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Cucina Di Pesce
Posted by Anonymous on 11/06/2006
Don't expect any great flavors here. Everything is nice, but bland. The service was nice. The dinning space was a bit loud, tourist like...and a bit too dark. I had the Bass fillet and it was nothing but a piece of thawed fillet and with some overcooked juliened vegies on top. The price for the dish was appropiate, $14, but I'd rather pay a couple of dollars more and have a good piece of fish and better flavor. My Girlfriend had the "wild" mushroon lenguini. No "wild" mushrooms on it, just button mushrooms with way too much butter. Tasted bland. Not that it didn't have salt, it just didn't really taste much more than buttery. Won't go back.
Posted by J&S on 10/26/2006
Cozy space, polite & attentive staff...but the food is to die for. The seafood was ohhh so fresh and just delicately prepared. The pasta was beautifully sauced and light. The mixed drinks were surprisingly good and a bit on the strong side. Overall, we were amazed and rated this restaurant, it's food and charm as one of our top 10 faves in the city. You definitely have to experience it for yourself...plus, it's a bargain compared to places in midtown or in the UES (that's being truthful since I am from the ues :)
Posted by terrence on 10/16/2006
I have ordered delivery from this place probably 40 times in the last 3 yrs... everytime being great. Be wawry of the calamari delivery but everythiing else is great! The chix sorrentina is scrumptious as well as the side of of pasta.
Posted by Jeremy on 06/16/2006
Picked this based on Zagat scoring. This is my eat-out bible but they got it wrong this time. My girfriend ordered a pasta entree which and was tasteless and was missing the ricotta cheese as described on menu. Glasses for our sparkling minteral water came out "dishwasher hot" and with no ice. Waiter kept forgetting our requests and needed constant reminders. On a plus my girlfriends rocotta-less entree got taken off the bill. the garden is quite nice although air conditioning vents are blasting out at you.
Posted by Picky guy on 06/07/2006
Over frutti di mare across the street...but the chicken parm was a tad salty - and house wines better at frutti....for a date outdoor dining this is the affordable place to go.
Posted by Rob on 06/05/2006
Cucina di Pesce is the perfect neighborhood Italian restaurant in a city full of nouveau this or that. It has a lovely dining room (actually two separate rooms each with their own character) as well as a nice wooden deck/patio for outdoor dining when the weather permits. For those who like to take in the street scene, there are outdoor tables on a slightly raised deck just off the sidewalk. The front dining room is like being in a cozy dining room at a townhouse. It is decorated in a comfortable, homey way. In the back of the restaurant is another dining room which has an interesting wood floor, a great fireplace and is topped by a glass dome which lets in a great deal of light. The best part about going in to the back dining room is walking through a narrow passageway that goes right by the kitchen. One sniff of the kitchen and you will know you are in the right place. The food is heavenly. They have a lot of the Italian standards with several selections for meat, poulty and seafood dishes amongst the expertly prepared pasta dishes. Good wine is inexpensive by NYC restaurant standards. We had a nice bottle of pinot noir for about $29. There are always a few specials and I recently ordered the ravioli filled with shrimp, lobster and scallops. It tasted even better than it sounds. It is authentic because they do not slather on the sauces like in tourist traps or in chain restaurants. The ingredients are top notch. The best part - I don't think one thing on the menu is over $20. Entrees are in the $10-19 range to give you an idea. There are a handful of great, cozy, authentic, inexpensive restaurants in this town. Cucina di Pesce is one of them. If you are a tourist looking for a good spot, this is it. Others equally as good and in the same genre are Ristorante Tello's on 19th St. just off of 8th Ave.; La Foccaccia on probably the most charming block in Manhattan at the coner of Bank St. and W. 11th in the West Village; Va Tutto (best outdoor garden space in Man
Posted by Susan on 06/03/2006
Hands Down, the best affordable italian food that is prepared with fresh ingredients. Friendly staff always accomodates you when you need them. The dinner was spectacular. They have creamy pumpkin ravioli, the best in NY!, that is distinctive because of the pesto cream sauce they use on top. The taste of creamy pumpkin and pinenuts contrast well with the pesto. I loved the fried calamari, done just right, sweet and crispy. Definetely try their hand made pasta, the pumpkin ravioli is prob. a rest. favorite!