Not the first time here.
Not the first time here. Like all the other times - the food was perfect and the staff friendly and helpful. This time - the wine was half price so everything was even better.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is great from here and
Food is great from here and the service is impeccable! Must try the rigatoni alla Roma!
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
A genuine, warm and welcoming
A genuine, warm and welcoming staff from as soon as we walked in the door. The food was exceptional and the service was perfectly orchestrated. An overall wonderful experience. I would recommend this place to anyone. And I can't wait to return myself, especially to try the prix fix pig dinner :-)
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service was excellent. The music was a little loud making it difficult to carry on a conversation with all (table of 6).
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our fifth visit to
This was our fifth visit to Bocca and it continues to impress. The food is the star at this place though the wine list is stellar as well. Dining at Bocca is usually an event because of the enthusiastic management and staff. This time as a bit low key, actually quiet with the food again the star.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food. Went on a Sunday and found the service to be good but somewhat slow. It seemed that maybe they were short staffed
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Gift
Don't know why this restaurant currently has a B rating as everything was A+ for our mother's day celebration. We had a wonderful table,very good food and great service by an authentic Italian server who provided us with the names of restaurants to visit during our upcoming trip to Italy. When the bill arrived, mom's dinner was on the house! When does that happen,especially on a day when most restaurants exploit the day with overpriced menu items. We'll surely be back to Bocca.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Italian restaurantexperience!
The food, service, decor and ambiance were all outstanding! We came up from Philadelphia, which has a few great restuarants of its own, and were impressed!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
A wonderful find
Tucked away on 19th Street Bocca never fails to please. A limited menu that has been carefully curated, Bocca has enough variety and seasonal additions and subtractions to please even if one were to go once or more a month as we often do. Try the octopus appetizer, or the cod or striped bass, and don't miss the beet pesto.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Besr place for lunch
I work right around the corner and they have the best prefix lunch around.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best pasta and more
Their homemade pasta is extraordinary. All food beautifully prepared and delicious and the price is right!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pre-fix lunch and the salad and Capricci Pasta where outstanding!
7/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
I found Bocca in NYC Zagat while looking for a restaurant in this neighborhood. . My friends and I love homemade pastas and fish and Bocca has great specialties in both. We shared the signature made at the table home made pasta dish in a wheel of parmesan cheese. This dish delights the eye and the palate. My crispy skinned salmon with artichoke hearts an fingerling potatoes was a real winner. And who could resist the panna cotta for desert? Certainty not me! This was a lovely dining experience from the décor, to the pleasant and attentive wait staff and of course, the food. I'm coming back again.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
5 star food at 3 star prices
The food is consistently top notch - Amazing homemade pastas! Best chocolate molten cake in the city! Quiet, lovely atmosphere.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
They have a wonderful menu for restaurant week and for $25 dollars for a three course lunch you can't go wrong. I had the Veal meatballs and Salmon....abusolutely delicious!
7/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Bocca is a treat. Good food
Bocca is a treat. Good food and very attentive service. Need to visit again to check out menu for more options. The only Italian on the wine frustrates my wife who is chauvinistic re her chardonnay.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the perfect spot for
This is the perfect spot for a first date. There is enough noise in the background so that you don't feel alone and by yourselves. However, it is intimate enough where you can hold a good conversation with your date.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always very good food; at
Always very good food; at least some staff amateurish. Wine accidentally spilled. Graciousness would have been to offer another glass.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
we found the food delicious
we found the food delicious and very nicely presented. I thought the portions were a bit on the small side, but adequate for us for lunch. Perhaps because it was restaurant week and it was a special menu.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice dinner experience
We enjoyed our evening at Bocca. Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, both wine and food. She recommended a nice white wine which we all enjoyed. The servers were all attentive. While the food was very good, we found the pasta portions to be a bit small. Two of us had fish entrees which had an very tasty toppings and were cooked perfectly. Overall, we all had a good evening. Worth trying.
8/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Friendly service & exciting dishes
I went to Bocca because of Restaurant Week, but I will return because of the many attributes that Bocca exudes. We were attended to by a professional wait staff, friendly owners, and a staff that did not hover over you, but were attentive. There were some varietal choices off of their Restaurant Week dinner menu, and there was something for everyone. The wine list was a little on the higher priced side, but their cocktails and wine "by-the-glass" worked for us.
