Carmine's - 91st Street - NYC
Carmine's - 91st Street - NYC

Carmine's - 91st Street - NYC

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.carminesnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2123622200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 11:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Joe Delgado
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Let Carmine's Cater your next party. We offer full service catering for all types of events. Let us drop off and setup or let us stay and serve your guests with the Carmine's experience at your door. Contact our Catering Department at 212-362-6444.
  • Special Events: Host your party where the Carmine's tradition began. The Little Room is the perfect setting for intimate gatherings, business meetings, rehearsal dinners or other social get-togethers. Our Executive Chef has created four course menus that are served at one long table. The Little Room seats up to 40 guests.

    Our main dining room boasts a massive mahogany bar, vaulted ceilings, and cathedral chandeliers. This former ballroom is quintessential New York and is ideal for private parties and special events. This pioneer of the Upper West Side can host a seated dinner, served family style, for up to 300 guests. Celebrate Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, corporate dinners, or fundraisers. We've designed special menus for cocktail and buffet receptions for up to 350.

    Celebrate special occasions in the fun, festive atmosphere that is Carmine’s.
    Contact our Special Events Department at 212-721-5587.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 90th & 91st Streets
  • Public Transit: 1, 2, 3 trains to 96th Street
  • Parking: No
A word from Carmine's - 91st Street - NYC
Carmine's simple and very popular concept is to serve every meal in the style of an Italian American wedding feast - which means large portions of home-style antipasti, pastas, seafood and meat entrees served on large platters designed for sharing. And when we say large, we mean large. An entree here could easily feed three to four average eaters. Located in a sprawling, former grand ballroom on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, this is the original Carmines. Designed by Peter Niemitz, the interiors evoke the images of the quintessential New York restaurant. With elements and details from the 1920s to the 1940s, the restaurant has the look and feel of a place that has been around for much longer than it's 1990 opening. If you are in the market for freshly prepared family style Italian food that is served in huge portions at reasonable prices, this is the place for you.
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Carmine's - 91st Street - NYC reviews from OpenTable diners
274 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (221)special occasion (151)kid-friendly (99)fit for foodies (89)neighborhood gem (88)great for lunch (60)hot spot (41)romantic (35)great for brunch (35)late-night find (28)great for outdoor dining (25)notable wine list (25)vibrant bar scene (22)scenic view (6)Show More
  • Great birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    If you are celebrating a birthday with family and friends, this is a good place to go. Served family style, the Italian food is plentiful and delicious. Don't leave without ordering the zucchini fries which are shredded and fried to perfection. The oreganata salmon was very good. Leave room for dessert. The ricotta cheesecake melts in your mouth. Loud but lively ambience and service was slow but worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great family-style dinner outing
    SuzyNYC
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Took my mom & dad here for their 55th wedding anniversary. Since they are in their 70's the stairs were a bit of an issue for them, but the food, drinks and wait service made it worthwhile. They had a great time. Alex, our waiter, was extremely accommodating to all of our needs (read pickiness).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!!!
    GoodTimesDiining28
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a good time visiting Carmine's. We've been many times before and the food was great as usual. The only negatives were and are that the acoustics make the building very loud and hard to talk to people across your table but we would still come back. The bathrooms are being renovated so the stylish out houses were just outside the restaurant. We'd go back!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All about the food...
