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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.

216 7th Ave
New York, NY 10011
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
22nd & 23rd street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(646) 490-8801

Website:
http://www.zagaranyc.com/

Catering:
please call 646-490-8801

Public Transit:
red line 1 23rd street stop

Executive Chef:
Giuseppe Mazzeo

Additional:
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:
please call 646-490-8801

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Sun 4:00PM - 10:00PM

Mon - Tue 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Zagara Ristorante Italiano Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (12)
Good for a Date (8)
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Casual (5)
Special Occasion (5)
People Watching (5)
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Business Meals (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Authentic (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Cozy (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

No ambiance - eggs Benedict without savor.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Wonderful food. Sat at the bar and Peppe served us some wonderful dishes that we let him pick.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food is delicious and always fresh. The owner is very attentive and knows his regulars.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

My friends were in the city visiting from Europe, we went to Zagara for dinner. The ambience was great...old world style with great Italian cuisine. Gem in a busy city!

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

One of my favorite places to go for a low key meal. The food and service are always fantastic.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Zagara has to be one of the most hospitable places I have ever eaten because it has such a welcoming host. The food is quite good and the wine list is interesting.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The waiter was a little rude and the food was not that great.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

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

Zagara always takes care of us. We gathered for yet another Boys Night dinner, plus a few birthdays. They pitched in a few deserts as thanks for being loyal patrons. They're awesome.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Enjoyed a delicious dinner dining outside in NYC. The food was excellent and the restaurant was very convenient to our hotel. A great find!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The service and food were great. We had a nice table outside. It wonderful way to celebrate my birthday - I highly recommend it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Everything was absolutely delicious, especially the Burrata and the Porcini Mushroom Ravioli. The servers were excellent, helpful with recommendations, and totally accommodating!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great wine list and my gluten-free friend said the GF pasta was some of the best she's ever had!!

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Fun, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food was heavily salted and overall not worth the cost of each plate.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 4, 2017

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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 28, 2017

It was fun talking to executive chef
A good place to go though not memorable or outstanding

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·Dined on August 28, 2017

Very good service and quality of food. Hidden gem for a quiet dinner

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! We had an amazing dinner and will be back again!

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

Constantly had to ask for bread to be resupplied. Portions were slightly smaller then usual. Service was a bit unattentive.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Service was exceptional. The owner was so attentive and observsnt

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

The service felt a little awkward, but the biggest issue came from the insanely bright lights across the street. It was like someone was shining a spotlight on you the entire dinner.

The pasta was pretty good, nothing too special.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 4, 2017

The food was uniformly exceptional! Four of us had four different Pastas and they were all EXCEPTIONAL! Semi freddo for desert was the best I've ever had!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

I did not expect that Wine Bar will have such an excellent food. Zucchini soufflé and filet mignon were amazing. Orange ricotta cheesecake and almond parfait were awesome!

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Authentic Italian, served efficiently and knowledgeable by staff. Enjoyed our meal very much!

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2017

The salad was "minimalist" - lettuce, tomatoes and a shaving or two of parmesan - and the chicken which we ordered at an additional cost was barely discernable and overcooked. What a ripoff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

We found the food and the service to be excellent. I think the actual room could use some redecorating. Better lighting, and perhaps livelier colors. It felt a bit dreary and that's too bad because both the servers and the food deserve a warmer atmosphere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

We got there early on an off day. Hosts could not have been more attentive. Food was excellant much better than expected. Price was fair and reasonable. Left happy and sated.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great friendly and attentive service

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

very good food, fresh, tasty
Very good friendly service

Tags: Seasonal, Bar Seating, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Very nice owner and chef. Very accommodating and friendly.

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