Cara Mia
Cara Mia

Cara Mia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.caramiany.com/
  • Phone: 2122626767x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12pm - 4pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday 4pm - 11pm
    Thursday - Saturday 4pm - 12am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Adrian Lazo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The entire dining room is available for rental
  • Private Party Contact: Jona or Besim 2122626767x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 45th &46th
  • Public Transit: N, R, Q, 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, 7
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cara Mia
Cara Mia restaurant is a neighborhood treasure in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan. Minutes from Times Square, locals and tourists alike flock to this Italian trattoria which features delicious homemade pastas, fresh meats and seafood, as well as an extensive wine list. Cara Mia's cozy and intimate atmosphere are the perfect location for a romantic dinner.
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Cara Mia reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (58)fit for foodies (24)great for lunch (17)good for groups (12)kid-friendly (11)romantic (11)special occasion (9)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (4)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • After the Show
    DinerShore
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Went to Cara Mia after seeing Kinky Boots around the corner! Good food, nice menu, wonderful service and convenient to the theatre district. Would come again if in the area!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good value for the money
    JoeBoSoxVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The best eggplant parm in NYC. All four diners had a good meal. Space is tight but not inhibiting private conversation. Stick to pasta and red sauce dishes. Very accomodating when part of a dinner group is late, even on Weekend nights. Reservation recommended for dinner before a show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ON THE TOWN
    MEALMAN
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    ITS OUR PLACE TO GO WHEN IN THE CITY GREAT FOOD,OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND FARE PRICING .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnnM
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Third visit and I always enjoy Cara Mia. Great for any occasion. Food is consistently good and the service cheerful!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • beanz75
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    a pleasant surprise, very good fresh foods, great wine, excellent price for value
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Local neighborhood place with well prepared food, served very attentively by the wait staff
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Yummy
    DaisyMaisy
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Our experience was great! Good service, good food, good location. Pasta was very fresh. Would visit again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food near theater district
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The food was very tasty and their prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus are a real bargain. The veal chop, while pricey, was delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for pre-theatre
    Marty
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Good place in the theater district. Food is good and the service is friendly. Prices are reasonable. There are good pre-fixed dinner as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sad Disappointment
    sue7
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Was disappointed in this recent visit. Although we were promptly seated and served, the food was weary and not well prepared. We usually have found Cara Mia as a good pre-theatre place to eat but will sadly be crossing it off our list.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place!
    Diane1
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I've eaten at this restaurant around five, six times because they have great food and the prices are very reasonable and anytime I bring a friend, they also love it. I highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing homemade pasta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were on a family trip celebrating my daughters birthday and I was in search of italian. This was the perfect place! Kids are ages 12, 10 and 7 and while there wasn't a kids menu per se, they made what they requested. All of our dishes were pasta dishes and beyond delicious homemade pasta and sauce. Salads, breads, dessert equally awesome. Thanks for a great dinner on our last nite in NYC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top notch ingredients!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Dishes are fairly basic but fresh and high quality ingredients make every bite delicious. Dishes were fresh and hot, service attentive and good variety on the menu. Could use more interesting vegetarian options. The tables were very small and tightly packed together, and very noisy. The the food was great and prices very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A secret place in Hell's Kitchen
    Magenta50
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I have been going to Cara Mia for over 10 years. I have never gotten a bad meal. Service is good and the ambiance is beautiful and quaint for such a small restaurant. I have been there with my husband, girlfriends and family. My cousin was visiting from Italy and she loved it. Very simple and fantastic food! Great for before or after a Broadway Show. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bubbles
    Bubbles
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is a go to neighborhood gem. When you step into the restaurant you are transported to Italy. The food is consistently good as is the service. The only caveat is that it gets to be very very noisy when all seats are filled. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KEENJVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Good traditional Italian food in an intimate space. Tables are close together, and it can get a bit tight. On a Saturday night, it was very noisy. As people left, it got easier to talk. Good pre-theatre option.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly a gen
    bbh1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The lunch prixe-fixe was made to order and delicious, bread and olive oil also. Service was great both from our server to the host and hostess. Nice surroundiings clean and crisp with linen table cloths and napkins. High on my list of to-go-to places in NYC.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    YUMMY
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was amazing. The crowd for a Friday evening in the city on Labor Day weekend was a bit older and pre-theater; but the salad and main courses were delicious and the service was great. Will totally go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I've been coming to Cara Mia regularly for the last few years. On my last visit, I made reservations on OpenTable for 9:00. My party was running a little bit late and at 9:05 I received a call from an annoyed host reminding me that my reservation was at 9:00. I apologized, explained that I was literally walking on the same block at that moment and would be there within a minute. I assumed the place was packed and that they needed to give my table away if I wasn't coming. When I walked in 30 seconds later, I was shocked to find only a couple occupied tables. The service letdown continued throughout the meal as we had to ask for water, ask for bread, ask for more water and were given the check before we had a chance to order dessert.
