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Il Bagatto

192 E. 2nd St., New York, NY, 10009
nr. Ave. B
212-228-0977

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

59% would go back.

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Inexpensive Italian comfort food in a dark, hectic environment

By shamrock on 1/21/2003

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

Pop a muscle relaxant before strolling the gauntlet of the awkwardly laid-out upstairs room and discovering your chances of getting seated anytime soon -- it's always packed. A friendly, casual bar and loungey dining area await below. The gnocchi with Gorgonzola is creamy wintry perfection, as is the tangy tortelloni con ragu. I had an awesome stuffed porkchop here and my boyfriend had a melty, luscious ossobuco. Lots of good inexpensive Tuscan and Umbrian wines. The staff actually knows its stuff, a rarity in the East Village. The bigger your party, the more problematic your chances.

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192 out of 382 people found this review helpful.

where am I?

By blahniks on 2/12/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Excellent food at amazing prices, When I've come here, I feel like I am in a small authentic restaurant in florence, agghhhh if all restaurants were only like this. you will feel as if you have stolen from this lovely couple who runs this restaurant because of how satisfied you will feel when you leave, and you will actually have $ left over. Reservations really don't mean a thing, but this place is worth the wait, try their mussels and dip that bread in the sauce. they close for the whole month of august, so go now

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164 out of 307 people found this review helpful.

Great food!

By d761 on 2/27/2003

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

The food and atmosphere are great. However plan on waiting at least an hour until you are seated even with a reservation.

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178 out of 366 people found this review helpful.

rude rude rude!

By DebbiB446 on 2/27/2003

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

when we asked for bread, we were treated as though we were the "american idol" judges and dared to criticize someone's atrocious singing. i wouldn't go back if you paid me. the food, no matter how cheap, was not worth the cost to my self-esteem!

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188 out of 385 people found this review helpful.

Best Deal in Town

By superfan13 on 3/1/2003

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

Not much of a reviewer but fantastic eats, great prices, cool bar downstairs.

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229 out of 434 people found this review helpful.

The food can’t be good if you’re never even served.

By murdock on 3/10/2003

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

What was once a secret gem, a place to remember a first date and reminisce over good food and wine, has become a New York restaurant cliche. The crowd, a mixture of the ultra-hip and the confused and hungry. Service with an overall lack of consideration. A place to be seen in. Not the place to wait for a meal on a Saturday night. Making the reservations, I was abruptly informed that my request, a table for two at 10pm, Saturday night, would be honored for ten minutes, then lost. "So try to get here on time." Arrival - 10:05pm. My wife and I were directed to the crowded bar downstairs where hungry patrons awaited the call (so and so, party of blah, blah). At 10:30 my wife suggested I remind the host that we were still waiting. At 11, we started talking to others. Some were waiting since 8 - no reservations though. 11:30 - we discussed our midnight plans. Didn't we have a reservation? What good was it? 11:35 - we left... hungry. Forget how good the food is supposed to be. It can't be that good if you never get to eat it.

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226 out of 450 people found this review helpful.

The Roman Godess Never Disappionts

By jenniebnyc on 4/11/2003

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Long waits are part of the charm here. Go down to the bar and have a drink, calm down, and get yourself really hungry b/c from bruschetta to gnocchi this place is a pleasure I look forward to many times a year. Here are the kickers: cash only, crazy owner (NO cheese on FISH, and NO exceptions). Mangia!

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253 out of 535 people found this review helpful.

"Soup Nazi"

By sibbald on 1/12/2004

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

Terrible attitude, unpleasant setting, with very plain food - real "Soup Nazi" experience

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245 out of 555 people found this review helpful.

Always a treat

By holtermann on 11/28/2004

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

Good food, quirky fun owners and staff, with an edge and a good laugh.

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303 out of 590 people found this review helpful.

A fan faces reality

By kevinmoss77 on 3/22/2005

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

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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