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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 30 reviews)

3.435
Food 3.5 Value 3.3
Service 2.9 Atmosphere 4.0

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 Stevie L. on 07/08/2011

    Bland

    The place looks great and the prices are surprisingly fair. I have no complaints about the service but alas, I had to salt everything(which I never do). I really want this place to make it as I live up the block but I only hope the chef isn't an owner so he can be replaced. So many young, talented chefs out there looking for work......it would be a shame if a change wasn't made in order to make this place go. Linguine with clam had a weird taste, rigatoni melenzane had no taste, and the octopus could have used capers instead of lentils(is anyone there tasting what they're cooking??????).

  • Bocca East

    Posted by Ues couple on 07/03/2011

    Unpleasant

    Food had too many bitter flavors, and bland. So-so at best. Service lacked knowledge and was unpleasant: could be growing pains, but waiter was beyond pressed, and downright rude (after we eventually went to bar for help, waiter became obsequious - also unpleasant!). Wouldn't go back. Ambiance (from the outside looking in) was best thing about this place.

  • Bocca East

    Posted by Leroylarue on 07/01/2011

    Delicious and feels like your in Tuscany

    I've been to Bocca west and loved it but it's far from my hood. Now that they have opened on East side it's great! The food is so fresh and incredible! Love the fresh herb pesto with bread they serve at the beginning and everything else I've gotten is yummy! Reasonably priced as well. The other great thing about having the east and west Bocca is that their menus are different. Love this place!

  • Bocca East

    Posted by mariana on 06/23/2011

    glittery but no substance

    place was jammed and noisy beyond belief-it is a Bar centered not Food centered restaurant- so if you like scenes and ordinary high priced food and drinks as well as poor service then this is your place- all others- find another italian restaurant

  • Bocca East

    Posted by my turf on 06/11/2011

    Watta waste

    It is attractive and very very noisy- bar centered- not restaurant centered- food is acceptable and high in price- especially the drinks- want to be seen then this is the place- want a pleasant meal in a medium quiet restaurant- then forget about it

  • 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.

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