What Insiders Are Saying
An import from Nantucket, Sfoglia is one of the few Upper East Side joints that, if transported to downtown, wouldn’t feel out of place.
Great dinner! Limited pricey wine list, but lovely restaurant that has become a favorite.
Not inexpensive, but excellent food. Pasta was great and innovative preparation combos. Spaghetti with rock shrimp and also the Tagliatelle. Best bread pudding we've ever had. Host even brought over a bottle of our wine so I could take a picture of it...very good monte pulciano. Only complaint was we had to ask for more bread and olive oil about 4 times...and they never brought more olive oil when they finally brought the new bread. Would recommend for small groups 4-6...a little noisy for intimate conversation.
Cosy relaxing restaurant. Perfect for meeting friends. The food is very good and they have a nice selection of Italian wine.
While the armosphere and service was great, the food was hit or miss. The appetizers we had was delicious (the arancini). The pasta dishes left something to be desired. The one with fig was so drenched in cream and so many figs that it should have been on the desert menu instead. Too heavy and flavors all overpowering. The bolognese we had to return because we came to find that it consisted of 4 or 5 different meats including chicken — while I get the restaurant wanting to be different or inventive, you cannot mess so much with a classic dish. And if you do, you should add a description on the menu and prepare your customers. It was not a good combination — beef, lamb and chicken?! They were nice to exchange it for something else. We chose a simple tomato based pasta. How could it be so wrong. We had to wait 15 min for it to be made (on the plus side this means that dishes are freshly made). The pasta sauce was soupy and overpowered with tons of pepper. I make better pasta sauce at home. You need a new chef to have a look at this menu and rework. Until you do, we wont be coming back and sorry to say it was not worth the money. Super pricey too.
I had the Tuscan soup and the Brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts were good. The soup tasted like canned broth with undercooked beans and a sprinkle of kale. It was also absurdly small (even for an appetizer). For a $15 soup I expect more than one cup of liquid and for it to be cooked well. It tasted like the ingredients were tossed in a pot and heated for 10 minutes. No seasoning or integrity in the flavor. I would’ve left irritated just because the quality was so poor but when you add that to the cost, I’m now angry. I typically dine in expensive restaurants and don’t mind paying, as long as the quality is there. I won’t be going back.
Four of us had dinner here on Monday and two dishes (same dish) had to be sent back. The appetizers were great and the scallops were good but none of the pastas tasted right that night. We have eaten here several times before and never had an issue but they were definitely off on Monday.
Best meal I’ve had all year, great service and really welcoming place.
They always have wonderful pasta in interesting combinations.
Food was excellent. This was our first time here, recommended by a regular long time diner. Probably because we were not know, we got a pretty crumby table in the back for two with very poor lighting.
Mediocre at best. We won’t bother going back. The bolognese was a short rib hash. The tortellini were thick.
A far fall from older days for this restaurant. Bolognese was tasteless and watery, chicken over-spiced and over-salted, broccolini had an Asian influence to the taste, not expected in a classic Italian. Very disappointing. Price off the charts expensive for mediocre food. Thank God there was a good pour to the very expensive drinks.
it was a very attentive and nice service, great food, excellent interior, I would definitely be back!
They are great. You should not require 50 characters or more here as most people do not want a homework assignment when they agree to rate a restaurant, they just want to tell you something was nice or not nice.
This is consistently and for years the only fine restaurant in Carnegie Hill
We are regulars at Sfoglia when attending performances at the 92nd Street Y because of its easy proximity and because the staff respects the curtain time and does its best to be attentive without rushing the guests. This is one restaurant in which a small menu means that the dishes are always fresh and well prepared. And the low noise level is a rarity and a pleasure in this era of restaurants in which conversation has to be conducted by shouting. Sfoglia is a "neighborhood gem," (albeit a slightly pricey gem).
Loved the Arctic Char and my husband devoured the chicken dish. Both excellent, especially enjoyed the
A fellow diner in a purple sweater was rude to us and made us feel unwelcome. Other than that, the whole team did a great job and the food was delicious.
Went on Valentine's day for price fix menu. Even though some tables are communal, they spread everyone out really nicely so you had some privacy. Complementary prosecco and Moscato was so nice! Service was excellent. Food was good but probably better on a regular night without the price fix so want to go back to try that.
