Above and Beyond!Our reservation was for 6 PM and our taxi was caught in traffic. I called Abbocato and explained the situation while emphasizing that I had tickets for 7 PM at "Encores" across the street. I was assured by the young lady that the restaurant would insure that we arrived in time. Upon entering the restaurant, we were taken to our preferred seats and the waiter, who had been notified of our problem, recommended specific dishes that we coud enjoy and still be on time for the opening curtain. We ate, indeed enjoyed the food and were seated just before seven pm for a lovely show.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing Mother's Day CelebrationThis restaurant is a gem across the street from New York City Center. The food is fabulous, the waiters' suggestion for wine in our price range was smooth and delicious, and the desserts were excellent. Can't wait to go back again & again!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMI eat at Abboccato with myI eat at Abboccato with my elderly mother several times a year and they are always very accommodating. They seat us in the front, and both the food and the service is always very good. It is a restaurant we rely upon and choose every time we are in the area.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAbboccato staff has alwaysAbboccato staff has always been extrmely accomodating. This week, our table was graciously changed after we'd requested special
seating. This makes going to the City Center an extra=special treat. And the food is really good!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMPre-theater just rightWe were five people going to City Center and all enjoyed our dinners. Butternut squash soup, although sweeter than the usual, was top-notch. Service was attentive, but they did not remind us about time, and it was a very good thing the theater was just across the street.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMSleeper on W. 55thThe food was great, though prior reviews were not stellar. We found the wait staff a little off their game, but they were friendly. The grilled octopus was fabulous, as were the meatballs and beet salad. Pastas were homemade and fresh, and excellent presentations of each sort (we had the parpardelle and cannollini); the veal saltambocca was a bit soggy (by the time I tried it) but very tasty. I definitely recommend this sleepy restaurant very highly (great prices for the offering) and great progeny (by the owners of Milos and Oceana). Go there! Ciao!5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious ItalianThis was our first time at Abboccato and we went primarily because it is just opposite the City Center. But we were pleasantly surprised at the variety and quality of the food. A lovely shared first course was a platter of toasted pita with three types of spreads, ricotta, eggplant and a hummus. Tuna was delicious with unusual accompaniments, and grilled salmon and grouper were also enjoyed. Apple strudel Italian style was a lovely dessert, as was green apple sorbet and a pistachio sundae in an edible chocolate cup. The only drawback was the noisy collection at the bar in the front.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMCity center gemGoing to City Center? This is the Place! Wonderful prix fixe lunch and dinner .5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMA True Great Find!Our second time for dinner at Abboccato. We found this gem of an authentic Italian Trattoria by accident as we were walking down the street, went in, enjoyed dinner and went back for the second time. Food is truly excellent, very nicely appointed restaurant.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat restaurant!! All ofGreat restaurant!! All of the food was deliscious. Cozy atmosphere. Great for good conversation.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent serviceWe could sit in comfortable leather chair and could relax and talk without loud noise. Service was excellent.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMMust Eat HereHad a fantastic lunch before matinee show. I am full-blooded italian from South Philadelphia and the food was authentic, the sauce was the best and the ravioli, what can I say...I thought my grandmother was in the kitchen. And I am just getting started...I HIGHLY recommend this eatery. If you are looking for premiuim italian food, this is the place.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMA Pleasant SurpriseWe went to this restaurant and we were going to City Center for matinee and it's right across the street. The place is lovely with a bar area on the left as you enter. My friends were delayed and the staff was most solicitous while I waited. We ordered lunch and were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food and presentation. Two of us had chicken salad - not like one I've ever had before - very creative ingredients and the chicken was moist and cooked perfectly. The other guest had salmon tartar something and she said it got better and better with each bite! I highly recommend the restaurant and I would definitely return when in the area - for theatre or just a delicious meal!!!5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experience and food!I brought some clients to dinner here because it was near by the office and seemed to have a nice menu. The reviews were spot on- we had a great experience and great food. Grilled octopus was delicious and all our pasta main courses were superb. I definitely would recommend to friends and coworkers to check it out.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMI took my brother to AbboccatoI took my brother to Abboccato for his birthday. It was his first time but not mine. Thes service was excellent as well as the food . We both had the Red sauce menu . The menu came with free coffee and free sambucca . We had a great time.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful spotAlways wanted to try this restaurant - was not disappointed. Lunch was wonderful! Food delicious, server was friendly and efficient and the atmosphere very warm and comfortable. Would not hesitate to return to try more dishes. Highly recommended.