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47 E. 21st St., New York, NY, 10010
Go for the food not for the service
By nancydistler on 1/2/2003
The food is out of this world, especially the mushroom tortillini, but the the mannerism of the staff is not so great....the host is not friendly, but truthfully i just ingnored it becuase the food was so good. If you want a place to go with your girlfriends....this is the place. Great wine list and great prices!!!
never again unless I want to turn into SALT
By bunnefufu on 3/2/2003
Every thing was so over salted. I sent back my main dish twice something I have never done. I could not belive that people were eating this food . I have been here 3 or 4 times before never thought it was great but it was ok for the area. sad not any more.
Real Emiliana food
By torsola on 3/11/2003
The food is savory and true to it's roots. I Loved it and will be back often.
By bentobox on 5/9/2003
Wonderful appetizers, incredibly delicious lasagna and pastas and terrific desserts at a great price. I also love the selection of Lambruscos; something not seen frequently. In a sea of tepid restaurants, this is a gem. And you won't find a better value, just bring cash.
Excellent for the neighborhood
By mandlmania on 7/24/2003
It's a delight to have a REAL neighborhood restaurant in the midst of all the upscale, noisy bars/cafes. We've lived in the neighborhood 15 years and watched our "local" spots give way to flashy places with mediocre and/or expensive food. Via Emilia offers fabulous value for the $. My favorite is coteccino (sp?) with lentils as appetizer and tortelloni witih truffle sauce entree. Both are different, succulent, unusual and delicious. Lasagna is the best around; one night I had corn unlike any I have ever tasted. I also like it for a late lunch,while reading a book and eating a sandwish/salad for under $10. Best deal in town, at least for me. Anyone we've taken there has really liked it...and now we can eat an excellent meal in our own backyard. this is a delightful discovery...
Great food, great place and great price
By ahart on 4/4/2005
Both the food and service at Via Emilia is fantastic. The wait staff and even the bus boys are great and always ask if you need something else, but not in a pushy way. The food is fantastic, and you get a huge portion for your money (and the prices are so cheap too!).
Wonderful find for an out-of-towner
By joodlenoodle on 4/11/2005
We found the restaurant listing in a guide book and decided on a train trip into the city to give Via Emilia a try! The food was wonderful and the decor was beautiful.
Emilia serves you up right
By focaccia9 on 12/15/2005
I went in before the dinnertime rush so I had the whole place to myself. The service was quick and courteous and the food delicious especially the duck salad. The pumpkin tortelloni was interesting and sweet; quite good actually but I was craving something a little meatier so I think next time I'll order something along those lines. And you get good-sized portions for the money. Such a better experience than last week's disastrous trip to Le Zie, a restaurant purported to be of the same caliber. Not even CLOSE. I'll definitely be back!
One of best values in NYC
By ScottK18 on 1/30/2006
The food is fresh and the menu eclectic. The salads integrate interesting mixes of fruits and cheeses. The lasagne is total comfort food. The pastas are fresh. Very cute and young wait staff -- they could perhaps relax a little bit and not rush to clean off plates (would make for a more relaxed atmosphere). Overall one of the best values in the city. Consistently excellent. Go early as they don't take reservations.
Lovely Emilian food
By speedskater on 7/23/2007
After reading the NY times article on Lambrusco, my wife and I stopped by for an early meal. The selection of Lambrusco, a thoroughly underappreciated beverage that I grew to love from time in Parma & Modena, is fantastic. We tasted 6 different wines and all were excellent. The food felt classically Emilian, with the emphasis on meat products and parmigiano. I particularly liked the Gnocco Fritto and the Borlengo, which was like an Italian dosa. the service was excellent. Being there early, the place had a family feel, with the owners kids running around.
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