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98 Rivington St., New York, NY, 10002
at Ludlow St.
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.
Rustic Italian & 200 Wines
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
Your New Second Home
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.
New York's Finest
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!
nothing was special
By 1970 on 3/14/2004
I expected more but I was wrong,the food was nothing i will remember and the designe poor.
what a surprise!
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 kabasan on 11/2/2004
Food was okay. atmosphere was blah. staff is blah.
Hope it doesn't get discovered.....
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.
My favorite restaurant
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 opdinnerout on 3/28/2007
With a party of 6, we were forced to order a prix fixe dinner--in theory this is fine, but the overpriced dinner consisted of cold salads and deli meats to start, followed by tasteless paninis and inedible lasagna, and for dessert more paninis (with nutella, actually the highlight of the meal). Basically we were forced to have salad and sandwiches for dinner. We all left still hungry and angry. After complaining to the manager, he graciously offered to discount -20% off our bill, the sole redemption of the evening.
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