Cara Mia
Cara Mia

Cara Mia

  • 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 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
103 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (71)fit for foodies (28)special occasion (15)great for lunch (14)romantic (13)good for groups (13)kid-friendly (7)notable wine list (6)hot spot (4)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • I am not familiar with the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/10/2008
    I am not familiar with the area and was in town for a convention. This is the perfect neighborhood restaurant. The food was delicious. I was there for a business lunch and we were all impressed with the food and service. I will definitely be back next time I am in town.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great value, nice menu, appetizing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2008
    great value, nice menu, appetizing specials, nice wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the meal was great, as was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/31/2008
    the meal was great, as was the wine & capuccino! I would go back again and recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service. Friendly and
    dukeelVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2008
    Great service. Friendly and helpful waitors. Meals are always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unfortunately, the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/29/2008
    Unfortunately, the restaurant was packed, so it was a bit too cozy. However, the service was excellent and perfectly prepared food served in a timely fashion.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • this was the 1st time I was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/26/2008
    this was the 1st time I was there and it was great. I picked this place fro my sister's b'day and cause my mom is a vegeterian. we all had a great time. they brought the cake out and everyone in the rest. was singing happy b'day to my sister. it's a great place to eat- the food is really good, and they staff/owner is friendly. I'm going back with friends!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • have been here 30 times over
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/25/2008
    have been here 30 times over 6 years and we love it - great food always; genuinely good service and even very well priced!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My table was not ready at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/21/2008
    My table was not ready at 6:15 which was the time of my reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was disappointed because
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/19/2008
    I was disappointed because I usually find Cara Mia's food and service excellent. Pasta was overcooked -- microwaved, even. Service was slow.
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  • I live in Philadelphia, so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    I live in Philadelphia, so I don't get a chance to eat here as often as I'd like. My first time was a few years back, and it was a memorable experience. The second time (5/17/08)was just as good. The food is second to none, the service is great, and the prices are VERY reasonable. I ordered the chicken special, which came with artichokes. I decided to 'try' the artichokes, even though I (personally) don't like them at all. Somehow, the chef at Cara Mia found a way to make, even the artichokes, very tasty. I'll make a point to get back to this restaurant whenever I visit New York. Any chance for a Cara Mia II in Philly???
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a large group (10-people).
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    We had a large group (10-people). They were very accommodating and we did not feel rushed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is excellent and
    SweetTooth
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    The food is excellent and the prices are very reasonable for the theatre district. The specials are always "special" and the quantity is more than sufficient. The wine list also affords some very good choices. The staff is very cognizant of the theatre crowd and does a great job to provide excellent service ensuring that the patrons make it to the theatre on time. This is our second visit and we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love the restaurant -- one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2008
    love the restaurant -- one of my favs in the theater district.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always happy to bring friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/14/2008
    Always happy to bring friends here despite the pre-theatre rush.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our waiter was just okay.
    nicknack
    Dined on 5/13/2008
    Our waiter was just okay. He seemed uninterested and would look away from us when announcing the specials. Noise was louder than usual because of front doors being opened and rush hour traffic passing by.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Handled a large group well.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    Handled a large group well. Honored our special request to have a table in the rear of the restaurant. Food always excellent and served hot. We will return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The small dining room is adorable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/8/2008
    The small dining room is adorable and comfortable, even when full. The staff is friendly and accomodating. And the food, including mushroom risotto and gnocchi, while nothing out of the ordinary, is very good Italian.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would have appreciated being
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    Would have appreciated being offered the price fix menu without having to ask for it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Often when I go to the theater,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/30/2008
    Often when I go to the theater, I eat at Cara Mia. The food is always delicious and the service is very good. It gets a little loud but if you don't mind that it's worth going the extra avenue for the theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very reasonable pre-fixe lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/28/2008
    Very reasonable pre-fixe lunch menu available with salad, entree and dessert. As it was rainy day, we were only customers at lunch and thus, very quiet with good food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The homemade pastas that they
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    The homemade pastas that they are known for were great. The food was good, not great overall. Staff was difficult to communicate with and the wine list needs work. Our biggest issue was the table spacing. One person in our party is tall (6' 8'') and the tables were tight for any average height individual. He was very uncomfortable throughout the meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • reliably good food..and very