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  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Cara Mia is a neighborhood gem with good service and the food is consistently good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    BKLYNeats
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Cara Mia has consistently excellent food and service at reasonable prices. Great location for before or after a Broadway show.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4fromVA
    straightscoop
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was our first time at Cara Mia. We were early for our reservation, but the staff seated us with no problem and we had a wonderful experience. The servers were knowledgeable and very friendly. The food was excellent. The ingredients were fresh and the presentations were superb. We all tried each others dishes; they all looked so good. The restaurant was busy, but the noise level never was an issue. We have referred this restaurant to everyone we have spoken to about our visit. If we get back to New York again, we will definitely make reservations at Cara Mia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Good Italian restaurant !!!
    Snoopy500
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had an enjoyable dining experience at Cara Mia, where we have eaten on a number of occasions. The food is served very promptly, so you can certainly be on time for your show. The food is fresh and well prepared, although the menu is somewhat limited and the portions are considerably smaller than those at most of the restaurants where we dine.The staff is caring and concerned and checks back frequently.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Broadway Gem
    DeliciousVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Good Italian food - moderately priced- good atmosphere before or after the theater.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nicole
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This restaraunt was average. We were a party of eight and all the food was served at the same time. A few of us ordered different fish dishes but all came with the same exact sauce even though the description stated differently. Two had the raviolis which looked like they were made in house and the sauce was very good. Service was good. No complaints but it was not outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cynthia krigsman
    Cindy
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Always a smile from employes good service and good great price for brunch/lunch and dinner specials
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYCvisitor
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Cara Mia was recommended by a friend. Great suggestion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Cara Mia is a great theater district restaurant with good food and great service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This was our 2nd time here. Staff was wonderful, and so was the food! Great ceaser salad, eggplant, and chicken parm! Also the $19.95 pre fix menu is a fabulous deal! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to go after the show
    HankM
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Cara Mia is a great place to go after a Broadway show. It's away from the crowds in the theater district, but close enough to walk. The food is excellent, the service is pleasant, and the prices are moderate by New York standards.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BUSY AREA - TOO MANY KIDS
    LynnieOOO
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Too many children in this restaurant, the restaurant was very loud as well as the children in the back of the restaurant, the table was quite small, they definitely cram a lot of people into that place. We both had fried calamari and pasta dishes, the pasta was a bit overdone and the meat with chewy- I do not think I would return here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious dining.
    giotto
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The prix fixe menu was reasonable in price and the pork dish I had was delicious. I would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find
    BobL
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    A great local Restaurant serving good Italian food at a reasonable price. Great fish
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We arrived just after the crowd left for the theater, so I'm sure everything slowed down. The staff was friendly and available. What a surprise to find a prix-fixe dinner for $19.95 including choice of salad; although the section was slim we all found a meal. Basic Italian comfort food which was we all enjoyed. Nice selection of wines for a reasonable price. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it
    Manga
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Uneventful Very pedestrian. Keep walking Get a chef Learn to use spices
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice!
    GNNY
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Good value for pre-matinee lunch. Good service and pleasant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and cozy
    Fanoffood
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Food was excellent. Homemade pasta with fresh seafood. A perfect balance. Left feeling satisfied yet not stuffed. Perfect for quiet dining. Service was excellent and restaurant was very clean.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient to the Theatre
    Redhead
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We loved this place! We come from a city that has more restaurants per capita than any in the U.S. (Omaha, NE) I discovered this restaurant online when looking for a dinner location close to the Al Hirschfield Theater. It was charming, small enough to get great service and just around the corner from the theater. Everyone thought their food was delicious. We all ordered something different. They even specially prepared something that wasn't on the menu for my teenage granddaughter. The prices were reasonable. I highly recommend this charming place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Consistently good food and service. One of my theater district favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleased with first-time visit!
    Soozi
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Cara Mia offers a nice menu and is very close to the theaters. I really enjoyed the buffalo mozzarella caprese salad, papardelle with 3 varieties of mushrooms and the creme brulee. The service was good and we were able to have a conversation and hear each other. I will certainly come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet