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Posted by Anonymous on 08/11/2008
I wouldnt' recommend this to anyone unless they have lots of time and can speak different laungages. The waitresses didn't speak very good english. Very difficult to order. The food was wonderful but needs better service. Took over 2 hours. Very strange place.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/10/2008
My daughter and I discovered Da Marino on our way back to our hotel. We were disappointed by other recommended "restaurants" being booked for pre-theater availability. A friendly young woman was standing outside of the restaurant and caught our attention with an invitation to try their chocolate pasta. My daughter was hooked. We went the next evening without a reservation before attending "Spring Awakening" which is located right next door. My daughter loved the chocolate pasta and I have never had a better bowl of Straciatella. Everything was excellent! We had a friendly, attentive waitress. The piano music was perfect for setting the mood for an evening on Broadway. The friendly owner continually moved throughout the restaurant making sure that we were enjoying ourselves. We had an memorable experience, and I will definitely return on our next trip to NYC! Although it might not be long before we have to make reservations weeks ahead of time for Da Marino as well.
Posted by Debi on 07/28/2008
My new husband and I wanted to revisit this restaurant (from PA, this time) because it meant a lot to us years ago when we were dating and had experienced great food, service, ambiance and even saw Chris Noth. THIS time, however, we felt as though we got the bum's rush with busboys trying to remove our bread or salad plates every 5 mins - perhaps because the tables are so incredibly small. A brief gaze in the wrong direction left me "bread-less" before I was finished with it and I was pretty annoyed while I waited for a replacement. While the food was good, perhaps even "very good", the experience was so disappointing. Even by NY standards, I think $9 domestic beer and $11 Baileys on ice is unbelievable, AND not consistent with the rest of the pricing. On the way out, I told the manager of our less-than-stellar experience AND how our waitress automatically added the tip to our bill (the audacity!), and he acted as though he was very sorry, offering to buy us a drink. "How about reimbursing us for the drinks we bought already?!" I was thinking, since we didn't have the time or inclination to drink anymore. Now I'm also thinking of what a terrible actor he was, feigning shock over his waitress adding the tip... and in the theatre district! Tsk, tsk.
Posted by Mr G on 06/01/2008
We had a meal at the Da Marino last week which was recommended to us by our Holiday rep. The food was nice and the service was quite good, the only downside was the price which was $137 for 2 glasses of wine, 2 garlic breads, 2 main courses, 1 dessert and 2 coffees. + a $23.00 tip which was added onto the bill automatically! Afterwards i noticed that the prices outside on the menu were cheaper than what we were charged. A bit sneaky to get people in i thought. Another downside was the chef kept going out for a cigarette and was standing right outside the door, not a good advert for the restaurant either.
Posted by Brdway Fan on 05/02/2008
This is the first time that I am giving a negative rating. The food here was at a high price for mediocre food and preparation. That atmosphere of the main dining area was definitely cramped. Service was forgetful. If you choose one of the specials make sure that the price is explained to you because for dinner they give you a menu with the lunch specials on it and we were charged $36 for a piece of fish that the menu showed was $22. It was a mediocre piece of fish and prepared with a sauce that I thought was put together from a jar and wouldn't have been worth even $22 . I eat a lot of Italian food and I know that "al dente" is "firm to the tooth". Our pasta was undercooked, crunchy and almost raw. I read some of the previous reviews that praised this place and that's why we tried Da Marino but I wonder who wrote those reviews?
Posted by Fran on 04/30/2008
After reading the reviews I expected very good food, great service and lovely atmosphere. Was extremely disappointed. Food was less than mediocre, highly priced for what you got, and menu was uninspiring. Service was just okay and atmosphere seemed a bit dingy. I have lived in NYC all my life and have dined at expensive and mid-priced restaurants and the food was almost always worth the money, but not here. And to charge $12 for sorbet (without showing a dessert menu and not telling you the prices) is absolutely ludicrous.
Posted by Chicopee Gal on 04/18/2008
I visited on Feb 23rd with a friend. Was celebrating a birthday. It was the best birthday ever. The food was excellent, the drinks incredible and the atmosphere was second to none. From the owner, the chef and the wait staff I can't say enough. I feel like family and very welcomed. visited again on april 12th. I had the pollo Francese with scalloped potatoe...to die for. Tried the lemon chello, very refreshing. I have recommended this place to freinds and have suggested that others I met in NYC city try this. You will experience the best in all services offered by the people who own this restaurant. This has certainly becaome my favourite place to hang out. Now they even have a grand piano and music. Superb!