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Bocca East
Bocca East

Bocca East Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boccaeast.com
  • Phone: (212) 249-1010
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Claudio Cristofoli
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 78th Street
  • Public Transit: 4,6 Trains to 77th Street.
  • Parking: No
A word from Bocca East
Bocca di Bacco is a familiar concept specializing in casual Italian dining and fine wines by the glass and by the bottle.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Enjoyed the meal as well as the service and the wine list!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Service very iffy !! Annoying !!! Quinoa w beans was beans & tomatoes- where was the Quinoa"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We have been to Bocca many times and this time it was not up to par. The service was slow and they got one of the entrees wrong and rather than apologize they said the kitchen was extremely busy. The entree came out 10 minutes after the others. That meal should have been comped. We won't be back anytime soon."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Great food,,nice relaxed room. Near our home..fresh ingredients..friendly faces..cross age crowd..need tablecloths.. Dip served with bread was a pesto but infused with anchovies which made it in edible for me..it's such a powerful overwhelming flavor and many people did not touch it ..way too fishy smelling and tasting..anchovies should be something that is ordered,,not given as a welcoming dip..many tables had untouched plates of this dip.. Overall a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Loved the rustic ambiance of this place. Service was very good and the food was great from start to finish. Will definitely return"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I'm not going to grab a cab to go here, but if I'm in the area it's a go to. Great selection of wines and they are very gracious about sampling. Service can be slow and the joint very loud when it's busy."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We eat at Bocca East regularly - we're so happy to have such a great place in our neighborhood! Always pleased every time! Food and service are perfect!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Went for lunch. Just opened at 12 noon. Brunch/lunch menu..Quiet place at that time. Much busier at night. Sandwiches are great. Great cocktails and extensive wine list. Waitress was friendly and attentive"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Very good time, brunch drinks are only 4$ and size of champagne flute is enormous Food was good for its price Was there for dinner too, and food was equally delicious Very nice wine list w many items by the glass Would surely return"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The restaurant and service were great!! Very reasonably priced and great food plus an extensive italian wine list and tastings available to ensure the right bottle!! Defintely recommend."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Loved the food and ambiance. Very quaint. It wasn't that noisy when we're there, probably because it was late on a Sunday."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "This is our favorite spot for great wine and authentic Italian dishes. The dishes are always perfect - and the homemade pasta is delicious! A great spot for a romantic date or to visit with friends! The staff is great."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I like to think of this place as a big wine bar with terrific outdoor seating that also serves food. We have had some excellent dishes here, and many that were not memorable. It's a cool looking place with somewhat indifferent service. Great spot to get a glass of wine while you wait for a table at tiny Heidi's around the corner."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "I went there for brunch with my wife. We were charmed by the warm ambiance of the restaurant. Our waitress was nice and efficient. The food simple, refreshing and delicious. One on my new spot in the Upper East Side."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Our first time and we will go back. Food was very good but the ambience left a little to be desired even in a "local" place. Was full of enthusiastic eaters so let us see what another visit brings"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "I've been there a few times and am yet to taste something I didn't like. Their menu is well above average and the specials are always tasty. I'm a big fan of the octopus appetizer and the tiramisu makes the girlfriend very happy as I have a scotch."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Boccaccio east is one of my favorite restaurants on second ave! Great service and wonderful food keep me coming back!"
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "This place is nothing special and is not worth going considering there are better places on the same block. Go to LaSardis next door"
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "I have been to Boca many a time and have visited their various locations. I understand it was busy on the Sunday that I visted the establishment for brunch but the service we recieved was subpar. I am a waitress myself and could have easily worked that section without giving spotty service to the majority of the customers. The food was great as always. They just need to have more staff on hand for Sunday brunch or get a more experienced wait staff."
    Dined on 8/4/2013
  • "Bocca East has a rustic Italian feel to it. There are wine bottles adoring the walls and the decour makes you forget you're in manhattan. The wine list is entirely italian and extremely extensive. If you looking for a glass of wine with dinner or a romantic place for a date, then this is it."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "Service was better this time around except for the warm water that they brought to table, It was obvious they took it from another table & it was not chilled. It was 100 degrees that day!!"
    Dined on 7/16/2013
  • "Party of six for lunch on the Friday of July 4th weekend. The staf. And server could not have been nicer as they let us dine at our own pace. Great food , wine and dessert! Also thw waiter had also provided us with a complimentary after- meal Lemoncello!"
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "Excellent food, great outdoor seating, nice drink list, and reasonably priced. Only criticism is that the service was a bit slow - the place was crowded and it looked like they were somewhat short-staffed - it was Thursday evening so it should have been no surprise that they were busy. That was not enough to overshadow what was otherwise a quality dining experience."
    Dined on 6/27/2013
  • "Bocca is such a great neighborhood place. The staff makes you feel like family. The food is pricey but really well prepared and worth it. The service is great, nice bar atmosphere. All around a nice place to go to."
