Sotto Cinque
Sotto Cinque

Sotto Cinque

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://sottocinque.com/
  • Phone: (212) 472-5563
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am-11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am-11:30pm, Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11:30-3:00pm. Brunch: Sat. & Sun. 11:30am-3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: We will deliver large trays of food from our catering menu for lunch/brunch and dinner orders.
  • Private Party Facilities: The entire restaurant is available to be rented out for large parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Vincent 2124725563
  • Entertainment: Mondays: Live Jazz with "TRES" - Kerry, Marc and Carl. Thursdays: Live guitar and vocals with Aaron Short from the U.K.
  • Special Events: Mondays: Live Jazz with "TRES" - Kerry, Marc and Carl. Thursdays: Live guitar and vocals with Aaron Short from the U.K. Please check our web page and visit us on Facebook for special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 1st and 2nd Avenue
  • Public Transit: 4, 5 & 6 trains to Lexington Avenue and East 86th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are public lots located nearby the restaurant. Additionally, metered street parking and garages are available.
A word from Sotto Cinque
Welcome to Sotto Cinque; a character charm of eclectic décor - sultry red walls, exposed brick and dark furnishings, emulating rustic easiness. Our bar and dining room allow for a variety of dining options and get-togethers. We invite you to an old style Italian dining experience, dotted with ivory sconce lighting and candles on the cloth-clad tables; where conversation, down to earth Italian comfort food, hand-selected mix of music lightly seeps in from the bar, and our service reigns supreme. The new menu screams for hungry guests! The substantial selection of entrées and pastas is not for the shy. You come here to thoroughly enjoy a good, hearty meal. A few new favorites include: Osso Buco – slow-braised veal shank, rich gravy over risotto, and our signature Rigatoni Cinque – with peas and prosciutto in a light pink sauce. Over 70 well-priced bottles of diverse wine-selections from Italy and all over the world, make you look twice, before choosing. Don't forget - we deliver!
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Sotto Cinque reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.6
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (11)romantic (6)good for groups (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (2)late-night find (2)fit for foodies (2)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Popped in for an impromptu date night. Food and atmosphere were wonderful! Service was friendly, though it took a little long for the appetizer to arrive and we ended up eating more than our fair share of bread. I would definitely go back just make sure I wasn't too hungry in case that was their usual pace and not a one-time occurrence.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be
    ImafoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I ate here regularly for years but haven't been here in several months due to some dietary restrictions. When we went there tonight, Elba the old manager was no longer there and there were several new staff. Sam and one other server were the only two I recognized. The tilapia francese tasted fried and greasy, nothing light the lightly battered dish I've had in the past. The salad was one third the size of the salads in the past. No more of the delicious seeded bread. Our waitress left more than a little to be desired. Even when asked to bring something and while just standing around while others were running their butts off, we had to get others to finally bring that for which we asked. We also learned they changed cooks. How sad.
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  • others are better
    idontwanttoVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were disappointed in the experience - the food was soso and service spotty - the only good part was the wine.
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  • Cozy and good
    tiralba
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    This is a small, simple, unpretentious restaurant that offers good food, and a home like atmosphere. Here one can leisurely dine and enjoy, with good food, its own company without being pressured or continuously interrupted by its waiting staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sotto Cinque was Multo Bravo!
    saintmaeVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had eaten there a couple of years ago and then moved out of the neighborhood. We forgot about it but had a meeting nearby and went there for dinner. What a wonderful restaurant and so glad we had our pasta there. My husband had the black linguini with their pescatori sauce and I had the shrimp scampi. The coffee was a bit stale and we were in such a hurry we didn't drink much of it anyway. The service was very attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • leisurelunch
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Simply good food, unhurried atmosphere, and pleasant service!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • unexpected pleasure
    MarlaPilatesVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    great value, neighborhood Italian gem with music on Sunday afternoons
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ImafoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The service was good as usual. I don't like their bread as much as the one they used to have which was more crusted and toasty. The Tilapia francese was more heavily coated than in the past. My friend didn't like her spinach. Still, they were very crowded and continue to have loyal neighborhood customers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 351 reviews are from the Sotto Cinque reviews archive.
  • Great Place for a Night Out
    phoodluver
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food and ambience were wonderful. Very quaint with more than reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food took too long
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We were trying to make the theater and are food took SO LONG! We saw other people who came after us whose food came first. We had to tell them a phew times we were in a hurry. They then offered to give us a free drink and the drink took so long we have no time to even drink it!ni
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  • Magnifico!
