All Reader Reviews of...
1402 Lexington Ave., New York, NY, 10128
at 92nd St.
By pasquala on 3/17/2007
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.
By Kendall Herbst (NY MAG) on 3/13/2007
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.
Quick trip to Italy
By Orthochick on 4/20/2008
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.
Great White Hype
By tie730 on 2/12/2009
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.
Casual/Upscale Rustic Italian
By Brown1998 on 2/12/2008
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.
Very pricey and for what?!
By patricia.krause on 3/1/2015
At last, we were able to make a reservation for a Saturday night. That was our first mistake. Walking in I almost tripped on the step going into the restaurant. No warning, no sign saying Watch Your Step, nothing. We were led into a poorly lit back room, more steps, but thank God a railing. You can compare the room to a gloomy cellar with odd shaped bare wooden tables, one of which was the type my father used to saw wood. A rustic decor can be attractive. This wasn't. So glad for the flashlight app on my iPhone as we couldn't have read the limited menu without it. Once served, we couldn't see the food. First, the bread was very good - warm and crusty. Next, the insalata mista. Just a very simple salad sprinkled with a nondescript dressing. At $49 for the osso bucco, we opted for the chicken al mattone which was crusty on the outside, succulent on the inside. Delicious but with no potatoes, no side vegetables, without a price. We didn't want to stay for dessert (they only had two) which had to be ordered in advance. We said no thanks as we couldn't wait to get out and free ourselves from such gloominess and still have money in our pockets.
Sadly not as great as I had anticipated!
By Ilovegoodfood on 2/20/2008
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.
Slightly above average
By mmgojcaj03 on 10/18/2007
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..
Walk due south one block to Lex Restaurant. . .
By ntenzer on 3/13/2009
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.
Top dollars for average food.
By ste on 4/3/2008
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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