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“Home made - high buzz - NYC at its best”

Scalinatella Restaurant
Ranked #2,019 of 13,938 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Reviewed March 14, 2013

My buddy Len recommended Scalinatella and we went the last minute. It was NYC at its finest, crowded, noisey, alive and exciting. All the tables are close but large enough to enjoy your meal. We started with their house comp antipasti and followed with the Spanish Ham - yes it was better than Parma ham and served with creme freshe. Bread was New York amazing and we were off to a great meal. We shared the gnocchi pasta pomadora, a smooth non spicy sauce with fresh basile, just like in Roma on a summer day. My wife had the hallibut with a chopped tomato basil garden sauce - to die for. I had the veal chop - pounded to perfection on the bone, then grilled, and topped with fresh arouga, tomatoes and onions. Everything was perfect, especially the local patrons who are worth watching. Waiters still finish all dishes by your table -so it was piping hot.
We order a fine Brunello 2005 by the glass ($30 big pour) and it was worth it. Stayed with it instead of switching to the Amerone 2004. Wines by the glass were great - wine list was very pricey and not especially well thought out. Be carefull and be sure you let the server know you have a budget.
Service by Patriot, our waiter, was outstanding and he made the meal enjoyable; nice when the waiter has a sense of conversatin and adds to the evening. Coffee was hot and espresso was a real italian blend, strong and fragrant. Now believe it of not, the best Italian cheesecake I have ever had- started with 1 forkfull and we finished it together. Scalinatella is not for faint of heart when the bill comes - $100 to $120 per person for our full meal & figure $50 to $75 per person for drinks and wine. We love the night and will be back. a must for either business, friends or couples.

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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Went for dinner, wide selection, good service. Pastas , fish & meat tasted great.Skip the sorbet/ice cream!

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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Restaurant is in the basement, low ceilings, so has a bit of a dungeon feel, without being cozy. Probably, a few tables too many. Any diner seating next to a door or passageway, feels very uncomfortable from the cramped and trafficky feeling. Having said that, they are not alone in this department of course.
Public is international tourist/business dinner/couple mix, decent vibe, no attempt to clone a night club thank God.
We had:
Eggplant starter- delicious, delicate, sweet.
Baked prawns with tomato- eh. Nothing special.
Baby veal- succulent, pink and proper.
Chilean seabass- cudos to the chef! Tender, juicy, crusted over with delicate seasoning.
Fusilli with homemade pork sausage- hearty, bold, manly. Very comforting.
lobster ravioli -Inedible. To be fair, they did not charge us for it, without any fuss. They immediately took it away and said it will not be charged. The lobster inside was on the verge of going bad. This does lead to a sad conclusion however, that a) - it was made fresh with lobster that was not fresh, or, b)-it was made before, and kept refrigerated, for too long. Either scenario is NOT acceptable, and not a good sign. A self respecting restaurant serving shellfish can not allow over the edge shellfish to exit the kitchen. There are well known quality control methods for this, the cheapest and most effective being the chef's...... nose.
Wine- had a great Cali Pinot Noir, but at 120 bucks, it better had been good. Wine list expensive, with reds starting at around this amount. Of course, id rather have a delicious wine for 120, than a mediocre at 60.
Summary, worth a visit, most dishes were quite excellent. But needs to pull up standards on the shellfish/freshness issue.
All above plus water and a few cokes and coffees were 475 USD.

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

If you don't mind spending the money (we spent $360 including a $60 bottle of wine) for a quality meal, I strongly recommend Scalinatella. Best mozzarella I've ever had and the ambiance (filled with regulars/locals) made us feel as if we were a part of NY, not just tourists.

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Thank HollyM340
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Loved the meal, enjoyed the attitude of the waiter. Excellent food for entire family. Kind of place Al Capone would take his Mother and Wife. HIGHLY Recommned

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