Pomodoro Rosso
Pomodoro Rosso

Pomodoro Rosso

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pomodororossonyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 721-3009
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm.
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W 71st
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Pomodoro Rosso
Pomodoro, at 229 Columbus Avenue has been a neighborhood favorite for years. The beautifully prepared Italian classics and excellent service has earned this restaurant a loyal following of Upper West Siders. Beige walls adorned with decorative ceramic plates from Italy, a ceiling trellis with hanging grapes and red and white-checkered tablecloths evoke the feeling of an authentic Italian trattoria. The street side outdoor café is the place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine and savor the antipasti while watching the people stride by.
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Pomodoro Rosso reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (66)fit for foodies (26)great for outdoor dining (23)good for groups (20)kid-friendly (14)great for lunch (14)romantic (11)special occasion (9)great for brunch (6)late-night find (4)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Very good
    Robert
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Very good italian food, good service. Good eat and go to Lincoln Center. I like Pomodoro Rosso.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • USW Classic
    Jose
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Good. A USW classic. Team is friendly and time to time they are very funny.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sassy
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    chose this restaurant blind off the internet. Excellent find. we went to a show on columbus ave. and looked for a nearby eatery. 6 of us all loved what we had. would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Italian cuisine!
    NYCguy1907
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food, the service, the ambiance, the greeting at the door... all top notch! Will be back again very soon for sure. Probably the best veal parmesan I've had in a long, long time. The appetizers were also very delightful (bruschetta, jumbo shrimp). Don't forget the parmesan truffle fries! Thank you Pomodoro Rosso for a wonderful dining experience.
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  • Family favorite
    AC22VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My husband, son and I go here most Fridays...as it's my son's favorite. It's always consistently great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Italian
    LivingLight
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    One of my favorite NY restaurants. The food is good and the staff is attentive.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too loud!
    weekendfor2
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Very small loud place. Servers were nice . Food nothing special. Had spaghetti with meatballs and sausage , it was ok. Could have gotten better elsewhere. Will not be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • so so
    RobboVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Very crowded at 6 pm on a Saturday night. Felt like I could barely breathe. Food was brought out SUPER SUPER fast suggesting that just maybe it was already pre-made??? Didn't taste the freshest I have tasted. Chicken Parm was mediocre. Salad was fresh. Generally, unimpressed. Go to Marconi's 8 blocks away - its a much better version of this restaurant.
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  • Consistently good
    HateCilantroVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food is delicious and the portions are generous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely experience
    QualityFrugalityVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Great service from the moment we walked in. Delicious meal- I had sautéed shrimp, my partner had the fish special. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    A neighborhood gem with a pleasant staff that serves reliable well balanced simple Italian food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistantly Wonderful
    1MEATLOVERVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food as well as the service are simply perfect. No matter what I order, be it a fish or chicken dish, I leave the restaurant satisfied. I keep going back - need any more proof ?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Kitchen
    Joan08
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We arrived promptly at 6:00 P.M. informing or waiter that we had tickets for 8:00 P.M. at Lincoln Center. He said you have plenty of time. Our order was taken at 6:15 our salad served at 6:30 and then our main dish was not served until 7:00 P.M. My dish was cold on top and hot underneath. By the time we finished the main dish and the table was cleared we did not have sufficient time for coffee and asked for the check. We arrived at Lincoln Center 5 minutes before an 8'0 clock curtain. It is not a place I would choose to eat at if I had theatre tickets.
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  • A little expensive
    Bert
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    if it were one-third less expensive it would be a decent neighborhood trattoria. Pleasant staff, but the food was nothing special.
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  • great find!
    DianaVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Such a delightful surprise in terms of ambiance, food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Italian place on the UWS
    Andyjo
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I have been coming to Pomodoro Rosso for many many years...and although I no longer live in the neighborhood, I often come when attending events at Lincoln Center. The service is always impeccably gracious, the space is warm and inviting. It is a great example of a "neighborhood gem", starting with the yummy bread and olives, and proceeding to the great meat, pasta and fish dishes. My one slight reservation was that the Caesar salad opener was not so terrific. Perhaps it needed more dressing or "zip". That said, the wines list always offers a solid and reliably selectioon. The tiramisu was to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Recommended by a local friend
    Lscharf1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The only dish that wasn't terribly exciting was the puttanesca. Otherwise everything fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good and great service
    Kerr14
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a party of four that grew to 6 and they were very quick to accommodate. The food came out extremely quick and was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of New York!
