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192 E. 2nd St., New York, NY, 10009
nr. Ave. B
By muppetier on 1/18/2009
We made a reservation for 4, arrived 5 minutes late. After 1 hour and 15 minutes (!) of wait we "dared" to ask what is going on and got an awful attitude from the host/owner, raising his voice, instead of apologizing attacking us for being 5 minutes late! Seems like this is his every day experience (obviously he does not know how to plan his seatings/reservations) and shockingly he ASKED US to leave. He even dared calling me a bitch for asking him if this is normal. It seems like this was just the only way out for him. Awful attitude, stay away!!!
ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE SERVICE/ATTITUDES!!
By aiyyokiss on 10/31/2008
Went on a Friday night...had reservations for 9pm for three. One of my friends and I showed up first, and the host said we should wait at the bar for our third friend and he would let us know when our table was ready. Bartender was EXTREMELY rude and impatient and made us wait 15min while she served other people who got there after us. She also happened to make the worst drinks I've ever had. Our 3rd party shortly arrived about 15min after. AN HOUR AND FIFTEEN minutes later, I went back upstairs to check with the host why we hadnt been seated yet. He said 'your 3rd person didnt check in.' CHECK IN? He should have CHECKED IN with us for over an hour.....he CLEARLY forgot about us. HALF AN HOUR later....10:30pm....he seats the THREE of us at a TWO person table (which was WOBBLY mind you)...the third seat was directly in the walking path of all the servers. Needless to say, we got up and left because the experience was unsalvagable. Don't go here unless you want to be treated like a 3rd class customer.
By k_r on 10/31/2008
disgusting... and i'm not talking about the food, because i didn't even get to taste it - we were so disgusted by the service, or lack thereof, that we left before eating, after waiting for over an hour for a table for which we had a reservation. the bartender served people who came after us well before even noticing us (even though we were sitting right in front of her). her drinks were disgusting, impotable, and she was incredibly rude... maybe even moreso than the horrible host. when we finally were seated, they sat three of us a table for 2 (maybe one, it was so small), in the middle of the floor at a table that was so wobbly it could've fallen over if i sneezed at it. we left immediately before even looking at the menu. this place blows.
we can't get enough
By supercar on 3/26/2008
my boyfriend and i have been here numerous times and each time is better than the last. we always order the specials and we are never disappointed. highly recommended. and worth the wait!
By paoubinas on 3/8/2008
We were seated quickly and the waiter/food was very good. HOWEVER, the manager/owner insisted on us gultping our wine down and stuffing our food down our throats. The second we finished our last bite of food, the check was thrown on our table. We were actually asked to stand up and leave before we had finished our wine because they "could not afford" to have us sitting at our table. The owner/manager was the rudest, most obnoxious person I have EVER encountered while dining out in this city. It is not worth your money or time to dine at this place.
Noisy and Annoying
By michaeld on 12/6/2007
I went here because I had heard of its reputation for good food and a great atmosphere. When we sat down at our cramped table I should have been warned by the presence of the DJ in the corner. The acoustic is loud anyway but the DJ made it unbearable. The food was OK and the waiter was helpful and courteous but every few minutes chairs were dragged by our table by bus boys who looked really stressed. This is not a place to relax and kick back. I needed a stiff drink to calm my nerves afterward.
By AGCinnyc on 2/4/2007
Great, authentic italian food, warm, inviting atmosphere, this may be my favorite restaurant in New York. I read the profile above and wondered whether we were talking about the same place. The owners are fantastic, super friendly and very cool. The food is truly killer - imported cheeses and salumi, unbelievable pastas, the freshest meats and fish. I eat a ton every time I go, and I go often!. And they take wine very seriously -- the wine list is one of the best Italian lists in the City -- and very reasonably priced. The older (and more negative) reviews below are way off (though Friday and Saturdays are very busy - go during the week or for Sunday brunch). This place is really fantastic.
Fantastic Italian and a Great Date Place
By sek075 on 10/9/2006
Finally true Italian at reasonable prices. And... with the light-and-branch covered ceiling and the stylish downtown crowd it is both hip and romantic. Very impressive for a date. I hear that the chef or owner is from Rome and that she shops and makes all of the sauces and stuffed pastas herself by hand. The basics are covered on the main menu and include great sauces and standards like saltimboca which is incredible. The specials are the place to find even more interesting gems -- Sunday night lasagna is amazing (but sells out so go early); osso bucco when they do it falls off the bone as it should; gnocci with a lemon scented ricotta is unlike anything I've had before. Save room for dessert -- especially for the pana cotta and, if you are in for something odd but yummy, the chocolate mousse with jalapeno.
The perfect little Italian place
By Argent on 9/23/2006
Fantastic italian food, a convivial and romantic atmosphere, a top-grade wine list, all at reasonable prices, il Bagatto is a truly magical little place. Its vibe defies simple description: perfect for a first date, iIt can be funky fun or super-romantic (I understand they've had several engagements take place there, and even a wedding!) And then there's the food... This is Italian-Italian, not Italian-American food, with a focus on Roman. The gnocchi ragu is excellent (the meat is hand cut), and the saltimboca is superb. Unlike many restaurants, the specials here really are special. The basic menu is limited, though excellent. Every night there are three new appetizers, pastas and entree specials. The portions are hearty and the food is sublime. And the wine list is Italian and has allocations that are impossible to find in most restaurants in Italy. They own the wine bar next door and you can order from that list as well. The only caveat is that on Fridays and Saturdays the place can be a bit of a zoo - Go Sunday, and order the lasagna. I can't recommend this place strongly enough.
A fan faces reality
By kevinmoss77 on 3/22/2005
I once was a proud defender of Il Bagatto, correcting naysayers who slammed the place for its poor service and allegedly mediocre food. On my last visit, I joined the ranks of those I'd so vehemently challenged. Our food lacked the flavor and pizzazz that made Il Bagatto such a find (the ragu had to be store-bought). Il Bagatto no longer offers great food at reasonable prices. Rather, it serves up overpriced, mediocre food that leaves one wondering what all the hype was all about.
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