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About Zagara Ristorante Italiano
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.
New York, NY 10011
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Sunday: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
22nd & 23rd street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
please call 646-490-8801
red line 1 23rd street stop
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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Zagara Ristorante Italiano Ratings and Reviews
I've lived in Chelsea for 8 years now and this is by far my favorite neighborhood spot. Great happy hour and even better food. The pasta is the best in the area, homemade and delicious. The staff is great and friendly. The Pappadelle with the short rib is my favorite!
In a city that boasts many fine Italian restaurants, Zagara Ristorante Italiano stands out for its variations on classic dishes, its inventive seasoning and cooking of vegetable, pasta, fish and meats. I particularly enjoyed a Veal Milanese while I tasted a wonderful Red Snapper that my partner ordered. We enjoyed everything from salad to dessert and espresso. The wine menu was interesting with a variety of regions represented.
To further testify to our enjoyment of our meal, we hope to return for our next Christmas Eve dinner.
Honestly, find another place to eat. The service, the food and the value were all sub par. The waiter came quickly enough for our drink order and tried to rush us to order food. Upon ordering a second round, we ordered the grilled octopus salad, which had the faintest hint of octopus and the endive salad was not endive. Instead of ordering another round or food, we just took our business elsewhere. The table next to us were also complaining about the service and low value of the over priced half orders of food. Definitely not going here again. Went to another place half a block away for a better experience.
First time there and I felt it was everything a restaurant should be: very friendly and accommodating service by a professional staff and delicious food served piping hot. We had a little time pressure and the kitchen moved things at a perfect pace so we were able to enjoy a salad, entree and desert and still make our show. My daughter is gluten free and she said it was the best GF pasta she's had. I had homemade pasta and it was excellent too.
Never had a bad meal here. Light, Northern Italian, but always leave feeling full and satisfied. Great, knowledgeable service, nice wine list and the benefit of just asking the staff what to eat rather than go to the menu is a huge plus during a business meal!
We went here for dinner on the Sunday evening of Labor Day weekend. It was half empty, which should have been a tip off. The service was mostly pleasant but half hearted. The host/server took forever to take our drink order, and when he did, I had to point out he hadn't given us a drinks menu. When one of us asked what the house red was, he said, "It's in there." and pointed to the lone drinks menu he brought for 4 people. Three of us ordered wine. It was served warmer than room temperature.
The food was serviceable. Only the endive salad stood out, though. It was fresh and different and was split for the two of us sharing it. The "house made" pasta may or may not have been made in house. Didn't taste like it and one of the chefs said he didn't make it (unclear if that meant no one there did).
When 3/4 of us asked for cheese on the pasta, the server added cheese to two peoples' dishes and then wandered off, neglecting the third person.
I could go on. I won't.
We got together with cousins from out of town. My niece and nephew (both 2 and under) were the loudest ones in the place at the time. The manager was cool with it as it was not too crowded. The food was delicious, especially the omelettes and the pasta dishes. Were were a party of 8 plus the kids and everyone had a good meal.
Delicious Italian food and great wine selection in a nice part of Chelsea. Dumb rule that you can only get happy hour prices if you sit at the bar, so we had to order and finish a drink at the bar before they would seat us at a table. Seemed quite silly since it was early (happy hour!) and the restaurant tables were mostly empty.
This was the first time I was there, found it on the internet as it was close to theater I was attending with a friend. We sat outside, as it was a pleasant evening, but we were right on the street so it was a bit noisy. The food was terrific, service was excellent, and the prices manageable. We had a nice conversation with the owner, and will certainly go back there.
Food is good but service is fair. When the waiter asked for drinks order, we wanted to know what cocktails they have. He brought cocktails menus, gave one to my friend but didn't give me one until I asked for it. Then he took away my appetizer plate without asking me first. It so happened I wasn't done yet and there were still some appetizers left on the platter that my friend and I shared. I don't think I'll go back - many other Italian restaurants that are far better.
When a restaurant can accommodate a reservation for 12 people with about 15 minutes notice on a Saturday night in NYC, and then that group shows up with 14 people, AND THEN the food and service is great, there isn't much more you praise you can give a place than just making sure people know THAT... OH, and the floor manager takes great group photos with your phone.
In NYC for a long weekend, and we found Zagara on Yelp while searching for restaurants in Chelsea. My daughter had the gnocchi, while I had the flat noodles with braised short ribs. Simply delicious. In fact, it was so good we were each tempted to lick our plates clean! Very friendly, attentive service. I will definitely return the next time I'm in NYC.
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