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMDelightful!What a pleasant surprise. We loved our dinner. We shared the arancini, the beet salad with orange and pistachios and a grilled octopus. All 3 items with sublime. For entrees we had the spaghetti Amatriciana and the free range chicken with sweet peppers and olives. Both were exceptional. For dessert we shared the pistachio sundae. Service was attentive and our waitress was very sweet. We can't wait to go back!4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMA great discovery.It was my first visit to Abboccato prompted by its being a sister restaurant to Molyvos,which is a long time favorite. We were not disappointed; the excellent food-an interesting 'Prix Fix', seating and service set the stage for a great evening at City Center's 'La Perichole'. Make sure you order Grandmother's meatballs for an appetizer!4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMVery nice. Menu was greatVery nice. Menu was great and the food was excellent. Great service and very accommodating upon request for change in table.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a nice find in an otherwiseWhat a nice find in an otherwise "off" street. I was looking for a place for dinner before a show and this was nice because it was close to the theater and it was excellent food with a nice calm environment on a Saturday night. I didnt feel rushed and the waiter asked if we were theater bound so he managed our time well. The portions were a nice size and although I should not have eaten it all it was too good to leave on the plate! The surprise after dinner dessert wine was a pleasnat end to the visit.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMa clear favoriteAttractive, comfortable and quiet with a great location. Two pecial combinations and a fixed price option were clearly explained by the waitress and reasonably priced. My no salt requirement was taken seriously, not always the case. The wine list is excellent, with a top-notch regional selection of Italian reds and whites. But the beer selection is too limited, with no good brown e.g. The dressing and robust and perfectly grilled scallop made up for the skimpy argula in my salad appetizer and the three ciabatta offering and octopus were truly outstanding. Among the entres, the pastas were the best and the meat sauces and raviollis were delicately spiced and satisying. All my guests insisted on a return visit and a broader sample.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMService was great food wasService was great
food was good very inventive cuisine
1 person didn't like the dessert
prices were very high4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMNestled in the basement isNestled in the basement is a real gem for Italian dining in NYC. We were in town for a show and were staying at the London Hotel, about 1 block away. We wanted good authentic Italian food as we went to Italy last summer and really enjoyed it. We got a bottle of Italian Cabernet, great appetizer of brunette and meatballs, great bread with lovely olive oil for dipping. Pasta with beets and very nice lamb followed, topped it off with cappuccino and some gelato.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMHow Sweet is is !!!!!My wife and I went for dinner before a show,our first time at Abboccato. After several trips to Italy we found a restruant as close as you can get in Abboccato. Not the most extensive menue but you still find yourself taking too much time trying to decide on your dinner selections because you want one of everything. The staff is WONDERFUL and we were treated as "regulars." A little pricie but New York is New York and it's worth every penny. Abboccato, meaning "a touch of sweetness" in Italian is appropriately named, HOW SWEET IS IS !4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Italian place in the mid-50s.First with a friend over drinks and appetizer, then by ourselves in a dinner for two, Abboccato delivered again! This is a favorite
spot of ours in midtown, near all the theaters (they'll make sure you make the show) and serving high quality, delicious food at
reasonable rates. We hadbruschetta to start and a fine choice of wines by the glass. (Their happy
hour is 3-5). When our friend left and we were seated at dinner, we couldn't help but notice the fine, unobtrusive service. Our appetizer, shared, was grilled asparagus - the freshest and most flavorful. Or main course was We went on to "fussily alla napoletana," or squid with fusilli and tomato, garlic and basil. Delicious gelato followed and we particularly recommend the vanill4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMI was dining alone and enjoyedI was dining alone and enjoyed the location where I was seated. The service was very responsive and the food was excellent. I chose the prix fixe menu which worked well for me. It is convenient for Carnegie Hall.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a lovely dinner. WeWe had a lovely dinner. We particularly liked being able to order wine by the one-half or one-quarter bottle. Very nice service too.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMI took clients there for lunchI took clients there for lunch -- the food was great, it was calm and quiet and my clients loved it. Will definitely go back -- probably try it for dinner next time I'm going to City Center -- it's right across the street.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMAttentive to requests of diners.Attentive to requests of diners. Very good food . Appreciated the variety of small plates from which to choose.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent, gracious,professionalExcellent, gracious,professional service. Good variety of choices on the menu; two special price menus, one with several choices and one, Red Sauce menu, well priced, delicious. Lots of reason to go back and try more of the menu. Perfect for before or after performance at City Center.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMSalmon Tartare Fabulous! VealSalmon Tartare Fabulous!
