Celeste

Celeste

Italian Restaurant and Pizza Place$$$$
Upper West Side, New York
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  • The experts at The Corcoran Group and Village Voice recommend this place
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  • Sabina B.
    "Arguably one of the best, most authentic Italian spots in the city."(7 Tips)
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    "The tagliatelle was excellent, the gnocchi bland, the penne soso."(6 Tips)
    Christina
    "The branzino ravioli special is delicious."(9 Tips)
    Audrey T.
    "Awesome homemade pasta and really great wine selection."(3 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).
  • 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!)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • chris
    chrisAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Theres a secret list of 🍷 here. When you arrive, press ⬆️⬆️⬇️⬇️⬅️➡️⬅️➡️🅱🅰 in foursquare to unlock it.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Josh W.
    The only authentic Italian place I have found in New York. The staff and owner are really nice and helpful too.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • vrunjal p.
    vrunjal parikhMarch 31, 2015
    Family owned Italian restaurant! Gets crowded so the earlier the better. Food is amazing!!
  • Alex G.
    Alex GordonJanuary 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Italian on the UWS. "Frying is the great pleasure of Neopolitan cooking."
  • Y.
    Y.June 8, 2016
    Pasta cooked to perfection. Clams were fat and juicy. Authentic taste. Great love!
  • Marie D.
    Marie DAugust 17, 2013
    Some of the best Italian I have had. Cash only makes this place very affordable.
  • Alvar L.
    Alvar LopezJanuary 20, 2014
    Best tiramisu ever, seriously! And for mains, pizza 4 staggioni. Easy.
  • Jonathan Y.
    Jonathan YagelSeptember 15, 2014
    Some of the best mussels I've ever had. And the pasta is phenomenal!
  • Caitie G.
    Caitie GoddardApril 19, 2015
    Both specials we tried were exceptional and the staff were great-highly recommend!
  • Casey G.
    Casey GAugust 17, 2014
    Fresh handmade pasta. The ravioli in sage butter is wonderful.
  • Jeffrey B.
    Jeffrey BehmNovember 20, 2010
    The owner is the best host in town. Love this place! Great wine list of $20 and $30-something bottles.
  • Elif A.
    Elif ArdenMay 16, 2016
    Real italian pizza, delicious despite limited ingredients, warm service. Try it
  • Kazem E.
    Kazem EdmondSeptember 6, 2014
    The pasta, wine, and cheese are awesome. Great service too.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LiMay 22, 2013
    The pasta here is great! And the monkfish is a must have.
  • Lincoln H.
    Lincoln HayesApril 12, 2013
    We had a lovely time. Great food, wine, and cheeses. Cash only!
  • Adam C.
    Adam ClewleyAugust 28, 2014
    The pizza was excellent, really good dough used for the base.
  • Hunter T.
    Hunter ThomasFebruary 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cash only but fantastic food and always fresh, original specials
  • Elaine H.
    Elaine HeMarch 10, 2014
    Good shrimp egg noodle...gonna try out the clam pasta with garlic next time:)
  • Yoav P.
    Yoav PerryMay 12, 2010
    Cheese course has WAY to many cheeses to remember or palate, arranged in the wrong order too. Each FAR TOO SMALL to share. Owner pretends knowledgeable but is a fake, describes all as "botanical" huh?
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan McMahonJune 8, 2015
    Great pasta, pizza, and specials. Fairly cheap wine.
  • Meredith N.
    Meredith NissenbaumDecember 11, 2016
    Penne momo is a go to. So good!
  • Andrej M.
    Andrej MrevljeNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The best Italian r. In the area. No credit cards, no bokimg.
  • Parker C.
    Parker CaseOctober 4, 2013
    Wonderful! I had the special, delicious!!!
  • Angelina
    AngelinaNovember 11, 2011
    The artichoke salad with basil and fresh parmesan is heavenly.
  • Darshan D.
    Nice restaurant - good service, tasty pizza!
  • Darjeeling W.
    Darjeeling WhiteJuly 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Really terrific neighborhood joint. Food never disappoints and the waitstaff is ever cordial.
  • Jake J.
    Jake JoraanstadFebruary 19, 2015
    Awesome, just about everything including the wine
  • Lina C.
    Lina CheSeptember 18, 2016
    Great service! Love the ravioli!!!
  • Omer G.
    Omer GurayMarch 30, 2014
    All the amazing reviews here are totally misleading. The food is average at best and bland. The pasta is oily and the pizza is soggy. The owner is the biggest d*ck & a-hole, service is sad and poor.
  • Pin
    PinJuly 24, 2010
    The tagliatelle was excellent, the gnocchi bland, the penne soso. Would come again to try the pizza
  • Su Ann L.
    Su Ann LimDecember 18, 2010
    divine vongole pasta- even better with a dash of their red pepper flakes
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
    Find. Eat. Drink.August 14, 2010
    Chef Bill Telepan gave us this recommendation for off the beaten track places to eat. Cash only.
  • John K.
    John KassMay 22, 2016
    Clams and spaghetti. Also the artichoke salad.
  • Paul D.
    Paul DolanMarch 5, 2012
    Great little hidden gem on the Upper West Side!
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KMay 12, 2015
    Nice quaint spot for a date
  • Courtney R.
    Courtney R.September 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Penne Mo' Mo' every single time. Then homemade gelato.
  • Youri L. C.
    Youri L. ChungMarch 30, 2013
    small and crowded. But filled with legitimately tasteful dishes and intimacy.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WarrenJune 23, 2014
    Cash only. A bit noisy, but a good neighborhood joint.
  • Jessie C.
    Jessie CatanaAugust 28, 2016
    Lovely place. CASH ONLY
  • Meg
    MegApril 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Clam pasta with spicy oil. Enough said.
  • Marc P.
    Marc PrioleauFebruary 22, 2013
    Have the Mussels as an appetizer.
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsFebruary 10, 2013
    TimeOut recommends it as amazingly prized Italian
  • Jason L.
    Jason LockeOctober 17, 2016
    The redneck version of an Italian restaurant. Owner is unfriendly to non-Italians and should not be on the restaurant floor. And the food...ugh.
  • Yoav P.
    Yoav PerryMay 12, 2010
    The food is fantastic. The owner is guaranteed to be always awkward and unpleasant. The waiter acts with speed/flare/attention better fitting a Cancun spring break resort or Times Square tourist trap
  • Jeremy R.
    Jeremy RedleafMarch 10, 2013
    Cheap, tasty, cash only
  • Tyler P.
    Tyler PooleJanuary 4, 2014
    Gnocchi is fantastic!
  • Jason V.
    Jason Van DinterJune 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite spot on the UWS!
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DocktorJune 24, 2016
    rigatoni w/ meat sauce <3
  • Gal R.
    Gal RozovMarch 27, 2012
    Try the Crab Meat Tortellini
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Bill Telepan, chef of Telepan, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Quattro Stagioni. Read more
  • Ben R.
    Ben ROctober 26, 2013
    I could marry the ravioli.
  • Beatriz G.
    Beatriz Garriga RamosJanuary 31, 2015
    Pasta vongole deliciosa, muy buenos precios, suele estar lleno
  • Maisa M.
    Maisa MiottoFebruary 23, 2016
    Maravilhoso, vale cada dólar e os muitos reais.
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