Sauce
Sauce

Sauce

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saucerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2124207700x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am. Brunch Saturday + Sunday: 11:00am - 3:45pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Frank Prisinzano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Allen St
  • Public Transit: F train to Second Avenue.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Sauce
Sauce is Frank Prisinzano's fourth neighborhood restaurant in lower Manhattan. Sauce's nose-to-tail red sauce trattoria approach fuses culinary tradition & innovation with the freshest local ingredients.
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Sauce reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (49)good for groups (47)fit for foodies (35)great for outdoor dining (33)hot spot (17)romantic (16)notable wine list (9)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (9)special occasion (7)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • an organized mess
    lamblady
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I got in on time for my reservation (3 people) but our drink order was never taken and didn't get an actual waitress for 15 minutes. But people who came in after us got their drink order taken and service as soon as they sat down. Also, stay away from their vegetarian gluten free dish. It tastes like hot hard water.
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  • Frank Fan
    AwesomenessVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Service was good and friendly. Food was very good, portions on the small side but still worth it. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food fairly priced
    Lorenzo
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Very well done Italian rustic food. Nothing new but very well done and very fairly priced
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No taste in the sauce
    LuveatingoutVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    There was no taste in the food Odd flavor in meal no garlic or onion in Italian food?
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  • Great food, loud and bustling
    ilovefood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Enjoyed dinner here with my husband. Garlic bread appetizer is amazing...but you only get one piece per order so it's not really for sharing. We also shared an arugula salad to start. Delicious, light, lemony flavor. For the main course I had ricotta cavatelli which was really good like comfort food my grandmother would have made. My husband had a piece of steak served with a crispy fried egg on top and a side of broccoli rabe. Yum. I enjoyed the bustling atmosphere but it was a little too loud. The music was hip hop, with the volume a little too high for my taste. Italian food with slim shady blaring in the background just doesn't go together for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bbinhnl
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We had a delicious mushroom salad that was an evening special. Local, fresh ingredients. Also had Grandma's Tomato Gravy with homemade disk-shaped pasta and meatballs. So good! My husband had the lasagna and it was decadent with a bechamel sauce. Great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slow start but nailed it overall
    MokenVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great place! We had a terrible server at first, allegedly named “Boo”, that was incredibly rude and miserable. After getting a new server who was AWESOME - everything else went perfectly. Great food, great location and good value. I will go back but keep my eyes open to make sure we're not in the same section with the first server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • sauce has sauce
    BobbySands
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is a place where you go to eat good Southern Italian food with good hearty red gravy. Nothing fancy here just good home style Italian cooking. For the Calabrese, Neoplolitans and Southern Italian palate.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food at reasonable price!
    NinaVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The pasta entrees are very good and are reasonably priced. The place could get a little crowded but you can't beat the happy hour price. Great first-stop for friends on a Thursday night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian in NYC
    ilove2eat
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Homemade pasta, grass fed meatballs, fresh bread, carrots & peppers drowning in EVOO... You must try! We've returned a number of times and the food never fails to please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly Recommend This Restaurant
    EnidRR
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Excellent service. Food was superb! I have been there with just two of us and now with a group of 8 and their service was the same.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Healthy Italian!
    MeliChat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I loved that everything was totally fresh, organic and beef was grass fed. The sauces were as good as grandmas homemade! Salads extremely fresh and innovative. Trendy, energetic and a great beer selection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love pasta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I love pasta so eating their fresh hand made pasta was amazing! Great taste and texture. It was perfect. I wish I had room to try their steak too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rushed
    Bellesss
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    While stuck in traffic, I telephoned Sauce to inform them I'll be 15 minutes late and was told I'll lose that table. I complained that there is always a 15 minute window for late reservations so was put on hold then told I can still keep my reservation. The waitress was super attentive, but made it obvious she wanted us to finish fast so that the turnover could be speedy and more lucrative. I get that it's a business and that she's there to make money, but would prefer to not feel so pushed to eat and leave. I've never felt this way before in the past and will continue to eat at this restaurant because it's always satisfying to my palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, very rushed service
    FoodForThought
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    If it weren't for the very good, homestyle food at Sauce, I might not consider returning. The noise level on a weekend night was almost overwhelming but the real issue is the service. While the service was friendly, our three courses arrived almost on top of one another and we were not allowed any time at all to enjoy pre-dinner cocktails. Four of us were dining and among us, we had several drinks, a bottle of wine and two to three courses each. Our meal was over in a slightly more than an hour and we felt rushed at every turn, almost gobbling down our food to keep up with the service. If we return, we will know to request more leisurely service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food itself was great and very tasty - especially the filetto pasta dish! My only complaints would have to be that our waitress was extremely negligent and that it was too hot in the restaurant itself (we were nearly drowning in sweat!) Please use the AC on humid days!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious, super fresh and fun
    Lemmingenroute
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went for a birthday party with 9 people plus baby (called to modify Open Table res with no problem). Wait staff good but busing staff not always the best - sometimes too quick to clear. Food was incredible. We probably ate about 50% of the menu items and every single one was a home run. Way better than Little Italy for dinner although dessert was just good jot great. They did bring a nice dessert out with candle for birthday boy. Try the meatballs, any of the homemade pastas, and any specials they have that sound good (we had 3 and all were delicious). Bolognese and grandmas sauce were my favorites but every sauce we tried was delicious. Very fair price - For 9.5 people with drinks, lots of apps, entrees and desserts, total was under $400.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sauce
    Peaches
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The first time I went to sauce it was fabulous. They had a shared dish with pork and pasta that was amazing. I have been there maybe 4 times since and am always disappointed. I really want to like it but it is just not interesting enough. We tried it again on a family outing and I regretted the choice. We are a foodie family and while the ingredients are very fresh and well sourced the dishes lack interest in their spicing. The food ends up being too bland.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waiter had an attitude
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    By and large, our dinner at Sauce was very good. Outside of the braciole, which two of my fellow diners disliked immensely, the food was delicious and well-prepared. Overall, the staff was pleasant and accommodating, but our main complaint was with our waiter, who had a haughty and superior attitude from the get-go. I'm not sure if it's because we took too long to order, he didn't think we were "hip" enough for the restaurant/neighborhood, or he's just naturally snippy, but it came through loud and clear that he barely tolerated us. After we ordered dessert, it was impossible to find him and we had to ask the busboy to get our check. It's a shame, because I would definitely return, but would be very reluctant to sit in his station.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok...but....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The portions were tiny for all five in our party. An expensive caprese salad which should have been an entree was clearly just a salad. Bolognese sauce was very good but again--tiny portions.Good that they were generous with bread. Server must have been having a mediocre day. Came to check on us just as we were finishing and never a smile. Hmmm....
