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Noi Due Cafe
Posted by Mika on 03/27/2011
My husband and I went to this restaurant after checking the reviews online. I had high expectations, I am Italian and I was excited to go to a kosher Italian restaurant in NY. Big mistake. - Average wait for a couple on a Sat. nigh: 45 min. to 1 hour. They do NOT accept reservations! - The hostess kept on trying to push us to buy a bottle of wine. We get a bottle of wine if WE WANT to. - Food: Food was the last drop. I ordered arancini, which should be made with rice, instead it was made with "macaroni" (read macaroni and cheese fried into ball). The melanzane imbottite were decent. The Branzino was decent but they ran out of potatoes and decided to switch my side dish without letting me know (rice instead of potatoes??) The cheese ravioli were soggy and doughy. We ran out of this restaurant and never looked back, we are never gonna go back, obviously.
Posted by Devorah on 03/24/2011
We read the reviews and decided to try it out for my husband's birthday. Just as everyone wrote, the food and service are excellent. The salad was delicious! We ordered the fish special which was tasty, but the restaurant does do some of the nouvelle cuisine look - little food, big plate, and a not so little price Yes, it's a bit noisy because it's crowded and a cozier size - but I think that's also because it's so popular. (No doubt they'll have to relocate for a larger place down the road). Overall it's worth it for a wonderful experience and great food. We'll go back for more!
Posted by italian food lover on 02/28/2011
My sister in law chose this place. I love Italian food. I generally do not like salad, but the salad was delectable. Very reasonably priced too. Would highly recommend
Posted by Anonymous on 02/19/2011
We LOVE this place. Great food. Good value. Very friendly.
Posted by Lazare on 01/11/2011
Was there with some friends last nite. First of all, hats off to all the servers. They were wonderful and certainly earned their tips. I hope management appreciates them. Noisy and crowded - hard to carry on a conversation. It was very busy for a Monday night. It doesn't look like a kosher restaurant, which can be a good thing. The food was mediocre at best. (I had gnocchi with mushroom sauce - hardly any mushrooms at all and they tasted as if they came from cans.) "Cigare" appetizers were greasy and the marinara sauce was not what your noni used to make. The cheesecake dessert was o.k. but for $8 a rather small piece (but after a plate of gnocchi who needs a big dessert?) Coffee (regular brewed) was the BEST I have ever had anywhere. Good wine too, recommended by waiter, but too expensive at $28 a bottle. The pasta dishes were stuff that you could make at home for about $1.25 and the price was more than ten times that much. And it's not like you're being served in elegant surroundings with linen tablecloths and chamber music. Nobody at my table ordered the fish (very expensive) , but at a table near us, it smelled yummy. I might go back if I need to go to a kosher place near Lincoln Center, but I was pretty under-whelmed.
Posted by family of 4 on 11/14/2010
We are a young family of four - we ordered 2 pasta dishes, 2 salads and a little cigar appetizer, and our meal was $60. The pasta portions are tiny. There was barely any sauce on them. We felt we were eating plain bland noodles. The salads are pre-made for delivery. The bread which comes with the order was stale and they packed tons of it. We were very excited to get our food, and we always give this place another chance, but this was a huge dissapointment. We have ordered pizza in the past, and it was good - so maybe we'll just stick to that.
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/27/2010
My biggest beef with kosher restaurants (though slightly less so in NY, I suppose) is how much they can get away with. Bland food, boring menus, and most of all - absolutely no ambiance or decor. My favorite thing about Noi Due is that it counters all of these stereotypes. The restaurant is pretty. The food is somewhat creative, and very attractively plated. Going here feels like a treat. The prices are a little high, but this is my favorite kosher restaurant in NYC.