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306 E 81st St, New York City, NY 10028
+1 212-288-7374
16:30 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 16:30 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 16:30 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Geneva, Switzerland
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81 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived to a very friendly bartender who poured me what was effectively a double while I waited for the rest of my party. A nice start. The room is long and narrow in what is really the basement of the town home. We were seated in the middle of the room and like many reviewers have mentioned, it was very... More 

Thank Priceofruby
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58 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Yet another one of NY's hidden town house located restaurants, may of which serve the best Italian food in town. This focuses on Roman delights as in Rome but everything is good. Only issue is you can't hear you table partner - that's an exuberant crowd in a hard surfaced space

1 Thank Walter f
New York City, New York
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Have not been there for a while now. Food is excellent! Service not so much. Expensive, good food, with an poor wait staff, not conducive to returning too often. Signature pasta with lemon sauce is to die for. Almost worth the ridiculous price for a tiny little portion! Too bad...

Thank Rochelle S
Hobe Sound, Florida
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84 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

The title of this review summarizes three important attributes for a restaurant. Is it welcoming? Is it authentic in what it does and is it professional in its menu, staff and pricing. At Sandro's,the answer to these questions is Yes, Yes and Yes! Pricing is fair, especially as regards the wine list, where many NYC restaurants try to rip off... More 

Thank Rcdown78
Bozeman, Montana
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63 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We had heard so many wonderful things about this restaurant that it became a must visit for us. The atmosphere is cozy, the service is very professional. The conversations at dinner with friends were priceless and for me enhance the experience! We had the Beet salad and zucchini flowers for appetizers. Both were absolutely excellent. We chose the pasta entrees.... More 

New York City, New York
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

I follow Sandro since he opened a restaurant in Chelsea, the food is excellent, the right ingredients, the dishes are traditional and innovative at the same time, the services it is excellent, professional, polite and warm, they respect your time for the reservation and the privacy when you are there, elegant ambiance, very good variate of wines. I go there... More 

Thank mentachocolate2016
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124 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

Short, fresh, authentic menu served by a Roman chef of substantial portions who himself loves food-- obviously. Exuberant guy. He's very precise about his food and the way you are going to get it is his way, but it'll be worth it.

Thank CarlaAKS
Burlington, Massachusetts
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176 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

This is a lovely, busy little restaurant. The wait staff are all Italian, so you feel like you're in Italy! There's an extensive, reasonably priced menu. The food is good and the staff helpful and friendly. The grappa to end the meal is delicious.

Thank vindelis
New York City, New York
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29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

Real Italian ingredients and recipes made in a simple but excellent way by a great chef. The atmosphere is 100% "romana" and the service is truly friendly and refined. The best "bucatini all'amatriciana sauce" ever eaten abroad. If you are willing to a real italian trattoria experience in New York city do not look further Sandro's.

Thank Raffaele A
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146 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016

Sandro knows how to cook his food, but the noise engineering in this place is miserable. Thankfully, there is no background music, but people speak loudly in NY and women scream to show that they enjoy. So a conversation becomes impossible. Of course the only reason to pay NY prices for a meal that in Italy will cost a fifth... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 306 E 81st St, New York City, NY 10028
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-288-7374

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Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighbourhoods that have easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of the nation's most famous attractions in a single stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the neighbourhood, and you’ll come to Park Avenue, the poshest address in the city, lined with grand apartment buildings as far as the eye can see. Even if you can’t afford the luxury goods along Madison Avenue, it’s still a great spot to window shop an afternoon away.
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