Macelleria

★★★★☆
Steakhouse in New York City
  • 48 Gansevoort St

    New York, NY 10014

    Cross street: Greenwich and Washington Streets

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  • 212-741-2555

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I went with a party of 6 (we had an Open Table reservation.) Everyone had a great time. It is a boisterous environment, but I could still hear most everything said at our table. We shared some courses and not others. I was very pleased

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★★★★★

I went with a party of 6 (we had an Open Table reservation.) Everyone had a great time. It is a boisterous environment, but I could still hear most everything said at our table. We shared some courses and not others. I was very pleased

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The service was pedestrian at best. When I asked the waiter what the Ravioli del Giorno was today, I was told "It is a square pasta". \r
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An $8 glass of Chardonnay became $10 on my bill. This Palermo-style rip-off was the nearest I

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★★★★★

The service was pedestrian at best. When I asked the waiter what the Ravioli del Giorno was today, I was told "It is a square pasta". \r
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An $8 glass of Chardonnay became $10 on my bill. This Palermo-style rip-off was the nearest I

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Honestly, we tried this restaurant for a few reasons:
1. Location in the meat packing district
2. Reviews from citysearch members
3. We've never been to an Italian steakhouse

All of the above sounded like the makings of a fun evening. We had reservations and we were seated immediately. The waitstaff spoke Italian and that added a nice layer of authenticity. The menu was relatively sparse and that was fine since we came for the steak. We ordered some appetizers. For one, the oysters were fresh and ice cold (as they should be), the mozzarella was pillow soft subtlely salty, the proscuitto was buttery and delicious. We even tried the chicken liver and that was good. We were ready for the steaks. Two of us ordered steak, we had one pork chop and one pasta dish. I will tell you the pumpkin ravioli was outstanding and this ends the positive portion of the review because the rest of the meal went to hell. The steaks were "charred" and not in a good way. I will use the term "burnt" because that was the predominant flavor. They were a less than medium, but still managed to be pretty blackened. These cuts of meat never knew the meaning of seasoning. We've had better steak at Outback. The pig died in vain for the pork chop was over done and dry. Did I mention that each steak was over $40 WITHOUT a side. BTW, sides are $7 a piece. The fries were decent because you really can't screw up fries. The spinach was sad and gave new meaning to the term "it aint easy bein' green". The roasted potatoes were unceremoniously tossed in olive oil and sent to their deaths in an oven about 100 degrees too high. Very disappointing. The desserts were a bit more forgiving with a very rich NY Cheesecake and a light and creamy tiramisu. Cappuccinos were typical. Nothing about this restaurant stood out and looked like it earned the Citysearch's Best of NYC. I have a feeling the owner knows a lot of people and comp'd quite a few dinners to get a good review.

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★★☆☆☆

Honestly, we tried this restaurant for a few reasons:
1. Location in the meat packing district
2. Reviews from citysearch members
3. We've never been to an Italian steakhouse

All of the above sounded like the makings of a fun evening. We had reservations and we were seated immediately. The waitstaff spoke Italian and that added a nice layer of authenticity. The menu was relatively sparse and that was fine since we came for the steak. We ordered some appetizers. For one, the oysters were fresh and ice cold (as they should be), the mozzarella was pillow soft subtlely salty, the proscuitto was buttery and delicious. We even tried the chicken liver and that was good. We were ready for the steaks. Two of us ordered steak, we had one pork chop and one pasta dish. I will tell you the pumpkin ravioli was outstanding and this ends the positive portion of the review because the rest of the meal went to hell. The steaks were "charred" and not in a good way. I will use the term "burnt" because that was the predominant flavor. They were a less than medium, but still managed to be pretty blackened. These cuts of meat never knew the meaning of seasoning. We've had better steak at Outback. The pig died in vain for the pork chop was over done and dry. Did I mention that each steak was over $40 WITHOUT a side. BTW, sides are $7 a piece. The fries were decent because you really can't screw up fries. The spinach was sad and gave new meaning to the term "it aint easy bein' green". The roasted potatoes were unceremoniously tossed in olive oil and sent to their deaths in an oven about 100 degrees too high. Very disappointing. The desserts were a bit more forgiving with a very rich NY Cheesecake and a light and creamy tiramisu. Cappuccinos were typical. Nothing about this restaurant stood out and looked like it earned the Citysearch's Best of NYC. I have a feeling the owner knows a lot of people and comp'd quite a few dinners to get a good review.

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I just read all about NY's Macelleria on Behind the Burner. com!

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★★★★☆

I just read all about NY's Macelleria on Behind the Burner. com!

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as the weather gets warmer, macelleria is one of my favorite restaurants to dine outside. no matter what i'm in the mood for, there's always something on the menu i can turn to. if i want to get a small nibble and drinks with the girls, the salumi plates and zucchini fries are delicious. if i'm craving pasta, any of their dishes fit the bill - my favorite is the garganelli. their porterhouse for two can easily serve four. desserts are pretty standard, but very delicious. i'm not a big drinker, but the wine list looks pretty comprehensive. i would recommend this place to anybody looking for a niceish location that isn't too stuffy.

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★★★★★

as the weather gets warmer, macelleria is one of my favorite restaurants to dine outside. no matter what i'm in the mood for, there's always something on the menu i can turn to. if i want to get a small nibble and drinks with the girls, the salumi plates and zucchini fries are delicious. if i'm craving pasta, any of their dishes fit the bill - my favorite is the garganelli. their porterhouse for two can easily serve four. desserts are pretty standard, but very delicious. i'm not a big drinker, but the wine list looks pretty comprehensive. i would recommend this place to anybody looking for a niceish location that isn't too stuffy.

Pros: wonderful outdoor area, great owners, manager and staff

Cons: can't think of any

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I'll start this out by saying I am hungry. I have never stepped foot in this place and never will because of the rude and discouraging service I received from a manager/owner in regards to a delivery order.

I placed an order from a delivery website but soon received a phone call saying the restaurant did not deliver to my area (I am 5 Village/small blocks away). So, I call the restaurant to find out the delivery area and I'm told "it's only walking distance." When I ask for more clarification, I'm put on hold 3 long times while they ask the floor manager. He then gets on the phone and tells me they will deliver to just me, if I will tell him what I ordered. After I repeated my single dish order, I am put on hold again and another man, this one rude, asks why i wanted him to lose 1 employee to deliver just a single dish. On the delivery website, the minimum order is set at $8 and my dish is $19. His reply? "Well, I don't know what to say." I don't understand why a restaurant would put themselves on a delivery website if they don't want to deliver. They then tell me their delivery person has never been to my "area." So I have to give them walking directions to my apartment. All .21 miles of it.

As I write this, I don't know if my food is coming. But who berates a customer for coming to you for business based on your own guidelines? Take your business to somewhere that will appreciate it.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'll start this out by saying I am hungry. I have never stepped foot in this place and never will because of the rude and discouraging service I received from a manager/owner in regards to a delivery order.

I placed an order from a delivery website but soon received a phone call saying the restaurant did not deliver to my area (I am 5 Village/small blocks away). So, I call the restaurant to find out the delivery area and I'm told "it's only walking distance." When I ask for more clarification, I'm put on hold 3 long times while they ask the floor manager. He then gets on the phone and tells me they will deliver to just me, if I will tell him what I ordered. After I repeated my single dish order, I am put on hold again and another man, this one rude, asks why i wanted him to lose 1 employee to deliver just a single dish. On the delivery website, the minimum order is set at $8 and my dish is $19. His reply? "Well, I don't know what to say." I don't understand why a restaurant would put themselves on a delivery website if they don't want to deliver. They then tell me their delivery person has never been to my "area." So I have to give them walking directions to my apartment. All .21 miles of it.

