Bocca East
Bocca East

Bocca East

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boccaeast.com/
  • Phone: 2122491010
  • 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
34 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)great for outdoor dining (15)good for groups (7)notable wine list (7)fit for foodies (6)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (5)romantic (5)special occasion (4)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Love Bocca East!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Jude
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Enjoyed the meal as well as the service and the wine list!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 122 reviews are from the Bocca East reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like Wine? You'll Love Bocca East..
    Chatonette
    Dined on 4/29/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great place to have
    CarlVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uninspiring
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    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.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A great find.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Atmosphere is very warm and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Never again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/30/2013
    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 $.
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  • Great food and restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brick walls,chandeliers,great food
    NYCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and wine list are great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing and flavorless.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    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.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is great and has
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/5/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate