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East 12th Osteria
East 12th Osteria

East 12th Osteria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.east12osteria.com
  • Phone: (212) 432-1112
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Open daily at 5 pm
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, 11am - 4pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Roberto Deiaco
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East 12th Street
  • Public Transit: L Train to First Avenue,
    4,5,6,N,R Trains to Union Square
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from East 12th Osteria
On its first anniversary, East 12th Osteria was named by The Financial Times as one of the 5 Best Italian Restaurants in New York.

East 12th Osteria is a small, chef-driven, jewel of restaurant in the heart of the East Village. Come savor the inspired, organic and modern Northern Italian cuisine of chef/owner Roberto Deiaco. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "It was an absolute pleasure to have dined at east 12th Osteria! Our server was on point to a T, very knowledgable & friendly staff. The food is out of this world, divine! We started with the crispy zucchini filled with fresh ricotta, my friend ordered the lobster risotto which she loved & I had ordered the most delicious ravioli I have ever experienced in my life which is filled with ricotta & a quail egg topped with truffle. Everything cooked to perfection! The prices are crazy cheap for the quality of the food. Worth every penny PLUS your life savings account. Oh and did I mention everything is prepared from scratch?? Osteria I love you dearly!! And if I'm lucky I'll be back several times until I move elsewhere."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food is outstanding. The bread, olive oil, amouse bouche, appetizers, mains, dessert...nothing was wrong. Everything was PERFECT!! Our server was great, friendly and knowledgeable. If you are looking for a place to relax, drink great wine, and have outstanding food, this is the place! NOT ONE COMPLAINT!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The fabulous and inventive menu proves the chops of this kitchen. The nightly specials and off menu items are always imaginative and delicious. Try the ravioli with quail egg inside, cooked to unctuous perfection, sprinkled with truffle. Melts in your mouth. Seafood is always cooked simply,and to perfection in the Italian manner. The accompaniments to each dish amplify the flavor experience and are obviously chosen with a knowing palate. We have eaten here several times and will come back again."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I would say one of the best in NYC and the best in the East village. Chef driven menu is superb. Service was excellent"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is the first time we have dined here and probably will not return. Found that the food was bland and not cheap for the area."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our experience was not typical, because the restaurant was virtually empty on the night of our visit, thus the "quiet" rating. I have been there when it was busy and you can't hear yourself think. As always, the level of preparation was fine, but this time, I was struck by the somewhat meager portion sizes. Perhaps they think that you will order all courses: the starter, the pasta, the main, and the dessert, but my guests opted for pasta in place of the main, and what they got was quite modest. Frankly, I feel that the place is too costly for what they serve."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The food and service were incredible. It has a very cozy environment. It is pricey, but worth every penny. The food is somewhat fusion."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was delicious and inventive. My favorite was the eggplant roll and the seafood stew. Our table also had the burrata platter and the artichoke salad, both fresh and delicious. Service was attentive but not overbearing. It was a lovely experience"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Thoughtfully prepared and presented, the food and service exceeded our expectations. The host was so gracious and accommodating, while the waitstaff attentive and charming. Highly recommend, for it's low key vibe and high quality Italian fare."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants in NYC right now. Incredible food, always delicious. the restaurant is a beautiful space with great ambiance. Highly recommend "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Like dining in Italy. Very interesting menu and very well executed. Delicious comes to mind. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Had an excellent dining experience at East 12th Osteria. The food was full of flavor, the yellow tomato gazpacho amuse bouche just about danced in my mouth! My dining companion and I both had fish dishes which were cooked to perfection and had lovely presentations. The service was the best we have had anywhere, this front of the house team really worked like a well oiled machine, and they were all so proud of the food they were serving and the job they were doing. So glad we found this place!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Stunning. Didn't expect such serious and elegant cooking in such a casual and friendly setting. Branzino tartar is a must have. Foodie paradise. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food was marginal and unfortunately a limited Mother's Day brunch menu. Tons of service people but they didn't know what they were doing. Only 3 tables occupied and it took 15 minutes for water and 30 for a cocktail. Never again!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This was our second time at this excellent restaurant. The food iwas outstanding both times. The scallops were out of this world. Wish more people would patronize this relatively new restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Despite the esxcellent service and wonderful food, I would hesitate to return due to the noise level. It was a strain talking to my friend. Sorry!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Interesting twist on some standard dishes. Better than expected. Nice, but short list of somewhat unique wines. Definitely worth trying and will likely return. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Took an out of town foody friend there, and all of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The rather long wine list had several that interested us. We will be coming back for further explorations of the menu and the wines."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "The food and service was good but the noise level was deafening! In order to hear each other we had to yell at one another. Could not wait to leave, will not return."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I can't wait to go back! I've eaten there twice and each dish has been out of this world. It may be a bit upscale for the neighborhood, but it's worth every penny. The service is more European/leisurely than New York speedy, but a meal here is a meal that should be savored and enjoyed at a leisurely pace. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "a good little place, and I do mean little. You are practically tripping over the next table, but the food is good enough to merit that. A little pricey for the size restaurant it is, but none of the food disappointed. Beware, they do run out of the specials later at night..."