192 E 2ND St, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.722279 -73.984106
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown, Alphabet City
BEST Italian in the city – I can't believe anyone would rate this place anything lower than 4. I've never had a rude experience with any of the staff and the owner (at I believe he is the owner, he is usually there) is extremely humble and appreciative of your business.
I've lived in Manhattan for over 5 years and it's the best Italian place I've found. You simply can't beat it. Via Della Pace is also a good Italian restaurant in the East Village that comes close (real close) but Supper? Supper??? I saw in another review? What is that reviewer smoking?
Complaints about bland or tasteless? You're NUTS. Completely burnt off your tastebuds.
No, trust me. This is the best place to go. You really won't easily find Italian food this good anywhere else, except Italy of course.
I eat at a ton of places and absolutely love food. Maybe people who think it's lacking are just too used to Olive Garden. They've been brainwashed....But yea, if you like Olive Garden, then maybe I can understand the harsh reviews.
Citysearch Editorial Review – Rustic Italian fare in a decidedly laid-back, East Village setting? What could be better. This neighborhood standby opened in 1995, and boasts a subterranean bar and separate dining area that is darker and quieter than its ground floor counterpart, which features open front windows and several street-facing tables during warmer months. But both levels appeal to cooing couples, thanks to an atmosphere that's romantic without feeling overly cheesy or intimate. Go on a first date or with family and friends, but make a reservation, because solid Italian food at fair prices makes for consistent crowds. The menu runs the gamut from grilled calamari to homemade pappardelle and gorgeously braised meats--in addition to a plethora of scrumptious specials meticulously recited by the competent wait staff.
Best Trattoria in NYC – Fantastic italian food, a convivial and romantic atmosphere, a top-grade wine list, all at reasonable prices, il Bagatto is a truly magical little place. Its vibe defies simple description: perfect for a first date, iIt can be funky fun or super-romantic (I understand they've had several engagements take place there, and even a wedding!) And then there's the food... This is Italian-Italian, not Italian-American food, with a focus on Roman. The gnocchi ragu is excellent (the meat is hand cut), and the saltimboca is superb. Unlike many restaurants, the specials here really are special. The basic menu is limited, though excellent. Every night there are three new appetizers, pastas and entree specials. The portions are hearty and the food is sublime. And the wine list is Italian and has allocations that are impossible to find in most restaurants in Italy. They own the wine bar next door and you can order from that list as well. The only caveat is that on Fridays and Saturdays the place can be a bit of a zoo - Go Sunday, and order the lasagna. I can't recommend this place strongly enough.
Worst Service I Ever Experienced – Rude owners and employees. Horrible experience.'If I could give them zero stars, I would.
I had a party of five and looked for a nice place to go to since we had visitors from out of town.
Unfortunately, since it is Goof Friday, many restaurants were booked. I came across this restaurant, read the reviews, which warned me of BAD SERVICE, but chose to give this restaurant a chance.
As I called the same day to ask to push the reservation by half an hour, I got a RUDE reply. Although I asked to keep the same table, and promised we will leave in time for the next table to get their sits, the employees over the phone seemed to rather let a customer beg than try to help them.
As we waited inside the restaurant for the rest of our party to come, half an hour after the time of our reservation the hostess came to ask us if our party is on its way. We said they should be here in a matter of a couple of minutes and she agreed to continue to reserve us the table.
Five minutes later as all of the party arrives. The owner then says we can no longer have our table, although we saw it was empty. We said that although our party was late, we did get a promise from the hostess five minutes ago to reserve our table. This guy, who looked very high on drugs or something, refused to acknowledge the hostess' word to us and refused to sit us.
Of course WE LEFT then and there.
DON'T TAKE A CHANCE - DON'T GO TO IL BAGATTO
We walked a minute or two ON THE SAME BLOCK and found an AMAZING RESTAURANT called
156 East 2nd Street
between Avenue A & B
New York, NY 10009
This is a GREAT place. Great food: Amazing CodFish dish, special lemon pasta, and very good sea-food risotto. The waiter was amazing. The hostess was pleasant. The employees seemed to want to please the costumers. GO TO SUPPER RESTAURANT.
Great food been here a dozen times or more. – The food is awesome. My girlfriend loves this place. I was invited to a bday party here years ago the food was great, then I stopped eating here until one night I was headed to another restaurant nearby that had closed luckily I remembered il bagatto. Since then we have been returning regularly and the food, service, wine is always fantastic.
Crazy Owner – This restaurant is one of the WORST restaurants I have ever been to. The food was tasteless and cold. They took 2 hours to seat us past our reservation time and they took even longer to serve us. The owner is a jerk with a real attitude and his wife is even worse. Quite frankly I don't know how they stay in business with all the quality Italian restaurants we have in Manhattan. I would give this restaurant a negative 1 star if I could. Il Bagatto is not worth your money or your evening!
RUDEST STAFF, BLAND FOOD, TERRIBLE SERVICE – We came as a group to this restaurant for a birthday. Not only did they take 90 minutes to seat us past the reservation time...but they also took an additional 90 minutes to serve us! My meal was bland-which was not the worst of the situation. I asked the waiter for a side of extra tomato sauce and he refused to bring it. I told him I would pay extra for it and he said he had to ask the owner. After sitting with my dish for 20 minutes, the owner came out carrying sauce to the table while he yelled at me-shouting nonsense about how upset his wife was that I asked for sauce. He informed me that she has stormed out of the reastaurant and is devastated by my request! He was RUDE, OBNOXIOUS and UNCALLED for. Remember all i did was politely ask for tomato sauce!!!! Have you ever heard of such a thing?? I sat staring at him with my jaw dropped-in all my years of fine dining never have I been yelled at like this-especially after all the terrible service we encountered throughout the night. I was polite and said nothing (he is lucky I was with a group). However the message I wanted to convey his wife was to GET OVER HERSELF-her food was not worth the price on the menu nor was it worth the price of my cab ride to get to and from her restaurant!
Assolutamente malo! – This place is unique for the rudeness of its staff, the terrible food and so much more. Something has gone seriously wrong in this place - and their most recent health inspection was not that good either. My family and I could not believe the way these guys operate and left rapidly. We realised there was no point in making a complaint as somebody there either doesnt care or want to know what is going wrong.
A trap for the unwary – This has to be one of the worst restaurant experiences anywhere, let alone in NYC. A deceptively small menu which promises quality but the extensive specials (of course unpriced) rattled off by rushed and solely profit driven wait staff are the key profit driver for these people. The aim is turnover and large tips so you will be rushed in if a table is available, your wine will be poured incessantly to get you through the meal, then you will be treated in a threatening manner if the tip is not adjudged sufficient. The owner admits he does not pay his staff and they depend almost entirely on tips. the food was awful and they cannot even make a decent ragout. The green salad was tired and bruised. Wait staff and proprieter were uniformly unpleasant. So, a piquant combination of really poor food made with second rate ingredients, unpleasant wait staff and really nasty owner-proprieter, what more could you want for a very bad experience? There is one more thing: over charging for the awful experience.
Some readers may be familiar with the British TV program Fawlty Towers, this is the restuarant equivalent - but without the charm and with the threat. AVOID THIS PLACE AT ALL COSTS.
Great Service – Really good food. Nice wine list. Great table service (only draw back was there was a hair on my plate near my food... didn't complain because it wasn't touching and the food tasted really good an I didn't want to wait for another meal). Great place for a intimate date. Just don't dress too casual (made the mistake of wearing a hoodie).
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