Sistina

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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.
CANCELATION: For parties of 5 and over we require credit card information to make the reservation. If you wish you cancel your reservation, please send a cancelation email to sistina@sistinany.com a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Failure to notify the restaurant in a timely fashion will result in a $50 cancelation fee per person in the group.


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OT
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Staff seemed a but cranky but it was a holiday. Loved the old school charm of the restaurant. (Brilliant little old couples as well). The food was spot on. Scrambled eggs with excellent white truffle, pastas done just right. Best tiramisu i’ve had in a while.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Don’t go if under age 60

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and environment.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed. They have a new fall specials with great wines and cocktails “
I had a glass of Brunello with a white truffles fettuccine and a blackberry bourbon cocktail so smooth:)
Stuff was very friendly and welcoming we are definitely coming back

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great staff! Excelent!!

H
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice white table cloth experience.

j
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service in a nice setting with well prepared offering

K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Family dinner. Exceptional food. Great experience all around.

I think the waiter is still describing the specials available for the evening. Very impressive.

With the size of menu, attractiveness of food options and amount of unique nightly specials, you & your group could eat differently here for a month and enjoy every night like the first.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family of three had an incredible lunch at Sistina. Our server Cihangir went above and beyond to meet all of our requests and provided exceptional service with great attention to detail. Would love to return whenever in town. Excellent food and service.

e
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

feels like a european , claasy, great food, good location

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a spectacular meal with great service in beautiful surroundings. My favorite uptown.

DJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect. A true gem.

RK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

For the price the food was mediocre at best. I've gone a few times before and it's been better but this time it was not.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite simply, the best!

a
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We went to celebrate our anniversary and the food was excellent. I felt that the minute we sat down though they immediately wanted to serve us with water and give us menus which felt like they wanted to get us in and out. Also for such an upscale restaurant the chairs were uncomfortable, basically outdoor chairs. The food was excellent and the presentation were great. Had the feeling of you weren’t a regular basically you were on the back burner. Also very pricey.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb in every respect! Loved the restaurant and the food ambiance and Service were spectacular!

PR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Too many wait staff that do not seem to know what to do. English comprehension from them is a problem. Had to constantly look for our host except when he wanted to push our order. Cheese for the pasta was tainted , forgot to bring my second capp , portions so ridiculously small. I woud not go back. Big disappointment.

DD
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the restaurant! Decor is beautiful. Our server Cihangir was excellent and took good care of us!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greatest experience ever. “spacing”. And food was amazing! We had homemade pasta with white truffle you feel like you are eating in Piedmont.Sistina is a great place in NYC Definitely highly recommend

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful setting, excellent meal and wonderful service!

t
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the food was magnificent, the service superb and the ambiance delightful. The team really outdid themselves this time. We were there on opening night on Second Avenue back in 1983 and we have never been disappointed in the 35 years since.

s
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem. There is nothing like it. The food is superb and the quality of dining is old school...polite and dignified! This is my go to place for all special occasions .

RL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the chocolate souffle was exceptionally good
Service was very accurate
excellent cooking

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ambiance and service are outstanding. One of my guests had a very restrictive diet due to health issues. The servers were unfailingly courteous and solicitous and never made her feel uncomfortable. As a result, she had the best dinner in welcoming surroundings she's had in a very, very long time! Bravo Sistina!

SR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant--food is delicious and fresh and the ambiance in the back "garden" room is exceptional for a NY Upper East Side Restaurant.

PS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want a truly fine dining experience Sistina is a great choice. The food was exquisite and the service was wonderful. Sit in the back room!

f
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my fifth or sixth visit to this upscale Italian restaurant. We have never been disappointed.
Located a short walk from the Met it’s an oasis after several hours of viewing. My sole meunière was on par with the best in France. The tariff can be an eye opener but worth it.

L
London
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance
High standard of service
Food not up to ambiance or ultra high prices
My first course special of tuna avocado @ $25 was poor over seasoned sharp and over spicy drowned the delicate flavour of tuna
I told the maitre who apologised and offered an alternative which I declined
Entree linguine seafood was good my wife’s fish was good but a tiny portion @ $55
Dessert special strawberry rhubarb was better in description than reality

n
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

food was just ok, the ambiance is premium . There was to be an apparent owner walking around, it stopped at tables where he knew the people , but did not even look at us ( first time clients ) . We did get a free dessert which was a nice touch .

MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunningly good food. Zucchini souffle was terrific. Burrata and beets, pretty standard fare elsewhere was perfect and the pasta with pesto and crab was very good. This place is beautiful inside. The wait staff attentive without being overbearing. It feels like a private party on the UES. Only downside is that there are so many specials, they should write them down. It was hard to follow the waiter. Wine list was superb but overpriced

SR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the restaurant--beautiful setting in back room--and food was delicious.

BA
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Either a special occasion or just a very good meal, this place is unique. Everything about it is really good. Very personable; the people and place make you feel like you are an old, known client. Intimate. Very good location.

The menu is based on mostly known dishes with e ouch of a twist to be original. Many additions to the menu at daily specials.

This place is going on our list of very special places that we live and like.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant conveniently located across the street from the Met. Our server, Cihangir, was very attentive and made the experience that much better. The food was impeccable.

JV
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place. A bit over my budget, but OK for special occasions.

OT
New York Area
270 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of the best restaurants I have dined in in New York City. Everything is spot on perfect. A gem

MI
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was terrific and venu is most enjoyable. For a saturday in August, I was pleasantly surprised the # of dinners -- a testimony to their fine cuisine. We a slight incident with the wait staff -- she took my wife's wine glass away in the middle of dinner notwithstanding we all were still eating and we had still wine in our wine bottle. She just needs a bit more training. Overall, we would definitely go back but we do caution those on a budget, this place may not be for you if you are financially sensitive when choosing a fine restaurant such as Sistina's.

M

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was lovely ambiance combined with excellent food and service. A perfect setting for a summer lunch!

P
Washington DC
213 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to Sistina. What a great find! We had a wonderful Monday lunch (we're out-of-towners, so this was for guilty pleasure, not business). Next time, we're coming on a Saturday night (insists my wife). The restaurant space is a converted townhouse in the Upper East Side. Physically it's very beautiful--inside and out. The bar area is pretty vast and also beautiful, but we spent our entire time in the main dining room. We were seated in a corner booth on a soft sofa, accompanied by comfortable throw pillows. (It's clear that Sistina is all about comfort.) Service was white glove. Our server was very personable, attentive and knowledgeable. He recited the very long list of that day's specials fluently. We didn't even need a menu with the selection of specials they offered that day. After martinis we each had a luscious soup as a starter: my wife had the red pepper soup and I had the mixed mushroom soup; each was topped with Parmesan foam and fresh parsley. They were amazing! For our second course we each had a hearty, delicious rigatoni Bolognese (roasted eggplant and mushrooms were included in the mix) and shared a fine Super Tuscan red. The dessert spread was elegant, but we took that to go and enjoyed it after dinner, later that night. We can't wait to return to Sistina. Highly recommended!

AT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my husband and my favorite restaurant in NYC! The food is exceptional and the wait staff is fantastic! We go to Sistina at least once a month and each time, we love our experience!

D
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten at Sistina about twelve times in the past year. Food is superb, service is stellar, and it is a quiet and extremely elegant restaurant.

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