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Antonucci Cafe

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  • Italian
  • 170 E 81st St, New York NY10028 40.775838 -73.956913
  • (Btwn Lexington & 3rd Ave)
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  • (212) 570-5100
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User Ratings (Based on 33 reviews)

Food 4.2 Value 3.8
Service 4.1 Atmosphere 3.9

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 570-5100
(212) 570-4246
Visa, MC, AmEx
Mon-Sat: 12pm-11pm Sun: 12pm-10pm
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Delivery, Good for Groups, Online Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Take Out, Wheelchair Accessible
Min Delivery:
Delivery Area:
From 5th Ave To East River Btwn 69th & 90th St From Lexington To 2nd Ave Btwn 66th & 90th St

User Reviews

  • Antonucci Cafe

    Posted by MikeONYC on 12/07/2008

    Perfect Neighborhood Spot

    Despite walking by this place a million times, we had never eaten there. It won't take us long to go back! The space has been at least four restaurants in the 20 years we've lived in the neighborhood, and this is the best of the lot. They serve really nice, fresh food, well-prepared, and the prices are not insane. The portions are sized for a normal person as well, which is something of a relief. I'm not a fan of gargantuan portions to justify high prices! If you can judge an Italian restaurant by their spaghetti bolognese and their chicken, this is a winner. Both were perfect, and absolutely satisfying. The minestrone was also authentic, and rich not the usual thick glop, but a pristine, deeply flavored broth with soft small-cut vegetables that retained their individual flavors. Salads were cold and crisp, and the dressings balanced and sophisticated. My pear salad with pumpkin seed vinaigrette and feta was really, really good tasty, savory, salty, oily and a little sweet: everything you want in a salad! I hope Antonucci makes it through the tough times it was empty early on a Sunday night. But, they seem to do a fair takeout business. This is a solid Italian place that won't let you down.

  • Antonucci Cafe

    Posted by Happy Patron on 11/24/2008

    Great night

    Besides the incredibly gracious owner, the food was superb. From appetizer to dessert everything was done very well. The pasta was the best I have had outside of Italy, as light as any I have eaten. This is a place that gives you so much value for your dollar. Go and enjoy !

  • Antonucci Cafe

    Posted by D$ on 11/12/2008


    this is my far my favorite Italian spot on the UES. my wife and I moved to tribeca for a year but are returning north and anxiously await our return to Antonucci. the people are authentically warm and pay attesion to detail. I particulary enjoy the bread and tomato sauce with dollup on goat cheese that is served upon being seated. the menu offers twists on the authentic fare without being obtrusive. Be sure to try the homemade pastas. the atmosphere is cozy but it can get loud during peak weekend hours. i will say that my wife and i are often the only non-white haired diners, although it is a lively mature crowd swizzeling red wine and negroni's. to the one reviewer complained about brunch: go to EJ's if you want inexpensive.

  • Antonucci Cafe

    Posted by Cavatori on 04/17/2008

    Great Pasta

    We loved the pasta and friendly service. Will be going back ina week for more. Just moved into the area and found one of NYC's best on the very first try. Bravo

  • Antonucci Cafe

    Posted by Madge on 09/01/2007

    Felt like I was in Italy

    I have visited several Zagat highly-rated Italian restaurants in New York. All were horrible and over-priced. The portions were too big, the food was too rich. This is the first Italian restaurant in New York I have ever been to where I felt like I was really eating Italian food. Everything was fresh and simple and delicious. No over-sized meatballs! I can't wait to go back. It was a real treat.

  • Antonucci Cafe

    Posted by Anonymous on 06/12/2007

    Hit or miss

    We've been to Antonucci several times and have had varied experiences. Branzino can be delectable one night and undercooked another; same with the pastas. Good but should be more consistent for the prices.

  • Antonucci Cafe

    Posted by Anne&Ken on 12/01/2006

    I hate to do this, but ....

    I was dying to give this restaurant a great review, visited last Sunday for brunch, which is no bargain by the way. Maybe that was the problem. The restaurant is pleasant, interesting"? if puzzling "art " choices! and perhaps the staff were lacking interest on a slow Sunday afternoon. We ordered the "truffled" Mac & Cheese, which I specifically asked about the truffled part as it is a bugaboo of mine - I am finding many restaurants are forgetting about the truffle for some mystical reason :) I was advised that it was "black truffle and American cheese and was very good" which was strange enough in itself, but we decided to give it a go. This was ordered along with a Chicken "something fancy" and a sandwich "something fancy" which actually were the most interesting choices on the Sunday afternoon menu - both which turned out to be a half hero roll with some kind of meat and a VERY thin chicken breast with some salad. However, it was the freshest half chicken breast and mesc half cup of salad I ever paid $16 for! Service was over zealous on the wine pouring and slow when they were needed. Again, I would perhaps once more visit for dinner, but maybe we made a mistake coming for brunch, never a good idea really. I was far from impressed with a $85 bill for two people for the value. We left feeling unhappy. Oh by the way, the truffle-less mac and cheese came with an insult to injury - a $3 mistake in favor of the restaurant. Sorry guys!

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