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1555 Second Avenue, between 80th & 81st Sts., New York City, NY 10028-3909 (80th & 81st Sts.)
+1 212-861-7660
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
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Brooklyn, NY
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332 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sistina began in its new location 6 weeks ago. It's now at 24 E. 81st Street, between Madison and 5th. The new location is much bigger and has two rooms as well as a much bigger bar area. Four of us met for dinner here last evening. We all started with the fabulous white truffles; two of us had it... More 

Thank shellyf
Carmel, California
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66 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Sistina has been one of our wonderful stand-by super choices. The food is always superb -- the specials are always so extensive that their terrific menu is almost superfluous. The very best treat around this time of year is to have one of their white truffle dishes -- no restaurant does them better (even their sister restaurant, Caravaggio). The service... More 

Thank MCSCarmel
new orleans
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

No one was in the restaurant for lunch on Saturday but the owner. Didn't bring a menu. Asked for a wine by the glass list and he brought over an open bottle of cheap white wine from Umbria, and a cheap Italian Cabernet. However when he brought the bill they weren't cheap. When I asked for a glass of Chianti... More 

1 Thank ron019
shreveport ,la.
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62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

Absolutely delicius and charming !!!!!!! On second avenue this very upscale restaurant is A definite winner. Innovative dishes bordering on italian....try the chicken meatballs.....and outstanding beet salad! Zucchini flowers like on the riviera!!!!great wait staff!!!

Thank sandiShreveport_la_
Riverdale, New York
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Truth be told, the old world deference of the all-male staff doesn't do it for me anymore. The food was fine if not inventive, and I have to admit I like a bit lighter fare: the carciofi dish seemed skimpy. One bottle of wine was off and they pleasantly took it away. I know folks for whom this would be... More 

Thank ugofast
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75 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

I'm used to pricey Manhattan meals but the deceptive practices here are unacceptable. First the white truffles. Available many ways but no discussion re pricing. I didn't ask but didn't order. Then we were shown several bottles of wine "on sale". I did ask the price. 250 a bottle! Don't worry, marked down from 375. No thanks. We ordered a... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2015

Sistina is a must do for dinner in NYC. Our family ate here a few days ago and it was a very memorable dinner. Do not miss the truffle pasta! Donald Baechler paintings on the wall added to the experience.

Thank William R
Melbourne, Australia
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93 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015 via mobile

Very enjoyable restaurant serving classic Italian in a friendly environment. The restaurant is a little out of the standard tourist route but worth the trip. The wine list is exceptional.

Thank Tim T
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

the food is amaizing . I have been to so many places and this is just the best italian food in NYC . every time I visit NYC i come to this place. Prices are reasonable anb you can find as well affordable wines. Service is friendly. This is the place to go for real italian food conoisseur. Love the... More 

Thank Ilan S
Raleigh, North Carolina
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358 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2015

We were walking in the neighborhood and decided on Sistina for a late night dinner. Sat at the bar, with the doors open to the outside. Wonderful staff, I don't remember the bartenders name, but I do know that he plays soccer at the park every morning! The food was outstanding. We had the Veal Bolognese with wild mushrooms, and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1555 Second Avenue, between 80th & 81st Sts., New York City, NY 10028-3909
    (80th & 81st Sts.)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-861-7660
Sistina restaurant, one of the most highly rated Italian restaurants in New York City, has been impressing its sophisticated clientele for almost 30 years. Host/owner/chef Giuseppe Bruno, the Zagat Survey's "Host of the Year", is responsible for every aspect of his restaurant, from greeting his devoted patrons, to preparing special meals and dishes 
upon request.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Upper East Side
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