170 E 81st St, New York, NY | Directions 1002840.775822 -73.956863
Mon-Fri noon-10 pm, Sat 5-10:30 pm, Sun 5-10 pm
Neighborhoods: Upper East Side, Midtown
Cannot Wait to Come Back! – Oh my god, where has this place been hiding?! I know, I know, the owner created the famed Remi Restaurant, but this place is much more intimate and cozy. They have these cool sound panels on the ceiling so even though the place is the size of a cute bistro, you can enjoy your friends' company without having to shout at each other. And the decor! So chic! Ok, get to the food... In a word: outstanding. Had the best tuna tartare of my life. The menu is extensive and it was so hard to decide, so my friends and I did an evening of the mix and match and sharing approach. I didn't have a single less than amazing morsel. Recommend: (in addition to the tuna tartare) the puntarelle salad, the Strigoli (a type of pasta), the fresh mozzarella appetizer, linguini with orata, and the lamb chops, just to name a few. The waitstaff was impeccaby professional, and the owner is always on the premises, supervising the service. A big plus! My advice: get to this place!
BRING EARPLUGS & THICK SKIN – When we made the reservation for my birthday (there were 3 of us), we had requested a specific table but when we got to the restaurant there was a large party seated next to the table and it made the area very tight. So we requested another table but the owner was incredibly difficult and very arrogant about it. Later, the dining experience was ruined by a group of loud and boisterous drunk men who were acting like they were at a pub watching a game. Although people were complaining and requesting that they ask the group to quiet down, nothing was done not even an apology. All this was going on while the own ate his dinner outside. The food was fine but also very overpriced. I would never dine here again.
Messed up our reservation and did nothing to fix it! – My husband and I called Antonucci's on Wednesday night to see if they had any reservations for 2 outdoors. They told us they could take us at 7:45 outside and took our name and number. We don't live uptown and it took us 45 minutes to get there. When we arrived, we were told by the female hostess that the person who took our reservation made a mistake as they only take reservations outside for parties of 4 or more. There were two open tables for 4 outside, but they refused to give us either table and told us that we could not even wait for a table to open up outside as they were all booked. They said they tried calling us, but we saw the number they took down (it was correct) and we never received a call from them on our way uptown. They offered a table inside but were rude, unapologetic and did not even offer anything to make up for their mistake, such as a drink at the bar. We left and enjoyed our night elsewhere. I have previously enjoyed great food here, which is too bad, because we won't be back.
Very good food, at a great value with a traditional UES crowd – Antonucci is a very "grown up" place. The food is very good, the service very professional and the ambience quite tasteful. The crowd tends to be older Upper East Siders and their families. Service is highly professional and friendly. The menu is italian but the key is to order from the daily specials that change constantly. They have some excellent fresh pasta and lovely meat dishes. Delivery is available but tends to be slow and chaotic
Amazing Meal – I am delighted to say that it was absolutley amazing and the food was presented well and made perfectly as if I were in Italy. The service was outstanding. This is a true destination!
Editorial Review – Upper East Side restaurant shakes up the standard Italian menu with additions like baked quail and venison.
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