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“Good Food but...”

Scalinatella Restaurant
Ranked #2,077 of 16,568 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Lenox Hill
Reviewed November 7, 2016

If you like Italian food, the way Italian food was served in NYC in the 70's, then you will enjoy the place. The tables here are very close to one another and if you are claustrophobic, this is not the place for you. It is dark and crowded. To some that is part of the charm.

Date of visit: April 2016
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Thank Merta1900
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Reviewed October 30, 2016

On a recent visit to Scalinatella, we were welcomed with open arms. Although we are not "regulars", Vito and Giuseppe treated us like special customers and when in NYC, we intend to be regulars. The food was hot, fresh and delicious. In particular, the linguini with white clam was spot on. Note: The staff had excellent knowledge about the wines. I agree that the prices are "New York", but our table had plenty of space.

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

For our last night in New York our hotels concierge suggested Scalinatella when we said we wanted Italian food. I checked it out on Trip Advisor and read several reviews...all pretty spot on. Good food, expensive (but not really surprisingly so) and the continuing theme that service was a bit rude/odd. We seemed to have two waiters during the evening. Our primary waiter was somewhat brusque--not really rude but definitely not people focused. Then we had a wonderful, chatty second waiter who came along a few minutes behind the first one to see if we had questions and made sure everything was taken care of. The menu is brief but the list of specials expansive. Pay attention when they rattle off all your options--it's hard to keep up! The beef carpaccio was delicious and my grilled sea bass was really good as well. My husband had the bone in veal chop and said it was good but not fantastic. We split cheesecake for dessert and it was very good--light with a very delicate crust.

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed October 12, 2016

We couldn't get a booking later than 5:30 p.m., which was good, because it was relatively quiet at that time and seemed to get frantically busy later. The waiter reeled off a long and mostly unintelligible list of specials, so we chose from the ones we had managed to hear. The food was good but the bill was a nasty shock - about $300 + tip for a fairly straightforward meal for 4 of us (including 2 who only drank water). This restaurant was recommended to us, but we found we could eat just as well in quieter surroundings elsewhere.

Date of visit: October 2016
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Thank Don W
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Reviewed October 2, 2016

excellent food and very expensive. very small too many tables
extremely noisy, did not enjoy my meal and very expensive
excellent selection of pastas and fish. very good desserts

Date of visit: September 2016
Thank 161jackn
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