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Cucina di Pesce
Cucina di Pesce

Cucina di Pesce Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://cucinadipesce.com/
  • Phone: (212) 260-6800
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm;
    Friday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 12:00am
    Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you are looking for a casual Italian dining experience for a few or for a large party, we invite you to celebrate your event at Cucina di Pesce. Our staff will provide you with the perfect dining experience to enjoy a blend of authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.
  • Private Party Contact: Mehenni Zebentout (212) 260-6800

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cucina di Pesce
Cucina di Pesce is the type of comfortably lived-in Italian restaurant that local New Yorkers love. Our focus on seafood has turned this city of foodies upside-down. Our flavors are absolutely contemporary. We pride ourselves on offering both the best service and freshest ingredients in Manhattan on a budget! From the pasta to our enormous spinach ravioli to succulent sun dried tomato fusili – our plates seduce the tastebuds of even the most well versed critic. Our seafood lives up to its reputation: sea scallops, scampi, salmon and much more are delivered on a daily basis. Stop by to enjoy unlimited mussels at our weekday happy hour. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "very attentive staff. reasonable prices. loved it!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My second time here. We had the same waiter who was great before and we where happy to see him again. Was a date night for my husband and I. The staff is so nice and polite from the manager bartender waiter and even bus boy. We cant wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We were a party for 6.There were 4 great meals and 2 not. The mussels, calm linguini, mushroom ravioli, lasagna , were fantastic and properly cooked. The chicken and veal scallopini were tough and way over cooked. I would still go again"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I've been dining at Cucina di Pesci since about 1990 and have always been impressed by they're quality food and good service at an affordable price. The ambiance is fit for both a comfortable spot for a nice casual meal, and also for a special occasion or celebration. My fiancee and I were very pleased with their 28th Anniversary special menu. Good stuff!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I went here to check this restaurant out for potential birthday party location. Unfortunately it's not the one I chose. The waiter was somewhat attentive and brought out food and drinks appropriately. But when it came came to pay the check first of all they only accept cash and American Express. Then upon him telling us that it was a $65 check we gave him $80 of cash. And he never returned with change and it was the end of the night so everyone suddenly disappeared. We ended up just leaving, giving them the $15 tip and going home. The food was mediocre, pretty standard Italian food. And the drinks seem to be a bit watered-down. Although the decor is really nice and I really wanted to like the restaurant I don't think I'll be returning."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Really cute little restaurant. Calamari was really good. So was the spinach ravioli. Definitely recommend for a quiet date night."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We eat here when in the neighborhood. The food is good and so is the service. It can get noisy and crowded on weekend nights which isn't a bad thing either."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I was so looking forward to going to this restaurant after what I read in reviews and was grossly disappointed. Yes...if you want an inexpensive meal-go there their early bird special but not for a great meal. It was mediocre. The waiter rushed us for our order for no apparent reason and make a mistake on our order-ok....it happens but the "non" crispy calamari was barely cooked; the stuffed flounder hardly had any shrimp or crabmeat and the food was just thrown on the table. Again, go there if you just want an inexpensive average meal. We did not get dessert."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "My first experience with CdP was 22 years ago and I have to say that Saturday night was as great an experience as that night and every time I had returned there over the years. Rolling back the menu prices to 1986 made it that much more enjoyable. The place was packed and the main dining room was packed and a little too warm for me and my party but we sat at a table in the other room next to bar as I had requested in my reservation. I plan on returning real soon. I'm even contemplating next Friday."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Very nice intimate service & dining.Exceptional food & service, haven't been disappointed ever. once you try this you will be back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I love to go there everytime I'm in NYC. Fun to take new people just to see how much they will love the food and the ambience. We are NEVER disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We came here for a friend's birthday dinner and the restaurant was very accommodating. Service and food were good and the restaurant was cute. They even kept the cupcakes we brought in the kitchen until we were ready for dessert. Music is a little loud and kind of sounds like elevator music, but we had fun trying to figure out what pop song it was mimicking. We were at a large table off from the bar, and not in the main dining area, which was probably better because we got a little loud."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Pros - The place had a nice ambiance and the service was excellent and the prices are reasonable. Cons - The food is good, but not great All that would be ok for a 2nd visit, except you never know how the noise level is going to be. When we first got there -- the music was too loud, but we went into the side room (which is lovely) and it was sound was ok (but it was fairly empty). by the time we finished our meal, a large table had come in, plus a noisy foursome next to us, and the noise was overwhelming. Ran out as fast as possible."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The portions were large but the food was flavorless. A complete disappointment from when I visited the restaurant a few years ago. The place was also empty at 8pm on a Saturday night. The bathrooms were also small and dirty - would not go back again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Our hotel recommended that we try this spot if we didn't want a chain restaurant experience. It was delicious and authentic. My pasta was homemade with chicken sausage and brussel sprouts. A friend of mine had the seafood pasta and I wasn't as impressed by it. I would go back if I couldn't think of somewhere else to go."