As I write this, I don't know if my food is coming. But who berates a customer for coming to you for business based on your own guidelines? Take your business to somewhere that will appreciate it.

Cons: Not hospitable

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Macelleria is one of my favorite spots to eat in the city when I want something that tastes like home. I love the way the restaurant is set up and the waiters and managers are always nice and usually remember your name. I regularly have their pastas and salads and when I'm in the mood to indulge, I partake in a tbone or porterhouse. I'm not a huge fan of the meatpacking district, a little too trendy during the week and bridge and tunnel during the weekend, but other than that, I love Macelleria.

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★★★★★

Macelleria is one of my favorite spots to eat in the city when I want something that tastes like home. I love the way the restaurant is set up and the waiters and managers are always nice and usually remember your name. I regularly have their pastas and salads and when I'm in the mood to indulge, I partake in a tbone or porterhouse. I'm not a huge fan of the meatpacking district, a little too trendy during the week and bridge and tunnel during the weekend, but other than that, I love Macelleria.

Pros: great pastas, meats and ambiance

Cons: a little too trendy

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2 for 1 drinks? I'm there. If you want to make a night of it, it's a great place to grab a steak with the boys after spending time at the bar. Nice, old world style bartender. Love it.

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★★★★★

2 for 1 drinks? I'm there. If you want to make a night of it, it's a great place to grab a steak with the boys after spending time at the bar. Nice, old world style bartender. Love it.

Pros: great, affordable drinks

Cons: all the way west

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Macelleria is an absolute gem for weekend brunches when the weather is nice. Its location is perfect for people watching and the food is amazing. The Sicilian Egg toast plus a mimosa makes any sunday morning for me. And it's always nice to indulge in one of their pastas...mmm...yummy carbs!

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★★★★★

Macelleria is an absolute gem for weekend brunches when the weather is nice. Its location is perfect for people watching and the food is amazing. The Sicilian Egg toast plus a mimosa makes any sunday morning for me. And it's always nice to indulge in one of their pastas...mmm...yummy carbs!

Pros: great staff, great food

Cons: wish there was more outdoor seating

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The words "Unbelievably Bad" get thrown a lot these days, but if your desire is to experience modern gastronomical catastrophe at its most gruesome depths, then Macelleria is the dump for you. A prime location wasted like Chateau Margot used for Sangria, Macelleria lures its patrons in with charming decor and the promise of italian delicacy. Begin with unclean tables, add one part bad service, 2 parts bad food, and 3 parts disgruntled employees, and you get one complete awful mess. How Macelleria stays in business is a mystery that only its managerially disabled staff may understand. I have never, ever, had a worse dining experience anywhere in New York City. You are better off going to your local diner, at least they will refill your water. More like Gabinetteria. Macelleria Boia!

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★☆☆☆☆

The words "Unbelievably Bad" get thrown a lot these days, but if your desire is to experience modern gastronomical catastrophe at its most gruesome depths, then Macelleria is the dump for you. A prime location wasted like Chateau Margot used for Sangria, Macelleria lures its patrons in with charming decor and the promise of italian delicacy. Begin with unclean tables, add one part bad service, 2 parts bad food, and 3 parts disgruntled employees, and you get one complete awful mess. How Macelleria stays in business is a mystery that only its managerially disabled staff may understand. I have never, ever, had a worse dining experience anywhere in New York City. You are better off going to your local diner, at least they will refill your water. More like Gabinetteria. Macelleria Boia!

Pros: Hilarious

Cons: So, so terrible

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I love this place!

It is authentic New York.

It is run by a lovely family that puts its heritage first. Taking great care in staffing and creating an Italian countryside atmosphere.

If you need to make a reservation or book a party the manager could not make you feel more well taken care of. Every "t" is crossed and each "i" will be dotted.

If you like a Gin Martini you will have the best one you have EVER tasted when made by one of the finest mixologists in the City.

This truly is a place to live, laugh, love and most importantly eat.

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★★★★★

I love this place!

It is authentic New York.

It is run by a lovely family that puts its heritage first. Taking great care in staffing and creating an Italian countryside atmosphere.

If you need to make a reservation or book a party the manager could not make you feel more well taken care of. Every "t" is crossed and each "i" will be dotted.

If you like a Gin Martini you will have the best one you have EVER tasted when made by one of the finest mixologists in the City.

This truly is a place to live, laugh, love and most importantly eat.

Cons: It will be difficult to stay away from this place!

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I went to Macelleria after work with a couple of friends. I know that you wouldn't normally think of a steakhouse as an afterwork kind of place, but they have the most amazing cocktail menu. I had a drink called Biscotti 48 that had averna, some sort of cream liqueur and a biscotti garnish and the Violetta - which was such a treat - Vodka, creme de Cassis, Prosecco, Lime Juice
Mint and Blueberry. We munched on some Zucchini fries, they were delicious. The bartender was top-rate, very old school and not an obnoxious hipster mixologist. I'm definitely going to come back and have dinner!

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★★★★★

I went to Macelleria after work with a couple of friends. I know that you wouldn't normally think of a steakhouse as an afterwork kind of place, but they have the most amazing cocktail menu. I had a drink called Biscotti 48 that had averna, some sort of cream liqueur and a biscotti garnish and the Violetta - which was such a treat - Vodka, creme de Cassis, Prosecco, Lime Juice
Mint and Blueberry. We munched on some Zucchini fries, they were delicious. The bartender was top-rate, very old school and not an obnoxious hipster mixologist. I'm definitely going to come back and have dinner!

Pros: cozy atmoshpere, great cocktails

Cons: little costly

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Macelleria is truly a stand-out in the meatpacking district. Forget neighbors Nero and Vento. Pastis is only good for people-watching. Macelleria is where it's at. Hurry in during fall and have the pumpkin ravioli, the best I've ever tasted. The staff is pleasant and the owners and manager are positively delightful!

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★★★★★

Macelleria is truly a stand-out in the meatpacking district. Forget neighbors Nero and Vento. Pastis is only good for people-watching. Macelleria is where it's at. Hurry in during fall and have the pumpkin ravioli, the best I've ever tasted. The staff is pleasant and the owners and manager are positively delightful!

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I visited Macelleria for the first time after reading about it in Esquire's 20 Best Steak's In America and I was not disappointed. Although the magazine recommended the T-Bone, I shared the Porterhouse for Two with my wife and could have shared it with the couple at the next table - it was that big! I ordered it medium-rare and it was just right. The house steak sauce was a perfect compliment. Neither my wife and I are big drinkers, so I can't accurately comment on the wine list. The sides were solid, as well...we ordered fried zucchini and brussel sprouts. Dessert was a nice hunk of cheesecake. I'm definitely coming back.

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★★★★★

I visited Macelleria for the first time after reading about it in Esquire's 20 Best Steak's In America and I was not disappointed. Although the magazine recommended the T-Bone, I shared the Porterhouse for Two with my wife and could have shared it with the couple at the next table - it was that big! I ordered it medium-rare and it was just right. The house steak sauce was a perfect compliment. Neither my wife and I are big drinkers, so I can't accurately comment on the wine list. The sides were solid, as well...we ordered fried zucchini and brussel sprouts. Dessert was a nice hunk of cheesecake. I'm definitely coming back.

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My company recently had a function at Macelleria and I was so impressed. We had our event in the wine cellar downstairs and it was fantastic. We started out with a tomato and mozzarella salad, then moved onto pumpkin ravioli, rib eye and mixed dessert. Ample portions and very resonable prices. The staff was very efficient and the managers and owners were very hands on making sure that everything ran smoothly. Highly recommended!

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★★★★★

My company recently had a function at Macelleria and I was so impressed. We had our event in the wine cellar downstairs and it was fantastic. We started out with a tomato and mozzarella salad, then moved onto pumpkin ravioli, rib eye and mixed dessert. Ample portions and very resonable prices. The staff was very efficient and the managers and owners were very hands on making sure that everything ran smoothly. Highly recommended!

