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186 9th Ave, New York City, NY 10011-4918
+1 646-688-3463
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“brunch” (6 reviews)
“pasta” (14 reviews)
“rice balls” (2 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM Hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
186 9th Ave, New York City, NY 10011-4918
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Pastai
"very high quality Sicilian pasta and side dishes"
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"Pastai is a nice find in Chelsea offering a unique menu"
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" Price for three meals and one glass of wine was under $90."
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Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

Pastai has been on our list for a while given we live in the neighborhood. We decided to finally go for brunch on a sleepy weekend. The place was half full. Cute spot, we were on a cozy side table. One server appeared to be...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank USCKaboom
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Reviewed January 20, 2018 via mobile

We went for dinner before going out and it was a very good choice. They give you bread and olive oil as appetizer and the bread has and amazing texture and flavor. My friend had ravioli and I had the ragu pasta and it was...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank martapardo91
Pastai p, Owner at Pastai, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2018

Thank you Marta. Hope we see you again. Tarek

Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

Every dish was so tasty, we couldn't get enough....great atmosphere, fresh flowers on the tables, rustic decor....felt like being in Italy again!!! Kate

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Kate D
Reviewed October 9, 2018

Had a reservation for 6:30 had to wait a few minutes. Sat at the bar and had a drink for Happy Hour. Table was a bit loud, right by the servers counter. But the Food was excellent. While we were seated at the bar we...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Dboniface
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

My daughter and I had another reservation but we decided to stop here instead. Great people-watching, delicious specials. Loved the scallops and the salmon. Great value.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 688debraa
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

Nice, good tasty and cute, quickly attended. Just dont recommend cheescake :( well situated, near Chelsea Market and High Line!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank mariasS3358ZX
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

Pros: great service, and the food is delicious - strongly recommend the risotto balls and what I call the “potato and bacon things” - the waiter will know what this is. Also the ricotta with honey is amazing too. Cons: it’s an Italian restaurant with...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank aliavoyage11
Pastainyc P P, Owner at Pastai, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2018

Thank you Aliavoage11 for your review. Pastai does not pretend to provide only authentic southern italian dishes but rather creative, artisinal and delicious southern italian food. We have a mix of authentic dishes and also dishes that are geared to satisfy our NYC patrons. We...More

Reviewed July 12, 2018

We went for dinner and then went back for lunch. The food is fresh and well prepared. We were lucky to find a table without reservations, and though it was a busy night the service was attentive. I'm always in search of good gluten-free pasta,...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Ellen H
Reviewed June 17, 2018 via mobile

We had lunch here and loved it. The outside seating was much nicer than what we’d seen at other locations - drawing us inside to see. The food is delicious and the restaurant very quaint and warm.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Alan W
Pastainyc P P, Owner at Pastai, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2018

Thank you Alan. We hope we can see you again at dinner time to try our menu. Tarek

Reviewed June 9, 2018 via mobile

Checked some on-line reviews to find Pastai, a nice restaurant in Chelsea. We were very pleased with our meal. A very cozy place that had a neighborhood feel, much different than those laces catering to tourists. The Italian fare tasted very authentic and worthy of...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank 1Trippermonth
Pastainyc P P, Owner at Pastai, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2018

Thank you for visiting us at pastai . Hopefully we will see you again soon. Tarek

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$60 - $75
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 186 9th Ave, New York City, NY 10011-4918
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Chelsea
  • Neighborhood: Chelsea
  • Phone Number: +1 646-688-3463
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We specialize in hand-made fresh pasta, prepared from scratch in an open kitchen and made from an array of local whole grains. Our menu is comprised of seasonal ingredients, which we source from local farmers and purveyors. Fine wines and curated spirits are paired with our warm Southern Italian dishes. We also offer signature gluten-free pasta, which is prepared and cooked away from any wheat. Fresh pasta is available for purchase, so you can enjoy our family recipes in the comfort of your own home.
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