Cavatappo Grill
Cavatappo Grill

Cavatappo Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cavatappo.com/
  • Phone: 2129879260x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dining Room: Mon-Sun. 12noon - 11 p.m.
    Bar: Mon.-Thur. 12noon - 11 p.m.
    Sun. 11:30a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Luca Marcato
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering available with custom menu and full service.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 88th and 89th Streets
  • Public Transit: 4, 5, and 6 train to 86th Street & Lexington
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cavatappo Grill
Chef Luca Marcato creates a casual vibe at Cavatappo Grill, housed in the former Luca space with a warm, rustic & cozy ambiance. Milanese cuisine with New York Bite! Recently reviewed in the Michelin guide, in Zagats and the New York Times.
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Cavatappo Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)great for brunch (12)great for outdoor dining (12)fit for foodies (11)kid-friendly (9)notable wine list (8)great for lunch (7)good for groups (7)special occasion (4)late-night find (3)romantic (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    First time here and we will definitely be back. Food delicious and service excellent. Restaurant is very small and tables are on top of each other. A little too noisy the night we were there. A table of 12 next to us became a bit rowdy. Perhaps it was the alcohol. Perhaps they had no manners.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My neighborhood go to restaurant
    UptownDiner
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    When I have company and no one can agree on where to go, this is the place. Whether it's for a good burger, something fish, a good salad, there is enough of choice. The food is reliably good. The service can be very good or mediocre but always pleasant
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luigi
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Warm, old-school setting that makes you feel at home. Italian comfort food -- and authentic. Good value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Upper East Italian
    NYCdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Excellent and diverse Italian menu -- everything from fish to pasta to veal and interesting salad options, too. Moderate prices. Perfect for a few couples or family dinner. Everyone can feel comfortable here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Authentic Food, No Fuss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our first time here, but not the last. Owned and run on site by Luca, native Italian Master Chef from Milan. Being italian myself I'm always on the search for my Holy Grail--good gnocchi. Not pasty, not chewy but it can't be too soft. He hits the mark, which is rare. The Veal Scallopeni was just the right texture (and flavor) and even small plates like the fired olives were delicate. Usually one or two and they are overwhelming, but his are delicious without being to salty or rich, so the substantial size portion was gone in a flash. Can't eat just one.... or two..... Looking forward to going back to try more things.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfully attentive Edouard &crew
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Arrived with demanding producer in tow and the wonderfully attentive Eduard and chefs made us proud!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Go-to
    ChuckkVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Cavatappo is a solid go-to neighborhood location. Food is fine if not outstanding; wine list is varied and reasonable as oar the food prices; service is courteous.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    Jason
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My favorite neighborhood place. The food never disappoints, great wine list and the service is always wonderful. the desserts are excellent too!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh Food Wonder
    JoeNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Short & Sweet: I've been here twice, both were for brunch/lunch with friends. Each time we were very happy with the food flavor, quality, presentation and the wait staff's unobtrusive service. Great for sandwiches and omelets. The coffee was just right too! Oh, and the French fries were nice and crispy. All in all, very satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always reliable
    WeezieVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This our neighborhood go-to place for a good Italian dinner. Food is always good although service can sometimes a bit slow it was not the case this time. Love the chicken-liver appetizer and the fried olives are great nibbles. Pastas don't disappoint and I'm addicted to the sausages. The veal chop special this weekend was great too! But shhh! Don't want this to become overcrowded so those of us in the 'hood can't get in ;-)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice people --- mediocre food.
    Neighborhoodiner1VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This is a charming little Italian place that serves bland and uninteresting pasta. Baked mussels are excellent however as is the blueberry pie. The waitstaff is gracious and friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place!
