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136 W. 55th St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Sixth Ave.
By pfarmer on 10/27/2012
I ordered from Abbocato on 10/15. I called the restuarant directly for a delivery order and the girl who answered was very polite and said my order would be there in 30 minutes. Over an hour later, the delivery guy showed up. He handed me a wet, ripping bag of food and a damp receipt to sign. When I asked him if the delivery fee was already added, he couldn't communicate back and just motioned for a signature. After he left, I unpacked the wet bag and found my raviolli and risotto balls to be stone cold. The pop I ordered exploded all over me when I tried to open it. I have no idea what that delivery guy did with my food order, but I would never go back there with my business.
By awinter on 4/7/2008
Horrifically rude staff. I called the manager over to tell him about the problems we were having. I explained the waiter was completely ignoring us and the service was awful. He just shrugged his shoulders. Everyone seemed bothered to be working there. No one had a good attitude, a smile or a kind word. Plates were falling loudly in the kitchen clamoring. The staff was making no eye contact with the patrons. The manager was busy talking to a friend that had stopped in and was quite unhappy to be interrupted for any reason. If management could care less, then that explains why the staff acts as they do. In the first dish we ordered, the marinated sardines, the onions were burnt and acidic. The pasta that we ordered was partially raw. No, not al dente, actually crunchy. There are plenty of places in this town to get a decent meal - no one should put up with this place. That is true regardless of cost. It just so happens that this is also quite an expensive restaurant which only adds insult to injury! I would never go back if it meant cooking at home forever!
Don't Try IT. Step away from the door.
By lorraineearocena on 3/27/2011
My Family was looking for something a little different. Something with ambiance and good food. First I must mention that this not a family friendly establishment. We also notice that there grade was pending! That should have been our 1st clue. I realize that new menu is created every three weeks, However we had a hard time looking for down home regular Italian food. Different variations would be great, some of them were just off bet. My sister was brought a dish with something looking @her. It was off putting. Our waitress was extremely rude, and was not concerned with our wishes. Overall this was not a good time. it was a waste of time.
Delusione quasi totale!
By zinino on 6/13/2005
I suppose our mistake was opting for the $35 pre-theater menu. The fritto misto starter wasn't bad, and the desserts were surprisingly good--a panna cotta and an unusual gelato assortment--but the pollastro alla romana and the pasta dish seemed to be reheated and were almost tasteless. I was delighted to find available a wonderful dry effervescent Lambrusco. The "service" was too awful to discuss.
By gdianne on 6/4/2007
We went for a pre-play lunch with 90 minutes to spare. We were seated quickly but waited over 10 minutes for a menu, and around fifteen for the waiter to come for our order. We waited over 30 minutes for our food. The waiter forgot our drinks, but we were getting too nervous about time so we didnâ€™t remind him--we didn't know how much time that would add to the ordeal. We ordered prosciutto with melon salad; each of us got a few tiny cubes of melon, and they werenâ€™t freshâ€”they were mushy & disgusting. The prosciutto was the fattiest I have ever had. The strips were "artfully" wound in spirals to look bigger. We didn't like them, but we were annoyed in principle at the meager servings. This, some limp greens, & a nasty-tasting dressing cost $24 for each of us. We barely made the show--& the theater was across the street. (A few days before at Puttanesca, I had a plate of prosciutto that was delicious, generous, & accompanied by several prefect melon slices for $10.)
By JoP on 9/22/2009
Below average food in a restaurant with little atmosphere. A very average midtown spot with nothing to particularly recommend it other than it is completely inoffensive.
Not good at all....
By andrewsoulman on 5/6/2010
NYmag has been very reliable for me over the years and the "critics picks" are typically spot on. Not in this case. The food was lousy, not cheap, and the service was pretty bad. I went here last night before a preview of Iron Man 2 (which I loved) at the Ziegfield (sp?). The location was perfect, the room attractive, the food awful. I ordered a salad that I didn't eat because the dressing was so bad. The waiter didn't even notice I'd only taken one bite (likely typical because this happens with such frequency). My main was the seafood pasta, which was passable for Kansas City, but not New York City. To conclude, I hated this tourist trap and suggest no one go there. Get out while you can.
By cocofashionlv on 9/17/2011
there are too many restaurants in nyc with great food AND great service to go back here. our server was terrible. bread/olive oil only brough when asked several times. never comes back to check if we need more. just dumps wine in the wine glass when friend didn't even want it filled yet, felt like server mistook this restaurant for a hole in the wall mexican joint rather than a nice italian restaurant. terrible terrible. wanted to give less on tip but waddaya know gratuity included since party of 6. maybe THAT's why service was so crappy since he'll get the tip anyway.
By hungryjacq on 1/3/2007
Until I ate at Abboccato I refused to eat at Italian restaurants, thinking "How good could pasta be?" Abboccato showed me the way. Whether osso bucco, beef cheeks, butternut ravioli or some ingenious gnocchi, Abboccato never disappoints. Perfect location for a pre- or post- City Center event, and the martinis are pretty good, too. Service can be hit or miss, but with this menu, that's secondary.
Great food, Relaxed Atmosphere
By Knickerbocker on 7/16/2009
This is a nice departure from the standard Italian fare you'll find in Midtown of spaghetti and red sauce. I had the grill octopus appetizer and the sweetbreads for my entree, and both were excellent. Other people at my table had the rack of lamb, and they enjoyed it. It's right across from Milos, so you might be tempted to go there, but if you don't want seafood, then head to Abbocato.
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