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Bacaro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bacaronyc.com
  • Email: info@bacaronyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 941-5060
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 12:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Frank DeCarlo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Private Party Contact: Kama Geary

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Orchard and Ludlow
  • Public Transit: East Broadway (F); Grand St (B, D); Delancey-Essex Sts (F, J, M, Z)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bacaro
Rustic Venetian tavern for sharing cichetti, Venetian-style small plates paired with Northern Italian wines. Covertly located down a little winding street a block south of Canal. An inside and outside staircase both lead you to an underground catacomb of exposed brick archways with wooden communal farm tables, illuminated by soft lighting and warm candles reminiscent of the streets of Italy.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Capable Northern Italian food swathed, for better or worse, in a chic LES atmosphere. A little loud for groups: a little loud, none too many sharable items. Great for dates: dependable energy, a little cramped, good cocktails."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "When we arrived we went downstairs to what has to be seen to understand. It was like be led into the catacombs, very delightful & very romantic. The food was exceptionally good and our server Lizzie was just awesome. If I get time, I'll be back before I leave NYC. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "If our service had been different we would have had a much better experience. Our waitress screwed up our order in both content and the ordering of the courses ( if you are part of an authentic Italian restaurant, you should have course order down). We're easy-going, but she offered no solutions when she saw we weren't happy other than suggesting that we could order (and pay for) additional dishes in a way that would have made a romantic dinner chaotic. She was not apologetic -indeed, she seemed annoyed. The food itself was fairly good - esp the tagliata - but the spaghetti alle vongole were very salty. Desserts and the wine list were solid. As someone from the Veneto, I was excited to try this place but will not be returning."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We love this place. It is a serious but honest restaurant where one can eat well AND hold a conversation without having to yell. The food is prepared with care and the flavors are straight from Italy. Service is always attentive, but never obsequious. Might be nice if they occasionally added some new items to the menu, but not imperative. The setting and atmosphere are like none other in the city: Basement of a chateau, with requisite chandeliers and barrel vaulted ceilings."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I'm so glad we chose Bacaro for a quiet, romantic mid-week dinner. We were having an intimate birthday celebration and it was perfect. I'd only been here once before and it was for a larger group birthday dinner celebrating someone's 30th. It was perfect then too, so it's versatile but still maintains a high level of service and the same pleasant ambiance for these two different dining experiences. Definitely on my list of favorites. Thank you! p.s. the polenta is amazing. And I'm not even a huge ricotta fan but those zucchini blossoms are worth writing home about."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "There is a nice bar area on the first floor with a few tables for casual dining. Downstairs, it looks like a converted wine cellar. Very romantic, with alcoves and candles. We loved the shrimp and polenta and gnocchi entrees. The salad as an appetizer was refereshing, and there was an artichoke heart special appetizer with cheese, which we hope to find there again. The complimentary bread was ok (not as crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside as I'd prefer), and my friend liked the chocolate cake better than I did, but it was still good - just a little dense for me. Great service, and my favorite kind of music (80s and new wave)! Overall, an excellent dining experience. Definitely going back!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My Manhattan dining spree came to a perfect end at Bacaro. It was a longer walk than I wanted from my hotel, but at 11 pm mid week, choices of decent eateries (that I hadn't tried) were limited. When I arrived, solo and in the mood for quiet, its street level bar area was so loud and lively that my first impulse was to move on. Still, I opted to stay and found the crowd quite friendly. I was treated to delightful conversations with the owner, Alain, and some of his regulars; a tour of the downstairs suite of dining rooms -- magical; and easily one of the best pasta w clams dishes I've ever had, which is saying a lot as I order it frequently. That night I realized, with all due respect to my beloved LA, New York could steal my foodie heart."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This was a great spot for a business dinner. A bit loud, as it got later, but not is a bad way. Food was different and sharable which brought the group together. Razor clams, crab salad, sausage over lentils, and meat and cheese tray were all excellent as shared appetizers. All different enough for the foodies in the group but still "safe" for the non-foodies. Braised pork shank was so tender it fell off the bone, and the sole was light and elegant in taste. Try the panna cotta for dessert, worth every bite."