Cacio e Pepe
182 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $31 to $50
Cacio e Pepe
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.cacioepepe.com/
- Phone: 2125055931
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5-11 pm
Friday- Saturday 5-12 pm
Sunday 5-10:30 pm
- Payment Options: AMEX
- Cuisine: Italian
- Executive Chef: Salvatore Corea
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Beer, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wine
- Private Party Facilities: The entire restaurant is available for buy-outs. We are happy to accommodate smaller groups of all sizes for special events. Please contact Christine for further information.
212.505.5931 or at email@example.com
- Private Party Contact: Christine 2125055931
A word from Cacio e Pepe
Consistently excellent, this East Village gem is known for innovation and excellence in Roman cuisine. While Chef Salvatore Corea creates a seasonal menu, partners Alessandro Peluso and Giusto Priola note that Cacio e Pepe remains faithful to its signature namesake dish: home-made pasta brought to your table and spun in a wheel of pecorino cheese, then dusted with a flourish of pepper. Voted a ‘Critic’s Pick’ by New York Magazine, Cacio e Pepe is celebrated by reviewers as a classic Italian restaurant with a sense of style: A 50-seat garden is set behind the main dining room, there is al-fresco dining out front, and waiters with superior wine knowledge help you select the perfect beverage accompaniment to your meal. The mystery remains whether it is the garden, the cuisine, or the service which lifts Cacio e Pepe above and beyond its peers on the NYC restaurant scene. The answer, however, may best be expressed in French: It has that je ne se qua.Continued
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Cacio e Pepe reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since July 3, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelModerate
great for outdoor dining (25)neighborhood gem (22)romantic (13)fit for foodies (10)good for groups (7)special occasion (3)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- Lovely ItalianCutterDined on 10/25/2014The Roman style pasta served from a huge cheese wheel was delicious and unique. The lamb shank and lentil soup also great as was the tiramisú.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely garden, great serviceLavelleDined on 10/17/2014I went with a friend on Friday evening. We chose to eat in the garden which is just beautiful. Service was attentive and friendly and we both very muchenjoyed the food and wine.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice garden dinner!bdockVIPDined on 9/28/2014The ambiance of eating outside, the service and the terrific food all made for a delightful evening. And the prices are reasonable!Special Features:
- BebeVIPDined on 9/24/2014Food was delicious. Waiter should alert you when you are there during happy hour that the house wine is at happy hour prices in case you would like to order that.Special Features:
- disappointedBirdieDined on 9/13/2014appetizers -- squid appetizer with peas/ tomato was fishy tasting/ muscles had strong almost sewer taste and smell pasta -- restaurant special /Cacio Pepe was very salty and seemed to be prepared in kitchen in pot with cheese sauce and put into cheese wheel just for effect just before serving for effect only and was too saucy --- Bucatini was also very salty and if it had pancetta as the description, it was just pancetta fat-- we were not very happy about our food at allSpecial Features:
- Dependable, lovely gardenCKUSQDined on 9/12/2014In addition to wanting to eat well, I am obsessed with outdoor dining and being able to converse at a comfortable level in a restaurant. Cacio e Pepe is reliable on all fronts as long as you are in the back garden. You can dine and talk, not just hang out and shout at each other. The food, while not brilliant, is generally good, and occasionally really good. The cuttlefish is a wonderful starter and most of the pastas I've had are reliable. I wish they would change the menu more often, however, as I visit about once a month.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Enjoyable ExperiencePBuntingDined on 9/3/2014Went to Cacio e Pepe on a Wednesday night after seeing multiple pictures of their famous pasta served out of the wheel of cheese. I went with a friend and we split the eggplant parm and mozz and tomato appetizer. The eggplant parm was delicious, the mozz and tomato was nothing to rave about. After the apps we split the famous pasta, one portion for two people was more than enough for us. The pasta is quite rich and salty / aggressively seasoned but still delicious. Prices were about right all in all enjoyable experience. Wish our server filled our water at some point during the meal especially with the salty pasta.Special Features:
- Very worthwhileacsnycDined on 8/28/2014Attentive service. Had the signature dish which was very good; their version has a bit more cheese than I am used to but not an overwhelming amount. Every chef has their own interpretation of this classic Roman recipe, and this is one of the best in NYC. Wines by the glass are fairly priced. We also had the arugula, pear and pecorino salad and that was wonderful, with a very light dressing and a good balance of flavors. We sat indoors, but the garden in the back is also very pleasant. This is not experimental cuisine; one should go to enjoy well executed traditional Roman cuisine.Special Features:
- Dinner at Cacio e PepeOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 8/23/2014The signature dish, cacio e pepe was very good, but everything else was disappointing. On top of everything they overcharged me on the bill and did not even apologizeSpecial Features:
