Zagara Ristorante Italiano

4.3
303 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(646) 490-8801
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Giuseppe Mazzeo
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Catering
please call 646-490-8801
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Cross street
22nd & 23rd street
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red line 1 23rd street stop
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Special events & promotions
please call 646-490-8801
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

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What 303 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

B'day dinner for six with mixed reviews on the food. 3 likes and 3 dislikes. The 2 appetisers we tried were tasty and the highlight of the meal. All agreed that the main portions were small and would have been nice to start with warm bread with some flavor and not the bland room temp bread that we got. Pasta portions were the size of side dishes at other restaurants. My wife selected the cornish hen ( 1 OF 3 MEAT DISHES ON THE MENU) and only 1/2 of the hen was served. We decided to skip the $ 4.00 coffee and and reasonable priced desert menu with no idea of portion size . We left and had desert elsewhere to celebrate the b'day. Place was empty the night we were there . One staff member did say thank you and goodnight when we left. We would not return.

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JB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful!!! This restaurant fulfilled everything that I wanted - professional but warm/friendly service, excellent Italian cuisine, an attractive but not stuffy decor, and good seating. Thank you!!!!

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HS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zagara is a neighborhood gem in the heart of Chelsea where you always get quality food and your choice of excellent wines along with superb service. The homemade pasta and specials are always wonderful! We are always warmly greeted by the staff and owner. You feel like you’re on a mini vacation to Italy!!

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NS
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

the service was extremely slow even though we had an early dinner and the place was empty. The food was uninspiring.

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h
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food was perfect for a business lunch.

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E
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was SO good. The arugula was so fresh it practically grew on the plate; the endive too. And the preparations were perfect - the eggplant couldn’t have been more tender and delicious; the sauces and dressings were delicious and just the right amounts; the basics - the prosciutto, the parmesan, the burrata - were absolutely delectable. Ambiance was zen-Italian and the service was gracious and spot-on. I feel like we found a gem.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable lunch. The food was good as was the service and we could sit and chat as long as we wanted

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R
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monday, early is a good time to dine here. Conversation was easy add it was not noisy and crowded. Food was good and fresh. More fish options on the menu would be nice.

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LS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well, I cannot say enough about this little gem we found in NYC. We were looking for a venue that would seat 12-15 people. It was very difficult finding a place in NYC, but we stumbled across Zagara! The food was amazing! The drinks were amazing! Nino, our waiter was absolutely the BEST and a lot of fun! We will definitely be going back and this may just be our reunion spot going forward! Lisa and Bruce!

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T
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is a narrow restaurant facing busy 7th Avenue. The food—octopus and endive appetizer followed by perfectly grilled branzino for both of us, was excellent--and the interior is cozy, just a bit spartan. The Italian couple who own the restaurant are very gracious. Both were very helpful and attentive. Lucky those who live close enough to make this an everyday experience. Looking for someplace impressive? Elsewhere.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hung out and shared wine with the owner, Guiseppe. Great guy and very hospitable. I recommend this place.

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J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation for dinner at 5:15 on Sunday, after a show at the Irish Rep. We were greeted and seated immediately. We shared the eggplant appetizer; it was perfectly prepared, one of the best ever outside of Roma. For mains we ordered the branzino, and the black linguini with mussels, clams, shrimp, etc. Both mains were perfectly prepared and served with appropriate timing. The branzino had been cleaned perfectly - not a single sliver of bone. The black linguini was perhaps the best I've ever had; authentic Italian (vs. Italian-American). We had a very nice bottle of Nebbiolo, fairly priced. The owner/server was very helpful; chatty but not bothersome and he sprung for the dessert. Overall, an excellent experience. We will be back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was not good at all

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W
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice Italian restaurant in Chelsea - good choice if you're going to Irish Rep Theater very close by.

The Tuscan spaghetti with pesto and potatoes look like a small portion at first glance, but it is loaded with flavor and damn good pesto. The Salmon with clam special featured a big cut of salmon (in the 3/4 lb range) perfectly cooked.

Service friendly and efficient.

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ET
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Finding a good restaurant near the Irish Repertory Theater is not easy, so we're always searching. While certainly not a "destination" restaurant, Zagara fills the bill for pre-or post theater just a block from Irish Rep. The food was good and the prices reasonable. Our service, though, was a bit distracted, and the ambiance is just okay.

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CL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never been disappointed at Zagara. Food, service, wine list are all exceptional!

