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Cara Mia
Cara Mia

Cara Mia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.caramiany.com/
  • Phone: (212) 262-6767
  • 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 (212) 262-6767

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I see Cara Mia as either a neighborhood place or for economical pre-theater dining. We got the prix fixe lunch before a 3PM show on a Sunday. It's fine for that, but I don't think foodies would be too impressed. Our salads were just OK, and the entrees were competent enough. Pretty comfy feel inside. My Moretti beer was pretty tasty, though."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This place is great for home-made tasting Italian food. Great for dates."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "While our food was satisfying and cooked perfectly, the restaurant had black flies buzzing around the dining room (windows were not open so I don't know where they came from). For a pre theater meal, everything was fairly priced, and the standout dishes included the tilapia with olives, tomatoes and potatoes in a white wine sauce, and the Cavatelli bolognese. Unfortunately the setting was depressing and the ambiance was nonexistent."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The staff is always friendly and prompt and the food it great. Even if you are short on time before a show, they somehow make it feel like there is no rush. You end up having a great dinner and getting out of there in plenty of time. It is also a great place to go around 7:30 for a nice dinner when you really aren't on a schedule."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We selected Cara Mia hopeful that it would be a convenient pre-theater restaurant. The food was good and service was very quick so it was ideal for our family with 3 kids in tow."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Good food, good service, pleasant decor, reasonable prices, close to the theater."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I used to absolutely adore this restaurant, back when they had a more extensive wine list and chalkboard, by the glass specials every evening, which they no longer have. The food is still excellent, love the service and the ambiance, but the wine list is no longer spectacular, and I wonder why. They don't serve liquor, so why are they skimping on the wine selection when they used to have a more extensive list and specials"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The Cara Mia staff did not seem to know we had reserved via OpenTable. The special beet salad was made with stale, wilted arugula and beets seemingly out of a bottle. The pasta and tiramisu were run-of-the-mill. The location is good for pre-theater."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Cara Mia is consistently good...good food and good service. It's a great theater district restaurant. The staff is a always warm and welcoming."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "One of my favorite places to eat when I'm in the city - I'm never disappointed - and Cara Mia came through again. I have personally recommended this restaurant to all of my friends and they have all enjoyed eating here as much as I do. Grazie!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We arrived late and were served a lovely meal in timely fashion. Food was very good, and the service was superb"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Veal was tough. The worst part was the noise level was awful. Couldn't wait to leave. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "If you are looking for a good Italian restaurant before theatre, I would recommend this. It's very noisy but the food is good and the service is not too rushed. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This is a great neighborhood gem with good food and a nice ambiance. But they only serve wine and beer so go somewhere else for that martini. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We have eaten in Cara Mia for years. Well located in the theater district, it has been a reliable and reasonable place to eat. After the meal last week, we may not go back. We chose the Prix Fixe as we have often done ($20 each). The Caesar Salad consisted of 1 cup of torn lettuce pieces with a pedestrian dressing. No zip to it at all. The pasta dish was acceptable, But the servers were on top of us. If a fork was put down, the plate disappeared. Our reservation was at 5:30. We finished our main course and received our bill by 6:10. And the bill, with two glasses of wine, no dessert, tax and tip was still $78. The next time we will spend a bit more somewhere else."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "very friendly staff..but need to be more attentive! very accommodating staff also!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Tiny place near theatres. Food was very good, attractively plated and reasonably priced. Service was good. Waitress was pleasant just very busy. Had a nice bottle of Malbec for $34. $19.99 fixe price dinner was plenty of food. Would return next time we are in the area"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "This is a real deal in the Theater District. The food's delicious and the service is pleasant and quick. I highly recommend Cara Mia. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Very conveniently located to the theater district. Nice neighborhood feel. My second time there and my meals, as well as my friends, were all great. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great food and won't break the bank. Very close to Broadway shows too."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Food was okay. Service was good. Very quiet. Cute receptionist"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "It's a great spot for pre-theatre and just for really good Italian food! Out of town guests always ask to go back. It's not fancy, it's affordable - and the food is great! Go - and enjoy!