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928 Broadway, New York, NY, 10010
nr. 22nd St.
Great Food - Poor Service - Disaster Interior
By antonybcn on 8/8/2009
The food in Bar Stuzzichini is truly great. I love the fact that it is southern Italy only. The service however is very unfriendly, from the hostess, over the bartender to our waiter. We were a party of 6 and were charged an automatic 20%(!) gratuity. Way too much given the service. Last the interior is an absolute disaster... I will not go back, which is a pity for the excellent food.
Strong to Quite Strong
By FatBastard on 5/23/2009
Stuzzichini wins on superb food, executed well and pushing just beyond convention without trying too hard. Fried artichokes are not to miss, eggplant parmesan surprisingly light (for what it is) and savory. Service left a bit to be desired -- ratio of servers to tables was too low (on a Wednesday evening), and it took some work to flag ours down in order to place orders although she was reasonably knowledgeable in the end. Atmosphere is okay, a bit on the loud side but that's fine given the nature of the restaurant. Prices were also palatable, including the server's recommended wine which happed to be below $40 for a pleasant little bottle of Barbera. I'll be back to Bar Stuzzichini repeatedly.
By luke1 on 9/18/2008
Bar Stuzichini is in my neighborhood and I have frequented the bar and dining area probably 5 times. I have always found the food to be good to great, the service to be adequate to great, and the vibe to be either very empty or quite full. Most recently I introduced my mother and aunt to the restaurant. They were very impressed (my aunt grew up in Italy) with the food, and we were all impressed with our waiter's friendliness. The one thing that did not impress us was the language and abusiveness of (we later found out from our waiter) the owner seated at the bar. I will return again for the food, but not as enthusiastically as before
Rude, overpriced and derivative
By LRH on 9/8/2008
It's rare that I'd give a $0 tip but Bar Stuzzichini's staff truly earned it. Unfortunately, our large party had a minimum tip on our bill. Our food didn't come (ever in some cases) and our waitress was offended by our requests for our own bottle of wine chiling across the tacky, poorly lit room. The manager came over and confronted us that we had never, in fact, ordered the food we were asking about? Truly the least professional, least hospitable service in recent memory. And the food was overpriced and reeked of mediocrity. PASS on this place.
By brklyn33 on 8/18/2008
The food is excellent, service friendly, and the hostesses welcoming. A great local staple. Due to its size the wait for a table is minimal. Nice not to have to plan weeks in advance to eat dinner.
Love this place!
By missmarisa on 7/31/2008
I think this place is fabulous! The food is amazing and the service was good as well. I came here once with my fiance and then for my birthday with a group of 10 women. It was great. I do not eat meat (and most everybody else does) and they were able to accommodate everyone perfectly. I sometimes find myself dreaming about the pistachio pasta, there is truly nothing like this out there at all, just amazing! I could also see coming here for just a drink and some Stuzzichini at the bar. It is big and fun. All in all one of the best moderately priced Italian places in the city!
Wonderful food and wait people!
By kennykidd777 on 7/9/2008
I had a wonderful experience at Bar Stuzzichini last night. 4 of my friends visiting from califorina who . 2 are vegitarian Very attentive wait person who understood I was vegan and offered excellent choices. I WAS PLEASENTLY SUPPRISED!!! What a great menu.The culinary skills and presentation was beautiful. I will defiantly be back!!
Bad sunday night dinner
By esgood on 4/14/2008
I had a terrible dinner at Bar Stuzzichini last night. I was with a party of eight including vegetarians, vegans, and meat eaters. I specifically asked the waiter to ask the chef if a dish was dairy free. After confirming that it was, I ordered the dish that was obviously filled with butter. We constantly had empty glasses filling the table, empty bread baskets, and stacks of used plates. We waited 10 minutes each time we ordered new drinks and received some of our appetizers after our main course. My friends lasagna was compared to Trader Joe's frozen lasagna as it was cold in the middle. To make it all worst we were clearly the only table in the waiters section. The waiter was unfriendly and obviously irritated by our large party. I have been to Bar Stuzzichini in the past and had a decent meal. After this last experience I was actually embarrassed for recommending it to my friends and will never return.
By mnhttneats on 3/2/2008
My family and I ate at Bar Stuzzichini last evening for my daughter's birthday. It was our first visit, and most definitely not our last. The small plates were excellent (we had the large platter with choices) and then the table ordered a mix of pastas and steak, all of which were wonderful. For dessert, the manager sent over a cake with a candle without us even asking, and he spent time asking us about our meal and wishing my daughter a happy birthday ... this was a nice touch, even though he must have only known of the birthday by overhearing our converstations. This is a very warm place with excellent food.
By lwrmnhattan on 1/13/2008
I've eaten at Stuzichini 3 or 4 times. My parents and I dined there on Thursday evening, and having enjoyed the food so much, I returned with my girlfriend for dinner after our movie the following evening. We had great food in a lively atmosphere. Service was attentive at the bar and after we were seated. Whereas the decor is lacking, the service and great tappas (and we shared two pasta dishes and dessert) were equally great and unique. I would definitely recommend this place for a casual night out with (it seems) consistently good food. The only negative experience was having to wait 20 minutes past our reservation slot. All was forgiven after the maitre'd sent us desserts without us even ordering them, and he came to our table personally to make sure that we enjoyed our meals.
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