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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (32)
Good for a Date (27)
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Good for Anniversaries (26)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Notable Wine List (16)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Business Meals (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Cozy (12)
Authentic (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Hot Spot (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Seasonal (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Casual (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food, as usual, and an energetic crowd. Service on this occasion, was atypically rushed. Still, a fine evening!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, People Watching
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·Dined 6 days ago

A hidden treasure. My friend and I enjoyed everything about Sistina. The way the food was prepared, the warm and comfortable atmosphere , and most importantly the Staff. We found the Staff to be pleasant, respectful, and very attentive. If you plan to have a romantic dinner, dinner with friends, a business dinner, or perhaps lunch by yourself or with others - Sistina will not disappoint!

Enjoy as I have.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great food great service great atmosphere delicious definitely coming back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Our overall experience was fantastic , the food was creative but artfully presented and the service was impeccable they made the night memorable experience . The dessert is a reason alone to dine here definitely coming back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

From the moment you enter this beautiful and gracious restaurant you are welcomed with genuine warmth by every member of the incredibly professional staff. Dinner was superb, service was outstanding and Sistina truly lives up to it's reputation as one of the finest restaurants in Manhattan.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

From the service to the food , this place is phenomenal we come for my wife’ Birthday . Food was spectacular, definitely surprised from the beginning to the end . We would come back for sure. Our server was also nice enough , very satisfied with the overall experience

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A New York Treasure A beautiful and perfectly appointed Restaurant : Staff was great : Food was even better : New favorite Italian in the City

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The setting is spectacular. The staff were charming and very accommodating. A top spot for an upscale experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful experience from beginning to end. Staff is attentive but not intrusive. Food was excellent from the shrimp and scallops appetizer to the veal pallard.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Perfect. Any other description would be inaccurate.Food, stuff, ambience, and drinks
Are all perfect by which every other restaurant needs to mesures up to .Sistina is one of our new favorites restaurant can’t wait to go back
Definitely recommend

Tags: Casual, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It was our Wedding anniversary.I book via email I've explained the occasion.The staff was polite.Our table was comfortable.We had some fried olives with bread and butter and two glasses of wine.We were told the specials but there were so many that we've got lost after the first 3 minutes. I ordered the veal chop with mushrooms and wife the artichoke ravioli with sun-dried tomato sauce.We were asked for any starter in between but we didn't feel like eating anything else. I was warned that my veal would take longer to cook.That was a turn off as I feel like I was being pushed on starter.The wine was cheaper by the glass than the bottle so we had a glass of Chianti.The food arrived and was a disappointment.The veal was actually super tasty, but the mushroom was awful and had a horrible aftertaste.I felt like the mushrooms really ruined the dish.Wife's ravioli was good but nothing special plus the 8 little pieces were not worth the money.We proceed to order the desserts and we were told about all the specials dessert menu.I ordered a tiramisu and the wife a cake.All of a sudden, the waitrer started talking about the restaurant and the new location (well, opened over one year ago) and teaching us how to rate the food.It was akward as we still in the middle of our dining experience as well we didn't need to be told how to rate online.That was not over.My wife's dessert arrived and for our surprise, Happy Anniversary written on plate and it was a really nice touch.....until my dessert came in with happy birthday written on it followed by two people loudly singing "happy birthday to you" and embarrassing us.No idea where the happy birthday came from as this occasion was not anyone's birthday.The dessert was pretty average to bad and we couldn't even eat the whole thing.$260 later I feel that it was not worth the money.
Staff was nice but the food, the price and the mess with this birthday stuff didn't go well.

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

Once again, an extraordinary experience .Tha food was perfect, the service friendly but non intrusive.
I had 2 important business contacts in from out of town . Sistina is now in both of their “ must repeat “
Lists. Definitely coming back again

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

My wife and I had not been to Sistina since it moved. We always considered it one of our all-time favorites in Manhattan. We are happy to report that it is still awesome. Giuseppe Bruno takes enormous pride in providing the best food, wine, service, and atmosphere. I do not believe that I have ever come across a better Italian wine list and Renzo Rapacioli, a famous sommelier in his own right, helped us select a fantastic Brunello. Thank you for a fantastic dinner and evening. We will not wait so long to return!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Fabulous restaurant delicious food great service. Can’t wait to go back

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We celebrated my birthday here and had a wonderful experience. We found the food to be delicious
Restaurant is in very nice old building and has a good vibe inside. Menu simplified things with tasting menu options which where perfectly laid out and portions were large . Highly recommend for a nice dinner out or even special occasion .
Pastas were great, fish dishes where cook perfectly with creative sides and over evening was fantastic.
Highly recommend can’t find anything to complain about at all . Enjoy .

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Amazing food. Great Fettuccini with white truffles. And awesome osso Buco.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Really terrific service- we where visiting NYC and they made us feel like valued regulars !

Tags: Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Sistina was recommended to us by a friend. We were very pleased with everything about the restaurant and can't wait to go back upon returning to NYC.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Neighborhood gem. Staff are consummate professionals and made our evening a dining experience. From entering the restaurant & walking through the sexy bar area into a beautiful designed dining room and that first bite of pasta....Highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Big reputation to live up to, and it did so and then some. You know you are in for a special treat when you arrive, and walk into the stunning building. We started in the beautifully appointed bar with Prosecco served in chilled glasses, and this kicked off what was a superb meal. Once at the table we had a difficult time choosing between all of the enticing appetizers, pastas, and entrees, which were only compounded by the mouth watering specials. Deciding on the zucchini flowers, and two appetizer specials we split the three choices and our excitement only grew for what was coming next. The entrees were outstanding, from the chicken and sausage, to the saffron pasta with veal, and the cod with crumbled sausage, we couldn't decide which was our favorite. For dessert, we split a flourless chocolate cake, and only wished we had the room to try something else. The food is wonderful, the staff professional and kind, and we would highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We enjoyed our lunch very much. From the warm greeting at reception to the thoughtful service. The extensive menu (including a large number of specialties) worked well for the carnivores and vegetarians. Food was tasty and well-presented.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Incredible friendly and helpful staff from start to finish. I had table in the back corner that felt very intimate and romantic .Food was outstanding and it made for all together a great evening. Service was
Amazing I asked for a candle for my wife and they all sing happy birthday very impressed.
Will definitely come back

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Sistina Restaurant is an absolute culinary experience. The server did everything possible to make us feel comfortable and well served at all times .The Food was delicious , the service non stop
And elegant . The wine list excellent
Beautiful painting on the back room window
It was a fantastic anniversary dinner
Can’t wait to get back again

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful traditional Italian restaurant located a short distance from the Met. A lot of little things done right like the choice of vermouth at the bar for my negroni to the personalized service from Giancarlo.

I would definitely recommend

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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