All Reader Reviews of...
192 E. 2nd St., New York, NY, 10009
nr. Ave. B
By Sunday81 on 3/12/2012
I never know where to take people in New York. I am from out of town so when family come to visit I always stress out. This was the PERFECT choice. The food was top notch, wine list really extensive (my father is a stickler so this was a relief) and our waiter was lovely. We had the veal, a terrific bowl of pasta and red wine, red wine, red wine. Will definitely go back.
Killer wine list
By SeanL on 3/7/2012
Great, warm and friendly atmosphere with a wine list to kill for. One of my favourite restaurants in the East Village and if you are a dessert lover like me you must have the Tartufo Alla Frutta...
By Nicko76 on 3/6/2012
Not sure what's up with the crappy reviews, this place rocks! Real home-style Italian, huge winelist and friendly service. I took my girl on date here, as she's Italian, and we had a ball. We're going back this week!
By nycfoodie21 on 5/1/2009
I recommend Il Bagatto to everybody I know, its great for couples, small groups of friends, and dinner with parents. I have eaten here multiple times, and each time the food is more delicious! It is one of the best priced meals in the city. I have been in the restaurant when a couple of high-profile celebrities were also dining, but the waitstaff treated us with the same high quality service.
awesome authentic italian
By sek075 on 4/20/2009
Great real Italian food, not too hard on the wallet, romantic... and cool. What more could you ask for???? Oh and by the way, the specials are the way to go.
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 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.
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.
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.
By DianeFrost on 3/23/2012
The pannacotta here is to die for, really authetic. We came here late night for dessert and port and were really happy. Great local spot. Nice service too.
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