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Azalea - 20 Reviews - 224 W 51st St, New York, NY - Direct Selling Businesses Reviews - Phone (212) 262-0105


224 W 51st St (at nr. Broadway)
New York, NY 10019
(212) 262-0105
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Azalea - New York, NY
Azalea - New York, NY
Azalea - New York, NY


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Every time I've dined at Azalea, the food is consistently delicious, the atmosphere is just perfect in the middle of Times Square area and the wine selection is unique and vast. B...


I really would like to find out who owns this restaurant, or, at least who manages it.It is such a waste, because the place has huge potential.It is nicely decored, you walk in, y...


Attention Jewish customers from upper east side, west side and midtown. be very careful the owner originally from southern Italy by the name of Tony, (also the owner of Amarone Restaurant) is a anti semitic, racist, anti jew, with a bigotry behavior toward Jews! This man is a fake, incompetent, illiterate and doesn't even speak proper English with a heavy Italian southern accent. Tony the owner of Azalea restaurant is a pathetic Albanian lover, he hates his own people from Italy. Please did you realize that there aren't Italian employees? no Italian waiter, no Italian busboy, no Italian manager and NO Italian Chief? And there worst of all that the employees working at the restaurants are illegal alien with criminal record from Romania, Albania, Mexico and Equador! the kitchen staff is not even Iitalian and the food is prepared and cooked by illegal alien from mexico and the chef by the name of Alex is not even Italian but an immigrant from Mexico! ATTENTION: The labor department is investigating the owners of both restaurants, Azalea restaurant and Amarone for violating Federal and state Law by illegally confiscating all the wanters tips and refusing to pay all his employees! It is also investigated for violating labor law by underpaying his employees and not even meeting the minimum wage required by law. the food portions are extremely small, overpriced and it takes for ever to come out from the kitchen! do yourself a favor save your money and go eat somewhere else! The food sucks, very poor taste, old frozen fish, small portions and overpriced!! more

Amazing Food! Incredible Service! Beautiful Experience! 2/4/2011

Every time I've dined at Azalea, the food is consistently delicious, the atmosphere is just perfect in the middle of Times Square area and the wine selection is unique and vast. Beautiful woodwork throughout the restaurant makes it warm and supremely relaxing. Thank you Azalea for a perfect experience! more

I simply loved that place! 7/3/2008

I was looking for a good Italian place to have dinner after evening Broadway show, I found Azalea nearby. Me and my boyfriend were greeted by extremaly nice hostess and seated in nice corner table. Very unique atmosphere, excellent food and outstanding servise made me feel that I had found the best piece of Italy in NYC!! I will definitelly recommend this place to my friends! Pros: outstanding service, exceptional atmosphere, real Italian cuisine more

Great After Theatre Dinner 2/3/2008

Went to Azalea due to good reviews on Citysearch. Was not disappointed in the least. Every dish was delicious and the staff was extremely courteous. more

Gem of the theater district . . . 7/27/2007

Forget the Amalfi coast! Hop in a cab to Azalea. The outdoor dining was so pleasant that we almost passed up our tickets for Wicked. Luckily, the theater is right next door so we went back for dessert and cocktails after the show. Nico, the manager is so welcoming-he makes you feel as though your dining in his own home. The rest of the staff are as delicious as the dishes that they serve. I almost didn't want to write this review in fear that everyone will discover this little slice of heaven. Highly recommended! No matter how busy they are (especially pre-theater) they make you feel like your a special guest. Pros: Nico, Nico, Nico and creative dishes. more

Slow and unfriendly service, Rude manager, Food barely makes it ok 7/23/2007

Azalea was a horrible experience. I went there on a Saturday with a party of four and we swore never to set foot in that restaurant again. To begin with the service was slow and ungraceful. We asked for extra butter for our bread which looked like it was baked two weeks before and the waiter rolled his eyes and looked like he wanted us out of there. We ordered the salmon and it was raw in the middle. Pastas were just ok but not worth the price. When we complained to the manager Nico he was rude and unfriendly and could hardly be understood in his broken english. Fortunately the city offers many good italian restaurants so forget about this one. What a disaster! Pros: the proximity to the theater Cons: the restaurant itself more