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We were seated at our reservation time and promptly received water and a basket of delicious bread with dipping oil. The menu was extensive and reasonably priced for the high quality delivered. Everything served piping hot. Highlights were the eggplant parm, mixed mushrooms with tagatelle pasta and the tilapia from the prixfix menu. Service was excellent and attentive. I would be a regular if I lived in Manhattan."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "One of our favorite places to eat when we're in the city to see a show - we're never disappointed! Grazie!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Overall a good place to eat before a show. The services was fine but nothing special. Charged my for a refill on club soda.....okay it's the city but at least tell me there are no refills please. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "I ate at Cara Mia with my friends for the first time on Friday night. At first I was nervous because the waitress messed up the drink order and we had to start over, but other than that it was a great experience. A little noisy because of the location....a lot of screaming ambulances and cop cars, but it added to the ambiance! Beautiful interior. Food was quite good. I got the fusilli with broccoli rabe and sausage and it was delicious. Friends got the chicken dinner special and the portions were enormous. I thought the bill was a little high, but overall, a great night and I would definitely return. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Was hoping to find a cozy neighborhood casual restaurant. It sort of came close. Food was OK. Service was good."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Had limited time to eat before a play. Was wonderful."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "The food at Cara Mia is served in LARGE portions I could have easily been satisfied with an appetizer and salad. The roasted calamari with mushroom appetizer is superb. The asparagus risotto was slightly overcooked, but nothing to affect the taste or enjoyment. The decor is pleasing and not too noisy, which is appreciated. The wait staff is efficient although not chatty whatsoever. My one complaint is the somewhat skimpy wine pour - not even half a glass. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed birthday lunch for my daughter'sbirthday.staff was very engaging,especiallyVictoria Might be backnext weekwithfriends."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "My wife and our son and I went to dinner before seeing a show around the corner. The food was excellent and great for the price. Our service was friendly and prompt but we never felt rushed. We really enjoyed Cara Mia and would highly recommend it for Italian food and wine."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Small, charming Italian restaurant. Rushed service, but that was good for us since we were going to the theatre. If you want a more relaxed meal I would recommend going after 7:30pm. No bar to speak of, if you are waiting for a table or the rest of your party you have to wait standing outside. They were very gracious to me and let me sit at a table at 6:30 pm, even though reservation was for 6:15pm, and my party still hadn't shown up. Pasta was excellent, and so was the salad."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great food (green pastas w/ lobster and chicken parmigiana) both excellent. Food warm when presented. Service fast for a crowded restaurant pre-theatre. Staff polite, efficient and friendly."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I've been to Cara Mia several times while in the city but this time was disappointed. So stuffed in between tables could not hear my dinner companion during conversation. Always loved the tomato appetizer they brought to table on past visits. Was told they no longer offer it. :( Waitress had more tables than she could wait on in a timely manner. Food was good but not great as in the past."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Outstanding. We dine here every time we visit New York"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I tried to take a colleague here for a business lunch. Unfortunately the restaurant was packed with seniors that looked like they were going to a matinee. The restaurant was loud but not in a fun energetic way. There was a constant buzz of annoying people talking too loud about their medical conditions. I think I saw your great aunt Patty there with all of her bridge friends."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This lovely restaurant has fresh pastas, delicious fish and wonderful salads. It is perfect for a Prix -Fixe Pre-Theatre dinner."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Usually I agree w. OT reviewers & many gave good reviews . 1 in our party liked it previously. Me, not so much. Cesar salad=paltry dry croutons (generous cheese) and thin dressing. Calamari =overcooked. Clams oreganoata=huge a'la 1960I Italian restaurant. Mushrooms lead one to believe "hey they know what they are doing". The papparadella w/mushrooms looked great but were awful - huge mixed cooking. Worst ($26) lamb shank-from a jar? previously frozen? NO WAY it was fresh + runny polenta. FULL CONSENT, went to 4:00 show @ Ziegfield and ended up here on a Sat. night ) pre theater without thinking -Perhaps they take pre theater shortcuts? who wants to go to a place that takes shortcuts. Good bones - no clue whats happening."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We've been going to this restaurant for years. The food is always delicious, and the service is great."
    Dined on 3/28/2014