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I always jog past here and noticed how nice it was. I had dinner here, well early dinner and it was really nice. I will definitely come at night though, I feel that you would be able to feel the specialness this place has. But it is definitely a nice place to go for brunch too! The food was good, the Cheese fondue was good, but it wasn't the best. Calamari was awesome! I definitely will try the dessert next time! The service was great too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good and Resonable
    Jack
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Good selections on the menu. Well prepared. Excellent and non intrusive service by Matt. Professional and attentive. Enjoyable neighborhood spot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love cavatappo
    Jason
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Cavatappo is a great go-to neighborhood restaurant. the food is always great as well as the staff & service. They always make you feel like family. And they have a great wine list too!. I've never had a meal that i didn't enjoy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 219 reviews are from the Cavatappo Grill reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We encountered the wonderful Eduard again this evening and we greeted each other like old friends. We also found out that we had pastry chef Santiago to thank for the amazing and unique blueberry pie that draws us to Cavatappo for celebrations and the odd Tuesday. (Please tell Santiago that we owe him a year's worth of thanks for all the pies we've ordered, and, in turn, ordered our friends to request! We hear Cherry pie (sour cherry, we hope?) may be coming for the 4th of July! We hope that it will linger (along with the blueberry pie) for, at least, the rest of July. Thank you, again, to the chefs - staff. Lori and Steve
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Esther
    EstherP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I have been to Cavatappo Grill many times in the past; they are a neighborhood staple for us. As always, the food was delicious, the ambiance was great and they are extremely accommodating when needed. We love this neighborhood gem and will continue to eat there and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    Marianalg
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We went for the $13 brunch special (1 cocktail included!!), which was great. Not only you could choose among the brunch special dishes, but you could also choose among the whole menu (except for the entrees). Some friends went for pasta (servings are smaller if you're having the brunch special) and I had a delicious sandwich with hummus and vegetables on focaccia bread... Yummy! The service was really really nice, and the place is genuine, loved the decoration on the walls! I would definitely recommend this place! :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solid neighborhood restaurant
    DiningNYC2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Satisfying food. Friendly and professional service that gives you enough time to decide on dessert. Open and airy during the summer months. Affordable bottles of wine. Overall, a relaxing meal -- what a meal should be!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely outdoor summer evening
    Justcato
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The food was better than decent, and reasonably priced. The gnocchi just needed a little SOMETHING, and it would have been great. The lamb shank was also quite good, but not over the top. Sitting outside, it was not too noisy, and the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's day dinner
    MMAOC
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We were a big group of 10, dining out for a Father's Day dinner. Service was great and friendly, food reasonably priced, and hostess helped us get 2 extra seats at the last-minute. Very nice place! Great spot on the ues!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great
    None
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Wednesday night the food was excellent. Soft shell crab to start and then the best lamb shank I can remember having in years.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EDWARD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The staff is always gracious and accommodating, but on this special occasion, we had the pleasure and good fortune of having EDWARD as our wait person. We were celebrating a birthday and Edward was sensitive to nuance and created the atmosphere for a more leisurely visit, the staff rallied 'round for the birthday dessert presentation, but Edward made the already special blueberry pie a real present. That's the kind of public relations that is rare and much needed and makes all the difference. Thank you, Edward!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Family owned place
    AnthonyU
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Love the smaller family owned places. We were sitting next to a couple with their mother/in law. Had a nice little convo with them, little did we know we were sitting next to the owners. They wished my girlfriend a happy birthday and bought us dessert. Lovely people, very up beat helpful staff. This was really good Italian food, i had the veal ravioli. They had a pretty good selection of wine, and the dessert was amazing. The tiramisu was so light and fluffy, it was like eating a cloud. We went for my girlfriend's birthday and it was a perfect spot for it, quiet, Romance, and affordable. I suggest this place highly, and adding it to the list of my spots in the city
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would describe it as ok
    VisitingNY
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I was out alone and based on other reviews thought I'd try them. It seemed the crowd was mostly local nieborhood families. I don't know if it was because I was alone, but I felt like they forgot about me. The service was slow and they rarely came back and checked on me. The food was better than average, but not wow.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem in Yorkville/UES
    uppereastside
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Wonderful ambience and amazing dishes. Always have unique specials and scrumptious desserts (my personal favorite is the blueberry pie).
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wine and delicious food!
