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Posted by Lisa on 04/27/2014
I've been to this restaurant twice; once on business and once personally, (this past Friday night). Perhaps there aren't many restaurants that are prettier, as sophisticated in design or as relaxing but unfortunately that's where it begins and ends, as both the food and service are completely inconsistent. I've had dishes that were great and others that were bordering on inedible. At these prices every dish should be a 10! On Friday night, after having an unexpectedly large lunch, I began with the asparagus soup, which was so tiny and bland! There might have been less than a half of a cup of soup, which arrived barely warm, for $22.00. As a second I had the appetizer "special" tuna hamachi which was paired with tuna tartare $32.00, a staple that appears on many, many menus around town. I would say there was about a tablespoon of tartare, which was very dark in color and fishy tasting and again underseasoned. I had to send this back and they replaced it with MORE hamachi. The first round of hamachi which I barely touched had a decent amount of a citrus sauce on it, which covered up again the fishy flavor and it was sliced too thick. I don't think this should be on the menu as a "special" as it was NOT done right. My Mother on the other hand had a spectacular dish of pasta and this has always been my experience here, one thing great, one thing terrible. As the night wore on the service really fell off. No one cared that I didn't care for my dish. The owner was there, grim, walking around the dining room. The tuna should have been taken off of the bill, it wasn't. If you want to pay to sit in a BEAUTIFUL, relaxing room, unlike most of the restaurants in NYC, and are ok paying just to sit in this room, then you can justify the cost factor. But if you are measuring what's on the plate to what's coming out of your pocket, you must skip this restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/22/2014
Having just arrived from Milano , my concierge suggested this restaurant , and it was a great choice.the mare appetizer was full of shrimp , scallops, and lobster.the risotto , a dish I make and have 4 -5 times a week, was creamy and cooked to perfection.im sure to dine again before I return to Milano
Posted by milari hare www.livealittlenow.com on 03/16/2013
One of my favorite haunts! I am from Seattle but in the city every other month and have been coming since the Cocco Pazzo days. I enjoyed the most fabulous dish of black truffles more than generously shaved over house made pasta. The appetizer portion was more than enough for anyone but the price at $75 was almost twice what I enjoyed it for when they first opened?? The extensive Italian wine list yielded the very difficult to find Amalfi white for a very fair $50 which almost made up for those truffles. And finely I think they remembered me.... step up those smiles!!!
Posted by Gina on 11/29/2012
The atmosphere at Caravaggio is lovely, but ugh, the food was not good and the service clumsy (and quite intrusive, often interrupting conversation). I ordered the lobster and artichoke ravioli and couldn't eat much of it because its fishy-ness was overwhelming. I said something to the waiter when he asked if I enjoyed it (seeing I'd left so much on the plate) but he said nothing.
Posted by michelle on 09/17/2012
we also picked this restaurant based on open table. They called to confirm the reservation twice the day of our meal and still couldn't find us in the computer system when our party of 5 arrived on time. The service was generally poor - for example, our group ordered multiple bottles of wine which they placed out of our reach on a sideboard and we had to flag someone down and ask every time we needed it. The specials consisted of over 15 items, recited by the waiter, which was confusing, especially since many of the specials were similar to items on the already extensive menu. The food itself was ok. We ordered several items from the regular and special menus, ranging from a calamari and brussels spout salad that was very good and a fresh pasta with porcini and asparagus that was bland, lukewarm (despite a burning hot plate) and poorly plated. Also the waitstaff kept calling us "senor" and "senora" despite the fact that they all appeared to be from eastern europe. Weird. Anyway, skip it.
Posted by Joanne on 09/10/2012
Please save yourself from the experience that you will have at Caravaggio. My husband found this restaurant on open table in the top 10 Italian restaurants in NYC. Not true! First off the waiter had no clue what beers were on the menu or if he actually had the beers listed on the menu in stock. The beer and wine were severely over priced - even for NYC. Appetizers - I order the zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta, bland and forgettable. My husband ordered the Salami & cheese plate, again nothing special, I could easily make this at home. Dinner - we both ordered from the specials menu. I had risotto with clams, the peas were raw which made the whole dish taste like it was undercooked and the clams were not cleaned well so it was gritty. My husband ordered the fettucini with cream, truffles and truffle oil, this was very bland as well. What the waiter neglected to mention was the small plate of pasta cost $70! So when the check finally arrived after a 15 minute wait while we watched our waiter chatted it up with someone at the bar, we were beyond annoyed! How can you allow your guests to order $70 pasta and not tell them how much it costs?
Posted by LIC Foodie on 02/06/2012
My wife and I read all these amazing reviews about Caravaggio so we had pretty high expectations. First, I'll say the room/atmosphere is great and the service was top notch as well. Having said that, the food was honestly average, at best. My wife got the beef carpaccio appetizer which was solid, but it's kinda tough to mess up carpaccio. I had the grilled octopus salad and some of the octopus was undercooked and had too much of that funky, slimy octopus skin on it...I honestly had to muscle it down which I don't particularly enjoy. Then my wife got one of their pasta specials, which was solid, but certainly nothing to write home about. And I got a veal tasting special (loin, sweetbreads, kidney) which was very disappointing. The loin looked a whole lot better than it tasted and the kidney was under-cooked (not a good thing, trust me). The sweetbreads were very good, so I'll give them that. Because neither of us finished our main courses were were still a bit hungry and then had what was definitely the best 2-courses...a small cheese plate and their special doughnut desert (both excellent). So if you're looking for carpaccio and doughnuts, then I'd highly recommend Caravaggio...otherwise do yourself a favor and take your business elsewhere.