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“Best Italian in NYC”

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: Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Lenox Hill
Reviewed July 13, 2019 via mobile

Although it’s in the basement, it’s a great Italian restaurant favored by the locals. Ravioli with bolognese is fantastic.

Date of visit: July 2019
1  Thank bhavenfamily
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Reviewed June 19, 2019 via mobile

It all works here in this dark basement Italian restaurant, until the check comes.

Enjoy the fabulous ambience, the waiters from Albania, the excellent food and the strong wine list.

Take in the scene - shady stock manipulators, “uncles” with their young female “cousins,” corrupt local politicians. That part is all free!

Sure - it’s expensive and it’s hard to figure out what you’re paying for. Otherwise - 5 Stars

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Ted-620
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Reviewed June 15, 2019 via mobile

It is a hot bunker, very noisy, expensive, dirty bathroom. Owner on top of you . Food normal. Invoice impossible to understand

Date of visit: June 2019
2  Thank peulot d
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Reviewed June 8, 2019

This was a surprise. Finding a resturant what is closest thing to a basement location as possible. In spite of that the place was packed and loud. Tables were cramed as close as possible. Service was very attentive and the food was good. The only issue I had was that I ordered a glass of wine at $25.00 and it came out very hot. When I asked on of the servers to cool it down he replied "you want it cold". His response surprised me and at that point I realized that he was the wrong person to be serving wine. After reading my own review I would not go back.

Date of visit: June 2019
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2  Thank Craig D
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Reviewed April 13, 2019

You enter via a steep stairway into a dark, noisy "boite". No windows. Not much ventilation. "Signor, there is only a short wait for your table." The host suggests a drink at the bar while we wait. We each order a sidecar. Fifty dollars, please. A tip is also appreciated.One gazes round the crowded room. The mix is mainly tourists, sleazy euro types and local hipsters; the latter distinguished by banal hats and baseball caps.

Our friends arrive and we are seated at a small but serviceable enough table. The wine list is presented. The two least expensive bottle are out of stock.This is to be expected at such a restaurant. There are no surprises on the menu. We both order a recommended "special salad" and then veal chop milanese. Here is the real problem. The food is pedestrian. It will not make you ill, but it is not very good.

When I was a child, my father referred to this sort of place as a clip joint. An establishment ready to take your money and fool you into believing you are having a fine meal and mixing with your betters. Not worth the money spent. Bah!

Date of visit: April 2019
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7  Thank Journey814422
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