Cucina di Pesce
Cucina di Pesce

Cucina di Pesce

  • 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 2122606800

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.
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Cucina di Pesce reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)romantic (13)good for groups (13)great for outdoor dining (9)special occasion (4)fit for foodies (3)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (1)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Diner78
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    The Early Bird Special is a great deal. The staff were especially helpfpul in assisting a handicapped guest.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monday in NYC
    Rammer
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Our first time here. food was great and very reasonable. Would definitely go here again! We are from Minnesota and come to NYC once a year. Only strange thing is, they only take American Express?? Only a short walk to Joe's Pub which has great entertainment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable, good value
    nycnoms
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I was very happy with this place for a double-date night. Good cocktails for the pretty standard $10+ fare in Manhattan, but very reasonably priced apps and main dishes. Good portions and all-around good value. Servers were attentive but not overly so. I wouldn't go out of my way to go back, but as a neighborhood spot or dinner before going out in the area, I definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    BVdel
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We went to celebrate my friend's birthday! Everything was perfect- the service was flawless- and the food was pretty tasty! The cappuccino cheese cake was amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit the spot
    JudyBrooklyn
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This is the perfect spot for a simple, well prepared meal. We went before the theatre and had the Early Bird Special. We could not believe that we had such a good meal at that price. The eggplant parmesan is to die for, really. The waiters are very attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    FelicedollVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    With so many great restaurants in the East Village, I was unlucky enough to choose this one! The restaurant misses the mark trying to go for a rustic Italian decor. The chairs are uncomfortable, lihting too bright, and the tables are too small. The real miss though, is the food! I ordered the eggplant lasagna which came out cold and the marinara sauce appeared to be poured from a jar. My boyfriend's fish was flat and overcooked. Wines by the glass are cheap table wines poured in Grandma's wine glasses. Waste of time and money.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice neighborhood italian
    PmmkVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We ate here before a theatre performance two doors away - arrived early for a dinner on the patio in a very Paris like setting. Had the prix fixe dinner, which was good, but not great - but very reasonably priced. Good value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Like coming home
    onefishtwofish
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Sometimes in a city of culinary delights you just want good comforting food. Cucina di Pesce fits the bill. It has not changed since our last visit years ago - good Italian standards and seafood at friendly prices. We especially enjoyed the roasted eggplant appetizer with a generous portion of creamy goat cheese and roasted peppers and the vegetable stuffed mushroom appetizer - lighter than the usual sausage stuffed variation. The cioppino had a wonderful spicy broth but I would have preferred meatier mussels. Service was very good - knowledgable, friendly, professional.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    southerngal
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Cucina di Pesce was delicious and I totally recommend it to anyone. However, the only downfall of the restaurant is that it only accepts american express and cash.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent for a group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My friends and I held a dinner here for a total of 16 people. The staff could not have been friendlier, from our phone calls confirming and changing the reservation, to the welcome to the restaurant, and throughout the entirety of our meal. The food was excellent, especially the pumpkin ravioli, chicken parmigiana, broccoli, and shrimp scampi. Service was outstanding and the group couldn't have been happier. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Revisit
    sunnyVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our re-visit. Food, service, ambiance contribute to a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Okay
    Barb
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I last visited Cucina di Pesce several years ago when reservations were not accepted. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to make a reservation and we were seated right away. The service was good but alas, the food was not as good as I remembered. My vegetarian lasagna had a few mushrooms and a couple of small pieces of zucchini. The sauce was thin and too salty. My husband's meat lasagna was okay but not memorable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    friendly staff, good service, good food (except I felt my pasta was a little too al dente otherwise - really liked the appetizers, entree, and dessert), outdoor dining option
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date Night Perfection
    shy91
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Waiters were friendly and helpful. The food was timely and delicious. Everything was on point! Strongly recommend it for a date night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a real Italian restaurant
    matt81NYC
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food is ok, and service is kind of strange since they pretend to be Italian, with a Eastern Europe accent...
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were unable to eat at Cucina di Pesce because they ONLY TAKE AMERICAN EXPRESS! They do not take any other credit cards and not one of us has an American Express card! Never have we had this experience before! They should note on their web-site that only American Express is accepted.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Nice Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were disappointed that the garden was closed that evening but the front porch turned out to be intimate & a wonderful opportunity for people watching. We sat outside but the inside dinning area was very pretty with a cozy old world atmosphere .Interesting menu. My boyfriend who is mostly a meat eater couldn't resist the seafood lasagna. He did have the toasted meat ravioli for an appetizer as he had never had it before. I had mozzarella & tomato & the seafood fettuccine in a light cream sauce. Everything was very good. Portions were on the small side if you are a big eater but well priced. My boyfriend said that he would order an extra appetizer next time. Staff were friendly & attentive
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 184 reviews are from the Cucina di Pesce reviews archive.
  • The service makes it
    JennlVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    If you are an Italian restaurant in NYC, you got a lot of competition. What made this place special was the service. Our waiter was just a delight. So pleasant, without being cloying, it would have been difficult not to have had a nice time. Of course good food is necessary, and they had that covered. If you like beets, try the beet salad. And good luck trying to decide what you want from the dessert tray. Many many winning choices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy and decently priced.
    LoriVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Needed a place last minute to take the family (included two kids under 12 years old). This place was great. They were very accommodating in preparing food for the fussy eaters at the table. Lots of choices on the menu, everything was fresh, and the service was very good. They sat us outside which is always good for people watching.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Web illusions