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great meal for valentines day. We had a prix fixe menu which was great value. Heartfelt recommendation"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The resturant was full obviously for valentines day but service lacked. Took credit card but only Amex never heard of that before. Waiter was good he was jammed busy. Major issues it was too loud and I couldn't hear my Girlfriend talk. I say it's a nice place but I won't go back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went there for their Valentine's Day special menu. Everything was OK in the beginning but we had to wait for our main dishes for more than one hour. The restaurant was really crowded but most of them were waiting for their food for a long time and we saw many people complaining to the waiting staff. The food was OK, although the tomato sauce of the spaghetti that came with my main dish as a side tasted like right from a can. The music played at that night was like those played at a club or a bar, personally I don't think it was appropriate for a restaurant or for a special occasion like Valentine's Day. We are not coming back again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were surprised at how excellent the food was at such moderate prices. The Cioppino and the Lasagne di Pesce were both excellent and not skimpy portions. We intend to return often. Very affordable. Even the wines are offered at very affordable prices, and a decent selection."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Cucina di Pesce has been our go-to place in the East Village for many years for a simple meal, whether we're looking for Italian or seafood. The calamari appetizer, whether fried or grilled, is excellent, as are the main dishes, and the prices are very reasonable."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I've been to Cucina many times over the years, mainly for its proximity to the theaters on the block. The food is serviceable, the ambience fine--but holy, moly, the early-bird special is a great deal! $14 for salad, soup, pasta and an entree? Try beating that at a diner. Perfect pre-theater meal, though you run the risk of dozing in your seat."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We were there when it first opened. I don't understand why didn't go back just that we moved out of the city. But we are back.... The fish was perfect. Sauce or gravy was just the way I like.it."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Inexpensive pre-theater dinner, but the service was very poor."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "If you're looking for a nice dinner that won't break the bank, this is a great place to go. I was pleased with the menu options, and everything I tasted was very good. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This place was ok. I went a year ago with my boyfriend on a date and was really unimpressed. Since it was cold they had enclosed the outdoor dining but it still felt cold and not welcoming. The waiter was unattentive to our orders and waacted like we weren't there half the time. I don't expect to be drooled over but if I ask for a second glass of wine, I would like rather promptly and not 20 minutes later when the bill comes."
    Dined on 2/23/2013
  • "Very friendly and attentive service. Food and portions were great especially for the price. I would definitely return."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Pleasant wait staff. Uncomfortable seating, Every dish was underseasoned..tasteless.."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "We read good reviews of this place. Yet the food was totally second rate. The broccoli with melted mozzarella was like something you would have in a cheap pizzeria, watery and tasteless. The pastas were equally bland. While this place is a decent value for the money, it is not for those with discerning taste buds. However it is a fun place to knock back some cheap drinks and hang out with friends. A word of warning for those who are sensitive to noisy spaces...this place became extremely loud once the room filled up."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "I was extremely impressed that my written request to be seated in a quiet area was honored."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Really was surprised buy this little quaint place. The food was outstanding as well as the staff, it must stop if you are in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The early bird special is the best deal in town. The food is excellent, the service attentive and the ambiance really nice."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "The perfect spot before a performance at one of the nearby theaters."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "It's cash only so bear that in mind. We sat in the back where it is quieter. Not a trendy place but good solid southern Italian food with an "old fashioned"village vibe, brick walls, foreign staff and a few steps leading down into the place. You feel kinda like you should say "Luigi sent me""
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We Celebrated a friends 50th Bday and enjoyed the food and service the Linguini with Calamari and Mussels in Fra Diavolo Saucewas just the right amount of spicy and filled with seafood - The Eggplant Parmigiana was plentiful and the side of pasta in garlic and olive oil was very tasty – the caramel cheesecake was the hot of the dinner party (skip the apple pie) – the pecan pie was also delicious"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Had my birthday dinner here on Saturday night. Great food, reasonably priced."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "My boyfriend and I have been coming to this restaurant for a couple years now, and it never disappoints. The food is always great, the service is quick, and the prices aren't catastrophic. The pastas are delicious. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The food is always delicious! The staff is very friendly and the wait staff knows the specials and is very courteous."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "My niece and I had a lovely Sunday night dinner. Nice pasta and wine. Not rushed. No wait for table despite full restaurant. (Our reservation was quickly retrieved.) Attentive and friendly waiters."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "The food was delish and we sat in the back where it was quietier. Service was great..just be sure to bring cash as they don't take credit cards."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "i was a regular here until I left the neighborhood. Great location, choose carefully from the menu and keep your service expectations low. Great martini."
    Dined on 11/8/2013