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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

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 hours ago

Excellent service and food
Extensive menu

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Impeccable service and great and refined food yet simple. The best combination

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was wonderful, but the real magic was the staff. It was like a ballet. They were so attentive and so welcoming. They really made our night perfect definitely coming back

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Old world service at its very best. Top notch food in a beautiful space.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Was absolutely impressed with everything at this restaurant. It is set in a beautiful space, refined . elegant with ample space between tables to maintain a great level of intimacy. Wait staff was very attentive , informed and helpful without being intrusive. The daily specials were outstanding and really provided additional options . Food was simply outstanding. Prepared simply but elegantly with great craftsmanship and care. Excellent wine list. If you want to celebrate a special occasion or person or simply want a fine meal in a beautiful setting you must go here.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

My husband and I love Sistina!! Everything about it is wonderful!! The service is great and the food is amazing!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

We have the privilege of dining often at the finest restaurants and feel that Sistina is at the top of their category for both food and service. They are also the most welcoming. Although we are almost regulars it is our observation that everyone is treated warmly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Our experience was fantastic. The restaurant was beautiful and the service was beyond exceptional. The food was fabulous. We have dined all over the world and it was definitely in our top favorite restaurants for dining

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We've gone here for Valentine's Day each of the past few years and love this place. The food, drinks, service and ambiance are spectacular!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

A charming restaurant in a Townhouse on the UES. The service was well above average, very attentive, but not stuffy. The food was excellent. Yes, some of the dishes were expensive as you might expect in this neighborhood, but several of the pastas were quite fairly priced. The wine list was expensive and extensive, but there were some at a more affordable price. Many locals were call it a nice neighborhood spot, but I would say for many it would fit into the category for a special occasion.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful in every respect. Food, service, attentiveness, decor.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

From the ambiance to the food to the service, Sistina gets an absolutely outstanding rating. The wait staff is friendly and available to make recommendations. The food was amazing. The place is beautiful. We had a wonderful time and would return in a heartbeat.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Outstanding restaurant, in my opinion, Sistina can be the top5 restaurant in Manhattan. Delicious food and friendly service, I really like it and I'll absolutely recommend Sistina to every my friend who comes to NYC.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Always reliable for an Amazing meal on a special occasion. Food was very tasty and beautifully prepared. Service was outstanding as usual. Setting is perfect for that special feeling. Always first on my list.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Sistina offers some of the best food on the upper eastside. Tucked away in a townhouse the dining rooms are beautiful, service is excellent and everything we ordered - from the appetizers, to pasta, fish to desserts was great.

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

Had amazing experience of food, of course and very professional and welcomed services. Especially Gio who was taking care for us was very sweet! I’d love to come back for this graceful moment again!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Wonderful afternoon having lunch at Sistina,Service, food was excellent we used to come to this location when was crown our first time on here and we love it we ordered things that where not in the lunch menu our server told us that was possible he was very attentive we had octopus for appetizers and I ordered spaghetti with clams delicious definitely coming back our new favorite restaurant

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Service, which is generally good and unobtrusive, was marred by a supercilious maitre d’ who recited the specials as if he were speaking to someone who just drive in from the farm. Then the sommelier refused to acknowledge that a wine was off. We used to love this place but there are too many other choices to waste another visit here.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The dinner we had at Sistina tonight was not just a dinner. It was truly an art. So not much to say. It was one of the greatest dinner we ever had have the service efficient on top,definitely coming back

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Sublime as usual. Can't say enough good things - wish it were MY local neighborhood spot!

Tags: Seasonal, Healthy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Visited Sistina in New York, and from start to finish it was a classy experience. Great service, amazing wine list, delicious food, fully deserving of 5starts definitely coming back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Always reliable for an Amazing meal on a special occasion. Food was very tasty and beautifully prepared. Service was outstanding as usual. Setting is perfect for that special feeling. Always first on my list.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

One of our favorite NYC restaurants! The food is consistently spectacular, the garden room is gorgeous, service is impeccable. Course portions are generous by fine dining standards. A wonderful evening indeed!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Our anniversary (Jan 28) dinner was excellent!
Service very good and considerate. the ambience and atmosphere of Sistina is beautiful.
Add to that the kindness and consideration of the staff that presented us with a delicious and beautifully Anniversary cake designed just for us!
Sistina is on our list of repeat culinary experiences!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great food and great service ... all in a beautiful space.
NYC dining does not get any bette.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Very friendly staff, specially the hostess.
Great Branzino and the best tiramisu in NYC !!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I requested, and received, a quiet dining location, for a birthday date. We were given that and more. The service , food, ambiance and helpful wonderful staff made the night A wonderful experience. We were literally the last diners to leave the restaurant at midnight and we would have stayed longer if allowed, though no one asked us to leave! Thank You Sistina and all staff!!
I shall return! Doug

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent Italian cuisine. Salt crusted sea bass was outstanding, so was all the seafood and pasta! Service was also very good and they had many seasonal specials. An upper east side neighborhood gem.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Fabulous ambiance! Delicious food! Royal treatment!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The location as well as the ambiance are superb. Food was incredible and service impeccable. I can’t say enough about this restaurant. Definitely plan on going back.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I’ve booked tables for two and tables for twenty at Sistina, and the dining experience is always superb!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Perfect. Any other description would be inaccurate. Food, staff, ambience, and drinks are all perfect by which every other restaurant needs to measure up to.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Kudos to Sistina. The ambiance and both rooms are a feast for your eyes. What a wonderful experience, the food is soo delicious, the ingredients are top quality and the combinations of flavors well executed. The wine list is a magnificent trip to Italy, take Renzo along with you, he will direct you to the most delicious bottles! Superb and professional staff, thanks to all of you. Great work!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

5 star service from the beginning to the end. Incredible food and fantastic service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Just a wonderful evening from start to finish. Staff is VER attentive and take great care of you. Amazing as always. Food, service and ambiance all top notch. Couldn't ask for more

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We absolutely love coming here. Between the ambience, the food, and the wonderful owner and his staff it has become one of our favorite spots in manhattan. Highly recommend!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Overall a very positive experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Pretty place average food and poor value for the money.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Perfect and complete dining experience. From the warm welcome to an embarrassment of choices to the finest ingredients prepared to perfection and played artfully. All complemented by friendly professional service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

The restaurant is perfect in every way. The space is very classy and the waitstaff is more than accomodating.
Fantastic menu and wonderful food.

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