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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 25 reviews)

3.145
Food 3.2 Value 3.0
Service 2.5 Atmosphere 3.9

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 249-1010
Fax:
fax
(212) 535-0247
Websites:
www.boccaeast.com
www.eatboccanyc.com
Place Order:
Order From Bocca East for delivery & takeout
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc, DC
Hours:
Mon-Tue: 12pm-11pm Wed-Thu: 12pm-12am Fri: 12pm-2am Sat: 11am-2am Sun: 11am-11pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Open Late, Outdoor Dining, Delivery, Online Reservations, Online Ordering, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Private Parties
Min Delivery:
15.00

User Reviews

  • Bocca East

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/23/2011

    Beautiful restaurant, everything else just OK

    I was excited to try this restaurant since I walked by on their opening day. The ambiance and decor is beautiful. We made an 8:30pm reservation, and were kept waiting 10 minutes before the hostess even got to us. By that time, we had watched her give away the two open tables for 2. She told us that they were just clearing off our table (in actuality the diners had not even left yet) and that she would be sure they comped us 2 drinks for the inconvenience. We waited by bar the bar for our table to be ready, a total of 30 minutes from our original reservation time. We started with the mini meatballs which were just ok. Both meals (fettuccine Bolognese and chicken paillard) were also ok at best- the pasta tasted a bit like chef boyarde. It was difficult to get our waiter's attention, and there were many a time that our drinks were empty and we had to call him over. The manager came over at the end with a free tiramisu which would have been nice except this was apparently instead our free drinks. When we asked the hostess about the drinks, she replied that they wanted to comp our dessert instead. We said that would have been fine, however we did not order dessert. They ended up taking two drinks off our bill but this made us feel very awkward about the entire exchange. Overall, the atmosphere is one of the most beautiful restaurants I have ever seen, but it is obvious that everything else has taken a backseat to the decor.

  • Bocca East

    Posted by First time at Bocca East on 05/17/2011

    Good Food-- Chaotic Service and Very Noisy

    Great wine list for wine by the glass and by the bottle. Our reservation was for 7 pm and we were seated immediately. The service was chaotic. Waiters were running all over the restaurant and we sat quite a while before our wine order was taken. Arugula salad with shaved fennel, orange segments and olives was excellent. The tomato, mozzarella and basil salad was too cold, having come directly from the refrigerator. The waiter helped us order, but the assistant waiters wandered all over the restaurant before getting our courses to the table. My entree, orata with potatoes was served with asparagus instead of thebroccolini that was on the menu. The orata was a very small fillet and our waiter never checked back about the main courses. The pici was delicious. The menu is creative, but the noise level is just too high, especially with the background music that seemed to become louder. With so many good Italian restaurants on the Upper East Side, we probably will not return to Bocca East.

  • Bocca East

    Posted by Dina on 05/17/2011

    Decent Addition To UES

    I was excited to try Bocca East as we are in need of new good restaurants on the UES. I went with four people and had a good sampling of the food. The meatballs were very good. The rice balls with lemon, had far too much lemon. Artichokes were just ok, had fries mixed in with them, which was weird. I think they were probably prepared with the same oil. Fries were good. I had the roast pork entree and it was partially perfect, partially completely dried out. Our waitress was cluess and often times disappeared. We overall liked the food and will most likely return. Fettucine Bolognese was good as well.

  • Bocca East

    Posted by Ali on 05/16/2011

    Very good!

    I came for lunch on the first day they were opened everything was great. I ordered the tuna tar tar sandwich and my boyfriend got the chicken sandwich and both were great! The service was a little slow, as expected for the first day. The bread to start was SO fresh and the complimentary sundried tomato spread was delicious.

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