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NY
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Exposed brick and NYC themed modern art on the walls combine for a rustic urban chic look. The food was well prepared and nicely plated. We shared a zucchini soufflé appetizer, an unusual menu item which scored high for creativity and flavor. Nice to find surprise items like this on the menu. Veal Saltimboca was fragrant with lots of fresh sage, seared chicken breast was also a winner. We tried two different Rose wines by the glass from Italy and France, both very good. Chocolate soufflé to finish off the meal nicely.

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m
New York Area
119 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

stellar! simply wonderful. Best meatballs ever. Wonderful appetizers. Divine.... go even if it seems out of the way

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UW
New York Area
200 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I passed Zagara one evening on my way to a friend's home for dinner. As I passed, the aroma of truffles wafted from one of the outdoor tables. I couldn't wait to go for lunch and see if the food was as good as the aroma. We shared the octopus appetizer and it more than met our expectations -- tender and very well spiced. I then had the tagliatelle with mushrooms -- and truffle oil, of course. Just perfect. The owner brought us glasses of limoncello as a treat. A very lovely meal and great service!

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LH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Second visit, very tasty food and decent service. I will return!

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MR
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

great service, good food, nice decor, we will be back

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Great service! Ravioli Porcini was outstanding!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I got together with another couple for lunch after a walk on the High Line. Zagara sounded like a good choice on Open Table, so we decided to try a new place. We are so glad we did!! Giuseppe, as well as his wait staff, were so friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious. Special kudos for the mushroom pappardelle and salad with grilled chicken. We mentioned that we weren’t in a rush, and everyone made us feel like family as they continued to fill up our water glasses without us having to ask them to do so. We even got hugs from Giuseppe as we left. So happy we found this place- we will return!

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MG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Fresh pasta! Many options including healthy and GF if that is what you are looking for. I had homemade ravioli and it was delicious and not too heavy! The sauce was great too, highly recommend.

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LH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food. Good staff. Decent cost.

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AV
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All-around fabulous time for our party of 7! Food was delicious and well-prepared and staff was exceptional

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CC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 8 people, getting together and celebrating one person's achievements. We had a late evening reservation and never felt rushed. The service was outstanding. The food was excellent with portions that satisfied but were not over-whelming. We would definitely dine there again, as would our guests.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious. The homemade pasta was to die for! Nice, quiet restaurant in Chelsea

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I
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 10 celebrating a birthday. The table location was excellent. The service was superb. The owner Guiseppe came by several times to make sure all was good. All was better than good, it was GREAT! Everyone loved their food choices which ranged from homemade pasta dishes, many appetizers and salads, and terrific desserts. All ten of us walked out full and happy. We will be back!!

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EM
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Perfectly grilled salmon and excellent service. I recommend it—

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VV
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dinner ... best pasta in Chelsea ... perfectly cooked EVERYTIME ... front of restaurant has a great vibe .. GREAT Happy hour crowd .... neighborhood favorite .... back of restaurant great for quiet dinner

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HS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Zagara is a true neighborhood gem - always serving delicious, fresh food made with quality ingredients. Homemade pasta dishes are highly recommended. The owner and staff treat you like family when you are there.

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S
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Modest setting but the food was excellent and the service very good and very friendly. The four of us order various pastas including a homemade fettuccine with wild boar ragu. All were excellent. Would highly recommend for casual dining with friends.

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L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner, great service. Definitely going to go back!

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JM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Menu selections were varied, prices appropriate. Server was helpful. Food was delicious...we shared a salad and an appetizer...the octopus appetizer was outstanding. Our main courses (one a homemade pasta and the other a fish special) were terrific too. Great spot if you are going to the Irish Reparatory Theater. We'll return.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious homemade pasta! Quick and yummy!

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & great atmosphere! Service was very friendly. We would go back again next time we are in town. Only downfall for me was it was a little too dark inside but overall a great place!

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my second time in this very welcoming place. The atmosphere is great not too noise for a very busy night,all restaurant was packed since early evening. This time we tried some items from the menu. I have to tell you they have a very good chef, I think he is from south Italy you can taste the freshness. The gnocchi truffle very light and tasty, my wife took the pappardelle manzo and we share to start the Fried calamari very good. The wine was excellent a nice bottle of Supertuscan. Overall great 25th anniversary.we will come soon. Thanks at the owner he offer us Limoncello e Semifreddo. Great place

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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The (Flat Fresh Pasta) homemade pasta was very very very good and I still remember this. I am coming back for more. Chocolate souffle was nice as well.

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TS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We really enjoyed our meal here.

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