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Celeste: The Italian Restaurant Every Neighborhood Should Have (But Doesn't)

J. Kenji López-Alt 25 comments

"You want a bottle of red wine or white tonight? Or maybe rosé for the weather?" our waitress asked shortly after wedging us into a four-top no bigger than a couple of folded newspapers. Her delivery was spectacularly close to the Billy Joel song lyrics, which may have subconsciously influenced me into spending the rest of the meal thinking to myself, this has got to be the most neighborhood-Italian-y of neighborhood Italian restaurants in the city. I have a couple of friends who got married two weeks ago and used to live on 84th and Amsterdam. I asked them if they'd ever been. "It's where we had our first date!" said the newlywed wife. It's that kind of a place—one that engenders equal parts pride and nostalgia. More

Do good, cheap Italian restaurants exist?

Ed Levine 3 comments

I started thinking about this last week. Everyone loves the idea of a good, cheap neighborhood Italian restaurant, and we all like to believe we have one in our midst. But most often the neighborhood Italian restaurant we claim as... More

Where and What to Eat on Upper West Side of Manhattan

Ed Levine 1 comment

A reader requested a pocket guide to eating on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Here goes, and I'm sure I missed a couple of places. I like Celeste on 84th and Amsterdam for cheap Italian food, the bagels at... More

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