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Sistina restaurant, one of the most highly rated Italian restaurants in New York City, has been impressing its sophisticated clientele for almost 30 years. Host/owner/chef Giuseppe Bruno, the Zagat Survey's "Host of the Year", is responsible for every aspect of his restaurant, from greeting his devoted patrons, to preparing special meals and dishes upon request.
New York, NY 10028
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Mon-Fri 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday- Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Madison and Fifth Ave
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The closest parking garage is located on 80th st. between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue.
the local 6 train stops at 77th street and Lexington Ave
the 4,5 & 6 trains stop at 86th street and Lexington Ave
Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Sistina Ratings and Reviews
Lunch at Sistina--a wonderful Italian restaurant, well-prepared food, and excellent décor (particularly struck by the ornate cloth coverings for the hanging lights). Located a block from MOMA. Good choices from the regular lunch menu, but we selected from the specials. My wife had beef ragu over tagliatelle, I had squid ink pasta with seafood sauce. We knew this was a great place when the waiter came back to say that my wife's initial choice--a lamb ragu--wasn't available because there had not been enough time to prepare the sauce (there was a big company holiday party the night before so they couldn't start on the next day's menu). OK, nothing out of a can! Both dishes were very good, although we both likes the ragu a bit better. I had chocolate gelato for dessert--good, but I probably didn't need the calories. Nice bottle of red wine. This is not a spaghetti house and prices are appropriate for the level of cuisine and service. Going back next time I'm in NYC.
We were visiting from Dallas Texas. Sistina was recommended as a must for our visit. We cannot say enough about our fabulous dining experience in New York. It is now first on our list whenever we are in New York! Great service and attention to anything and everything you could ask for. Food was wonderful and desserts the best.
I have been going to Sistina for years and the dinner I had the other night was absolutely superb. From snails and mushrooms on a creamy, silky, light polenta, to fettucine with shaved white truffles, to a perfect paillard of veal, Sistina continues to serve food of the highest caliber. I have always felt it is under appreciated in the panoply of NYC's best Italian restaurants. Their recent move to the gorgeous East 81st Street location simply heightened the experience. I recommend Sistina to those who truly enjoy exceptional food served in a setting befitting its quality. I look forward to the next time.
This restaurant is right off Madison Avenue ain a lovely part of town!!! Not only was the food amazing the staff and service were impeccable!!!! I can't wait to visit the city and go eat there again!!!! Amazing food and wine!
The food was superb - from the appetizers to the main course. The venison with gnocci was excellent - meat melted in your mouth. The seasoning on the 5 nut spaghetti was light and flavorful. The staff are friendly and very attentive. The ambiance - you feel like you are in Italy.
Fabulous food, beautiful dining room and John our server made it a perfect afternoon. Service was terrific , unbelievably good food and the new place so gorgeous. First time at the new location .
Will definitely come back
Absolutely divine. The best service we’ve ever had. The attention to detail was impeccable. Extremely lively, gorgeous surroundings and stunning presentation of the dishes. The waiters were exceptional. Very professional, warm and friendly. I would dine here over and over again as a traveler to nyc. Thank you for such a lovely meal and experience!
Not our first time at Sistina, but every visit is a memorable experience. The decor at the new location is absolutely beautiful, the food continues to be fantastic, the wine recommendations are always great and the owner and staff are the most gracious hosts in New York. Cannot wait to go back again!!
Wonderful and very lengthy list of specials (3 primi, 4 salads, 4 pastas, 3 fish, and 3 meat entrees) in addition to a very nice selection of everyday menu selections. Service was outstanding (that the maitre could recite all of the specials from memory was very impressive in itself). Portions are good size and extremely tasty. Ambiance and vibe were good, but noise level was not so high that two people couldn’t have a conversation easily. Expensive, but worth the price. We definitely would go back.
My wife and I went recently for our anniversary. We had one of the best experiences ever! The service from start to finish was attentive, helpful, and made great suggestions. The atmosphere was delightful. We had a comfortable corner table that was romantic. The food was really over the top delicious with hints of being creative. Mostly it was so well executed and seasoned that each bite was better than the last. We can't wait to go back. Currently on the top of my list!
The service was outstanding and warm. The wine selection was on the pricey side, but the recommendations made to us were spot on to accompany the fantastic food. The servings were enormous, so as a small woman, I would only have two starters next time. Unfortunately, there was a noisy and large birthday group off to the side whilst we were there, but otherwise the ambiance was perfect.
If OpenTable offered 6 stars I would have given them 6 - it’s that good. Sistina offers the trifecta of fabulous food, unparalleled service, and a beautiful setting inside a former Upper Eastside row house. Can’t wait to come back.
The food, service, and ambiance were outstanding. Very extensive menu, with everything extraordinarily well-prepared. Service very attentive, but not intrusive. Pricey, but worth it. Our only slight disappointment was with desserts, which were good, but not as outstanding as the remainder of the meal. Would definitely return.
We have been going to Sistina pretty often since they opened on East 81st St.
Yes, they are expensive. However, they are consistently excellent.
Their specials are really special, the service and atmosphere are wonderful.
It’s hard to determine which was better at Sistina, the food or the service. The staff was extremely attentive and kind, and the food was legitimately some of the best I’ve ever had. The oyster selection is beautiful, and perfectly prepared (no loose pieces of shell or sand in the liquor). And the pappardelle sistina was the best bolognese I’ve ever had, I will always order it. Definitely recommend highly, and will be returning to Sistina.
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