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1555 2nd Ave, between 80th & 81st Sts., New York City, NY 10028-3909
+1 212-861-7660
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good15%
  • Average14%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible12%
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17:00 - 23:00All hours
1555 2nd Ave, between 80th & 81st Sts., New York City, NY 10028-3909
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1 - 10 of 68 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is a great spot for some high end and expensive Italian. Every time I go here with my uncle we have a great time. The food is fresh and we usually order the specials. The service is slow at times, especially if the...More

Thank Frantzve
Reviewed 7 May 2017

One hour for appetizers to arrive Ordered sardines as an app, and they gave us anchovies. Rude waiter, and rude owner. Though the check came quickly

Thank Robert K
Reviewed 25 April 2017

They have moved, though the old place still has the name on the front, but no note saying where they have moved to. We had to call for directions. The new place is 24 E. 81st, between Park and Madison. It's popular, crowded, ungodly expensive,...More

Thank edward S
Reviewed 23 April 2017

It used to be a very high end Italian restaurant that I will miss very much. The owner was a welcoming host and the food was many levels above the norm. I think of it often.

Thank ronaldfairbairn
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This was my first visit to Sistina. I had read reviews that focused on the price and was apprehensive, expecting high prices with average food. It was expensive, but worth it. Perhaps the best Italian meal I have had in Manhattan (I live here so...More

Thank 1991jh
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Visited Sistina for first time and probably will not return. Expensive and food is good but not exquisite. Biggest problem was service-- high price wines and drinks, expensive food, but do it quickly as the next seating was in 60-90 minutes. No leisurely dining at...More

Thank Carolyn D
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

We dined at Sistina's on 81st between Madison and Fifth. A magnificent townhouse which is very well appointed! The bar and bartender was just delightful, the service and food spectacular! The owner, who we did not see the last several times we went, was so...More

Thank Louise S
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

The manager assembled a special menu for our family gathering. The choices offered us gave us many combinations from their original menu. The food was incredible as we seemed to taste each other's food. The sauces, seasoning and careful preparation made this special occasion even...More

Thank Gmanusm
Reviewed 10 January 2017

I loved the food we ate. Impressive ambiance. Great respectful staff. Were with a group of friends from overseas, the loved it. We loved it , they were very accommodating with our infant son and 8 year old baby. Great place.

Thank Hakan D
Reviewed 9 December 2016

3 couples dined and our experience was wonderful in every way. The wait staff was not only knowledgeable but helpful regarding every detail. The restaurant is well located and finely appointed. Don't miss a meal here.

Thank thefriedlands
Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighbourhoods that have
easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural
institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most
livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth
Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of
the nation's most famous attractions in a single
stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the
Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1555 2nd Ave, between 80th & 81st Sts., New York City, NY 10028-3909
    (80th & 81st Sts.)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-861-7660
  • E-mail
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.
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