Pros: great space, good service, varied menu selection

Cons: can't think of a one

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Wow the downstairs wine cellar is amazing! If you can have dinner there. I had the best pasta carbonara ever. The prices are good and the atmosphere is excellent. I will definitely go back and tell all my friends.

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★★★★★

Wow the downstairs wine cellar is amazing! If you can have dinner there. I had the best pasta carbonara ever. The prices are good and the atmosphere is excellent. I will definitely go back and tell all my friends.

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Best in NYC? Not by a long shot. In my job I have the great fortune to eat at many top restaurants, and the food here was high quality ingredients that showed no flair or knowledge of seasoning. I have nothing bad to say about the atmosphere or service - I sat at the bar and both the hostess and the bartender were knowledgeable and attentive. But the food?!?! I had the shoestring potatotes - that had no salt whatsoever on them, the sauteed spinach - no flavor at all, and the bone in ribeye. Bone in ribeye is a great cut, but my "medium rare" was black and blue and had no salt or seasoning on it either. Certainly this meal was healthier than many steak joints that tend to oversalt food, but seriously, how can an undercooked steak and unseasoned sides get the best rating in NYC? Value / Price ratio is better at Krispy Kreme or Five Guys - and at the price Marcelleria competes at, there are too many better restaurants to count in Manhattan alone, let alone traveling to Brooklyn for real quality and abuse.

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★★★☆☆

Best in NYC? Not by a long shot. In my job I have the great fortune to eat at many top restaurants, and the food here was high quality ingredients that showed no flair or knowledge of seasoning. I have nothing bad to say about the atmosphere or service - I sat at the bar and both the hostess and the bartender were knowledgeable and attentive. But the food?!?! I had the shoestring potatotes - that had no salt whatsoever on them, the sauteed spinach - no flavor at all, and the bone in ribeye. Bone in ribeye is a great cut, but my "medium rare" was black and blue and had no salt or seasoning on it either. Certainly this meal was healthier than many steak joints that tend to oversalt food, but seriously, how can an undercooked steak and unseasoned sides get the best rating in NYC? Value / Price ratio is better at Krispy Kreme or Five Guys - and at the price Marcelleria competes at, there are too many better restaurants to count in Manhattan alone, let alone traveling to Brooklyn for real quality and abuse.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, decent crowd

Cons: Food

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Took my boyfriend to dinner with 8 of our friends last night. Wanted to sit outside but at 9pm that definitely wasn't happening. Order a round of cocktails at the bar. My bf's "dirty" vodka martini was best I've ever tasted, my henessey side, however, was heavy on lemon, light on the henny. No biggie tho. Everyone amazingly showed up on time and when I reported this to our hostess, she was a little caught off guard. Rebounding quickly she offered us a table in the main dining room adjacent to the bar. We all knew immediately it wasn't going to work. There were only 8 real place settings around a rectangle and the loud din made it nearly impossible to hear. High ceilings and wooden floors make for super high reverb. Once we informed her of the table no go, she offiered us a table in the downstairs wine cellar. It was perfect. A round table in the corner. It was comfortably cooler than upstairs and significantly quieter. Jackpot.

The food was as good as i've read in the reviews. The carbonara, mushrooms, grilled calamari, T-bone and the special filet were all homeruns. We had three bottles of excellent chianti classico and cali zinfandel. The bill, amazingly enough, was less than $80 a person!!

We celebrated in high style in a private room at a great restaurant on a Monday, without having to pay out the wazoo for it. Bonus plan.

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★★★★☆

Took my boyfriend to dinner with 8 of our friends last night. Wanted to sit outside but at 9pm that definitely wasn't happening. Order a round of cocktails at the bar. My bf's "dirty" vodka martini was best I've ever tasted, my henessey side, however, was heavy on lemon, light on the henny. No biggie tho. Everyone amazingly showed up on time and when I reported this to our hostess, she was a little caught off guard. Rebounding quickly she offered us a table in the main dining room adjacent to the bar. We all knew immediately it wasn't going to work. There were only 8 real place settings around a rectangle and the loud din made it nearly impossible to hear. High ceilings and wooden floors make for super high reverb. Once we informed her of the table no go, she offiered us a table in the downstairs wine cellar. It was perfect. A round table in the corner. It was comfortably cooler than upstairs and significantly quieter. Jackpot.

The food was as good as i've read in the reviews. The carbonara, mushrooms, grilled calamari, T-bone and the special filet were all homeruns. We had three bottles of excellent chianti classico and cali zinfandel. The bill, amazingly enough, was less than $80 a person!!

We celebrated in high style in a private room at a great restaurant on a Monday, without having to pay out the wazoo for it. Bonus plan.

Pros: Wine Cellar, T-Bone, Mushrooms, Carbonara

Cons: Loud bar area

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I know that this is a steakhouse, but I can't say enough good things about the pasta. I recently had the Pappardelle al cinghiale with wild boar sauce and it was so amazing. The pasta is hand-made and you can tell..the sauce had nice big chunks of meat that were velvet-y and so flavorful. My dining companion had the Straw & hay tagliolini with peas & prosciutto and that was an heaven in a bowl. Again, hand-made pasta, delicious, salty prosciutto and a light cream sauce. For dessert, we had the cheesecake and it delicious, too, although a bit anticlimactic. The service was great and the atmosphere is perfect for a date.

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★★★★★

I know that this is a steakhouse, but I can't say enough good things about the pasta. I recently had the Pappardelle al cinghiale with wild boar sauce and it was so amazing. The pasta is hand-made and you can tell..the sauce had nice big chunks of meat that were velvet-y and so flavorful. My dining companion had the Straw & hay tagliolini with peas & prosciutto and that was an heaven in a bowl. Again, hand-made pasta, delicious, salty prosciutto and a light cream sauce. For dessert, we had the cheesecake and it delicious, too, although a bit anticlimactic. The service was great and the atmosphere is perfect for a date.

Pros: delicious pastas, steaks, great wine choices

Cons: too pricey to eat everyday

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Went there on a Monday night for my girlfriend's birthday. I ordered a bottle of Barolo and they pulled the "we just ran out of that" and gave me a vintage 2 years later for the same price. Thanks! We had oysters and clams that were very fresh but shrimp was a little tough. We split a Porterhouse for two and the steak was cooked to our request. The filet was not as tasty as the strip but it was a quality steak nonetheless. Service was good. The waiter disappeared from when we ordered to when we paid the bill but there was still enough help so we didn't have to pour our wine, etc. Crowd looked a little touristy. Overall a decent dining experience but there are better places in the city to eat.

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★★★☆☆

Went there on a Monday night for my girlfriend's birthday. I ordered a bottle of Barolo and they pulled the "we just ran out of that" and gave me a vintage 2 years later for the same price. Thanks! We had oysters and clams that were very fresh but shrimp was a little tough. We split a Porterhouse for two and the steak was cooked to our request. The filet was not as tasty as the strip but it was a quality steak nonetheless. Service was good. The waiter disappeared from when we ordered to when we paid the bill but there was still enough help so we didn't have to pour our wine, etc. Crowd looked a little touristy. Overall a decent dining experience but there are better places in the city to eat.

Pros: Steak, Fresh Raw Bar,

Cons: Side Dishes,

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I love this place. I took my girlfriend here on our trip to NY over the weekend. The place was a nice setting, big open front section. We had mozzarella with tomatoes as a appetizer and it was very light and fresh. I ordered the PAPPARDELLE with meat sauce which was great. We ordered a bottle of Chateaux St. Michelle (CANT ORDER BY THE GLASS)

I do marketing and sales for a restaurant group so I am very analytical of restaurants. One of the best places Ive been to. Our server Nick was very helpful, didnt bother us alot and it the entire staff was great. Afterwards, there are plenty of places to check out. You MUST come here at least once.