    Dined on 6/23/2013
  • "Love Bocca East! I went here for the first time last year and I always come back. The food is great! They have a lot of appetizers which is great to share with a large group. Can be a little pricey but it's definitly worth it."
    Dined on 6/16/2013
  • "Cute place, interesting mene items, simple. A fun spot with a really outstanding selection of very fine wine. Nice spot for a casual business meeting I feel. Try it ... you'll com back."
    Dined on 4/29/2013
  • "What a great place to have Sunday brunch. I love the ambiance. The wood and brick being a bit of downtown to this uptown location. Our food was tasty and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "Smothered in sauce and uninspired, the food is generally bland and of low quality. As you eat you will get to enjoy the greasy middle-aged manager drink 5-6 glasses of wine as he hits on your waitress. The braised lamb (after scraping off the sauce) may have been the only redeeming quality of this restaurant, as it was cooked perfectly. Avoid the gnocchi, and just about everything else on the menu."
    Dined on 3/19/2013
  • "I have been to this restaurant at least 12 times and they become ruder every single time. Last time I visited I waited at the hostess stand for 5 minutes as the hostess and manager fought over something on the computer screen - not even acknowledging my party once. The hostess was rude once she acknowledged us and rolled her eyes when I requested a table that was not at the door (I had a reservation). Once we were seated our waitress did not come over to us for 10 minutes. It is really upsetting because we love the food but they always make us feel horrible when we are there. I do not think one person smiled at us the entire time."
    Dined on 3/16/2013
  • "Love this place. first went there with a group for a retirement party. There is a great bar and several different seating areas. The menu is big and there are always interesting specials. Wait staff is attentive although difficult to hear as there is a high noise level. There was no rush to move us out, which was nice, as this time I was with a small group and we hadn't seen each other in a while and wanted to chat."
    Dined on 2/26/2013
  • "Atmosphere is very warm and comforting. We had a reservation through open table and was seated immediately. While they do offer a standard Italian restaurant menu, many of the dishes had a special flair. For example, one person in my party ordered a Kobe beef meatball appetizer. It was delicious. Another ordered braised beef ravioli. Another great choice. Our visit was midweek and the restaurant was busy but tables were available. The noise level was reasonable so that you were able to conduct a conversation with your group. It was active scene and a very comfortable neighborhood restaurant"
    Dined on 2/7/2013
  • "The service was brusque and did not go the extra mile. The food was on the whole a big disappointment. I ordered a mushroom risotto and it was not made properly at all They did not use Arborio rice and thought they could pass off an overcooked uncle bens substitute for the real thing. One friend ordered the pappardelle with a lamb ragu and the pasta was hideously overcooked giving the pasta a glutinous quality. The lamb ragu was overcooked as well and tasted like rope. My other friend ordered two appetizers; a fried artichoke plate and a squid dish the artichokes were mostly flakes and a bit burned. The squid was the only delectable item. We ordered wine and they tried to pull a switch on us, with the 2nd bottle 2x more $."
    Dined on 1/30/2013
  • "Great food and restaurant! The restaurant does get crowded for dinner and sitting at the bar is tight as dining tables are directly behind the bar. Tables are close together as is expected for a NYC hot spot. Do not be late for your reservation, the hostess will make a comment!"
    Dined on 1/26/2013
  • "This is a lively wine bar/restaurant with great atmosphere. The Italian dishes are fresh and flavorful and they offer several specials. Great quality for a moderate price."
    Dined on 1/9/2013
  • "Food and wine list are great. Service is terrible. One suggestion. Be prepared to wait at least 20 minutes to sit down it's busy."
    Dined on 12/15/2012
  • "Was hopeful, but disappointed with the food, looked nice, but had no flavor. We both order a pasta dish for entree, and it had no flavor. We also had an appetizer that was just as uneventful. What was also off putting was all the servers would bunch up at one end of the floor, and unlucky that we were to be seated there, we didn't really enjoy all the chattering whilst we were eating. Too many other great restaurants around to rush back."
    Dined on 12/8/2012
  • "The food is great and has quickly become one of our favorite go-to places on the UES! We went earlier than usual and the place was fairly slow. Though the bus staff is very prompt, the service from the waiter was a little off. It seems that we get much better service when the place is busier."
    Dined on 12/5/2012
  • "Food and service where great. Waitstaff great. Good value, good meal."
    Dined on 12/5/2012
  • "An upbeat ambiance. Service was fine. My cold tuna appetizer was only so-so, however the fettucini bolognese entree was very nice."
    Dined on 11/27/2012
  • "The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is great. It was a little warm in the restaurant but it was packed. Highly recommend feels more like a "downtown" spot than a typical UES spot. Really great!"
    Dined on 11/16/2012