136 W 55th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.763510 -73.979844
Mon, 7:30am-10:30am, noon-3pm, and 5pm-10pm; Tue-Sat, 7:30am-10:30am, noon-3pm, and 5pm-11pm; Sun, 4pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Clinton, Midtown
I went to Abboccato for lunch the first day of Summer Restaurant Week 2012 with 2 friends. The food was spectacular! Fresh Italian bread and olive oil on the table started us out. Tomato soup was rich, savory and "warm" just as described, not at all too hot for summer weather. Skate as the main dish was even better: flaky, succulent, with olives, tomato sauce and tiny pieces of homemade pasta ... I had to pause after the first bite to take it in. The tiramisu was not heavy and just the right amount of sweetness with an emphasis on the espresso. The wait staff was attentive and friendly, with just one mix-up in dessert orders. I highly recommend it as a Restaurant Week choice!
What a let down. – I used to frequent Abboccato any time I traveled to the city with my partner. After contacting our favorite server before our most recent visit - he informed us he was no longer employed at Abboccato - nonetheless, my partner and I gave it a try.
We could not help but compare our last visit with our visit this Friday:
In the beginning things were okay - it took nearly 10 minutes to get the drinks we ordered and about another 15 to get around to having our order taken - first let down. We were on a time limit and rather than rush our waiter we went straight for entrees. I figured I would try something new, despite being warned before by our normal server, I ordered the Sweetbreads; it was incredibly salty, overcooked and simply put, not worth it's dollar. My partner ordered the Grilled Baby lamb chops at medium rare temperature; it came to the table nearly well-done and over-all bland. Combined with a poor pairing and terrible preparation, that's the second let down. Our last server gave us the impression to trust our waiter - a mistake I will be sure not to make again.
In closing, we were offered the common diner phrase of 'anything else?' - if we were offered espresso or cappuccino we more than likely would have obliged. The biggest insult of the night which is against fine-dining protocol, whether you've worked this field or not, was having the server remove our paid check before we even left without saying a word.
That is my last visit to Abboccato, and I will be sure to deter my friends from visiting. Your new staff has a lot of kinks - you all made a careless mistake in firing those previously employed.
Amazing Crispy Calamari Salad! – We enjoyed a meal at Abboccato while in town for a conference and while one of our party was not happy with the meal, the rest of us really enjoyed our dinners.
We started with the Crispy Calamari Salad which was dressed with a gorgeously tangy but slightly sweet lemon aioli that made you want to lick the plate clean. I could gladly have made a meal of that salad and gone home happy. Next up was a nightly special, squash soup. The soup had a wonderful velvety texture and tasted like a nice squash soup...not amazing, but quite good.
My main course was Breaded Veal Scallopini with prosciutto, Piemontese cheese and Marsala. The breading was just on the side of too much but the veal combined with the prosciutto and the cheese for a wonderful flavor combination in the mouth. The arugula and cherry tomatoes that accompanied the dish provided a nice clean balance.
We finished the meal with a glass of limoncello (lovely) and a cheese plate which included three Italian cheeses. The cheese plate was delicious but none of the individual cheeses stood out. By far, the best part of our meal was the calamari salad.
Service needs a lot of improvement – The service was terrible. We waited for 5 minutes before being able to get someone's attention in order to just get our menus. They took all my flatware away thinking I ordered soup for my app. When the app's came and they realized that's not what I ordered, I needed to ask for a knife and fork two times and they acted annoyed that I asked. Not a place I would return to again.
Terrible Service – Would not go to Abbocatto again...period..The service was horrendous...food was good...but have never
experinced such terrible service in NYC..from supposedly a nice italian resturant..Drinks took like 1 hour too get..Had to ask three different people to actually even get a waiter to come to our table. Very unorganized and extremely NOT WELL RUN restaurant...Go elsewhere for a good italian dinner..
some interesting menu options – Not sure what the previous reviewer was complaining about as I had a completely different experience. I'll admit it was a business dinner so I wasn't overly concerned with prices, but the ambiance was lovely (the patio is charming) and the service great. We were late to our reservation (traffic) but they still sat us immediately despite it being pretty full, and were very aware of our need to leave on time for the theater. The waiter was knowledgable on the menu but he did pronounce "pinot noir" very badly.. I just chuckled under my breath. The beet pasta was so intriguing we ordered it to share, and it did not dissapoint. I had the lamb and although it was a tad past the medium-rare I had ordered, the flavor was so good that I didn't mind. The waiter did comp us a drink since I mentioned it (but I didn't have to press hard as I didn't mind that much). Overall, worth checking out for sure.
I would have no reason to return – There were a number of things that were "off" at this place. First off, overall the decor and the manner of the waitstaff felt "dated". One wall has padded "sections" onto which wooden boxes are displayed with mirrored backs and holding bottles of wine. It just looked tacky.
Much of the waitstaff appeared to be new, as we witnessed a number of incidences (including at our table) where there was a second (and sometimes third) waitperson standing there while the primary person took our order. They also seemed to have too many stafff overall, and many of them seemed to hover too close to the tables, perhaps out of sheer boredom. They made me feel nervous. Our waiter also seemed to be trying too hard. Just give me good service. I don't need all the sugary niceties, or the constant "bon appetito's" (which were often said at inappropriate times, such as "bon appetito...is everything fine with your meal?" (!)
For an appetizer, I got the housemade mozzarella with tomato, basil and balsamic vinegar (which was advertised as being 24 years old or something). When the plate arrived, there were about two splashes of the vinegar. So I had to ask for more (especially since their menu made a point to imply how great it was).
My dining companion got a treo of pureed eggplant, fava beans and I think a type of cheese, along with some toasted bread. It was "ok".
For entrees we got pasta (mine with a bolognese sauce) and she got gnocchi. Both pastas were overcooked. The bolognese sauce had more of a cream base than I am accustomed to, so it was very heavy. We both felt that the pasta dishes tasted like something you'd get at an Italian chain restaurant. Nothing special at all.
I was very surprised to learn that this restaurant is run by the same folks as Molyvos. To me the two restaurants are worlds apart. Molyvos is of a much higher caliber all around.
Great food, good service – We chose to sit on the patio even though it was a warm evening. We enjoyed the bread and the bread sticks! We started with the buffalo mozzarella. It was absolutely amazing! I went with the lamb chops. I was not disappointed! I was so pleased with my meal! Service was excellent. The water glasses were always filled and the food came out in a timely manner.
Horrid Service, Beautiful place, great food, excellent wine list – Went for restaurant week and was disappointed to see that they had upcharge items in every category- put together a $35 menu or do not participate. The $4 extra prosciutto was not worth it and the $4 extra bambolino (munchkins) were but they could have cut the portion from 5 to 3 and included it as a straight up dessert- we passed on the $10 extra lamchops and loved the gnocchi and tile fish that we ordered. The food was excellent for the most part. The service however was horrid. Our waiter looked put out by us (perhaps because we did the prix fix menu but again- don't participate if you don't want the customers coming in for it). We had to ask twice for bread, our wine glasses all sat empty for at least 10 minutes (they take it off the table so you can not self-serve), dessert came out wrong with no apologies- and he was surly the whole time. The decor of the restaurant is lovely though- very cozy and warm. They have a fabulous wine list with lots of diverse choice in a good price range ($25-40)
GREAT ITALIAN RESTAURANT OF NYC – really good deal of restaurant week.
wonderful food and friendly host and waiters.
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