    Carmines91st
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    If you are looking for true Italian food, go to Carmine's.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Happy
    Bill43
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The heavy set bartender needs an attitude adjustment. The waitstaff is impersonal. Large portions. Asked to have something reheated required waitress to check with chef then come back to say they didn't recommend it. Sent it back anyway. Won't be returning.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great family style dining
    sands13
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Backup choice when 44th street location is booked. $15 cab ride gets you in a wonderful neighborhood. When its not tourist season, the noise level and atmosphere is lower key. Great food and extremely large portions. Consider the day's special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Italian Upper West side
    PaulPogi
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Had the pleasure of dining at Carmine's. It was recommended to me by a friend and it lived up to her suggestion and reputation. Family style plates and pricing. There were three of us. My wife, daughter and me. We had the Carmine salad, bearly finished it. Two entrees, the pasta special with all the seafood delights and chicken marsalla. The food was fantastic. If we lived nearby we would have had plenty to take home for left overs. Being from Boston and staying in a hotel, it was not an option. Make sure you make reservations well in advance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service with Isabelle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have the chance to go to NYC twice a year and I must say it's the first time we are so well taking care of. WOOOOOW what a great service experience with Isabelle !!! thank you for making our experience such a memorable one. The food is absolutly wonderful but with Isabelle's touch, the experience was an outstanding one to remember.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    ISSY55
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    As always it was great , friendly , great waitstaff . I like the fact that I received a call to confirm after a placed a reservation on "open table "
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always....
    craigsreview
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This not being the first time to Carmines, though we've always visited the Times Square location, the uptown location was just as excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding, as usual!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have been to Carmine's several times and I am never disappointed! The hosts and waitstaff are very courteous and attentive and the food is always on point. I've tried the Shrimp Scampi, Penne alla Vodka, Chicken Saltimbocca, Chicken Marsala, Rigatoni with Sausage and Broccoli (with marinara sauce), Ravioli (with meat sauce), and the meatballs. I have loved every dish! It's a great place for groups. Two of my best friends got married last week and I took them to Carmine's to celebrate. They couldn't stop raving about the food and the great prices for the amount of food you get! Carmine's is truly a neighborhood gem! Can't get enough of this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for groups and bdays!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I love to go to Carmines for my annual birthday celebration. Being that I'm in my mid twenties and have a lot of friends, its easy to get a group of 10 people at one table and order all different types of large family-style plates. I would say people's biggest complaints about Carmines is that you don't get much variety if you go with a small group of people. But I wouldn't really consider that a fair review since that is what Carmines is known for and what makes it unique. It won't be the BEST Italian food you've ever had, especially being in NYC, but it really is delicious and consistent and you won't be disappointed. My favorites are the penne vodka, chicken parm, meatballs and spaghetti, and the titanic (dessert)! Bon Appetite!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loved everything at Carmine's
    Limalo
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had the veal parmigian which was excellent. Tender and tasty but must of it so affordable.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five star nite
    tschmidt2020
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Carmine's delivered a very good dining experience. The food was delicious and of course plentiful. We had three entree's for seven people and still took home food. The calamari app was to die for. The entree's were: Veal shank, meatballs, and shrimp all were very good. Recommend Carmine's to all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was very happy !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Went there with family from CA who had heard of the place. They loved the food, the value and the service. They were extremely pleased. I go somewhat often and am always very happy with it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food. Great service
    gabgab
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Carmines has become one of my favorite restaurants since my first time dining there. The ambiance is relaxing with a homey and relaxing feel to it. The food, especially the shrimp scampi is perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection. The portions are for up to four people, so if not dining with more than three, theres a guarantee you will be taking some to go.The waiters are always friendly and attentive. Love love love carmines
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carmine 91
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Can't go wrong with this place been coming here for 10+ years
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always
    Suki
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Monday night chicken special is a treat. We only added another vegetable and were well satisfied. The cutlets were perfect in the lemon sauce. Each time we have it we enjoy it more. Definitely a go to dinner item.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always on top of their game
    Macd703
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    A staple of Manhattan - one not to be missed. Like family there -
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • binkman3
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    It's always a treat to eat at Carmine's. The food is great and enormous, the waiters are super friendly, and the space is unpretentious and inviting. This restaurant is a reliably welcome staple in a city that is constantly changing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!!
    Slovaaaaa
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Couldn't have ask for a better place for moms dinner, she loves every thing about the food and how they were so friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MNKinders
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food and service at Carmine's were outstanding. They exceeded our expectations. We were excited to discover that there is a Carmine's in our local area. That is great news for my family. We plan to go there soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took reservation- RESTAURANT CLOSED
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I made a reservation for my birthday. I picked Carmines bc it can hold a huge crowd and doesn't need to be prix fix. Get to the restaurant and it is closed for the week for renovations. They kept saying that I must have made a mistake and there was no way that I had made a reservation since the whole restaurant was closed. I took out my phone and showed them the confirmation. They admitted that it was a mistake but there wasn't anything they could do. So me and my 13 friends suddenly had no where to go on my birthday. It sucked. Total disaster.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Appetite Pleasing
    JJ5512
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Be sure to bring your appetite (and some friends) whenever you visit Carmine's. The food is plentiful and very tasty. The service was very good, although the entrees came out before we (6 friends, 3 couples) finished our delicious Carmine's Salad. The drinks were a little pricey, but I guess this is NYC. This was our first time at this location, we had previously been to Carmine's in Atlantic City. We enjoyed this location as much, if not more. The only downside was the long line for the ladies room. Another visit is definitely in order!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NO WAITER, yes not ONCE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We never saw our waiter ONCE. Busboy/food runner asked if he could take our appetizer order and we ordered a hot antipasto. He said our waiter would be there in few minutes, which is standard. We wanted to order wine and a main course, however no waiter ever came over to us. We decided to leave after we finished our appetizer. We had to ask 2 other waiters to tell our mythical waiter to give us a check. We still left a 27% tip because we left the food runner did his job and working with such an inept waiter he probably got lousy tips normally.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family style
    EvryDayGuy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food and service. A little loud and hsrd to hear my friends at my table since every one was sitting at open tables and voices carry. Since the portions are huge its best to go with a group of about 4-6 people and share the meals
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Suze
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food at Carmines is outstanding! Very comfortable and we didn't feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carmine's
    Nagle7
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was great! But the server was not so good we were there for a half hour before he came around to get food orders. He left half way through which is probably a good thing and we got a good waitress.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Everything was great - we visit New York at least once a year and always make sure we eat at Carmines
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish
    Yummm
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was delicious and also the waiter was very entertaining and helped us to order just the right drinks and dishes. Thank you....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great...as usual
    suev23
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Another fantastic meal at Carmine's.Excellent service, excellent food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the HUGE portions
    justmyopinion
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great place for friends/groups of more than 4 people -so you can try 2 or 3 plates. Their huge portions just make it fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jgaquarius14
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I've been to Carmine on 91st. Quite a few times and as always find the food ok but this time I was disappointed with the service.we had a 1 pm reservation and the restaurant was half empty and was not busy our waiter assigned to our table was not attentive enough to our needs and couldn't find nowhere when we needed something.also one of my guest used the lady's room and found it dirty.i complained to the manager about our waiter and she was apologetic about it and gave us a complimentary dessert which is nice of her.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun atmosphere, but hard to hear.
    dineoutlessandless
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Drinks also could be much less sweet. 2 people at our table had the frozen "Cosmos" since there were no frozen margaritas. One guest simply could not drink it, as it was way too sweet. Food solid and good and great portions to share at big table, but noise level very high.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had a really nice meal ; ordered three dishes for four people and had plenty to take home afterwards
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sip1VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were there at 12:30pm and the restaurant was quiet at the beginning. We sat down for more than 5 minutes and still didn't see a server. We got the menu and didn't get any water and nobody refilled the water later!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • carmineslover
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food, great service, great place! We have been dining here almost 20 years!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never ever disappoints.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Didn't "over order" this time for a change. Chicken Marsala over pasta was delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    kboogie25
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Loved the experience we had it was awesome !!! The food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food, ambience and staff!
    LuvMeSomeCarmines
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Awesome food, great ambience and friendly staff. Every time we go to NY with friends, we always make a point of eating at Carmine's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.