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Sfoglia

1402 Lexington Ave., New York, NY, 10128
at 92nd St.
212-831-1402

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

46% would go back.

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Understated excellence

By pasquala on 3/17/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Went with my husband and 3 year old daughter and had a mind-blowing meal. It was so hard to decide what to eat as the whole menu is enticing. The food was incredible and such great value for money. The dishes were some of the best Italian food I have ever had. Service was superb. Can't wait to go back. Heartily recommended.

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292 out of 673 people found this review helpful.

amazing!

By Kendall Herbst (NY MAG) on 3/13/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I'm not a huge fan of italian food but this place was amaaaazing. for my post-college budget it was a splurge but totally worth it. the wine was delicious, the waiters were lovely...a great night. A head's up, though, most people were a good 20+ yrs older than my friends and i.

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252 out of 610 people found this review helpful.

Quick trip to Italy

By Orthochick on 4/20/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

What a delight to have Sfoglia in our neighborhood! The atmosphere is warm, relaxing and transports one to Italy. The food is delicious and beautiful. Standouts are the gnudi (literally "nude" ravioli), the pasta with ragu of lamb, mint and pistachio, and their perfectly prepared fish. Be careful, though; the portions are on the large side so don't fill up on the antipasti. The wine list is reasonable as well. A perfect night for a date or with friends. Worth the wait for a reservation.

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127 out of 256 people found this review helpful.

Great White Hype

By tie730 on 2/12/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I really wanted this place to be the BEST but sadly it was not. The best part was the Bread. Unfortunately the baker was "Out sick" so we could not eat more of it. Crab cannelloni to start was solid. There signature dish, Taglitelli (sp?) with Bolognese was just OK. Very Meaty and not enough sauce, very dry. Tasty but not the best. It is certainly worth a try if you have a reservation. The Decor is great. Old and wooden tables. Has a great Old school Italian feel to it, even offering you to drink out of the standard Italian wine glasses and not some lame Stem wear. They must have been having an off night. The waitress was Amazing. Picked up on the fact that we were there on a BDAY and the dessert came with complete with Candle. At first it took some time to order but once she got to us she treated us like royalty.

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118 out of 242 people found this review helpful.

Casual/Upscale Rustic Italian

By Brown1998 on 2/12/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

I recently had lunch with my wife at Sfoglia's on a Saturday. I certainly found the ambience/decor to be sophisticated, warm, rustic Italian (antiqued wooden tables, mismatched (intentionally of course)) We started off with the 'antipasti della casa' which was a nice light yet hearty mix of cured meats, cheeses, and vegetables. I had the paparadelle bolognese and my wife tried the gnocchi. Both dishes were fresh, flavorful and simple. Rustic/country cooking is what comes to mind. And it's the simplicity of these dishes that truly make it. Overall, the food was superbly prepared, the decor was unique and warm. The service was average --- our waitress neglected to inform us of the specials (which we subsequently heard when she told the table next to ours) and she was a bit disengaged. When I came back into the restaurant after answering a page from the hospital where I work, the hostess assumed I was one of the "kitchen help" (i.e. Mexican busboys) which is never a good thing. Honest mistake though ... except that I'm Asian and I was a customer. In spite of it, we certainly enjoyed the food.

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173 out of 310 people found this review helpful.

Sadly not as great as I had anticipated!

By Ilovegoodfood on 2/20/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

It saddens me to say that Sfoglia was disappointing! I am an Italian from Rome who knows what really good Italian food is. Unfortunately I can only praise the decor of Sfoglia: lovely and welcoming. The young staff should be told that if you are having walnut tagliatelle with wild mushrooms, parsnip and pecorino (romano cheese), when you ask for more cheese then they should grate on your plate more pecorino and not parmigiano! Yet the tagliatelle were perfectly cooked, the parsnip blended nicely with the mushrooms and the dish was nonetheless the best one of my night. The potato gnocchi with American caviar, pickled shallots, mascarpone were terribly overcooked. They collapsed in my mouth... I was too stunned to even send them back to the kitchen! I had to try another dish, I had to like Sfoglia! So I had the pappardelle bolognese. The actual sfoglia of the pappardelle was very good, but the sauce was a tremendous disappointment, it was too creamy (in a bad way) and not meaty enough. After my first visit, Sfoglia amounts to not much more than yet another "above average but nothing to die for" Italian restaurant in the city.

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201 out of 387 people found this review helpful.

Slightly above average

By mmgojcaj03 on 10/18/2007

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Most people think this is the best Italian because critics say it is... I found it to be quite bland and service to be slow... The food was not memorable nor cheap... If you want really good Italian on the upper east side my choice and also (Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin) choice is Spigolo..

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224 out of 443 people found this review helpful.

Walk due south one block to Lex Restaurant. . .

By ntenzer on 3/13/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Ok, like many on here, I really wanted this place to be fantastic, I live a block away. The food here is the typical rustic italian fare, the zeitgeist of 2007 foodie pallets (writ Peasant, Otto). It's not that it's bad, it's just that it's not special and for the price, you expect it to be so. I really don't begrudge the menu, but the fowl was forgettable, the pasta was a very small first course portion with a quick toss tomato sauce. I regret the $12 I spent on some watermelon, cheese and balsamic vinegar, at the server's urging. More asinine was the waiter's wine suggestion - always be suspect when they recommend the two most expensive bottles on the menu. Bottom line, average food for exorbitant prices. Avoid Sfoglia and head south to Lex Restaurant where the classic italian food is consistently excellent and well executed from one end of the menu to the other and you can walk out not feeling like you have to save on brunch the following morning.

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132 out of 255 people found this review helpful.

Top dollars for average food.

By ste on 4/3/2008

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

A friend of us visited from Europe where he heard about this restaurant. We went for dinner, prepared to pay top dollars for a fine food experience. The ambient is cosy, but overcrowded. Tables are tiny for a party of four, we could hardly fit our dishes on the table. The wine list has a small selection of decent italian wines. However proper glasses are not provided (I suspect they won't fit on the table) so you won't enjoy much your 80 dollars bottle. The "antipasto della casa" was excellent, but that was about it. The mains were just ok, not better of what I can normally prepare at home. The pie was overcooked and the cassata ice cream was overfrozen and hard as a rock. We ended up paying about 80 dollars each for an appetizer, a main and dessert. Nothing went horribly wrong, but there are at least a dozen other places where you can eat as good at a third of the price.

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139 out of 266 people found this review helpful.

Broken Contract

By bowieinspace on 12/19/2007

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I believe there is an unspoken contract between waiter and patron. The simple rule is that a waiter should be bound to direct the dinner to to order the appropriate amount of food. At a recent trip to Sfoglia, the waiter totally took advantage of an unexpecting group of hungry dinners. He totally directed us to over-order - 4 antipasti, 4 pastas and 4 secondis, 3 side dishes THEN 2 of the largest desserts i have ever seen ($18 each!!). A dinner for four came to $400 (tip tax and no wine). The food is not terribly expensive, but we were clearly encouraged to overorder. We all felt exploited upon departure. The food is delightful but not extraordinary.

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