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Bar Pitti

268 Sixth Ave., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Bleecker St.
212-982-3300

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7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 6
"Recommended"

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57% would go back.

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ALWAYS wonderful. If you don't like it, please stay away...

By allisonr on 11/17/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 7

The negative reviews astound me. I've been going to Bar Pitti for about 12 years, and it's my favorite restaurant in NYC. The food is phenomenal and remarkably consistent. It's not a white-tablecloth restaurant, and they're almost always busy, so don't expect them to wipe your noses for you. I say to those who don't like Bar Pitt: GOOD RIDDANCE. Actually, please stay out of my beautiful city as well as my beloved Bar Pitti.

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77 out of 171 people found this review helpful.

if you dont speak italian dont bother

By devrutz on 11/7/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

went here on a recommendation and actually really enjoyed the food. but i really wouldn't recommend the place if you dont speak italian..... every table around us had someone in their party who spoke italian and they all seemed to get exactly what they wanted and very quickly. Honestly i think that that might be the point of why the service is so poor.... i guess its just because they only want to cater to a certain kind of crowd,,,,,, italians...... discrimination? yes..... i guess if italy is what they are after than you can give it back to them by not leaving a tip! but hey, the pasta dishes are really good and the food is really what its all about right?

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83 out of 168 people found this review helpful.

Gee, I really had no pre-conceived ideas about this place ...

By wineanddine on 9/1/2009

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

... but after my recent experience and reading the other reviews AFTER I posted mine, I can only whole-heartedly agree with the people who seemed to be as brassed off as me. Oh, I forgot: the Caprese we ordered (a dish which doesn't require a brain surgeon to prepare) tasted like cardboard, and they didn't even bother to cover the cheap and nasty mozzarella with basil or pepper which - like the water - we had to ask for (when a waiter brought the pepper mill he carried it in his armpit .... charming ... And yes, the wine by the glass was crappy, also. Now, somehow I'd be surprised if the owner could ever go back to Italy and work as a waiter in Viareggio again ....

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70 out of 153 people found this review helpful.

Took very good care of me

By mlarsennyc on 8/23/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have a heart health issue that keeps me having to adhere to a strict low-sodium diet. It's awfully difficult to find a restaurant that will take care of me as well as Pitti did this evening. The server showed genuine concern for making sure I got precisely what I needed; he made suggestions for several variances on the menu that the kitchen was more than happy to prepare. I had a stupendous whole bass, beautifully cooked with no salt and no butter. The kitchen prepared a great spaghetti with garlic and olive oil as a first course, and I ate heartily and guilt-free. A pleasure in every way.

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68 out of 132 people found this review helpful.

So disappointing...I will never go back!

By Chiccanyc on 7/2/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Bar Pitti used to be one of my favorite spots in NY since 3 years, but last night experience cancelled all the good ones! The waiters were extremely rude, we had to ask for water, parmigiano and pepper on our pastas...for clean dishes since they brought us 4 very dirty dishes!!! Our waiter didn't even look into our faces when taking the orders, never asked if we were fine, if we needed explanation of the special menu that it is written in Italian! He rushed us through our meal, taking away dishes not empy without even asking if we were still working on them... The food wasn't even that good as it usually had been, no salt at all, pasta wasn't even that warm...and on top of their rude bahaviour, mediocre food, the bill was very high for what we got! I am sorry but I will never go back! there are so many better italian restaurants in the city that offer nice and friendly service and delicious food, Pitti is not worth it!

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82 out of 263 people found this review helpful.

Waiter Told Us Others Were Waiting for Our Table

By dw2 on 5/5/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

I have never written a restaurant review and created a profile with nymag just so I could write about what a terrible experience I just had at Bar Pitti. The service was awful. They give you a chalk board when you are seated with the specials. It was hard to read and contained no descriptions. When our waiter came back and asked us if he could take the board, I asked him if he could tell us about the pasta specials. He made a rude remark about how we could read for ourselves. The poor service continued throughout the meal. After they cleared our food, we payed the bill. We had been seated at our table for less than an hour. A waiter tried to take my drink which was half full. He came back and told us that people were waiting for the table.

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82 out of 157 people found this review helpful.

A little disappointed

By amelialocks on 4/15/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 4
  • Yes, I would go back!

The ambiance left something to be desired. Sitting outdoors is the way to go if the weather allows. Service was definitely brusque, but we always ended up with what we needed. Wines by the glass are not very good, and the asparagus starter tasted like dishwater. However, my whole Branzini was perfectly cooked, tender and very flavorful. It saved the meal. The table bread was also some of the best around. Unfortunately the squash that comes on the side of the main course was soaked in too much oil and butter. IÂ’ve never seen squash so overcooked and over-oiled. We waited for a very long time for the bill, which was fine because we were talking, but stillÂ… service is not the best. $100 for 2 people, not terrible but I was hoping for better food as IÂ’d heard such great things about this place. If I went back, IÂ’d get the fish again and stay clear of their vegetables, which sadly donÂ’t seem to get the right kind of attention. Lots of hustle and bustle, trendy and loud scene with hit or miss food, and a bad selection of wine by the glass.

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57 out of 120 people found this review helpful.

Love the always reliable Bar Pitti!

By rmw102176 on 2/8/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

This place is always exactly what I want it to be: casual, simple, authentic, Italian food. And the outdoor cafe makes it even more of a go-to destination in fine weather. You frequently have to wait for a table, but the host always remembers and you can usually get a glass of wine and take outside to sit on a bench. Excellent people watching esp. the douchebag parade going into Da Silvano. I've never rec'd bad service, but I usually go there with the intention of relaxing with a glass of wine and enjoying the weather and surroundings. But they are gruff...kinda what I like about the place.

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41 out of 85 people found this review helpful.

Unacceptably rude service

By bertiebeetle on 10/10/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

The service is beyond rude, it's downright unprofessional. The waitress took half an hour to approach us. Our food and wine came at the same time. We had not finished our wine in the time it took to eat our pasta (unsurprisingly). Unhygienically, as our waitress took our order, she knocked a fork off the table next to us. She then reached across my husband and gave them his fork. THEY apologized to us on HER behalf. He could have been picking his teeth with it (he wasn't), but she had no way of knowing this. Rudely, as the waitress handed us the bill, she told us she could cork our wine so we would leave. If our wine order had been taken earlier (usual practice), we would've had time to finish our wine. I believe that patrons have the right to finish the food and drinks they've paid for in the venue from which they purchased it. Our meal came to $90, which I think gives us the right to sit and finish the wine that THEY were slow in bringing to us. I have been treated better at Pizza Hut.

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61 out of 112 people found this review helpful.

the service is sometimes rough.....

By paolocioppa on 7/31/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

The service is sometimes a little rough but I like the all "let's pretend we are the customers and the customers are the actual waiters" kind of attitude. Of course, in an upscale ultra expensive restaurant, this should not be tolerated, but come on this is a trattoria with mostly real Italians who speak little English. And, there is a great outdoor space. Food is very decent, nothing is ever bad, always very good (not the best, but very good real italian food). Alwyas the same dishes and specials, so you know what you get and, if you have been there enough times. you dont need a menu (pappardelle and tagliata are my favorite dishes). One important point is: do not EVER order wine, it is kind of bad and made me sick all the times.

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