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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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (29)
Special Occasion (27)
Romantic (25)
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Good for Anniversaries (22)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Business Meals (15)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Authentic (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Cozy (9)
People Watching (7)
Seasonal (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Healthy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

Beautuful and elegant
Attentive staff
Best in class wine list
Solid mix of classics and inventive preparations

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

excellent food & service. $$$$$$

i would go there again for sure

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

A really beautiful space with impeccable service and delicious food 👍👍👍

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Not our first time at Sistina, but every visit is a memorable experience. The decor at the new location is absolutely beautiful, the food continues to be fantastic, the wine recommendations are always great and the owner and staff are the most gracious hosts in New York. Cannot wait to go back again!!

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Got way too crowded tables on top of each other was very distracting

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Incredibly friendly and helpful staff from start to finish. Had a great table in the back corner that felt very intimate and romantic. Food was outstanding and it made for an all together great evening.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was my first time in Sistina.Besutiful spot,cosy atmosphere, absoulutely delicious food,and excellent service.They make you feel very imprtant.As a suggestion: wine list is hude and gives a lot of optins but maybe to add more affordable wines.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was special, efficient, and friendly.
Presentation beautiful, quality of food:
very very good, cost was expensive!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Very good food and excellent ambience . All the waiters are very kindly.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Fantastic overall dining experience with exquisite tasting specials that change daily. Always amazing and never fails to please. Highly recommend!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Wonderful and very lengthy list of specials (3 primi, 4 salads, 4 pastas, 3 fish, and 3 meat entrees) in addition to a very nice selection of everyday menu selections. Service was outstanding (that the maitre could recite all of the specials from memory was very impressive in itself). Portions are good size and extremely tasty. Ambiance and vibe were good, but noise level was not so high that two people couldn’t have a conversation easily. Expensive, but worth the price. We definitely would go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food, attentive and friendly service, warm ambience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Montana)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent experience. The rare trifecta of of food, atmosphere and service. $18 for a bottle of Pellegrino is obnoxious but no other complaints.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We have been going to Sistina pretty regularly since their opening on East 81st St.
Their menu and service are outstanding.
In our opinion, it is one of the finest Italian restaurants in all of Manhattan.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

My wife and I went recently for our anniversary. We had one of the best experiences ever! The service from start to finish was attentive, helpful, and made great suggestions. The atmosphere was delightful. We had a comfortable corner table that was romantic. The food was really over the top delicious with hints of being creative. Mostly it was so well executed and seasoned that each bite was better than the last. We can't wait to go back. Currently on the top of my list!

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The service was outstanding and warm. The wine selection was on the pricey side, but the recommendations made to us were spot on to accompany the fantastic food. The servings were enormous, so as a small woman, I would only have two starters next time. Unfortunately, there was a noisy and large birthday group off to the side whilst we were there, but otherwise the ambiance was perfect.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was delicious and service/ambience impeccable.

Tags: Organic, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Everything was exceptional. We visit nyc several times per year and eat out at the best restaurants. This is our new most favorite. Very elegant experience. Thank you!

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

The meal was terrific. The service was particular exceptional.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent food, beautiful room, however, a little noisy.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Exquisite but a few hiccups with service.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 25, 2017

If OpenTable offered 6 stars I would have given them 6 - it’s that good. Sistina offers the trifecta of fabulous food, unparalleled service, and a beautiful setting inside a former Upper Eastside row house. Can’t wait to come back.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food, service, and ambiance were outstanding. Very extensive menu, with everything extraordinarily well-prepared. Service very attentive, but not intrusive. Pricey, but worth it. Our only slight disappointment was with desserts, which were good, but not as outstanding as the remainder of the meal. Would definitely return.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We have been going to Sistina pretty often since they opened on East 81st St.
Yes, they are expensive. However, they are consistently excellent.
Their specials are really special, the service and atmosphere are wonderful.
Bon Appetite.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

It’s hard to determine which was better at Sistina, the food or the service. The staff was extremely attentive and kind, and the food was legitimately some of the best I’ve ever had. The oyster selection is beautiful, and perfectly prepared (no loose pieces of shell or sand in the liquor). And the pappardelle sistina was the best bolognese I’ve ever had, I will always order it. Definitely recommend highly, and will be returning to Sistina.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Everything about it is the best, and it's always that same way.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our new favorite restaurant in NYC. Food and service were wonderful. The garden room has a wonderful view looking outside to a park. It was a fantastic anniversary dinner with my bride of 39 years. Can't wait to get back again.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Room is very pretty especially the garden room in back. Service is good but they try and remove plates before you are done with your food; really weird; don't they look at your plate or view you from afar to see if you are done? My husband was eating his spaghetti dish when server asked if he was done!!!!???? they still serve bread in a basket! Jeesh...that went out like 15 years ago. if you want to be in the now..offer bread from bread service or make fresh mini loaves and charge for it. food is old fashioned Italian. nothing new. stick with the classics. I ordered the partridge as I always like to please a chef but boy was it bad. overcooked, dried, maybe 2 pieces were tender. desserts not good at all. I did have the classic truffles over pasta which was actually good. oh! wine list is very nice. Oh! my husband's food was pretty dismal.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

A lovely late lunch. Food was excellent as always. My friend arrived 45 minutes late due to unexpectedly high traffic delays getting across Central Park, and the kitchen was supposed to close at 3 pm (we had 2 pm reservations). The service staff was incredibly patient and all went well.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

This restaurant has a very snooty atmosphere. Although we had a reservation, the manager tried to turn us away! The food and service by the wait staff was excellent though.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Amazing once again... no other words describe this place. Giuseppe has built a little jewel here. Tucked away in a prewar building just off Madison Ave. We sat in the garden room for the first time. Just as lovely as the main dining room. Food was exquisite as we have come to expect. I had the heirloom tomato salad and my wife had tuna tartare. Both done to perfection. I had the ricattone and she had the lobster pasta for the main course. Pure heaven. Great wine list and amazing service capped off the evening. Call them now for appt. Not to be missed.

One tiny blemish walking out the door was the bartender, who refused to break a twenty so I can give the coatcheck a proper tip. A bit bizarre after spending a tidy sum on this meal. Not to mention the impact on the coatcheck. I’m sure it’s an oversight they won’t repeat.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

20th Anniversary

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Outstanding... a new go to restaurant

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food exceeded our expectations. Dishes were unique - they were prepared and presented well and joyful to the palate. The staff was knowledgeable, congenial and accommodating. We were lingering a bit, after our dining experience and because they needed the table for newly arriving guests, we were provided complimentary drinks at their bar before our departure.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Been coming here every few weeks since they opened. Never disappoints. They food quality is amazing. The staff is top notch and the wine list is HUGE. Highly recommended!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We return again and again to beautiful Sistina.
The chicken meatballs were (as always) fantastic--highly recommend.
We shared a pasta appetizer (with clams and mussels)--also excellent.
The service is especially lovely and we thank all of our servers.
The "garden" room in the back is a delight.
Can't wait for our next meal!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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