About Paola's Restaurant

1295 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10028
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"Everybody in New York seems to be looking for the perfect neighborhood restaurant. I think I found it."
- Ruth Reichl, The New York Times

For almost 30 years, Executive Chef Paola Bottero has offered an authentic Italian dining experience and a warm welcome on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. An icon of the Carnegie Hill Neighborhood, Paola’s serves lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and Stuzzichini “lite bites” at the gracious bar or al fresco at the outdoor tables. Joined by her son Stefano, together they are committed to the freshest ingredients and the truest interpretations of La Cucina Italiana. Benvenuti!

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Monday 5 -10 pm,
Tuesday - Saturday 5 - 11 pm

Lunch: Monday - Friday 12 - 4 pm

Brunch: Saturday 11 - 4 pm

Brunch: Sunday 10 - 4 pm

Stuzzichini "Lite Bites" at the bar or outdoor tables 4 - 6 pm

Cross Street:
92nd Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 794-1890

Website:
http://www.paolasrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Upscale, farm fresh, home made. Classic Italian, Vegetarian, Gluten Free menus available. Hand made pastas, house made desserts.

Parking Details:
After 7 pm, free parking is available on Madison Avenue. Prior to 7 pm, parking can be paid by credit card or coins at the Muni Meter kiosks , after which the receipt should be displayed inside the car on the dashboard. Side street parking is free, but be careful to observe alternate side of the street parking rules indicated on the signs. The nearest parking garage is located on 94th Street between Madison & Park Avenues.

Public Transit:
Subway:
The nearest subway station is 96th Street and Lexington Avenue. The nearest express subway station is 86th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Bus:
The M1, M2, M3 and M4 busses all stop directly in front of Paola’s at 92nd and Madison Avenue.

Executive Chef:
Paola Bottero

Private Party Facilities:
Paola's Restaurant can accommodate private events for 8 – 80 guests. Upstairs from our main dining room we have access to 4 rooms as part of the Hotel Wales, the largest of which, the brand new, stylish Carnegie Room, can accommodate up to 80. We specialize in private parties such as Rehearsal Dinners, Weddings, Baptisms, Business Meetings, Bar Mitzvahs and Fundraisers. In addition, there is a glorious roof top space with views of Central Park available in the spring and summer months. The roof terrace accommodates up to 80 and is serviced by a private kitchen.

There is a cover charge for private spaces and per person menu prices are customized to suit the needs of your event.

Private Party Contact:
Paola Bottero: 2127941890

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Trent’ Anni! 30 Years!

Celebrating 30 years of Paola’s on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in October 2013!

Cent’Anni is a traditional Italian toast that celebrates life and literally means, “May you live to be 100 Years”. “Trent’Anni” is our expression of pride in 30 years of devotion to the authentic Italian dining experience.

We look forward to celebrating our loyal clientele with several events featuring food, wine, and festivity in the coming year

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Paola's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.4

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4.3

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Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

neighborhood gem (54)
fit for foodies (45)
great for lunch (25)
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special occasion (24)
notable wine list (18)
good for groups (17)
romantic (17)
hot spot (10)
great for brunch (10)
kid-friendly (6)
late-night find (5)
vibrant bar scene (4)
great for outdoor dining (4)
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IT IS JUST TOO LOUD!!!!!! I COULD NOT H ...

Dined on April 25, 2016

IT IS JUST TOO LOUD!!!!!! I COULD NOT HEAR THE PEOPLE WITH WHOM I DINED.

food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Neighborhood Italian

Dined on April 24, 2016

Very comfortable authentic Upper East Side Italian restaurant. Nice wine list and the menu covers most all Italian specialties in a clean airy setting. Fried artichokes are as good as you'll find in Rome. Looks to be very popular with locals. We dined here twice in one week and look forward to returning.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Super Upper East Side Italian

Dined on April 22, 2016

Paola's is a wonderful Italian restaurant on the Upper Eastside. The food's amazing; as is the service. This was my 2nd visit & it's becoming my NY fav! Don't miss it for the dining experience of your life!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Sat outside which was lovely! Food excep ...

Dined on April 21, 2016

Sat outside which was lovely! Food exceptional-artichoke appetizer is amazing! Consistently delicious! Wine magnificent. Service was very good-attentive & helpful!! Can't wait to come back!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Easily one of my favorite restaurants in NY

Dined on April 14, 2016

Although Paolo's is located in the quieter part of NYC known as Carnegie Hill, this is a special place. Ambiance is upbeat but elegant, the service is friendly and responsive and the menu never disappoints. Start with the grilled artichokes and it's one reason to go back time and time again followed by one of the best bolognese pastas as well. Love this restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great dinner

Dined on April 7, 2016

We are treated so well at Paola's. The food is delicious. The ambiance is serenely delightful and the service is respctfully excellent. The noise level is like Grand Central at Rush Hour.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

From the food to the service. Stephen wa ...

