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Ottomanelli NY Grill
Ranked #6,969 of 13,548 Restaurants in New York City
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
nyc
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123 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Why would you bother?”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

Look, these places are OK enough. If you lived in a small town in the middle of nowhere. But this is New York; why pay for this kind of mediocrity? Pasta sauces are bland, salads are bland, meat is supermarket quality, wine is not drinkable. If you want to dine out, you've got choices here. If you don't really care what you eat, save money and cook at home.

Visited March 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
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English first
New York City, New York
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105 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience even in New York City”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

This small restaurant situates in an area of Upper East seemingly very few good choices for food are in sight. We went in for a small meal to bridge us from lunch to dinner. The grill calamari was so good, it totally surprised us. The chilli was equally wonderful. We had a glass of Chianti and Sangria and a wonderful experience. The wait staffs were polite and attentive.

We like this restaurant for its quality of food, unassuming atmosphere, and great value.

  • Visited July 2013
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Fresno
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Good and Bad Lunches Reasonable Price”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

We four had a late lunch here at 3:30 p.m. Chicken Parmigiana (best ever), Caprese Salad (good), Burger w Waffle Fries (good), Chicken Pecan Salad ( awful ) plus drinks was $48. Not crowded at that hour, clean, pleasant service.

  • Visited May 2013
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New York City, New York
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113 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“food was decent place is very small”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is a very cozy restaurant. So cozy that the back of my chair was right up against the other diner's chair behind me. Not much we could do. The place is cramped with tables and chairs. So even though its this small and there were 4 waiters, the service was still slow. Place seems to be popular though. Many people were turned away. We had the Spaghetti alla napolitano and the Fettuccinei shrimp aioli. Both were tasty and decent. If we do go back it would be to try their burgers. Seems that might be their stronger dish.

  • Visited May 2013
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New York City, New York
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“BEST LOW END STEAKHOUSE IN MANHATTAN !!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

If you love steak and don't want to break the bank, this is the joint for you.
Try the Tuscan steak !!!
We need more places like this one in New York !!!

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