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Bacaro is one of our favorite restaurants in the neighborhood. The downstairs is cozy great for a romantic dinner but also good for groups as there are a few large tables in the back. The wine list is extensive and the food prices very reasonable. They could change their menu up a bit, its been the same for a few years now. But they are getting better with specials so it allows for a bit more variety. Overall, a gem in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Had the most wonderful date at Bacaro. The setting is beautiful and incredibly romantic. We had razor clams and snails for an appetizer, cuttlefish ink pasta for dinner and tiramisu for dessert. Everything was wonderful- our waiter (wish I could remember his name) was friendly and very knowledgeable without being overbearing. An absolutely perfect night."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I recommend sitting downstairs- very moody and romantic as the walls are cave-like exposed brick and tables are lit throughout by candle light. The ambiance and interior makes for a truly unique dining experience. Not to mention all the food we had (especially the Nero pasta) was superb. Has a private dining area for groups in the back as well with a candle chandelier and long wooden table."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "so wonderful to have a place like Bacaro in the neighborhood - the experience is just all round enjoyable - the food - the setting - the staff - all attentive and delightful - the food is always good - we love bringing friends to experience Bacaro"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "It's sexy here... Love the candle lighting everywhere."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Did my research before going here and could not be happier! They were very busy the night we went so we chose to eat at the bar instead of a table and very glad we did! The bartender was extremely helpful, funny, and engaging. We ate way too much! The soup was amazing and the appetizers were spot on. Definitely not a quiet place, but as long as you know what you want, that's ok. Will definitely be returning the next time we are in NYC!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I love Bacaro! The ambiance is very unique, it all looks like an underground wine cellar. The Italian food is great, but there are no many options if you eat healthy. It's traditional italian with a lot of cheese and butter on everything."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The food is quite good, and the ambience is lovely (if a bit dim), but the restaurant is too loud to be pitched as the intimate romantic place that others have mentioned."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We expected much from this relative of Peasant but found it disappointing. The food is average--promising but less than memorable. Service was lacking with entrees being delivered before appetizers were finished and no apologies or even acknowledgement of the rushed pace from the staff. The atmosphere is the only saving grace to this establishment. For that alone, I would consider a future cocktail here."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "What a wonderful place with great food from Italy...and the wine list, wow! Once you've discovered this little gem, you just feel special. We are a couple from Montreal, we spent ny's eve there, couldn't believe our luck! We will surely go back on our next trips and recommend it to all our friends and family. Thanks to the owners for these wonderful memories."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Went back after 5 years and was not disappointed! The food is delicious, highly recommend the cod, the polenta was delicious and the flourless cake was divine! Service was very good, they have a nice wine selection and offer quartinos which i love! Love the decor, the downstairs is very romantic but also great for groups. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Looking for something a little different, in a neighborhood that isn't usually in my sight line Bacaro delivers a great atmosphere, food and staff. Worth the trek!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I recall this place being fantastic few years ago! (Back when they didn't have a hostess at the entrance.) Great food, amazingly friendly service, relaxed atmosphere... But this time around, it was just "eh..." and was even a bit disappointed. We ordered sparkling, white and then red wine...and our waiter tried to pour all three wines using the same glass that we started with! (We let him go using the sparkling glass for the white that we ordered, but attempting to use the same glass for all 3 wines ordered?? we couldn't let it go this time...) Maybe it was a busy night, but not acceptable in a restaurant. I'm hoping that we just had an off night - I would try again in maybe a few months."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "From decor to food to wine - great, intimate gem! If you're looking for a quit, intimate date night or a small party size of 6 or less - try this place out! We ate here on a Friday evening by chance finding on OpenTable and couldn't be happier with our choice. We sat downstairs, which is by far, one of the most unique spaces I've dined at in NYC - reminded me of old New Orleans decor mixed with exposed brick and wooden beams found in downtown / old town NYC basements. We ordered a great barbaresco and had the rabbit lasagna and clam spaghetti. Both were great but smaller portions. Service was great. Experience & ambiance were both great. Worth a date night even if its in a hard to reach spot!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I saw on Instagram that a friend had been to Bacaro and she raved about it. I went with a friend a couple days later and had the chicken liver and polenta appetizer (delicious) and the spaghetti nero, which was sinisterly delicious in all its inky blackness. The owner himself served us and was very friendly. Drinks were great too, and I will happily go back."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Loved the atmosphere and service here! The hostesses and waiters were attentive and polite. The food was mediocre.. I really enjoyed my steak, but I tried the other dishes my party ordered and was not too impressed. Great for the ambiance though! Would come back again."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "If you want authentic Northern Italian food presented in a rustic, energetic, vibrant setting with terrific staff and attention to detail, this place is on your list. Great selection of Italian wines with good advice on which options would be best for us based on our tastes. A bit hard to find tucked away on the Lower East Side, but we are so happy we did!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Bacaro has a great intimate vibe that's also fun and friendly. Prices are extremely reasonable and the food is interesting and delicious. Went with a group and got one of the "private" rooms which have candle-burning chandeliers. Try to eat downstairs where the ambiance is more intimate and order the spaghetti nero (squid ink spaghetti)!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Bacaro is consistently good, friendly, and low-maintenance, so you can focus on your friends rather than the restaurant's or the staff's issues. I feel welcome and know that I will get a very good meal."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "My partner and I had a 9:30p reservation on New Year's Eve. We were seated almost right away, downstairs per my request. The entire staff, including bus boys, was extremely pleasant and helpful. The service was prompt, but not pushy. Everything we ordered was impeccably prepared and presented. I highly recommend the Market Vegetable Salad, Gnochetti and Steak. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in NYC."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Dim lighting, rustic benches and chandeliers give it a cozy, warm atmosphere great for a date or to enjoy with a group of friends!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Was very surprised by this place! Awesome atmosphere, quiet and dark but not creepy. The food was...oh my god...so good! Love it!!! Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Food was excellent, and wine selection was an unexpected find. Lots of small regional vineyards that put out excellent product. The dining area is in a converted coal cellar with beautiful brick archways, that flow between open chambers and soft lighting."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I was recommend to Bacaro by a UK Chef as its the Only place in NYC he would recommend. He was not wrong, it's a complete Gem, the ambiance is perfect, it's a fusion of old school Italy meets old school New York. Perfect staff, who adore food, wine and people. Food was exquisite, home style Italian, cooked to perfection, with care and grace very rarely found. Wine was perfect temperature, it really was just too good for words. A Foodie Heaven, a place I will treasure in my heart, please don't change anything and I will come back to eat here every time I can for the rest of my life. Simply Perfection for me. Thank you Bacaro for making my year."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The lower level is basically a beautiful stone wine cellar. Great vibe, although the music didn't seem to fit the mood. Not terrible, but it made it seem like it was trying to be hip instead of the romantic feel that the rest of the restaurant gives off. Either way, not a huge deal, and not too loud. The food was great, but the portions were a little small for the price. I love the location since there aren't too many non-Chinese options in the neighborhood, especially at this caliber. Will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Cuttlefish ink pasta was amazing! Restaurant decor downstairs very unique and intimate."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We had a great night out. We went to Bacaro for dinner and ate upstairs (which is lovely -- the downstairs is even more beautiful). The food was very good. We then went for a drink at Clandestino (35 Canal -- just around the corner from Bacaro) -- it's a fantastic little neighborhood bar."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Went to Bacaro on a date the other night. I thought that the ambience (especially downstairs) and the food were excellent. Great place for either a date or a group."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "This place turns out Venetian classics in a very cool space. The restaurant is in a former cellar. I had the spaghetti nero and the Insalata di Granchio (Crab Salad over Polenta), both were great.... The Spaghetti Nero is an explosion of flavor. If you are a polenta lover, this is your place."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Found this place through Open Table. Wasn't disappointed. Located South of Canal, bar is street level, dining in cellar. Wonderful atmosphere. Friendly hostess & waiter. Some interesting food choices (frogs legs for appetizers were delicious). Wine list as well as cocktails were good. All our main dishes were on point. I had the Stinco Di Maiale (braised pork shank with polenta) which was delish! Gelato & Tera Mi Su shared at our table of 5 was perfect. They even added a birthday candle for my son & me to blow out together."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Came here for my birthday dinner and the experience was wonderful. Fantastic staff and food and lovely ambiance. I can't wait to come back to try their other entrees and desserts!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Been to Bacaro twice and I cannot wait to go again. Food was excellent. The waiter/waitress were friendly and great service. A good find!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013