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★★★★★

I love this place. I took my girlfriend here on our trip to NY over the weekend. The place was a nice setting, big open front section. We had mozzarella with tomatoes as a appetizer and it was very light and fresh. I ordered the PAPPARDELLE with meat sauce which was great. We ordered a bottle of Chateaux St. Michelle (CANT ORDER BY THE GLASS)

I do marketing and sales for a restaurant group so I am very analytical of restaurants. One of the best places Ive been to. Our server Nick was very helpful, didnt bother us alot and it the entire staff was great. Afterwards, there are plenty of places to check out. You MUST come here at least once.

Pros: Great food, atmosphere, romantic, close to alot of things.

Cons: Non

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I have eaten here twice, both times with exceptional service. The first time with a larger group of 8 and found the staff so attentive. We made a reservation and they were very good about seating us as soon as we all got there, not something that always happens in the meat packing. But on to the food. AMAZING!! I cannot stop thinking about how incredible it was. The salami or meat appetizer you must get. The gorgonzola iceberg edge was such a lovely take. But, my absolute favorite was the veal. It had a hint of lemon, oh, with artichoke hearts. One of the most amazing dishes ever created. Oh my god, I must go there again soon!~!

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★★★★★

I have eaten here twice, both times with exceptional service. The first time with a larger group of 8 and found the staff so attentive. We made a reservation and they were very good about seating us as soon as we all got there, not something that always happens in the meat packing. But on to the food. AMAZING!! I cannot stop thinking about how incredible it was. The salami or meat appetizer you must get. The gorgonzola iceberg edge was such a lovely take. But, my absolute favorite was the veal. It had a hint of lemon, oh, with artichoke hearts. One of the most amazing dishes ever created. Oh my god, I must go there again soon!~!

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You can't go wrong with anything on the menu at Macelleria. The zucchini fries, the pasta, the porterhouse, the wine, the desserts....I want to go again tonight!

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★★★★★

You can't go wrong with anything on the menu at Macelleria. The zucchini fries, the pasta, the porterhouse, the wine, the desserts....I want to go again tonight!

Pros: everything

Cons: i can't go every day

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i can't think of a better place to celebrate Valentine's Day than at Macelleria. The wine cellar is perfect, dimly lit and the food is amazing.

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★★★★★

i can't think of a better place to celebrate Valentine's Day than at Macelleria. The wine cellar is perfect, dimly lit and the food is amazing.

Pros: great food, great staff, romantic

Cons: little pricey

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The food is pretty good, but we had organized a birthday party for a friend and were told it was ok to bring in our own champagne (which was not on the menu)for a corkage fee of $25. When we arrived, we were told that the fee was going to be $100. Fortunately we had the agreement in writing. However, the owner came out and berated our table for an error his staff made, then he accused our Asian American friend of not knowing how to speak english, even though they were clearly speaking English. It was an extremely ethnically charged comment and the exchange was incredibly unprofessional. Clearly, there is poor management communications and internal processes which should be taken care of internally. The customer should not have to be berated at a dinner event because the owner does not have his ducks in a row.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is pretty good, but we had organized a birthday party for a friend and were told it was ok to bring in our own champagne (which was not on the menu)for a corkage fee of $25. When we arrived, we were told that the fee was going to be $100. Fortunately we had the agreement in writing. However, the owner came out and berated our table for an error his staff made, then he accused our Asian American friend of not knowing how to speak english, even though they were clearly speaking English. It was an extremely ethnically charged comment and the exchange was incredibly unprofessional. Clearly, there is poor management communications and internal processes which should be taken care of internally. The customer should not have to be berated at a dinner event because the owner does not have his ducks in a row.

Pros: Waitstaff is great

Cons: Owner lacks basic customer service skills and exhibits negativity towards Asian people

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I work for Team In Training and we needed to organize a very important evening for some of our participants. Working with restaurants in New York proved more challenging than I had anticipated. We are a non-profit organization so price is very important to us as we want the best experience at the most reasonable price. The only place that was able to meet those two standards was Macelleria. The 'experience' was phenomenal. Everything from the way Katie managed our event and gave us the best recommendations for our dinner, to the personal service we received from her, Freddy and Tony that evening, to the mouth watering appetizers, entrees and desserts...the ambiance, care, attention to detail, everything was absolutely perfect.
It was obvious that the experience we received would have been the same if I was going there with friends, family, a date, or coordinating a dinner for 20 people. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. Even though I live on the Upper West Side, I will be back regularly.

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★★★★★

I work for Team In Training and we needed to organize a very important evening for some of our participants. Working with restaurants in New York proved more challenging than I had anticipated. We are a non-profit organization so price is very important to us as we want the best experience at the most reasonable price. The only place that was able to meet those two standards was Macelleria. The 'experience' was phenomenal. Everything from the way Katie managed our event and gave us the best recommendations for our dinner, to the personal service we received from her, Freddy and Tony that evening, to the mouth watering appetizers, entrees and desserts...the ambiance, care, attention to detail, everything was absolutely perfect.
It was obvious that the experience we received would have been the same if I was going there with friends, family, a date, or coordinating a dinner for 20 people. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. Even though I live on the Upper West Side, I will be back regularly.

Pros: Food, personal service, attention to detail, all around phenomenal.

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I was invited to Macelleria as a guest for a special event last week and decided I needed to write a review on City Search in order to comment on what a great experience it was. We had our own tables down in the "wine cellar" which had the perfect atmosphere for a small event. The food was incredible and I didn't hear a single person walk away that night without raving about the the family style anti-pasta or the the delicious entrees. The wait staff were very professional and prompt. In a city filled with waiters and waitresses who typically give mediocre service at best, it was a breath of fresh air to be treated with courtesy. I don't frequent the meat packing district but will head back to Macelleria again confident I'll be in for an all around exceptional evening.

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★★★★★

I was invited to Macelleria as a guest for a special event last week and decided I needed to write a review on City Search in order to comment on what a great experience it was. We had our own tables down in the "wine cellar" which had the perfect atmosphere for a small event. The food was incredible and I didn't hear a single person walk away that night without raving about the the family style anti-pasta or the the delicious entrees. The wait staff were very professional and prompt. In a city filled with waiters and waitresses who typically give mediocre service at best, it was a breath of fresh air to be treated with courtesy. I don't frequent the meat packing district but will head back to Macelleria again confident I'll be in for an all around exceptional evening.

Pros: Great wait staff delivering amazing food.

Cons: Wish it was closer to uptown.

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i made dinner reserves for myself and my roommate last night (it's a christmas tradition instead of buying presents for each other). so i pick what citysearch had as the #1 steak for 2007 chosen by the audience. they also had the editors pick for 2007 (strip house), which i had been to. i figured if the editor's pick is solid AND this is the audience picking, so we're talking over many people's answers, this place came out to be the best, let's go here. so macelleria it was. little did i know that audience was probably one person and that being the owner of this joint.

so we go in, it's loud as anything. i mean great acoustic value for music but if you're trying to talk to the person next to you, get ready to scream. so we get sat in the middle, and there is a big dinner party refusing to sit, so they are at the bar and overcrowding on our table and constantly bumping into us. so finally they get forced to sit. so far, not the restaurant's fault.

the waiter swings by and asks us the usual if we want tap or bottled water. we say tap. a few minutes later he comes by again with bread and asks us if we want tap or bottled water. i guess he was busy. the bread is generic at best, no assortment like most restaurants these days. the butter was fresh out of the ice box. there was no hope of spreading it. typically butter is served at room temperature for these purposes.

so we order the usual bufala mozz and tomato appetizer that i always get at italian restaurants and my roommate orders a bottle of wine. next we decide on the porterhouse for 2 cooked medium with sides of creamed spinach and the roasted potatoes. now of course i was really concerned with the steak for 2 because usually it's too big to cook well, but i figure if they are #1 for steak this year, they know how to do it. i mean that is usually a concern when you're cooking something yourself, not when a distinguished restaurant places that item on their menu.

part 2 to come...

