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Italian Restaurant$$
Today 5:00 – 11:00 PM
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502 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 10024
502 Amsterdam AvenueUSNew YorkNew York10024
$$Italian Restaurant, Pizza RestaurantToday 5:00 – 11:00 PM
Tuesday 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 PMMonday 5:00 – 11:00 PM
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Satisfying Neapolitan Italian fare plus brick-oven pizza brings crowds to this neighborhood hangout.- Google
"Yum yum yum yum...very good Real Italian food and not pricey at all."
"The owner is kind of pushy, but make sure to order the cheese plate for dessert."
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Josh Temple
2 weeks ago
Charming candle-lit Italian dining with a family-style atmosphere. As someone who is not Italian, I loved that many of the patrons were speaking with the wait staff in Italian--clearly an authentic favorite. The homemade pasta is absolutely incredible. We loved this cozy, homey restaurant. Note, Celeste is cash-only, so be prepared if you decide to go.
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Kim Bisono
4 months ago
HORRIBLE! I've been here serval times, mentioned it to a few important people in my life and I'll tell you one thing it takes one bad experience to ruin a place forever. I decided to take a really good friend of mine out to this restaurant, on high regards, I savored every bite today just to eat at Celeste. I ordered the steak and I was just appalled by the service. I didn't like my dish at all & I let the owners know and he informed me that that is how it appears on the menu and walked away, what he wasn't understanding was that I didn't like it, I didn't eat it and I had no intention of eating it. I than asked for the check and the server explained that my glass of wine was complimentary since I wasn't happy with my steak but yet as I was enjoying my wine and not enjoying my steak, they expected me to pay for it. I was appalled. How can you charge me for something I didn't like and that i didn't eat. It was clear to me the owner wasn't happy about eating the cost of a steak to satisfy a customer who would eventually come back and come back with friends. The waiter finally took the steak off the check and I paid promptly and walked out the door never to return again!!
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Elaine Boxer
2 months ago
This is a local neighborhood gem. The food is great, and the way the small tables are tightly packed together just adds to the busy, casual atmosphere. The owner has a great personality; there's just something about the way he manages the line, small pad of paper in his hand, checking in with the hopefuls waiting outside and socializing. I hope we don't get him in trouble with the JFK immigration, but he sometimes imports the cheese from Italy personally, in two large checked bags. Some of our favorites: the tuna salad. The secret ingredient must be crack, because it's addictive. We've tried to recreate it at home, but we can't get the right ratio of bread, oil, tuna, onions, and greens. The thinly sliced filet with parmesan cheese and arugula is another favorite. Tender, amazing gnocchi when they have it. Celeste, keep it up. One of the places that keeps our neighborhood a neighborhood.
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Brad Wyndowe
6 months ago
The pasta specials are delicious! The eggplant and Mozzarella on Fridays is a family favorite. Carmine (owner) always greets people with a friendly smile. Yes he may push the cheese plate, but he is doing you a favor because it is delicious. Cash only.
Jeremy Shulman
3 months ago
Used to be regulars but not anymore. Our experience with one particular waiter last night has turned us away. He ignored us when we sat down and took forever to take our order. When he finally did come around, he just walked away mid-sentence without saying a word! Returning quite a while later to finish what he started, we requested a minor variation to a meal (substitute one pasta type for another). Having been many many times before, this has never been a problem. Instead of trying to help, our friendly server told us "I COULD ask the chef for you... but I know he will just say no" - the words every customer loves to hear! He ignored any request for condiments/parmigiano/cracked pepper/water etc and instead spent the whole time hiding out in the back, joking around with the pizza chef & ignoring his other tables as well. I would just put this down to an isolated incident, but the owner was in the restaurant and seemed to condone (and at some points encourage) this sort of service. Disappointing all round and we will be finding another "local" spot.
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Henry Furphie
a month ago
It is the best, hands down. My favorite is the Penne Mo Mo For Dessert you gotta try the lemon ice cream!
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Clara Gerlach
2 months ago
Wished there were 0 stars. Manager/owner is the worst possible man for the job, food okay but not worth the experience.
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Julie Xiao
7 months ago
This is my favorite Italian restaurant in NYC. Their pastas are always freshly made and you get huge portions for a decent price even for NYC. The place is small so there's usually a wait especially at night for dinner. However, it is worth waiting for. My favorite items are the gnocchi and the paperadelle.