Dined on April 7, 2016

From the food to the service. Stephen was great. ..

food5
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service5
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Paola's is terrific

Dined on March 29, 2016

This restaurant is one of our favorites. Everything about it is well done - the food is absolutely delicious, the service is extremely professional and friendly, the wine list is impressive and the room is lovely. Paola runs a first class restaurant - the only problem is that it is no longer a secret and we have to plan ahead to eat there!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
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Great neighborhood place for family, fri ...

vip
Dined on March 20, 2016

Great neighborhood place for family, friends and neighbors to meet.

food5
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The food is consistently delicious!! Ser ...

Dined on March 16, 2016

The food is consistently delicious!! Service is attentive. Ambiance is wonderful! I love the fresh roses on the table! Always a favorite place for a quiet romantic dinner or meeting with friends!!

food4
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service4
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Dinner after the Guggenheim

vip
Dined on March 15, 2016

We shared two appetizers: seafood salad and the Sauteed Mushrooms with Goat Cheese and Honey. They were both delicious. For the main course, I had the veal chop, which was excellent and my friend and the veal tonnato. All in all, it was an excellent dinner.

food3
ambience2
service1

Not great. Service weird-waiters switch ...

vip
Dined on March 11, 2016

Not great. Service weird-waiters switched on us and kept circling for order. Nothing special. Skip

food3
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OK family brunch. Nothing specific about ...

vip
Dined on March 6, 2016

OK family brunch. Nothing specific about it actually...

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Lovely

Dined on February 24, 2016

Paola's is a terrific restaurant. What makes it so special is that the owner, PAOLA is actually there -- thoughtfully with her EYE watching over her place. Making sure everything is JUST SO. Quite special these days when such a rare thing exists when a restaurant owner is on site. EXEMPLARY!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Amazing ambiance & food & great service!

Dined on February 21, 2016

I went there with 3 girlfriends and we had a great time. The food was fantastic! High quality, well balanced menu and great Italian taste. Our waiter Peter was the best in class. He was funny, was very attentive and looked after us very well. I am definitely going back and will recommend this restaurant to all my friends!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Lovely place, great food.

Dined on February 16, 2016

We went for my daughter's 18th birthday on a weeknight. The place is very clubby, quiet and classy. The food is excellent, traditional Upper East Side Italian. Vegetarian daughter had plenty of vegetable and pasta choices. Jewish artichokes were perfect. A heavy hand with truffles on a mushroom appetizer, which those who ordered them were happy about. The desserts were good, but not special. Still, an excellent meal, and a solid celebration. But pricey.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Rushed but satisfied

vip
Dined on February 16, 2016

We loved the fish (Branzino) and the dessert, berries with Zabione sauce was amazing....we just felt like the food came a little too fast and that they were trying to turn the table over. However, we ended up enjoying ourselves as people starting clearing out, no one bothered us!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Our Favorite Restaurant

vip
Dined on February 14, 2016

Everything is great about this restaurant! It is our favorite in the city.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Absoutely amazing!

Dined on February 8, 2016

Absoutely amazing!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful!

vip
Dined on February 3, 2016

The staff from the maitre d to the person who refills your water are so gracious and attentive. The food is reliably fantastic. I've been a few times now and it's the perfect neighborhood restaurant. While it's not inexpensive, the portions are ample and I've never had anything that was less than perfect. They will happily substitute gluten free pasta too. When the oysters were a special, they were the freshest I've had in a long time. If I could complain about anything, I miss the booths from its previous owner. However, everyone enjoys their meal so much that I've met some very interesting people who are happy to ask or tell what they are eating. My new favorite restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighbourhood gem
food4
ambience3
service4

We've always really liked Paola's. The l ...

vip
Dined on January 31, 2016

We've always really liked Paola's. The last time we visited was no exception. We frequently order the same dishes because they're so good but every time I try something new I love it. It makes it difficult the next time I visit because I don't know what to choose. Perhaps I should just close my eyes and point a finger in the direction of the menu. I'm sure I would be happy with the random selection. The people are very friendly too and I mean staff as well as patrons.

food5
ambience4
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value3

Paola

vip
Dined on January 31, 2016

Excellent neighborhood restaurant. deserving of a shlep from the not close area where we live. Everything we had was very, very good!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Tops in New York

vip
Dined on January 28, 2016

Paola has a wonderful kitchen. Her pastas are freshly made, and are consistently served with the best accompaniments and correct consistency. Trofie with pesto is the perfect example. The trofie is terrific on its own, but the pesto is tastier than in Liguria! All dishes that come out of her kitchen are done to perfection. New Yorkers know to flock here. Be sure to make a reservation!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food3
ambience2
service4
value3

terrific when in the neighborhood..

