142 W 44TH St, New York, NY | Directions 1003640.756896 -73.984854
Neighborhoods: Theater District - Times Square, Midtown
Enjoy the Night – This restaurant deserves it's high rating. The waitress was informative and pleasant. The specials for the evening included a halibut prepared in a balsamic, lemon and mint sauce. This dish was perfectly prepared and attractively served. The fish was cooked (not seared) yet moist retaining its delicate taste and texture. The dessert offerings were a perfect ending. It is always enjoyable a when everyone around you seems to be having a good time. Not just another Mid-town Italian pasta house.
Wonderful - even the dessert – WOW! We had grilled calamares, the big sirloin steak and a lemon tart. All were spectacular. What they did with the accompanying potatoes, spinach, and roasted garlic (w/the steak) was really miraculously tasty. Calamares were so gigantic we didn't even recognize them at first ("Oops! What did we order?!") Spectacular. And super-spectacular desserts in an Italian restaurant? Yes! The lemon tart was the best I have had outside Europe. Can't wait to come back and try the Tarte Tatin. Even the music was perfect, a little trancy...certainly not that operatic or retro Italian stuff, and with the volume kept low enough to enable easy conversation. We were just delighted, planning to return again and again. We had to laugh tho when we found they had no 100% Agave tequila. May that be the worst thing that befalls us in NYC dining! We really enjoyed Osteria del Doge.
Venetian-inspired seafood and other classics please the pre-theater crowd. – In Short
With strong Venetian influences, the restaurant offers an abundance of fish dishes, including branzino with cherry tomatoes, olives and potatoes; a seafood stew; and house-made trenette pasta with crab meat. Beyond fish, the restaurant serves such appealing dishes as calves' liver in veal sauce with polenta. The room is decorated in blue, green and yellow, with a balcony overlooking the main dining area.
Loved it. – great service, they knew we had theater tix, prompt w/out rushing us, numerous people asking how things were, filling water glasses, bread was great, fish & pasta entrees both very very good. Would definitely recommend again! Enjoy!
It's okay – The food is good, but the service is horrendous. They are not the friendliest of people and can't handle their customer load. I say, go somewhere else if you can help it...
Theater District Standout – My wife and I arrived a half hour late for our 6:00 p.m. reservations on a Friday evening but they had held our table and we were promptly seated. The service was outstanding and we were out in an hour on the way to see a show. The meal was great and is an exceptional value for the City. We each ordered pasta entrees, split an appetizer, dessert and a bottle of wine for under $90.00. We will definitely come back!
Divine Digestion – Osteria al Doge's warm and beautiful setting, offer winning compliments to sensational food. I have visited "seventh heaven" on several occasions at this mid-town station, and have brought along many friends and collegues to share in the spleandor that is Chef Salvatore Calisi's cusine. The food is authentic and simple, the flavors are rich and complex. The pasta's, all house-made, are each married harmoniously with celestial sauces divine enough for the Pope himself. Bravo "Osteria al Doge", dinner at your Great White Way galley is so thouroughly enchanting who needs a show!
Great theater district spot – Definitely one of the best values in the theater district. we had a reservation and were seated promptly. It was very busy and noisy but the food was great and came hot & quickly. Very reasonable prices too.
Always good – I eat here each time I am in NYC and whether it's for lunch of dinner, the place is great.
Menu selection is good and the service is always pleasant although some of the waiters should probably take a lesson in prompt customer service.
Only real complaint is the number of tables they squash into such a small area - you get to hear your neighbors conversation!
Pre-Theater Perfection – Prompt and courteous service. My sister and I were seated directly at 5:30 on a Friday night without a reservation. The waiter couldn't do enough for us, including making sure that we were done in time to see our show (which we were, including dessert!). The food is fantastic, lots of options. A little pricey, but impressive. A great place to bring a date.
I'm not sure why the negative reviewers were so hard on this place, I found their accusations to be unfounded. I imagine the one reviewer who complained about not getting a table even though the place was 'empty' was probably improperly dressed (a t-shirt and shorts tourist?). Some people just can't be pleased, I imagine. But I was.
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