Veal Saltimbocco, delicious.
Service, attentive.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMNorthern Italian- Midtown bestWe had a delicious meal at Abbocatto- a salad of spring greens, entree which was a Friday special of grilled salmon served on a bed seeded slices of cucmber with a yogurt sauce- the salmon had a perfect charred grid pattern, but was firm and broke into tender flakes. My husband had a pasta with meat sauce- his favorite thing to order, and he declared his to be the best. The waitress poured olive oil for dipping the Italian bread. We shared a bottle of wine, then had an exquisite panna cotta with raspberry sauce- he had a small scoop of gelato. To our surprise the server brought each of us a glass of a mildly sweet dessert wine. The service was seamless and non-intrusive to the meal4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGoing to City Center? Can'tGoing to City Center? Can't do better than this. the prix fixe lunch n is wonderful.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMI go to City Center oftenI go to City Center often for theatre, dance, etc. I wouldn't think of going anywhere else for pre-theatre dinner.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWent to dinner here beforeWent to dinner here before we saw a show at the New York City Center. Great location; it is right across the street from the theater. The restaurant service is exceptional. They could not do enough for us. The menu is excellent with something for everyone. The food is served in a timely manner but you are never rushed. I highly recommend this restaurant. Go and enjoy!!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMHave eaten here several timesHave eaten here several times and always had delicious food and great service!4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMReally outstanding service,Really outstanding service, from the moment we walked in the door and they offered to seat us even though the rest of our part hadn't arrived yet, to keeping our water glasses filled as we lingered a bit after the check was settled. My arancini and special artichoke agnolotti were excellent, and the pistachio sundae was also tasty. Would definitely return.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMThree of my friends and IThree of my friends and I dined here prior to a show at City Center. The service was extremely attentive without being annoying. They accommodated all of our needs and with 4 different personalities, that wasn't easy. Yet their staff made it look that way. We were all very impressed and the next time we go to a Broadway show, we will definitely dine there again.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect place for dining/Perfect place for dining/ across the street from City Center. Food was excellent.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've been here many timesWe've been here many times and have never been diappointed. The menu is diverse and the food excellent. Pasta dishes are extraordinary.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a special evening! IWhat a special evening! I arrived ahead of my guest, whose birthday we were celebrating, and asked the maitre d' if a candle could be added to her dessert. He, and everyone else, was so attentive--solicitous in fact--of us both. The special prix fixe "Red Sauce" menu with wine pairings was wonderful, and the candle arrived with dessert, as promised, along with complimentary glasses of Sambuca. I will definitely return at the first opportunity!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMIncredible selection and good!Incredible selection and good! Still thinking about the truffle flat bread!3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, good price, good areaExcellent food. Professional, friendly service, neither overbearing or condescending. Very convenient for Carnegie Hall and
NY City Center. Good value. Consistently satisfying.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMService and food impeccable.Service and food impeccable. For a brief period service was not up to par. They obviously worked hard at improving and now have matched and in some cases surpassed the best of them.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMA fine dining experienceExcellent food and service. Nona's Red Sauce Menu is great for meat eaters. Rigatoni and a separate pot of meatballs, sausage and pork made my husband smile. My son and I enjoyed the linguine and clams and the shrimp and pasta dish. Nice choice of appetizers and desserts. Waitstaff is courteous and efficient in spite of a full house. Overall, a fine dining experience.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have their pre-theatreWe have their pre-theatre menu and the food was outstanding. Will definitely go back again!3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had an excellent wait staffWe had an excellent wait staff including server (Hannah), bus boy and food runner. My wife & I ordered the Sunday Red Sauce Dinner with wine pairings. It was phenomal. From the antipasto to the rigatoni to the zeppolas (amazing!!) to the cappuccino to the sambucco. It was unbelievably amazing food!!! The wine pairings were excellent selections and complimented each course. We will certainly go back!!! A MUST TRY!! You won't be disappointed.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMI love Abboccato- We willI love Abboccato- We will go back soon- The hostess and the staff were very friendly-3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderfulThe food is spectacular! The service is wonderful and the atmosphere is inviting. You cannot go wrong at Abboccato.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time at Abboccato andFirst time at Abboccato and we loved everything. The Prix fixe menu for $38 is a steal.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AM