206 Sullivan St., New York, NY | Directions 1001240.729042 -74.000362
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Greenwich Village
WORST "ITALIAN" I EVER HAD – I've lived in the City for 10 years now, and I have to say I've never encounter such lousy food. The Cesar Salad was wilted romain swimming in a dressing that was basically runny mayonaise. The fried cheese was bland including the "marinara" sauce that came with it. The spaghetti and meatballs were served luke warm, with a relish-like tomato sauce and the meatballs tasted fresh out of the plastic bag. Ok, I might let all of that slide had it been cheap eats, but the prices were so ridiculous for the poor quality of food that I feel I should file a complaint for being robbed.
Basically, go there to hang out and maybe drink, but Beware the Menu!!!
Worst value, service, and food quality I've ever eaten – I have lived in NYC my entire adult life. I know what it's like to be a student here, and what it's like to live large. I have to say, this place is the worst quality food (even though the prices are relatively cheap) I've ever tasted. Like the person before me stated, the caprese was one of the worst. The cheese was really chewy and discolored. The tomatoes weren't the plump red ones you'd find, and they served carrots with it! Also, the basil did have brown spots on it.
I thought the sangria tasted like juice and the fruit in it was barely there. I got the goat cheese salad, and asked if they could please slice an apple onto it (one of my favorite additions to any salad), and he said he's find out about it. I knew they had apples, because they claimed the sangria was "fresh". Anyway, I didn't get the apples... he forgot about them.
I had to several times for the check. There are many other reasonably priced italian restaurants in the neighborhood. I would NOT ever go there again, even if someone paid me.
Avoid at all costs – This was absolutely the worst restaurant experiences I have had in New York City. Unfortunately the food was terribly bad. We had a caprese - the mozzarella was yellow and rubbery, the tomatoes were old and orange, and the basil was brown. When we explained to the waiter than we were not happy with the food he accused us of not knowing what fresh food was - he then said that the basil was for decoration only in any case. The main pasta courses were bland and nondescript. I cannot say one positive thing about this restaurant! AVOID! There are plenty of better Italian places close by for a similar price.
Little known Italian place, but definitely worth a try – This is a great little place for some tasty italian. I had the caprese and the penne alla vodka which was very satisfying. My friends had other dishes from salads to the carbonara which they all really liked as well. Its right around the corner from the mass of Italian places on McDougal and I would say that it is on par or better than any of them. I'm not sure why the guy below had so much trouble here, but I certainly didn' t have any problems. The owner was really nice and was very accomodating, the place has a very comfortable and romantic/fun atmosphere, and the price is pretty comprable to the area. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone.
Great, affordable Italian – I went here the other night with a group of friends and was very pleasantly surprised. This place is a little off the beaten track, and I'd walked by it many times but had never gone in. I was glad I did! The waitstaff was very attentive and helpful, and everyone was really happy with their food. The salads were fresh and interesting and everybody enjoyed the pasta they ordered (we each had something different, and there were 6 positive reviews!). The woman who seems to run the place was very pleasant, and when we received the bill we discovered that we'd gotten a pretty decent NYU discount which made the already reasonably priced meal even more affordable.
I will definitely be back!
40 DOLLAR SANGRIA?????? – This place is quite a racket, and I suspect the 3 previous reviews were written by the owners or employees of this dark and dreary little Italian restaurant. The group of us who had dinner here was a hit-and-miss on the food (Eggplant Parmesan, suprisingly good, Penne alla Vodka, not so much, Pasta della Nonna, inedible), but the weather was great and you can't beat the location. The waitstaff was no where near serenading us with guitars (see previous review) but was more about pointing and shoving us to a table, carrying glasses to the table with thier fingers sticking in them (classic!), and generally ignoring us for about an hour.
The killer was when the bill came at the end. We had ordered 2 pitchers of Sangria- now mind you it was ok, not the best sangria I've ever had, but good enough. IT WAS 80 DOLLARS FOR the 2 pitchers. We almost fell off our chairs. Who the ???? uses a 40 dollar bottle of wine for Sangria? When we asked the manager as to the exorbanant price, he merely commented that his sangria was the best and he 'didn't use that cheap stuff'. Well good lord, I guess not.
So unless you're dying for some good Eggplant Lasagna and 40 Dollar Sangria, I'd go somewhere else for dinner.
The Best of Northern Italy , but located in Greenwich Village – Imagine walking down a neighborhood street in Milan and stumbling upon a family style trattoria that serves you plate after plate of mouth-watering entrees. Well, that's what happens when you walk down Sullivan in Greenwich Village. Ciao Stella's is one of Manhattan's best kept secrets. The service is superb. The entrees and desserts are delicious. The wine is okay, but the sangria is good. The prices are to die for, especially if one is an NYU student.
I highly recommend the Vitello Marsala (Veal Marsala) because it is some of the best that you can find in the City.
I highly recommend this restaurant for intimate dates, birthday dinners, and any other kind of gathering where you want to feel like you're spending your evening inside the dining room of your Villa in Tuscany or at the local neighborhood Trattoria in Milano.
Am I in Italy or NYC? – I love Ciao Stella. I don't even know where to begin! The food is excellent. The ambience of the restaurant calls for celebration. The sangria is fabulous- full of fruit and potent! And last, but defintely not least, the owner and her assistants are awesome! They all really go the extra mile to ensure that your experience is memorable. Ciao Stella is #1 for Italian cusine and style in NYC!!
Most fun I've had at dinner in a while – Great drinks and totally rockin' wait-staff. Literally. Julio will seranade you on guitar with everything from Rock & Roll to Arabic to Latin American music and keep you company. The fresh mozarella, tomato, basil appetizer was simple and divine. My chicken with artichokes and olives entree was well made. My partner found his pasta a tad drab -- but the place is far too much fun to NOT return. Definitely recommended. Even if you go on a slow night, you won't feel lonely, I promise. Especially recommended for single men since Stella is a total cutie. =)
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