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Excellent food and service. Lovely ambience and good value. I highly recommend Sotto Cinque!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELICIOUS!
    KobsVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We love this restaurant as the food is always delicious! Tasty, fresh and always nice size portions, they do not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ImafoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Service, tonight, was very slow. The waiter we had tonight, was new and had too many tables.....or so it seemed. The place way waay too noisy! We couldn't hear each other speaking from across a small table.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Choice for Dinner
    bobbieg
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Good food, excellent price value but a little loud at prime dinner time.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still one of my favorite neighborho
    ImafoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Still one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. It was Oscar night so many people were probably home watching the red carpet. Place is usually pretty filled up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Overall the value is great. The service was very good and the food was yummy!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Valentine Surprise
    HilarieVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We have been going here for years and always love it - it's our neighborhood date night spot. Think it would be sweet to go for Valentine's Day...arrived and ordered exactly what we wanted...and when the check came we were charged for a pre-fix meal which we did not order nor want. And we were told that NO MATTER what we ordered, we were charged for the pre-fix because it was Valentine's Day. I was furious! It is completely unfair to be forced to pay for something we did not order and it was more than what we did order. I am very sad - as I do not think we will go there again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While the food is not amazing,
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    While the food is not amazing, it is very good and very well priced. Sotto Cinque is in our regular rotation because of the value and the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Pasta and chicken piccata are good; stay away from the veal; pleasant atmosphere
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I ordered something that is
    ImafoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    I ordered something that is no longer on their menu. Pollo Genoese with white wine instead of Marsala sauce. This dish has asparagus, mushrooms and black olives and I got it with sautéed spinach. I also had the house salad. Although we waited a long time for the entree, the spinach came out ice cold....as if it was just then taken out of the refrigerator. They reheated it for me and the sauce was delicious. The chicken, however, was a bit rubbery which is not usual. We dined early tonight so the restaurant wasn't too crowded or noisy, the way we prefer it. All in all we still enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    Bubbe
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We have had a pied-a-terre on 86th for several years and we just discovered this hidden gem. The service was terrific, the bar was good, and the food was so good. The fish was especially good, with a very vast menu, and they are willing to accommodate your special requests. Terrific pasta!! We will be back here often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ENJOYABLE MEAL
    Gratefulfood
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Mozzarella carozza, linguini with clams, roasted pepper ravioli, side of meatballs, glass of Montepulciano de Abbruzzo, all delicious! Alfonso and the gang provided us with excellent service, and were sensitive to my girlfriends hatred of garlic! We will be back ! Thank you !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I ordered the salmon livornese,
    ImafoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I ordered the salmon livornese, which is not on their new menu. It was very good tonight. Our waiter was also very friendly which is always nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sotto Cinque
    WJC722VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    For the price Sotto Cinque was good. The dining rooms was fairly full when we arrived and at the same time a large and very loud group arrived. (I often wonder why the management never said anything to the group that must have been bothering everyone in the entire restaurant) We asked to sit in the bar instead of the dining room but could still hear the group yelling. I thought the food was good - I ordered a salad that was supposed to have been made with Arugula and was Spinach instead but ate it anyway. My pasta dish of Shrimp Scampi was again good but a bit dry. It is reasonably priced and our service was very good, ambience was very nice so we found it acceptable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    HappyCamper
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    This place does not disappoint. Pasta is really, really good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    ImafoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We decided to go for their special prix fixe dinner on Christmas Eve. I ordered the beet salad which was very small and not as tasty as usual. For the entree I ordered their braised short ribs. Although the flavor of the beef was good, it was very fatty and there might have been a total of 5 bites of meat minus the gristle and the bone. The bread, which is usually delicious was burnt and dry. The servers tried hard to please but it was crowded and they seemed over worked. . My friend ordered the chicken dish and said it was nothing special. They have a new menu and the chef seems to be different. When I go, I often order things that are no longer on the new menu but which they will make if you know they exist. Portions are also smaller.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sotto Cinque
    TheaF
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Good food at reasonable prices. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Prices, Great Food
    Steph
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Great neighborhood Italian spot with consistently good food, good prices, and good service. A lot of the pasta dishes are $10-12 and even meat dishes under $20. Cheapest wine bottle seemed to be around $28. The bread is delicious.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noteworthy Italian getaway
    Ruthie
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    Comfort and cuisine are yours in this little Italian gem. Not traditionally decorated, it's very comfortable, low lighting but enough so you can read the menu, see your food etc. Reasonably priced, top notch service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
    ImafoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    We decided to go here for their special Turkey Day dinner and it was wonderful. I had beet and goat cheese salad, turkey (all white meat) with cinnamon sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts with walnuts and butter sauce, cranberry sauce and mushroom sausage stuffing which was all delcious. A drink, coffee and dessert were also included. We all had something different and everyone was totally satisfied with what they ordered. It was like being at home with family because staff was also so accommodating and generous. Food was so plentiful that there were leftovers to take home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love! Love! Love this place!
