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Vespa Cibobuono (CLOSED)

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  • Italian
  • 1625 2nd Ave, New York NY10028 40.777008 -73.952821
  • (Btwn 84th & 85th St)
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  • (212) 472-2050
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User Ratings (Based on 67 reviews)

Food 3.8 Value 3.4
Service 3.4 Atmosphere 4.1

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 472-2050
(212) 472-7566
Place Order:
Order From Vespa Cibobuono for delivery & takeout
Visa, MC, AmEx ($10 Min)
Lunch Sat-Sun: 1pm-3pm Dinner Mon-Sat: 5pm-11pm Sun: 3pm-10pm
Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Catering, Delivery, Good for Groups, Online Ordering, Online Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Parties, Take Out, Wheelchair Accessible
Min Delivery:
Delivery Area:
72nd to 96th River to 5th Ave

User Reviews

  • Vespa Cibobuono

    Posted by Loddy on 04/03/2010

    What happened here??

    Me and my boyfriend have been coming here for years, havent been there since december though and have to say am shocked about all the changes. The food ordered was mediocre at best, the host/owner?/bartender seems to be running the show now and does not know what he is doing. We ordered what was supposed to be skirt steak, but was in fact not when it came-and then told "let me ask the kitchen" so the waiter comes back and says "oh yes it is in fact not skirt steak the kitchen ran out" so instead of telling us, they tried to pull a switch-When im spending money on a meal, i dont expect to be swindled. I remember the old owners which i dont think are now, they made this place a great hotspot. Im not one to complain, i know im not getting smith and wollensky steak here but it used to be good. It seems to have become yet another italian restaurant on the UES and its a shame

  • Vespa Cibobuono

    Posted by ESPOSITO,ANDREA on 11/30/2009


    Just had a great experince. Party of 8, very accomodating. Excellent veal, ravoli, lasgna. Service was terrific. Had and early dinner, 4:45 and stayed to 7 pm. No rush

  • Vespa Cibobuono

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/15/2009

    If only the service would improve

    The food (espically the handmade pasta dishes) is delicious. The service on the other hand....terrible!!!

  • Vespa Cibobuono

    Posted by anonymous on 07/09/2009

    poor management

    We decided to give Vespa (a formeraly reliable neighborhood Italian) another try last night. The garden is lovely. The service was not good. Although they were NOT busy, the staff stood around; we had to chase down everything from drinks to dinner. Finally, after 1 1/2 hours waiting for two simple pasta dishes, I spoke to the manager as an fyi....he was initially interested but defensive.....we were quickly served the wrong pasta dishes - undercooked. The manager stopped back at the end of the meal...I mentioned that still no one had taken our drink order and he proceeded to give me a dressing down that I cannot expect service...and I eat out too much. Too bad...such once lovely restaurant but I'll never step foot in it again.

  • Vespa Cibobuono

    Posted by Anonymous on 06/13/2009

    Service leaves much to be desired

    I was shocked by the abhorrent service. Our waiter neglected to fill our wine glasses from our chosen bottle of wine . We also discovered that our bottle was purloined by fellow patrons from a nearby table who thought it coy to imbibe wine not belonging to them. The food was good – not great, just good. While still enjoying our replaced bottle of wine, fellow patrons asked if they could smoke on the back patio and we responded by saying, yes, we’ll leave in 10 minutes, once we are gone, Vespa is yours… the chimney patrons decided that wasn’t a fair answer and proceeded to sneak into the back of the patio and light up. Average food, poor service, lousy patrons. Skip it.

  • Vespa Cibobuono

    Posted by Anonymous on 04/19/2009

    Poor management from top down

    Vespa came highly reccomended by a friend of ours, and we tried it last night. Loved the overall vibe and decor, but that's where it ended for us. The waiter (who we later found out was the owner) was initially friendly and helpful, however it became quickly apparent that he couldn't bother with us. After taking the initial order, he promptly disappeared. From our seats we could see him chatting outside but that's all we saw of him for the next hour. When he did emerge again, we asked him to refill our wine, but he forgot and we had to get a busboy to do it. The food took over an hour to come out and although the restaurant was busy, none of us ordered any complicated dishes (3 pasta dishes and one medium rare steak). It seems he was too preoccupied to let the kitchen know we were finished with our appetizersAfter waiting patiently for 70 minutes or so, we had to get the busboy to check on our food....still no waiter. When it finally did arrive, my steak was cold to the touch. Having worked in a restaurant for many years, I could tell they started the steak too early and let it sit in the window under a warmer light while they cooked the pasta. For $26 this was unacceptable, and I asked them to reheat it. Of course it came out overcooked...but was at least a good cut of meat. When the check came out they charged us for more glasses of wine than we had. At this point the service was really poor, so I asked to speak with the manager and our waiter, identifying himself as the owner, came over to the table. I was surprised that the owner himself was the culprit of such service, and I calmly explained our perspective. What happened next is the reason I will never ever return to Vespa. The owner proceeded to argue and make excuses for everything that went wrong thus far. The service was slow because it was busy that night. There was nothing wrong with the steak, he said. They charged us for an extra glass of wine because he rang it up and forgot to bring it out (yes, that was his actual excuse...he really thought it was legit)! He was not understanding at all. Then he insinuated the we actually enjoy complaining, and that was it for me. When it's obvious that the very person who should care the MOST about my experience doesn't at all, they don't deserve my $$.

  • Vespa Cibobuono

    Posted by speedy on 03/03/2009

    Best Italian restaurant in NY

    I have been to Vespa twice now and I will definitely be back to UES just to eat at Vespa again! I have lived in Italy for a few years and have tried quite a few Italian restaurants in NY so far. Vespa is by far my favorite - unpretentious, low key place, excellent home made food, interesting menu, warm welcome, attentive service (yet you get enough privacy) . And it's a great place for a date - romantic but not kitchy. All in all - great value for the money!

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