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“Grandma Must Be In the Kitchen”

Tony's Di Napoli - Upper East Side
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Ranked #549 of 14,396 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Reviewed October 28, 2013

This somewhat noisy but comfortable Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side is a great place to share a meal with family and friends. Food is traditionally served family style but, if you aren't comfortable doing that with your dining guests, you can order individual portions. Tony's Chicken is one of our favorites (one could argue it's dietary merits based on the tomato bruschetta topping); the fried zucchini is the best veggie chip to ever pass your lips, and the eggplant is something your grandma would envy (or, at the very least, make the trip up to Tony's to enjoy). There is much to savor and taste, but the portions are more than generous, so you will find yourself making a return visit so that you can sample the various fish, meat pastas and sauces offered there. Mangia, mangia!

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Reviewed October 25, 2013

We booked online for the branch of ‘Tony’s Di Napoli’ on the Upper East Side for a Saturday evening and certainly would not have had a table without doing so. Arriving a little late (due to weekend work on the Metro!) and, having been asked to wait a few minutes, we were shown to a table next to the serving and till areas which was quite noisy.
Both opting for the seafood linquine, the waiter advised us to order a serving for two (as opposed to individual servings). When this came it was enormous and would easily have served four or more. Quality wise it was satisfactory but not great. The mixture of seafood was overly heavy on squid which was quite hard and chewy and the uniformity of which strongly suggested had been previously prepared and frozen. The tomato sauce was thin and unremarkable and the huge mound of pasta would have been better had the sauce been richer in both consistency and flavour. We also ordered a side serving of spinach which was very strong with garlic and, whilst okay to our tastes, was not advertised as such on the menu.
We treated ourselves to a bottle of ‘Whitehaven’, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanch which, at $44, was expensive although not excessively so for a New York restaurant.
The service was efficient although our waiter was pretty aloof and I observed that none of the waiting staff smiled. When the bill came I asked him, in connection with the spinach, “what happens if you don’t like garlic”. He shrugged his shoulders and replied that “all of the vegetables come with garlic but you can ask to have them without”!!
With wine and service, the bill was well over $100 which was steep although I was more concerned with the amount of food which we left to be thrown away.
Overall, would not recommend.

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We were looking for reasonably priced restaurants near our hotel--the Royalton-- in NYC. Tony's kept coming up but since it was family style, I was a bit concerned. We went anyway on a Sunday evening and had to wait about 20 minutes so enjoyed a glass of wine at the bar. We were seated at a table for 2 and enjoyed Tony's meatballs (my mouth is watering just thinking about them) as an appetizer and then a baked penne dish to share. It was outstanding... Servers were quick and attentive but not over bearing. We enjoyed our last dinner in NYC and wish we could bring a group of friends so we could have tried more dishes.

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Thank fengshuibabe
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Great food with very reasonable prices and excellent service. Very few restaurants in this neighborhood have all the attributes of Tony

Thank Said A
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Very consistent and always flavorfull. Their 3rd avenue location offers individual servings so you can try more Italian favorite dishes instead of heaping quantities of a single dish served only in platters.

Thank KKua
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