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San Matteo Pizza Espresso Bar

Certificate of Excellence
Upper East Side
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1739 2nd Ave, 10128, New York City, NY 10128-3502
(212) 426-6943
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is not Pizzeria, It is much more than that. That's a place, that despite It would be, it will Always let you feel at home. The food is exquisite, the quality is outstanding in a very easy-going environment where you feel you want to be with your best friends. You feel at home. By the way, hands up, the... More 

1 Thank rogerhck
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184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In addition to a ton of pizza combinations, there are a wide variety of antipasti options for such a little restaurant. We were able to satisfy our wide range of tastes deliciously.

Thank emme45
New York City, New York
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247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great neighborhood asset serving authentic Napolitan pizza. My first experience was a good one as far as the food was concerned. They misestimated the wait time by 150%! That however won't stop me from going back! This a very small restaurant so I chose take out and have a good bottle of wine with my pizza!

Thank Unbongout
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 374 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

I read a blog that listed this as one of NYC's best. I've consumed a large amount of NYC pizza, so I had to give it a try. It was a 20+ minute walk from The Met (with hills). But well worth it. It's extremely small, with indoor and outdoor seating that filled up fast. Service is good, and seemingly... More 

Thank StarfishandSeashells
Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

The smallest pizzas ever for $13 to $18 apiece with hardly any toppings; wine in smaller-than-average glasses only filled halfway for $8 and up. Just the feeling of being chiseled at every angle. A rude racket to keep the tables filled--they pretend people have reserved for large parties of say, 7, outside and redirect one's seating arbitrarily even after already... More 

Thank Amanda C
saratoga springs NY
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139 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Each had a pizza (personal size) & shared cheese & salumi board. The cured meats were sliced in front of us & so fresh. They make 300+ pizzas/day. Tiny, cramped but great atmosphere & regular clientele.

1 Thank srhahm
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Hands down, the most amazing pizza in NY Called tonight for a routine delivery, Gabriella hung up on me. When I called back, she told me if I "dropped my attitude", I could place an order. I have been a major advocate of this restaurant as one of their very first customers. This disgraceful treatment will keep me from ever... More 

Thank pom1
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

Don't get me wrong, the food here is decent but, for the price, there is much better pizza and Italian option in the area. I've been 3 times and I think that's going to be it for me. Never overly impressed.

Thank Tim S
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

A small family run pizzeria feels very authentic - like you are in Italy. The wine and food are incredible. Try the "black" mozzarella appetizer if they have it - very unique and delicious. Small and crowded but that is part of the charm.

Thank CN33469
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016 via mobile

We popped in last minute and luckily got a table immediately. The place is small but sort of cosy and feels like some places I've been to in Italy. Service was friendly and prompt. A pretty good selection of pizzas to keep us busy with preferences. Not much waiting time for the pizzas and all family members were pleased with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1739 2nd Ave, 10128, New York City, NY 10128-3502
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: (212) 426-6943

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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