Bronx >Food & Dining > Dominick's Restaurant
2335 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY | Directions 1045840.854293 -73.888802
Monday From 12:00 PM To 10:00 PM Wednesday To Thursday From 12:00 PM To 10:00 PM Saturday From 12:00 PM To 10:00 PM Friday From 12:00 PM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 01:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Belmont, West Bronx
Everyone loves this Arthur Avenue standby, and it's not hard to see why. It still has all the authentic feel that Little Italy lost long ago, and the food is gutsy and homey, if not always a knockout. But no trip to the area is complete without a visit.
food good but overpriced ,service fair at best. many better places on arthur ave – used to like eating here but long past the days when worth the price. food ok but service is only fair at best. prices are higher than most other joints with food as good or better on the same street so skip this place unless no choice
BIG disappointment – As a professional cook (executive chef for a major cruise line) I'm pretty understanding when it comes to the challenges restaurants face. I always give a place the benefit of doubt and look to the good , not just the bad. Unfortunately I cannot say very much good about Dominicks. Wife & I ate there today. I knew the drill..no menus. Server said 'we can make anything so I asked for veal saltiomboca...they couldn't make it. My wife asked for manacotti...couldn't make it. She had baked ziti...tasted like boxed pasta with watery tomato sauce from a can and not very flavorfull cheese broiled for a minute or two. I had veal picatta..sauce was 'OK' but the veal was par boiled, not sauteed. Chianti was good quality, DOCG italian but very young..2006, .nothing special. Wife asked for meatballs to spice up the ziti...meatballs came with cheap sausage. Meatballs were bland with lots of filler (probably breadcrumbs). Salad was store bought icebuerg lettuce with tough tomatos and bad italian dressing. Tablecloths brown, sticky naugahyde, dining family style, service indifferent. Billl...$79. Unless the wine was $40+, meal was grossly overpriced. I'll stick with Angelinas on Mamaroneck Ave in White Plains for future meals when my ship is in port....Chef Sabio
hm, well... – we ate here tonight. we were given a number and told to wait upstairs in the bar area, where we were promptly asked if we wanted to order drinks, which, btw, seems to only consist of alcohol, nothing like tea or similar. after a while (no longer than 20 minutes), our number was called and we were brought to a family-style table. we sat next to another couple, but no one was inbetween us, so it wasn't so bad. it took a while to order, when out of nowhere, the server came up and said "what do you want?" we were like, um, never got a menu. "we don't have menus. what do you want, we can make anything." so we ordered just what we knew. everyone was getting this salad, so we got it. it was actually cheap iceburg lettuce drenched in bad itialian dressing. we had to ask for bread. when dinner came, i had ordered baked ziti, of which it was nearly an entire box worth of ziti with melted cheese and cheap tomato sauce. our other dish was chicken parmesian. it was not chicken breast as you would expect, but what looked like reconstitued chicken (and dark meat at that), overfried, with cheap tomato sauce. portions were huge, so if you aren't expecting GOOD food, you'll at least get a LOT of food. when the "bill came", there was no bill, the server just ran around and told people, "when you are ready, your bill is $40 even." really? how would i know? there are no prices, no menu. we think there was a menu on the wall behind us, in a heavy server traffic place so you'd feel bad stopping there to look at it. it was just ok. everyone was in a hurry, but food was slow-coming. and the tables were too close together, so when those closer to the walls need to be served, or when they were trying to leave, get in, or go to the bathroom, they had to squeeze in and out. it was an ok experience. went on a recommendation, but are not likely to come back.
The best Italian food this side of Italy. – I've been to Dominick's a number of times.
This place has some of the best Italian food this side of Italy. The service has always been excellent, and the food wonderful. There are several quirks that you should understand. 1. The menu is written on the board, there is no menu handed to you. 2. The waiter will tell you what they have, will make recommendations. Let the waiter lead you, you won't go wrong. 3. If they haven't changed things, it's a cash only operation. 4. At the end of the meal the waiter will "tell" you the price, there is no written check, you add the tip and pay. 5. They don't serve dessert, you go a few doors away to the bakery for desserts to die for. 6. Seating at Dominick's can be a challenge. You'll possibly share a long wooden table with strangers. This is not a problem as everyone who walks through the door is friendly. We've shared many evenings with the locals, which I am not.
As I read the few negative comments about Dominick's all I can think of is these reviewers were at a different restaurant, or worse, they wouldn't recognize great Italian food if they tripped over it.
Chill out, try as much of the wonderful food as you can handle, and don't forget the wine.
Closest you'll come to Sunday dinner at Nona's! – This place is the REAL DEAL. Delicious homestyle italian - authentic! Favorites include stuffed artichoke, clams orreganato, Mussels with red sauce, Pork chop with vinegar peppers, fries, Rigatoni Bolognese, eggplant parm. Beware - the portions are huge. Forget about dessert - they don't have it!
BEWARE!!!! – The people who work there are very rude. I would never recommend this place to anyone. They didn't even understand what a corkage fee was!! Completely rude and horrible, even the management.
If you like rude and unknowledgeable people, then enjoy.
Editorial Review by Marcella Veneziale – This gut-busting restaurant serves traditional Italian-American cuisine and doesn't have menus, but accomodating waiters take (almost) any request.
If the steak pizzaola's still available, get it. – We've been going there for 22 years, since our kids were 4 and 6 and the place was recommended by a cop at the Bronx Zoo who warned us away from more pricey tourist places nearby. The staff treated our kids like young adults, talking directly to them. There were no menus and no checks then. just "Whaddyuh want?" and "Wajjuh have?" We loved it, and the food was excellent. The parkings's tougher now, the wait's a lot longer, but the food's still definitely is worth the aggravation. If you're looking for a quiet little candle-lit table in the corner, go somewhere else.
HUGE disappointment – Not much better that cafeteria food. A step up for the local Fordham U students but sub par for anyone over 21. Didn't even want to take the inedible chicken scarpariello home for my cat. House wine was swill. This place is long past its prime. I grew up in the Bronx and went to Fordham and had alsways heard about Dominicks. Maybe I've had too much good food in far better restaurants. Victoria's or Raos sauce out of the jar is superior. Thank God we only had to wait ten minutes. Salad, however, was good..just like my mother used to make.
Unique dining experience – I haven't been to Dominick's since I was 13 years old. My father used to take me there before Yankee games and it became a childhood memory that will never be forgotten. 27 years later I had the opportunity to return with my wife and kids and not much has changed. Family style tables, no menu's, wait staff that might as well be family....and then the food. The bread...the antipasta...that alone is worth going for but it doesn't stop there. Our waiter had all of our favorites made to order however I have to go back after seeing all the different food going by to other tables. I know it must have been delicious. Stuffed artichokes, broccoli rabe, Italian roasted chicken, meatballs, veal chops...I'm going back next month. We went on a Wednesday night at 7:30 pm, expecting to wait however we got seated right away. Very reasonable price wise....family of 5 for $130.00...ya can't beat that. If your going to Little Italy...the Bronx you have to stop at Dominick's....just don't expect white table clothes and romantic seating. Expect a unique dining experience.
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