Celeste

Celeste

Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria$$$$
Upper West Side, New York
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    Audrey T.
    "Awesome homemade pasta and really great wine selection."(5 Tips)
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    "The tagliatelle was excellent, the gnocchi bland, the penne soso."(6 Tips)
    Sabina B.
    "Arguably one of the best, most authentic Italian spots in the city."(6 Tips)
    Christina
    "The branzino ravioli special is delicious."(10 Tips)
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  • Sabina B.heart icon on user image
    Sabina B.February 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Arguably one of the best, most authentic Italian spots in the city. Chat up the owner while you wait & learn about the solid wine selection. Tagliatelle followed by tiramisu is where it's at.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJuly 17, 2013
    The ricotta ravioli is one of the few perfect plates of pasta in the city and the cheese plate is as good as you'll find (smuggled directly in from Italy!)
  • Gothamist
    GothamistDecember 29, 2014
    This intimate, cash-only Upper West Side eatery doles out pizzas and pasta dishes to those who can handle the long wait for a table. Try out the four-quadrant quattro stagioni pie or the Penne Mo Mo. Read more
  • Karenheart icon on user image
    KarenNovember 8, 2016
    Amazing food. Great ambiance. Stellar staff. I love the family feel and the way everyone who works there treats you like a friend. Definitely have the tiramisu (best I've ever had).
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedAugust 19, 2016
    Celeste doesn’t accept reservations (or credit cards), but it’s worth the wait. Their pizza is the best in the neighborhood; wood-fired, with a crust that’s not too thin. Read more
  • Daan V.
    Daan V.October 27, 2011
    It's small, it's cozy, it has great food and affordable. What else do you need from a neighborhood restaurant? The go to place for when I have friends from back home coming over. Amazing gnocchi.
  • Lior Y.heart icon on user image
    Lior YanayJune 11, 2016
    Super authentic Italian food! The pasta is great, but the pizza is amazing. One of the best sauces I had. The tiramisu is very good and not too sweet. Cash only, so come prepared.
  • William S.heart icon on user image
    William StudartMay 20, 2016
    One of the best Italian restaurants I've had the pleasure to eat. Authentic Italian, the space is small, so you may have to wait, but that wait is totally worth it. The pizza is great!
  • JPheart icon on user image
    JPNovember 12, 2015
    Great for dates, we came for brunch and the French toast was delicious. Skip the eggs. Will definitely be coming back for pizza and pasta
  • Omar H.heart icon on user image
    Omar HarounSeptember 11, 2013
    Authentic, cozy Italian restaurant. Everything we had was amazing, in particular the veal special, the hand-made pasta, and the napoletana pizza. Great manhattan dining w/out the manhattan prices
  • David S.
    David SmagulaNovember 6, 2012
    This place is great. Delicious food, at least a dozen bottles of wine under 30 dollars and another dozen under 45. Carmine is a character but I love the guy. Get a pizza for app and the tagliatelle.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 30, 2012
    This little gem is cash only and there is usually a line, but the inconvenience is well worth it once you bite into your Quattro Stagioni Pizza or Tagliatelle Con Gamberi E Verza.
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GruberJuly 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong with any of the pastas- all delicious and made fresh in house! Affordable and friendly- the owner is always there chatting with customers. One of my favorite Italian places in NYC.
  • ReALTO
    ReALTOSeptember 24, 2012
    Reasonably priced, high quality, delicious Italian--a gem of a restaurant nestled on a quiet stretch of Amsterdam Avenue. The homemade pasta is perfectly al-dente and the wood fired pizza is divine... Read more
  • Yuriy R.
    Yuriy RuskoSeptember 13, 2011
    Always full and worth the wait. The food is exquisite and a steal at the price. Try the penne with fresh buffalo mozzarella. Bring some cash as they don't take cards.
  • Hani H.heart icon on user image
    Hani HongMay 25, 2014
    If Tagliatelle Norma is ever on the specials list, stop looking at the menu and order this Immediately. It's the best dish of pasta and sauce I've had since I lived in Italy.
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    Celeste is a cash only family-owned Italian restaurant where the pasta is made fresh daily. The chef goes to Italy every month to hand-pick several local and hard-to-come-by cheeses. The recitation of
  • Audrey T.heart icon on user image
    Audrey TolbertAugust 7, 2013
    Adorable spot! Awesome homemade pasta and really great wine selection. Legit Italian and the whole place, from the interior to the owner to the menu, reflects it!
  • Cristina
    CristinaApril 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing Italian food. No reservations, cash only, slightly surly service, but delicious food. A great neighborhood place and an off-the beaten-path spot for tourists.
  • Hunter T.heart icon on user image
    Hunter ThomasOctober 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pasta with clams really good, ask for a bit of the special olive oil for a little kick of spice
  • Barbara H.
    Barbara HoudayerAugust 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Cosy Italian restaurant, Upper West Side gem. Very inexpensive. Cash only. Be prepared to wait ~20 min but the food and atmosphere is worth the wait. Read more
  • Dustin W.
    Dustin WingateDecember 31, 2011
    This place is simply amazing! Fantastic food (I recommend the Margarita pizza), fantastic service, and a fantastic experience. The owner is terrific and this place easy acquires its five star rating!
