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Italian Restaurant$$
Today 5:00 – 11:00 pm
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502 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 10024
502 Amsterdam AveUSNYNew York10024
$$Italian Restaurant, Pizza RestaurantToday 5:00 – 11:00 pm
Monday 5:00 – 11:00 pmTuesday 5:00 – 11:00 pmWednesday 5:00 – 11:00 pmThursday 5:00 – 11:00 pmFriday 5:00 – 11:30 pmSaturday 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 5:00 – 11:30 pmSunday 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 5:00 – 10:30 pm
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Satisfying Neapolitan Italian fare plus brick-oven pizza brings crowds to this neighborhood hangout.- Google
People talk about homemade pasta, cheese plate, artichoke salad, authentic italian food and fried artichoke
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Tam Le
reviewed 9 months ago
Small, cozy, cash-only place. I was really excited because it seemed like a nice little mom-and-pop joint and I couldn't wait to try their handmade pasta. I had the Tagliatelle Con Gamberi E Verza (egg noodles with cabbage shrimp and pecorino cheese) and it was meh. It really sounded good and I expected something better. However, I also had their special pizza of the day and that was nice. It had a tiny crust and lots of cheese- just how I like it. Service was quick though which was important as we wanted to catch a movie playing at the AMC on 84th Street. Without telling them, we were still able to get in and out in less than 40 minutes. Impressive! All in all, nice place but I probably wouldn't revist.
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Mark Toppert
reviewed a year ago
Neapolitan style at it's finest. Celeste is a small cozy place that is worth the wait. I had the White Pizza which is the best I've found this side of Roma! Service is great and the owner is helpful friendly and engaging. Everyone in our party was happy with the different pastas and salad they tried. Don't forget to finish off with the the lemoncello dessert. Also don't expect to pay with the usual the plastic in your pocket because this place is strictly CASH only!!!
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Kendrick Hung
reviewed a year ago
The food was excellent with some of the best pizza we have ever had. The eggplant roll is a must have. Service is ok, but the wait team is understaffed. Some of the best value in the UWS. One downside - no reservations allowed, we waited almost 50 mins to get a table for 2.
Bree Fowler
reviewed a year ago
Top quality Italian. Try the fresh in-house made pastas. The owner is kind of pushy, but make sure to order the cheese plate for dessert. The owner basically brings back a bunch of weird stuff from Italy in a suitcase. He'll go through and explain what each one is, but you probably won't understand much of what he says and that's part of the charm.
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Robert Ottinger
reviewed a year ago
We went to Celeste last night and it was amazing. I have been there at least a dozen times and it is always very good. This is one of those places that does not even have a sign out front and they only take cash - a true sign of confidence and well deserved. They make a tuna dish with chunks of bread and amazing Italian tuna in olive oil served with onion, tomatoes and dressing that transforms the dish into something of a miracle. I normally do not like things with canned tuna but this changed my view - this is not grocery story canned tuna, this is something else, something you cannot find at your grocer. I also had pasta with clams with olive oil and garlic - a simple dish that can be so enjoyable if done correctly. And they know wine - don't kid yourself by trying to select a wine from their menu, just ask them to recommend something. They know their wine better than you ever will - trust them and you will be happy. The owner is a big fun guy who walks around in a down vest talking to guests in his heavy Italian accent - a great place and the price is insanely low. Go early before the line forms or the crowds flood the place. They don't take reservations because they don't have to.
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Kashem Miah
reviewed a year ago
It's crowded, with long lines and cash only. However, the food is amazing. If you want to get a different taste of italian food, then come here for a nice meal. The owner is in the restaurant during dinner and will stop by to say hi. It's a small space, so try not to bring big bags or anything like that. I came in with puffy jacket and felt like I was being squeezed to death by all the chairs around me. The food is worth coming back for, but definitely not the space.
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