Azalea 7/9/2007

Someone at our hotel told us to skip ""Little Italy"" and try Azalea if we want good authentic Italian food. My husband and I both love Italian and this is some of the most authentic and delicious that we've had. Pasta was excellent! Lovely restaurant, nice atmosphere. Excellent service and the staff really know their stuff. Went twice when we were in town and each time couldn't fault the food or wait staff. Pros: Food, service, ambience Cons: non more

Nice, but no big deal 7/3/2007

My boyfriend and I took some newlywed friends of mine visiting from Florida to Azalea. Based on its great reviews and website, we decided to give it a try. We made reservations, though when we arrived there was only one other occupied table in the entire restaurant ( 7:30 pm on a weekend). We were seated promptly and the waiter was attentive. The entrees seemed appealing based on the menu descriptions, though the food was not very impressive. I ordered the lobster ravioli which although was edible, I felt that it was just ""okay."" My dining companions were equally unimpressed with their meals. The restaurant ambience is calming and pleasing, the service was good, though I don't think I'd be missing anything if I never have another meal at Azalea. Pros: Ambience, service Cons: food more

A Memorable Experience! 7/3/2007

It has been a long time since I have encountered such a friendly and accommodating staff. Nico, the manager was so hospitable and welcoming and showed us immediately to our table. The menu was just perfect for what we were looking for with some traditional italian options and some interesting ones as well. The food was delicious--chicken parmigiana was not even on the menu, yet the chef prepared it for my daughter as it was her birthday! The service was efficient and timely and needed no prompting. We had such a great dining experience at Azalea thanks to the wait staff and especially Nico! Pros: Staff is very welcoming and friendly more

Relaxed atmosphere for first-rate Italian cooking. 4/29/2007

After a considerable shakeown, Azalea has learned to provide a dining experience equal to the quality of its cooking. Pasta with wild boar is it's signature dish, but the menu has lots of other first-rate items. Ditto the wine list. It's a theater-distract palace, but once the pre-theater crowd clears out, things are amiable and relaxed without much tourist rowdiness. and plenty of time to linger over after dinner drinks. Pros: A pretty space with an acceptably gentle acoustic, for a change. Cons: No lively pick-up crowds around the bar. more

Great service with great food 4/27/2007

We were a party of four, dining after the theater crowd departed. The restaurant was quiet and we were quickly seated at a prime table. The maitre'd was cordial and recommended a great wine. We ordered appetizers and salad. The shrimp and avacado salad was especially delicious. We had three different entrees, two different pastas, each full of meat and flavor. The loin of veal was succulent and tender. Happy and full we opted to share a dessert-heavenly flourless chocolate cake. Throughout the meal the service was pleasant and well timed. We look forward to returning. Pros: Delicious food more

worst place 1/16/2007

i have no words to tell the people how bad the service and the food is at this place. Simply dont even think to go there. more

what a disaster 1/10/2007

i dont know why these people can keep this place open.from the moment you walk in, nobody cares about anything,the service is less than zero and the food maybe a two.if you want to eat do not go to azalea if you are sane. Cons: to many to list more

excellent place, excellent food and excellent service 11/28/2006

I already became a regular , I m having my lunch , dinner , meetings or partys at the Opia Restaurant . the reason is that I really like it , the food , the atmosphere , the service ..everythings goes smooth . The cuisine is so different but in the same way so interesting , so many culture combine to give this grate taste of Opia . The prices, the best in town . Price fixed menu available for lunch and dinner with an amazing price , you will not believe . I highly recommend this restaurant . it s the best place for partys ( weddings, birthday party , aniversary, bridal or baby shower), anything you name it . Thank you Opia Restaurant for a great experience! Pros: THE BEST AMBIENCE EVER Cons: no more

wow!!! this place is perfect for all ocassiona and budgets 11/13/2006

i absolutly loved it and will return. food is diferent but taste is great nad the have steak for the man who has an appetite . Pros: all you see is all you get and more Cons: non more

