Permanently Closed - Zagara Ristorante Italiano

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This restaurant is permanently closed. The Zagara is the Orange Bloom, a delightful sight in the backyards of locals on the colorful Island of Sicily. Sicily is the Heart of the Mediterranean Sea and the birthplace of talented and visionary Chef Giuseppe Mazzeo.
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vipdfranzetta
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish is wonderful. Beautiful to look at and so delicious. I could eat here every day, but I would weigh 300 pounds. Can’t wait for my next trip to New York so I can try more of the great menu.

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NinaM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had never brunched at Zagara. The menu is wide-ranging and the meal was delicious.

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SteveG
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Wine list was massively overpriced which ruined the whole experience. Food was good and priced accordingly.

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Mike
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. A great place for a really good, moderately priced Manhattan restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Shared 3 pastas and an app. Delicious overall

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vipChantelle
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm welcoming restaurant both owner and staff!
Food and atmosphere amazing!! If I could give 100 stars I would!!!

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vipTomNYC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots. Amazing food and service. Highly recommend!!

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vipJayB
New England
35 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Owner very personable and chatty. Great specials. Leisurely pace.

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vipPete
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome in every way. First time for dinner, with the family. Made the young kids feel comfortable and happy and everyone enjoyed! Will definitely be back. Thanks Guissepe for making this a great experience for the whole family. We are locals and excited to make this a regular place for us!!

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vipnancyl
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Greeted by Giuseppe, the owner, who is warm & welcoming. Giuseppe recommended an excellent wine (hubby says he makes a wonderful martini too). The food was wonderful. Highly recommend. We will be back.

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GregoryG
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. The staff were great and the food was outstanding.

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JohnH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I did not really know much about Zagara before going there. My guests were quite delayed arriving and no one made me feel badly about waiting for them while seated. The food was elegantly prepared and very tasty. Two of us had specials of the day and no one was disappointed. The desserts were quite good as well. I'd highly recommend Zagara for fine dining in Chelsea at a reasonable price.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday here with a group of friends and was taken care of like a queen! Great service and even better food 😋

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience! Came with co workers. We ordered a burrata appetizer to split to start, which was nice and creamy. I had their gnocchi special that came with lobster. There wasn’t a ton of lobster meat, but overall had good taste. Would go back again.

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JanetM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This neighborhood place was the perfect spot for a group of long-time friends to get together. The ambience was perfect and the service was very friendly and attentive. The music level was perfect so we could enjoy the music and also share our stories. The food was excellent and I highly recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Today was a special day for my business and wanted to take my clients in one of my favorite Italian Restaurants.Zagara is perfect to have a nice meeting .Quite enough to have a conversation, food outstanding we share some apps, some pastas and as entrees Branzino, chicken and Salmon. Perfect day to spend outside of the office. Service always on top. We were thank with some espresso from the waiter. He was always on top. Come here to enjoy a special day

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Mary
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful fresh pasta dishes and friendly attentive staff. Will certainly go back and recommend to friends and family

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vipDiner13
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food is very good. We have been here a few times and it is consistent, but the service is spotty at times

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GregS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall good experience. Service was good. May want to see a few more things on the menu. I would go again.

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vipUWSDiner
New York Area
226 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of 12. Our table was waiting. Service was absolutely terrific and we all got what we ordered — many special orders! As usual, the pastas were delicious and so fresh, the fish perfectly cooked, the ice cream velvety and creamy!! Would recommend it to every — and I have!!

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Sarah
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A truly wonderful dining experience. The mussels were the best I’ve ever tasted. Nice place, not too big. We were there very early (5:30) so it was quiet; I suspect it gets quite noisy when full. Certainly plan to go there again!

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vipdfranzetta
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like Mamma used to make. The Caesar salad had a perfect dressing with a bit more than a hint of anchovy. The ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta in a light tomato sauce took me back to my childhood dinner table. So delicious. And the tiramisu was the best I’ve eaten in twenty years. Kudos to the owner, Giuseppe.

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vipUWSDiner
New York Area
226 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Zagara! I go for lunch, drinks in the afternoon and dinner! It'The food is always terrific and the service is very special and personal. Although I rarely eat pasta, I eat it at Zagara's because most is home-made and delicious!

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vipaudienceguy
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I do not understand why this restaurant doesn't receive more publicity.
The pastas are carefully and exquisitely made.
The seafood is impeccably fresh and beautifully cooked.
This evening I had a pork "osso buco" that was flavorful and neither over nor undercooked.
In other words, not stewy but not chewy.

