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If it’s red-sauce spectacle you want, Major Food Group’s homage to their much-maligned ancestral cuisine is the place to find it.

181 Thompson St., New York, NY, 10012


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The lowdown

Carbone is Major Food Group’s tribute to the mid-century Italian-American restaurant, a hearty embrace and reclamation of red-sauce cuisine, with tile floors inspired by The Godfather, consummate-hustler captains in Zac Posen burgundy tuxedos that match the color of the upholstery, and a kitchen with impressive technique. It’s relentlessly pricey and dripping with shtick, but also undeniably fun and delicious — especially the table-side Caesar, the supercolossal veal Parmesan, the garlic-and-chile-suffused angel-hair pasta, and a limited-supply white lasagna sold by the pan that could feed an entire crew of Sopranos celebrating an acquittal.

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

What you need to know

Recommended DishesBread basket; ravioli “Caruso,” mixed-grill cacciatore, or veal Parmesan; tiramisu or frozen grapefruit. 

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelBring earplugs!