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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 cheese plate, authentic italian, no reservations, homemade pasta and neighborhood restaurant
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Tam Le
reviewed 6 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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Gary W Nunn
reviewed a year ago
like going to Italy, pizza dough is off the map-good, consistently excellent, not a place to linger, most authentic Italian in the city, best kept secret in NYC, ingredients are fresh off the flight from Italy,
Bree Fowler
reviewed 11 months 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.
Kendrick Hung
reviewed 10 months 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.
Leonor White
reviewed 12 months ago
Celeste, located on Amsterdam Avenue between 84th and 85th, in New York, is one of my favorite places when I’m facing a cash squeeze. Thanks to the excellent value it offers, as well as the authentic Italian food it serves, it has deservedly become a popular fixture in the neighborhood. After being greeted by the owner, you are taken to your table and presented with fantastic Italian bread and extra-virgin olive oil. The antipasti range from Fegatini Di Pollo (chicken livers) to Saute Di Cozze (sautéed clams) to Crostini Con Alici (breadsticks wrapped in anchovies), and my personal favorite, the Involtini De Melanzane, consisting of eggplant rolls stuffed with prosciutto and pecorino cheese baked with tomato sauce. If you still have room, try one of their scrumptious desserts, such as the Chocolate Mousse Cake, which hits the mark, although the tiramisu had the consistency of a classic tiramisu, but was disappointingly watery. I would recommend going to Celeste on a weekday, since, like most Italian restaurants in the city, it does not take reservations, and the wait on the weekend can get pretty long, especially if you are a big group. This restaurant is also cash only, so make sure you come prepared. For two people, expect to pay around $60, including a glass of wine each.
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