Dined on January 27, 2016

and we dashed to it after the 92nd street Y--and they were lovely!

Tags: great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

Wonderful, authentic Italian food I the ...

vip
Dined on January 27, 2016

Wonderful, authentic Italian food I the UES. Food exceeded expectations. Attentive service. Beautiful and comfortable decor.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Late night find turned fave!

Dined on January 22, 2016

Had the most amazing meal here last Thursday night. Service was excellent and couldn't ask for a more romantic set up. Must try the Calamari In Padella and Agnolotti Am Tartufo!!! Ridiculously good.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Dinner following Works and Process

vip
Dined on January 19, 2016

We went to Paola's after Works and Process at the Guggenheim on a Monday evening on Martin Luther King Day. It was a cold blustery night and I was amazed to see so many people in the restaurant. The food was very good, as was the service.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service3
value2

Sophisticated meets casual for delicious fare

Dined on January 14, 2016

Perfect spot for anytime of day. Always warm and comfortable but with a heightened sense of chic and savvy. Very NYC in the best way possible.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

Superb pastas and other Italian fare in ...

vip
Dined on January 11, 2016

Superb pastas and other Italian fare in a polished setting on upper Madison. Always a gracious dining experience. Paola herself is great. The problems with this place are the elderly, UES clientele and loud surfaces of the room.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

quiet, appealing atmosphere

vip
Dined on January 5, 2016

I have had the seafood salad two times for lunch and it's a delicious and very generous combination of scallops,squid, shrimp. The berries for dessert were fresh and complimented by zabaglione or vanilla ice cream. My friend and I were able to relax and talk without being disturbed for several hours, and we appreciated this very much.

Tags: great for lunch
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Paola's - Carnegie Hill

Dined on January 3, 2016

After nearly 25 years, visited my old neighborhood to find this lovely restaurant where my husband and I had brunch with our 2 sons who live and work in NYC. (We came from CT.) Lovely decor, excellent service and very good food so I would highly recommend.... Don't see how one could go wrong as this is a gem in Carnegie Hill.

Tags: great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A gem on upper East Side

Dined on January 2, 2016

Visited twice two years ago on my last visit to NYC and was very impresssed. Have just re- visited Paola's and the whole experience was every bit as good from ambience to service to excellent food and wine. Well worth a trip slightly out of the centre of NYC. They've won me.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Unexpected Surcharge

vip
Dined on December 29, 2015

While I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner, my friend and I were surprised and disappointed to see a surcharge added for splitting an appetizer salad. Given what the dinner cost (and that there was no mention of a surcharge on the menu for this) it seemed somewhat tacky and left a bad taste in what was otherwise a lovely dinner. Indeed, I will add that the waiter offered to divide the salad for us in the kitchen. It's little things that make the difference and I'm not sure that I will return because of this.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Dinner out with my daughter. Felt like w ...

Dined on December 29, 2015

Dinner out with my daughter. Felt like we were in good hands immediately. Food and service were excellent. A few biscottis with coffee would have been perfect.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

Delicious, authentic, comfortable, good value

Dined on December 15, 2015

This is most definitely a neighborhood gem, wish it were in my neighborhood. Dishes prepared perfectly, presented beautifully. I love that when my husband and I wanted to share 2 dishes, we were each served a half portion, no need to pass plates back and forth. I also appreciate that the noise level was low enough to allow conversation. I'm so tired of trying to talk over loud noise. This means that this restaurant attracts an older crowd.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Delicious classic Italian

vip
Dined on December 11, 2015

This UES Italian has what many don't: a very credible take on the way the originals should actually taste - the vitello tonnato, the pappardelle al'ragu and the tiramisu are examples to taste. There are some real gems on the wine list, look for them.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Never disappoints

vip
Dined on November 29, 2015

I come here often. Food and service are consistently good.

Tags: great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

About the best food on the UES.

vip
Dined on November 25, 2015

Always consistent and always delicious and great service.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

I've eaten at Paola's since she had a ti ...

vip
Dined on November 23, 2015

I've eaten at Paola's since she had a tiny place on the east side ......her service is impeccable ....her food outstanding and she personally oversees it all..... Never disappointed...wonderful place

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

Most gracious service! First time we did ...

vip
Dined on November 20, 2015

Most gracious service! First time we didn't have a reservation, next time we did. Same warm greeting and accommodation. The food is wonderful. I've had the snapper, linguini and clams, oysters, and even the tartufo for dessert are just done that much better. I only wish the seating was not so close and that there were some times that were more private and quieter. But I will definitely return regardless.

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