We will be back and enjoyed our initial foray into the world of Bocca!!!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went during Restaurant Week. They offered a nice selection of food courses that were delicious. Portion size on pasta dishes were a bit small but the flavors were very satisfying. Great tiramisu. Very attentive wait staff.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful little place
Very friendly service. Food was great and our entire party of five was pleased with their Restaurant Week special dishes.
Wonderful little place and we'll be back again.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ate outdoors - this rating
Ate outdoors - this rating is really of the street noise at the time.
Four different pastas, all first rate.
Service very pleasant.
Will certainly return, and recommend.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unfortunately, a gentlemen
Unfortunately, a gentlemen at the next table was extremely loud but since they were having desert, we didn't say anything, but I can't imagine no one else had
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
mmmm mmmm mmmm
third time here and the food is awesome and great service!! Definitely going back....
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
great pasta, consistently good, fresh salads, service is very good and prices are incredibly reasonable.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice relaxing dinner
Although the restaurant was almost empty for our Labor Day dinner, the food and service were excellent My wife and I both enjoyed the pasta dishes we had. Service was very unobtrusive, we didn't feel rushed at all. Our only complaint was that we had to ask for new plates after sharing our salad and before sharing the eggplant timbale.
Would definitely recommend and look forward to coming back.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bocca is The Best!!!!!
Why don't more diners know about Bocca? The Italian food is delicious, the ambience and service are great and it offers the best lunch time specials for only $9—yes, I said $9!!!—in addition to a scrumptious $17 three-course prix fixe lunch menu. With Bocca, there simply is no reason for all those other restaurants in the Union Square and Flatiron district!
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love everything on the menu!
Love everything on the menu! Can't go wrong, and it offers gluten-free pasta for those that need it!!
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Hidden Gem near Union Square
I love the Italian food and the service and the ambience at the BOCCA. This gem of a restaurant also has the best lunch prix -fixe menu in town!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Anniversary Party
We took over the entire space to celebrate a special anniversary. The evening was perfect. From the moment my guests walked in and had their coats taken care of, to the passed hors d'ouvers, to the flowing wine, to the plentiful choices for dinner, to the extraordinary service and the lovely room. If you need a place in NYC to have a private dinner party look no further. The night was simply wonderful.
9/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
an enjoyable evening all-around.
an enjoyable evening all-around.
our waiter was wonderful; staff was great....food was like finding a neighborhood gem on the side streets of Milano.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A friend was in from out of town. We went to Bocca on recommendation and are glad we did. Carnivores, vegetarians, and the lone kid were all happy with their entrees: pasta with house-made sausage, salmon, pasta with beet pesto, classic spaghetti with red sauce. The mood was great. While being a good spot for couples, they were still understanding about kids who are still very much kids.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We hadn't been here in several months, but it was as if we had returned home! The food was amazing (as usual!) and the service warm and friendly. Bocca continues to be one of our go-to restaurants for a dependably delicious meal!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Like the fairly tale, Goldie Locks and the Three Bears... this restaurant was not too big, not to small, but just right in every way! I love the menu selection. It was all familiar, but with prepared and presented in a special way. It was difficult to choose what to eat, since there was so many tempting choices. If you're lucky enough to live in the area, it would definitely be your go-to place.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surprisingly empty room
Bocca has a very nice lunch deal and it's a handsome restaurant. I imagine that it fills up at the end of the day for drinks and dinner. It was pretty empty when my friends and I had lunch there. The special $9 sandwiches are perfectly fine and one of my companions said her grilled vegetable sandwich was better than a more expensive one she had had elsewhere.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took our teenagers here
We took our teenagers here for dinner one night while in the city. They both had an amazing pasta dish served tableside in an enormous wheel of cheese. Glad the dish was so good -- because the other menu items either incorporated ingredients they wouldn't eat or were just too complicated for their palates. My husband and I delighted in the rest of the menu -- pasta with a lamb ragu was delicious! We had a lovely bottle of wine and enjoyed a quiet evening actually talking to our children.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice and Quiet
The service was very slow, even though our Italian server was charming. Food was tasty, but portions seemed a little small.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Lovely Dinner
Our group of three all went for the fish here. My salmon with olives and grilled fennel was superb. My daughter liked her bass special but didn't rave about it. Her friend enjoyed the rare tuna with couscous. (Delicious bread, too.)
