Bocca
Bocca

Bocca

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boccanyc.com/
  • Phone: 2123871200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm -10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Wild Game
  • Executive Chef: James Corona
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Park Avenue South and Broadway
  • Public Transit: R Trains to 23rd Street 4,5,6, L, N,R,Q at 14th St Union Square.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bocca
On June 25th, 2007, Alessandro Peluso together with his friends and family, opened the doors of Bocca with a celebration and an evening of food and wine. This Roman restaurant has been bustling with patrons ever since. Our Chef James Corona is excited to offer a roster of creative Roman dishes to New Yorkers. Chef James uses only imported Italian DOP (protected designation of origin) products and is a proud supporter of the Union Square Green Market. Our meals are complimented by an extensive wine list, an elegant and cozy yet casual dining environment, and a friendly and courteous wait staff.
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Bocca reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)fit for foodies (19)romantic (17)special occasion (16)notable wine list (13)good for groups (11)great for lunch (8)great for outdoor dining (6)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • IT WAS OK
    NANCY
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    WHEN I MADE THE RESERVATION , THE ONLY OPENING WAS AT 7:30 P.M. WHEN I GOT THERE ALL THE TABLES WERE EMPTY AND ONLY ONE TABLE WAS ALREADY FULL. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS MEANS.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little Italy in NY
    KimberlyZ
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Bocca is one of those places you're so glad you found after your 1st visit. The 50% off wines on Sunday first attracted me to the restaurant and after reading the menu, I knew this was the place for us to try during our NYC visit. Bread and sun-dried tomato dipping sauce was a good indication of what was to come. We ordered the carpaccio di vitello tonnato (exquisite, paper-thin slices of veal melts in your mouth), insalata di cavolo nero (crisp kale with dried cherries, goat cheese and almonds), orecchiette con cavolo nero e salsiccia di agnello (orecchiette, Tuscan kale, spiced lamb sausage VERY tasty) and tonno in padella (seared tuna, fregola rossa, basil-citrus emulsion). Perfectly cooked, perfect service, a perfect gem of a restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I really wanted to like the food but it was lackluster at best. I appreciate what the vision for the food was but it was poorly executed. The service was a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Amazing food . Great choice for restaurant week .It was worth the trip from Ohio .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Lunch
    Love2WineNDineVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was Very Good and the Wine List has a nice selection of Italian Wines. The specialty cocktails were GREAT! I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week
    britsmith86
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food and wine list. Portions were a little small and service was okay, at best. We loved the atmosphere and cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going Back
    NextChapter
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Was in New York City for my birthday. Had dinner here on my birthday and it was amazing. First really nice decor and attentive service. The food was amazing. Had salmon andit was just right. Would go back on my next visit to New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good bar - small but tasty menu
    KiwMax
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    A firm neighbourhood favourite - small friendly bar, small outdoor space but on a quiet street (beware of the mosquitos...) Menu is limited but tasty - service is great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best White Sangria Ever
    BestBbk
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Nice Italian restaurant but what I loved the most was the sangria. Perfectly done and it was perfectly decorated. I had the cannoli for dessert and it was ok nothing special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night Out
    Judi
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    During restaurant week, we had a great time, the staff was very attentive, our waitress recommended an excellent bottle of wine to go with our dinner. The lamb meatballs were excellent. And dessert was luscious. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Bocca. The pastas were delicious and the white and re wines we chose were very too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not quite right
    Dissed
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Waitress came by to push desert on us, not realizing we still hadn't received the entrees. Then when it was time fir desert, delivered some if it 20 min before the rest. All in all over-priced and not very imaginative
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MeloVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Wonderful experience, panna cotta excellent, good service and very pleasant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bocca
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went here after Buddakan would not accept us being late-) It was great, great food! The sausage pasta , my husband would not stop talking about it, the seared tuna was awesome as well...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian in Gramercy
    mikm
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Been to Bocca many times and always have a great meal! Highly recomended
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Dinner
    PastaLover
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Bocca was recommended by the concierge of our hotel. I had a mozzarella & tomato salad which may be simple but it was well done and I really enjoyed it. My husband had veal meatballs (don't remember the name of the dish) and was pleased with his choice. For my main dish I had a pasta dish prepared at the table. At first I thought it was a small portion but it is very rich and it was definitely sufficient and also very good. My husband had a salmon dish with carrots. He was very happy and thinks it was one of the best salmon dishes he has ever had and told that to the waitress. We had no wine or dessert so I can't give my opinion on that. The place is not inexpensive but it isn't ridiculously expensive either. We are very glad we ate here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre Apps
    HL1989
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The appetizers were over-priced. Tuna tartare was the worst I've ever had. The entrees were all delicious - tried multiple pastas and lamb special. Wine was fine and cocktails looked good and unique.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food ok Service a Little Aggresive
    RobLVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Had dinner a few night ago. Overall all, eh. Restaurant is nice looking. We were seating and the assault to order drinks began. 2 different people asked 3 times before we relented. Do not like the hard sell. Then the drinks took 10 min. or more to get... poor timing. My drink - ridiculously small and not special. We were talking and were told specials before even opening a menu. The place was not jammed so I am unsure why the pressure. Food was good. Bread mediocre with some sort of AMAZING dipping sauce that nobody attempted to explain what it was. Still a mystery. My pasta was solid (w shank meat) but nothing stood out about it. My companions duck was good. Dessert menu uninspired.
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  • A bit of a disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Went to this restaurant based on a referral from a friend - the cheese wheel pasta. That was good, but all of the other food was just average. This was also a special occasion (which we let them know about) and our server was awful. Lack of interest, attention and even messed up several things. Really brought down the celebration of the evening.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uneven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Starters were good, especially mozzarella salad and osso bue, Pasta dishes were uneven. I liked the ravioli with beet and goat cheese, but some may find it too sweet. The cavatelli neri pasta dish was nicely spicy. The linguini con rici di mare was just lacking in flavor at all. The cheesecake for dessert was excellent. The wine we chose was not good at all; it was on the lower end of the bottle prices, which are not inexpensive. I think they could find a better wine at that level and still have the profit margin they need.
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  • Best three course lunch ever!
    labellasenoraVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I love coming here for their 3 course lunch menu. The food is delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, As Usual
    jsmsVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Sat outside at Bocca last Sunday. The food was great as usual, and the service was too. We can always rely on Bocca for a great meal
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Kmoney
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My boyfriend and I come here once a year. We've made it a tradition. And everytime we absolutely love it! I was a little sad to see that they took away the matches from the bathroom.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    i met an old friend who lives out of town last Saturday night and I always hate recommending a restaurant, but I wasn't disappointed. The staff is just wonderful and very attentive. The bartender was so sweet a real gem and the food was delicious.. It's nice to go to a restaurant and be treated like your business matter to them.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Standard Italian
    CaitieVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Bocca is good. Located in a nice area, good ambiance, GREAT bartender, and the service is nice. The food was good, but to me, fairly standard Italian. You can't go wrong with what you order here, but the prices are a bit high. I would go back if someone else wanted to go here but I wouldn't go out of my way to come here again. Maybe for a drink at the bar, but that's it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your typical red sauce Italian.
    casanitaVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Consistently fine, authentic Roman cuisine. Great pastas and the half price wine list on Sunday makes it a real value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious
    ssnyc
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Dinner was delicious. All four of us were very happy with our meals, from the pear salad, to the duck or risotto, to the nutella bread pudding. Must have: the tonnarelli!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1006 reviews are from the Bocca reviews archive.
  • Quiet and Authentic
    JWrenn
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I discovered this place roughly four years ago for a birthday dinner for my husband and have been returning sporadically ever since. The service is outstanding and the pasta is made in-house.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb
    Onegr8restaurant
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The whole dining experience was just superb. Would definetly recommend it
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is divine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants a in the city. The spiral pasta with sweet sausage and buffalo mozzarella is a dish I have been addicted to for at least 4 years. Love this place!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best cacio e pepe
    Ralph
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Everything ordered was delicious. The cacio e pepe is probably the best I've ever had in the city. We would return again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing and neglected
    Jane
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I had heard good things about Bocca in the past, but maybe its time has past. The menu was uninspiring. There were two specials which did not distinguish themselves and my guest and I did not even consider them. The salad was overdressed, the antipasto boring, and my entree -- hand made pappardelle was a bowl of mush. Great location for a restaurant, but the chef and the ownership need to pay more attention to the place. It seems neglected.
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  • Sunday night special
    food4thoughtVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Don't miss the Sunday night 1/2 price bottles of wine or the Tonnarelli cacio e pepe!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Experience
    SouthernersinNYC
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Dining experience fit for royalty. Food amazing.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Union Square
    Fran
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Everything at Bocca is first-rate—the food, the ambience and the wait staff! And the $17.95 prix fixe three-course lunch is not only delicious but a total "steal"! If you are looking for a great dining experience at both lunch and dinner as well as a GREAT PLACE FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH, do not walk to Bocca—RUN!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch special!
    labellasenoraVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Food is amazing! I must if you are visiting the Chelsea/Flatiron district.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended!
    labellasenoraVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The food is always delicious and service with a smile.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pork sampling quite good
    HHellerVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    My husband tried the special pork sampling which was really good and 3 huge portions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was a first time @ Bocca.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This was a first time @ Bocca. Food was OK not great. Pasta portions not adequate. Service was slow. It took the food server over 10 minutes to take a drink order or drop bread & butter. Would not return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd visit not last!
    FrequentNYCdiner
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Over the past few years, have enjoyed a meal at Bocca each time my friends and I have visited the city. We love the atmosphere, food, wine and intimate size of Bocca. If you're GF, you can even have a selection of a couple of GF pastas, although I chose the Long Island duck and was very pleased!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate