 and were very happy. Overheard him suggesting 5 item order for a table of two!
  27. i

    ilena

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had a wonderful brunch! Bit too loud to enjoy conversation, but we love Estela!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and excellent food
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Incredible dinner. Just wish they had more vegan/vegetarian/ or pescatarian entree options.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome. Get the market greens and endive salad 🥗
  31. BK

    BKar

    San Joaquin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elevated dishes and very knowledgeable team. Good job!
  32. AF

    AnneF

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Black rice unbelievably delicious. Enjoyable evening!
  33. BS

    BennettS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food is very good but portions a bit on the small and everything is small plates. If you like small plates then that's wonderful. Personally we were a tad underwhelmed as we are tired of small plates and are looking for adult main course portions. You get a few bites and that's all. If they would offer regular entrees we'd more inclined to go back. And for small plates while the portions were not on the small side the prices certainly weren't. You end up paying full entree prices for small portions. Not worth it.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2018

    overall5food5service1ambience3
    Service was nothing to write home about. At times rude. Host was very rude. Food was fantastic
  35. R

    Riccokm

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic! Sitting at the bar was so fun. Loved the entire meal, one of the best I’ve had out in awhile!
  36. WD

    WorldDiner

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simple and wonderful seasonal plates that just get better and better. Add an eclectic and well curated wine list that perfectly matches the food and setting for an unbeatable combination. Prices are very reasonable. Book well in advance!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it again. It’s a staple for us every trip to NYC!
  38. MA

    MABG

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, professional staff, superb food. Order 5-6 dishes for two.
  39. k

    kermit21480

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing meal!!
  40. v

    vamosrafa04

    Philadelphia

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner! From the food, to our wonderful server, Fred and an energetic vibe, we had an outstanding dining experience. As delicious as the food was, Fred really enhanced our evening!

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Estela is rated 4.6 stars by 520 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Mulberry / Mott Sts.

  • Neighborhood

    SoHo

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Sun–Thu 5:30 pm–11:00pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    B, D, F, M at Broadway-Lafayette St.; 6 at Bleecker St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ignacio Mattos

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Cocktails, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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