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
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful decor, delicious food (and ample portions!) and attentive waitstaff 650 ft from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We will return.

P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in NYC. Always excellent. While a bit pricey, portions are very generous. Service is professional but friendly.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service by Cuhangir! Well done

MP
Miami
104 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time experiencing Sistina , extremely impressed
Classic Italian fine dining with a comfortable atmosphere. Food was spectacular and well worth the price
If your looking for a upscale experience with a relaxed environment in a beautiful spacious upper east side townhouse , this is the perfect place
Five stars from start to Finnish

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wonderful service (John was great!)

J
Naples
28 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time having dinner here. This is a gem and should be taken quite seriously. The level of cuisine is amongst the city’s best. Ambiance is enchanting.

RC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service at bar was professional and friendly. Food was very good, but could improve price transparency. $25 for a bowl of soup, however good, was excessive and should have been made clear.

BZ
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"Would you like to smell the seasonal truffles?" "Oh boy! would I!" (deep breath inside the truffle jar) Then I knew I was in a special restaurant. Everything about this eatery is superb. From the gracious wait staff to the food and wine. Don't miss it.

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent staff and amazing food. Also loved that it was one block from the Met.

e
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a top drawer East side restaurant steps away from the Met Museum. Pricey but worth every penny. Reservations a must. Explore the daily offerings and expect culinary delights.

u
Austin
38 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal with classic Italian dishes and specialties including truffles that were to die for.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just finished another amazing meal at Sistina. The mushroom soup was quite literally one of the best things we have ever tasted. The restaurant is beautiful and a fantastic oasis of calm on the Upper East Side. Fall salads were incredibly fresh, interesting and delicious. The eggplant parmesan was unbelievable. And the service was professional, friendly and perfect (thank you Cihangir). Sistina is one of the very best restaurants in NY. Every single time.

s
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was "meh" (I had vitello tomato which I generally love and my friend had pasta with ragu sauce. The decaf expresso I had at the end was frankly terrible. Atmosphere was ok and service ditto. The best part was how quiet it was. Not much traffic at lunchtime, I guess. Wouldn't go back or recommend it.

OT
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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 on October 13, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Don’t go if under age 60

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and environment.

CW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have rarely had such a relaxing and enjoyable meal. We felt welcomed and never rushed. Delightful salad with pears, parmigiana, and arrugula, perfect spaghetti cacio e pepe. I had a little trouble with my veal chop (it seemed to have an extra small bone where it wouldn't usually, plus some bits of cartilage, which made it hard to cut neatly), but my friend loved the veal scaloppine. The deserts were divine. I had chocolate souffle, which I haven't had in a long time, and it was SO marvelous. My friend had the profiteroles, which she said were equally wonderful. Really, everything was pretty perfect except the veal chop which was fine.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant:)the food is so fresh . They always have interesting specials and if you are gluten free they offer many options . The wine selection is great. The stuff very attentive
Great place definitely highly recommend

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff! Excelent!!

H
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice white table cloth experience.

j
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service in a nice setting with well prepared offering

K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect. A true gem.

RK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite simply, the best!

a
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful setting, excellent meal and wonderful service!

t
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

MR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great service and excellent food.

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