98 Rivington St., New York, NY, 10002
at Ludlow St.
By kachesle on 1/1/2007
I recently went to visit a friend who defected from NYC more than two years ago, and when the subject of wine came up, we immediately thought of 'inoteca. We had to wait for a table pretty much every time we went, but we were happy to do so because the bartender was so pleasant and helped us select EXCELLENT wines. I love that he let us taste them all before deciding! The first time I went, I was kind of freaked out by the menu (tons of weird Italian words), but our waitress was happy to explain it without a trace of snobbery. The food is always fresh and incredible; foods that seem simple enough, like foccacia, were the best I've had. I have tried several since, but have never tasted a better affagato (espresso/gelato dessert).
By melis on 9/22/2003
Regional Italian wines - ask the barkeep for a taste. Fresh heirloom tomatoes taste just picked. Eggplant lasagne - no guilt! Can't beat the price. The attentive service seals the deal.
By Breedawool on 6/17/2007
The cheese at this italian tapas bar is wonderful. Some nice italian wine, some funky lower east side residents prancing around in cool outfits, and big windows and doors that open to the street and you have the perfect summer wine and cheese place. If your on a date, they'll certainly kiss you.
By titta on 12/27/2005
One of thie nice things about this place is that you can hear yourself talk, unlike many places that are trendy and good. We had the chicken cacciatore and the eggplant lasagna which were excellent. A knowledge of Italian cheeses helps. Well priced and comfy. An excellent deal.
By Iknowfood on 8/28/2003
Had a superb meal here. Go with friends as you can sample so many selections from dried classic italian meats to 9 different cheeses. Dinner was complimented by some fabulous wines recommended by Joe off of their 200 bottle list. Head on shrimp comes in an absolutely delicious honey glaze, cacciatore fell right off the bone and the asparagus fennel and shaved parmigiano was a crispy treat. Dessert was a simple hot shot of espresso over vanilla bean ice cream. Divine place, great value, Hot Hot Hot neighborhood
By emily1 on 6/24/2004
Inoteca is the lower east side's answer to Pastis. Dining outside in the warm summer weather with a glass of pinot blanc and an antipasti plate is really a treat in NYC. Munch on a panini, try an assortment of cheeses (the ubriaco is insane), kick back and enjoy life for a few hours. No reason to rush when you're here...you almost feel like you're actually in Italy for one moment. Service is great and the atmosphere is calm and serene. A great place to fall in love.
By 1jess1 on 1/18/2004
If you want a place that's trendy without the attitude, where the dishes are unique and delicious without the high prices and where the waitstaff is there to make sure you enjoy your night -'inoteca will be your new favorite place. It's the restaurant you've been looking for but just couldn't seem to find. There is something for everyone on the wine list in terms of taste and price. The downstairs area is perfect for larger groups wanting to eat, drink and be merry but not wanting to empty their wallets. As a native New Yorker, this is one of the best retaurants I have been to in the city. They don't take reservations for small parties, so relax and have a drink at the bar -trust me it's worth the wait!
By jcusimano on 7/29/2003
I was at 'inoteca for dinner and drinks with friends and loved it. The eggplant lasagna was amazing! Nice warm atmosphere and tons of wine to choose from. The owners are always wonderful and helpful, as well.
By kahn_b_arsst on 7/30/2008
We walked past this place one evening and it was heaving - which is always a good sign in my book. So I went there with a client for lunch and wondered what all the fuss was about. Tapas? You gotta be kidding me - the portions are jumbo-yankee size! We started with an insalata tricolore each, and they were huge - a meal in itself. It was fine, but nothing special. I had a panini to follow which was pretty ordinary (too greasy for me to finish) and my colleague had a veggy lasagne, which he did finish. $50 - I'm glad the UKP is so strong.
By kabasan on 11/2/2004
Food was okay. atmosphere was blah. staff is blah.