All Reader Reviews of...
1402 Lexington Ave., New York, NY, 10128
at 92nd St.
By Yale2002 on 3/27/2008
With a reservation for lunch (2 people), we eagerly awaited to be seated--eagerly as we had heard good things from friends about Sfoglia. Unfortunately, we had to continue to wait for 25 minutes beyond our reservation. One can only assume that the trite mumbling of the "hostess" was an explanation for the delay. However, what appeared to be regulars were seated promptly, despite arriving 30 minutes before their reservation. The other party with whom we were waiting were considering other options as well. We left. The space itself is cozy, if a bit quaint. It's rather unfortunate that the restaurant seems to be more fastidious with their menu rather than with their reservations and service. Most unprofessional.
The Big Wet Fish in the Little Pond of Upper East 90s Dining
By MaryHelen on 3/19/2009
Raw lamb sausages. Overcooked signature "Sfoglia" chicken with soggy skin. Add to this, a surly waiter who begrudgingly replaced these entrees after warning us it would take at least another 5 minutes to fix (not a big deal after we'd waited nearly an hour between the entrees and mains). And all this after we had been made to wait 20 minutes for our Wednesday night booking. It might be perceived as one of the few decent places to eat in the area, but with such blase service and sloppy cooking you'd be better off making a trip to Hoboken.
By kerryz on 7/19/2010
great reviews inspired me to trek to the upper east side all the way from brooklyn for sfoglia. the mediocre, over-priced food combined with the communal table shared with 20 year olds straight out of "gossip girl" let me know that is was not worth the trip. further proof that the upper east side is a restaurant wasteland. next time i will stay in my borough and go to al di la.
By bowieinspace on 12/19/2007
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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