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Posted by Eileen on 02/07/2010
The food is kinda wonderful. My friends and I were signaling "happy mouth" across the table, then sharing tastes off each others plates. Note: signaling... because we could not hear each other over the extremely cranked up music. Add to this mix the shouting matches at all the tables. Ouch. Hey, I want to go back. Is there a night when the background music is not foreground in your face, noise? volumeeveryone in the place was yelling. I want to go back... the service was efficient and knowledgeable and friendly But the noise. Ouch! Is there a quiet night? We were there on a Friday night.
Posted by Neil R on 07/17/2009
Though only standing room was available, the staff was cool about it, and we had a great time eating and dodging waiters. The panini were excellent. Def looking forward to going back and trying some of the other dishes. And sitting down.
Posted by Dublinminx on 01/01/2009
We recently had lunch outside. Yes in December!. They have a great wine list, and decent mix of italian foods. The service was very attentive, and the visit thoroughy enjoyable.
Posted by Sheena on 11/02/2008
Looong story how this wine no-nothing ended up last night eating alone in this place, but the service (in contrast to most of the reviews here) was off the chain! Told "20 minute wait"- and it was exactly that to the nanosecond. Must say the pretension of having the menu written in Italian is really just plain stupid- who knew "agnello" is Italian for "lamb"? But that's what I had w/toasted polenta & 'shrooms and it was top shelf. Th only wine I've drunk is Pinot Grigio, which is nixed here but when I told the super attentive older woman w/pink hair that I was lucky enough to have as a waiter, she steered me to another choice- very tasty if you must drink wine- which was also the cheapest. The fresh ricotta w/mater bruschetta was perfect, but paled in comparison to the chocolate pudding. That's what is was billed as but if you can imagine a pot de creme that's lighter than air topped by a wall-to-wall layer of outstanding whipped cream, you'd be in business. Again, I couldn't believe how attentive the waitstaff was to a solo table on a Sat night- by the time I left, I was mellow yellow again thanks to this joint.
Posted by Karen on 10/29/2008
A friend and I were seeing a show nearby 'inoteca and stumbled in without even seeing the menu. We needed a bit of explanation (I don't speak Italian) but after learning what the dishes were, had trouble deciding what to get! We tried the tapenade bruschetta, goat cheese panini, squash spaghetti, eggplant lasagna, and meatballs. All were perfectly cooked, spiced and delicious. Great wine [select]ion though I didn't drink. The bill was reasonable for the amount we ordered. This place is now on my top 5 list of restaurants in NYC,will definitely go back!!
Posted by nyc[_]j on 10/06/2008
A friend and I were looking for pizza or a food cart to get some post-going out drunk food. We happened to walk by Inoteca, and noticed it was still open, so we stopped in. Even at 3am, the service was amazing. Our waiter made great recommendations for different cheeses. We also ordered bruschetta. I'll admit some of the bruschetta "flavors" were a bit weird - but they were still delicious. The atmosphere was very cozy - dark wood, candles...so I guess you could say "romantic", but I'm sure that people do small group dinners as well. I'm sure this goes without saying - but the wine was fab. I don't remember how much it was - but I would say I would consider it "new york reasonable". I'll go back - but maybe at a more reasonable hour next time!
Posted by whatsforlunch on 09/29/2008
The bruschetta del giorno of Goat Cheese and Braised Leek was simply amazing! I wish it was on the menu. Their caponata is not the best and it has corn in it which I find strange, but all the food is fresh and delicious. This place is a bit pricey though and tough to get a table toward the weekend which is the norm. Waitstaff if pretty nice, could be even nicer.