Sistina

4.7
648 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Romance
Sistina restaurant, one of the most highly rated Italian restaurants in New York City, has been impressing its sophisticated clientele for almost 30 years. Host/owner/chef Giuseppe Bruno, the Zagat Survey's "Host of the Year", is responsible for every aspect of his restaurant, from greeting his devoted patrons, to preparing special meals and dishes upon request.

DRESS CODE: committed to a certain excellence, our dress code is smart casual. We do not require men to wear a jacket or tie, but we politely ask that you please avoid SHORTS, FLIP FLOPS AND SNEAKERS.
CANCELATION: For parties of 5 and over we require credit card information to make the reservation. If you wish you cancel your reservation, please send a cancelation email to sistina@sistinany.com a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Failure to notify the restaurant in a timely fashion will result in a $50 cancelation fee per person in the group.


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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

food was just ok, the ambiance is premium . There was to be an apparent owner walking around, it stopped at tables where he knew the people , but did not even look at us ( first time clients ) . We did get a free dessert which was a nice touch .

MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stunningly good food. Zucchini souffle was terrific. Burrata and beets, pretty standard fare elsewhere was perfect and the pasta with pesto and crab was very good. This place is beautiful inside. The wait staff attentive without being overbearing. It feels like a private party on the UES. Only downside is that there are so many specials, they should write them down. It was hard to follow the waiter. Wine list was superb but overpriced

SR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved the restaurant--beautiful setting in back room--and food was delicious.

BA
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Either a special occasion or just a very good meal, this place is unique. Everything about it is really good. Very personable; the people and place make you feel like you are an old, known client. Intimate. Very good location.

The menu is based on mostly known dishes with e ouch of a twist to be original. Many additions to the menu at daily specials.

This place is going on our list of very special places that we live and like.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant conveniently located across the street from the Met. Our server, Cihangir, was very attentive and made the experience that much better. The food was impeccable.

JV
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent place. A bit over my budget, but OK for special occasions.

OT
New York Area
266 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely one of the best restaurants I have dined in in New York City. Everything is spot on perfect. A gem

MI
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was terrific and venu is most enjoyable. For a saturday in August, I was pleasantly surprised the # of dinners -- a testimony to their fine cuisine. We a slight incident with the wait staff -- she took my wife's wine glass away in the middle of dinner notwithstanding we all were still eating and we had still wine in our wine bottle. She just needs a bit more training. Overall, we would definitely go back but we do caution those on a budget, this place may not be for you if you are financially sensitive when choosing a fine restaurant such as Sistina's.

M

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was lovely ambiance combined with excellent food and service. A perfect setting for a summer lunch!

P
Washington DC
210 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was our first visit to Sistina. What a great find! We had a wonderful Monday lunch (we're out-of-towners, so this was for guilty pleasure, not business). Next time, we're coming on a Saturday night (insists my wife). The restaurant space is a converted townhouse in the Upper East Side. Physically it's very beautiful--inside and out. The bar area is pretty vast and also beautiful, but we spent our entire time in the main dining room. We were seated in a corner booth on a soft sofa, accompanied by comfortable throw pillows. (It's clear that Sistina is all about comfort.) Service was white glove. Our server was very personable, attentive and knowledgeable. He recited the very long list of that day's specials fluently. We didn't even need a menu with the selection of specials they offered that day. After martinis we each had a luscious soup as a starter: my wife had the red pepper soup and I had the mixed mushroom soup; each was topped with Parmesan foam and fresh parsley. They were amazing! For our second course we each had a hearty, delicious rigatoni Bolognese (roasted eggplant and mushrooms were included in the mix) and shared a fine Super Tuscan red. The dessert spread was elegant, but we took that to go and enjoyed it after dinner, later that night. We can't wait to return to Sistina. Highly recommended!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my husband and my favorite restaurant in NYC! The food is exceptional and the wait staff is fantastic! We go to Sistina at least once a month and each time, we love our experience!

D
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have eaten at Sistina about twelve times in the past year. Food is superb, service is stellar, and it is a quiet and extremely elegant restaurant.

Y
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The setting and location are wonderful. The dining room gorgeous. Staff very attentive and the menu items all sound fabulous. Food itself was good--not extraordinary as we expected.

MD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favorite Italian restaurants in Manhattan. Inventive, delicious, never disappoints. Great wine list.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first visit to Sistina’s. The food was fantastic, best Italian food we have had from a restaurant! Great service we are definitely coming back

S
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have dined their over 20 times and never disappoints.

BS
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot for a special dinner. We got there early after a matinee show. We got a great corner table.
Waiters could not do enough for us. We tried all specials. One dish was better than the next.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding ambience, attentive service, delicious food. An all around wonderful experience.

