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Posted by Anonymous on 09/06/2013
I would call what they served us dog food, but I would not serve my dogs food that bad. My wife ordered a pizza that was burnt and not crisp. I ordered eggplant pam with linguini. The eggplant was hard and dry in the middle. It tasted like it was cooked in a microwave. The pasta was rubbery. The only thing that tasted ok was the sauce. If you get a chance to go to Little Italy if you pass Vincent's, you did good. Keep going past.
Posted by Fran on 05/30/2011
My family has been coming to Vincent's for generations...but no more! I recently met my sister and her daughter in NYC (me from Florida and her from California) and one of our stops had to be Vincent's. We were so disappointed with the food and service that we vowed not to return. First of all, I should have known something was wrong when we walked in.... the place smelled like moppy water and the restaurant was empty in spite of it being the St Anothony Parade and Festival. The waiter, who was teaching someone to wait tables, was rude and abrupt with us. The waiter being taught was not Italian, which did not matter , however, he did not speak English so could not understand what we wanted. The food was nothing special and not worth the money. In the 1950's, when I was a little girl living on Staten Island, my father would take my mother and my 5 siblings to Vincent's on many many occasions. It used to be packed and our huge Italian family used to boast about how great Vincent's was. This restaurant has seen better days and has gone by the waste-side. Fran
Posted by Herb on 05/09/2011
I went with my wife and in-laws (who are Sicilian) thinking they'll get authentic food. When they served the bread, it was stale. My father-in-law ordered the Linguine with Scugilli. He had them take it back and give him Manicotti. I ordered the Sausage Parmigiana with Linguini and if I didn't put salt & pepper on it, I wouldn't have tasted a thing. This is a place that has been there for over a century in a neighborhood filled with other Italian retaurants. The food was so bad, I was compelled to write about it.
Posted by Bagel Boy on 09/06/2010
Certainly the worst Italian food I have ever eaten since opening a can of ravioli as a kid. How can this be for a place that's been there for over 100 years? How did all those celebs on the wall eat here without storming out? What happened? It appears that standards have dropped considerably as even the food pictured on their website bears little resemblance to what we were served. Caesar salad tasted like it was made with store bought dressing and croutons from a package. So called Buffalo mozzarella salad tasted like plastic cheese. No way on earth was this buffalo mozz. Tomato was tasteless and covered in dried herbs. Parmesan cheese on offer was the dried Kraft cheese style. What kind of Italian restaurant doesn't actually serve fresh Parmesan cheese? The bread tasted like it was from a grocery store. The linguini with clams was watery and flavourless. The famous sauce is sold in jars and it tasted that way here, like it came from a jar. Service was decent enough, but so overpriced. Even the glass of wine was served in a very tiny glass for the price. Truly appalling and shameful. Avoid like the plague.
Posted by nycwork on 12/11/2009
we went here for work lunch for the holidays, excellent service, food out in 6 min, prices decent, great for vegetarians as well, sauce was delightful. Had a great time and will def go back.
Posted by Rick on 09/21/2009
I was 10 when my father took me to Vincents for the first time. I am now 64 and still love Vincent's great sauce. You must try their sauce. No other even comes close.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/15/2009
Very sad after having read so many positive reviews. I had alfredo sauce that was so watery the pasta was slippery. My husband had veal franchese that was too tough to eat and the sauce was watery with a bit of lemon added. This only made the outer coating on the veal soggy and even more undesireable to eat. He had a side order of the medium red sauce and pasta. It tasted right out of a can. Very disappointing since we came specifically to try the sauce. No one would have been happy with the meals we received. The waiter was very attentive which was a nice distraction from the food. This dinner was mid-week and many tables were still open. Maybe signs of the times but the quality should not be sacrificed.