Epistrophy
Epistrophy

Epistrophy

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.epistrophycafe.com/
  • Phone: 2129660904x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:30pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11.30pm

    Daily: Brunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:30pm
    Cash Only
    Reservations are only for dining
  • Payment Options: Cash Only
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giorgia Zedda
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Sunday Jazz live music

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spring st - Kenmare st
  • Public Transit: Spring st 6 Line.
    Bowery J Line.
    Broadway-Lafayette B D F M Lines.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: There is a parking in the corner of Elizabeth St and Kenmare St.
A word from Epistrophy
Located in the fringes of Soho, this bohemian chic bar and restaurant’s rustic sophistication will charm you immediately.
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Epistrophy reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.8
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (5)neighborhood gem (5)fit for foodies (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)romantic (1)special occasion (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • All around fantastic
    dineinnyc
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Amazing menu, the food is fantastic, and the scene is perfectly boho. I would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • attentiondinersVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A Saturday night dinner for 6 found the wrong wine sent, glasses poured inconsistently, mistaken food orders, a long wait with reservations... to be expected. What wasn't was the loveliness with which the restaurant redressed its errors, correcting the wine mistake and providing a complimentary assortment of desserts. The food: decent when sticking to non-entrées: salads + pastas; mains were far from spectacular; desserts are all accompanied by the same strawberry garnish, which says something of the kitchen's commitments. Really, this is a great place for casual dates and drinks... a bar more than a restaurant, and not a bad one if you can put up with the early 2000s italodisco revivalism.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • minimalista
    jestem
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    El sitio esta muy bien. Muy chulo y muy acogedor. Es un poco pequeño el local, la mesa y los platos. Los camareros muy amables y atentos. La comida muy buena. Entorno a los 15/20$ por persona si cenas un plato y bebida.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was alright~
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I expected it to be a bit better than it actually was. The service was okay but I wish the staff was a bit more attentive. On the other hand the food was very good. I got one of the seasonal pasta. It is a nice place to go to with a group of friends to have a dinner and hang out together. Very casual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 26 reviews are from the Epistrophy reviews archive.
  • Wonderful spot for casual dining
    Steph
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Excellent dinner there yet again! This is one of our go to places for low-key dinners with good and new friends. Charming, great location, yet reasonably priced. We're always very pleased with our meals.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was great except
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Everything was great except the cash only part for the bill .... not cool
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian, great value.
    msbnyVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This is a fantastic little Italian restaurant in Soho. It is a tight, intimate setting but lively, youthful and fun. We had the beet & arugala salad, the special zucchini croquettes and the signature meatballs to start. Then I had the orechiette pasta prepared with pancetta & radicchio in a cream sauce. My husband had the pappardelle w/beef sauce. Everything was delicious and we also enjoyed the wines that we ordered. I would definitely go back to this restaurant and recommend it to friends. Furthermore, the prices are very reasonable for New York City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome restaurant for the
    McGalan
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Awesome restaurant for the value! We were 4 and we share a burrata and a bruschetta...great choice! (One of the best burrata ever). We all ask for the lasagna roso... is a mozzarella lasagna, no meat, but is very tasty. I completely recommend this restaurant. 22$ dollars each! 100% italian but no pizza...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gnocchi, will you marry me?
    carrotheart
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    So I'd stumbled into this treasure of a spot one evening last spring and have dreamed of the Gnocchi ai Funghi ever since. When the girl I was trying to impress - a foodie - agreed to a birthday dinner I knew exactly where to bring her. The kale and fennel salads were both pretty special, and I can vouch for the Tagliere from the time before, but it was the gnocchi that had us purring and humming in place of speech. A previous reviewer mentioned the Bordeaux '10 -- thank you!! Indeed it was a soft mouthful that complemented each of the dishes like a socialite - bien éléve. We finished the night with basil pine nut ice cream and grappa, and our gracious hosts let us linger even as the place filled up.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True Gem
    Foodlover
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Food was super yummy,wine delicious and inexpensive and the cozy atmosphere wrapped my whole experience up into a true gem of an evening! ! Make sure you try Polpettine di Vitello , Tuscan kale salad and Burrata.I could eat this every single day there,it's that good! I loved their service as well and oh it's cash only BUT there's an ATM inside the venue that only charges $1.50! Overall,I am super excited to go back …..oh and do try red wine Bordeaux '10 Chateau le Tertre.Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food portions were incredibly
    TatsVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    The food portions were incredibly small and not that great at that. The place is really cute though.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was recommended by someone in uk
    Smokingskills
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Came for lunch. Booked online thru opentable. Easy to get a reservation on sat lunchtime. Not overly busy yet food was interesting and hand made - meatballs were great. Worth the special effort we made to get there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 friends and I wanted a good
    colie
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    5 friends and I wanted a good Italian dinner before we went out and this place was around the block from us and prices were decent. The ambience was perfect, low lighting great decorations- a very homey feel. Everyone really enjoyed their food but beware the portions are VERY small. The waitress we had seemed like maybe she had a bad day? Definitely could have smiled at least once. Anyway I'd recommend this place for a date or quick group dinner because the 6 of us were in and out in 45 minutes. Fastest dinner I've ever had. I'd go back again though.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere, very friendly
    luv2eat