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★☆☆☆☆

i made dinner reserves for myself and my roommate last night (it's a christmas tradition instead of buying presents for each other). so i pick what citysearch had as the #1 steak for 2007 chosen by the audience. they also had the editors pick for 2007 (strip house), which i had been to. i figured if the editor's pick is solid AND this is the audience picking, so we're talking over many people's answers, this place came out to be the best, let's go here. so macelleria it was. little did i know that audience was probably one person and that being the owner of this joint.

so we go in, it's loud as anything. i mean great acoustic value for music but if you're trying to talk to the person next to you, get ready to scream. so we get sat in the middle, and there is a big dinner party refusing to sit, so they are at the bar and overcrowding on our table and constantly bumping into us. so finally they get forced to sit. so far, not the restaurant's fault.

the waiter swings by and asks us the usual if we want tap or bottled water. we say tap. a few minutes later he comes by again with bread and asks us if we want tap or bottled water. i guess he was busy. the bread is generic at best, no assortment like most restaurants these days. the butter was fresh out of the ice box. there was no hope of spreading it. typically butter is served at room temperature for these purposes.

so we order the usual bufala mozz and tomato appetizer that i always get at italian restaurants and my roommate orders a bottle of wine. next we decide on the porterhouse for 2 cooked medium with sides of creamed spinach and the roasted potatoes. now of course i was really concerned with the steak for 2 because usually it's too big to cook well, but i figure if they are #1 for steak this year, they know how to do it. i mean that is usually a concern when you're cooking something yourself, not when a distinguished restaurant places that item on their menu.

part 2 to come...

Pros: None.

Cons: A lot.

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the food finally arrives. the potatoes are nice and crispy. the creamed spinach was lacking flavor and consistency. it was far too funny, and the spincah was far too undercooked for what I am used to with creamed spinach. it was almost like they just mixed some frozen spinach with heavy cream, instead of letting it actually combine in a pan.

our delicious medium cooked steak then arrives. and what do you know? it's pre-cut too. that was awesome because it leaves only enjoyment and minimizes effort. so i go to throw a couple pieces on our plates and the thing is freaking as red as anything. my friends know me as the human garbage disposal because i'll eat just about anything. i tried to eat a piece, and even i couldn't stomach the bleeding carcass. the thing was cool to the touch, so not even a degree of heat had penetrated that deeply. and by deeply i mean the cut was about 2-3 inches thick, and at about one quarter of an inch deep it was bright red, not even pink. it reminded me of seared tuna at a japanese restaurant. so upon a few attempted chews i removed the uncooked flesh from my mouth.

so i was ready to ask for a whole new steak. i know that sounds absurd, but a reheated steak just isn't the same, there would be nothing holding the juices in because they already cut it up for us. now side note here, if they cut it up and saw that it was not medium at all, at least secretly cook it so we don't realize that you messed up. at least then we get a medium steak that would be on the sort of dry side. so my roommate convinces me to keep calm and just have them cook it a little longer. i oblige.

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★☆☆☆☆

the food finally arrives. the potatoes are nice and crispy. the creamed spinach was lacking flavor and consistency. it was far too funny, and the spincah was far too undercooked for what I am used to with creamed spinach. it was almost like they just mixed some frozen spinach with heavy cream, instead of letting it actually combine in a pan.

our delicious medium cooked steak then arrives. and what do you know? it's pre-cut too. that was awesome because it leaves only enjoyment and minimizes effort. so i go to throw a couple pieces on our plates and the thing is freaking as red as anything. my friends know me as the human garbage disposal because i'll eat just about anything. i tried to eat a piece, and even i couldn't stomach the bleeding carcass. the thing was cool to the touch, so not even a degree of heat had penetrated that deeply. and by deeply i mean the cut was about 2-3 inches thick, and at about one quarter of an inch deep it was bright red, not even pink. it reminded me of seared tuna at a japanese restaurant. so upon a few attempted chews i removed the uncooked flesh from my mouth.

so i was ready to ask for a whole new steak. i know that sounds absurd, but a reheated steak just isn't the same, there would be nothing holding the juices in because they already cut it up for us. now side note here, if they cut it up and saw that it was not medium at all, at least secretly cook it so we don't realize that you messed up. at least then we get a medium steak that would be on the sort of dry side. so my roommate convinces me to keep calm and just have them cook it a little longer. i oblige.

Pros: None.

Cons: A lot.

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the waiter comes back to say it'll be one more minute and we'll have it, and i said, "sorry we don't want it anymore. please just charge us for what we've had, but we don't want that steak." he immediately walks away, with a smile of course, and gets the owner. the owner is a tall older italian guy with a heavy italian accent.

owner: "what's the matter?"
me: "we ordered our steak medium. it came out raw, not rare. we already sent it back once with no success. i don't want it anymore."
owner: "just one minute more."
me: "no not one minute more. i don't want it. i've completely lost my appetite."(
now the owner puts on his best "nothing is wrong, let's dupe the customer into keeping this tainted thing we call a steak".)
owner: "but the lady (my roommate) is hungry, she wants some good food."
me: "she's lost her appetite too. the thing was staring back at her. how can you eat something looking back at you?"
owner: "huh?" (totally did not understand the metaphor)
me: "the thing was walking around on the table. it's gross, and we don't want it. just charge us for what we ate please."
owner: "can i get you something else?"
me: "i cant even eat these sides (pointing to the potatoes and spinach) now. i don't want anything else."

he walks away. we get charged for the wine and appetizer. they take the sides and steak off. we were appreciative of their effort, so we still tipped them generously. but the experience will be hard to forget.

we ended up going to another steak joint, which totally satisfied our every need and taste bud. i won't name drop here, but it sure righted the very wrong evening we had so far.

in the end i'm left with 3 concerns: 1) to never go back there again, 2) always be hesitant with ordering large steaks, and 3) be extremely hesitant when taking the advice of the audience on citysearch.

editor's picks only thank you.

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★☆☆☆☆

the waiter comes back to say it'll be one more minute and we'll have it, and i said, "sorry we don't want it anymore. please just charge us for what we've had, but we don't want that steak." he immediately walks away, with a smile of course, and gets the owner. the owner is a tall older italian guy with a heavy italian accent.

owner: "what's the matter?"
me: "we ordered our steak medium. it came out raw, not rare. we already sent it back once with no success. i don't want it anymore."
owner: "just one minute more."
me: "no not one minute more. i don't want it. i've completely lost my appetite."(
now the owner puts on his best "nothing is wrong, let's dupe the customer into keeping this tainted thing we call a steak".)
owner: "but the lady (my roommate) is hungry, she wants some good food."
me: "she's lost her appetite too. the thing was staring back at her. how can you eat something looking back at you?"
owner: "huh?" (totally did not understand the metaphor)
me: "the thing was walking around on the table. it's gross, and we don't want it. just charge us for what we ate please."
owner: "can i get you something else?"
me: "i cant even eat these sides (pointing to the potatoes and spinach) now. i don't want anything else."

he walks away. we get charged for the wine and appetizer. they take the sides and steak off. we were appreciative of their effort, so we still tipped them generously. but the experience will be hard to forget.

we ended up going to another steak joint, which totally satisfied our every need and taste bud. i won't name drop here, but it sure righted the very wrong evening we had so far.

in the end i'm left with 3 concerns: 1) to never go back there again, 2) always be hesitant with ordering large steaks, and 3) be extremely hesitant when taking the advice of the audience on citysearch.

editor's picks only thank you.