- Main Dish on Saturday NightoceanDined on 7/26/2014Lots of seating at 7 p.m. on Saturday, while the streets were crowded. Cacio e Pepe was virtually empty-looking. Turns out that everybody was in the back garden! Loving the AC, I sat inside. Bread and oil brought right over. Generous wine portion. Arugula salad crisp-fresh with a zingy dressing and plentiful shaved parmesan. Fantastic, elaborate prep of the signature dish (cacao e pepe). Thick, creamy and powerfully cheesy, with strong peppercorn - a delight. Wonderful, expressive waitress. No reason to order dessert; a decaf latte helped me continue to savor my supper and the conversation. What a great experience!Special Features:
- Great dining experience!OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 7/24/2014I would come back here in a heartbeat! Great good and serviceSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Such a neighborhood gemnycsarahVIPDined on 7/22/2014I love Cacio e Pepe. I go quite often and bring people who end up becoming just as big a fan as me. The signature dish, Cacio e Pepe, is always amazing. The staff consistently does a great job and are always so nice an accommodating. NEVER had a bad service experience. Their salads and appetizers are amazing, the meatballs, caprese salads, etc. Just go!Special Features:
- A Gem in the East VillageMeltzDined on 7/19/2014Found this place on NYMAG and have to say it is fantastic! Forget the touristy sidewalk tables and ask to have a seat in their back garden. Amazingly romantic.Special Features:
- The following 268 reviews are from the Cacio e Pepe reviews archive.
- One of our favoritesOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 7/2/2014If you've never had it, you have to try their signature dish "cacio e pepe"--out of this world.Special Features:
- ExcellentOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 6/28/2014Our party of four all agreed that the meal was excellent in every way. Attention to detail was obvious and the plates were all carefully selected and prepared. We will certainly consider returning at the next opportunity.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- dsgnchickVIPDined on 6/8/2014we come here whenever we are in this neighborhood, it has an original, inventive menu. we sat in their small and delightful garden, and enjoyed our favorite arugula, pear and pecorino salad, pasta with monkfish, and another monkfish dish prepared like a veal scallopini. great!Special Features:
- Outstanding!snoopygun22Dined on 6/7/2014We were here on Saturday night and sat in the garden in the back.The beautiful woman who seemed like she was running the show was an amazing hostess, server, and manager.While serious, she could not have been more pleasant, welcoming, and helpful.We started with prosecco and two apps:the meatballs and the mozz w/tomatoes.Both absolutely delicious. We then had the gnocchi and the house pasta, cacio e pepe. The gnocchi were light, soft pillows in a delicious sauce with mozzarella.The house pasta was sublime.Homeade, perfectly al dente and flavorful with cheese and pepper.We had some wonderful red wine recommended by our server. We ended with coconut panna cotta. The experience could not have been better. This is my new favorite place!Special Features:
- Food CritiqueF2554Dined on 6/6/2014The monk fish and prosciutto dish was not good the fish was poorly prepped and the prosciutto was very salty it looked like they substituted ham for prosciutto.Special Features:
- Great food combinationsBabetteVIPDined on 5/31/2014Very creative on salads and fish dishes in the ingredients uses. Service is excellent and charming at the same time. Menu changes so its not the "same old same old" items.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Real Roman TrattoriaLuSicilianuDined on 5/22/2014A gem of an Italian restaurant that you'll love coming back to again and again. A very cozy little place with a wonderful staff.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Will go back!AlexDined on 5/16/2014Waiters could have been a bit more welcoming and social but overall a good experience. Their tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe is a must!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great little local gemawelltraveledtastebudDined on 5/5/2014fresh, interesting, prepared with care and attention to detail. VG small but choice wine list. Interesting menu choices, definitely not what you commonly find around town.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Friendly, tastyhungryiDined on 4/18/2014The waiters were welcoming, the space iniviting, tables well spaced, and the diners relaxed--we enjoyed being near a family with young children who seemed to love being there. Our white wine was tasty and affordable. Though the pastas were fun, I think my cod with escarole and chickpeas was actually the best dish. For us, not quite cheap enough for a casual drop-in, but didn't break the bank for a festive occasion. And while we made a reservation for our Friday meal, I'm not sure we needed it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The service was rushed / pushy,OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 3/22/2014The service was rushed / pushy, the music was loud and not fitting for the environment and the overall noise level was so high that our table of 6 could not have a normal conversation. The food was ok, but not on par with my last visit which was several years ago. The overall experience is not what it used to be at Cacio e Pepe.
