1621 2nd Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002840.776838 -73.952730
Mon. - Sun. 5:30pm - 12pm
Neighborhoods: Yorkville, Midtown
Worst bartender and mait'red d – Do not go on Thursdays for a drink - the bartender is always rude -- ! He's the worst bartender in Manhattan!!!!
Amazing Italian Food!!! – This place is a GEM! One of the best Caesars I've ever had and the Chicken Parm is the best in the city. Always a good scene happening here, true UES italian restaurant.
TASTELESS FOOD – We used to be regulars for years since service used to be great and delighting food. This last two years we have been going there less frequently becuase the FOOD is TASTELESS compared to what it used to be. We ordered a plate of calamari as our appetizer and were disappointed by the flavor of the sauce. The calamari were like rubers with sauce with no flavor. As my main course, I ordered the Fettuccine Amatriciana. Again no FLAVOR and the pasta looked like a flour-ball. I thought the pasta was handmade but could have heard the waiter incorrectly. My friend's fish had a rooten smell and TASTELESS SAUCE. I would not go back anymore and would not recommend to anybody!
What happened, the CHEF lost the TOUCH!
What lies beneath! – We are not the types to write reviews, but take note of this one....Decent food (which is why we gave it one star -- even if we could give it zero stars we wouldn't) but deceptively overpriced. We blew well over 100 dineros on a shared bowel of pasta and veal meatballs, a glass of mediocre house wine, a martini, an artichoke app, and a bland Caesar salad. It was more like a Cesaraen salad, for when the bill came, replete with hidden charges for sharing an entree or for a "warm appetizer" or for perhaps just not being a member of the mob, it felt like childbirth without an epidural. Bottom line = skip it. You can find better food for far less in that hood. The ambience is cozy. But
Horrible service, over priced food – I hate to write anything bad about a place, but Elio's was a waste of $114 for two people at dinner. We were seated and given menus 10 minuets later, we asked for water and never got it, we ordered a glass of red wine and a scotch ($36 bar tab), asked for parm on our soup twice before it came.... Our waiter was MIA almost the entire night. We had to keep asking other waiters for assistance. They charged $32 for a tiny filet of sole dipped in egg and pan fried. The "special" sausage and pasta dish for $26 was a step-up from Hamburger Helper. The vegetables were all very fresh and prepared wonderfully ad the soup was excellent. The bread was very good as well. I just hate spending good money to eat out and not getting good service. This was my second trip to Elio's and will be my last.
One of my favorite places in the city – After moving down the street I came in and had the best service and food I have had in a long time. I went durring the week and it was not too busy, however it does get packed on the weekend. Also check out the opera schedual, many upper east siders come to Elios before the opera. The service impressed me the most of anything, the waiter was helpful and even has the chef make me something that was not on the menu. Some of the pasta is homemade and so is not so go for the homemade if you can. The only thing that would have impoved upon the menu is giving explinations of each item. Many things are common or well known dishes however there were a few I had no idea what they were and the menu gave no clues and I did feel bad asking the waiter to stand and explain several of them too me. I plan on returning many more times!!!
Great food, though pretentious service – Overall, I liked Elios. I didn't love it, but I liked it. They didn't have Carbonara on the menu which came as a shock to me and I asked if they could make specially. The waiter was very accomodating and out came the greatest Carbonara I have ever had (including the many plates I've had in Italy). The service wasn't great though and the prices are way to high for the portion size. The Veal Scappolini was only fair and so was the Chicken Piccata. I'd come back for the Carbonara, thats really it though. There are better Italian restaurants around that charge half the price.
Excellent food and service – My daughter and I had dinner on a recent Tuesday evening. 7:30 reservation. We had to wait about 20 minutes for a table, but sitting at the bar surveying the lively crowd, we hardly noticed. The food was excellent. My spaghetti puttanesca was well seasoned, making an old favorite seem new. Her pasta special (penne with tomatoes and mozarella) was simple but delicious. Even the before-dinner breads were great; crunchy crusts, flavorful. The house chianti was just the right note: robust but not raw. Service was attentive but unobtrusive. The hostess/owner was gracious and welcoming.
This is my first posting to CitySearch. I'm from the Pacific Northwest, used to good service.
Worst Service Ever, Bland Food, Rude Staff – Although I have to admit, I thought the risotto that my date ordered was tasty, my market-price swordfish was like eating the tube out of a bicycle tire. The tables in the dining room were so close together that even the waitstaff could not manuver through the partrons without rubbing against people while they were trying to eat. When the table next to be was ordering, I had to stand up until the process was complete. The other option would have been to invite the waiter to share my chair with me. And all of this on a Sunday evening after 8:30pm. The icing on the cake was the coat check girl with the attitude fit for Spago in L.A.... I didn't need this experience and would give it right back to any one of the staffers if I see them in MY place of business. Please, if you are in the mood for ass-in-face all night, bland food, rude people, for a mere 200 dollars.... then accept my appologies, this is your place.
Great Food, Awful Service – If you want great food but are willing to sacrifice any sort of self respect or service then Elio's is the place to go. The food we had was excellent but the host was extremely unpleasant (sat us late for a reservation), the waiter didn't appear for 20 minutes. When he did manage to grace us with his presence he took the orders and then left for another 30 minutes. They never brought the bread to the table, the second glass of wine we ordered never showed up, no one ever checked in on us, and lastly they give everyone a couple of peice of biscotti complimentary. We had a table of three so we asked for a couple more after we had paid the check, they informed us they wouldn't bring anymore unless we were to re-open the check. If you're going to give complimentary things then make sure there are enough to go around!
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