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Great atmosphere, very friendly service, and delicious food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute and Quaint
    CaitieVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    We mostly just had drinks here but I did have the soup, which was very good. The ambiance is great for meeting a date or just having conversation with close friends. The wine list is extensive and the staff is very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accommodated our large group nicely
    MardiVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    We had a group of 8 in for dinner on a Wednesday night, and they accommodated us very well. They had some very interesting menu items, and my whole group was pleased with their food overall. However, I found some of the choices to be a bit odd: they served their delicious burrata with some sort of cracker-type thing, which was very weird. The bread they had out for the whole table was a MUCH better accompaniment. I also got the papardelle, which tasted great, but there was so little sauce on it that the pasta got very dry very quickly - I actually couldn't finish it because it got too dry. So I applaud them taking on a larger group given their very cozy atmosphere, but they could probably shift their menu a bit to make it work even better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Gisela
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Luckily we could acces to the "secret room" perfect for a 6 members grup!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place really bad food.
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    I have been wanting to go to this place - it has a great casual look and fun vibe. But the chicken I ordered was like four little pieces - a comically small portion on the plate with a pile of bland potatoes. My friend's short ribs also presented very poorly and tasted like cafeteria food. At least the cocktails were good and the server was nice. Better to go to Cantine Parisienne around the corner!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little place
    Vicnlibby
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Cute decor great food. Good find. Will be back definitely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All-around great Italian
    EBake928
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    Good quality food. Everything tasted fresh. The dish with radicchio and pancetta was phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food; *very* noisy.
    BartonKeyesVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The food here is good--not great, but tasty, basic Italian dishes. And for the edge of SoHo, you can't beat the prices (for fairly small portions, which is fine with me). But the place is extraordinarily noisy, even by crowded local standards: not only are the tables close together, but the management turns the music up high for good measure. Service was competent but unsmiling and a bit rushed. If you want a warm, welcoming atmosphere, go elsewhere. If you're just here for the food and don't mind having to yell to be heard across the table--as many at this hip Mott Street location might not, I'll grant--then this is a good choice.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food.....
    goto0816VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Great food and very tasty but it almost seemed like the staff was asked to be very snobbish - there were only 3 people working for a sunday brunch/lunch and they were very aloof and seemed bothered to do any work. The chic, rustic nature of the place was cute, but lost its charm due to the slow and rude staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute and hopping, but meh food
    thisisirenes
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    The place: Quaint, rustic-chic, and surprisingly populated (but not crowded). Great for a quick appetizer date or happy-hour hangout without excess crowds and good audibility. Pretty little place. Love the ambiance. The food: MEH. The short ribs were great. But the Brussel sprouts were soggy and frying-pan-cooked, the pasta was unremarkable, and the veal was too much veal and nothing else. The Caprese is three slabs of cheese and tomato -- seriously, guys? The service: Very friendly. No complaints!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best truffle gnocchi in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    I absolutely love Epistrophy for its meat and cheese starter, salmon carpaccio, and truffle gnocchi. One of my favorite date spots in Nolita!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Una boccata d'aria fresca
    fgc4ccVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    How do you say "died and gone to heaven" in Sardo? This has become one of my faves. I can vouch for the authenticity of the food, having just returned from a long holiday in Sardegna. When I'm not quite ready to get back in the swing of things, or when I need to escape back to the sandy beaches and Mediterranean sun, I come here. Eccellente, eccellente, eccellente!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual Dinner with Friends
    George
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    I had two friends come over from Europe to visit. I asked a friend of mine if he knew a cool place to take them. He directed me to Epistrophy... My friends and I loved it. I had the soup of the day and the cutlets both of them were very tasty, perfect portion too. We also had a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon that went well with the dinner and reasonably priced too! Great service, great food, decent wine list... Didn't try deserts but for sure will be back for them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very cute place. Classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    A very cute place. Classic SOHO. Strong coffee (sorry, no refills!) and warm buttery croissants. I also got the fruit, yogurt and granola bowl. The fruit was pretty terrible (mostly cantaloupe rind and pear with the skin on it), but the little things like their tiny coffee spoons and decor make it such a great place. Aside from our grouchy waitress, the people who worked there were very kind and friendly, and generally welcoming.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great little spot. Food and
    Oshland
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Great little spot. Food and service were excellent
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A very pleasant place with
    OlyuEkyu
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    A very pleasant place with way too-strong cocktails :) the rose was very good in combination with the melon and proshutto that we ordered. The avocado and tuna salads that we had were fine, but I would not describe them as something outstanding. I enjoyed our experience in Epistrophy overall very much. They have a couple of very cute tables outside for the summertime, too.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great spot for a quick catchup
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    great spot for a quick catchup or just dinner. it gets pretty loud though. service was really mediocre, even though the place is small, maybe its just our waitress and the other guys are good. also we were given a check half way through our last capuccino and its not like we spent two hours there just eating salad, we were hungry so went through dinner plates pretty fast. oh well. the food was great. i had a salad with salmon and artichoke raviolli!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic