Bacaro

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$30 and under
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Italian
Rustic Venetian tavern for sharing cichetti, Venetian-style small plates paired with Northern Italian wines. Covertly located down a little winding street a block south of Canal. An inside and outside staircase both lead you to an underground catacomb of exposed brick archways with wooden communal farm tables, illuminated by soft lighting and warm candles reminiscent of the streets of Italy.
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D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The meal it self was so so. The taste was very nice, but lacked presentation, I do not feel that all of the senses were awakened. The restaurant gets extremely noisy, so this is not for conversations.

G
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special little out of the way find! Excellent wine selections.
Fried oysters were delicious! Our server Paulo was very knowledgeable about the wines and steered us to a very special Wine- Luigi Bardana Dragon Langhe Bianco . Ask for it !

P
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Great place to catch up with friends.

LG
London
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, amazing ambience, felt a little crowded for 3 people at a table meant for 2 but still a nice dinner experience

PO
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Squid ink pasta ever in the most wonderful setting

OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

food quality has gone down recently but everything else was great.. but i mean...

RH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a client/friend to Bacaro on a Friday night
Food was amazing
Service
Setting
Wine
Everything was great
My friend was very pleased as well
Thank you!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall, the food and ambiance were excellent. I highly recommend coming here if you’re in the mood for a nice Italian meal. The Polpettes and the Spaghetti Nero were intensely flavorful and worth a try. The only thing to keep in mind is that the portions are on the smaller side. If you’re very hungry, I recommend getting some appetizers and dessert in addition to a main course.

As for negatives, the only thing I can say is since we were seated in a more secluded communal table area, the waiters weren’t around as frequently and the lighting was a touch on the dim side.

Still, this place was a fantastic experience overall and I’ll definitely be coming back in the future!

PS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Downstairs the cave like room is divided into small brick rooms. Very quiet and private. Service was attentive

PP
Houston
43 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. One of our best food experiences in NYC. We will add Bacaro to our favorite Italian food spots and away from the tourist trap that Little Italy has unfortunately become.

N
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant. Beautiful “private” subterranean room with brick barrel vaulted ceilings. Candlelit intimate space. Wonderful cuisine.

MF
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say? Such a great experience! The food and service were so amazing! What a beautiful place! Couldn’t decide what to eat because the whole menu including the specials were everything I want in a restaurant. Everyone who lives in and who visits NY should eat here. Keeping the cozy restaurant vibe that we all love alive!!!
P.S. That area of Manhattan is beautiful!

MI
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious! We’ve been coming here for years and it’s never let us down. Love bringing out of town guests and celebrating special occasions.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Complimentary dessert which was a nice touch.

KF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 3rd time to this off the beaten path gem. Love it more and more. Food is delicious. Staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. The space is beautiful.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food is exceptional. Great service and atmosphere. Highly recommend

DN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good value with original high quality Italian food with great wines

b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, menu, service, drinks all great! Very cool room(s)! Will definitely return!

t
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

To say that we love Bacaro would be an understatement. We LOVE Bacaro. That is until this dinner - the service was great, the seating excellent, the food delicious - as always - the ambience wonderful, they even turned down the music so we could hear each other. BUT then the check came and there is now a cc service charge. So now my dinner at this wonderful restaurant comes with a check that looks like my cable bill?????? when will the breakouts for electricity, taxes, gas and staff appear????? Do I get a credit for the annual fee on my credit card? a) I don't want to see this, b) calculate it into your overhead - until then - sadly - I will find another local fabulous restaurant - I'm in Manhattan - I'm sure I'll find one. VERY DISAPPOINTED.

v
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance but the dishes were very salty. The meal would satisfy an average diner, but for people that cook food on their own or have a passion for real Italian food, they would likely not return if it wasn't for the environment.

JS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have a good time here--the food is really delicious, both authentic and inventive (and I lived in Italy so I know), and the atmosphere is just right. I love the grotto coziness of the lower level.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was truly amazing! The food was the best — each dish better than the next. Highly recommend

JB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Charming space, professional waitress and correct italian food. Go there for an informal friends gathering

ER
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were instantly seated, the space is cozy but a little bit crammed. Food and drinks were great, as was service.

BH
Western KY
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful gem, intimate and delicious. Spaghetti noir was delicate and tasty. Just right

JM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Interesting place, cool vibe and ambiance. Fish dishes were excellent. Music a little loud, but everyone enjoyed the dinner.

t
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS WONDERFUL - never disappoints
food is delicious - service is attentive
the space is special and the atmosphere warm
go - you will only want to go again and again

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great spot. Nice experience

LM
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good and overall it was a nice atmosphere. The only thing was that the two top tables (downstairs near the bar) were so close together it felt cramped and hearing the conversations of the two tables on either side of us made it a bit uncomfortable. I would only go back if seated somewhere else.

CC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Service was lacking, although employees were very polite. Several appetizers arrived 12 minutes others were served. For entrees the delay was only 7 minutes. For desert, they were down to 3-4 minutes.

J
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and fabulous! Great white asparagus risotto for me. Everyone had something different and all superb!

AL
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The filet of sole was good but there wasn't any choice of side except what was
on the menu. The steak was good but there was much fat and the prices was
too high for it. It also did not have another choice of side orders. The atmosphere
was good the way it was set up. My review actually was from fair to middling
depending on what was being reviewed.

AC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I travel to Venice Italy often, and when I can't make it there I go to Bacaro and feel like I'm there !

DC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There was a good range of flavorful dishes to select from, but don't expect to find every Italian dish you've ever heard of. The long list of Italian wines provided plenty of choice, but there are only a couple in each category under $50 a bottle.
We had spaghetti with duck argh and rabbit lasagne for main courses. Both were very good and our waiter took great care of us.
The bar area at street level was full and lively with the noise from people talking. Downstairs in the main dining area was much quieter with a mix of couples and groups eating.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff! Wonderful food and beautiful ambiance

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance with dim lighting, exposed brick, tables spread out throughout main dining area as well as in smaller more private nooks and crannies and tiny semi private spaces. Great tasting red wine by the glass, unique and delicious appetizers and entrees. We had the beef stew over polenta and gnocchi with wild mushrooms, both to die for, and an incredible desert not to be missed, Panna Cotta with wild cherries, yum...!

CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Bacaro! It's one of the most excellent dining out experiences in NYC. They're tops on my pops!

M
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience bu the service was slow at times and a bit disorganized. Food was great and downstairs has great atmosphere.

m
New York Area
220 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a cozy and pleasant place tucked away on the Lower East Side/ Chinatown border. The dining room is down stairs and it has rustic and very pleasant ambiance. It can get a bit noisy when it is full but that is more the fault of the customers who need to shout at one another rather than any fault of the restaurant. The host is very genial and welcoming and the Venetian food extremely tasty. The wine list is good and not too expensive. Altogether a good experience to which I would return. It would also be an excellent place for a private event.

JF
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You're simply the best, better than all the rest
Better than anyone, anyone I ever met

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You're simply the best, better than all the rest
Better than anyone, anyone I ever met

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