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Il Corallo Trattoria
Posted by Katie T on 02/18/2010
Love this place been going there for years. Food is pretty yummy, nice portions and great price for Italian food in the city. Even saw Rob Zombi there once! ;) The waiters are patient and friendly. I only had one bad experience there and that was with a large group the hostess told us to finish up a leave. It was rude but I get it, they have to make their money . I would not recommend it for groups over five but lower then that you will be pleasantly surprised. Personal Recommendations: Insalata Puglia: a mix of lettuce, fresh tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, black olive, and red onion in a house vinaigrette 7.95. Tortellini Pesto: cheese filled pasta in a fresh pesto sauce 9.00. Ravioli Goat Cheese: goat cheese filled ravioli served in a mushroom, tomato and basil sauce. 9.75. Pappardelle Funghi: large fresh ribbon noodles with in season mushrooms, in oil & garlic sauce 9.50 ( Current favorite! ). Spaghetti Vongole: spaghetti with clams in an olive oil and garlic sauce with italian parsley, or request a red sauce. 10.95. HANDS DOWN THE BEST TIRAMISU I HAVE EVER HAD! And I have had a lot.
Posted by WentLastNight on 01/03/2010
Despite all the negative reviews about the service I still went to check this place out last night(01/02/10). I could see how the hostess would rub people the wrong way about getting people seated, but it really is a tiny place and they do need to turnover the customers as quick as possible. If you're going to go, just know (1) NO WAY you'll be seated before your entire party is present, (2) You either have to wait outside or in the cramped hallway leading to the bathrooms, and (3) the thing about not being able to order 2 glasses of wine is true. If you think you can handle these things then by all means check it out, because the food is a good value, but if you expect some of the common courtesies you'd get at other restaurants then don't even bother. From the looks of it, the owner doesn't care, because they were doing pretty well last night.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/05/2009
I've been in this place few times before and had no complaints. Food was good and atmosphere OK. But, I was there today with a group of 9 when one didn't show-up in time. We ordered him his course but they refused to take it until he came. 1 minute before he arived, the hostess decide that she's pulling out one of our tables (the place was half empty) and brutally thrown our stuff to the floor like we don't exists. We step out from there immediately. Would recommend everybody to stay away from there. Never had such experience in my life. Nobody deserve such behavior.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/15/2009
I've been going here for 4 years and I love it. Cheap, affordable, delicious food. The hostess has been nothing but nice to me even going so far as to giving me a free dessert the other day. The waiters are very nice and food comes really quickly. Give this place a chance!!
Posted by regular on 07/08/2009
Ive been going to corallo for about 5 years and have had nothing but the most pleasant, warm ,and accomodating service from the hostess and all servers in general. i am a nyer and know sometimes in restaurants people cop attitudes for one reason or another so i cant discount the last review, but the place is really great and everyone who i turn it on to, always love it. one of the best and a true neighborhood gem!
Posted by angie on 05/20/2009
bottom line. food is amazing! hostess is atrocious! 1st time, she seemed annoyed that our entire party was not there, then proceeded to use sarcasm to escort us back out. 2nd time, while i waited for my friend to come out of the bathroom, she rushed us out of our table, grabbed our belongings, and unceremoniously dumped them on the bar, saying she needed to make room for other customers. 3rd time, she made us wait by the bathroom while she seated everyone that came in after us, after 30 mins of waiting we walked out. it's a shame because the food is amazing and the servers are great. i later found out that the hostess is the owner, which is even more disappointing. needless to say we will not be going back.
Posted by Hue B on 04/29/2009
Every reviewer bitching about the rules sounds like an entitled, broke ass NYU student. It is not so unheard of to only seat complete parties. I darersay its a common practice. The no second glass of wine thing is a bit much, but as another said they rely on high turnover to keep their prices low. Which brings me to value. This place has the best italian in the city *for the price*. I grew up in an Italian family. This is good stuff. And for the price it can;t be beat. Stop whining.