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1 Fifth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
at 8th St.
Palatable Italian for Silly Yaks
By PupoftheRhones on 12/23/2013
I don't really understand how this restaurant could have such a polarizing effect on my other reviewers (popular themes evidently include: "I am Italian and this is fantastic," "unambiguously the worst place ever" and "I swallowed a rock" Food and wines were appetizing and affoedable; service was good; ambience was decent. Palatable Italian option for silly yaks. Eat the braised pork shoulder pasta (they have gluten-free), vegetables (cardoons* + cavolo**), the cheeses and prosciutto. Main downsides are being made to wait long time despite reservation at tables w/no chairs and weird bathroom. *If celery and artichoke were to have illegitimate bebe **Fun 'new' kale. ("Would a kale by any other name..")
By HelenaPeacock on 10/23/2013
Hosted a party of 8 for late afternoon meal. Perfect meal which did not leave us too full to enjoy walking for a few miles afterward. Ordered sampler of cheese and meat antipasti. Had to order more parmigiana because it was so good. Wouldn't order meat sampler again because no one liked the Testa; suggest you order specific meats. Eggplant, parsnips and olives were delicious. The pasta and pizzas are small so we ordered 4 of each - just enough. Everything is served family style so it was perfect for a group. We were seated at a round table in a corner so it was not too laud and we could easily converse as a group. Wine list was intimidating but server was great help. Great service. Helena P
Found small rock in my sausage pasta.
By newyorker604 on 6/4/2013
1/3 way through my sausage pasta I chewed on pieces of stone or rock in my sausage pasta. I notified the waiter which was really nice about it and offered to change my plate. Recommended me the sweet peas ravioli and that did not taste good at all, I took 2 pieces and didn't finish it. The bill came and the sweet peas ravioli cost more than what I had originally ordered. They should have at least let me know that my second order/plate would cost more than what I had originally ordered. Paid more than what I originally ordered and end up not tasting good. The sausage pasta was good if there were no pieces of small stones in it. Probably from the ingredients that was in it that wasn't fully washed I assume.
Awful, horrible and even worse than that!
By raosulli on 12/20/2012
I am a mellow diner, easily pleased when it comes to service. But never, ever have I ever been to a place so rude and self-impressed- and this is saying a lot ( I currently live in London, having been raised in NY and having lived in San Francisco, Boston and Chicago). And for what? Mediocre food. Appalling service. So rude. I went with my family and young daughter at a child friendly hour when they had plenty of time to be lovely and warm. That they actively couldn't be bothered and the food was unmemorable just tells you how desperate people are to find a child friendly place near Washington Square. Here's to my first bad review of anywhere- this is how bad it was!
By AliJ on 7/16/2012
One of the best dining experiences in New York City, and for an incredible value. Even the (extensive) wine list offers many affordable, delicious options. The diner who said that the sauce tasted "canned" should realize that Batali uses canned Pomi or San Marzano tomatoes to make his pizza sauce, and that is the authentic Italian way to do it. (I am Italian.) I'm sure her complaint of "lack of flavor" comes from the fact that she is used to Dominoes, etc. pizza that's been drenched in oils and fat. The pasta portions are "primi" portions, as in an appetizer, also the authentic Italian way. This is great place to go with a group and try EVERYTHING! Antipasti, wine, cheese, cocktails, and the olive oil gelati are to die for! But even for a date it is perfect. Molto bene! So good!
By Citra99 on 1/8/2011
Great appetizers....Excellent thin pizza with really creative toppings ..... Loved the quattro fromaggi pizza ... its like eating 4 different pizzas in one .... fun to eat .... also the de pepe pizza was a bit strong for non cheese connoiseurs .... but since I love sharp cheeses ... I enjoyed it ..... Lots of options for vegetarians for a change ... since other places have very few veggie options !! The gelati was great .....and portion was perfect.....did not feel heavy as typically would after eating at other italian restaurants with huge portions ...... Also really creative concept of an italian station ticket while you wait and see the station name pop up on the blackboard.....it was a great experience ...
By NYCvisitor2 on 10/17/2010
When we passed by Otto on our Greenwich Village tour and the guide identified Otto as one of Mario Batali's places we decided to go there for late lunch. The food was a huge disappointment. Our party of five ordered a Pizza Margherita, Pasta Puttanesca, and a Romano pizza. The sauce on the pizzas looked (and tasted) like canned tomato paste and the crust was tasteless. I have seen better pizza served at the school cafeteria. The Pasta Puttanesca was swimming in an unremarkable sauce: it was more like Puttanesca soup. Everyone in our party was raised on Italian food and have eaten pasta and pizza in plenty of restaurants and we all thought that the food served to us at Otto would place near the bottom.
By brittanycarcova on 8/17/2010
One of the best deals in town: great food, great atmosphere and a celebrity chef. Why not? Everything I've tried here has been as delicious as one would expect from Mario Battali and the price makes it even better.
By jaredkanter on 8/11/2010
Loved the place.....excellent food
Good food, good prices
By stodd on 8/4/2010
Went with a group of 5, ordered a bottle of wine, the appetizer special (ricotta, watermelon and cucumber salad- so good), an order of carbonara, an order of rigatoni with sausage, the pizza with pecorino and an egg on top, and 2 desserts- the black and white gelato and the one with lemon gelato (both amazing), and we all paid no more than $25 including tax and tip. It was a little bit of a wait, plus they accidentally walked us to a table that was just being seated by another hostess, but to make it up to us they poured us free glasses of prosecco. It's a mixed crowd, with high schoolers at one table, a family at another, and a bunch of 30-somethings at another, but Mario Batali does quality food that tastes good, isn't too expensive ($9 for pasta- not bad in NYC) and the gelato is incredible. I've loved it since my first trip to the city as a kid and still love it now that I live here.
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