All Reader Reviews of...
136 W. 55th St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Sixth Ave.
By Elcaganer on 3/4/2011
I've been there several times and every time the experience has been excellent. The waitstaff are always polite and efficient. The bartender knows how to make a cocktail unlike some places where we've had to tell a bartender how to make a Negroni or Manhattan. The food is excellent by the way. They do THE best grilled octopus in the city and a very good portion. I've gone to places where they charged twice as much for a lot less. It could be the people complaining are out of towners or inexperienced diners who would have preferred eating at McDonald's or a Mexican joint. The ambiance is comfortable and inviting. The only reason I can figure that waitstaff were rude to someone is that they were dishing out what they got from the customer. Some people are just born to kvetch.
A Gem of a Restaurant
By dicesnslices on 1/5/2011
This gem of a restaurant has it all: innovative food, impeccable service, ambience, and a Midtown location. The Tagliatelle with the Bolognese meat sauce was delicate but hearty on a cold winter night. The Skate Piccata was also perfectly done. Due to the snow storm the prior night roads were difficult and one of our party was late. Despite being seated and ordering at different times our food came out together and well prepared in time for our show. The ambiance is just right. Not to noisy so you cannot have a conversation, not too quiet so that it is oppressive. It is right across from the City Center theater and next door to a parking garage. While the prices are not inexpensive, the value on the dollar is excellent. I would recommend this restaurant for pre-theater, a date, to impress the in-laws, or just for a great meal.
By sonia411 on 10/19/2009
The restrurant is not so big or no so small, but its food is amazing. Every dish has a classic kick to it. The greek and italian Mmmmm Goood! I go there all the time. Family, dates or just myself. The feeling is no other feeling. Its an yes go ! :D
great for groups!
By anav on 11/10/2008
went with a large group and had an excellent experience... have to get the buffalo mozzarella... sooo good!
A Gem of a place
By ommo13 on 5/18/2007
We visited here for our 2 year anniversary. When we got there, they were able to accomidate us immediately ( we were early for our reservation) and not only did we get a table, but we got THE table. Immediately, the service was extremely professional and attentive. My only qualm was that the waiter tried to explain how our menu worked, but it was very clear to us. The food was exquisite... I had the octopus, my husband the mozerlla with tasty dipping sauces. Divine. For our main course, I had the rack of lamb over raddiccio and my husband, the Veal cheeks.. I don't eat veal, but he assured me they were so delicious they melted in your mouth! My lamb was cooked absolutely perfect and I even found myself biting away at the bone! Is that allowed in fancy restaurants? Overall, our experience there was pristine! I would gladly tell ANYONE to go there. Bravo
Great Italian Add to Midtown West
By martin_chamois on 1/29/2005
Abboccato is a great addition to Midtown West Italian dinning scene. Directly across the street from City Center, this contempoary Italian is serving excellent and accurate interpretations of modern Italian cusine. The place exudes style and comfort. The service is polished and professional, which adds to a wonderful dinning experience.
New York's Most Italian Restaurant
By Potsandpans on 12/29/2004
Never before have I tasted food in a restaurant in New York that is so genuinely Italian. I have lived between New York and Italy for 30 years and have always lamented that there was so little classic Italian food in the Big Apple. Every dish at Abboccato is stunningly true to the version prepared in Italy. Unless you have traveled Italy's back roads in all 20 regions, you will never have encountered many of the dishes at Abboccato, which makes a visit there so singular. I loved everything I tried, but especially the quail; fegato grasso; jota soup from Trieste; the divine pastas (especially casumziei and pizzoccheri); the maialino; chicken; "vaniglia e cioccolato"; all the cheese plates and the divine desserts. Abboccato is the first name I go to for classic Italian dining!
Fantastic Italian food like you'd eat in Italy
By princessjoce on 11/22/2004
The menu at this new restuarant is fantastic and features dishes that are only comparable to food I've eaten in Italy.
By joanie73realtor on 7/10/2011
We had dinner here in November 2010 and it was delicious! Service was very good as well! Especially loved the Fried Clamari salad with lemon dressing and taglatelle with pork ragu. Price was moderate too. Looking forward to coming again.
The Food excellent, The service Exceptional!
By nikoluvbliss on 3/5/2008
We had a reservation for 7:30, and we were shooting for the 9:15 show at a Club downtown. We arrived thirty mintues early because we knew we'd be cutting in close for the show. We were seated immediately! Then we were treated by some of the most attentive yet non-evasive service that I had experienced in a long time. I would estimate that our table was attended to around 50 times during our 6 course pasta tasting (You should try), and not a single time were we rudely interrupted. Our waiters were able to stay one step ahead of our needs, and that to me is true customer service. Thank you for making dinner so enjoyable. Btw FOOD WAS GREAT TOO!
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