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed a four course prix fixe holiday meal. Each course was special and delicious. A good value as well."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "the food was delicious; however, the service was painfully slow. it took 20 minutes for a waiter to serve waiter and take our drink order. a little disappointed that there was no hard liquor served"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This was just what we wanted in a NY restaurant - superb food and service that was not overly expensive. Each bite was a delight. The food was perfectly seasoned and beautifully presented. The husband (chef) and wife (front of the house) team take a lot of pride in their food and in their space, a lot of the décor which comes from Italy."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Great food and good service; but by 7:30pm, the noise had reached an atrocious level. I couldn't hear people sitting just 18 inches away. Based on the food quality and service, I'd love to make this one of my regular haunts, but frankly I would only go back during early-bird (5pm-7pm) hours."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Food was beautifully prepared and presented. The dishes were imaginatively conceived and executed perfectly from appetizer to dessert. we had every course so we could fully appreciate the cuisine. i cook myself, and could appreciate the delicate tastes from the freshest of ingredients and the creative combinations. my friend and family were similarly delighted with the meal. we had a slight blip in the service which was corrected with alacrity and grace and our bill was compensated accordingly. i will definitely return to this restaurant and recommend it to my friends."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The restaurant was quaint and had a nice ambiance. Food was fantastic, though the portions were on the smaller side. Staff was incredibly friendly but service was a bit slow. Overall, I would definitely return and would recommend it to anyone who wants a great Italian meal."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This is the second time we've been to East 12th, and to be honest, can't wait to go back again. We live really close to this place, and it becomes quite a must go - we're trying not to go every weekend! There are a few things that make the place special: accoustic (even though it's on the street) you can barely hear anything, which makes the place really talking friendly; service is really a plus - the waiter knew us by name and remembered us from last time (c'mon - it was only our second time there); and of course, the food - speechless!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I had a really hard time choosing my order because every single thing on the menu and specials list sounded amazing. Great beer selection also. This place is great. I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "A very cordial welcome and attentive service. The dinner was excellent, as was the wine. One note: before trying a new restaurant, I'll get a better idea of the interests of the place by reading the wine list than from the menu. Yes, I feel I am wine-focused. The wine list here is glorious, filled with a huge array of well selected wines. That said, however, some might find it daunting. If it were half as long, and more focused, it wouldn't take the wine chooser (me) out of the conversation for a half-hour."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We had such an incredible meal. The chef is incredible and service was friendly, knowledgable and just perfect."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant primarily for location so we were pleasantly surprised to find it is a gem of a restaurant. The special of lamb medallions was sensational!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I have dined at East 12th Osteria a few times and am always pleasantly surprised by the ingenuity and elegance of each dish. I ordered the shaved artichoke and avocado salad with parmigiano which was delighful as always, and the tagliatelle with porcinis and parsley puree. The porcinis were fantastic - I think I expected the pasta to have more egg in it and be richer and more toothsome but it was very well seasoned and fresh; lighter than expected. I ate at the bar and felt the service was very attentive, which isn't always the case at some restaurants as a solo diner so I was glad to be met with conversation from the staff. Thanks for another great meal!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Felt like I was on the UES having brunch...I think if they made the decor slightly more casual, comfortable, they'd see an influx of traffic. Speaking for all East Villagers, we like a friendly, warm, cool atmosphere, unpretentious, but with delicious, accessible food. I had the Tramezzini su’Pan Carre - Smoked Salmon, Scrambled Eggs, Asparagus, which was fantastic. FRESH ingredients, simple tastes, but all paired together made a delicious afternoon sandwich. My dinning partner had the Uova Fiorentine. We thought it was alright, nothing to write home about and not worth $16, the ingredients in the dish probably cost $1 (eggs, spinach, potato) The bread was also excellent-- could tell it was homemade."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This restaurant is perfect for those of us who appreciate "true" Italian food preparations. All ingredients are of the highest quality, the service was exceptional, the drinks superb, the ambiance lovely and the noise level low.. The weekend brunch is a spectacular buy -- drinks and coffee included and a wide range of main courses, along with sweet breads."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We went on a Wednesday night, so understandably it wasn't that lively. The beet salad with quince paste was interesting, pretty unique. The pasta special, tagliolini with truffles and langoustine was tasty, fresh, and sweet, but I could barely taste the truffles. Good dish overall. The mains were honestly kind of disappointing. The pork shank was tender but dry, like it was over braised. The accompanying polenta and sauce were delicious. The steak had a great sear, but it just wasn't anything special. The build up for the steak in various reviews was pretty high, and it didn't quite live up to the praise."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "One of the best resturants in the city and very needed addition to the east side. excellent food and ambiance. I have been here a few times already and plan to come back many more."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The pasta (ravioli with quail egg, all the risottos) is INSANE!!! Definitely order dessert. Wine list is excellent. Lighting is great. Despite unexpected location on busy First Ave, this was a lovely spot. And the chef and his wife should win more awards for their lovely hospitality, gracious service and mind blowing food."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "on Valentine's Day --Chrisitina Aguilera and Adele (In an upscale Italian restaurant)? Come on play some cool Italian pop music from the 60s. Or Giorgio Moroder! The music was tacky, almost ruining the ambiance...but not the food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went in with our hearts set on 3 dishes, and after hearing the specials, changed our pace and couldn't have wished for better food. I cannot wait to go back and eat what is usually on the menu. Everything was divine and I am so happy that a place this fantastic finally exists in my neighborhood!!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014