Pros: None.

Cons: A lot.

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they take it back to cook some more. but even then, you can tell that those waiters were the type that nothing is wrong. almost like they try to brainwash you that this is the best experience of your life eating at their restaurant. i'd expect someone to be at least somewhat apologetic that the steak wasn't even undercooked; it was not cooked at all.

steak comes back out. plate is hot, new serving silverware with it, so it appears to be promising. i flip one piece over and it's still raw and cool to the touch. i wondered what they actually did with it when they took it back there. i threw the the silverware on top of the steak and waited for the waiter to come back. it was obvious that we were not eating it.

waiter: "everything ok now?"
me: "no look at the thing. it looks exactly the same.
waiter: "ok let me take it back again."

at this point i was i did not want it anymore. we're talking a steak that was now sitting for a while. this would be the second attempt to actually cook it. i mean this just doesn't happen at a place that is supposed to have the best steak of 2007.

0
★☆☆☆☆

they take it back to cook some more. but even then, you can tell that those waiters were the type that nothing is wrong. almost like they try to brainwash you that this is the best experience of your life eating at their restaurant. i'd expect someone to be at least somewhat apologetic that the steak wasn't even undercooked; it was not cooked at all.

steak comes back out. plate is hot, new serving silverware with it, so it appears to be promising. i flip one piece over and it's still raw and cool to the touch. i wondered what they actually did with it when they took it back there. i threw the the silverware on top of the steak and waited for the waiter to come back. it was obvious that we were not eating it.

waiter: "everything ok now?"
me: "no look at the thing. it looks exactly the same.
waiter: "ok let me take it back again."

at this point i was i did not want it anymore. we're talking a steak that was now sitting for a while. this would be the second attempt to actually cook it. i mean this just doesn't happen at a place that is supposed to have the best steak of 2007.

Pros: None.

Cons: A lot.

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I know it's a lot to say, but the porterhouse for 2 here is simply THE best steak in the city, putting it's competition in new york (and in brooklyn) to the side. If you love quality meat this is the place to go. The staff is very attentive and engaging and the selection of Italian wine is phenominal.

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★★★★★

I know it's a lot to say, but the porterhouse for 2 here is simply THE best steak in the city, putting it's competition in new york (and in brooklyn) to the side. If you love quality meat this is the place to go. The staff is very attentive and engaging and the selection of Italian wine is phenominal.

Pros: Best steak in NYC, friendly staff, great location

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I go to Maceleria from time to time. The food is always excellent, but the service is hitor miss, especially on the weekends. This past weekend we went and were put on the waitlist. We were told 5 minutes, but after 20 minutes we went to ask how much longer. The hostess seemed clueless and said she had to talk with her manager, an older Italian gentleman. He was very gruff and told us "not much longer". We found his demeanor to be rude and offputting, and he couldn't even tell us how long. We eventually were seated in the main dining room, though it was a bit crowded. As usual we enjoyed the steak, which is always excellent. We also tried the pumpkin ravioli - something different - which was really delicious. We also enjoyed our server, a funny Italian guy who always had something whitty to say. Maybe this place really is authentic - delicious authentic Italian cuisine, along with the authentically Italian hot and cold service standards.

2
★★★★☆

I go to Maceleria from time to time. The food is always excellent, but the service is hitor miss, especially on the weekends. This past weekend we went and were put on the waitlist. We were told 5 minutes, but after 20 minutes we went to ask how much longer. The hostess seemed clueless and said she had to talk with her manager, an older Italian gentleman. He was very gruff and told us "not much longer". We found his demeanor to be rude and offputting, and he couldn't even tell us how long. We eventually were seated in the main dining room, though it was a bit crowded. As usual we enjoyed the steak, which is always excellent. We also tried the pumpkin ravioli - something different - which was really delicious. We also enjoyed our server, a funny Italian guy who always had something whitty to say. Maybe this place really is authentic - delicious authentic Italian cuisine, along with the authentically Italian hot and cold service standards.

Pros: food, ambience

Cons: service - sometimes terrible sometimes great

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a) Italian food was very ok (I'm Italian and so were the 4 other people), steaks were just normal ones you could make at home
b) Hostess was uptight and not very nice
c) The Italian accent waiter was extremely rude and not useful, still he pretended the tip

I went on a Sunday night (09/09/07, 85?F) with my fiancee, 2 friends with a 6 months old kid and an other friend. When we arrived the place was still empty, so I asked for a table outside and was answered by one of the waiters that "it's going to snow, sorry, you can inside". At first I though he was being funny, but the the hostess told me that outside it was booked up. We were sat in the worst table of the restaurant, even though it was still empty. The waiter literally threw the menus on the table and left. After some time he came back and while i was ordering and he was actually talking to me, I asked him a question about the beers available. He just purposefully ignored me and kept taking orders and then looked back at me and answered my question. The food was very ok. I was at the table with all italians and we all agreed that the pasta wasn't that good, the so-called "bufala mozzarella" was not really bufala but a simple mozzarella (imagine the same difference between dry-aged steak and normal steaks), the steaks were just like the steaks you can make at home. Later, when he comes back with the dessert menu he asks if anyone wants to see i. After I took it, he threw (again!!!) some more menus on the table and left. The bill came with a 20% tip wrote with a pen (so not printed). We asked to split the bill in 3 credit cards. The waiter came back with the amount+tip divided by 3. I didn't want to leave that much tip, so i asked to split it again without the tip. The waiter in order said:
1) "I cannot do it"
2) "For party of 5 the tip is mandatory" (not written on the menu)
3) "I don't need your money!!!"

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★☆☆☆☆

a) Italian food was very ok (I'm Italian and so were the 4 other people), steaks were just normal ones you could make at home
b) Hostess was uptight and not very nice
c) The Italian accent waiter was extremely rude and not useful, still he pretended the tip

I went on a Sunday night (09/09/07, 85?F) with my fiancee, 2 friends with a 6 months old kid and an other friend. When we arrived the place was still empty, so I asked for a table outside and was answered by one of the waiters that "it's going to snow, sorry, you can inside". At first I though he was being funny, but the the hostess told me that outside it was booked up. We were sat in the worst table of the restaurant, even though it was still empty. The waiter literally threw the menus on the table and left. After some time he came back and while i was ordering and he was actually talking to me, I asked him a question about the beers available. He just purposefully ignored me and kept taking orders and then looked back at me and answered my question. The food was very ok. I was at the table with all italians and we all agreed that the pasta wasn't that good, the so-called "bufala mozzarella" was not really bufala but a simple mozzarella (imagine the same difference between dry-aged steak and normal steaks), the steaks were just like the steaks you can make at home. Later, when he comes back with the dessert menu he asks if anyone wants to see i. After I took it, he threw (again!!!) some more menus on the table and left. The bill came with a 20% tip wrote with a pen (so not printed). We asked to split the bill in 3 credit cards. The waiter came back with the amount+tip divided by 3. I didn't want to leave that much tip, so i asked to split it again without the tip. The waiter in order said:
1) "I cannot do it"
2) "For party of 5 the tip is mandatory" (not written on the menu)
3) "I don't need your money!!!"

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I went to Macelleria several times, because the food is quite good and I like the location, but the service was never excellent. I went again yesterday night and this time I am really disappointed about the service: the waiter was rude all the time, hasty, mistreating us for all our dinner. At every request we had his answer was an unpolite "no", without even trying to accomplish some of our requests or explain why he could not do it.
When we asked for the check, he included 20% gratuity automatically even if not specified in the menu and at our request to add gratuity by ourselves he rudely tried to refuse to do it, just thinking that speaking us italian we would probably give up and pay. We were there with an italian friend who we wanted to take in a nice place, so it was embarrassing.
I will never go again to this restaurant: the neighborhood is full of nice restaurants with excellent service and food.

