Celeste

Celeste

Italian Restaurant and Pizza Place$$$$
Upper West Side, New York
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  • The Corcoran Group
    "your Quattro Stagioni Pizza or Tagliatelle Con Gamberi E Verza."(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."(9 Tips)
    Gothamist
    "Try out the four-quadrant quattro stagioni pie or the Penne Mo Mo."(2 Tips)
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  • Sabina B.
    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.
  • 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
  • Karen
    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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!)
  • 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
  • Omar H.
    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
  • Lior Y.
    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.
  • 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.
  • William S.
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Audrey T.
    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!
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • JP P.
    JP ParkNovember 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
  • 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.
  • David D.
    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.
  • Kirk L.
    Kirk LoveJune 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If the Flat Iron steak special is available get it. Arguably the best steak I've had and an absolute steal in NYC at $24.
  • Koen D.
    Koen DesseynNovember 14, 2014
    Great authentic Italian food. Friendly staff and manager. Come either early or late. No reservations and the place gets really crowded.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Itamar H.
    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.
  • 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!
  • Hani H.
    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.
  • Sasha F.
    Sasha FriedenbergAugust 9, 2015
    Really great staff. The owner or manager greeted us and clearly cared about their restaurant. Pasta was really well balanced too.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Susie R.
    Susie RustSeptember 26, 2010
    homemade pastas, cash only in this intimate hole in the wall. Quattro Stagione pizza is sooo good! The owner smuggles in cheese from Italy monthly, SHHHH, don't tell!
  • chris
    chrisAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Theres a secret list of 🍷 here. When you arrive, press ⬆️⬆️⬇️⬇️⬅️➡️⬅️➡️🅱🅰 in foursquare to unlock it.
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  • Ailie C.
    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.
  • Martin R.
    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...
  • Julien D.
    Julien DassaultAugust 30, 2011
    A simple and cheap but good Italian with a true and authentic feeling. Usually great pizza of the day and good Tiramisu.
  • Hunter T.
    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
  • Emily J.
    Emily JenkinsAugust 18, 2015
    This is my absolute favourite restaurant on the uws. I adore their pastas, and the atmosphere is lovely.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Courtney R.
    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.
  • Sara Y.
    Sara YApril 26, 2016
    Ravioli with ricotta and spinach. Also make sure to have a chat with the owner; he's a delight.
  • Louis B.
    Louis BruscoFebruary 16, 2012
    Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas and artisanal pastas are big in flavor and portion size, without the inflated price tags to match.
  • Samantha T.
    Samantha TaubeMay 25, 2015
    Great local spot that has been on the UWS forever. Good food but not the best on the UWS
  • Katie R.
    Katie ReesNovember 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Hidden gem in the UWS - always busy. Amazing food. Cash only. They don't take reservations.
  • Sandra L.
    Sandra LloydJune 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for brunch - almost the same menu as dinner, plus the best pancakes and french toast in the entire UWS. Also, there's usually no wait. Great waitstaff too.
  • Christina
    ChristinaMay 3, 2015
    The branzino ravioli special is delicious. Thought it was odd that they couldn't get a lemon peel for espresso though.
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