    ebe9800VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2008
    reliably good food..and very pleasant staff. great pre-theatre!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This tiny little restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/21/2008
    This tiny little restaurant in Hell's Kitchen looks like nothing from the outside, but inside it is warm, cozy and inviting. The service was wonderful and the food excellent. We had their wonderful bruschetta, antipasta and their pasta specials. I've already recommended Cara Mia to friends. Wonderful neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cara Mia----a wonderful find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Cara Mia----a wonderful find in New York City---great food at a very reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We got to the Cara Mia early
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    We got to the Cara Mia early and they had no problem seating us with a minimal wait so we could make a play on time. It was an over-all enjoyable time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but was a bit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/10/2008
    Great food, but was a bit small and tables are close together. The noise level seemed high also, so if you're out for a qiuet, romantic evening it may not be the right place. Wine and beer only which we did not know ahead of time. Nice bottle of cab and the cheesecake was terrific!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great little place with very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    Great little place with very reasonable prices and even better food!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We go to Cara Mia frequently
    Eat2L
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    We go to Cara Mia frequently for pre-theater dinner. The food is consistently good and the service is prompt without being rushed. It can be a little crowded. Always a great value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • From the reviews I read, I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/2/2008
    From the reviews I read, I imagined a little more sophisticated place, which made me a little disappointed. It's a average looking place. Moderately priced as a New York restaurant. My friends and I ordered same dish, seafood pasta. The pasta was very good quality one. But we did not care too much their tomato sauce. We should have tried different ones. After we had Italian lunch at MoMA and Met (Suprisingly fashionable and good food), this place and the dishes looked and tasted too much like home cooking. Service was good and timely. We could leave for the theater with a little extra time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food very good. Appreciated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    Food very good. Appreciated not having to worry about making a show from a 6:30 reservation. Friendly wait staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • only problem was that there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    only problem was that there were major theater groups going and coming. other than that, the service was very good and accomodating, and the food was also very good. They got us out quickly once we ordered, knowing that we had a theater curtain to make.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    The food was delicious and staff was very friendly. The restaurant was very crowded and some people waiting for a table refused to wait outside, so they were right on top of us for a few minutes. Once everyone was seated, everything was great. Unfortunately we were on a time restraint, but next time I go, I would like to sit an relax with a meal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I ended up not staying being
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    I ended up not staying being as I had the reservation and they said they could not sit us until 7PM. I had theatre tickets for an 8PM show and would not have made it. They need to work on keeping reservations.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was not my first visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/26/2008
    This was not my first visit to this restaurant. The entrees, appetizers, and pasta are always excellent. This time, however, I ordered the Ceaser salad and was not very impressed. I do think, since they have so many daily specials, they should present them on a daily menu instead of having the waiter recite them to every table. It would certainly make it easier to decided. Also we would have a better idea of the price of each special.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cara Mia was wonderful. My
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    Cara Mia was wonderful. My husband said it was the best brocolli rabe he ever had. Kids enjoyed it. Service was very friendly. This was our second time there and I would go again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • i called the restaurant anc
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    i called the restaurant anc cancelled my reservation for this particlar day since i had a change of plans. however, i have eaten at cara mia in the past and therefore i have filled out your questionatire.
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  • Cara Mia was the perfect restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    Cara Mia was the perfect restaurant choice for a pre-theatre experience. The meal was delicious - from appetizer to dessert!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • reservations through open
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    reservations through open table were great. we arrived about 5 minutes after our reserved time and the table was waiting. the seating was very tight with typical small new york tables. the service was outstanding. we were never rushed or neglected even though there was a full house. the staff was always courtious and professional. it was finally nice to see a restaurant address ladies first throughout the evening. the salads were good but my chicken parm was ok. my wife enjoyed her eggplant parm. the desserts was fantastic. prices were more than reasonable and we would return again without reservations.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We usually eat here pre-theatre.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2008
    We usually eat here pre-theatre. We have never had a bad meal or poor service. Despite the pressure, the food is cooked to order and to perfection and the service is always considerate. They have the best ricotta cheesecake in town.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient for the theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2008
    Convenient for the theatre with good food and very nice service. Reservations are honored and the staff is pleasant and efficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate