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
96 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (66)fit for foodies (25)great for lunch (12)good for groups (12)special occasion (12)romantic (11)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (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
  • Great Value
    coach1
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    One of best values for excellent Italian food anywhere in Manhattan
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great discovery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We find this cozy restaurant years ago and having been coming regularly Great homemade pasta dishes Reasonable prices on good and wine Amazing lunch special menu Personal service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold & breezy
    thumpVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I brought 2 friends from Quebec to Cara Mia Saturday night. We were seated by the front door and boy was it a chilly spot to sit, even for the Canadians. They really need to do something about that serious draft when people come in & out. The food was pretty good although my chicken was too salty.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Weeknight prix fix in theater area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The weeknight prix fix menu brings us back regularly. We particularly enjoy the Saltimbocca, with its tender pork, generous portion of spinach, and flavorful sauce. Soups have home-cooked flavors.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    anniversary
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    my wife an I ate here prior to enjoying a musical play. The food was great and the attention was phenomenal. they even brough a dessert with a candle to sing happy anniversary to my wife.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Theatre Dinner
    nanl
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This is a great restaurant for dinner before the theatre. They have great food and get you out in time to get to the show.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So Freaking Good
    Raybie
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Needed a great place to treat my daughter & her friend to dinner. Being theater wig & makeup specialists they'd been too busy to come up to 46th for dinner. Thanks to Open Table we were able to make a reservation, get in & out in less than an hour & had the best meal any of us had in quite a while. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we never made it
    Ladyjaynee
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Took 2 hrs to get into NYC and missed dinner, Missed dinner
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Jamesnycny
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    we had a 8 pm resv It was 8:30 abs we we're still standing outside the restaurant in the cold rain! Hostesses not very apologetic & Will never go back!
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Top Notch Food, Vibrant Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Cara Mia has an exellent menu for Itallian lovers (not Olive Garden lovers). Wine list is adequate and food is fresh and hot. The restaurant is small and can get crowded with exceptionally high noise levels. This is the only reason I rated it low on ambiance and would not suggest it for a romantic couple's night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local Italian in Theatreland
    IanK
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Finding a table in an Italian restaurant the night before the New York Marathon with all of the runners pasta loading was not easy. This gem came on recommendation and did not disappoint. We had a 6.45 booking and despite arriving 15 mins early our party of 7 was found a table. Service wax brisk and food delicious. It was a pretty frenetic atmosphere which was great but this may have been down to the Marathon crowd.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rushed and unwelcoming
    em12
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I had been to Cara Mia multiple times and enjoyed it, but that was a few years ago. On our most recent trip, everything felt different. The tables were crowded quite close together, and it was so hard to hear our party with all the noise of the place. Unfortunately, due to some medical issues in our party we were a few minutes late for our 5 pm reservation. Once we arrived, we were told many times that our table was needed at 6:30. There were 9 of us. It was very stressful, and hardly relaxing, to be told repeatedly that we needed to leave. The waitstaff became less polite the closer it got to 6:30. On our way out, someone apologized to the 6:30 reservation for us taking so long, in front of my party. I didn't feel welcome at all.
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  • NICE SURPRISE
    BARBIE
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    CHOSE THIS PLACE BECAUSE OF PROXIMITY TO THEATER AND THEIR MENU LOOKED GOOD. WE PICKED A GEM!! FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING AND THE STAFF WAS EXTREMELY ATTENTIVE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Cara Mia is a favorite restaurant in the theater district. The staff could not be nicer and more accommodating. The food is consistently good and the wine, too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great meal
    Jack
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We came back after we ate there 2 weeks before for my wife's birthday and everything was delightful . She had a shrimp dish and she said it was the best shrimp she ever had.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicely Done
    MarkR
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We ate here before going to a play. The food and service were great! We told them upfront we had a play and they were very accommodating to make sure everything came out on time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • madsop
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Lovely arugula salad with pear and gorgonzola! The bread basket included a delicious focaccia, as well with fresh tomatoes. Yum!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    Paddy
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Cara Mia offers a wonderful dinning experience. The food was hot and delicious served by a friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
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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
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    • 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
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A for Amazing! The seafood pasta was the best. Prices are reasonable and food was superb! Location is walking distance to any of the theatres.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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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
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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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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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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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    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.