Caffe Buon Gusto - UES
Caffe Buon Gusto - UES

Caffe Buon Gusto - UES

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.caffebuongusto.net/
  • Phone: 2125356884
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch & Dinner:
    Daily: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please call the restaurant to plan your next event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave)
  • Public Transit: 77 St (4, 6, 6X) 68 St - Hunter College (4, 6, 6X) 86 St (4, 5, 6, 6X)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street or private lot.
A word from Caffe Buon Gusto - UES
This charming Upper East Side café exudes comfort and conviviality, with parchment shades that soften light from sconces that warm the room. Eager to please, the kitchen uses high-quality ingredients for its mix-and-match philosophy. Patrons can choose their meats, their pastas (dried or, for a slight surcharge, the restaurant's own homemade), and their sauces (from a simple marinara to a more complex carbonara) as they create their own dishes. For dessert, you can't go wrong with a cappuccino or a chocolate tartufo all served up with a smile.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Caffe Buon Gusto - UES reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)romantic (23)great for outdoor dining (18)fit for foodies (14)good for groups (12)special occasion (10)kid-friendly (8)great for lunch (5)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Just Ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    First visit there. Service was unattentive. Tables are spaced too close together to the point the waiters can't navigate between them without bumping into you. Food was ok, but it looked like the vegetables that came from with my meal were initially frozen it just completely over cooked.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • brm
    brmja
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Last minute reservation for 10. Food was excellent and so was the service. Nice ambiance in this small restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cozy neighborhood spot
    AnnMVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Feel at home in this cozy restaurant. Classic Italian food is good. Service is good. Conversation with neighboring tables seems to come along with the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    UpperEastside79
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    It has been around for decades and the food is great! I had my daughter's graduation dinner there and the service/staff was wonderful! I highly recommend it, we need to support the community and this is one restaurant I will continue to go back to!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just a wonderful evening
    nycskin
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    food was great and service was great. Just a true hidden gem in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighbourhood Find
    loveitalian
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    If you like good Italian food this is the place to dine. The service is great and the food is wonderful. It also has an outside dining area in the back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carbonara was Outstanding
    saintmaeVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went to eat at Cafe Buon Gusto because someone in our party had a craving for the best Pasta Carbonara in the city ....and it was very good and we had it with lobster. The service was very attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mcm090304
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Fresh and tasty food, with very good portions. We had pasta, fish, meat and vegetables
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday kitchen delay!
    MattVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Have been here a few times, but this was the first time on a Friday night and it was crowded. Sat in the back patio area but there was only 1 waitress for the whole area. Sat down at 8pm. Appetizers came at 8:40pm. Very long time for simple Bruscetta! Main courses came at 9:30 and only after me prodding the manager. So it was a very long wait. Manager was apologetic and I felt bad for the waitress, but the small kitchen just could not keep up with the capacity crowd. At one point, only 1 table in the patio area had food. Food was very good, as usual. But I will stay away from here on weekends going forward.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another great meal
    kmg86VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I come here every couple months and am never disappointed. Excellent, homemade Italian food in a cozy restaurant. A great neighborhood joint.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a Pleasure
    StringsriderVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Dinner at Caffe Buon Gusto is like coming home. If, of course, you have an Italian chef in your home who makes his/her own pasta and a staff of immensely friendly and helpful people to take care of you from the minute you walk in the door until the minute you leave. There is a reason why it is always crowded and, even with a reservation, you will almost always have to wait at least a few minutes for your table. And it is always worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Take Care with wine serving
    Details
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Wine by the glass should be served in front of customer showing the bottle stamp
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fine Romantic Neighborhood Find
    EatToLiveVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Cute Old School Italian place on the UES! Plus, they offer half bottles of wine on certain days of the week. Food was good for the relatively low price, the service was attentive, and a was a fan of of the Sinatra and Dino background music.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good neighborhood eatery
    Traveler
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Really good Italian food. The pastas, meats, and sauces are all separate, so you can pick and choose to get exactly what you want. Dining room is a bit small, but the outside garden is a great place to eat. Staff was very courteous and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • an oasis in their garden
    rhkfreespiritVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wonderful dining area in a quiet backyard. Too bad we can't eat here all year round.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Pleasant evening, delicious food at a reasonable price, good wine, great ambiance and even better service. We added three to our party unexpectedly after we arrived - -the staff accommodated the change and found a table to add to ours to accommodate the new arrivals. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden treasure
    greatspot
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Caffe Buon Gusto was everything the other reviews said it would be. Very charming. Very inviting, Very special. I loved the restaurant, as did my guests. We will look forward to dining there in the future. I know my guest will definitely be going back. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is a great neighborhood restaurant! We were sat immediately on the outside porch. There is only room for one table outside, but it is very quaint. The restaurant is off the Main Street, so the traffic is minimal. The food was very good and the price point for the wine list was very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So comfy!
    itbetterbgood
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    As a single diner, sometimes you feel awkward. Not here! I was welcomed at the door, given a prime table, and enjoyed a delicious entree of veal tortellini with porcini mushroom cream sauce in peace. Can't wait to come back with my husband to eat in the garden.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 92 reviews are from the Caffe Buon Gusto - UES reviews archive.
