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182 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 12th St.
If you want a loud atmosphere, bad food, bad wine GO HERE
By jessicakline on 7/27/2012
First, the place was so loud that I could barely hear the person sitting next to me and I had two choices: either scream or be silent and listen to the college girls screaming over their disgusting pasta and bad wine. Second: pasta was over cooked and over seasoned. Third: wine list is over priced and not good Fourth: worst dining experience I've had in a while.
By fridayguru on 5/16/2012
We had a lovely meal for Mother's Day at Cacio e Pepe. The pastas, including the cacio e pepe and the bucatini all'amatriciana, were perfectly seasoned and the former was prepared table side in a wheel of pecorino romano. The veal saltimbocca was likewise well-received by the group. The wine list had good options at many price points and the service was attentive without being annoying. It was a nice find in a neighborhood we don't usually frequent.
By KTQ on 12/19/2011
I am really surprised at the favorable reviews of this place. I guess in a jam, if you are an NYU student and your parents are in town, it would suffice... but it's not at all memorable, and our experience was really not good. Here's why. 1. They lost our reservation and the hostess dealt with the situation by ignoring us for 15 minutes after we gave our name. Worst part is that I personally spoke with the staff 3 times in the days prior. We showed up on time and waited until almost 10pm to sit down at three 2-tops they shoved together. I don't know the neighborhood or I would have left to eat elsewhere. 2. The wine list is small, and they were out of the bottle I ordered. No biggie. They brought out a different bottle, promising similarity, poured the taste for someone at the other end of the table (who didn't know what I'd ordered and approved it with a shrug). It was disgusting; not even close to the cab-syrupy sweet grape juice concentrate. 3. We ordered salads, pastas, and meats. Salads were fine-absolutely nothing special. Same with the pastas. Portions are not generous. I would have left hungry if I hadn't scarfed down the remaining bread before they took the basket away (and I'm not a huge eater). And I love salt, but it tasted like the chef spilled the salt cellar into my dish. 4. The music was terrible and way too loud. My sister noticed the absurd playlist immediately: blaring 311, Bare Naked Ladies, Vertical Horizon, Everclear. It was 1999 all over again.
By sarah0484 on 5/20/2011
Tonight, I brought my Dad to this restaurant, and he said that it was an "amazing meal". He has traveled the world and been to many restaurants in the city, and was very impressed by the service, wine, and most importantly, the food. Our food and drinks came out very quickly throughout the meal, and our watiress was extremely attentive. My dad described the cacio e pepe signature dish as delcious and, as usual, my bucatini alla amatriciania was excellent! We both got the pistachio dessert, which was creamy and wonderful and described by both of us as quite possibly the best dessert we've ever had. The waitress was gracious enough to treat us to some dessert wine, which was a fabulous end to an otherwise great meal. I go here all the time and frequently bring friends who are consistently impressed by the quality of the restaurant. I look forward to continuing to be a loyal patron of Cacio e Pepe :)
By Crushy on 3/12/2011
Went for a late dinner on a cold Saturday night. We had a reservation but had to wait about fifteen minutes as some of the guests seemed to not want to leave, an experience we would soon be sharing. While waiting we were offered complementary glasses of a big earthy red that I wish I could remember more about as it was the perfect contrast to the weather outside. We had the the arugula salad and mussels to start. The mussels were served in a slightly spicy tomato broth that was so delicious I found myself jealously guarding the bread to make sure I could sop it all up. For our main courses we went with the bucatini and the mushroom ravioli. The bucatini was cooked to a perfect al dente and the pork was there in perfect proportion to the rest of the dish. The mushroom raviolo was quite unique, largely thanks to the red wine reduction and hazelnuts, the sweetness of which were a great complement to the earthy, almost dry aged steak flavor of the mushroom filling. For dessert we enjoyed a the tiramisu, which was good but nothing remarkable, panna cotta, which was spectacular and an off menu white chocolate mousse that the chef graciously sent out. At the end of the night as we were lingering over our last drops of wine we had a chance to speak with the chef and manager, both of whom were incredibly warm and friendly, in spite of the fact that it was pushing midnight and I'm certain they were ready to go home.
Critics Pick?? Now pretty much vile
By mentalfl0s on 3/5/2011
Feb 2011: Food here was severely bad. Kraft-foods style "parmesan" powder. Bread tasted like day-old from Gristedes and dipping olive oil was insipid w/ green dye. Cream sauces very thick, fatty, but not nice flavor. Balsamic dressing, drizzled on arugula salad and ravioli was tinted, thick viscous sugar syrup (I suppose it's trying to be Saba, but lacked flavor). The only redeeming dish was the Fennel-and-orange salad, which was quite decent. Wine was ok table wine, not remarkable -- I've had worse wine, but this is the worst pasta I've had in NYC.
Wish I'd Been Back Sooner!
By TinaM on 1/25/2011
I had dinner here for the 2nd time on Saturday night, and I must say it was really enjoyable! The first time was over a year ago and I hadn't been back because honestly the service was beyond horrible and rude (one of the previous neg reviews is from our friend on the 1st visit) . Now, fast forward new management and new staff as I was told..... The food was amazing, as it was last time. Pastas were cooked perfectly, with just the right amount of sauce, the breaded lamb was very good. And the snapper, my dish was served over a fennel salad- different and very well done. We ended the meal with two different spumas, one chocolate and one coffee, wonderful! Bravo to the chef! The restaurant is small and was SUPER BUSY and energetic, a good sign and half the fun on a Sat night. The service this time was warm and friendly, eventhough it was so busy the staff handled it well and really made us feel really welcome. This makes me happy because now I know I will be treated well when I come back! I studied in Florence and this place made me feel like I was there again, grazie!! My only regret, I still haven't ordered the pasta in the cheese wheel....next time!
A wonderful experience
By gcerulo on 11/20/2010
Very attentive to us as we waited for tables to clear so we could dine using our late Friday evening reservation. The service continued to be exemplary throughout. The pastas and mains were perfectly prepared and arrived promptly after a shared appetizer and salads. Roman style Oxtail with a touch of chocolate added in the finishing with a side of roasted potatoes is practically unctuous in it's richness. Don't miss.
Credit Card Fraud
By prhama on 6/25/2010
A large group of us ate dinner here - we calculated the right amount for everyone to pay, and 2 of us put it on our cards. Because the tip was included in the total amount we calculated, the amount we put on our cards was the total. We signed the card receipts, and then when the charge showed up on our accounts both of us had been overcharged $20. They inserted a $20 tip on each of our cards without our authorization. That's really uncool.
Bring your earplugs!
By visitorPat on 4/23/2010
The food and service at this restaurant are very good. We had a reservation for 7,30. It was full by 8 o'clock. And it was noisy. Why do people have to yell instead of having a quiet conversation? It was a very unpleasant experience. We could not wait to get out of there, skipped coffee and desert and bolted out. What a disappointment! Will never go back.
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