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502 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10024-3943
+1 212-874-4559
11:30 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No reservations; cash only wonderful neighborhood place with an Italian owner/chef/waitstaff. Waited outside for a bit for a table at this popular place, but nowhere near as long as was originally stated. Great pizza and pasta and very accommodating owner and crew. This is, as others have stated in reviews, authentic Italian food, not Italian-American or some new interpretation of... More 

Thank Drew787
Greenwich, Connecticut
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131 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I love this place and come about once a month. It is the kind of food you find in Rome and in a similar type atmosphere. Very close tables but that is part of the fun. The wine selection is excellent and food tastes authentic. Staff is incredibly friendly and all are from Italy.

Thank tulsau
New York City, New York
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114 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

It´s a nice place, nice people, nice menu.I enjoyed the general atmosphere but the pasta was overcooked. My friends recommend the place again and again but my experience could be better.

Thank RaquelitaNYC
New York City, New York
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Celeste is unusual in several ways: the lack of a big sign outside, the refusal to take reservations (except for very large parties), and its focus on authentic Italian food -- the main owner also has restaurants in Rome.

Thank Mark P
Seattle, Washington
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We found the name in New York magazine and since we are staying close to Amsterdam we gave it a try. We had an ample spinach salad and my friend had a delicious salmon meal and I had a ten inch pizza. Nice find. Knd

Thank Heronknd
Rhode Island
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Dinner at Celeste was a highlight of our recent trip to New York. Celeste was recommended by a local, and other diners seemed to be regulars. Seating is a bit cozy, but adequate. The cash only policy was clearly posted at the entrance, and was more than balanced by the fair prices. The service, from greeting to buonasera, was friendly... More 

Thank SwiftyK
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Went on Sunday for pizza, never saw the menu, poor poor service and surprise at the end, cash only. The waiter very upset Suggestion: avoid it

Thank Jose G
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

I came here for an early evening dinner with my family before heading out to a local show. Now let me preface with having grown up in NY, being used to a NYers somewhat brusque manner, having then relocated to Paris and being even more used to distinctly rude French service....but this place! Wow. The service was some of the... More 

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Maureen Phillips
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104 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

We have had several dinners here and they are always first rate. It's crowded. Yes. But it's lively with a great wait staff and fantastic food. Inventive specials every night. Pastas are delicious and satisfying. The fish is well handled by the chef. Salads are refreshing and reflect the seasons. The kitchen knows how to crisp a potato as well... More 

Thank tojopop
Nevada City, United States
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

This is my go-to spot both when on business and with family in NYC. A little taste of Italy, authentic and delicious!

Thank Mike B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 502 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10024-3943
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-874-4559

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theatre performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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