  • Great for the garden
    CGNNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    While I go to Caffe Buon Gusto year round, going in the nice weather is extra special if you sit in the garden.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Everything was great about this spot! I've been once before and absolutely LOVED the food so decided to take my fiancé here for date night and she loved the food. I most definitely will be returning!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunchie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    delicious! would definitely go back. food is wonderful. gluten free pasta was great! thoroughly enjoyed our experience there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    At first it was comfortable, but when rain forced the outside diners inside, the noise became deafening...very crowded tables etc...The food was tasty and service fine.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    sue1diner
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We had the best dinner here as a family! Caffé Buon Gusto serves such delicious food with great service - plus we luckily had a lovely table! I highly recommend this place. Btw. Also I am so happy they do delivery of their delicious foods.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quite and Great Service
    joshFoodie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This has become a favorite of ours for the good food and the great service. We never feel rushed, they go out of the way to allow us to take our time. We were having a romantic dinner for two, and they brought each course out slowly so that we could enjoy the atmosphere and the company. If you are lucky, try and get the seat by the window, it is always a treat to look out and enjoy the city as you eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Maur
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Caffe Buon gusto is definitely a neighborhood gem. The food is excellent on a consistent basis and is reasonably priced. I have been here many times with my friends for lunch and for family get-togethers for dinner. It is definitely a fave of mine!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local Gem
    DougVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Good Italian cuisine, affordable wine list, small and quaint. Will definitely return again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prices higher than website menu
    JnJFoodies
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Cute little neighborhood restaurant. Prices higher than website menu. Good portions, but too much and too heavy sauces.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great
    RF13VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great neighborhood Italian. Consistently delicious.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JulieVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had friends in from NJ and they loved the food . Our first time The black linguine with pesto was amazing !!! Would go back!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solidly Good Italian Fare!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Despite the very tight accommodations, we were able to move to a table less in the middle of traffic, so the back of the chair was no longer getting hit by the servers. The food is solidly delicious, and the wine specials for Sunday - Tuesday is terrific. A little more flexibility on dishes would have been appreciated.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than homemade
    KtLu
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We've visited this restaurant on many occasions. The food is always great and service quick and friendly. Best minestrone in the town!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food! Cute restaurant!!
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Best food! Cute restaurant!! Service on the poor side :(
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italy Around the Corner
    StringsriderVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Caffe Buon Gusto hits all the marks. Excellent food, especially the pastas, a nice affordable wine list and a homey environment. But what makes the place so special are the staff. Friendly, helpful but not intrusive. The kind of restaurant you can go to for just a casual dinner if you don't feel like cooking, or for a special celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    Chris
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The host could not have been nicer. I highly recommend Buon Gusto for its food, service, ambiance. Lovely place to dine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighborhood Spot!
    MusselGuy
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I've come here on dates, I've brought friends, brought family, the works! This place accommodates anything you need. They have a lovely gardens hidden in the back that is open most of the year. They also have fantastic homemade pastas on the menu! I would absolutely recommend this restaurant for any occasion. Also, ask for Edwin to be your server. He's the best!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful neighborhood restaurant.
    FinefoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Excellent food. Nice size portions and beautiful presentation. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Pick
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We have passed the restaurant many times since moving to the upper east since it is on the same block as the subway, and have been meaning to try it, and we finally got a chance to go this weekend. We were very surprised by how many people were able to fit into such a tiny space, but the restaurant still felt charming, energetic and all of the food on the tables that surrounded us looked delicious! We were impressed with the amount of menu options. We got 2 appetizers, a fish and a pasta, and all were delicious. You could tell that the restaurant was filled with a lot of "regulars" who frequent the restaurant often (some did not even need menus prior to placing their order). This is definitely a spot that we will go to again!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great value for the money
    Dianet123VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Food is quite good - not gourmet but basic well done Italian fare, including piping hot al dente pasta. Service is good, and the atmosphere is cozy though crowded.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious!
    AlibVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We've been eating here for years and it never disappoints! Food is always delicious and service is warm and efficient. Cozy and charming neighborhood spot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate