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Posted by anonymous on 06/15/2010
Lamarca has some delicious dishes however the staff is seriously rude. The Cheese Shop has the most horrible service with one guy that is borderline crazy (yelled at me when I tried to order something that I have been buying there for months saying that they didn't sell it 'that way'). Overall, for the $$ , which is not cheap, I expect some level of service without the major attitude.
Posted by local yokel on 06/05/2010
We live two blocks from this place, and ordered takeout after a long day. It took forever for the food to arrive, cost over $40 (for two entrees and an appetizer) and they got my order wrong. I am a lifetime vegetarian, and I asked for a dish "hold the pancetta"...Well it had tons of pancetta in it, and when I called and asked that they replace it, the guy said no, it was too much trouble. Mind you, we live literally two blocks from the place, and my dish was $15.50. He said he would just credit my card for the dish (which sucks when you are hungry) and of course NEVER issued the credit. So I feel that the (mediocre, overpriced) food doesn't compensate for the arrogant, blasé attitude of the staff. Will take my business elsewhere.
Posted by annoyed on 11/08/2009
How can a restaurant in New York City be closed Saturdays and Sundays? Not to mention they close at 10pm during the week. I love their food but give me a break..
Posted by Gramercy Dish on 04/02/2009
I've lived down the street for four years and have eaten here/from here at least once a month since I've been in the neighborhood. The pasta is so deliciously fresh and the polpette is so tender that it's the kind of dish that becomes your go-to comfort food. The marinara can be a little on the sweet side but if you ask for it to be made a little spicier the sweetness balances out. I wouldn't recommend going to Lamarca on a date - it's no frills atmosphere and shocking lighting will not exactly set the mood.....but if you're looking for reliably good pasta, you'll find it there.
Posted by Meewlee on 03/19/2009
This is my boyfriend's favorite pasta restaurant in New York, and he's tried a lot of places. I'm not even a big pasta fan but I have to say, this place is good. I love their spinach and cheese ravioli!
Posted by dani on 03/06/2009
i felt compelled to write this review because there were so many undeserved bad reviews posted. my bf and i eat here all the time. the entrees are very reasonably priced and very yummy, we've had almost everything on the menu. the portion sizes are great, i usually take half of mine home and have it for lunch the next day. also the wine is incredibly cheap. every bottle is under $20. we haven't been to any other place in the city where we can both get an entree (bread and salad included) and a bottle of wine for under $60. also the staff, which pretty much consists of 2 waitresses, are awesome and always very helpful. all that being said don't expect to take someone here on a first date or have the best italian food you've ever tasted. but if you are in the neighborhood with some friends or a significant other that you no longer have to impress lamarca is a great place to have some food, wine and a good time.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/13/2009
i went here with a friend who loves it and i can only say that it was mediocre. granted i only tried the one dish, but i have no intention of going back to test others. the tomato sauce was much too sweet and the pasta was slightly overcooked (and as a result of both, made me think of spaghetti-Os). it wasn't much of a deal, although salad and a giant warm roll were included. note: it has ZERO ambience. on par with your school cafeteria.