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Posted by Bean on 04/08/2010
Now that the weather has made dining al fresco a nice to do activity in the city, we are all flocking to those few places with great outdoor environs as well as excellent people watching. Bar Pitti offers both of these features, however unfortunately it does not offer an imaginative menu or good service. The options for Italian style entrees are limited to simple dishes lacking real flavor and zest. The pastas are almost those of the variety of Chef Boyardees canned "specialties" with no hint of any basil, oregano or similar flavoring, and also, as I mentioned before, absolutely no inventiveness to them. Some sausage and peas mixed with a tomato cream sauce was not particularly tasty. Just blah. The accompanying white wine by the glass was truly undrinkable, and I am far from a picky wine drinker. Upon mentioning it to the water, he responded that this is what you get for under ten dollars per glass. The tiramisu dessert did have some redeeming qualities, with its lovely frothy milky topping and mildly sweet center, in a generous sized portion suitable for sharing. In all, if you are seeking an outdoor environment for people watching, this is a great place. Just don't expect to find good food.
Posted by libby on 01/26/2010
Ate here with a friend when she didn't want to wait for the hot spot next door. People watching was still good but this place felt second tier. The food at both spots is weak, but you go to see and be seen.
Posted by gregory212 on 10/16/2009
the cafe was great!! great food...great service.....great service......great people watching...it was a true new york italian dining experience
Posted by Vanessa and Kevin on 09/04/2009
After excitedly heading over here on a recommendation, we saw quite a crowd had gathered. Clearly this place is popular. It's located on a wide sidewalk with a ton of outdoor seating. The host eyballed us and nodded that he knew we were waiting and proceeded to point at different people who were on the invisible list and show them to their tables. They sat us after 10 minutes and plopped a poorly written chalkboard in front of us and said "need help?". We came expecting atrocious service and were not let down. We ordered simple food...montepulciano wine by the glass, a simple pasta dish with red sauce and a papperdelle and we started the meal with caprese (buffalo cheese and cherry tomatoes). The food was just OK. Not enough seasoning, tiny portions - though only $13 a plate, and the service was gruff, impersonal, and not at all a selling point. When we got our bill the waiter charged us for 4 glasses of wine. $32 bucks total. They corrected our bill and we paid. Not a happy camper here. Hooray for the people watching, but without good service, mediocre food simple becomes crap food. Not going back. Too many other options in the city.
Posted by anonymous on 08/08/2009
I went here on a Wednesday on a recommendation. The staff were incredibly unfriendly. The menu wasnt too exciting and the food nothing to write home about. I will not return
Posted by iLoveNY on 06/18/2009
Went to have dinner here after hearing great reviews. Food was not spectacular, but was decent. The atmosphere was nice, always nice to have a relaxing dinner in the Village. The thing that turned me off with this place was that at the end of our meal, my friend and I ordered a glass of wine each...but, right when it was brought over they told us to leave! I understand if they needed the table, but they should have told us before we ordered the drinks and paid for them! We would have been happy to leave if they had told us, but instead they poured our wine into soup containers and we took our wine-to-go. Felt rushed from the time we sat down. So...try it out for yourselves, def. a great atmosphere, but hopefully you'll have better luck with the service!
Posted by jackson on 06/09/2009
food is delicious. great bread and olive oil to start. always a good sign. i've made many trips to italy, and i think this is one of the most tasty italian places i've been to in america. service is slightly off-putting if they're crowded or who knows why. crowd is a little too fashionable. not uncommon to see someone famous. someone else may be attracted for this reason, but i think it's a bit too cool. i keep going back because the food is consistently delicious and the price is fair. nevermind the service or crowd. if the staff start to recognize you they become much warmer. go to eat, not to feel special.