182 2nd Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.730739 -73.986268
Mon-Thurs 5:30-11 pm, Fri-Sat 5:30 pm-midnight, Sun 5-10:30 pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
Going to be a new regular! – Ok, so i've walked by this restaurant for the past 2 years and never stopped. Why? now i'm wishing i had...it took a coupon from scoutmob for me to finally make a reservation.
I made the reservation for 8:00 on friday, not something i normally do in the EV but my boyfriend's best friend is in town. Needless to say we got there and it was loud and packed. We did have to wait for the table, but the very nice hostess who also turns out to be the manager offered us chairs in the back and a wine list...
The food was AMAZING! I had the Cacioe pepe, and honestly the best pasta I've ever had and served out of a real cheese wheel...tableside. Plus, the cute guy who brought it out let our friends take a picture. But really everything was great; special appetizer with shrimp and scallops and timballo to start...yum! I would highly suggest the chicken with potatoes(my friend said he would come back just for that) and cacio e pepe. The gnochi was super flavorful and fresh and papperdella...perfect! Real Italian food.
Our server was super friendly, with an Italian accent-which just make the meal that much better. Not typical EV service, really friendly and personable...love it as much as the food! Also of note the wine list, it's not that long but a variety of options. My boyfriend is really into wine.
And the manager sent us out a tiramisu for having to wait- quite tasty and not too heavy!
Can't wait to come back and try the rest of the menu!!
FYI it is LOUD, the staff said the weekdays are calmer and there's no bar :(
Left the place frustrated and hungry... – I visited this restaurant last year with my wife, and was very impressed. But recently we went back and could not believe how expensive it got. My biggest complain though, was that the portions were TOO small. Goodness, do I have to order an appetizer, pasta or rice, and a meat dish in order to satisfy my hunger?...are you kidding?
Manager,staff,pasta, wine list,garden – This place is a great gem!
we were there last night ,it was packed,we did wait a little to get seated in the garden.
The staff was a real charm,the manager gave us a temporary seat to get a glass of wine while we were waiting.He was very caring to us,we had a conversation about restaurant business,we have one too in San Francisco. I would love to hire him anytime.Seriously!!!!
The evening was beautiful,we tried the famous pasta in the wheel and few different specials.All very simple but so tasty.We ordered a bottle of a delicious Chianti Riserva from '03.The wine list was very accurate and had good selections from different regions of italy.
We skipped dessert,but the waitress insisted to try the cannoli.
we did. we loved it
thank you guys,you made our last night in NY great.
we will see you soon
Surly Manager and Terrible food – Surly manager and terrible food. Visited Aug 2, 2008. Ordered highly touted fish combo in red sauce --monkfish,mullet and shrimp. First two were overcooked, mushy--and shrimp were basically inedible--tough and dry. Tried to suggest to the Manager that perhaps the chef might , next time, not overcook the shrimp. He did not take kindly to this suggestion --which was intended to be helpful, not complaining. Instead, gave us some excuse saying that is the "way it is made", acting extremely uncaring and surly--then just suggesting we could leave--which we did. Will never return.
Good food and good wine – There were four of us for dinner on a Wednesday night. We were seated promptly in the beautiful dark room. We ordered some wine to start. Before I tell you how great the food was... I would like to mention that the service was definitely below par. The waiter never checked on us throughout our meal. We had to chase down someone for some fresh pepper and cheese to top off our pastas. A friend asked an entree could be altered and we watched the waiter pretend to visit the kitchen and ask. Now... back to the food -- As an appetizer, we shared the bacon wrapped shrimp. They gave us an extra shrimp so that we could each have one (it usually comes with three). The shrimp were pretty small and the bacon was overcooked. Not a good start but not terrible, either. I had the spaghetti with fried zuchini, capers and codfish in a spicy olive oil. For such as simple dish, it was absolutely delicious. One of my friends ordered the potato gnocchi and that was even more delicious. The portions aren't huge and it was so satisfying to eat every last bit of my dinner! If you want big portions... go to the Olive Garden.
Unbelievably great food – I just got back from Italy 2 months ago and had (cacao e pepe dish) while in Rome. When I went with 5 other people for my birthday (after much debate) I couldn?t have been more pleased. The servers/managers were the nicest; I was treated like a VIP customer. Not only did I get an on the house champagne, but I got not one but TWO deserts (both on the house) they all sang happy b-day to me one but did it a second time bringing yet another desert with a candle b/c they said it was not loud enough! (The desert was so yummy!) Ok, so dinner. 3 of us had the Caco e pepe. Let me just say I am the pickiest eater in the world- I can never order straight off a menu I always change it up- but this time I did and I was not sorry. The buffalo motz melts in your mouth!!! Everyone I was with was beyond pleased and said they will be coming back. I on the other hand loved it so much I will be back the next night with my family!!!!!!! Not to miss out!!
Terrible food! – This place is terrible! The "homemade" pasta is certainly the kind you can make at home -- out of a box, that is. The lobster ravioli is salty with barely any lobster in it Very expensive for what you get. We really wanted to like this place. Too bad.
Inedible..tasted like Chum – The bf and I wanted a romantic, cozy little east village restaurant, and this place completely fit the bill. Service was great, ambiance was nice with good mellow music and candlelit tables.....then the food came, and thats where it all went down hill. The Lobster ravioli was more like lobster chum served in a canned brine sauce and stuffed into a rubber pasta colored pouch. The bf's beef with artichokes was something out of your freezer; if you topped it with some cheese and threw it on a roll, it might as well have been a steak-umm. Sounds bad, I know. Perhaps we just chose the wrong things to eat, the mozz and tomato were good...all 3 bites of it. Sorry, wouldnt recommend.
Good, solid Italian – The service here was great, the food was very good (the pasta dishes we had were excellent - the bucatini and the rigatoni), and they have a very reasonable wine list. We also had the bacon-wrapped shrimp appetizer which was delicious. Went on a Friday night and were lucky enough to get a table for two with a minimal wait, but it was definitely crowded. The atmosphere was lively and enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a solid meal with nice atmosphere.
Consistent and delicious Italian spot – I find Cacio e Pepe to be pleasantly different from most of the other Italian restaurants in the same price bracket because of the dynamic of its ingredients. Just mentioning blueberries and peaches in the middle of - this unseasonably warm - winter added some excitement to the dishes. Definitely went beyond your quintessential italian ingredients into slightly more creative dishes, which in combination with the atmosphere, truly delighted us for the price. Here's what we had: 1) Appetizers: Bacon wrapped shrimp in white bean puree; 2) Entrees: Jumbo Rigatoni w/sausage, blueberries, and black truffle; Ricotta Ravioli w/butter and sage; 3) Dessert: Pumpkin Tiramisu w/Peach Pure. I went out on a limb with the dessert and almost talked my fiance into a second order of it. Great spot that we'll totally be back to and recommend to others! After two experiences here, I'll conclude that it's consistent, too!
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