859 9th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.767238 -73.986600
Monday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Clinton
Save Your Money, There are Better Places Nearby – A friend and I went to Puttanesca some months ago at the suggestion of a coworker of mine who absolutely RAVED about this place. Well, forewarned is forearmed, as they say. The place wasn't packed for a Friday evening, and we were seated fairly quickly. The waiter had an indifferent attitude, and made himself relatively scarce throughout the evening. A waitress nearby, however, did recite the evening's specials, but somehow, ours couldn't be bothered. I had cioppino, which was middling; nothing special. My friend had some veal dish, which she said was so-so. Even the two men seated next to us agreed that you almost literally had to grab this server, which was theirs as well, to get something extra from him. No enthusiasm, no personality, nada, whatever...We paid our bill and left the table, waiting in their front lobby for car service. God knows the place wasn't crowded, but the snotty little hostess asked us twice to wait by the bar -- long story short: we ignored the request. We looked pretty decent, neat and clean; did they think we were going to bring the property values down because we aren't "twentysomethings". The hell with that attitude. My friend has been there before, and wasn't impressed then, but went back because of my colleague's recommendation. I should have listened to her. Save your money and go across the street, or to any of the number of fine restaurants on Columbus Avenue further uptown. Stay away from this one; you aren't missing a thing!
Not so good – This place is ok not horrible but not great. I heard about this place from a friend who gave it a little better of a review which made me want to give it a try. All around I say the place is ok but I'm heading back there anytime soon. Service wasn't that good, food was ok, and I wasn't really digging the ambiance.
good food and ambiance...not good service or cozy – NO WARM Greetings to welcome customers FOOD is good for the price. I love Sautéed Mediterranean striped bass here; excellent. Other dishes are not bad either compared to other Italian restaurants for the price. SERVICE is slow and not friendly, so be careful if a show is waiting for you. You will get so frustrated that you cannot enjoy the show fully. AMBIANCE is nice; noisy but has a calm tone to it and it looks like you can reserve one room for a party. But regular TABLEs are so TINY that feel very uncomfortable. So, I would not go there to enjoy a nice dinner, but I go there for a quick dinner before the show. (allow at least hour and half before the show though)I will go there again not expecting to relax or to enjoy the dinner, but having the stripe bass before the show.
Unauthentic Italian Food in an Uninspiring atmosphere – Nothing is really special about Puttanesca. The service is terrible, music way too loud and you're greeted by trashy looking scantily clad hostesses. To make matters worse waiters never seem to get your orders right. Only pro is that the place is reasonably priced. Avoid if you can.
Stay Away! – Awful service!
After staring at us when she found out we didn't have reservations, as if we had done something wrong...the hostess spent spent five minutes deciding where to seat us. Mind you, there were about 6 empty tables. Food was mediocre, nothing special at all. Overpriced. The waiter made us wait 15 minutes before he came over to introduce himself. Food took way too long to come out. And we had to wait almost 20 minutes to find the waiter again and ask for the check.
There are plenty of other great Italian places on 9th...stay away from this place!
Awful Food at Awful Prices – Worst food experience that I have had in the city since I've been here. Ordered two dishes for delivery that were both supposed to have wild mushrooms as the main ingredients. Both came with nothing but noodles with cheap canned mushrooms...the supposed "stuffed ravioli" came as noodles...delivery guy was a moron....not to mention it was way overpriced. Ugh...
Go two years ago. Not now. – For years, this was the reliable, inexpensive neighborhood Italian standby. Then came the renovation, complete with speakers blasting the most execrable, inappropriate music (think Beach Boys) loud, Loud, LOUD.
Attitude if you politely ask it be turned down. The staff rotates nightly. You can be a regular and not be seated by the same person twice in a week. You can be a regular and never once - ever - be recognized by the staff.
Food's still good, but after years of faithful patronage, it's off the list with a vengeance.
Awful service, mediocre food – I can't accurately express how much I disliked this restaurant. The service was completely horrible. Not just slow. Not just bad. But slow, bad and RUDE. Had the food been better and the atmosphere more enjoyable, I might have given the place a pass on the terrible service, chalking it up to a bad night. But reading over the comments here on Citysearch, I see I'm not alone and my experience wasn't uncommon. Many, many others have clearly experienced the same at Puttanesca. So, the bottom line here: Awful service. Inexcusable attitude. Lousy atmosphere. Mediocre food. Awful service. Awful service. Awful service.
Delicious meals worth their price – I just enjoyed an *excellent* 6pm Sunday dinner with six friends here. We've dined at Puttanesca several times over the past 2 years and have consistently gotten reliable service and the food is always satisfying. We ordered 5 different entrees tonight, all of which looked appetizing and tasted even better. It certainly can get noisy during the dinner rush and they unfortunately had difficulties with air conditioning on this hot, summer night, but the quality and freshness of their menu will keep me coming back.
The worst place in Hells Kitchen? – I have a visceral reaction to this Puttanesca place. Merely walking by it makes me ill and reminds me of one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. The surly service was absolutely horrible. Clearly, though, the management couldn't have cared less that we waited for a long time (with a reservation) before being seated, waited even longer for a waiter to pay attention to us, and even longer still for our food (which was far from special).
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