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Posted by Ljane on 03/29/2008
Loved the pasta and charming china plates -on -the -wall decorating. Wine collection is just fine to match the meal. Include with Bianca's assets a welcoming undercurrent and plenty of free parking in the neighborhood.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/21/2008
After reading reviews of Bianca online, my boyfriend and I decided to visit this cute little restaurant and see what all the buzz was about. We walked inside (after being given directions as to which door was the right one to enter) and were promptly greeted by a very friendly host. He informed us that if we went next door for a drink that he'd come get us in about ten minutes. The cute bar next door (not sure of the name) boasted a cozy atmosphere and prompt service. And after a drink, we headed back over to be seated. I had the ravioli and my boyfriend had the seafood noodles (again, can't remmber the name) and we were both delighted with the food as well as the price. Both of our meals were less than ten dollars. I had read reviews of the wine list- some calling it okay and some calling it sub-par- but we both agreed that it was pleasant. Overall, the service was just right, not too invasive, but attentive enough that our water glasses were never empty. We found that the pleasantly active Italian atmosphere was just to our liking. I highly recommend this place to a couple looking for a great, cheap place to spend an hour or two basking in candle light.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/08/2008
An amazing find—My roommate and I decided to have dinner here last night and had an absolutely wonderful time. We arrived around 8 on a Friday, and even though they don't take reservations we only had a 20 minute wait. We ordered drinks at the cozy bar next door and waited for the host. (Warning: The bar next door does not know how to make a Manhattan. And what you do get will cost $11. Not cool.) He seated us and carried our drinks over to finish in the restaurant while we ordered. The prices were all very reasonable - $10-$15 for entrees, appetizers under $10 and a wine list with a number of bottles in the $25-$35 range. We had an appetizer, 2 entrees, bottle of wine, coffee and dessert for $90 + tip. The food was amazing, the gnocchi with gorgonzola was insane. Friendly staff and a nice ambiance rounded out the evening. I give it a 10—a great place for a date.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/05/2008
After weeks and weeks of wanting to come to Bianca my boyfriend and I FINALLY went and it was awesome. We got the famous Gnocco Fritto with Strechhino cheese... it was out of this world. The homemade pasta is a MUST HAVE. The ambiance is great, it's very cozy, and the prices were even better. The only potential downside to this place is that the tables are VERY close together = noisy and not private. We went on a tuesday so it was not a problem however I could see a weekend night being overly loud and crowded. Other than that its an East Village must!
Posted by Meghan G on 01/24/2008
I lived in Italy and can honestly say that this is the most authentic Italian restaurant I have happened upon in NYC. The trick to enjoying Italian is eating simple, and this restaurant definitely knows that. The atmosphere is perfect, the prices unbeatable and the food truly amazing. You can also enjoy very personal service, as the cook or owner may visit your table to chat with you while you eat. Its an altogether perfect experience. Only downside its CASH only.
Posted by Dan Z on 11/10/2007
I live just a few blocks away, I frequent the bars in the area, but I walked past the tiny Italian restaurant on Bleeker and Bowery for over a year before I finally went in. The food is fantastic, especially for the price. The most expensive thing on the menu is $15. More than the quality of the food, the variety of authentic Italian dishes that you don't find in most Italian restuarants in NY is great. A good example is the salcicce e fagioli, a great heavy winter dish. Even the simple dishes like the lasagna and balsamic chicken are fantastic. You would think from this review that I secretly work there, and as the manager said to me the other night, I probably could. I've had virtually everything on the menu and haven't been disappointed yet. There is no better Italian restaurant in this price range, hands down. They don't take reservations and are often busy but George will be happy to come get you next door at Von where you can enjoy a drink while you wait for your table.
Posted by Eater2000 on 11/04/2007
Absolutely unbelievable food. Get the thinly sliced filet mignon, A PLATE FULL OF IT, with potatoes, for only 14 bucks, and you'll understand all about bianca. pasta dishes that came in at all directions looked unbelievable, as did all the appetizers. will go back tomorrow. and the day after. and the day after.