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Scalinatella Restaurant

Upper East Side
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201 E 61st St, New York City, NY 10065-8237
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Whenever I stay in the city I make sure that I have dinner in this restaurant. As soon as you go down the steps and enter this restaurant you are transported to Italy. The food is simply delicious, many of the dishes are prepared table side. The service is wonderful and they have an excellent wine list.

Thank Bonniesuep
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is located in a brick lined basement. You feel like you are actually in Italy. The tables are small and close together, but the food is fantastic. Our party of four was given two complimentary appetizers, one was seafood on endive and another was sautéed zucchini. Both were delicious, especially the tangy squash. Though the menu is small,... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this restaurant 3 years ago for a corporate dinner and have never forgotten the truffle pasta. I had to go back. I dream of the truffle pasta. A large family style portion will set you back over $100, but its' quite epic! I booked a reservation a month in advance. I would give this an excellent rating if... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here on the recommend of our hotel. Firstly as tourists in the area we were maybe slightly under dressed for the place but we were still made welcome. So to feel more comfortable than we were, the place is a smart place. Suit is best, designer jeans and a smart shirt at the least. Now lets be clear... More 

Thank Anita37
New York City, New York
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You walk down stairs, on the north side of 61st Street just east of 3rd Avenue, and enter a full, lively, dimly lighted room. They have a broad variety of good wines and liquors. The food selection is varied for vegetarian, fish and meal eaters. Everything they have is great! The waiting staff knows the menu by heart and will... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I have been going to the restaurant for years. We are from out of town but have gotten to know all of the staff.We come to the restaurant every time we are in New York. The service is always impeccable and the food is outstanding. They literally will make you anything that you ask for.We love the... More 

Thank Chip R
Orlando, Florida
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

This is one of the premier Italian upscale restaurants in Manhattan. The service and food is top notch. If you are looking for excellent gourmet Italian food while in New York, this is the perfect place. Best tasting Italian meal I have ever had.

Thank rjsrocket3500
Newport Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

I visited this restaurant for a social/business meeting with another couple and thoroughly enjoyed the food! The venue had a nice decor and friendly, efficient staff, which was lovely. The only drawback was the noise level, which made conversation virtually impossible. I don't know how this could be remedied, but it's something to note if you're planning a meeting there.

Thank Diana S
New York City, New York
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

The name of the restaurant means 'small stairs'. I had passed by the restaurant many times but never bothered since all one saw from the outside were stairs going into the basement. Actually as I discovered to my amazement, these stairs lead to a beautiful room furnished in elegant European style. I started with a moderate Rose (by the glass)... More 

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New York City, New York
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49 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Like being in Italy. From the ambiance to the delicious food to the slightly over-the-top servers, this is among hte best Italian restaurants in NYC. Worth every penny.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$41 - $80
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 E 61st St, New York City, NY 10065-8237
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: 212-207-8280

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