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Bocca East

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  • Italian, Wine Bar
  • 1496 2nd Ave, New York NY10075 40.772429 -73.955343
  • (At 78th St)
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  • (212) 249-1010
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User Ratings (Based on 34 reviews)

Food 3.7 Value 3.5
Service 3.1 Atmosphere 4.1

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 249-1010
(212) 535-0247
Place Order:
Order From Bocca East for delivery & takeout
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc, DC
Mon-Tue: 12pm-11pm Wed-Thu: 12pm-12am Fri: 12pm-2am Sat: 11am-2am Sun: 11am-11pm
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Open Late, Outdoor Dining, Delivery, Online Reservations, Online Ordering, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Private Parties
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User Reviews

  • Bocca East

    Posted by Jennifer on 06/02/2012

    Poor service, host

    We went there today to sit outside and enjoy a meal at lunchtime for my husband's birthday. There were several tables available outdoors, many that were on the side street out of the way. In fact, we saw another couple with a baby in a stroller over there which is why we decided to stop as we had our 3 week old daughter with us. The hostess told us that there was nothing available for us with room for a stroller and if we wanted to stay we'd have to leave her on the other side of the barrier on the sidewalk...seriously? Those other people were allowed to be on the inside area of the outdoor seating with their stroller. We decided to go somewhere else. I've eaten here before and the food was excellent. I should mention that we tried to make reservations for a party of four when my parents were in from out of town and were told that reservations were for parties of 6 or more and to not bother to show up to walk in because there would be nothing available. I think I'll go elsewhere after these two incidents.

  • Bocca East

    Posted by anonymous on 03/29/2012

    poor service, manager

    I was excited to see this place open in my neighborhood but it was one of the poorest experiences I have had in years. The hostess was very friendly and sat us immediately. The waiter was nice but had no idea about the wine or menu. I have worked in restaurants for the past 15 years and am very patient with new waitstaff but he was not ready to be taking tables on his own. We would ask a question, he would leave to find the answer and be gone for 10 min. The table beside us sat, ate 2 courses and was paying the bill by the time we got our bottle of wine. Salads were good, entrees not so much. My pasta came out stuck completely together. It had been a long day and we both just wanted to enjoy some wine, dessert and chat so after dinner we moved to the bar hoping to end on a pleasant note. The bartender was very nice and interested in discussing the wine list, he brought us 3 different sips of wine to taste but they all tasted off. The wine system they have requires all of their wine by the glass to be opened ahead of time, they are not going thru it fast enough and it is spoiling. In the middle of our tasting the manager called the bartender over and when the bartender returned he informed us his manager said we can not taste anything else we just need to order. This was the last straw. The pleasant bartender was undoing our poor dining experience and we would have ordered another bottle of wine, dessert and left happy because of the pleasant ending not the rough beginning. Instead we left feeling like we just wasted $100 and still wanted a decent wine and dessert. Do not waste your money at this place, I guarantee you will have a better experience anywhere else.

  • Bocca East

    Posted by Anonymous on 03/07/2012

    Really, Bocca?

    Why would you intentionally offend potential customers? We tried to walk-in for a table for 5 at 6:30 with the restaurant empty. We were told they could seat us only if I promised to be out in an hour. We walked out on principle and ate italian next door. After dinner, we came back and the place was still over half empty. There are places in the neighborhood I have been supporting for over 20 years. Now, Bocca will simply not be one of them.

  • Bocca East

    Posted by anonymous on 02/14/2012

    The best find on the upper east

    Had valentines lunch with my daughter and it was perfect-very well priced for excellent lunch fare. tuna burger and chicken and mozz. sand.excellent serv. and the atmosphere was open and airy with a rustic feel- my daughter says she and her school friends will b regulars!

  • Bocca East

    Posted by Laurie on 12/25/2011

    Much Needed Addition to the Neighborhood

    After reading so-so reviews on this web site, I reluctanly tried Bocca East. I was incredibly surprised at how good it was. I even went back again to make sure it wasn't a fluke. This place is fantastic, from the decor to the attentive and knowledgeable staff, right down to the amazing food. The menu (for both dinner and brunch) intrigued me, the food was perfectly prepared and presented, and the wine/cocktail list was both extensive and quite reasonable. Everyone in my party agreed with me - we will all definitely be back!

  • Bocca East

    Posted by Matt on 11/13/2011

    Not recommended

    The Oxtail ravioli has 1mm of filling and everything was oversalted. The staff was for the most part rude and indifferent. Pretty awful for the price. Will never go back.

  • Bocca East

    Posted by Anonymous on 10/28/2011

    so so bocca

    Had dinner tonight at Bocca East on 78th and 2nd. Food was okay, not spectacular. Prices not bad either. But the place was NOISY. Plus they had music playing. The walls are down to the bare brick, floors are the original wood. There's nothing to absorb the noise. Bar is right on top of the diners, too. Might try it again on rainy night. Nothing great.

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