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TammyW
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely smaller authentic Italian restaurant in NYC. They make their own pasta and sauces that were amazing. Service was excellent. Really nothing bad at all to say about this little gem. Highly recommend and I'd definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came for our Thanksgiving bight dinner. Great place we had great time and the food is always outstanding. Nino our waiter was fantastic busy night not too crowded but almost all restaurant full. Another great night in our spot.

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vipWilliamB
London
38 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food selection and service. Wonderful specials, a little pricey. Nice wine selection

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MargaretB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We do not meet up often and tend to talk for a while. We did not feel rushed.

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vipDiner13
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was good. Service was iffy
Not sure who our server was

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Conveniently located right around the corner from my hotel. I dined here one evening, and then we came back the next night for drinks before we headed uptown. Great food and great service!

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TRACIEH
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We found the food to be quite costly for small portions of just-okay ingredients ($15 for two slices of mealy tomatoes with 2 small pieces of mozzarella, no fresh basil) . The grilled vegetables were tasteless, not fully grilled/cooked and lacking any quality olive oil that would have helped. the service was extremely spotty - we had to ask numerous times for the ordered wine to be delivered, or even a 2nd bottle to be brought. We expected interesting Sicilian food and found very ordinary Italian American dishes- with uninspired accompaniments (a pile of sad-looking roasted potatoes and no vegetable at all).

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice-

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and very friendly staff.

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vipheightsrunner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We wanted italian the night before the NYC Marathon - so everyone else wanted it too. Found a reservation at Zagara and the reviews were good so we jumped on it. First off we were seated all the way in the back by the bathrooms and the kitchen - fine - made the reservation at the last minute so we didn't complain. The server was very nice and one of the specials sounded good so we ordered it. We should have asked the price however I would suggest the server offer that information along with the list. We got a burrata and prosciutto appetizer that, while fine, was not worth $25. More than any one of the entrees we ordered. The cheese itself was served too cold - the tomatoes were chilled as well and had no flavor as a result. My spaghetti pomodoro was fine, as was the mushroom ravioli. The fettuccine bolognese was overly salted. The arugula and fennel salad was very good. I'd rate this place as fine but not worth going out of the way for.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious monkfish special. Friendly service... recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My forth time here. I had a business meeting with a client from St . Louis. He loved the food. We share some apps all very very good. I think Giuseppe the owner was in the kitchen for cooking to the patrons. I heard a tall waiter saying to regular. We share a nice btl of Brunello. The gnocchi and pappardelle di manz were outstanding. I will be back soon with my wife. She loves the ambiance and the caring of the people work here. Great night in this little gem.

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DeirdreM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! The service was wonderful. Asked the waiter for a wine selection. He did a great job. The place itself was beautiful. They have outdoor seating. I had the pasta with mushrooms and shrimp, in tomato sauce. It was superb. My boyfriend had raviolis that he raved about. Definitely recommend!

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AnnMarieM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stumbled on Zagara as it was the only restaurant that interested us near Gotham Comedy Club. So glad we took a chance on it. The service was impeccable. The food was not only reasonably priced, it was delicious. We were a party of six, and every one of us loved our appetizers and meals. Enjoyed meeting the owner. Overall, a fantastic dinner. If you're in the area, you must check out this precious find. We will be back!

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vipWendyA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We make it a priority to dine at Zagara Ristorante Italiano every time we travel to NYC. From our very first reservation, which we randomly found on Open Table, to our family dinner this week ... every visit has been fantastic! Whether we are ordering a personal favorite Italian dish from the menu or trying a featured special of the night ... we have found every dish to be beautifully presented, fresh, and delicious. Some of my favorite starters (the ones I think about after heading home and crave until our next visit): The Fennel Salad with orange segments, black olives, and Tuscan Cheese - a Sicilian delight and the Baked Zucchini Souffle - incredible. My favorite entree? It's impossible to name just a couple! There are just too many yummy options to share in this posting!

Giuseppe, our thanks to you and your team of waiters and cooks at Zagara. You all help to make each trip to NYC extra special for us. We are truly grateful!

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vipCharlesC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

All food is too heavily salted in kitchen. Noise is deafeningService was prompt and courteous Overpriced substantially

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Permanently Closed - Zagara Ristorante Italiano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (646) 490-8801.

Permanently Closed - Zagara Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.5 stars by 471 OpenTable diners.