    dogma505VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    What appeared to look like a promising place based on their website the restaurant was disappointing. While the food and service was good the ambiance was terrible. The place clearly has a history but once there you don't get the feel for this at all. What was most distracting was the horrible bathroom blue/green walls of the place which was just plain uninviting. Addtionally the room we sat in had a bathroom cleaner smell. It is a shame as this place with the right management and some new paint could be so much more. Would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • suited us perfectly
    Smallpebbles
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We were looking for a place to dine prior to seeing Blue Man Group with the grandkids. This was only a couple of blocks away. It was a nice refuge after a busy day on the streets and in museums. We got there about 6 pm and found the place quite empty at that point but cool and welcoming. There was a nice selection of Italian offerings and our grandson said the seafood lasagna was the best lasagna he'd ever eaten! The service was excellent and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • July 4th
    NancyDVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We ate at this East Village gem while visiting NYC over July 4th weekend. I went with the recommendation of our waiter, the fresh catch of the day, others enjoyed the chicken parmesan, kids liked the black ink seafood linguini and scampi. Everyone in our party (4 adults & 5 kids) was pleased with their meal. Nice quiet, covered outdoor dining area and thumping music in intimate interior space. Our waiter was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The calamari was among the worst I've had , the Veal Parmagiana was mediocre at best . The server was negligent and not available much of the time . The cocktails were good . An all around disappointment . Very reasonable prices is what brings them in , but it seems one must pay more for quality , especially in Manhattan .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • i love this place!
    jenwinter
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Wonderful restaurant with really romantic charming ambiance.-color washed walls & antique mirrors & art. My favorite mob hangout in the east village! In the 1920's-30's it was a casino run by Lucky Luciano (born & raised on E.10th) & later became the mob social club called the Stage Bar run by Vincent Ciraulo aka "Jimmy Second Ave." of the Genovese family.)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • East Village Gem
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We loved Cucina di Pesce. The food and service were very good, the restaurant is charming. The night we were there was the night of the US vs Portugal World Cup game and the bars around this restaurant were packed; the restaurant was uncharacteristically quiet. The TV at the bar was on but quietly and we were happy about that. It was a birthday celebration and we were happy to be able to some conversation without shouting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    perfect for moderate priced dining in the area -- nothing special but solid! And the service was wonderful!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh seafood and wonderful service
    Julietcentsless
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I took my father here to eat and we enjoyed eating at one if their sidewalk tables, which is covered and comfortable. Service was excellent- many times eating outside I find myself looking for the server but this never happened once. My father ordered the trout and he is picky, specifically about seafood and said it was very fresh and creatively prepared. My pasta was excellent, cream sauce was light and just enough to be flavorful. Note that they only take Amex or cash :) will be returning again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Was not great Italian food. Staff was good, restaurant is pleasant but the food was disappointing. Not much seafood to choose from. Restaurant was pretty empty
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 29th Birthday was great!
    StormyPerez
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I enjoyed Cucina di Pesce a lot and so did my friends. We had an intimate dinner among friends in honor of my birthday and all left very happy. Our waiter was not only cute but also very attentive and really knows how to sing a good "happy birthday" song. The food was delicious, I had the special (mixed seafood.) We shared the clams & calamari (wasn't what I expected--could use a little sprucing.) appetizers.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!
    MJD7VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I love this place. I just recently discovered it when I was planning a trip to the nearby New York Theatre Workshop. They have a mojito that is brilliant. And their seafood lasagne is beyond delicious. Service was friendly and efficient. Plus you get 15% off if you go to NYTW. Go!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable Italian Fare
    happynyc
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Have been going to this restaurant for decades. While the prices have increased, the food is always good. Fried calamari is light and tasty. Spicy hummus they serve with bread is delicious. The rest of my family always orders lasagna and they are never disappointed. Whole branzino is also terrific as are mussels and grilled calamari. House wines were not to our liking, so better to select something from the list. Deserts are not my thing but the cheesecake I tried was wonderful and our teenagers enjoyed a variety of selections.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fish Find
    TGsView
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Perfect restaurant to experience a wide range of mid-priced menu items, professional service and great tasting pasta and exceptionally prepared fish. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Claasic NY Experience
    BrooklynMike
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We asked for a quiet table so we could speak and were led through the kitchen to a back room with a wonderful skylight view and a perfectly classic setting. The food was fine and the service was great It was a nice experience and I would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and pricing
    Vermonters
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    The abundance and quality of food was amazing. We thought they made a mistake on the menu prices since they were 30-50% below other places ….plan on passing the word around and going back soon.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food quality has gone down hill
    Kimm
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I went to Cucina de Pesce twice this weekend. The first night I ordered the clams and spaghetti which had a horrible taste and I could only take a few bites. The second night I had the spinach ravioli. The ravioli was very good, and tasted homemade, but they sat in a water puddle which was suppose to be the tomato sauce. The service was fine but the food well below par. A bit disappointed, this always was a favorite of mine.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A true NYC find
    Lucky4visitor
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Found it via an app and never regretted the experience. Took a long time friend there for dinner and we left as lovers
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very attentive staff. reasonable
    sylvia
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    very attentive staff. reasonable prices. loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Quiet. Flavors were either too strong or too bland. I don't recall an in between.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were a party for 6.There
    nancyVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably Good
    EastVillageDiner
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.