    JackieWalt
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This is a quintessential NYC experience. We love to dine at Pomodoro Rosso every time we visit NYC. Every person visiting NYC needs to share this wonderful dining adventure. From the Maitre d', who is very personable, to the busboy, your dining experience will be exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but noisy
    letseatout
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    What happened to restaurants in which ine can talk without raising one's voice? I had wonderful liguine wth clams but would have enjoyed it better if I could hear my companions speak.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    mommieshops
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Met family for a Sat lunch, food just ok, frankly I was disappointed in flavor, or lack of. Maybe it was an off day. Decent portion for cost, but if it doesn't taste like much does that even matter. I did appreciate the weekend brunch and lunch menu to select from (not all restaurants on Saturday offer both menu's which I appreciated and I look for before booking). We were not rushed and spent nearly 3 hrs at the table...which was nice for us to visit, but not sure if others would want to hang that long. Restaurant was nearly empty which also could have attributed to our relaxed lunch. Interior cute, and probably deserves a second chance if I lived in the neighborhood, I would probably try this restaurant again, since I don't, I won't.
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  • Food is good, a bit expensive.
    Claudio82
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food and service was very good. Atmosphere is right what you would expect from an Italian restaurant. We got pastas and the dishes were looking great. Wine was OK. A little bit on the expensive side for what we got.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2parVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Something has changed. This is not the Pomodore that we used to really like. Service is not the same. We asked for a side of sauce. It was served 5 minutes before the main course. Our main course was served at 3 different times. The portions and food have been drastically changed and for the better.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Although I had a confirmation from Open Table, when we arrived the hostess had no record of that. It was Ok though because there were plenty of open tables. Once served, I could understand why there were not a lot of people there. I have dined here many times in the past and was always satisfied but not this time. The server did not seem to have an understanding of the menu and had to "go check" when we asked her questions. We both ordered an open steak sandwich but it arrived with no bread. They did add the bread ("new chef" we were told.) It came back but too little too late. Steak was tough and grizzly. We will not go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chris1VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have been to this redtaurant many times, food is consistent. Quite noisy but very good food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great neighborhood italian
    JjnycVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    reliably good food, friendly service, nice warm ambience. also has a few sidewalk tables. a neighborhood staple.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mama Would Like It
    Cicero
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My wife and I first dined at Pomodoro Rosso two years ago prior to attending a concert at Lincoln Center. We enjoyed the food and ambiance so much that when we do visit New York City from New Jersey for any function, we return to Pomodoro. It is a no-fuss restaurant with deliciously prepared food. This is our fifth visit and we have not been disappointed, save for the inability to order dessert due to the size of the portions served us. Service is attentive and prices moderate. We feel at home at Pomodore, and coming from Italians who grew up in households whose parents were born in Italy and were the best cooks on earth, that's a lot.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    food was very good with plentiful portions menu was varied with something for everyone
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodeeeeeVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was amazing - very tasty food and the presentation was great. Service was equally great. Although I live in the neighborhood, I have not been in this place in ages. It was such a pleasant surprise! I will definitely recommend this place to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Dependable and friendly
    catgirlflVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Very good traditional italian food. Wish they had more outside tables, the inside feels more appropriate for cold weather.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jazzrbob at Pomodoro
    jazzrbob
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food was very good, from the salad through dessert. Service was excellent. Our waiter let us sit and talk for a long time and never pressured us for our order, or check payment. Prices were moderate for Manhattan. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food was very good as they allow you to alter your food selection as you'd like. Only issue we had was that the service was a tad bit slow considering the restaurant wasn't that busy. However, I would recommend to everyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Neighborhood gem
    OurItalian
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My husband and I live in the neighborhood and have been dining here for years. We love the food and the fine service. Peter, the owner, goes beyond expectations to make his customers visits pure pleasure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    great service by warm and friendly staff with good food and ambience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 64 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 83 reviews are from the Pomodoro Rosso reviews archive.
  • wonderful
    jcjm
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Authentic Italian. Prices were reasonable for NYC. GREAT service. Meal and dessert were excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lus2eat
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Foods ok. Near the apartment and always can be seated.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good, abundant food and busy
    Speisekritiker
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The gentleman who seated me immediately ( I assume he was the owner from his concern with all aspects of operation ) keeps his eye on everything and this attention is reflected by the efficiency of the staff. My waiter was not always attentive but other staff were so I never felt neglected even though most of my needs were met by others. The food was good and plentiful although a bit mild for my taste. I particularly liked being able to have whole wheat pasta as a substitute.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would go back
    Maitetxu
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    9 of us (3 generations) came here for an early dinner after Lincoln Center matinee. We were accommodated very easily by the restaurant. The restaurant filled up quickly and is clearly a "go to" for the neighborhood. Pomodoro Rosso provided tasty food, generous portions and friendly atmosphere. Would come back.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups
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  • great evening
    2explorersVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    After an excellent movie, walked over to Pomodora which was a continuation of a super experience. We can count on a delicious creative dinner (we tend to choose the "specials"). Staff, delightful and thoughtful. Even though busy, we were treated well and not rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • UWScouple
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great spot for pre Lincoln Center dinner. We would certainly go back before another performance at Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.