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Posted by Betty on 03/30/2007
Went with a group of 4 early on a Saturday evening in March and got the last seats at the bar. We decided to eat there which was great b/c the bartender was very knowledgeable about wine and cheese and was very helpful. The only bad part was the patrons who were like vultures trying to get our seats. If one of us got up to go to the bathroom you would get several "are you leavings" and someone would plop down or hang their coat on the chair as if 'marking their territory.' The bartenders would tell people they were next for bar seats which gave us the feeling they wanted us to leave. I understand turnover brings in more $$$ but we dropped $400 w/out tip. The best part of the meal was the meat and cheese plates and the wine list is incredible. Not a bad experience, just a bit stressful.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/27/2007
Contrary to many other opinions, i LOVE otto! I will admit that the appetizers and dessert are probably the best part, but i've never had a bad meal there! The quattro stagioni pizza is my favorite as well as the spaghetti with pine nuts and broccoli rabe. The service is definitely very disorganized and inconsistent, but it just adds to the ambiance! Oh, and the olive oil gelato...its to die for!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/24/2007
From the Hostess to the bus staff, we were treated poorly. When we finally got our table, the hostess threw the the menus on the table in a pile and walked away. We never saw our waiter, nobody came to see how the meal was. They were quick however to clear our plates before we were finished. I expected much more considering it is part of the famous restaurant group.
Posted by Gastronomical Liz on 03/14/2007
I had a nice pleasant lunch with my father here today, and everything went extraordinarily well. My father had a classic margherita pizza which was light and flavorful, while i opted for the creamy ricotta, potato, and salty anchovy pizza (a winner!). I love thin, crisp pizza, and Otto achieved this combination, I believe. But the gelato, oh the gelato. For almost a year now I've heard of the wonders of this olive oil gelato flecked with pieces of salt, and like many others I have joined the cult. Never has such a fruity, subtle, and multi-faceted gelato scoop touched my tongue, and so well complimented by the pistachio and hazelnut stratciatella as well! I will keep on returning, again and again and again, just to have another bite of this marvelously creamy concoction; it'll be the death of me and to anyone who tries to steal it.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/04/2007
I highly recommend Otto to anyone who enjoys eating tapas-style, especially with a group. Every time I go, usually with 4-6 people, we order the meat and cheese platters, some vegetable sides, along with our pizzas and pastas. Yeah, the pasta dishes are small, but this isn't the kind of place you go if you want a traditional pasta dinner. Definitely try the specialty pizzas and the desserts - I try a new one every time and am never disappointed. Of course, don't forget to have a bottle or two of the wine - there are plenty of $25-$30 bottles. Overall, this place is worth every penny.
Posted by Alex on 02/15/2007
Here is everything you need to know about Otto: 1) The atmosphere is great -- it's noisy, they play great music, there are always a ton of people having a great time -- there is always a good feeling in the air and it's fun 2) The food is excellent -- it's fresh, authentic yet original, inventive, rustic, comforting, and above all, absolutely delicious 3) Anybody who says the pasta is undercooked is misinformed -- it's called al dente and if you don't know what that is then you shouldn't be posting critical reviews 4) It's in a great neighborhood, just north of Washington Square Park and 5) You should probably go. With a date. Or with a group of friends. Or with your family. Or by yourself to hang out at the bar (they have an excellent wine list too). This has got to be one of the greatest restaurants in all of New York (taking into account the value -- not expensive for what you're getting. Trust me on this one.
Posted by Gastronome Girls on 02/13/2007
My friend and I frequent Tabla, Abbocato, and Molyvos... We have had good food. But such was not the case when we visited Otto for the first time. We arrived @ 5:30 and were seated immediately. With the consideration taken that this is primarily a wine bar we did not expect several courses. Let me get to the point... I ordered PENNE CON NOCI E ZUCCA. A bachelor with minimal skills in boiling water could have made better pasta! It was tought and undercooked. and the portion size was miniscule; about a cup and a half of penne. Wine was good, gelato was good... Maybe you will have better luck with the pizza.