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$31 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Italian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Overpriced and poorly served - we orders 4 entrees for brunch and one came after about 15 minutes, the others after 30 minutes (and getting up to inquire). 1. Pizza was very good (but personal size for $27..not that good) 2. Caesar salad at $20...was the size of a side salad at most NYC restaurants 3. Omelette was fine, but small (again) 4. Pasta dish was very flavorful, but again small for $30 Not sure why folks go back to this place - either on Madison a avenue.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 19, 2020 via mobile

it was a pleasant dining experience not just because of my friends but because of the sumptuous dinner we had. We had large selection of main entree and appetizers. Been here multiple times, and they are getting better all the time.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed December 5, 2019 via mobile

A few months back we ate at Paola’s and we were wowed by the food. Last night had the opportunity to eat at Paola’s before attending an event at the 92Y two avenues away. And we were wowed again. We ordered the chicken liver special...over polenta and the Jewish Style Roman artichokes as appetizers and the branzino filet special and the grilled shrimp over corn relish from the main menu. All were very tasty and the liver dish is worth a detour. Forget foie gras - this dish is the version of poultry liver you must try. Paola’s is not inexpensive. Including an espresso, the 4 dishes and a bottle of Pellegrino - no wine or dessert - the tab was approximately $160 with tax and tip. However, with a lux dining room - I love the white table linens and fresh flowers on each table - and attentive enough service, combined with a first rate, top notch kutchen, I strongly recommend Paola’s for dining in this part of the UES.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 30, 2019

A great Italian restaurant which we were eagerly wanting to go and finally got to go. It is a bit off midtown in the UES in the 90s, but worth the ride. The place is a large corner building with very high ceilings. Well decorated...with nice tables although too close to each other, and you can hear your neighbor's conversation. It is noisy so people talk loudly. The food was.very good. We started with a nice Italian wine Dolcetto D'Alba and ordered the polpettine and the caprino, both appetizers, which very good. The carpino mushrooms were spectacular. As main dish to share we ordered linguine ala console, delicious. The little clams were well cooked, not chewy, and very tasty. The pasta was excellent. Everything fairly priced. We will go back to try other dishes in the menu.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 25, 2019

Good but not great. Certainly not much in the way of house-made pasta or an inspired Italian wine list. Was hoping to find a "real" New York neighborhood experience but instead found the food and atmosphere to be very average. Will keep looking! Service was...good but not terribly attentive.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 8, 2019

Paola's is a lovely room --- a local gem. Service is very accommodating. However, for a white tablecloth restaurant, it is surprising noisy.....but the food is excellent, so let's not quibble.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 13, 2019 via mobile

This neighborhood restaurant came with a lot of recommendations which unfortunately were not for fill, the service was slow and not organized, we got the food but not the drinks , Very disappointing

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed August 25, 2019 via mobile

Although the room is beautiful and formal, the first and lasting impression you get at Paola’s is that this is a family run operation: you are showed to your table by a young woman dressed like she woke up late for an 8 am class....Other members of the extended family float in and out holding animated discussions at the bar. Don’t be fooled: this amateurish opening is a total misdirect from the world class food served at Paola’s. High end ingredients deliciously served at moderate prices make Paola’s one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten in and their kitchen is well worth a detour to its UES location. Nominally Italian, our meal had no pasta or red sauce. There are many, many pasta dishes to choose from and next time we may try them. Our first visit, dinner, however, consisted of the shell steak special, served with sautéed spinach and roasted potatoes; and, the grilled shrimp entree, served over grilled corn kernels. Our shared app was the watermelon tomato salad with balsamic. One glass of Malbec, a side of grilled asparagus, coffee, and, one dessert, an absolutely delicious stewed fig/ice cream composition completed our tour of the menu. Price: under $200 incl. tax and tip (for two). Service is energetic and we were fortunate that one of the staff kept a particularly close eye on our table. We didn’t want to leave but DaVinci’s St. Jerome at the Met beckoned. We can’t wait to return.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 13, 2019

Paola's is an Italian restaurant (as one would presume from the name) located in the same block as the Hotel Wales, where we were staying. The ambience is very pleasant, with orange roses on every table all year around. The food was delicious, so we...ate there twice. The first time was for dinner, the second for lunch. For lunch I had vitello tonnato, which is surprisingly not often found even in Italian restaurants. It was just what I was hoping for. My wife had spaghetti pomodoro & basilico, which was equally good. Including a glass of wine, the tab came to $70 before tip.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 21, 2019

We had dinner here after an event at The Guggenheim last week. It's a very short walk in a beautiful area. The food and service were both excellent!!!

Date of visit: July 2019
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Moving is news to me as well. Would seem surprising given what a fixture they are there and how busy.
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