A favorite restaurant of mine from the 60s and 70s was Astis Restaurant which was devoted to opera. The staff would sing operatic selections as they performed their duties, and occasionally a professional singer in for dinner could be prevailed upon to sing an aria.
I wanted to get up-to-date information on Astis for a friend who loves opera, and found a listing in Zagats 2000 Millennium issue dated Oct 27 1999 and on the internet as: Astis Restaurant, 13 E 12th St., New York, NY 10003-4495
The Zagats listing is only six months old, but last week when I called two numbers, 212-741-9105 (from Zagats) and 212-242-9868 (from the internet), I got the same message saying disconnected; no further information.
Does anyone have any further information about Asti's? If Astis has closed, are they likely to re-open in the future? Are there other restaurants in Manhattan that combine dining with operatic entertainment? Thanks for any information you can provide.
Anthony Martinelli, Sudbury, MA
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