Sistina

4.7
421 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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.

DRESS CODE: committed to a certain excellence, our dress code is smart casual. We do not require men to wear a jacket or tie, but we politely ask that you please avoid SHORTS, FLIP FLOPS AND SNEAKERS.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 861-7660
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Giuseppe Bruno
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Madison and Fifth Ave
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Parking details
The closest parking garage is located on 80th st. between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue.
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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
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
What 421 People Are Saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KS
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought two friends to Sistina to celebrate the birthday of one of them. We had a spectacular time. Everything about the evening, from the warm welcome to the excellent Manhattans and martinis, through the wonderful chocolate soufflé, was superb. I had the mixed grill, which was memorable. My guests were overwhelmed by the quality of the cooking, the superb Valpolicella, the wonderful service.

Sistina is a great place for a special occasion and it is wonderful anytime you want a great meal.

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ES
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall Good food. Way over priced. Many better places for food that are more reasonably priced.

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c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very romantic place. Nice view of garden court yards and trees. The bar is dark and comfy. Nice place for casual dinner

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BB
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a bit pricey but one of the best restaurants we have ever visited.

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S
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place the best place to have homemade pastas the service was great big wine list I definitely recommend definitely coming back

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JY
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding in all respects. World class wine list--especially Italian wines.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Sistina is superb restaurant, but not without its faults the night we dined there. The service was spotty. Asked for a cocktail three times before it appeared. Nothing more frustrating than to hear “yes, right way” and then have to ask two more times. The food was fantastic, my halibut was a tad dry, I’m picky about my fish, I overlooked that because the flavors were outstanding. This was a very expensive dinner. Very. Go with eyes and wallet wide open.

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MM
Sacramento
57 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here over Labor Day weekend at lunch time. The restaurant is adorable!!! Charming interior. The service was excellent! Our server John was awesome. The pasta dishes are delicious. Great wine list.
Lots of wonderful menu selections to choose from.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was delicious and the service was excellent.

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RH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and lots of options and on top of that they will cook anything you want! The service is good too and you can actually have a conversation and hear everyone at your table speaking! I highly recommend This restaurant.

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J
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, our new hot spot! If you want great Italian food come here.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience from service to food.

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B
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with excellent food and ambience. Wonderful pastas and wine list.

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OT
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. Most amazing fresh pasta in NYC.

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e
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A quiet gem on the Eastside near the Met. Perfect lunch break from the museum bustle. Quality food reminscent of Italy. Reservation a must.

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CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow what a place it's me second time in Sistina and everything was wonderful food , service and very nice stuff this is the place to be i will always go back to Sistina thanks for everything 👍

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff went above and beyond! Food was delicious! Can’t wait to go back.

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EF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal and esp loved the service and ambiance. I’m particular, Caesar was a great server- so friendly, interesting, and attentive! The experience had a real neighborhood feel, in a beautiful setting. We will be back!!

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KS
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

The food at Sistina was great. The service was wonderful. Nevertheless, I won't go back. The noise was unbearable. We would taste a dish, be overwhelmed by the tastes -- the tomato and watermelon soup with cheese and pesto, an extraordinary grain salad, perfect orecchiette, and a chocolate soufflé that was second only to Dovetail's. The Manhattan and the martini were perfection. (The 2015 chianti was undrinkable but after complaining three times, they only charged us for two glasses. I only had two or three sips of my glass.) The incessant noise made it impossible to enjoy our meal. I hear that things are quieter at lunch. I don't care. I'm not going back.

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g
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Went here based on the stellar reviews on opentable. Beautiful room. Will say I was very disappointed. There nothing I despise more than a waitstaff that lacks opinions. When asking for recommendations from 2 different servers told everything delicious. We love a good cold seafood salad for an appetizer. Thought at $32 this would be top notch. This is simple concept very fresh seafood, simple dressing. Unfortunately the salad while full of various items it was extremely fishy. Everything from the shrimp to the calamari was off and a day or 2 beyond fresh. It was a Saturday night so there was no excuse. The pasta bolognese was delicious and ravioli fine but not special. Will not be back.

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SK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is attentative, but not stuffy. A pretty dining room with not to many bad table locations.
The food is excellent, though the specials list is so long that it hard to remember them all. A list would be helpful. The noise level can be high, but not terrible. It is generally a well heeled, but older crowd.

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PJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Just wish I was not suffering from gout!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and venue! Highly recommend!

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EB
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous!!

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JA
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. Unfortunately, only one server for 20 diners.

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Poor service
Awful noise level

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MT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Second visit to this restaurant. First time the service was impeccable. This time, possibly due to it being a busy Saturday evening, service was not what one would expect from this type of restaurant.

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SN
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening the food and wine were superb all of the staff was extremely attentive and friendly. Wonderful place we will definitely be back and would highly recommend.

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CG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best place to have a wonderful time everything was great food, service, and the best wine list we will be back

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a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. Beautiful room and a great choice for lunch or dinner on the UES.

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LI
London
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we dined at Sistina twice within the month. Each time the food and service were outstanding. There are so many great specials that you need not review the menu. The decor is beautiful. The one issue is the noice--its a bit loud on a Sat night--but still gets 5 stars

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the nicest dining experiences of my life. From start to finish,the service was impeccable and the food was exquisite. Definitely coming back

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IM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food great
Service great and attentive
Portions large
Big veriaty
They accommodate you if you have special or specific needs
A bit pricy but worth it !

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BB
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place. Would go again in a heartbeat!
Service and food outstanding.

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c
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants I have experienced. Great food, good wine selection and superv service. Always a good recommendation and definitively to be repeated

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TM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful restaurant in a lovely and convenient-to-the-Met location. The staff were attentive and knowledgeable (thank you, Renzo, for your wine recommendations!), the service, impeccable, the food delicious and beautifully presented, and the ambience relaxed yet elegant.

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BA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

VERY DISAPPOINTING. Went for birthday dinner and it was awful. Been there before and great, wondering what happened? Food was terrible, pasta sticky and dry. Wine was ridiculous overpriced. Dessert presentation was berries on a silver tray but was presented in grocery plastic. picture this, raspberries, strawberries in their original cartons with Driscol brand carton presentation. Pushy service for add ons. I would give this a zero.

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AS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as ever! A long standing patron for years and never ceases to amaze. Quality of cuisine and level of service is impeccable. Perfetto!

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TP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Used to dine at this location when it was “Crown” (French Restaurant). Ambiance and atmosphere is beautiful, lovely place to dine. Their wine list is second to none in the city, impeccable list.

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