1
★★★☆☆

I went to Macelleria several times, because the food is quite good and I like the location, but the service was never excellent. I went again yesterday night and this time I am really disappointed about the service: the waiter was rude all the time, hasty, mistreating us for all our dinner. At every request we had his answer was an unpolite "no", without even trying to accomplish some of our requests or explain why he could not do it.
When we asked for the check, he included 20% gratuity automatically even if not specified in the menu and at our request to add gratuity by ourselves he rudely tried to refuse to do it, just thinking that speaking us italian we would probably give up and pay. We were there with an italian friend who we wanted to take in a nice place, so it was embarrassing.
I will never go again to this restaurant: the neighborhood is full of nice restaurants with excellent service and food.

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We attended a special event in the wine cellar that was enhanced by the terrific food, friendly and attentive waitstaff and delicious wine and cocktails. I was curious and read some reviews, glad to see that the current write ups for 2007 are all positive, no need to dwell in the past. I will certainly return and try their brunch and dinner. I had a fabulous time there, can't wait to enjoy another fine meal, hope readers do the same!

2
★★★★★

We attended a special event in the wine cellar that was enhanced by the terrific food, friendly and attentive waitstaff and delicious wine and cocktails. I was curious and read some reviews, glad to see that the current write ups for 2007 are all positive, no need to dwell in the past. I will certainly return and try their brunch and dinner. I had a fabulous time there, can't wait to enjoy another fine meal, hope readers do the same!

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Macelleria is my favorite steak house, the best in NYC! The food is always fresh, delicious and prepared well. The steak is top of the line, but one can enjoy delicious fish and pasta too! The service is good too. You really can't miss with this meat packing gem! There is a happening bar scene and a romantic, wine cellar where one can enjoy an intimate dinner or private party. There are many different facets to Macelleria. You can go for a quiet dinner downstairs, or have a private party, enjoy the bar scene which is on the main floor, and/or have dinner on the main floor. It's like 3 restaurants in one!
I highly recommend it! A must try...

2
★★★★★

Macelleria is my favorite steak house, the best in NYC! The food is always fresh, delicious and prepared well. The steak is top of the line, but one can enjoy delicious fish and pasta too! The service is good too. You really can't miss with this meat packing gem! There is a happening bar scene and a romantic, wine cellar where one can enjoy an intimate dinner or private party. There are many different facets to Macelleria. You can go for a quiet dinner downstairs, or have a private party, enjoy the bar scene which is on the main floor, and/or have dinner on the main floor. It's like 3 restaurants in one!
I highly recommend it! A must try...

Pros: Thumbs up! Fabulous food and ambience!

Cons: none

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The most delicious steaks in NYC! I always start with an appetizer portion of spaghetti carbonara and end with a succulent steak. It is one of my favorite restaurants and the downstairs room is a great hideaway to have a quiet, romantic dinner. My wife swears by the calamari and the chicken piccata. The most surprising change about Macelleria is their focus on cutting edge cocktails. I recently had a phenomenal cocktail with TY KU and V&V. The bartender convinced me of the cocktail's 'healthy" properties and that it was hangover free. I don't believe it but it tasted phenomenal!

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★★★★★

The most delicious steaks in NYC! I always start with an appetizer portion of spaghetti carbonara and end with a succulent steak. It is one of my favorite restaurants and the downstairs room is a great hideaway to have a quiet, romantic dinner. My wife swears by the calamari and the chicken piccata. The most surprising change about Macelleria is their focus on cutting edge cocktails. I recently had a phenomenal cocktail with TY KU and V&V. The bartender convinced me of the cocktail's 'healthy" properties and that it was hangover free. I don't believe it but it tasted phenomenal!

Pros: Phenomenal food and cocktails!

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I knew it was sign, a busy beautiful spring Thursday night and Macelleria had a table open outside. Unknowingly I stepped into the restaurant with my date. First of all the couple to the right were smoking heavy cigarettes that blew into our faces with each smoke. I had thought that smoking outside was illegal but who knows. Next it takes forever for our appetizer to come. When it does come they quickly set down our $4.50 a shrimp and a mozzarella tomato salad that we never ordered. We ate the salad even though we didn't order it being how hungry we were. The tomatoes were too ripe and the fact that each slice of tomato cost $4.00 I thought they could have put more care into choosing their tomatoes.

Finally after 35 minutes our entrees arrive. My date ordered a bean and sausage like course and I had an eggplant parmesan. Both costing $16 each, some of the cheapest entrees on the menu. The beans on my date's plate looked like they came from a can and his sausage was burnt. The eggplant was slightly burnt on my plate as well and it tasted as though it came from a New Jersey diner, not an overly priced "upscale" Italian restaurant.

Needless to say I do not recommend eating here. Although if you want a drink it should be harmless our wine was decent and our waiter although he was too busy for us was upbeat and personable.

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★☆☆☆☆

I knew it was sign, a busy beautiful spring Thursday night and Macelleria had a table open outside. Unknowingly I stepped into the restaurant with my date. First of all the couple to the right were smoking heavy cigarettes that blew into our faces with each smoke. I had thought that smoking outside was illegal but who knows. Next it takes forever for our appetizer to come. When it does come they quickly set down our $4.50 a shrimp and a mozzarella tomato salad that we never ordered. We ate the salad even though we didn't order it being how hungry we were. The tomatoes were too ripe and the fact that each slice of tomato cost $4.00 I thought they could have put more care into choosing their tomatoes.

Finally after 35 minutes our entrees arrive. My date ordered a bean and sausage like course and I had an eggplant parmesan. Both costing $16 each, some of the cheapest entrees on the menu. The beans on my date's plate looked like they came from a can and his sausage was burnt. The eggplant was slightly burnt on my plate as well and it tasted as though it came from a New Jersey diner, not an overly priced "upscale" Italian restaurant.

Needless to say I do not recommend eating here. Although if you want a drink it should be harmless our wine was decent and our waiter although he was too busy for us was upbeat and personable.

Pros: hot spot in Meatpacking district

Cons: overpriced disgusting food

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Love going to Macelleria for lunch -- the food is great- but the waiters will barely look at you and once they give you your food they never look back. I waited 50 minutes for a salad and then got no apologies. the tomato soup is fantastic as is the chicken paillard but dont ever go there when you are in a rush.

1
★★★☆☆

Love going to Macelleria for lunch -- the food is great- but the waiters will barely look at you and once they give you your food they never look back. I waited 50 minutes for a salad and then got no apologies. the tomato soup is fantastic as is the chicken paillard but dont ever go there when you are in a rush.

Pros: food, steak

Cons: service is slow.

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Katie and the staff of Macelleria created such a lovely evening for our corporate dinner! Thanks to their delicious rustic Italian and a staff that went out of their way to make us happy (including bringing latecomers their appetizers long after our meal had begun), I would reccomend them to anyone looking for the perfect place to go, whether for business or for pleasure.

1
★★★☆☆

Katie and the staff of Macelleria created such a lovely evening for our corporate dinner! Thanks to their delicious rustic Italian and a staff that went out of their way to make us happy (including bringing latecomers their appetizers long after our meal had begun), I would reccomend them to anyone looking for the perfect place to go, whether for business or for pleasure.

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Went to a private party there downstairs. The food was great, the service attentive and the atmosphere lovely and cozy. Would definitely go back to the restaurant.

1
★★★☆☆

Went to a private party there downstairs. The food was great, the service attentive and the atmosphere lovely and cozy. Would definitely go back to the restaurant.

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Top-notch restaurant! I took my girlfriend to Macelleria for lunch. The manager was especially hospitable, making sure that we were satisfied. She was a delight, and so was the food! I especially recommend the Cinnamon Gelato, so delicious!

