307 E 77th St, New York, NY | Directions 1007540.771944 -73.955416
DINNER Mon-Thu: 5:30pm-10:30pm Fri-Sat: 5:30pm-11:30pm Sun: 5:00pm-10:00pm
Neighborhoods: Upper East Side, Midtown
wow! is the word – So heres the thing! we tried alloro for restaurant week... $35 dinner...i got the eggplant parmesan ummmm...and then the shrimp w/ fettuchini was good...now as for the tiramisu (deconstructed) wow!
My husband loved his lamb chops!
really good food for mature palate. Attentive service... I can say enuf good things about this unpretentious place...i think if they updated their outdoor look...could do wonders for their business...
Good Food - Nice Service - Decent Prices – This is my week to try the newest Italian places in town and by the time I got here thought I'd be tired of Italian food in general. However I was pleasantly surprised by a number of things. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, the food was delicious and the waiters could not have been nicer. They have an average wine list but overall would come back here next time I am on the Upper East Side. I am only sure that in time this place will only get better but for now I give it my thumbs up!
I'd take the train this far any night for Alloro – I came all the way from downtown Brooklyn to eat at Alloro, and it was worth the trek ten times over. The front-of-house staff are warm and welcoming, and the service is impeccable - the head chef even brings out the food himself on occasion, and sent free dessert and lemoncellos to our table. The Watermelon Ice with White Chocolate Mousse tasted more like watermelon than an actual watermelon.
Other highlights: thinner-than-paper fresh prosciutto and sopressata, coupled with taleggio and pecorino cheeses were a succulent appetizer; homemade arugula pesto had a slightly bitter and delicious flavor on the fusilli topped with pecorino cheese foam like a cloud that floated down from heaven; and the white veal ragu on fettucine dish (for only $16!!) tasted even better than it looked, and believe me, it was GORGEOUS.
Plus, despite certain reviews dissing the quirky green-and-black decor, I find it truly original. The chairs are so cool-looking - soccer-field-green with gold buttons up the side, and really comfortable! The place feels brand new, and is cleaner than a museum. It was an oasis from the chaos of the city, to which I plan to return as soon as possible, before everyone else finds out about it.
Excellent!! – ok, I just read the average review for this restaurant, so let me start by qualifying myself before I begin. I'm Italian-- and a food snob. I've been to Italy many times, and to France, and had some of the best meals in the world. I dont usually go out for Italian (because very few do it right), but after reading a press release on Alloro (Italians in the kitchen), we gave it a try.
Appetizers were great-- we had cheese and dried meats. (bravo, for putting a great selection on the menu).
Entree- best duck I've ever had in my life. Hands down. It was succulent, delicious. Unbelievable.
Pasta-- homemade in a rabbit ragu. Needed some salt or cheese, but otherwise very good.
Dessert was on the house (after we declined it) and it was a berry, custard, foam concoction (I'm not doing it justice), and it was out of this world!
The service was prompt, (the server a strikingly beautiful Italian man-- so that is always good). They were gracious, helpful, absolutely, positively did not try to oversell.
The chef came out at the end and I was honored to meet him. The sign of a good chef is one that cares about his customers and how they feel about the food.
The reviewer here who complained about the geriatric crowd (which by the way is offensive) is right in that there are older couples here, but my husband and I felt comfortable regardless. Because we were treated like guests of a home...
Perfecto! – Great Italian food. Creative and satisfying. Warm inviting setting with a very nice decor and effective lighting. Creative desserts including Blueberry Bavarian Cream with wild berries and lemon liqueur foam are to die for. I don't live near by at all yet it was a great experience, it was totally worth it!
Nice try, but falls short. – I took my husband here based on the buzz of Scarpetta. We had not been to that restaurant (Strike 1, I know) but on the recommendations of that eatery from friends we decided to try this place out.
When we got to the restaurant we both were unsure about eating there due to its unusual storefront/decor. The interior while in pictures looks cute in a shabby chic kind of manner on the internet, (Strike 2, picking a restaurant on photos of decor), it looks garish and cheap in person. Still we trudged on and decided to give the food ago.
Our server gave us a semi frozen bottle of Pelligrino and didn't offer to exchange it until it became quite clear that it was not going to melt. The wine I ordered was atrocious for the price, and I was shocked due to the price as well as the variety of the wine. After it opened a bit it was drinkable, and I know I maybe should have said something but I didn't think another bottle would fix the problem.
Now for the food. Apparently the chef has designed the menu with the thought in mind that for 2 you should order 2 appetizers, 2 mains, and one pasta in order to be full. Now I am not one to scoff at small portions as that is the riga ma roll for fine dining, but this was certainly a bit ludicrous. The food however was tasty if maybe not worth the price.
Strike 3 for this place was the fact that the chef kept coming out and serving food as well as just sizing up the dining room. This made me really uncomfortable as I do not enjoy being analyzed as I ate.
Furthermore, they seemed to be a bit put off by my husband and I's ages. We are a young couple, which I would think would be vital to a restaurant's success. This establishment, however, seems to enjoy catering to the geriatric set, and this is by no means an exaggeration. They were literally fawning all over every elderly woman in the restaurant.
Editorial Review – Italian dishes with some surprising twists at this Upper East Side newbie, from the man behind Spiga, Cacio e Pepe and Bocca.
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