903 8th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.764640 -73.984410
Mon noon-11:30 pm, Tues-Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11 pm
Neighborhoods: Clinton, Midtown
The worst restaurant experience, ever – We went to Da Tommaso for a business dinner. We were seated in the middle of the overcrowded room where my husband was constantly bumed into by waiters. The bread was half baked wonderbread in the shape of challah. The food was so covered in gloppy sauce, no one quite knew or tasted what they were eating. My $13.50 appetizer of shrimp wrapped in bacon consisted of two lukewarm, slighty past prime, I contemplated not eating them but decided they were probably safe, covered in thick orange glop. One of our party compalined he couldn't taste his lambchops, only the cup or so of sauce with mushrooms dumped on them. The service was fair, but the big shock came at the end when my husband was presented with a $409.00 bill for food that I wouldn't accept from a local pizzeria. Maybe tourists who go there don't know the difference, but we did. So, my husband tipped only 10%, something he's never done before in his life, thinking $40.00 was generous for the service, considering the outrageous mark up on the food. He was surrounded by three waiters standing up around him saying, "This is ridiculous" and trying to get him to give more, I guess they figured a 58 year old guy wearing glasses was an easy mark. He asked if they wanted to fight, they backed off and he left, we followed. One of our party returned to go to the bathroom, they questioned him about who we were. I have never in my life had anything remotely like this happen before. With so many great Italian reataurants in New York, I don't know how they get away with their food or attitude.
A Letterman Favorite, but not above #6 on my Top 10 List – After the FABULOUS Tim Burton exhibit at MOMA (sorry...ends 4/26/10...) we tried a David Letterman favorite at 8th & 53rd. I was a little disappointed with the limited, highly traditional menu...kinda like the dinners at at Mama's house the past 6 weeks... a little veal, a little lamb, some pasta...but nothing out of the ordinary. I had the Fetuccini Alla Mama, which was good, but thats about it. My wife had the ravioli special, spinach & cheese. I'll admit, I like THICK sauce, so I didn 't thinka watered down version is all that great. She liked it, but agreed it wasn't out of this world. The dinner, a small antipasta (which they were nice enough to split into 2 plates),a BIG glass of Chardonnay (finally...a glass of wine almost worth the price[9.50]), 2 O'Doul's (Im driving): $90 with tip. We left agreeing it wasn't anything we'd come back to try again.
Service was a tad nonchalant & terribly condescending, but they were attentive. 6-7pm is perfect if u need to catch curtain, but if you're not in a rush, avoid that time.
Put up with the service, the food is worth it – We ate an early dinner at Da Tomasso on a Sunday evening after visiting the Natural History museum. The service was indifferent bordering on condescending. In jeans and t-shirts, perhaps we were not their desired clientele; though most in the restaurants were not dressed up. Despite the mediocre service, the food was very good. The rolls were not, they came to our table having clearly been rewarmed several times over, but everything else was very good. Being a vegetarian at a Northern Italian restaurant usually means spaghetti or ravioli for me, and I was resigned to the usual might-as-well-be-frozen spinach and cheese ravioli. So I was pleased to get oddly shaped but very good homemade pasta ravioli in a terrific fresh-tomato sauce. At $20, this was high for ravioli, but very good. Also a great cannoli for dessert, WITHOUT those dyed green nuts!
Old School Italian – This may not be the trendiest italian restaurant in New York but it is certainly one of the best. I've been going to Da Tommaso for years and they always deliver classic Northern Italian food that never fails. Have the Penne Vodka and the Paesana salad!
ask for pricing on the specials! – We went and really enjoyed the food and wait service (the ambience is fairly non-existent). The pasta prices are from $12-$18, generally, and I ordered a porcini mushroom pasta special... which was $26!! When the manager came over to discuss this drastic difference in price, he told me I was the only one who complained about the price, and that porcini mushrooms are expensive, don't I know that?? Instead of customer service, we got defensive surliness. If you go, ASK THE PRICE OF THE SPECIALS!
Neighborhood Italian – A nice place to get some neighborhood italian and very decent service in Hell's Kitchen. You can order off the menu for a real treat, enjoy the decent wine list and reasonable prices.
Bravo!!! – My husband met the owner of Da Tommaso in a local hardware store and they began to talk and he mentioned his restaurant. We thought we would give it a try and have been going to it ever since. We have recommended it to many people and no one has come away with a negative review.
Bellisimo! – This is my favorite NY restaurant in the theater district. The service is great- the food is delicious- and the atmosphere is quaint. My only complaint is that the tables are a bit crowded together- where aren't they in NY??? The desserts are outstanding- especially the tiramisu and the fruit tart. If it's not on the menu, ask for the string bean and goat cheese salad- delicious. be careful when orderibg a "special"- they tend to be qite a bit higher priced than the entrees on the printed menu. Enjoy!
Great place to dine! – We went here late on our last night. I wish we'd found it sooner. Great food, and very friendly and attentive waiter. Only watch out for the refills on tea. While I though we were finally eating economically for once, the cost of tea was outrageous! Being from the south, I assumed (yeah, I know) that refills were free. I found that most places in NYC charge for each drink. Ouch!
Best kept secret – I love this place. When I lived here, I used to eat here frequently, took everyone here and told everyone about it. The food is excellent, the service is great. It's not your "trendy, in" place but can boldly compete with any of them any day. I've never had bad service or bad food here.
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