All Reader Reviews of...
1402 Lexington Ave., New York, NY, 10128
at 92nd St.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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