Aroma Kitchen & Winebar
Aroma Kitchen & Winebar

Aroma Kitchen & Winebar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aromanyc.com/
  • Phone: 2123750100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Summer Hours
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - midnight
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
    Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Vito Polosa
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Noho NYC private dining gem.
  • Private Party Contact: Allene O. Diana 8557815860

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Bowery & Lafayette
  • Public Transit: BY SUBWAY
    6 to Bleecker Street - walk north on Lafayette, make right on E 4th.
    or to Astor Place - walk south on Lafayette to E 4th and make a left.
    B, D, F, V to Broadway-Lafayette Street. Walk north on Lafayette to E 4th and make a right.
    N, R, W to 8th Street - NYU. Walk south on Broadway to E 4th and make a left.
  • Parking: No
A word from Aroma Kitchen & Winebar
Join us at Aroma Kitchen & Winebar, a sultry East Village Italian restaurant and wine bar that focuses on pairing delicious market-fresh food with superior quality wines. Our intent is to let our guests expand their taste horizons and indulge in hand-picked indigenous wines in a setting that is as intimate as it is relaxed.
Vito, our Chef and Owner, is from the southern Italy (Basilicata) and has a passion for food and wine that is surpassed only by his love of eating and drinking and his desire to share his experiences. At Aroma Kitchen & Winebar, he showcases modern and regional Italian dishes. Guests come for our authentic meatballs (his mother's recipe), tender, charred Portuguese octopus, and above all, for the signature, homemade pastas like strascinati, busiate, and pici toscani, among other plates.
Two private, secluded dining rooms in the wine cellar are available for private parties.
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Aroma Kitchen & Winebar reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)fit for foodies (17)notable wine list (16)romantic (16)special occasion (10)hot spot (4)good for groups (4)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • A perfect date night
    tartar
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Took my best friend for an early birthday dinner, and had a most delightful meal with very attentive service. The kitchen got backed up as we waited for our main courses, but we were well attended too and thoroughly enjoyed our time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming small restaurant
    Portia
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was very good; the service polite, efficient and capable. Without rushing, they got us to our show very comfortably. The front room is a nice bar, the back room is a narrow room with limited tables, a high tin ceiling, book shelves high on the walls, and a view of the back garden. There is also a room in the lower level for large parties. Dinner for 4, with a half split of wine, only two appetizers and two desserts, and coffee, easily ran more than $200, before top.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing service
    peachapple
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The restaurant was amazing. The servers were extremely attentive and friendly (without trying too hard like a lot of places). I really enjoyed the black linguine and the lamb dish was even more amazing. I really liked the ambiance as well - it's a bit strange to walk down a steep staircase and through the kitchen but it was very clean in the back and it felt like I wasn't even in NYC and instead in some Mediterranean seaside quaint restaurant. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and wine list
    cavie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I have dined at Aroma multiple times and it never disappoints!! The food is always delicious and the service always knowledgeable and friendly. Eating there is like being invited to a close friend's home for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aroma
    gothamdining
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I really enjoyed dining at Aroma. The spot is definitely for individuals who r interested in enjoying each other and good wine and food. Background music at appropriate sound level to enjoy conversations without having to yell or lean forward. Excellent food dishes. However I did not see a pairing of wine and cheeses on the menu. Friendly and attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this Place!
