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Estela is a restaurant in downtown Manhattan from chef Ignacio Mattos. Set one floor above Houston Street, it is a bistro at heart, taking familiar ideas like tartare, ricotta dumplings, burrata on toast, fried rice, and steak, and presenting them in new, satisfying ways. The bar is open late, and you can come in for just a glass and a small bite, should you feel like it. Now in its 6th year, estela has earned numerous accolades, including a place on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List, one Michelin Star, and two stars from both New York Magazine and the New York Times.

Ignacio Mattos, Owner and Chef
Ignacio Mattos is the chef-owner of New York restaurants estela, Café Altro Paradiso, and Flora Bar. Born in Uruguay, he has a bold, singular style inspired by the city he now calls home, time spent in Europe and South America, and the mentorship of chefs Alice Waters, Francis Mallmann, and Judy Rodgers. In 2017, Esquire named Ignacio America’s Chef of the Year. His first cookbook, Estela, was ranked one of 2018's best by the New York Times Book Review.

  • Samantha Lange

    General Manager

  • Sam Lawrence

    Chef de Cuisine

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Reservations are available via Resy. Please note estela is now a vaccination-only restaurant.

We now require all guests to show record that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Guests are considered fully-vaccinated when they are two weeks past completion of their vaccination series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization. Mask wearing is also required indoors except while seated at your table. Accepted forms of vaccination record include:

Excelsior Pass or any other government issued digital pass

Physical vaccination card or a picture of the physical vaccination card

Children under the age of 12 who are not yet eligible for the vaccine are welcome to join us if they adhere to the mask wearing policy. Individuals who are unable to be vaccinated due to medical issues or sincerely held religious beliefs are welcome to join us if they provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 48 hours of their reservation.  

We look forward to welcoming you soon. If you have any questions, please email us at

private events

To inquire about our new private dining space, restaurant buyouts, in-home events or off-site catering requests, please email



Monday - Sunday

5:30pm - 11:00 pm

Last seating at 10:30 pm


Saturday & Sunday

11:30am - 3pm

Last seating at 2:30 pm


Find us at 47 East Houston Street between Mulberry and Mott, upstairs.



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