    TheaF
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    I went here with3 others. From the bread on, this place was a hit. We ordered a cold antipasto platter for 2 which was ample for the 4 of us. The portions are large and fresh. I ordered lasagna. It cost ONLY $12, well worth it. Delicious. My daughter had penne ala vodka, equally delicious. Her boyfriend had gnocchi and he was thrilled. My husband ordered chicken park, it came with a choice of pasta or salad. He opted for the salad. It was a large dinner salad with the most delicious lemon vinaigrette. His chicken park could have fed two people. The portions are large and really flavorful. They had daily specials, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprise on UES
    painfreeVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Chose Sotto Cinque using Open Table. It was a great experience. Most importantly, the food was well prepared and presented. The wine list included affordable options. The prices are fantastic. My only complaint was that the pasta served under my fish special of the evening dish was grossly under-cooked. All the other diners, however, were quite satisfied with their food. My dish, itself, was excellent. I would definitely return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Italian
    FromawayVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Very nice neighborhood place. People are nice, food is good, and prices are reasonable. Homey and relaxed. We'll be happy to return when we're in the neighborhood and want a decent Italian meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went off wheat so haven't
    ImafoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    We went off wheat so haven't dined here in a few months. We returned tonight and the menu has changed and the portions are smaller. I was able to order something from their previous menu not listed on the current one. The food is good and the service friendly, as always. Prices on many items are higher too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Find for Inexpensive Food
    LeslieavaVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Great Italian food at affordable prices. I shall return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasantly Surprised!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    This cozy and charming Italian restaurant was exactly what I was hoping for. We were entertaining guests who don't love nearby so we wanted to bring them somewhere nice. The staff was friendly, from the hostess to the waitstaff. I couldn't have asked for anything better! The food was quite good and the ambiance... just perfect! I would definitely come here again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A+Music; B- Food; F- Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    My friend and I went to brunch to support the live music. The restaurant was not busy with about 10 patrons in total dining at that time. The food was mediocre and the service was horrendous. For each item needed, including our initial beverage and food orders, refills, check in on food (egg dishes) which took over 45 minutes, the bill, and other items we had to wait an extended period of time.In the end for each resulted in us getting up to ask the host. There was one 'server' for all of the guests and seemed to be a BOH rather than FOH with no manager. With so many exceptional locations in NYC with better food and service (you can get better service at the diner down the street), there is no way we will return or recommend this location.
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  • Girls Night Out
    Truffles413
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    I had another great experience at Sotto Cinque! I met two old friends for a Saturday night dinner and it was really nice to take our time and not be rushed through our experience like other restaurants do. The food was fantastic especially the pasta dishes and salads. The size of the dishes are more than fair and the prices are great for the quality. I highly recommend this restaurant and make a reservation because it is not that big of a space.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a night!
    SweetMVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    Sotto cinque is the perfect restaurant for a cozy date-night dinner or a family birthday dinner. From te moment we arrived we were greeted with a warm friendly hello and immediately seated (made reservations). The service was excellent an food was even better. Everything is extremely reasonably priced - even the wine list! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood spot, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    The ambiance is very cute and charming inside, with exposed brick walls and the feeling that you are out of Manhattan and maybe even in Italy for the night. However after arriving and waiting almost twenty minutes to place a drink order the dining experience went down hill. We finally put in our order for the main course, after trying to flag down the waiter multiple times only to watch him take the order of two other tables who sat down after us first, we did not have high hopes. The waiter was not knowledgeable about the menu and again we waited an abnormally long time to get our food. I was hoping at least the food would be a savior to the awful service but everything was very mediocre. I will not be returning to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate