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About Sistina

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.

24 E 81st Street
New York, NY 10028
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Mon-Fri 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dinner: Sunday- Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Madison and Fifth Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 861-7660

Website:
http://sistinany.com/

Parking Details:
The closest parking garage is located on 80th st. between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue.

Public Transit:
the local 6 train stops at 77th street and Lexington Ave
the 4,5 & 6 trains stop at 86th street and Lexington Ave

Executive Chef:
Giuseppe Bruno

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Sistina Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Special Occasion (31)
Romantic (27)
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Neighborhood Gem (26)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
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Fit for Foodies (20)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Notable Wine List (14)
Business Meals (13)
Authentic (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Cozy (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Bar Seating (8)
Comfort Food (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Seasonal (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Groups (4)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The service and food were excellent! Gian-Carlo was an amazing waiter!

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Sistina never disappoints. Giuseppe is always in attendance to make sure that every diner's experience is fabulous. The food is complex, detailed and perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 27, 2017

I would go back. I was going to met and was the perfect place nearby

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Wonderful food and service...we went for a birthday dinner and enjoyed every minute!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Everything was wonderful. Great service, delicious food and a dessert menu that I could have had everything on it! The lavender gelato was perfection.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Found Sistina after visiting the Met. The place is elegant and the service excellent. The food is first class. But be careful with the specials - $65 for Dover sole?

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We love Sistina. The food is delicious, the space lovely, and the service top-notch. Upscale but not stiff. It has become our go-to place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Beautuful and elegant
Attentive staff
Best in class wine list
Solid mix of classics and inventive preparations

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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Nice upscale Italian on upper east side. Service is excellent as is the wine list. Ambience is lovely save for the large corporate type art work on the walls. Food is quite fine but nothing extraordinary

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

A really beautiful space with impeccable service and delicious food 👍👍👍

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

excellent food & service. $$$$$$

i would go there again for sure

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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!!

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Got way too crowded tables on top of each other was very distracting

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Incredibly friendly and helpful staff from start to finish. Had a great table in the back corner that felt very intimate and romantic. Food was outstanding and it made for an all together great evening.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was my first time in Sistina.Besutiful spot,cosy atmosphere, absoulutely delicious food,and excellent service.They make you feel very imprtant.As a suggestion: wine list is hude and gives a lot of optins but maybe to add more affordable wines.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was special, efficient, and friendly.
Presentation beautiful, quality of food:
very very good, cost was expensive!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Very good food and excellent ambience . All the waiters are very kindly.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Fantastic overall dining experience with exquisite tasting specials that change daily. Always amazing and never fails to please. Highly recommend!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food, attentive and friendly service, warm ambience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Montana)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent experience. The rare trifecta of of food, atmosphere and service. $18 for a bottle of Pellegrino is obnoxious but no other complaints.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We have been going to Sistina pretty regularly since their opening on East 81st St.
Their menu and service are outstanding.
In our opinion, it is one of the finest Italian restaurants in all of Manhattan.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was delicious and service/ambience impeccable.

Tags: Organic, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Everything was exceptional. We visit nyc several times per year and eat out at the best restaurants. This is our new most favorite. Very elegant experience. Thank you!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The meal was terrific. The service was particular exceptional.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent food, beautiful room, however, a little noisy.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Exquisite but a few hiccups with service.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.
Bon Appetite.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

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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