    MamaD
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I discovered Aroma Kitchen by accident a few months ago. My husband and I have now eaten there twice, the second time with another couple, and everyone's food was delicious both times. I'm pretty sure everyone's plates were licked clean. They have a wonderful Italian wine list, and the wait staff is knowledgeable enough to help you pick a wine. The two dining rooms - one on the main floor, and once in the basement - which also appears to be the wine cellar, are small and charming. The acoustics are good - so if you want to have a conversation over dinner without shouting, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than bacon.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    When I saw this place was recognized by Michelin and reasonably priced, I knew we had to try it. The food was delicious and the service fabulous. My only wish was that instead of bacon on the beet ravioli, they had used pancetta, it would have been way better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Go for the wine, not the food
    none
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    A charming space with a very interesting wine list, and a number of good selections by the glass makes this the ideal wine bar, but not a good restaurant. The kitchen used to turn out quite tasty and deftly-seasoned food, but there must have been a change in the chef, because fried artichokes were sodden and greasy, salads poorly or under-seasoned. Avoid the linguini with clams: it should have been richly coated with butter or oil, but only a miserly dribble of oil was offered at table, and the dish was weighed down by so many whole fennel seeds that the flavor of the clams was completely masked. Go for great wine and nibble bar food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great surprise find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My wife and I were looking for a last minute reservation on a Friday evening in this neighborhood. What a great find this turned out to be. Food was outstanding and service was even better. Excellent affordable wine list. The special bean soup with mussels was out of this world!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Dining experience was fantastic. Small intimate room...great food and great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food. Good service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This is a fine Italian restaurant with great food. My only comment is that it would be nice to have waiters that actually speaks Italian and understand Italian cuisine. The waiter I've had there is a little difficult to understand. He has a heavy Spanish accent and its difficult to understand his English or Italian. The waiter helps set the mood for the meal so I think this is an important point.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Quaint
    John
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for a romantic evening. Food was very fresh and authentic. Very delicious. Wine was awesome.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aroma Rocks
    catharticartist
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We always have THE BEST time when we come. The food is outstanding as is the wait staff. Everyone is so friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. I's always a fun night out!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place! wonderful food
    Tamagochka
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I was really surprised. Good wine prices, amazing food and very nice service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 48 reviews are from the Aroma Kitchen & Winebar reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is such a charming place. The back room has great atmosphere. Friendly service and great Italian food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice meal
    Schwanky
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We liked the cozy look of the back dining room. We were not so happy with the low, hard chair to high table ratio. My husband had to sit on a pillow for comfort and to raise up to acceptable eating level. The olive plate was delicious as was the bread that came with it. The olive oil was nondescript. The mussels and clams appetizer was tasty although a bit of grit and not hot, which was a shame since the broth was delicious. The gnudi also delicious. Lamb ragu pasta spicey and wonderful. Pork chop milanese nice enough, but why panko? Too hard for my taste and not very Italian. Crispy Brussels sprouts-- deep fried and oily. The wine was delicious, but need more reasonably priced options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden beauty
    Larry
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    This is a very attractive "old world" looking restaurant hidden away on a quiet stretch of East 4th Street. The Italian offerings a good with many unusual choices and with a well-chosen wine list that is also full of unusual (for New York) choices. The service is very accommodating and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bonnie
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Lovely wines, as befits a wine bar. Order wines from Piedmont. And don't miss the grilled octopus. Efficient waitstaff, including a knowledgeable and gracious bar/wine tender. At the very least, come for the wine bar part of the restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful table
    Luca
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We made a reservation for two and got there perfectly on time. They had sat aside the worst table in the restaurant, placed pretty much in the corridor taking to the main restaurant room. That could have been acceptable perhaps for a walk in, but certainly not for a reservation. We left and went somewhere else. Overall, we were not impressed by the restaurant anyway, it looks so much better in pics than in reality
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for pre-theater
    Bigfan
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I've eaten here several times before going to the Public. The food and service are excellent. My only comment would be they need some more reasonably priced wines.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special
    tomg
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Went for an early pre-theater dinner with five people, including my 90-year-old dad. The restaurant couldn't have been more accommodating, and the entire experience was outstanding. It began with an unusual wine selection. We tried an Italian 'Sauvignon Blanc,' which was memorable. Our waiter then suggested an assortment of antipasti, which included everything from olives and rocket salad to exceptional meatballs. The rest of the meal was consistently good. We tried several pasta dishes and main courses. Because we were short on time, we ordered the house gelati and sorbetti....also outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food usually, poor server
    Digzmom