The staff steered us to two excellent wines, starting with a very smooth red at the bar. Our very obliging waiter could not have been more helpful or pleasant. The hostess held our reservation when we notified her that we were running late.
The atmosphere, decor, and lighting of this small restaurant are quite winning: warm and quietly elegant but without imposing the need to dress up too much on the guests.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A personal favorite, "tamarind" always lives up to ou expectations.
The staff is unfailingly attentive and the food is always excellent.
It has become our "go to" location for entertaining visitors from out of town.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'm not sure why this place isn't packed every evening. The food and service are outstanding and the staff is friendly and fun. Selfishly, I'm not complaining, because it means I never need a reservation! But Bocca is one of my go-to Italian restaurants in Manhattan.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first visit hear but it won't be the last. First rate food in a pleasant but not elegant setting. We were very happy with our food, including both specials for the day, and a fine server who steered us to a very good moderately priced wine. It was kind of noisy as the room is not large, but we were OK with that. People were having a good time. Excellent cocktails!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a very nice experience
We had a very nice experience at Bocca. The food we delicious, the service was friendly and attentive and the atmosphere was relaxing and conducive to sitting and talking. Unfortunately, there were several attempts to clear our plates quickly so as to move our meal along and we had to request that the staff allow us to take our time.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everyone raved about their food selections from the Pork special tasting menu to the perfectly prepared veal chop. The gnocchi was fantastic as well. We were a group of 9 people. Everyone was impressed with the food and the service. Great wine selections by the glass. Reasonably priced. All in all a fantastic find. My wife and I will definitely be back
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Favorite pasta in the city
If you go for no other reason than the table-side pasta tossed inside a big beautiful bowl made entirely of cheese, you'll be in heaven. Ambiance is mediocre, waitstaff adequate, pasta is off the charts!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thanksgiving out in the city with my wife and 2 teenage daughters. I came across Bocca and seemed interesting given the particular eating preferences of my kids. A 4 course option was available including Butternut Squash soup (VG), pumpkin risotto (Outstanding), turkey and vegetables (good) and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert (VG). They allowed my daughter to substitute for the turkey given her preferences and to switch dessert options. My fife had a fish option that she enjoyed. The service was attentive , professional but not over the top.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Regular Dining Spot
This is a restaurant that I frequent for special occasions and for regular events as well. The service is friendly and quick, and the food overall is spot on. I especially like the fact that this is an authentic Italian restaurant that keeps true to not only Roman cuisine that can be found in Italy, but with regional dishes from throughout Italy. Also, they use locally sourced organic products from the Farmer's market in Union Square, as well as imported goods direct from Italy, so the ingredients are of the highest quality, which is important for those who take their food seriously.
Finally, I am always pleased with the wine choices. They really compliment the dishes well and make for an enjoyable experience.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
La VERITA di Ristorante BOCCA
In a word- WOW! The decor and ambiance was beautiful, private- even among other tables. The friendliness of both owner, and especially our waiter, Francesco- OUTSTANDING! Took my mom and son there for Thanksgiving. The caesar salad with kale and thinly sliced white anchovies, the pumpkin risotto, carpaccio, pumpkin and goat cheese ravioli, and turkey breast were DELISH! But the most incredible to me was the classic Cacio e pepe dish I ordered which was served to me straight out of a perfectly carved out circle within a Parmesan wheel almost bigger than me- AMAZING! Francesco, who straight from Italy spoke perfect English and Spanish - we can only say-Grazie per l'attenzione, professionalità e cortesia. Lei è un incredibile cameriere!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
I went to Bocca with my girlfriend and two other couples. It was a great night all around. We started with drinks at the bar - I highly recommend the basil cocktail on the cocktail menu. The braised short rib was excellent and everyone else loved their food as well. Our waiter was extremely courteous and attentive. Overall it was a great night!
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM