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Tony's Di Napoli - Upper East Side

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$$ - $$$
Upper East Side
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1081 3rd Avenue, New York City, NY 10065
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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London, United Kingdom
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176 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything about this place screams NEW YORK and goodfellas , the fact that the place has lots of celeb pics tells all. But actually you have to just go and try the food because it was fantastic and delicious . the service was very good as was the price. I felt like I was in a scene of an italian... More 

Thank Izzat J
Carlsbad, California
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33 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Italian restaurant, amazing menu. Really felt the NYC vibe. Service was terrific. Menu blew us away.

Thank Renee H
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Needed some comfort food for a family party. Tony's chicken and pasta were really good! We ordered 4 different ones from the menu and they were delivered on time and warm from the oven.......Yum!

Thank Jeanne L
San Diego, California
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110 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

My husband and I were walking up Third Avenue and came across Tony's. WHAT A TREAT!!!!! We chose to sit downstairs and felt like we walked into Little Italy. Our server was a terrific gal who made us feel welcome. We chose our favorites Penne Bolognese for me and Chicken Cacciatore for my husband. They were the best we've had... More 

Thank nellie0212
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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125 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Walked to Tony's from our nearby hotel as we wanted some comfort Italian food......and we weren't disappointed. The waiter said that the fried calamari was the best in town, and he may well have been right and the marinara was to die for. I had the "small" eggplant and veal entree, and the fried eggplant in sauce was better than... More 

Thank PhiladelphiaPhillip
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Very tasty Italian fare and a decent, cost atmosphere. Staff were great but maybe our waitress let the side down a bit (but she was a European and is here being judged by high NYC standards). Other than that, great place for large groups who want decent drinks and hearty food.

Thank Bradford C
Pequannock, New Jersey
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409 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Read the reviews and they were all quite good so we tried it. My wife and I loved it. The waitress was fantastic and helped advise us not to get too much because portions are huge. Had a pasta (fettuccine bologenese) and the chicken with eggplant special & they were top notch. Worth the visit, try it!

Thank Rich H
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

We made a reservation here last minute on a Saturday evening, the place was super full so we were expecting service to take a while. Boy we're we wrong. This restaurant is ran with military precision. We were seated immediately and served within minutes! For the two of us we decided to share a half portion of parmigiana and a... More 

Thank Samantha G
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

son had veal - excellent - was within walking distance of the hotel - nice ambiance - good food and staffing

Thank Barbara C
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

This was a great choice for our group of adults and children. The restaurant is very large and we appreciated the fact that they placed our group away from other guests and around the corner of the restroom since the kids would need it. We ordered the zucchini fries, caesar salad, ravioli, fettuccine alfredo, chicken parm, spaghetti, and a veal... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1081 3rd Avenue, New York City, NY 10065
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: 212-888-6333

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Plantation, Florida

Thank you for a review that reflects your honest feelings.

I can certainly appreciate that your preference was for relaxed dining where you could "visit" with your family. There are many restaurants, particularly in small communities, where that is the norm. You settle in to a table and pretty much can spend the entire evening there.

When I'm at home in Florida I generally feel the same way that you do. But, I always make that judgement keeping other parties in mind and being considerate of their needs as well as my own.

In the case of a high volume, busy New York restaurant, it's important...at least in my mind and my behavior...to consider these factors:

1) Restaurants doing the volume of Tony di Napoli normally have a lot of other customers waiting for tables. Tony's takes reservations as a courtesy to their regular patrons. Their scheduling is dependent on having an open table when the person or groups of people having the reservation arrive. That depends on an estimate of the approximate time each table will "turn over." When a group "idles" excessively at a table, which was your preference, they interfere with the "right" of other patrons to have the table when promised.

2) The business model of big city restaurants, even high-quality ones like Tony's, depends upon sales volume. Reaching the necessary sales points depend upon the restaurants being able to turn over tables a given number of times per night. In order to provide the relatively low prices (and good value) that Tony's gives to people like you and me they must have at least two to three groups sitting at a table within the relatively short period of the dinner hour(s) each night. If they don't have the turn-over they will be losing money at the price per meal that you paid.

3) One of the waiter's jobs is to assure turn-over of tables and smooth production flow for the kitchen. His income, primarily based upon tips, is also dependent on the total dollars spent over the course of the evening by each of "his" tables. So, if he has one table...yours...that is missing a single turn-over with a check of between $100 - $150 for the average group you are effectively costing him $20 - $30 personally for your "visit."

This doesn't mean that you are wrong in wanting to obtain the "rest" value out of "restaurant." It just means that your expectations and behavior need to be adjusted to the reality of the particular restaurant you're dining in.

In smaller towns or at your local Starbucks or coffee shop there's no problem with idling. For hotel restaurants or gourmet establishments, where the price is many times Tony's, it's OK, too.. But, I would suggest that you try to see the "crunch" and economics from the restaurant's and other patrons' point of view.

Choosing the right venue or restaurant will avoid a stressful situation for you, the restaurant and the wait staff.

over a year ago
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Port Orange, Florida
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