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Bocca di Bacco

828 Ninth Ave., New York, NY, 10019
nr. 54th St.
212-265-8828

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 7
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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57% would go back.

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Great place

By MyNYReview on 12/17/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

The new management is wonderful. The service was great. They have an extensive wine list, and amazing octopus. I would definitely go back.

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52 out of 119 people found this review helpful.

Never Again

By rainasaul on 4/27/2011

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

Our dining experience on April 15: We had an 8:45pm reservation and were told when we arrived at 8:40pm it would be 15 minutes. We waited patiently for 15 minutes and then were told it would be 5 more minutes. After waiting for 30 minutes, and mind you we were not Walk-Ins, we had a reservation, we asked for the Manager to come over (the round, tall, bald one). We thought a place as nice as Bocca di Bacco would at minimum have consideration for its patrons and perhaps offer us something to drink while we waited. Nothing. Not only was nothing offered, but the manager didn't even have the respect to come and speak to us-- at all. In all, we waited 40 mins with a reservation and were offered nothing while we waited or once we were seated. We were extremely surprised and grossly disappointed by the complete disrespect the manger has for his clientele and will never go to this restaurant again. The food was eh (my scallop pasta special for $26 had one and a half scallops in it --literally and the pasta tasted like boiled pasta), the wine was good. One star for the wine and our great waiter, Maximillian who was lovely!!!

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63 out of 132 people found this review helpful.

Great find!

By SignoreAlDente on 4/26/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I eat out probably more often than most and especially at Italian restaurants. As time goes by, it becomes harder to find a place that offers anything truly different. Experiencing Bocca di Bocco gave me one of those rare moments. They have an incredibly extensive wine list (all Italian), many of which are on tap, so you can order many by the glass or by the 3oz. taste. My wife and I love cheese with red wine, so this was definitely a place for us. We started with a platter of parmagiano reggiano. Our waiter, Giorgio, was attentive and was able to guide us by describing each wine we asked about. We then split a penne gorgonzola as our appetizer. We didn't need to specify "al dente," they did it automatically. The bread was delicious, too; it was served with a sun dried tomato paste with an olive oil base. For the main course, the branzino was nicely seasoned, crisp on the top and soft and tasty underneath. Giorgio, while attentive and readily accessible, gave us our space and never made us feel rushed. Due to their wide variety of wines and price ranges by the glass, we were able to experience and critique several wines that night. Giorgio even gave us a free tasting of four wines we expressed curiosity about. Regarding the atmosphere, it had a somewhat rustic look (e.g., the tables were made out of sanded, but otherwise untreated wooden 2x4's). In short, we had a great time that night and will definitely be back!

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70 out of 128 people found this review helpful.

Sexy, fun, Delicious

By dme13 on 5/26/2009

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

They have 40 wine Bottles ON TAP! how cool is that and you can order by the glass or 1/2 glass , The food is as good as it gets! I am going back tomorrow!

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89 out of 172 people found this review helpful.

Great new find!

By Cristina50 on 2/24/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I recently had dinner here and what a pleasant surprise. The food, service, ambiance and extensive wine list are very good. The waiters are professional and well informed on both wine and food and guide you through selections easily. The wine list is well balanced and the food is authentic. Good Job!

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96 out of 197 people found this review helpful.

Don't Waste Your Time

By Duke1998 on 2/21/2009

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

We've been to Bocca di Bacco twice in the last month. We went back a second time because we couldn't believe that a restaurant with such decent food could have such lousy, disappointing and overall terrible service. But they do. We will not be back. Given the wealth of new restaurants in the Hells Kitchen area, I would not recommend wasting your time or your money here. Support an establishment that actually cares about your business.

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87 out of 182 people found this review helpful.

mediocre

By headdoc5 on 2/12/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

We ended up here after our first two choices were full. The wines were nothing special, and our cheese plate was unexceptional. The service was confused or negligent. I can't see any reason to go here again.

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118 out of 213 people found this review helpful.

Bocca di Bacco

By christoka on 7/27/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

The first bad sign was that it was so dark you needed a flashlight to read the menu, and a magnifying glass to read the wine list. It's trying too hard. Presentation of food is important we figured they were hiding something. After finally reading the menu, it was unexciting. We were ready to leave but figured we would give it a chance. The bruchetta was like pizza bread you can buy in the supermarket. We didn't expect that. The Fettucine bologenese which seemed like the only decent dish on the wanna-be menu was inedible. It could have been chef boy are dee or something of that ilk. the special of the day which was the squid ink risotto was edible but not great and over priced since there was hardly any cuttlefish. There should have been real squid with squid ink risotto, one would think. Cuttlefish is cheaper and tasted every bit of it. The service was excellent and when the woman manager asked us how everything was, we told her. She did offer a substitute for the bad appetizer and bologenese, but we didn't want anything else.

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85 out of 189 people found this review helpful.

Highly Recommended

By jay1022 on 6/15/2008

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

This is a welcome addition to the 9th Avenue scene, bringing a more upscale vibe to Hells Kitchen. Food was excellent, wine list extensive, and the value was incredible. Molto buono!

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86 out of 179 people found this review helpful.

Awful

By kbsjam on 6/14/2008

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

This was one of the worst meals I have had in NYC. 4 out of 6 of our entrees were inedible and had to be sent back. One of our guests waited 40min to receive her drink, while another had to walk with the manager to the bar to get her's. A runner held dishes he was clearing over my head and dropped a few things. Gratefully, only a fork (covered in olive oil) fell down the back of my dress. A stained dress is better than having a plate of pasta dropped on your head. They were disorganized, stresssed out and argumentative. By the end of the meal, we were only comped one entree (the one that the kitchen forgot to finish cooking. Complaints fell on deaf ears. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to pick from by way of wine bars around NYC, so you will never see me in there again

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