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5 Bleecker St., New York, NY, 10012
great food, terrible service
By caribrooke on 7/30/2010
Bianca is a culinary gem, delicious authentic italian food. however, because the prices are reasonable, they feel as though they don't need to train their wait staff. the first time i had dinner here, we complained a few times and the owner said "the food is cheap here, plenty of people come, if you don't like it, don't come back". i assumed he was disgruntled by my large group of young pushy women, and figured i'd try again. went back last night, food was great. the waitress was simply rude. pushy when she wanted us to order, but impossible to find when we wanted the wine list. i think we took too long too order for her standards. she was whispering to her coworkers while passing off dirty looks to my friends and i. to top things off, they added things to our check assuming I wouldn't notice, and then apologized for their error. so my advice, great food and charming place. don't go to there impatient friends.
Gnocco fritto stole my heart
By olive_ruth on 3/22/2007
Bianca is a gold nugget in the increasingly populated stretch of restaurants and shops on Bleecker between Lafayette and Bowery. We started out with the gnocco fritto and stracchino, pillowy fried dough squares served warm so the cheese melts a little bit--loved it. The vegetable lasagna appetizer was smothered in a savory red sauce and impressively steered clear of mushiness (layers of vegetables can easily be cooked to goo, but the zucchini and eggplant kept their form here), though the portion was so large it easily could have been an entree. The tagliatelle bolognese was solid (I like Max's better, but Bianca's version is worth a try), but the lasagna entree was a real winner. For dessert, tried the chocolate mousse cake, which was tasty if not groundbreaking. Service was fine, but nothing to write home about. All in all, great experience and plan to go back soon!
Great Neighborhood Spot
By datruth585 on 11/28/2007
Great value, good food, small, sometimes boisterous, always enjoyable. Try: shrimp and squid appetizer, gnocchi (very heavy though), ravioli, spaghetti. Pastas are the best bet and value.
What a treat.
By Chris Rovzar (NY MAG) on 5/19/2010
Showed up with a party of eight at 9:30 on a Tuesday night and had a drink at Von while we waited, but not for long at all. Mussels were good, as a previous reviewer said - giant and juicy. Balsamic chicken as well (though, as the waitress warned, probably not as healthy as it sounds), as well as the ravioli and a tagliatelle special with baby shrimp. The service was friendly, the wine list was startlingly reasonable, and the environment is just so charming. I don't know why this place doesn't get a Critic's Pick, but I'm kind of glad - we would have never gotten a table if everyone knew about it!
i'm biased, i know the owner
By alwayshungry on 12/10/2010
I once met the owner/culinary chief, Juan Carlo (sp?). From the Emilia Romagna region in Italy, the soft-spoken foodie told me about how he got started â€“ standing shyly outside the kitchen door of a known chef in his town in Italy, lined up like migrant workers for handyman jobs. One day he was allowed in.. of course, as dishwasher.. working his way up, itâ€™s and old school ascension tale. Biancaâ€™s interior was created to remind him of the milk houses in Italy.. thus the Bianca.. clever, eh? part of macnchis blog on wordpress
By dmunczek on 1/16/2011
Contrary to another's complaint about the service, I found the waitstaff friendly, prompt and efficient and always available, and this given that the restaurant was crammed full on a Saturday night. The setting was lovely and welcoming, and the food was solid and VERY abundant. I had Brodetto Di Pesce adriatic fish and shellfish stew, huge portion, and a steal for $15.
By johntmallouf on 6/9/2008
They make Lasagna like mom makes!! We started with the Gnnochi Frio (sp?) and it was a perfect appetizer. Bianca is in a great location and perfect setting with all of the candlelight for a nice night out with my wife. It was very crowded and loud inside, and we did have trouble understanding our waitress, but the food made up for any problems.
really good food
By pinafour on 4/12/2009
I really enjoyed this place! The mussels were the best I've had anywhere - tender and big. We were dipping our bread in the broth. Dessert (Panna Cotta) was amazing, so good. It's a little cramped inside, you will have to go early on a weeknight. Definitely going back.
who said sexy left?
By foodlovingteacher on 6/24/2008
In my defense of the use of 'sexy' as an adjective to describe restaurants, I give you example A: Bianca. This Bleecker St. gem is far enough east to repel tourists, and just west enough to keep LES hispters at bay. Great food, perfect lighting and a steady following keep Bianca consistently (yet perfectly) crowded. Though any 'cash only' policy remains a thorn in my side, for a meal at Bianca, I can live with the pain.
We love George
By fullorbit on 6/29/2008
Our favourite restaurateur in the city is named George. The co-owner of Bianca on Bleecker street, right next to Von, our favorite drinking spot, he is also a friend. Dinner by George is as ubiquitous as a home-cooked meal. Brought over by the man himself to eat at a table or belly-up inside the bar, every dish is amazing. For the full review, visit http://thedisgruntledgastronomes.blogspot.com/
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