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Agata & Valentina Ristorante

1513 First Ave., New York, NY 10021 40.772392 -73.952677
at 79th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-452-0691 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$$

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Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 77th St.

Prices

$17-$32

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

69th St. to 89th St., East End Ave. to Fifth Ave.

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This venue is closed.

The 10021 zip code gave a genteel cheer when specialty grocer Agata & Valentina opened a restaurant across the street from the store. This built-in fan base buoyed the restaurant through its first few months, as the kitchen developed more complex Italian dishes than the grocery's take-home standards. Now settled in as a polished spot all its own with a distinct Sicilian character, A&V turns out flavors that are assertive, occasionally surprising, and often salty: Bottarga (tuna roe) delivers an intense, briny snap to spaghetti with pine nuts and lemon zest; tennis-ball-size arancini (fried, stuffed rice balls) soak up a strongly seasoned beef ragu and the pasta pesto might catch you off guard with its ruddy, tomato-based, almond-sweetened sauce. The warmly lit dining roomófrom the buzzy, high-ceilinged area up front to the quieter, low-ceilinged space in backóreaches a busy peak in the morning, when undercaffeinated neighbors flock to the espresso bar.

Group Dining

A mezzanine-level dining room can be booked for private parties of up to 40 people.

Recommended Dishes

Arancini di riso, $12; spaghetti alla bottarga di tonno, $18

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