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Stella del Mare

346 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016 40.749951 -73.977173
nr. 40th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-687-4425 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Price Range: $$$

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Mon-Fri, noon-3pm and 5pm-10:30pm; Sat, 5pm-10:30pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Business Lunch
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Romantic
  • Take-Out


  • Full Bar




This venue is closed.

In a former townhouse smack in Midtown is an intimate duplex-retreat from the buzz of traffic coursing down Lex. Stella Del Mare is a dress-up-to-relax kind of place, where waiters sport tuxedos and dishes are rolled out on silver serving platters. The first-floor dining room, with a faux fireplace, exposed-brick walls, and arrangements of branches and flowers, feels exclusive, even private. A pianist plays old, moody jazz nightly for the leisure set, happy to be in an old-fashioned mood-enhancing place, far from boisterous, jeans-and-heels youth. Seafood dominates the Northern Italian menu, and is stuffed or charcoal-broiled, or prepared with white wine and tomato-based sauces. The popular Brodetto Adriatico sautéed in the same, light ingredients but enhanced with garlic and parsley, includes moist sea bass and tender calamari and scallops. You can mix and match pastas with sauces— olive, caper, and anchovy Puttanesca or a milder shallot and white wine-based Marechiarro. The popular Pasta Nera, tinted black with squid ink, is tossed with fresh shrimp, scallops, and crabmeat, and served in a fish consommé, with a dash of cognac. If you're here for an art-of-romance kind of evening, head to the high-ceilinged second floor, where long-stemmed roses smarten every table.

Recommended Dishes

Pasta nera, $28; brodetto Adriatico con polenta, $35; scampi pescatore, $27