206 Thompson St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.728634 -73.999387
Mon-Thurs noon-11 pm, Fri noon-11:30 pm, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11 pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Greenwich Village
Florentine Classics Supplemented by Sardinian Specials – Massimo Al Ponte Vecchio has been one of my favorite places for twenty years. When I lived on Thompson Street I ate there at least once a week. They have classic Florentine dishes and always have delicious specials, with a focus on game. The new chef has brought Sardinian flavors to the menu which is complimented by an assortment of regional wines, Cannoneau, in addition to the outstanding wine list. Had a great bottle of Brunello di Montalcino last week with lamb shank osso bucco style.
The ambiance has improved with the renovation of the main room and the deep wood of the expanded bar area. It is a great date place with unpretentious staff and most importantly the food is superb.
They are now also featuring live music withh Grammy Award winning Guitarist Hernan Romero.
A Culinary Delight – Their menu has a great variety but didn't get to it as the specials were even more amazing.. I had a hefty plate of lobster and seafood pasta. My mouth kept saying yes until my stomach couldn't take in anymore. Their selection of Italian wine is the most interesting ever! Our waiter was very attentive and friendly making you foget you weren't in Italy..
Young and Sophisticated – European style servings.
Sophisticated, educated young crowd.
This people know what they are doing.
If you don't belong don't go there.
Horrible--Worst service imaginable – The restaurant manager was extremely rude—refused to serve members of our party who arrived after we did. The waiter said that they were waiting on a “rush “and that was the only reason that they could not serve our friends however this seemed highly unlikely as we where the only people in the restaurant and the entire place was EMPTY. The more pronounced bias was to our mixed race party who the manager took great offense to. We stayed and finished our barely edible cuisine—fair is fair if the food was good given the poor service on could at least contend with the attitude; however as the food was as poor at the service it was like adding insult to injury. Prior to leaving we had to call the cops as the fiery restaurant manager became increasing erratic—my suggestion is that if you are looking for great service and good food this is not the place.
Absymal....just terrible – I wish you could give a restaurant no stars. I wouldn't treat a threatening rabid animal the way this restaurant dealt with my table and other customers in the restaurant. The food tasted like it was a bit better than Lean Cuisine. Not the quality you would expect from a chef. The owner was contacted because we were kept waiting for close to an hour for our food--he reacted harshly and was very hostile towards us. The police had to be called to prevent him from following our table to another place. Unfortunately, we had to pay for such a shocking meal and horrendous service. In this economy, I wouldn't recommend anyone getting food for a landfill here. Save your money and go any one of the other appealing, friendly neighborhood restaurants.
Very Good – Wild boar special was very tasty. Appetizer mussels in their white sauce lacked flavor and seasonings (parsley).
this place is great,hopefully going there tonight,record company execs need good food to seal the deal and this is definitely the place
POOR EXCUSE FOR AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT – Ordered the Gnocchi and Rib-eye Steak special. The portion of the $17.00 Gnocchi would not even fill a baby's plate, and as for the Rib-eye, it must have been Grade D meat. Steak was very poor quality, and the presentation was even worse. The steak was in the middle with french fries, which were supposed to be rosemary fried potatoes, surrounding the steak. After having to tell the waiter that this meal was unacceptable, he informed me that these steaks are the same ones that have been selling for ten years. Zagat and Citysearch need to take a trip back to the restaurant and take their rating stickers off the door immediately.
Don't waste your money! – This place looked cool from the outside, but I guess looks really can be deceiving because the food was awful. We started with fried zuchini and the antipasto plate. The zucchini was bland, tasteless and anything but lightly fried (as specified by the menu). We had to ask for a side of sauce simple to ease the pain of consumption. The sauce that we were presented with was watery and just as tasteless as the zucchini. The antipasto was even worse. It was comprised of 3 paper thin slices of italian meat, wilted basil, and a few uneven pieces of cheese that could have come out of the Gristedes clearance dairy case.
Our entrees, just as disappointing. I had the beef ribs while friends had the pasta with bolognese, chicken milanese and spaghetti carbonara. All were bad...at best.
To top it off, we weren't asked about desert, nor whether we enjoyed our food or not. Consequently, we were not able to express our disatisfaction before being presented the bill, which felt eerily reminiscent of being mugged.
Great neighborhood Italian Restaurant – My family was visiting me at NYU and I took them to one of my favorite italian restaurants around washington sq park. Massimo's is awesome...it's delicious, warm, inexpensive. I really like it there. I would suggest this place anytime.
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