Celeste

Eating Out, Food

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I had first eaten at Celeste years ago, and then promptly forgot its name (I knew the name of the restaurant was a woman’s name, and I kept thinking “Was it Gina? Adrienne’s? Stella?” – all names of *other* restaurants).ย  So for years, Celeste was in my memory as “That Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side with good Italian food and a woman’s name that only takes cash.”ย  I fortunately found my way back to Celeste recently, and it was as good as I remembered.

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In the age of online presence and social media (hello blog post), Celeste is refreshingly low key. Their website is decidedly circa early 2000s and their Instagram account has 11 posts – with the last post 5 months ago.ย  But I’m not visiting a restaurant for its social media profile – I’m visiting for its delicious spaghetti alle vongole, and in that Celeste 100% delivers. The pasta is served al dente, with a light sauce that is generous on the clams and parsley.

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My eating buddy ordered the fish special (I forget the exact type of fish, oops) with sauteed veggies and fried potatoes:

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You better believe I was reaching over to pilfer those potatoes throughout the meal. ๐Ÿ™‚

Celeste has a relaxed neighborhood vibe, and the restaurant exterior is very unassuming (it’s easy to walk by without noticing it) – but the food is delicious. If you’re on the UWS and craving some Italian cuisine, give this little hole-in-the-wall a try!

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