201 E. 61st St., New York, NY, 10065
at Third Ave.
By jayquan on 8/6/2012
Was there with my wife and another couple - HORRIBLE!! I am a foodie, go to all the restaurants in and around the city and it really bothers me to write this but do not get ripped off; prices are way to high for this caliber of food & service. My wife was sick the whole way home, I had the salmon and I could not even eat it (literally 4tbs of mustard put on top with 6 string beans). Waiters are nowhere to be found and when they do come around they are rude. We also noticed a VERY strong BO/mildew odor and figured out it was coming from the AC every time it went on. The waiter pick up on our conversation about this and had one of the busboys get on a chair above someones table while they were eating to rub a rag around the vent (real smart), they brought over sparkling water, we didnt even ask for it but didnt want to make a fuss, we drank it then the waiter brings over another bottle with out even asking then we did say something and they took the bottle away with all glasses and filled us up with tap. Go to Campagnola, just as expensive but you will see TOP of the line service and very good food.
By FranklinNYC on 7/6/2011
If this restaurant is good enough for Dominique Strauss-Kahn to have a celebratory dinner after being released from the klink, then hey, I think it's good enough for the rest of us, despite these negative reviews.
By pjnoce on 10/30/2010
Very overpriced for average food. I thought there was a mistake on my bill. $400 for two plates of pasta and some apps. They just take advantage of people and the food was not worth it. I will never go back or recomend anyone there. I feel like i got robbed. I was there less then an hour. $400 CRAZY .... Dont even consider it.
By asilvas on 3/4/2010
I've been coming to this place when I am in NY for 4 years. It's definitely a special treat, as it is a pricey meal, but worth every penny for the food and service. Elvis, the bartender, is the best. Ask him for his deadly vodka soaked fruit. You'll curse me, and thank me 20 min later.
By bonesdoc on 12/19/2009
I agree with all the negative reviews (see Zagat reviews). Restaurant was tight. Waiters were hurried and rude. Hostess actually asked us to move tables after 2nd course was served. Food was way overpriced and mediocre at best. I am happy to pay top dollar for a good meal, wine and service, but we experienced none of these at Scalinatella. There are so many other amazing Italian restaurants in this city, DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER GOING TO THIS RESTAURANT!!!
By nolshasit on 3/11/2008
This is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The ambiance is divine although you are very tightly seated. The food is just fabulous. Some dishes I would suggest would be the farfale all upia or just simply a penne with pink sauce. The wine selection is wide and a knowledgeable someiller can truly assist in your choice for the perfect wine.
By stellaparone on 11/29/2004
This restaurant is one of the best in NYC- but go now, the secret is leaking out! The room is set in the basement, it's dark and cozy and sometimes chilly. Service is friendly. The FOOD, the most important thing, is wonderful. Get the zucchini flowers for an appetizer and the papparadelli (I probably spelled that wrong) with white truffles.
By hungryjacq on 6/9/2004
Though the stairs down to this subterranean refuge are a bit daunting at first (don't wear mules if you want to make a quiet entrance), it's well-worth the downward schlep. The fried zucchini and fresh bread that await you are good enough to fill up on. We had the mozzarella and tomato appetizer (freshest mozzarella ever) and bacon farfalle and veal chop as entrees. Delish! Only thing that could have made the farfalle better was more veal, so I swiped some from my companion. Light ricotta cheesecake for dessert capped everything off perfectly. Only bad part was that it was a work lunch so I couldn't nap afterward.
By my2cents on 3/20/2003
Enter on E. 61st and drift down the steps to another world. This is an Italian 'Sweet Spot' that never disappoints. The service is attentive and personable- with no distinction between stuffy corporate suits and junior music moguls in scruffy garb. Don't ask for a menu- take the trip with your waiter who eloquently (and vividly) describes dishes until he sees your eyes light up. It's crowded, but still has an air or intimacy that almost overshadows the food. To my taste, the BEST Chilean Sea Bass this side of the Mississippi and a whole baby artichoke appetizer that could be a meal in itself. And how interesting to be in such a fabulous place, with a very mixed crowd and see everyone (even the bus boys!) smiling. A real treat.