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We always are excited to go to Aroma when we visit the city. We were in town for our 10th anniversary and had 3 friends with us. We were seated at t the fro t window, but the door stayed open each time so done entered and it was freezing cold. Our waitress couldn't find a sparkling wine by the glass at a wine bar! Se was far less than attentive for our drinks, Ad it was basically a big letdown. Will look for a new fave place. When you have a place out of the thousands available in NYC that you always visit on trips from Boston, that means something, but it is obviously time to get back out there with all the other options that we always loved!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-theatre yumminess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    My friend and I swung by very early after work and before the theatre, so there was literally us and one other table of 5 in the whole restaurant. It's a very cute space, though. We only had drinks, apps and one entree since it was so early, but everything on the menu looked delicious. What we had was very good, so I can't wait to get back and try more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another Great Dinner
    Foodie1
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Once again another great dinner....we're never disappointed....food, service, ambiance all first rate Can't wait to return
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dungeon
    Sisi
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Beware of narrow uneven steps going into a dungeon. Now worth the effort, though the food and wine are good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I thought the food was mediocre,at
    rsuss17
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I thought the food was mediocre,at best.We were kept along time waiting for our food.The main level is a small space and it was very loud.I would return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Absolutely perfect
    kate
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The ambiance is cozy and comfortable, your family's chic flat in Rome that you've never been to;) The food is executed perfectly without being too fussy; just fresh, quality ingredients speaking for themselves. And the wine list - always meticulously chosen and divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Public Theater dining spot
    Pumpkin10044
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Great place to have dinner before or after theater - opens early closes late
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always wonderful
    Stephanie
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The food is prepared exceedingly well, the service is excellent. This is a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Table position a let down
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I had read a review where someone else complained about the table they were given, and I disregarded it. However we were seated at a table that was opposite a door that led to the outside. It was freezing every time the door opened - which was A LOT. The table was also right in the door way so every waiter had to pass us to get to any table. It was distracting and left a really bad taste in my mouth - I don't even remember the service or the food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Cosy Sunday Dinner for Two
    Ottawhere
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    On a snowy evening, we were treated to a wonderful meal at Aroma Kitchen & Winebar. You enter Aroma through the comfortable bar area at the front, and proceed to a cosy room with fireplace and exposed brick walls. Complementary olives, bread and olive oil were the best I have ever had. The olives ('brined' on site) had a deliciously subtle flavour. The olive oil was the purest I've tasted in a restaurant setting. The feather-light bread was perfect for dipping. The stacked, warm beet salad had a lovely kick to it (the cheese element) and the black pasta with seafood was light yet very flavourful. The service was very personable, helpful and attentive. It felt more like we were having dinner with friends and that made our evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Average food for the price
    HootaKoto
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Average food for the price range. Ambience was nice but will most likely will not return unless I'm in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The food was delicious. The service was attentive 100 % of the evening. We felt as though we were in a friends home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Aroma for 10
    Hawk
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Party of ten in the separate downstairs dining area. Nice surrounding though small--waitress was very attentive and the food was very good. Try the Aperitivo--it was worth the extra $15.00--the 3 flight of wines were very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly, lovely, food good
    Live2eat
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We loved the ambiance (narrow roooms, wood floors, old white brick). It felt like we were eating at someone's (very classy) house in part because the waitstaff (a young man from Southern Italy) was charming and welcoming without being intrusive. The whole place had a wonderfully friendly, neighborhood vibe even though people seemed to come from all over. Go early if you'd like to get a table. Both the winebar and the back restaurant started filling up quite a bit beginning at 7 and definitely by 8. The food was good but not knock-your-socks off fabulous. At least what I had. Grapefruit with octopus just didn't hang together. Seemed kind of arbitrary. However, the pasta dish with merguez was delicious. I'd go again and choose better.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diamond in the Rough
    David
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    First time. and it won't be the last. Great food, wine and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intimiate, Classy, and Delicious
    Laurence23
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I've been going to Aroma for the last four years. Every single time, the restaurant delivers. Probably the most delicious Italian food you can find in all of Manhattan, considering it's price and it's personal touch. Whether it's for a special occasion, or a casual dinner and glass of wine, it's easily my go-to place. It's hard to find a reliable spot that you can refer to friends or go to yourself, but Aroma is certainly that place for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming and delicious
    luann
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    We could not stop ooohing over the visuals… cosy, fireplace, book shelves, not crowded. Lovely. Our waiter was amazing. The warm beet appetizer was beyond delicious. Pasta dishes were great. All in all a terrific dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vito knows his wines!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Vito is excellent at choosing the wine, food, and making us feel like we left East 4th, and are now in Italy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We ate here prior to seeing a show at the public theater. The meal was wonderful and service was excellent. Decor is adorable. Such a cute, special hole in the wall spot. We will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet