215 E 4TH St, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.723819 -73.983509
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village, Alphabet City
Food is mediocre and the service is horrendous! One star cannot even describe how terrible the service is!!
My friends and I went to the restaurant on a Sunday night. We ordered a few bottles of wine, appetizers to share and an entrée each and the food came out bland and was not cooked properly. When my friend ordered her steak medium rare and it came out tough and brown in the centre, she naturally tried it and sent it back. The owner had the audacity to come out and lectured her in front of the entire restaurant making a scene; condescendingly asking if she really wanted to send it back. Then the servers huddled around the bar staring and gossiping about our table. Our server didn’t even come back to fill up our water glasses but had the nerve to add a 20% gratuity for our table of 5. (Note: the policy on the website states it is applied for groups of 6 or more)
What made the overall experience so terrible was the completely disrespectful attitude of the owner. He even pulled out his phone to show us what the definition of ‘medium rare’ is… Really?? When New York restaurants are a dime a dozen, you would think this shitty little hole in the wall would treat its customers with respect. Instead this restaurant owner and its servers lectured us at our table, charged us for the full price of the uneaten, overcooked steak, added a 20% gratuity arbitrarily and spoiled a perfect fun night. Avoid this place unless you want a scolding with your bland, overcooked and overpriced food. Left with such a bad taste in my mouth just like their food!
Wine not Food – I am not a big fan of eating in cellars or mud huts, so I find it strange that Invino has decorated its walls with a rough sand texture that reminds me of both. But I guess if you have to distinguish yourself from the dozens of other bistros that have sprung up in Alphabet city, it could be worse.
I had the Tre Insalate, three salads, a mint lentil, a bell pepper peporanta and an eggplant salad. The lentil salad barely tasted of mint. The bell pepper peporanta, roasted peppers had not had their skins removed, but the salad was very good.
We had a pasta dinner with Bocatini di Liguria, Bocatini in a nice pesto sauce, but strangely without pine nuts. Pappardelle con Gamberi Arrabbiati, spicy shrimp with papparadella. The shrimp needed more spice and a lot less salt.
You have the feeling that the chef is self taught, talented, but not experienced. Some dishes like Tre Insalate, antipasti, are enormous, while the Carciofi alla Giudea, literally artichokes in the Jewish style, is very small.
I am being a little unfair, most people go to a wine bar for the wine and In Vino had a tremendous and well chosen wine selection. We had the Primativo, a rustic red, that stands up to highly flavored food without being abrasive.
The food was good, dinner for three was $ 100, but go there for the wine.
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My favorite Italian restaurant in the East Village – The waiters are all really knowledgeable and friendly. It's a little cozy so you may have to grab a glass of wine while you wait. The food is delicious! We haven't had anything we've disliked yet. We took some friends there from out of town and they had a great time! It's become our go-to for Italian by our apartment and for taking friends from out of town b/c we know know we will be guaranteed good food, good wine and good service.
Not impressed – The food is eeHh......service is non existant....wait stuff is rude......it's not worth the price at all. Plenty of better places in this area. Do not waste your money and time!
amazing service, wine and food – We had a late staff holiday party here last Sunday. Zach took good care of us from the start. He suggested delicious wines to go with our entrees and pampered us with the most amazing service. I was the only vegetarian in the group, but the gnocchi bianco was the best I have ever had. Everyone else seemed to love their steaks and lamb as well. The tiramisu and creme brulee were also too good for words. This was a company party, but we all agreed individually that we would definitely be back!
we hada a good time at Vino – I came here with three friends. We were advised to order 2-3 plates per person, so we chose to order several plates and all the sides offered that night.
We came a little before the dinner crowd started to arrive, and it was a Sunday evening, which probably played a factor.
Service was fine. We had plenty of attention during our time there and there no glitches otherwise.
Food? Based on the way our wait staff explained our options, and on the way the food looked and tasted when it came out, I had a feeling that the menu here hasn't really changed in a long time and that people are making this food with their eyes closed.
Overall, we had a good time, and the food was tasty.
Great Wine – walked in at lunch and asked for a wine to be decanted ahead for dinner. arrived at dinner and wine was the right temperature, perfectly decanted, waiting for us. great service, great food, great location, could not ask for much more. the special risotto was a highlight.
Excellent food, wine selection and service! – Eight of us went to In Vino for a birthday celebration last week and were delighted by the quality of the food and the service at a very decent price. Having been there several years ago for the wine selection I was a bit uncertain about what to expect from the food but thought the laidback environment would suit our purposes.
Indeed, while the food menu is not extensive, everything was excellent. I had the skirt steak which was perfectly cooked and my friends loved the special risotto. The pasta was less impressive but still good.
The wine selection (Italian only) is deep and the prices reasonable (despite the occasional triple digit bottle, most of the bottles were in the $40 range). Unfortunately, 2 of the wines we asked for were unavailable (the suave had been consumed the night before by a large group and not restocked yet) but our waiter Zach was great in recommending alternatives. Overall, everyone on the staff was super nice and made us feel very welcome-no stuck-up pretenciousness so often found at NY restaurants.
We had brought cake from outside (for which the restaurant charges a small fee) so we did not try the desserts. Overall, great experience, highly recommended if you are looking for quality food, good wine selection, relaxed ambiance and reasonable prices.
Great ambiance and wine selection – I took my fiance here on Friday and we had a lovely date night. The wine selection is amazing, offering some nice variety in the regions available and pricing. The food was exceptionally prepared and delicious. We started the evening with a meat antipasto which was a nice generous serving. He had the skirt steak and I had the lamb chops. Both were seasoned and cooked perfectly. His creme Brule was exceptional, and I had a lovely cheese plate from the very nice selections they offer. My only complaint is that our server was not very attentive, though the table of single ladies across from us seemed to be get loads of attention. The ambiance is beautiful and the place is definitely worth a try.
The right place for great Italian wine and food – Arriving early definitely pays here, the small place packs out quickly after 7.30. Once you sit, unpretentious, but very courteous and knowledgeable wait staff will take very good care of you, make great wine recommendations (and let you try a few if you are not sure!). The courses come at a casual pace, food is great (pasta starter, steak and lamb were all great). It seems that a key employment prerequisite is love for food and wine, and that definitely helps to make this place a winner.
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