Teodora Italian Restaurant
141 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022
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11/21/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I finally found a place where food is fresh, outstanding and indisputable. If you love pasta Teodora is your place. The pasta is home made! I also had a couple of salads and they were really yummy!! The service was great and for once the staff is 100% ITALIAN!!
12/15/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I am from Ravenna Italy. The Fritto Misto is as good as one would get in Cesenatico. The Passastelli is almost as good as my Nonna used to make (the only change..a little less breadcrumbs, a little more Grana Padano). The Tagliatelle were superb.
This is my third time there over the past 3 years. I never announce myself to the staff as from Ravenna...I just let the food come.
Finally, I NEVER leave these reviews. This is the second ever in my life. Now you know how strongly I feel on this place.
05/18/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I didn't think there were any good restaurants near Bloomingdales and I still don't think there are any. However, Teodora isn't terrible. I felt like I had to have the lasagne since so many people had written stellar reviews of it. I was disappointed. It was a massive serving size, but was mushy. There was no texture to it, no substance. There wasn't that stringy cheese feel when you pull the fork away. My friend had the pasta special which turned out to be quite good. Homemade pasta, with tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, and basil. Overall the place wasn't bad, but I won't be there again.
08/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I am Italian and I am very picky when it's about food but, this time I had to recognize ""IT""S REAL ITALIAN FOOD"". Not cheesy or creamy, fake over covering taste. The menu offers different type of meal between pasta, meat, fish. I tried the artichoke salad and the carpaccio and they were sublime. My friend had the crostacei pasta and we also shared the vitello tonnato. WOW! Finally, the italian cheese cake, to die for!!
The service was great and the people friendly. A+
01/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I ate here this past weekend with my girlfriend for an anniversary. It was Saturday night and the place was quiet and romatic. Appreciated the host's suggestion to sit in front as there seemed to be big parties upstairs and in the back. The front was quiet and dimly lit with mostly candles and soft lighting. Excellent mood for an anniversary. We had the fried artichoke appetizer which was different and delicious. I'm not a big vegitable eater but this was delicious. It believe it was pan fried (not breaded and deep fried) and lightly salted. My girlfriend had gnocchi and I had rack-of-lamb which were both excellent. Cocktails were expensive ($11 Beam and coke). A few minor negatives with the service. The handle was broken on my steak knife and we got dessert menus instead of the check which took a long time. Other than that I had a good experience and I plan to go back.
03/26/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This is the third time that I have been to TEODORA over the course of the last year and a half. Today I was lucky enough to be there once again and ONCE AGAIN the food was magnificent, the service was excellent and the decor and ambience makes you drift away as if you are sitting in the Italian countryside enjoying a superb meal and enveloping yourself in all the aromas and the setting.
I cannot say enough great things about TEODORA. It is on 57th Street of all places, which is not where you would expect to find a GREAT place like this (the bustling activity of 57th street is such a contrast to the serene and quiet atmosphere that you encounter inside the restaurant) but nevertheless I am glad that it is, because it is 2 blocks from my office and I plan on going there more often, both for lunch and after work for dinner.
The management and staff of the restaurant obviously know what they are doing and it is reflected in the warmth that you feel once you walk in. The downstairs seating is good although the tables are closer together, and even with that they are not tight, but the UPSTAIRS --- that is where you want to be. UPSTAIRS is a different feeling altogether. Reserve a table upstairs and you will see what I mean.
THANK YOU to the staff and management of TEODORA for making the whole dining experience from beginning to end, an excellent one - and remaining the best Italian restaurant that I can think of here in Manhattan.
10/01/2006Provided by Citysearch -
have been here several times with friends and distant family, but the clincher was taking my parents last night. service was terrific, food was divine as always, and they were unfailingly cheerful even though we only had a bottle of wine and a sampling of appetizers. one more pleasant evening.
12/16/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Molto bene! This quaint and romantic trattoria is at the top of my Manhattan restaurant list. The food is delicious - from the specials to the regular menu-fare, the dishes are never a disappointment. Whether it's the parmesean & porcini souffle or the lamb glazed with balsamic vinegar, you will surely be transported to Northern Italy with one bite. Although the tables may be closely situated, the candle-light, food-quality and service overcompensate. A guaranteeed delight!
09/27/2005Provided by Citysearch -
First of all, this place is *not* romantic, as claimed by Citysearch's editorial review.
Either that, or the editor's idea of romance must be sharing a conversation with the next table, while trying to speak louder than the traffic on 57th. The tables are crammed way too close, the menu is typical of any Italian restaurant, and the wine list is simply overpriced. Slightly above average wines start at $70+ with only one selection listed at $30+. Service is not what one would expect from a joint in this price category. For instance, plates were just dumped on the table, I was handed the wine list upside down, etc.... Somehow working the italian charm with constant ""mille grazie"" does not constitute proper service. To be completely fair, the only redeeming factor was the food, which was above average, but couldn't make up for all the other deficiencies of Teodora.
09/15/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Bad service. Our party of 3 adults and 1 infant was asked to relocate to the second floor after we were all seated. The second floor was much more spacious and so we decided to overlook the incident. Later,the same waiter carelessly shoved an extra chair from another party against the back of my chair until the 2 chairs clanked. I was mortified. Foodwise, my Tagliatelle was heavy handedly seasoned. My profiteroles were a soupy mess, I contemplated sending them back. The best thing about this place was the spaciousness of the second floor, however good restaurants aren't usually renown for their square footage.
01/18/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Found service above average, but that could be because we were 13 of us.
My host asked for appetizers for the group and the waiter gave us not only what we ordered, but some other items that were not ordered. Normally that would be improper, however they were all delicious and my host did not complain. We all ate pasta entre'es, which were great.
All in all the food was above average and I would return to see how they operate with four or less dinners.
03/05/2004Provided by Citysearch -
This is a consistently great place to dine for lunch or dinner. All the pastas are fantastic and the homemade lasagna is some of the best that I have had in the City. The all-Italian staff is warm and engaging from the start. Its a great place for a casual date or to entertain clients for lunch. Try the lasagnette appetizer. Buon appetito!
12/30/2002Provided by Citysearch -
My friend from Milan and myself were pleasantly surprised when we arrived and everyone spoke italian. Too bad the food wasn't of the same heritage. The porcini mushroom pasta special was tasteless, so was the seafood tagliatelle. A real dissapointment. But that wasn't the icing on the cake: a tiramisu that resembled nothing I have ever had. They should have called it mascarpone with chocolate chips-good but a far cry from what the name implies. Priced at upper intermediate range.
11/04/2002Provided by Citysearch -
I have no idea why this restaurant is so often overlooked. From the moment you walk in, you feel like you're in the perfect place. Everyone who works there (the host, the bartender, the servers) is so helpful. And the food is fantastic. Favourites include: potato & spinach gnocchi and the lamb. I once ordered the risotto special, which was with prosciutto and parmesan, and the prosciutto was barely noticeable, but that was the only negative aspect I've ever encountered there.
10/14/2002Provided by Citysearch -
decent joint, service was nice, and food came at appropraite intervals. I had the tuna tartare appeizer, was a bit oliy, but it was pretty good. The pasta with lobster was not bad, but the sauce could have used a bit more umph. Overall, a good palce for a casual date, or with your parents. The only knock is that it is easy to eavesdrop on other tables.