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  • Great for a large group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We had a large party come in before an event. The food was fantastic and the staff ensured we were able to be finished by the time we needed to leave!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Foodie88VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Been to Sauce 2 other times and everything was wonderful, food was amazing, service was great, and ambiance was perfect. This time I felt the food was off, the service was awful (busboys were more attentive and knowledgable than the server), and we are now unsure if we'll ever come back. Very disappointing because we used to love Sauce.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Killer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This place is a must for New York. Get rose she is killer and the food is awesome she takes care of you as a table. Cheers.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • solid Italian
    bellbiv13VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Sauce is a very good moderately priced Italian restaurant with interesting takes on its dishes. They have traditional fare with a slight twist as well as dishes to explore.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Bar was so nice and the bartenders here are awesome. The food was good, and I think you have to have the pasta to really get the full experience- otherwise it's just as comparable to the meatball shop or other competitors
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lmh3517
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a reservation for 7 and were greeted and seated immediately. The food was pretty good but the portions were extremely small. The worst part about our experience was the wait staff. After the waitress took our order it was almost impossible to get her attention when we needed more drinks or to order dessert. Getting the check also took longer than it should have.
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  • econoinkerVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Conventional red sauce Italian, but beautifully prepared and quite inexpensive. Pastas were outstanding, as were the fried zucchini sticks. There’s loud music, but it’s still possible to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is good, not great
    PetecooksVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Good food. very good and friendly service. Garlic bread was a little too heavy on the garlic. Great octopus appetizer. Parpadelle pasta was fresh but mushroom sauce was a little heavy on the oil. Salad was fresh. Zucchini sticks/Chios were VERY salty. Overall, food seemed a little heavy on the salt.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but very overpriced
    TaraVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Very small portions for the price paid; excellent food, mediocre service for a very high bill. I'd only recommend this to someone who had money to waste. You can easily get food that's as good for better prices (and appropriate portions) elsewhere.
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  • Not much to write home about
    farolita
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We were enough in number (16) to fill two tables we'd reserved, but management did nothing to seat us near each other when it could easily have been done. The bar was stocked with one rum and one tequila. The food was mediocre at best. Red sauce Italian with no flare. I had a salad that came looking good enough, but I doubt if it was dressed in olive oil, or at best, extra virgin; I could barely sense the sparky acidic taste of vinegar; the few pinoli seemed to be fried (pinoli are quite oil-rich and need toasting, not frying), and I could go on. I guess it works as a hangout where conviviality friends trumps the food and service. Note: It had also been quite difficult contacting restaurant by phone staff about our res.
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  • Nate
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    If you sit outside, try not to sit on the Allen St side. Lots of car noise. Aside from that, the food was awesome, especially the burrata and the lasagna. Will go back. Meatballs were damn good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in the neighborhood!
    ebg209
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We usually eat family style so that everyone can try everything. In groups of 3 or more I recommend getting the plank as one of those dishes. The portions are appropriate (not too big, not too small). And remember to save room for dessert! All of them are amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We love Sauce. The food was great, the ambiance vibrant, perfect to go with friends. Thank you!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big flavor, small portions
    mbny1818VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Really delicious. Red sauce like grandma. Pricey for the size of portions... But really good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so Food, Terrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Took us probably an hour to get our check and pay after we finished our meal. Why you ask? Because our waitress decided to leave without telling us.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I enjoyed my meal here thouroughly, loved the food and I especially like italian. I highly recommend any one of their pastas. absolutely exceptional
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Despite having a reservation, we were seated about 20 minutes after our whole party arrived. The wait staff was pushy and continuously tried to clear our unfinished plates. The food was good overall, definitely go for the specials.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, hearty, but not haute cuisine
    lstone
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I took a bunch of high school kids here and it worked out well. The restaurant was efficient in that I had made a reservation which they called to confirm ahead of time. We sat outside -- it was summer -- which we enjoyed but, consequently, I can't comment on inside dining. Fortunately, the dress code was very relaxed (or non-existent), so the kids' casual clothing wasn't a problem. The food was hearty and, as I recall, the portions were good-sized. While the red sauce was definitely good, even the kids noticed that the food wasn't haute cuisine. But it was good for what it was. While I wouldn't travel 30 minutes to return here, I definitely would consider going back if looking for a place to eat on the Lower Eastside.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hipster red sauce
    LW10014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The dishes you grew up on in Southern Italian restaurants, with better ingredients, a lower level Carbone. But everything is oversauced and unless you can stand a thunderous noise level, sit outside.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Traditional Italian-American dishes but prepared beautifully and a few surprises: zucchini strings! Casual but professional service. Quite satisfying.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate