Vespa Cibobuono
Vespa Cibobuono

Vespa Cibobuono

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vespauno.com/
  • Phone: (212) 472-2050
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:

    Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm

    Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm


    Dinner:
    Monday - Tuesday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Wednesday - Thursday : 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Friday 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Saturday 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Danielle Duran
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Custom catering menus for small and large parties.
  • Private Party Facilities: 1 of 3 dining areas or all can be booked for private events from 25-125 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Alessandro 212-472-2050x
  • Special Events: Summer Italian Aperitif 5pm - 7pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: (between 84th St & 85th St)
  • Public Transit: 4,5,6 train to 86th street and Lexington Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Vespa Cibobuono
Under New Management!!! Renovated space, renovated menu..

Vespa serve a regional detailed Italian cuisine farm to table, combined with a new exciting recipes, and imported Italian specialities. Also a Wine bar and speciality cocktails in a remodeled funky-casual setting with a charming outdoor garden.
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Vespa Cibobuono reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)great for outdoor dining (30)fit for foodies (25)good for groups (17)romantic (15)special occasion (12)notable wine list (11)great for brunch (5)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Very limited menu, at least for lunch. But the food was fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Seafood was fresh especially grilled calamari and octopus! Highly recommend our waiter Angelo was very accommodating to our large group!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    jonlovesfood
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    good delicious Italian food. Nice neighborhood vibe. Fresh pastas were delicious
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great after all these years
    BroadwyDvaVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I first came to Vespa over 5 years ago. Even today, they maintain the highest standard of service and 100% home-made food. An utterly delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Space could use updating. Lots of yelling in Italian from waiters. Food was fine, good but not particularly special. Reasonable prices and easy to get table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The new menu (everything is so fresh and beautifully prepared. Balancing of flavors complementing each other with each bite!) is wonderful! The very professional and friendly staff make you feel welcomed and relaxed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good.
    onlywon
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Good Neigborhood, food, price and service! i will visit again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    foodielove1
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Excellent, authentic food and amazing service! We love this neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    Hangry
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I've eaten here about four times - every time the food has been great. Fresh ingredients, nice presentation, and a good selection on the menu. Also, they give a nice pour on the wine by the glass. Service is friendly. I'll be going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vespa Review
    UpstateVisitor
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Small place, very good food. Entrees, wine, and desserts were very good. Risotto, stuffed chicken with broccoli and goat cheese, gnocchi and fettucini with clam sauce went over well with our party. Try the mousse for dessert - outstanding. Pinot Noir was excellent. All A bit on the pricey side. Will go again when visiting.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    MaycorsiniVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was fresh, made to order. The chef owner was awesome, delicious loved it. Will be back for sure, my new go-to Italian on the upper east- prices are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but $$$
    lam21
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was very good and the main courses were large and filling. We did make the mistake of ordering an appetizer, their equivalent to a caprase salad. It was $17 and came with two pieces of cheese and four small slices of tomato. The main courses were generally the same amount ($17-25) and were quite good and a lot of food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    123fishmongers
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Vespa is a great restaurant. The atmospher was very nice and the staff was super great. Enjoyed the out door dining option. Food was great, we had a group of 8 and no one had any complains about anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner on Saturday night. The food was excellent. we ate outside and it was a perfect relaxing meal. We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED IT!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    WHAT A PLACE! We were greeted very warmly. We sat in the terrace and you felt transported to some vacation place. Thereafter Wilson, our lovely server said hello to us and we felt like we knew him forever. So far so good. It only got better!! We eat all specials of the day salad, a veal chop and fish. All extraordinary and you can tell was made with love. The service was superior. To culminate the night Wilson prepared in front of us a fabulous banana flambé (I watched him preparing a sabayon next to us too and all loved it.) The flambé was very good. I cannot wait to go back. This place is a jewel in every way... cheers Alessandro,Wilson and I forgot the other gentleman's' name!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gr8stakeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Eating in the "secret outdoor garden" is a treat in NYC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service
    Love2eat
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were completely ignored all evening. I think the restaurant was very understaffed, and they were trying. I've been there before and it was fine.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful neighborhod retaurant
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Excellent food and service; a little expensive if you deviate from pasta. W opened a bottle of Chianti Classico for me as the Chianti by the glass is not nearly as well-balanced and delicious. This was very generous of him! However, I should have asked the price of the fish of the day before ordering it, as I was in shock when I saw the check: 2 orders of branzino over spinach equaled $64.00. However, the owners are very attentive and friendly and I will return. I learned a lesson and I will ask the price of the specials and fish of the day in advance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    On one of the top ten weather days of the year, eating in the garden, with excellent food and service, just does not get much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always get a good meal
    Elouise
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great neighborhood spot, love the garden . Food is always very good. I especially love the spagetti squash. The staff is always efficient and charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bangin!!
    KroC
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Love this place during the summer. Beautiful outdoor dining tricalora gnochi is to die for. Service was slow and the music outside was top 40 very annoying but other than that no complaints.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On a Night Like This
    PetitChef
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Fresh pasta, unique specials, attentive and gracious service. Delicious sangria (both red and white) in a lovely city garden which was perfect on a late summer night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vespa's Besta!
    FoodLovers
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have eaten at Vespa many times over the years. It has always been great, but since Alessandro took over two years ago, it has been outstanding and somehow keeps getting better every time we go. The pastas are as fresh and well made as any you can get in NYC, with the Gnocchi, pappardelle bolognese and pasticcio being the biggest standouts (although everything else on the menu is also fantastic). Vespa has a wonderful ambiance -- fun but not loud. You can actually have a conversation. If it's warm enough take advantage of the beautiful back garden. Service is excellent, and Alessandro will make sure you are well taken care of. If you want to be sure to have delicious food at a reasonable price, Vespa is not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Food In The Garden!
    WagstailVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent food and the outdoor garden is one of the most beautiful in New York. The service is great and the owners and staff welcoming which makes for a wonderful experience. Go! Run do not walk. I have eaten there many times and will go back often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Value
    idontwanttoVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were quite impressed by the care and consideration given by the staff especially the one who buys the meat. His recommendation proved excellent and to boot - quite a nice guy. Even though we live in Nassau County, I feel that we will return. Also the "farmers market" in front of the restaurant that they sponsor and get their produce from is quite a nice addition. Thanks for a wonderful experience!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful outdoor garden
    FoodAdventuress
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I had the papardelle bolognese and my sister had the pasticcio. The pastas tasted handmade and had the perfect texture, and everything else we had was very good. The ambience of the beautiful back garden was perfect and relaxing. There were also fans in case it gets humid. Service was excellent, sometimes the waiters were a little too close, a little too flirty - seems like that was their training. I am pregnant, and a request for a virgin version of their cucumber gimlet was easily accommodated. However, as we were paying our bill, our waiter congratulated me on my pregnancy and asked if I had only 1 month left - and I have 3 more months to go. I would suggest more training on balancing good service and tactfulness for the staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good but inconsistent taste
    turtle
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    i've been here a few times and mostly i order the same appetizer and main menu but they have inconsistent taste. One day, it would be the best in NYC and one day, it's decent. It's never horrible though. But i wish they could always keep their best taste. Good for outdoor seating. very nice staffs!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Patio Dining
    Beej1000VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Allesandro and Wilson are your gracious hosts at this surprising Italian spot on the UES. It doesn't look like much from the street, but the secret back courtyard is a lovely place to eat a delicious meal when the weather is good. Fresh pastas, great veal, wonderful desserts. Not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 104 reviews are from the Vespa Cibobuono reviews archive.
  • great outdoor garden
    Elouise
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Delicious food in lovely outdoor dining room. Great wine too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I have been here three or four times and have always had a good meal. The regular menu is wonderful and they always have great specials. Try the gnocchi (one of the owners' moms own recipe from Italy. She actually came over, tasted what they were doing, and taught them the right way!) And for desserts the zabaglione on top of berries prepared table side was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice staff but food was average
    autumn
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The staff were friendly and helpful, but we weren't particularly impressed with the food. We had dinner in the back garden, but be ware of mosquitoes! All of us were bitten and had to move indoors to escape the attack. The octopus salad was nice (instead of the regular boiled octopus, it had crispy fried octopus). The pasta was average.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Foodguy24
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Always have walked by and never made it in until now, will definitely continue to patronize an AMAZING experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We love this place!
    NextmealVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    It is always a lovely experience at Vespa. The food is fantastic, the service warm and friendly. It's our favorite Italian in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Qui si mangia bene!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Qui si mangia bene! Last week I brought some family and friends to enjoy Vespa's beautiful relaxing back garden and of course the amazing food and drinks. We feasted! Tuna tar tar, octopus salad, assortment of cold meats and cheeses. Ribeye, lamb chops, and Bronzino. Every bit better than the next. Oh and I can't leave out the best truffle cream sauce gnocchi ever! My guests could not stop raving about the food and moreover the friendly attentive service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • total gem
    willbVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Vespa is perhaps the best italian restaurant on the UES, and definitely one of my favorites. The food is unparalleled, with every option always being a home run. Listen to the specials, and the suggestions -- they won't steer you wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, reasonable priced
    PPS2101VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Super place, outdoor dining is very nice, very good service and attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Ckramer161
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Vespa is a nice neighborhood restaurant, but it didn't live up to the customer reviews. They are pleasant and made an effort to please, but overall it was just an average experience. There are too many other excellent choices in the area, so we won't be going back.
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  • UES Gem
    UESFamilyGuyVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Vespa has become our absolutely favorite UES neighborhood restaurant. The food is consistently excellent and Alessandro (the multitalented owner/host/waiter) is gratious and charming. When the weather is nice, the garden in back is terrific too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TWINS
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    WE ENJOYED THE FRESH FOOD. RAIN PREVENTED US FROM DINING IN THE GARDEN, WE WILL TRY THAT LOVELY OUT DOOR SPACE ANOTHER TIME. POLITE SERVICE AND REASONABLE PRICES.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I wanted to find an Italian restaurant on the UES to take my mom out for mother's day. She really only likes to go out for Italian food but I wanted to find a place that wasn't your typical Italian restaurant atmosphere. After going through literally every recommendations on Open Table, I decided on Vespa and I could not be happier! From the moment we walked in to the moment we walked out everything was fantastic! The food was amazing - we had the grilled octopus to start, I had scallops, my mother had chicken and my brother had salmon and everyone was extremely happy with their choices. Both my brother and mother tend to be picky when it comes to food, and they both are still singing Vespa's praises two days later. Definitely go to Vespa!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic