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Scalinatella Restaurant

Upper East Side
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201 E 61st St, New York City, NY 10065-8237
+1 212-207-8280
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
Open now
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Sun 17:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good upper East side New York southern Italian food . Service if it could be called that is awful shocking . My wife used a bit of broken Italian and the waiter gruffly responded "don't try speaking Italian with me?" We were all taken back Amuse Bouche brought to table before all guests arrived Tone of the evening was amazingly... More 

1 Thank Paul R
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Booked for our last night in the city. Lovely people, we got stuck in traffic due to the rain so we were 15 mins late but they still held our table. The people are so welcoming and will cater to any request. The food is quite expensive, so make sure you really like Italian! Small place but worth it -... More 

Thank 300anontraveller
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

A fantastic Italian restaurant - you'll need to know what you want and be assertive - but the staff is there is make it a great evening. The quarters are tight, busy and noisy - but the food, vibe and feel is truely New York. The food, appetizers and meal is fresh and high energy.

Thank Murphy5335
New York City, New York
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74 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 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.

Thank Merta1900
Chicago, Illinois
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88 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 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.... More 

Thank LaSherm16
Houston, Texas
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 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.... More 

Thank Laura E
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 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... More 

Thank Don W
Panama City, Panama
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284 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 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

Thank jack n
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Highly recommended by friends, but we went late after a show and the place was empty, staff looking like they wished we hadn't come. Stuffy waiter recited the menu a mile a minute with a heavy Italian accent, an out of work actor rehearsing for a role as a Mafia capo? Then we found a loose shoe under the table,... More 

Thank travelwriteVancouver
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

The restaurant lies in the basement and looks cosy when you enter. The waiters are quick to try and sell all their specials which arent on the menu, and get a bit annoyed when this is declined. The food was average for an italian restaurant, nothing special which can justify the harsh prices. On a plus side, they're able to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 E 61st St, New York City, NY 10065-8237
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-207-8280

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