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“Amazing!”
Review of Celeste

Celeste
Ranked #2,898 of 14,396 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $1 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Great prices and EXCELLENT food!

We had to wait ~30 minutes on a Saturday night, they don't take reservations. It was definitely worth the wait!

Grilled Calamari appetizer special was amazing!!!!!
We also got a pizza to share, and it was a great deal. The pizza sauces was fantastic.

Main dishes: got the linguini with clams (very delicious and great prices at $13). Tatialigini with shrimp was also quite good. The red snapper special was ok. Fish was not super tender/flavorful (but the fried potatoes were delicious).

Tiramisu was simply out of this world. Amazing!!! Also got two glasses of wine and a cappuccino. Wine recommendations were good. (Bottles were good priced too!)

P.S. This place is cash only. Highly recommended!

Thank RepublicofTea98
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

We arrived at 10pm with a line out the door. As expected, everyone waiting outside was there with large parties. They knew the wait was worth it, so if able, plan to show up as a couple. Service was prompt and friendly and the owner (I Think) checked in regularly, very friendly. Descent wine selection and our plates were outstanding. Prices were very reasonable. We'll be back.

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Thank kloudkckr
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Rank: B+. Great Italian food for the value (have been here for lunch and dinner). Cash only spot, but well worth the hassle. All of the pastas and pizzas are delicious. I have eaten at the likes of Babbo, Convivio (closed now), Del Posto, Maialino, Scarpetta, Motorino, etc and the food here is not as rich/heavy on the stomach. The Spinach Salad w/ Walnuts, the Mesclun Salad, the Spaghetti w/ Clams, the Napoletana Pizza (w/ anchovies), the Gnocchi, the Tagliatelle w/ Shrimp are all delicious. The main plates (the salmon, sea bream, halibut, chicken, etc) are decent, but not comparative to the pasta and pizzas. Go elsewhere for fish/meats.

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Thank Kicks_n_Bites
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

This small restaurant on the west side, between 84Th and 85Th on Amsterdam is authentically Italian. The owner Carmine is from near Venezia and the food has that Italian flair.

The wood burning fire produces a thin crust pizza with a great crust, not to dry or to wet. They always have a good selection of pasta specials. The veal dishes are of good quality and tender.

The restaurant is small and a bit cramped, but the food and the experience is a must if you are in the area,

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Thank skyjoe
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you go to Celeste, plan to wait outside on the sidewalk for your table. It's a small restaurant with a large following----and they don't take reservations. However, it's worth it. The food showcases southern italian cuisine...yes, there are pizzas, but I had vitello alla limone (veal) and it was very good. Everyone raves about the cheese plate (you have to ask for it), and our mussels were excellent. The tables are crammed tightly together, so plan to meet the people at the next table, who will likely be upper west siders from the local neighbourhood. Service is prompt and the prices are at the low end for New York. I plan to return.

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Thank equus5
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