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107 W. 17th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Sixth Ave.
Worst Birthday Ever!!!
By haymayer on 10/21/2013
Terrible Service lead to a terrible meal, but the food was actually amazing. So it was my Husband's 35th Birthday and we ordered a very expensive bottle of wine($900), we told the server that it didn't taste right but he convinced us it would open up. After an hour of waiting on the server to come back to the table, he didn't even ask how the wine was that never opened us. At this point everyone was in a bad mood because of the wasted money and the server not caring about us. Then he proceeded to tell us we don't know wine. Which we actually collect very expensive wine and have a huge cellar. I think the fact was he didn't know wine and the place never compensated for the way he treated our table. We were a party of 12 and we had to recommend for the water to be filled. Then they wouldn't stop filling the water. They need to learn how to serve to match how good the food was. Also they put our party of 12 right next to the bar so they kept banging into everyone, every time they went to get a glass. Overall would never go back, but I hope they learned how to treat people after this experience but probably not since its run by snobby people, who think they are better then everyone.
The opposite of an Italian experience
By lgaudio on 1/22/2008
The staff was pushy to the point of rudeness, suggesting several times that we should order before the kitchen became busy - while the restaurant remained fairly empty. An assortment of appetizers that ended up costing $125 ranged from mediocre grilled vegetables to terrible chewy calamari and slimy shrimp. The appetizers, two servings of pasta (very good), two deserts (unimaginative), and a $65 bottle of wine ran $315 without the tip. Overall, I'd have to say Da Umberto was the worst dining experience I've had in decades. A very far cry from an 'Italian' restaurant.
A NYC Treasure
By milo_ny on 12/18/2006
This is a what-makes-New-York-special restaurant. The food is wonderful, the staff is gracious, the tabless are spaced very far apart, what's not to love. OK - it's expensive. You get what you pay for.
By Eckstrom on 11/15/2006
When food alchemy exists on every corner in NYC, it would seem imperative that Da Umberto have great atmosphere, service, prices AND food to justify coming to such a trite Italian venue. Not true. Da Umberto should have closed years ago! Mediocre food (skip the Â“crispyÂ” promoted yet actually soggy sweetbreads), cavalier service and high prices will keep this diner away permanently. With so many terrific Italian restaurants to patronize in NYCÂ—any establishment of chef Mario Batali; Bar Pitti; ROC; Il Mulino; Il Cantinori; and even the Â“DisneylandÂ” branding circus that is now Da SilvanoÂ—each Italian restaurant that I love are far SUPERIOR restaurants to Da Umberto. Da Umberto is an inferior (not even Â“ordinaryÂ”) Chelsea Â“has beenÂ” Italian. Dine elsewhere!
Come hungry and stay late
By rscottp on 1/29/2005
Don't let the outward appearances of this incredible Chelsea trattoria put you off. It's what's inside that counts. Simply fantastic food, a great (pricey but hey, this is New York, get over it!), outstanding service, and when you're in, you're in. Plan to eat, laugh, and enjoy the locals as well as the outa-towners. Go. Pick up the phone and make a reservation.
da Umberto wins again!
By ChefD on 3/27/2004
da Umberto is owned my Umberto Assante and the general manager is Paulie. I have been here on three different occasions and each time I find it to be superb! It is a little bit pricy, but the ambience, service, and food more than make up for it. It is a business casual to somewhat dressy restaurant that seats up to 86 people. Their wine list is extensive, mostly including wines from Italy, it incorporates over 115 wines ranging from $40 a bottle to $4,000 a bottle. The food specials each night are always a good bet, but for your favorites the menu keeps much of the same style year round, changing with the seasons for product availability and quality. Make sure you have reservations, and leave room to sample something from the exquisite dessert cart. Or, if you just want some cocktails before a show, the bar is fully stocked with supplies to make anything from a Bocci Ball to a Sour Apple Martini. Good luck, and bon apetite! P.S. make sure you have the address for your cabbie, as there is no sign outside.
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