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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 Lucky Donna on 06/19/2005

    Definitely worth a try

    A very well meaning restaurant. The hostess and bartender do their best to make you feel welcomed but the serving staff falls short. Granted we were there on a bustling Saturday evening and fortunate that our reservations allowed us a prized, outdoor table. That was all fantastic except if you expected them to remember you needed water or bread, forget it. We asked four different people for bread and ended up waiting over half an hour for it. We concluded ONE order of bread was the unspoken rule. Our waitress was not filled in much when it came to the menu and was basically rude when she realized our party would not be ordering an assortment of appetizers plus entrees. On a positive note, the food was above average. It's not typical or authentic Italian food but it is comforting and delicious. The lasagna was also non typical but ultra creamy and screamed calories with it's creamy tomato sauce. Great if you don't mind indulging every once in a while and worth it. The real star had to be the balsamic chicken. We were in awe of how deliciously tender and flavorful it was and that dish actually made us look beyond the lack of service. We wanted to try dessert but the service left a sour note in our mouths.

  • Vespa Cibobuono

    Posted by Gerry Visco on 05/14/2005

    Euro-ish Cool + Good Food on UES

    We were looking for something cheapish but tasty, and it was a Friday night. We wound up at Vespa and we weren't sorry one bit. There was a good Sardegnian vino for 28 bucks and the black linguine and the orechietti with broccolini and lamb sausage was pretty good. The bread is warm and crusty. We sat at the bar and the bartender is way hot, if you like nice looking brunettes with low cut pants showing a bit of navel. The music is Euro all the way, which is not to my taste totally (Isn't Buddha Bar a bit passe these days?), but it's not a bad choice if you wanna go out but not spend a small fortune doing so and you don't feel like going all the way downtown.

  • Vespa Cibobuono

    Posted by TMoney on 02/19/2005


    This is exactly what I've been looking for. This place is so versatile. It's the perfect place to go out with a good group or that special someone. The atmosphere is perfect, you feel like you are out on the town and right at home all at the same time. I think I have found my new favorite spot!

  • Vespa Cibobuono

    Posted by Lovezfood on 02/03/2005

    Love this place

    One thing about this place is you don't feel like your on the UES. The food is simple, creative and yummy with a menu that changes often I learned. We had the black linguine, soo good. They use fresh pastas. Also enjoyed the cold antipasta. Many choices and big enough to share. The service is laid back but very attentive, a young happy group that seems to work well together. They have a dj on some nights that adds to the mood. I've lived in the hood for a long time and can't think of another place that offers the same experience as Vespa. Def worth a try.

  • Vespa Cibobuono

    Posted by Doug on 01/22/2005

    Not overrated

    I've been to countless Italian restaurants in NYC; Vespa is hands down one of the best. Friends and family who I've brought there over the years agree with me. Is it gourmet Italian? No. It's very good simple cooking at a fine price with a very pleasant waitstaff. If you're looking for something gourmet or totally authentic, Vespa may not be your place. If you're looking for very very good food in a great location with friendly people at reasonable prices I can't think of a better Italian. I can think of many, many worse.

  • Vespa Cibobuono

    Posted by Anonymous on 01/22/2005


    I don't get why everyone is giving this place such a high rating. There are so many italian restaurants out there for better value and food. The service was good but the chicken caccitorre was pretty tasteless and such a small portion. There was seriously 4 slices of chicken and the rest of it was potatoes. Who puts potatoes in caccitorre? It wasn't even on the menu under the list of vegatables in the dish (there were barely any peppers and no mushrooms, even though it was listed on the menu). It also came with a small portion of spinach and two more larger roasted potatoes. I think this place is using these type of ingredients as fillers on the cheap. Not Recommended.

  • Vespa Cibobuono

    Posted by Laurel on 12/30/2004

    So great

    Great bar, great ambience, great decor, great food -- what else can you ask for? Game on the menu - so innovative! Love the wine list. The service was perfect -- we were taken care of nicely without being aware of the servers' presence. A great experience! Don't miss the outdoor deck out back.

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