Food is good - customer service is the absolute worst I have ever experienced in a restaurant 6/26/2006

Having owned my own restaurant for over 8 years I tend to give the benefit of the doubt to the service staff as I know first hand what hard work they do. However, that being said we received by far the worst service I have ever experienced in a restaurant. The food was good but the staff left much to be desired. For the first time in my life I will go out of my way to tell people what a bad experience we had at Azalea. There are so many excellent restaurants in New York that giving this one a second chance makes no sense at all. Pros: good food Cons: staff was pretentious and service was extremely bad more

Thank You!!! 5/22/2006

It's always refreshing to find a nice place with a staff that truly give you that feeling of personal touch. The food is out of this world!!! I love Italian food, and the Northern Italian dishes here are perfect. I would recomend Azaleas to anyone who is looking for a wonderful pre or post Theatre experience. I had the Veal and my girlfriend had the Salmon...both excelent. I hear great things about their signature salad served in a parmesian bowl, but I'll save that for another review. Also, the dessert menu is VERY tastey. Enjoy! Pros: Personal Attention, Food , Dessert more

Incredible dining experience 5/21/2006

Azalea is a fantastic ""unknown"" of the theatre district. The food, decor, wine lists, and location are top notch. The wait staff is always helpful and willing to suggest new items & wines to go along iwth your meal. I think the menu has great variety and you can probably try something new each time you visit. The appetizers are delish- Spicy calamari, pear souffle with gorgonzola are popular with my friends. The penne azalea, parpadelle with wild boar and fettucini bolognese are delicious selections from the pasta menu. For those looking for great fish, they have an excellent red snapper with mussels and clams too. Pros: food, wine, service Cons: parking more


I really would like to find out who owns this restaurant, or, at least who manages it.It is such a waste, because the place has huge potential.It is nicely decored, you walk in, you fell like you're walking on ""5 stars"".But,as soon as you're seated, reallity ""sinks in"" I gues, because the waiters are -sorry to say-simply THAT BAD!They have absolutely NO CLUE about the basics of service, it is such a waste, because the food isn't bad at all,you can see that the chef is probably a very creative""artist"", but it all gets lost on the bad service.If you're in the area, my best advice is.... try someplace else Pros: decor, ambience, food Cons: hostess, service, service more

Okay for ""pre-theater"" 11/7/2003

We wound up here after making the mistake of not having a dinner reservation on a Friday night before seeing a show. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of tourists and the attentive service. Great wine selection. I'm not a big Italian fan, but had a great experience here. Pros: not crowded, nice bar, great wine Cons: theater district more
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Owner Message

  • A cozy addition to New York City's Theater District showcasing the unique cuisines of Italy's Brescia and Amalfi Coast regions. Azalea strives to be a place where extraordinary food meets exceptional service in a warm, comfortable setting. Azalea's menu is unique for Italian restaurants. Simple and modern, each bite encompasses vivid flavors and traditions of the Brescia and Amalfi Coast regions. The menu offers selections combining the rich, creamy sauces and hearty meats of Brescia with the fresh seafood and the delicate fruits and vegetables of Amalfi. Once inside, an 18-foot, gently curving mahogany ceiling serves as the blossom connecting the fine woodcarving of the front and side dining rooms and bar area. Geogia O'Keeffe's flower series surrounds guests as they choose from Azalea's distinctive menu and extensive wine list. Visit the website to learn more about this group.

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Daily, 11:30am-11:30pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, American Express, Visa, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Theater District - Times Square