- The name says it allOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 3/22/2014Cacio e Pepe is a famous tuscan dish and it's their specialty. Lots of othe good items on the menu but go for the tonarelli prepared in the pecorino chees with lots of cracked pepper.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Authentic and Delicious ItalianCuteCounselorVIPDined on 3/20/2014There was not a thing we ordered that we did not like. My husband who usually does not like eggplant and he had a tough time deciding which was better between the eggplant and meatball appetizers. I ate way past the point I should have stopped because the Cacio e Pepe was amazing! Great dinner, thank you!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Definitely memorableOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 3/18/2014Went with a few friends before s show and liked it very much. I would definitely recommend this place to friends.Special Features:
- Savory and hearty foodOpenTable Diner Since 2001Dined on 3/13/2014We went last week, one of those nights where the wind chill feels like zero. Very savory pastas - a half order was enough for me. Went with family, including the 86 year old matriarch, who is quite picky, but enjoyed everything. Would happily go back when the weather is warm so that we can sit in the lovely garden.Special Features:
- Easy, Low-KeyEV235VIPDined on 3/13/2014Easy to walk into and get a table without a wait and always has solid food.Special Features:
- One of my musts in NYCnancyDined on 3/1/2014I have loved this place for several years -- was introduced by my brother who lived nearby. Recently took a couple of friends who have high standards and they raved about the experience. From the very knowledgeable recommendations of our server on the wine, to the just-right-attentive service to, of course, the fabulous food itself. If it's your first time, make sure somebody orders the signature dish -- served out of the wheel of cheese that helps make the sauce, it is divine.Special Features:
- Check payment methods before diningmimict68Dined on 2/28/2014Who ever really reads the "methods of payment" on a menu before dining? A better question: what business DOESN'T take VISA as a form of payment?? This place right here doesn't. Make sure you have cash or AmEx before you dine here. The food and service was wonderful.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Homey italian with a modern twistroydecaroDined on 2/2/2014You want to keep coming back for more. If your Mom was italian she would serve what they have on the menu!Special Features:
- Not bad little local ItalianRachelVIPDined on 1/19/2014Not bad place, the atmos was lacking, but it was a Sunday night. The food was variable, my duck ragu was lovely and the eponymous cheese and blAck pepper pasta was really good, but the other dishes my friends found average. Service was good. White wine wasn't that cold. Overall, not bad, but not rushing to go againSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- My Favorite Italian RestaurantNYCoupleVIPDined on 1/18/2014The Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe is my favorite pasta dish in the world, hence Cacio e Pepe is my favorite Italian restaurant in the world!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just RightJakGuyDined on 1/10/2014Needed a place for a leisurely dinner while part of our group went to the theater. Normally I'd have tried something new and buzzed about, but I didn't want to deal with the vagaries of show up and see. Cacio e Pepe takes reservations, and was lauded by New York Magazine. I'd passed it for years with a slight bit of curiosity. Turns out that in a plain but pleasant room they are turning out some of the best pasta in Manhattan. And the service couldn't have been more pleasant -- so pleasant that it made me realize how lousy Manhattan service generally is. I'll be back, and ordering duck ragout again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Part of meal was very salty...ravioRoxanneDined on 1/9/2014Part of meal was very salty...ravioli too sweet...pinot grigio was good
- Love the pasta with cheeseDineVIPDined on 12/31/2013Love the pasta with cheese and pepper. Tables are small.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Okay food, high pricesJoeADined on 12/29/2013Signature dish was plopped on the plate unceremoniously. Dishes we're fair tasting, service was responsive.
- Perfect for the occasion.luv2eatDined on 12/28/2013My husband and I along with another couple were going to New York to see the Christmas Lights in Dyker Heights. We were to meet the tour bus on 4th street by E. 13th. This restaurant was within walking distance. I was a bit skeptical at first based on the menu. I noticed there wasn't much for meat. We were all pleasantly surprised. Not one of us left anything behind on our plates. Delicious. Our wine selection was great as well.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- wintersf373VIPDined on 12/23/2013The cacio e pepe is great. I have to go here semi-regularly as I crave it. Great spot for the winter. Very cozy.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.