Sun-Thu, 11:30am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-midnight
Nearby Subway Stops
1, 2, 3 at 96th St.
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
- Bar Scene
- Dine at the Bar
- Good for Groups
- Private Dining/Party Space
- Family Style
- Full Bar
- Make a Reservation with opentable.com
66th St. to 107th St., Central Park West to Riverside Dr.
From its inception in 1990, Carmine’s on the Upper West Side has been a runaway success, thanks to its crowd-pleasing Southern Italian cooking, a festive atmosphere, and prodigious portions possessing a free-spirited use of garlic. The look and feel is heavy on recreated nostalgia: Framed black and white photos of Italian-Americans from the twenties through the forties adorn the beige walls; dark wood paneling and antique-style hanging brass chandeliers add charisma to the cavernous interior. Most tables can accommodate parties of a dozen or so. It makes sense, as sharing plates is a must; this is not a place to dine alone. The crowd, a mix of locals, office workers, and bridge-and-tunnel celebrants, is drawn by the zesty old-fashioned red-sauce fare: a multi-layered brick of eggplant parmigiana; egg-battered vegetables enlivened with mozzarella and Romano cheeses and a tangy marinara sauce; and spaghetti and meatballs whose tender orbs of ground beef and veal are the size of baseballs. Nothing is subtle or innovative, but that’s precisely the point.Recommended Dishes
Eggplant parmigiana, $21; pasta meatballs, $26; veal saltimbocca, $31