Early Valentine’s Day
an amazing meal.. great service - don't rush you - great food
deserts.. save room
Good place in the neighborhood for dinner for people who h
I have been to Sfoglia couple of time in the past but haven't recently so it was nice to visit again. The food is top notch as always, the ambiance cozy, rustic and comfortable.
It's a reliable restaurant but a tad pricey.
Terrific wine choices. Appropriate, attentive wait staff. Casually elegant decor. Warm atmosphere. And The best Bolognese in the world.
Consistently excellent. Best bread and excellent wine selections . And the staff is friendly and professional
We are among the many loyal diners who have supper at Sfoglia before an evening event at the 92nd Street Y. It is greatly appreciated that the polite and welcoming staff almost always asks if the early diners are going to a performance, which determines whether they need to hasten the service or allow a more leisurely meal. The staff also is also very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list, which is very helpful. The menu is sufficiently varied, but it is not long, so the kitchen can manage all of the selections easily. If the fare is not inexpensive, it is not outrageous either, and the food is always good and the experience enjoyable.
I thought I’d found an upper east side gem, the photos and space looked nice, the menu looked like it had some good options, and I was excited for a night out. I don’t care particularly about ‘the scene’ but half the people there were my grandparents age, which is not the most happening Friday night vibe. We got the flatbread as an appetizer and I’d describe the dish as marginal at best. For mains, my wife got the scallops and I got the pasta with bolognese. Pasta wasn’t half bad, tasted homemade and the sauce was not the best I’ve had but certainly not the worst either. My wife’s scallops, on the other hand, were bad, they were hard as a rock. I don’t really ever send food back but at $11 per scallop (4 scallops, $44 dish) it felt ridiculous to write this one off. So we sent it back, and the waiter was very nice about it - when they brought the new scallops that were cooked better but they were sandy... dessert was apple with gelato and that was actually quite good. All in all, not a horrible meal but you really just expect more for what they charge.
We had a delicious meal, ingredients were fresh and well prepared, and the service was great.
As always, loved this place. Ambiance is awesome, sophisticated farmhouse, food is amazing, dont miss the trufle/speck pasta and chicken mattone, service is stellar, attentive but not rushed. We left sated and planning to go back. Picking a date now!
Food is delicious with good portions. The service is great. My only complaint is about the social table.. too wide to have a conversation.
Food was delicious
Both the short rib and the pasta dish were disappointing. The short rib was not tender enough, needed to be braised much longer to give the right texture and to intensify the taste, and the pasta dish was a little bit too sweet than our preference. Normally, we like everything here at sfoglia, but these two dishes were disappointing
Birthday dinner. Been here twice before. Nice and cute and good food. Good service.
One negative is that server staff comes around a bit to much to ask if you’re done when you still have food on the plate. Other than that, very pleasant experience.
Was my date’s bday and so I brought a cake, asking them to bring it out at the end of the meal.
Free of charge, candles on top, perfectly executed. The food was great, as is the hospitality here. The romaine lettuce and veal special were amazing.
Definitely coming back for another special occasion.
Bravo to Sfoglia!
Nice to see they use wine glasses now! Nice neighborhood restaurant.
New Years Eve
It is a local ues spot that continues to deliver!
Interesting seating arrangements, ability to eat at the bar and a great menu and kitchen. The menu has some seasonal variation and specials and the food and service consistently makes you want to return(which I will)
They switched their menu (unfortunately) for winter. They removed 2 very good soup and replaced it with one with a lot of cream/butter.
Also, the pasta we ordered was barely edible. It was some kind of ravioli, but was very mixed up, with too many other things added and overly greasy.
On a positive note, the kale salad was great as well as their bread pudding for dessert.
Great food and ambience. We went out of our way to dine at Sfoglia on Christmas Eve (we stayed in the Chelsea area). I would have rated the restaurant 5-stars if the service was up to par. The waiter seemed to be more interested in parties greater than 4 (we were party of 4). I think this restaurant is tops surrounding that particular neighborhood but we passed many other just as good restaurants (food wise) that would have been closer and way more attentive service.
Excellent food, too expansive for antipasti and small Pasta, 4 glasses of wine = 220 $