    Amanda13
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Went to Cavatappo Grill for the first time this past weekend while visiting NYC. We had great service and the food was delicious. My favorite was the spinach pappardelle and duck pasta. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always dependable
    curly
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    this time 7for dinner. Everyone was pleased. I'm coming back for dinner tomorrow with business people.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a nice experience dining
    DieferDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Always a nice experience dining and drinking here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We had a lovely meal here. When you want a homestyle meal, great service, no preparing or cleaning up, definitely come here.. I've been here twice in the last two weeks, and enjoyed both meals. I had the duck parpadelle one night and the Cornish hens the other. Both were excellent. A definite recommend!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Food, Slow Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Though our appetizers came right away, there was a LARGE gap of time (at least 20 minutes) before our entrees appeared. As our little boy rarely orders both an appetizer AND an entrée, he was starving. No-one came by to say anything until about 2 minutes before our food appeared. The food was tasty, but I wouldn't go here if you were in a hurry or expected timely service. It took so long, we did not stay for dessert, but bought ice cream on the way home from the grocery store!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easy Access and Delicious
    sydbVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Great to have a local restaurant of good quality and good service. Shared beet salad; grilled vegetables; Entrees of grilled bass, veal ragout pasta, lamb shank. All very delicious and reasonably priced. Will be back again soon! They were also very accomodating with seating-- we had to change table to facilitate my husband who is recovering from hip surgery.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely neighborhood find
    Rkidd
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Cavatappo is a great little restaurant on the upper east side. Service is wonderful and the food is consistently good. They serve a small or large pasta portion which means you can try a salad or appetizer also without getting too full. They can accommodate larger groups (6-8 people) but it is also nice for an intimate dinner for two. Highly recommend the pasta with duck and the ravioli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    thedeity
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    This was the first time we went to Cavatappo. The restaurant is small but inviting. The service was friendly and efficient. Food was really good. The polenta and mushrooms was terrific and the pasta and lamb ragu was excellent. I like the idea that they offer pasta dishes in both appetizer size and entree size. We had a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Italian in the UES
    YummyyyVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Amazing food. Friendly service. Just a little slow for two hungry diners. We had an app, salad, and shared an entree and it took nearly 3 hours. Happy to linger over dinner, just not when I'm really hungry. But the dessert (blueberry pie of all things!) was well worth the wait. We'll be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant dining experience
    Perpnos
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Cavatappo Grill was a pleasantly surprising restaurant. It is close to my apartment and I had passed it numerous times without giving much thought to it. It did not seem particularly extraordinary in styling or ambience, but upon entering the restaurant, I felt comfortable. The wait staff was excellent and attentive. The food was good too. This is not a restaurant you go to for avante garde cuisine. It is definitely a restaurant that you can return to time and time again with friends and family. The food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and great service!
    Cjovel
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    The staff at Cavatappo Grill is very attentive and polite. I needed a place to meet with a friend that I hadn't seen in a while and I chose Cavatappo because it had a good wine selection. The food was delicious and we didn't have to wait too long for anything. It may have something to do with the fact that I was there for an early dinner. I had the baked mussels with pesto, mussels in white wine, and the beet salad. These were all great choices, especially the beet salad.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Neigbors
    Newbie
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Just moved into the neighborhood and have been trying different Italian restatuarants. We found this one to be very good. It was cozy on a very cold wintery night. Friendly service..... both the hostest Sara and the owner spent time to get to know us at least a little.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid the Prixe Fix
    nickname
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Took my girlfriend for Valentine's Day. We decided to go for the Prixe Fix. Food was terrible. Salmon was overcooked and bland and the rigatoni was chewy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Upper East Side Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    I really enjoyed the experience. Ate mostly from the "Specials" menu. Try it, you'll like it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious refuge on a cold night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Cavatappo was perfect for us on a cold Monday night after the Super Bowl. We had depressed Bronco fans with us who had been snowed in here in NYC after attending the game. The ambiance was warm and homey, the service cheerful and accommodating, and the food pleased everyone. I loved the grilled shrimp and avocado salad. My husband, whose mother is Italian and a great cook, loved his pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe, saying it was just like what his mom would make. The Bronco fans, who are also very particular about their food, loved the grilled sausage, and my brother and his friend were very pleased with their dishes as well. Blueberry pie and creme brulee were divine. Highest praise: my husband said, "I could bring my mom here."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate