1207 1st Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002140.766523 -73.956947
Neighborhoods: Lenox Hill, Midtown, Upper East Side
Reliable Italian Food + Friendly Staff = Happiness – It is so very rare to find a reasonably priced, delicious Italian restaurant in NYC that meets certain standards. Even Little Italy can't compare when you've been eating Italian family cooking your whole life. Behold! Za Za.
My boyfriend stuck with a traditional pasta dish while I ventured out on a limb and after hearing the specials, selected the spinach ravioli. In my humble opinion you can really judge a restaurant by its homemade ravioli. WOW. This dish was incredible. Other items on the menu included the usual bruschetta and calamari, osso buco special which everyone seemed to be ordering, and $10 desserts (we did not try these...)
The big draw to this restaurant was the awesome patio garden out back that seats around 40. I have to say though, Zaza definitely gets shafted by its far east location. Wish it were closer!
Perfect place for the summer – Very Romantic garden that makes you feel like your in Italy. A great UES date spot without the cost of a plane ticket. The Sangria is to die for and the waiters are fresh off the boat just like the mozzarella.
You should move the a neighborhood with a restaurant like this. Good eats, friendly service, large variety.
Very good and very frendly staff – This resaurant is consistently excellent. Small and cozy with a backyard garden. Excellent service and as I am an Itlaina-American who cooks well, there food is excellent and never disappointing Consistently good. We eat there and order in
Great Italian Restaurant – excellent Italian and a great neighborhood restaurant who delivers on time.
Lovely neighborhood restaurant with great outdoor garden....spaghetti with clams is consistently fresh tasting and delicious. If they have the polenta appetizer with chesse sauce when you visit, get it! Unbelievable!
Delicious Food, Early Week Deal – A small group of us (just 4 in total) came here for my friend's birthday on a Monday night. One of the owners were there and he and the waiter who took our table could not have been nicer. We took advantage of the promotion that we had gotten by being on the mailing list and received an order of New Zealand baby lamb chops that were grilled to perfection along with garlic roasted potatoes and salad and grilled rare Tuna with sauteed vegetables , each for only $10 based on ordering generously portioned appetizers that we all shared--very fresh fried calamari, mozzarella & tomatoes, vegetable patties and a large salad. The owner joined in singing happy birthday for our friend and offered her a complimentary tiramisu, which we of course just had to help her finish.
It was a little chilly out so we dined inside rather than in the garden out back, but we've eaten out there before and it's a tranquil respite from the hustle & bustle of the city.
Anyway, just wanted to write a little something to show our appreciation for a good time at Za Za tonight.
Previously good, currently a disappointment – My girlfriend and I live in the area and eat here frequently. The food had been fairly good and we thought the prices were reasonable. However, the last couple of times we have eaten here, it seemed to decline a bit. Last night we brought her entire family and were thoroughly disappointed. The food was fair to poor ( a couple of the usually reliable pastas, including the lasagna, were sub-par). In addition the service was sloppy and inconsiderate. Plates were cleared before people were finished eating. The waiter was pushing appetizers and wine in a seeming attempt to increase the cost of the bill. Lastly, when examining the check, the bottle of wine we ordered was more expensive than it was listed for on the wine list. Upon inquiring we were told that we somehow received the "lunch" wine list and that this was the "dinner" price. Overall, poor customer service to say the least. Unfortunately we will have to think twice about going back.
Great food and family friendly – Walked by many times wondering why it was so empty - it was because everyone was out back enjoying the patio. Feels very private and very comfortable. Food is delicious and the service is very friendly.
Plus, go early and take the kids. Half-size portions for the half-pints and they can color right on the paper table cloths outside.
OSSO BUCCO – BEST OSSO BUCCI IN TOWN. Like nonna's osso bucci back in a little village near Tornino they are cooked for hours and the risotto is perfect. Don't forget to scratch the marrow out of the bone, put it on a piece of bread with a lot of salt. You'll feel like you're in heaven.
Cons: wine by the glass list isn't that great - but hey, they have great bottle and I never drive in the city anyway :-)
The Upper East Side Scene
Despite the forecast for this upcoming week (cloudy, rainy, low 60s), spring is here, which means it?s the best time to take advantage of the city?s many outdoor dining options. This is just what I did last week when my parents came in for dinner and we discovered an Italian restaurant on the UES with what is definitely one of the larger garden seating areas I?ve seen in our neighborhood. Located on 1st Ave. between 65th and 66th Streets, Za Za?s outward appearance is deceptive. Hidden beneath a red awning, the restaurant?s tiny storefront lets on that there is an outdoor garden only via a chalkboard sign propped out front. Yet through the warmly decorated dining room, with its yellow walls, orange sconces, and colorful murals, is a large Tuscan-style garden that seats nearly forty patrons, a lovely surprise on one of the first spring evenings of the year. Pleased with our discovery, my parents and I settled in to look over Za Za?s fairly large, Florence-inspired menu. Full of Italian pastas and sauces, as well as an ample amount of seafood, the selection, including the long list of specials our waiter recited to us, was a bit overwhelming. But, after sending our waiter away twice because we hadn?t yet made up our minds, we finally made our decisions. For an appetizer, we ordered bruschetta with tomato, basil, and mozzarella. My mom and I chose the same entree, fettucine with shrimp and white mushrooms in a tomato cream sauce, while my dad chose the tagliolini pasta with smoked salmon in a vodka sauce. Apparently Za Za?s garden was a new discovery only for us that evening, as it proved quite a popular place. Brown picket fences, wicker chairs, and umbrella-covered tables strung with colored lanterns made eating in the garden feel as though we were not in the city but on vacation somewhere in the Italian countryside. Combined with friendly service and meals that turned out to be delicious, Za Za was quite a nice surprise.
Good food but cheesey outdoor furniture – This place does have good food, I'm not going to argue with the others. Their pasta's are very flavorful and not in a ton of oil. The outdoor patio is nice but with plastic chairs and tables a little low brow for those dishes they are charging 30 bucks for. You figure they'd upgrade.
We are improving, and I just wanted to tell you that the outdoor chairs are often exposed to terrible weather condition and sometimes the bambu chairs soffer from that. We were also thinking to use the ones made in iron but they wouldn't be so confortable. So we came up with a better idea to take care of our chairs. We hope no to disappoint you for the next summer
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