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Sistina

4.8
781 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

To keep guests safe we have installed an air purification system for indoors.

CANCELLATION POLICY: For all reservations we require credit card information. If you wish to cancel your reservation, please contact us, sistina@sistinany.com or at (212) 861.7660, 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.

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.


Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 781 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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JohnM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent considering the efforts that had to be made to create a safe environment during the early reopening for indoor dining - the menu and service can't be beat.

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vipDrewS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Eclectic and well executed menu, very interesting choices superbly prepared. Service was initially a bit pushy but quickly became gracious and very hospitable. Highly recommended.

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vipVerityB
London
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing except the maitre d who was pretty rude - but all other staff charming and best food I’ve had in a long time

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vipNYCLA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food not as good as normal

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful. Was v impressed with how they handled the outdoor dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The food was really really great! The service was amazing and quick! The waiters were so kind and the ambiance (outside cause covid) was very lovely. Great place for a date or friend get together!!!!

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vipFFANDJZ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant
Made dining outside very pleasant

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MonicaL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about dining at Sistina was perfect. The service was without parallel, the menu selection and seasonal specials were bountiful, ambiance was lovely... and the food, incredible!
It was our first time to Sistina... a favorite of several of our friends. We heard they may have to close due to the restrictions on indoor dining, and we wanted to lend our support. What a memorable evening, which transported us back to the grace and easy elegance of dining in Florence... let’s all hope that Sistina survives the pandemic!

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KarenD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, fabulous food - they bake their own breads and desserts.
5 stars for sure!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect, as always.

MR
vipMelissaR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an absolutely wonderful experience dining at Sistina! My husband and I were legally married earlier in the day and our families were planning on having a low-key but high quality celebratory meal together afterwards; we could not have chosen a more perfect place. Great service, friendly staff, and delicious cuisine made for the loveliest evening. The uni pasta special was unlike anything I’ve ever had and I would definitely recommend it to any uni lovers like me. Thank you for a memorable and joyous time, Sistina!

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SusanJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were celebrating a birthday and since there is no indoor seating due to Covid, we were worried about the rain forecast for the evening. They allowed us to keep our reservation in hopes we would be lucky, and also assured us they could squeeze us in earlier the next day if it rained.
We enjoyed a beautiful and delicious first course, but the heavens opened just as they served the main course. Still even though we were sitting in puddles and getting wet despite the umbrella, the staff was attentive and gracious and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Thank you, Sistina. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outside dining, Raines for a while. Service was excellent, Food was excellent.would return.

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vipJacobF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and very nice atmosphere, Service was good too. It is on the expensive side and I wish that the restaurant had a special menu for lunch.

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vipMARCELAM
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The outdoor setting is lovely. Service was very good and the food and drinks were excellent. I recommend this UES restaurant.

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vipRoseP
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The worst Italian food we have had in Manhattan.

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vipFratfank
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always wonderful. The staff can’t do too much for you. The food is always excellent. One of our favorite places in Manhattan.

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vipLiefteeten
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from start to finish; outdoor dining is beautiful and the menu AND specials are simply first-rate. Treat yourself to Sistina. Often.

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vipPaulaD
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening marked our 26th wedding anniversary and we were perfectly feted and made to feel special on a beautiful summer night outside. Everything was suberb!
Thank you,
Paula

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Thechamp
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous job with the food and hospitality aspect of running a restaurant amid a pandemic. Always felt safe around others and the service could not have been any better. The wine list is A+ as well.

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anikkaK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and incredible food! The menu has something for everyone, terrific portion sizes and an amazing wine list! Given the outdoor seating requirements it was still beautiful and romantic- loved our experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter loves Sistina !!!

JC
vipJenniferC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening under the stars on a quiet side street. Food and service were outstanding!

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vipsanta32claus
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Because of the Pandemic we dined outside..it was so lovely with a view of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.. I felt as though I was in a movie..Tuna tartare and salmon tartare were excellent as well as Gazapacho .Food is always excellent at Sistina.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sistina is simply fantastic.

They have made the transition to outside wonderfully. What a pleasant way to spend a quintessential NYC evening. The food is excellent. The service is outstanding. The prices reflect the exceptional restaurant that Sistina is.

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vipSARAH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and outdoor seating ! It was such a nice dinner for socially distancing!

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kkmeoww
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn't expect a soft shell crab in an Italian restaurant and it was delicious! Outdoor dining was lovely and the service was awesome.

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vipLawrenceL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Excellent service. Making do in the middle of a pandemic.

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vipBianca
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Giuseppe, Nestor and Cihan were great. Food is outstanding. First time in years I found red crudo shrimps outside of Italy. We had beef carpaccio, crudo red shrimp carpaccio from Catagna, red beet spaghetti with clams, veal Milanese with arugula and tomatoes. Outstanding by all means. Could not go to Italy this year due to COVID but the food made up for it. Fantastic service and that wine list, don’t know if a better one exists in Italy! Will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, superior service

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HopeJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting outside on a lovely summer night eating great food is a pretty good life! We were less than a foot from traffic (thank you Covid-19 and semi-permanent 3 foot tall barriers), but because of the street Sistina is on (81st between Madison & 5th), the traffic after 7 pm is non-existent during the summer. It was friendly, efficient, delicious and I plan to go there again. I hope they keep the outdoor dining up past Covid-19 restrictions, it was a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the restaurant!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
22 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Given the circumstances we sat outside. All things considered, not bad. Very attentive service; food was excellent.
My first visit

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Ryan
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is great that they have umbrella to shield the guests from the hot sun. Staff are courteous and the wine list is very impressive.

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amym
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really nice time. Food delicious. Romantic... great service

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vipAlejandroB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Loved the sidewalk seating. Great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor dining. Delicious food. Very expensive

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vipSymone
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service regardless of the situation still an impeccable dining experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous in every way!!!

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vipAlbertE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Not only the food, but the service.

FAQs

Sistina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 861-7660.

Sistina is rated 4.8 stars by 781 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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