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Posted by Anonymous on 12/12/2008
Went not that long ago before going to the Met. I ordered the spinach salad and had it put over pizza crust for an additional $4.50. I wasn't expecting much, maybe a little triangle of crust, but to my surprise the salad was put over an entire plain pizza crust! I felt that the salad on it's own was good, but not spectacular, but the crust really made the dish. It easily could have fed two people and left both very satisfied. I would even recommend splitting between 3 people and each person having a bowl of soup as well! My friend ordered the $15 Bento box. Just the right amount of food for lunch, however I don't think it's a good idea to have dessert come out with the other food. By the time she tasted the brownie it was no longer warm and gooey, but instead cold and chewy. Whatever you do, don't order a cup of green tea after your meal, it was almost $5!!!! All because they have fancy looking tea bags. Save your money and make a cup when you get home! All in All it was a great lunch spot. Make sure you have a reservation, it's a small place and at 1:15 every table was taken (mid week!)
Posted by Local Resident on 11/25/2008
While this is a pleasant restaurant with a good location and friendly staff, the food is hardly up the the raves some reviewers have given it. I would say the food is fine, but that's about it. I go there because it's easy to get a reservation on short notice, which may tell you something about how it compares to other places in the neighborhood. It's more of a weeknight "Lets go out to eat" place than someplace to go for an occasion, but the prices don't reflect that. Its also a handy place to go after a trip to the Met.
Posted by SheriK on 11/25/2007
My parents were visiting NYC for the first time and we stumbled upon this cute little Italian place on the way to the Met. We were greeted by an amazingly friendly staff who told us to sit anywhere. The service was fantastic. Our water glasses were never empty and the servers checked up on us several times. The food was delicious but the prices were a bit steep, especially for lunch. For three of us, the total came to more than $100. That's not a deal-breaker because I know how UES restaurants can be. Only one complaint...and I didn't even experience it. My father told me their restroom had dead cockroaches everywhere, which gave me pause about my meal. Other than that, it was really good.
Posted by Local Guy on 04/03/2007
I have lived around the corner from this place for 12 years. I really want this place to be great, but have been sorely disappointed by the food each time I have gone. I will not go back. With all of the great local italian places, there is no need. That said, it's a cute place and many tourists seem to stumble by. If the food was better, I would be there every week and save myself the walk to Third Avenue.
Posted by Food Critic on 12/19/2006
Wonderful location, outstanding Italian food, very friendly service, charming, romatic and very cozy decor. Loved the Beet Salad with Walnuts and Feta cheese. The Veal Roma is delicious, great selection of pastas and wonderful fresh fish. The desserts were fabulous, don't miss the bread pudding! Nice wines and excellent coffee. Highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous on 08/15/2006
We were fortunate to find this restaurant while shopping on Madison Avenue and had a wonderful lunch there. The omelettes and salads were terrific. We returned a few days later for dinner and were equally impressed with our meal. Try the Misto salad and the Veal Roma! The desserts were also outstanding. Don't miss the bread pudding and the apple crepe. We can't wait to go back!
Posted by Dproulx on 07/21/2006
We've gone to Caffe Grazie, our neighborhood restaurant, at least three-four times a month for the past few years for both brunch and dinner and are wowed each time by the quality of the food, friendliness of the service, kid-friendliness, and coziness of the atmosphere. The omelettes are fabulous and the accompaniments really tasty. I've loved every salad, pizza and pasta dish, and the fish is always delicious. The desserts, especially the zeppoles with caramel and chocolate dipping sauces, are also excellent. Everyone we've taken to this place, including jaded foodies, loved it. Treat yourself!