1593 2nd Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002840.775681 -73.953465
Neighborhoods: Yorkville, Midtown
What happened to one of my favorite restaurants? – My boyfriend and I adore this place! It has been one of our favorite local restaurants for the last 3+ years. We especially love Larry the waiter! However, about 2 weeks ago, we showed up for what was supposed to be a celebratory dinner and we found the restaurant locked up and closed. Not closed for the night or holiday - CLOSED! What is going on? Does anyone know? Please post a review if you know what is going with the restaurant.
Minimalist decor puts the focus on food in this small Italian eatery on the Upper East Side. – In Short
Stephen Latargia draws from his background in restaurant management and from his mother's upbringing outside Rome at this unadorned one-room restaurant. The name comes from an Italian word used to encourage friends and family to eat, and the encouragement at Mangiarini comes in the form of minestrone soup, Arborio rice with seafood, baked rigatoni and ricotta balls stuffed with chocolate. Red shiny tables with candles and white linen napkins put an upscale twist on an unfussy dining experience.
Extraordinary service by owner; authentic Italian pasta at reasonable prices – Great Gnochi in the most Italian tradition (and at only $13 the dish)
Unpretentious; very attentive service; they will do their best to please you. A don't miss.
Great food at a great price – Any time you want a great meal without spending $100 per person, this is a great place to go. The service is really wonderful - attentive and knowledgeable. We've had great success following their lead for best courses/wine combinations. They'll treat you the same way weather you're splitting a salad and entree or buying 3 bottles of wine. The food is superb - try the lasagna or gnocchi. They're starting to get popular, so reservations on weekends are probably a good idea, or for groups larger than 4.
Find It! – This place is tiny...we walked right past it even though we were looking for it. However, it was worth the visit. The menu is interesting and quite reasonably priced. The food was delicious and clearly fresh ingredients were used. The staff was extremely friendly and pleasant. The room is a little plain, but it's difficult to make such a small place exciting and I would not suggest that as a reason not to go. The whole experience was satisfying. A nice "find" in the neighborhood.
STAY AWAY! – The food is ok at this small Italian place but when I say, BAD Service, it's probably the worst I've ever experienced in nyc. Just sloppy, indifferent servers that have no idea what they're doing. They brought the wrong dish and incorrect change. For the 1st time in my life I wrote a complaint letter and guess what? no response. That joint is filled with walking corpses and it bothered me tremendously. My friends and I vowed to never go back.
A great night – Last night my friends and I had a wonderful dinner at this cozy Upper East Side restaurant.
The food was delicious and the service was outstanding! The friendly owner made us feel like guests at his own house. Please don't try to skip desert! I almost made the mistake not to try the orange tiramisu but I'm glad I did since it was fantastic! We had a great time and I'm sure we will be back many more times. I can highly recommend this restaurant.
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