Bocca East
Bocca East

Bocca East

  • 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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Bocca East reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)great for outdoor dining (17)good for groups (14)notable wine list (13)fit for foodies (11)romantic (11)special occasion (7)hot spot (7)great for brunch (6)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (3)Show More
  • A favorite
    poey
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The pastas and salads were excellent. Sea bass could have been seasoned a bit more for our liking, but good.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had a great experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I took my son to eat in bocca east after it was suggested to us that we try it. So we went today for dinner and I must say, the place looks pretty hood, but it is really an awesome hole in the wall type place. The people working there are really friendly and the service is excellent! There were many different types of people there and the ambiance is pretty relaxing. The prices are pretty decent too. I would definitely go back and would definitely recommend this place. (Already told my bro to go there!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    luvfinefood
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great experience. great service and outstanding meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great burrata, good pasta
    Leffty29
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The pasta was really well cooked, and the burrata appetizer was great. Good bread as well, which makes waiting for a meal much easier -- not that the wait was long. Good service all around.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok
    Lynn92
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The food didn't knock my socks off. The burratta app was very nice, but the gnocchi needed seasoning. Service was spotty - our waiter forgot about us at one point. Wine list is nice - found it to be the highlight of the meal. This was my third visit here - definitely not as good as the first two.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Northern Italian Cooking
    MsNYC
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food here is wonderful! We had pasta dishes and each one was amazing. The bread is also incredible along with the dip they serve. The waiter (Marco) was top notch and even met the owner (Tom) and cook (Claudio). Also nice decor and atmosphere---music but you can still speak and hear. Great spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Their service was just amazing
    JosephHernandez
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great food! great service! My girlfriend had the meatball salad and was more than enough for dinner. I had the Agnolotti di Punte di Manzo Brasate and was to die for. Definitely will be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time
    MouseVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Decided to try this because we were looking for itaian that night. So happy can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite place
    BrendaRyan
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I cannot say enough good things about this place and the wait is absolutely worth it. There are so many items on this menu that looked amazing, so it's a good thing we came as a group of 4. And it's a good thing we're all sharers. Bocca East is one of my favorite places in the city and has so far never disappointed. The service is friendly and the ambiance is lovely, if a little crowded but that's how you know you're in a good place, right?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot!
    Bruncheranonymous
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I went to brunch at Bocca East and everything was great! I especially enjoyed the complimentary mini muffins!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oh what a night
    midtownVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We have eaten there many times, but this time it was different. Absolutely not the restaurant's fault, but a mother and daughter entered and a scene reminiscent of Victor/Victoria began to play out. It was disconcerting to say the least.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The decor is better than the food
    FooooodVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was OK, I wouldn't go there to eat again, but I do like the ambiance and the drink menu and wine list...The menu is pricey- like typical restaurants like this in the area. I didn't feel as if the temperature of my octopus salad was correct, it was not too memorable, also had one of the salads . I don't have much to say about it, except their drink menu was good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our dining experience was awesome
    RebeccaRT
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    It was great to see my husband completely relaxed and having a great time without having to worry about the kids. There is no way we are going to dine anywhere else in Manhattan, now that we’ve found our perfect family hangout.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Their service rocks!!!
    KatrinaLacey
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Finally an Italian restaurant in New York that is worthy of mention and honorable it is. The New York twist is perfect too. The hostess that greeted us was a sweetheart, as was our server. I am definitely going to come back for some more Italian dishes!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Bocca East!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Always such a great experience, wait staff are fantastic! I met an old friend for brunch who had just moved to the neighborhood, lots of chatting and not much else but the waiter was extremely patient with us and didn't rush us out after eating or make us feel pressured into spending more on drink in order to stay at our table. A+ from me always!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service sucked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Food was ok but service sucked from beginning to the end. Had to ask for bread...had to ask for fresh pepper...had to ask for cheese....restaurant does not have enough waiters or have not been trained for service. An Italian restaurant that served me pasta and I had to hail a busboy to give me some cheese!!! Will not come back anymore
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place good food
    DB58
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Really enjoyed this place. Service was very good. I will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 125 reviews are from the Bocca East reviews archive.
  • Very good
    Jude
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Enjoyed the meal as well as the service and the wine list!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Service very iffy !! Annoying !!! Quinoa w beans was beans & tomatoes- where was the Quinoa
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Italian
    MericVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great UES Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Loved the rustic ambiance of this place. Service was very good and the food was great from start to finish. Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • In the hood
    midtownVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We eat at Bocca East regularly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet place for lunch
    Jonjus
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great brunch!
    Anna
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restaurant and service
    GiarcEnoredlac
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    PhD912
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Loved the food and ambiance. Very quaint. It wasn't that noisy when we're there, probably because it was late on a Sunday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great wines by the glass
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and cheap
    CramVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yet another neighborhood Italian...
    JustUs2VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Great
    BMo22
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently impressive
    LeslieVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going downhill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    This place is nothing special and is not worth going considering there are better places on the same block. Go to LaSardis next door
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food.. Spotty service
    Lom33
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bocca East has a rustic Italian
    nomnomjosh
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was better this time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    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!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sitting at the High Top
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent food, great outdoor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.