Sandro’s Restaurant Returns to the Upper East Side after Six Month Hiatus

Sandro's restaurant has reopened at 322 East 86th Street | Upper East Site
Sandro's restaurant has reopened at 322 East 86th Street | Upper East Site

A popular restaurant has triumphantly returned to the Upper East Side. Sandro’s is back, serving its signature Spaghettini Al Limone in a new location and looking better than ever. The culmination of six months of hard work following the sudden closure of the restaurant last winter.

“This past week we reopened our doors after closing them a mere six months ago,” Sandro’s wrote on Instagram announcing the Italian restaurant’s official return to the Upper East Side.

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Even before you step inside the new Sandro’s, you’ll feel right at home again. The bright yellow awning with the chef on it, a nod to the one that stood in front of the family-owned restaurant’s original location on East 81st Street for sixteen years before shutting down last January.

Sandro's restaurant on East 81st Street closed in January 2022
Sandro’s restaurant on East 81st Street closed in January 2022/@yes_yes_oh_ues via Instagram

Located at 322 East 86th Street between Second and First Avenues— in the space formerly home to the Little Frog— the new Sandro’s is just as warm and inviting as their old restaurant, and welcomed customers for the first time last Thursday.

“We tried to recreate the dining room of the old Sandro’s on 81st street,” Sandro Jr. told Upper East Site.

Inside the dining room at the new Sandro's restaurant | Sandro's
Inside the dining room at the new Sandro’s restaurant | Sandro’s

“The response has been great and the dinner service couldn’t have gone smoother. We just jumped right back into the swing of things.”

Sandro’s menu is just how you remembered it— the Spaghettini Al Limone, featuring pasta smothered in a creamy lemon sauce, is the star of the show. 

Sandro's white truffle pasta was a fan favorite/@uptown_girls_ues via Instagram
Sandro’s white truffle pasta is a fan favorite | @uptown_girls_ues via Instagram

Don’t sleep on the Branzino though, the fresh fish can be prepared three different ways— grilled with a fresh salad on the side, piccata with lemon sauce and capers or livornese featuring tomato sauce, black olives or capers. 

Sandro’s also runs a lot of specials— Sandro Sr., the executive chef, sources his produce locally and even imports some ingredients from Italy.

Inside the new Sandro's restaurant at 322 East 86th Street | Upper East Site
Inside the new Sandro’s restaurant at 322 East 86th Street | Upper East Site

Finish off your meal with a few of Sandro’s homemade biscotti cookies— they’re sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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“We could not be more appreciative of the positive feed back we are getting from the neighborhood and our customers,” Sandro’s wrote on Instagram.

“Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to our opening weekend.”

The bar area inside the new Sandro's on East 86th Street | Sandro's
The bar area inside the new Sandro’s on East 86th Street | Sandro’s

While Sandro’s largely sticks to its winning recipe for success, one change you will notice is the wine list.

“More space allows me to have more wine storage, which means a larger wine selection!”

Regular hours are from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays– and until 10:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Sandro’s is closed on Mondays.

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