  • Ben K.
    Ben KNovember 19, 2011
    Tiny, cash-only, but very funny and attentive wait staff, incredible authentic Italian food, and a wonderful local environment. Definitely recommended if you're in the area, or if not worth the trip!
  • Joe R.
    Joe RizkJune 5, 2013
    True authentic Italian. Always fresh pasta and cheeses. The tiramisu (made daily by the owner) with dark chocolate chips is a must try. Cash only
  • Sal O.heart icon on user image
    Sal OliveiraSeptember 1, 2013
    Beautiful little traditional napolitan cantina, with one of the best tomato sauces I've ever had - and that's coming from a hardcore tomato sauce lover.
  • David D.heart icon on user image
    David DMay 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    You blew it if you didn't order the vermicelli alla vongole (spaghetti with clams). Ask for the spicy oil.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJuly 17, 2013
    The neighborhood Italian restaurant you wish your neighborhood had. Ricotta ravioli is one of the city's top plates of pasta.
  • Aleheart icon on user image
    AleAugust 22, 2021
    I would say go for the "Super Pizza". The lasagna tastes good but unfortunately not "al dente" which is a downside for me. I will give it another try thanks to its good service
  • Caroline R.heart icon on user image
    Caroline RitterJanuary 20, 2019
    The pizza is great! It’s super charming and tiny, but worth being squeezed in.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 23, 2011
    No frills here, just great food at a good price. Keep an eye out for their pasta specials every night and be sure to bring cash - cards are not accepted.
  • Josh W.heart icon on user image
    Josh WrightJune 5, 2017
    The only authentic Italian place I have found in New York. The staff and owner are really nice and helpful too.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 2, 2012
    Try eggplant rolls ($8.50) and fried ricotta to round out your meal. With seriously cheap prices, don't skip dessert: Finish with the warm apple tart ($5.50): Read more
  • Itamar H.heart icon on user image
    Itamar HauserSeptember 24, 2014
    The Ricotta and spinach ravioli was terrific indeed but it's not very filing as it's quite a small dish. The shrimps & calamari wasn't really tasty and is not recommended. The prices are really good.
  • Ailie C.heart icon on user image
    Ailie ChangJanuary 25, 2015
    CASH ONLY. Tagliatelle and Ravioli dishes are good. Go for lunch so you don't have to wait too long. Small quaint restaurant.
  • Sara Y.heart icon on user image
    Sara YApril 26, 2016
    Ravioli with ricotta and spinach. Also make sure to have a chat with the owner; he's a delight.
  • Emily J.heart icon on user image
    Emily JenkinsAugust 18, 2015
    This is my absolute favourite restaurant on the uws. I adore their pastas, and the atmosphere is lovely.
  • Courtney R.heart icon on user image
    Courtney R.December 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The long wait is worth it, all the dishes there are delicious. Gnocchi for the win.
  • Idit D.heart icon on user image
    Idit Duvdevany AronsohnDecember 7, 2018
    Really good food, and the best tiramisu in the city! Please note it's a cash only restaurant
  • Tim N.
    Tim NilsonMarch 14, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    This must be the best italian place in the city, especially given the good prices. Order the desert cheese plate (5, 10, or more!) and see Carmine, the owner, rattle off each cheese's history. Fun!
  • Samantha T.heart icon on user image
    Samantha TaubeMay 25, 2015
    Great local spot that has been on the UWS forever. Good food but not the best on the UWS
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    Perhaps its greatest notoriety rests on a splendid Italian cheese course-served with various honeys, nuts, and preserves. Read more
  • Alex G.heart icon on user image
    Alex GordonJanuary 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Italian on the UWS. "Frying is the great pleasure of Neopolitan cooking."
  • Kashif Z.
    Kashif ZafarMarch 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Celeste is a neighborhood secret. It serves the best pasta and pizza in the neighborhood. The owner makes his own cheese and loves talking about cars especially Audis. What more can you ask for?
  • Y.
    Y.June 8, 2016
    Pasta cooked to perfection. Clams were fat and juicy. Authentic taste. Great love!
  • Martin R.heart icon on user image
    Martin RigbyMay 23, 2014
    If you like being verbally abused by the host you'll like this place. Some people do that and it's funny but this guy is just, not. Food is pretty good, but with so many great choices in New York...
  • vrunjal p.heart icon on user image
    vrunjal parikhMarch 31, 2015
    Family owned Italian restaurant! Gets crowded so the earlier the better. Food is amazing!!
  • Michael H.heart icon on user image
    Michael HarperMay 19, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Simple, perfect neighborhood joint for great Italian. Cash only.
  • chris
    chrisAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Theres a secret list of 🍷 here. When you arrive, press ⬆️⬆️⬇️⬇️⬅️➡️⬅️➡️🅱🅰 in foursquare to unlock it.
  • Christinaheart icon on user image
    ChristinaMay 3, 2015
    The branzino ravioli special is delicious. Thought it was odd that they couldn't get a lemon peel for espresso though.
  • Rina K.
    Rina KapuyaJuly 9, 2013
    make sure your party is on time. they don't let you sit at a table until the third person for your table for three shows up. might mean you stand around for a few minutes.
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