AC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Sistina is a particularly upper east side hybrid of white cloth-important-occasion-Restaurant, and neighborhood-dinner-standby. (Albeit a very tony neighborhood.) We saw everything from business attire to tee-shirts, from special occasion diners to families who appeared to be getting a bite with their teenagers. It's a luxurious, beautiful townhouse space where you could comfortably take an important guest, but because it has a steady local clientele, it's unpretentious and almost (but not too) relaxed.
Oh the food? Exquisite. Our worldly out of town friends were very impressed.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food, service, wine all very high quality

HJ
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went post Met. We were a bit underdressed, but they were kind and sat us. The service was really excellent here, both good natured and highly attentive. The ambience is grand old house meets modern art and it is tastefully done. The food is not a gourmet experiment, but solid execution of standards with high quality provisions. The wine list is expansive, but it is expensive with few moderate priced options. But there is quite a bit offered by the glass. The breadsticks are the best in the world, hands down. We will go back.

TZ
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. The couple at the table next to us argued incessantly and appeared to be generally unhappy. We met a elderly woman with a cool brocade jacket at the Maitre de station who was nice. I hope this is 50 words so I can get on with my life.

DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

We had a terrible experience.
I sent back a shrimp appetizer saying to me it didn’t seem fresh.
The maitre’d John,(I believe that was his name) starting yelling at me that I was wrong, and he was right, that it was fresh.
Many people witnessed it.
We asked to see the manager but we’re told he had left the building.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb food and service. The chef is a treasure..

J
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent, as usual.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Service staff was rude, argumentative,inattentive which was so far removed from the grace of the atmosphere. They were poorly trained, didn’t respect or even realize they worked for the customers.

One of the wait staff forgot to offer us a dessert special of wild strawberries even though they were offered to tables on both sides of us. When my date Asked the waiter why he didn’t offer it to us he told her that he did offer it and she had a short memory and it wasn’t his fault if she could not remember. I confronted him and I said I am sure he didn’t offer it to us. He replied that he did offer it to us so I guess he was saying we both could not remember.

I was astounded by this extremely rude response and I asked him to apologize. He refused.

This guy should not be a waiter anywhere especially not at a very expensive exclusive restaurant.

Wait staff like this can ruin a restaurants reputation. In this case it certainly did.
The owners will pay for the unbelievable behavior of untrained angry staff by allowing such behavior to exist.

BC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came here for a nice lunch before heading to the Met.
Sistina was absolutely fabulous.
The food, service and comfortable setting were beyond what we were expecting.
We definitely plan on returning to try some of the other wonderful dishes.

SW
Houston
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely place for lunch or dinner. We met friends for dinner then returned the next day for lunch! Food was fantastic! It’s a little noisy, but so is any place in NYC!

G
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Elegant dining in a converted townhouse. The beautiful surroundings are only exceeded by the magnificent cuisine. Excellent wine list at fair prices.

C
New England
18 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Very good food, but very expensive. Very loud. Not great value.

MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best dinner ever. Food was authentic, unique and delicious.

C
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Italian, Best Restaurant, Best Service, Best Food, Best Owner

ML
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently perfect, this is where I take my best friends or business associates to impress them. Ultra fresh ingredients, fine cooking, a lovely bar and a dining room that is as elegant as they come without being stuffy in the least. The service is also perfect. I can't come to Manhattan without dining at Sistina!!!

M
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Honestly a great time at a beautiful restaurant. Lunch was delicious and quiet at a reasonable price for the elegant service.

AR
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants we've ever experienced. Excellent atmosphere, impeccable service, and food of the highest quality. A great place within walking distance of the Met for an unforgettable evening.

VH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! Perfect for our daughters’s graduation celebration dinner,

a
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance, service, and food here is excellent--you will not be disappointed. Probably one of the best meals I have ever had anywhere. Be aware that this all comes with a very high tariff. Great place to have lunch after going to the Met, but you might want to check the credit limit on your card before you arrive (very expensive)!

WE
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I rarely give five stars, but Sistina deserves them. This is an elegant restaurant. Outstanding service, delicious food, wonderful wines and a lovely decor combine to make dining here a delightful experience. Of course, wonderfulness has a high price tag. This is an expensive place to dine, but, if your budget allows it, you can't do much better than to eat here.

r
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The service was good. My husband and I shared the arugula and pear salad which was very good. The branzino al sale was very good. The homemade black linguine with calamari, clams, mussels and roasted red pepper was a little disappointing. The Linguine itself was a little bland and the calamari was chewy. I expected the clams and mussels to be in their shell but were not.
We shared a gelato order - a trio of chocolate gelato, pistachio gelato and passion fruit sorbet. The chocolate geleato was excellent and went very well with the passion fruit. The pistachio gelato was so so.

L
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was outstanding. Our 4th visit and we will return. Pxs are high but given quality, innovativeness of dishes and portion sizes, they are reasonable. Lovely ambiance and nicely-spaced tables for quiet. Exceptional service.

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