2
★★★★★

Top-notch restaurant! I took my girlfriend to Macelleria for lunch. The manager was especially hospitable, making sure that we were satisfied. She was a delight, and so was the food! I especially recommend the Cinnamon Gelato, so delicious!

Pros: Great food!

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I love their pastas and don't go for their steaks. i can't comment on their steaks but they are pretty lame with service. they "lost " my food, had me wait almost an hour one other time, and, this time, the pasta was sticking together, dried out, uncooked meat on top, etc. etc. I hope they read these reviews because I want to appeal to the economic side - "things go up, and things go down"... you're on the downside, my friends. cut the act and the idiotic service. someday the meat packing district "walk by/tourist/out of town" traffic could be gone and you're stuck with appealing to your multiple visit clientel. Just give it some thought. I rate you average because, sadly, that is what you've become...

1
★★★☆☆

I love their pastas and don't go for their steaks. i can't comment on their steaks but they are pretty lame with service. they "lost " my food, had me wait almost an hour one other time, and, this time, the pasta was sticking together, dried out, uncooked meat on top, etc. etc. I hope they read these reviews because I want to appeal to the economic side - "things go up, and things go down"... you're on the downside, my friends. cut the act and the idiotic service. someday the meat packing district "walk by/tourist/out of town" traffic could be gone and you're stuck with appealing to your multiple visit clientel. Just give it some thought. I rate you average because, sadly, that is what you've become...

Pros: Location, Interior, Pasta

Cons: Service

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I found this restaurant when it first opened and the Meatpacking district only had a few restaurants. It was real find back then with fresh, delicious food but I've eaten several times since then and the food quality has just deteriorated. Tomato bread soup used to be outstanding but now tasted stale and oily. Pasta, which also used to be great, was overcooked. Seems to have fallen victim to the high volume of this popular area.

1
★★★☆☆

I found this restaurant when it first opened and the Meatpacking district only had a few restaurants. It was real find back then with fresh, delicious food but I've eaten several times since then and the food quality has just deteriorated. Tomato bread soup used to be outstanding but now tasted stale and oily. Pasta, which also used to be great, was overcooked. Seems to have fallen victim to the high volume of this popular area.

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Apps were good, but then we waited 50 minutes for our entree. Not a word from a waiter as to why we were waiting, we asked to speak to the manager and none showed up. The filet was not what you would expect from a steakhouse and the other dishes were cold! But the food is not the biggest problem, it is by far the waiters (note that others have complained about waiters in past, obviously nothing was done to train them). They would walk away mid order, not pay attention to what the customer was saying and were just plain rude. You would think that individuals working for tips would actually be attentive to a big party, but not here....Worst service in NY...and with so many other places to go in the meat packing district it is a wonder this place is still open!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Apps were good, but then we waited 50 minutes for our entree. Not a word from a waiter as to why we were waiting, we asked to speak to the manager and none showed up. The filet was not what you would expect from a steakhouse and the other dishes were cold! But the food is not the biggest problem, it is by far the waiters (note that others have complained about waiters in past, obviously nothing was done to train them). They would walk away mid order, not pay attention to what the customer was saying and were just plain rude. You would think that individuals working for tips would actually be attentive to a big party, but not here....Worst service in NY...and with so many other places to go in the meat packing district it is a wonder this place is still open!

Pros: location

Cons: waiters, manager, waiters

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So here's the deal with Macelleria. Yes the steaks are pretty good, and so is the rest of the food even though I didnt try any other entrees, but the apps were good, and they had uber-fresh mozzerella. The problem is as soon as the waiter is handing out menus he yells "ok we have the best steaks in the city, its written up". Do me a favor, don't tell me a bold faced lie before I even look at the menu, you're only setting me up for dissappointment. And thats a fact, this is NYC, a restaurant with a 20 zagat rating isn't winning best steaks, end of story. Macelleria, cook ur food and put ur ego away. FYI - the filet is the best cut there. I had the t-bone, filet was much better.

2
★★★★☆

So here's the deal with Macelleria. Yes the steaks are pretty good, and so is the rest of the food even though I didnt try any other entrees, but the apps were good, and they had uber-fresh mozzerella. The problem is as soon as the waiter is handing out menus he yells "ok we have the best steaks in the city, its written up". Do me a favor, don't tell me a bold faced lie before I even look at the menu, you're only setting me up for dissappointment. And thats a fact, this is NYC, a restaurant with a 20 zagat rating isn't winning best steaks, end of story. Macelleria, cook ur food and put ur ego away. FYI - the filet is the best cut there. I had the t-bone, filet was much better.

Pros: good meat, good cheese

Cons: waiters

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I might as well have gotten a menu, went down to kitchen, told the chef what I wanted, got a bottle of wine, pick up my food from the chef, and served myself.

Instead, they brought the wrong bottle of wine ( and I should have sent it back, but I'm just not one of those guys) and he annouced how much the bottle was!

When asked about specials: "They're on the back."
When asked about steak: "Best in New York."
When asked about pasta: "Very good, homemade."

Wow. The details are overwhelming.

2
★★★★☆

I might as well have gotten a menu, went down to kitchen, told the chef what I wanted, got a bottle of wine, pick up my food from the chef, and served myself.

Instead, they brought the wrong bottle of wine ( and I should have sent it back, but I'm just not one of those guys) and he annouced how much the bottle was!

When asked about specials: "They're on the back."
When asked about steak: "Best in New York."
When asked about pasta: "Very good, homemade."

Wow. The details are overwhelming.

Pros: Location, Oysters, Atmosphere

Cons: Service, Service, Service

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We are from Houston and our son married in NYC in October. We had the rehearsal dinner at Macelleria and it could not have been more perfect. From the planning in March of 2005 to the actual dinner in October 2005 the staff and managment was flawless. Everything was done per our requests even our last minute changes. I would highly reccomend The Macelleria for any occaision and it will always be a stop for us when in NYC. Many of the guests who attended that live in NYC were so impressed and said they would definately add this restaurant to their favorites list. Thank you again Macelleria for the perfect rehearsal dinner.

2
★★★★★

We are from Houston and our son married in NYC in October. We had the rehearsal dinner at Macelleria and it could not have been more perfect. From the planning in March of 2005 to the actual dinner in October 2005 the staff and managment was flawless. Everything was done per our requests even our last minute changes. I would highly reccomend The Macelleria for any occaision and it will always be a stop for us when in NYC. Many of the guests who attended that live in NYC were so impressed and said they would definately add this restaurant to their favorites list. Thank you again Macelleria for the perfect rehearsal dinner.

Pros: good value, excellent service

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I made reservations well in advance for a special romantic dinner. The hostess had no record of my reservation. When I told the waiter it was my wife and I's anniversary, he actually made fun of us (I guess he thought we were not in earshot.) It was the worst meal I have ever taken my wife to and I regretted it as soon as we walked in the door. Food was nothing special. When I called to complain the next day, I was told that Macelleria was under no obligation to celebrate my anniversary and the rude manager proceeded to then defend her waitstaff. Take my warning and avoid this restaurant at all costs.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I made reservations well in advance for a special romantic dinner. The hostess had no record of my reservation. When I told the waiter it was my wife and I's anniversary, he actually made fun of us (I guess he thought we were not in earshot.) It was the worst meal I have ever taken my wife to and I regretted it as soon as we walked in the door. Food was nothing special. When I called to complain the next day, I was told that Macelleria was under no obligation to celebrate my anniversary and the rude manager proceeded to then defend her waitstaff. Take my warning and avoid this restaurant at all costs.

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The Meatpacking District is home to a stylish restaurant that pays appropriate homage to---well---meat. Macelleria, which means butcher shop in Italian, is located in a refurbished meat market, much of which has been left intact. The front…

 

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