32 E 10TH St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.732403 -73.993016
Monday To Friday From 12:00 PM To 02:30 PM Monday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 11:30 PM Friday From 05:00 PM To 12:00 AM Saturday From 05:00 PM To 12:00 AM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 11:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Greenwich Village, Downtown
Best Italian Restaurant! – Incredible food. Romantic ambiance. Great wine. Great service. I definitely reccomend this place for a date or for a small quiet group of friends. It is a bit pricey, but worth every penny! I can't wait to go back!
Amazing and Classic NYC Restaurant – I have been here twice now and have another reservation for this weekend. It's such a great diner spot and a famed NYC classic. If you are looking for a pleasant, intimate, romantic and delicous meal, this is your place. I highly recommend any pasta dish over the meat/fish dishes. Get your celeb-spotting glasses on and get ready for a mouth watering dining experience.
Amazing – WIth a warm greeting at the door, we were shown to our table and served a complimentary bruschetta which was so oversalted I spat my first bite out... not the best way to start the night off. We were served water in a plastic pizza-parlor style water pitcher, c'mon Il Cant, is it really that hard to buy 8 metal or glass pitchers? As you can see, the start of the meal wasn't A+. However, things took a drastic 180 degree turn as our incredible server, Dominico explained the menu to us, etc. By the way, the place is gorgeaus, they must spend atleast a couple grand a day on fresh flowers. We ordered the Shrimp pesto Rissoto which was incredible, the Sausage and pea Rissoto with a tomato base- the best Rissoto I've ever had, and the Osso Bucco which was sesational. A few bottles of Preseco later and Il Cantinori delivered an incredible night. I just hope that they change the water pitchers, yes I know that that sounds pretentious, but seriously, if you're going to drop a few hundred dollars, get a nice water pitcher, rather than a tainted yellow piece of junk! All in all, the main courses were incredible, the service was amazing, and the overall meal was great. It is expensive, but the dining experience is really worth it.
Overpriced and just OK – We went here for lunch during restaurant week. The limited menu was really so ordinary, it was like a bait and switch tactic. The arugula salad was very good. I had a breaded chicken breast which was just exactly that, with little flavor. Service was efficient but not warm. Clearly they weren't interested in people coming for the lunch prix fixe, so why participate?
I agree - there are many great Italian places around, and the service just wasn't stellar enough to warrant the price differential.
Delicious! – We celebrated a friend's birthday there last night - it was the perfect choice! While it is a tad pricey, the ambience is festive and just large enough so that you feel they are giving your quality service. It is in the cutest neighborhood and they have the most gorgeous arrangement on the bar. This is a great place for a small group who wants to talk and catch up.
Pricey but fresh ingredients, good service, and great atmosphere – For her birthday, we had dinner there with my girlfriend on 11/28/2006. We had a great time, food was very fresh and exquisite. While we were served dessert (which came with complimentary prosecco), waiters gathered and sang for her. In sum, "pricey, fresh ingredients, good service, and great atmosphere". I recommend this place.
Portions were very decent. Here's what we paid for:
1 calamari griglia = $17.50
1 tortino = $16.50
1 pollo rollatine = $26.50
1 rissotto funghi = $24.00
1 fruit tart = $8.50
1 pannacotta = $8.50
2 glasses of prossecco = $19.00
Paying for the scene, I guess – With only a few exceptions, there is very little reason to go to an Italian restaurant in New York city that charges more than $15 per entree on average. Unless you are specifically looking for immaculate ambiance and a possible celebrity sighting, the marginal return over that $15 really isn't very high.
Il Cantinori is one of the places I think of when I say things like that. The food is quite good, I agree. But really, there are a lot of places within walking distance that have comparable food and better pricing. What does the 30% premium get you? Above average service and the possibility of seeing a celebrity, although people tell me those days are over (I really wouldn't know). If you haven't been here and don't really think about cash, by all means go, it'll be fine. But if you do, there are much better places to spend this kind of money.
Highly Overrated – This is a nice restaurant with decent food. The service was good, but it is overpriced for what you get. Very average, you could do better. Very touristy.
All around a winner – I went to Il Cantinori for my birthday with a few of my girlfriends, and we had a wonderful time. The food was excellent, service was top-notch and the atmosphere is completely charming. I couldn't have ask for anything more. They even gave us a free bottle of champagne for my birthday. We had so much fun, I am going back there again this weekend. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Splendid service on a crowded Saturday night... – Truth be told, I am usually under impressed by Manhattan's Italian eateries. For the most part, I find them to be primarily over hyped and unimpressive when it comes to the food. Large plates, tiny portions, unimaginatively bland entrées, and ridiculous checks are usually the soup de jour during these outings and invariably annoy me, especially considering I can usually do better in my kitchen. That being said, I judge most of these restaurants more by all the other factors such as ambiance, service, crowd and other things that might make dining there fun. In the case if Il Cantinori, I found the food to be typically average, but I can absolutely advocate making a stop by this establishment because the service and vibe were top shelf. The house was full and the scene was buzzing. There was plenty of eye candy and everybody was in good form. The wine selection was subtlely impressive. If you are foodie, don't hold your breath...If you are looking for an elegant fun Italian restaurant to entertain clients, friends or whoever while spending time in the village, take a look here.
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