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Bacaro

4.5
480 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 12:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 2:00am
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Phone number
(212) 941-5060
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Frank DeCarlo
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Orchard and Ludlow
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Public transit
East Broadway (F); Grand St (B, D); Delancey-Essex Sts (F, J, M, Z)
What 480 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I’ve been eating a Bacaro for 10 years and they always hit it out of the park with both service and food!

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Super cool, friendly, warm with a interesting decor. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent food delicious wine beautiful decor great wait staff

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Loved this place, the service and the meet and greet is fabulous!!!
The Food is very Good and I love the downstairs with all the candles and the vaulted ceilings..
What a find, also not expensive!!!
Will come back and already recommended you to several friends!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We sat at the bar because we were early for our reservation. The wine selection by the glass is great. I had spaghetti vongole and it was the first time in a long time that I had it correctly done.

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The reviews were go great and we were really looking forward to a wonderful dinner. The food was good to very good, not great, but the server in the basement area was horrendous. Mean, unhappy, and just a downer.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

A really charming place in an unexpected location on the Lower East Side/ Chinatown border. The subterranean dining room is very cosy and there is a private room which holds about 12 which is also very nice. The owner who is very personable and gives excellent recommendations about both food and wine. the cuisine is from Veneto. Some of the menu items have slightly different names from what you may be used to. The black cuttlefish spaghetti was excellent. This is definitely a great find and we will return.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

It was amazing

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We had a good time here. The spaghetti neri is worth trying as well as the gnochetti. The Italian wine selection is ample enough. The place is warm and cozy. Servers were competent and efficient. I can see myself going back if find myself in the area.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great place great food actually feels like venice but à noisier atmosphere. Lots of cool bars next doors.

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2.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Honestly, it wasn’t anything to write home about. The ambience was nice, but the food was nothing special.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything was great except the meals tend to have very little protein but overall great experience

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Was a nice place, although since it is in the basement the noise level of other patrons can be quite loud at times in the small low ceiling seating area. But it was a nice cozy space temperature and spacing between tables was good.

Food was good, flavorful and served quickly and with enough time between appetizers and entrees. Server was helpful with recommendations.

Server was great - I accidentally spilled something on my sweater and thought no one had noticed seconds later he arrived with a bottle of clothing soap and a bottle of soda water...for me. Thought that was a little above the normal level of service and quite a nice gesture.

Would definitely return based on service and food.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food and love ambiance

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Very attractive, comfortable ambiance, a real old Italy feel to the environment, staff and service was great, quite good menu selection, food was okay but considering how highly we liked everything else, thought the food was certainly not bad but not up to the standards of the rest of the restaurant experience, meat and cheese platter were just okay, grilled shrimp with pasta were soft and over done. Good wine selection. Improve the food preparation a bump up and it would be a favorite place. For now I'll just maybe come back.

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3.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Small space. A bit cramped.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Proper italian food and beautiful environment.

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4.0Dined on December 19, 2017

I came here with my husband. We were very surprised when our Uber dropped us off because we didn't really pay attention to the address and thought the restaurant was in LES but it's actually Chinatown. It's a casual but cozy spot with great food and very friendly service. We had a variety of apps and main dishes, they were all quite tasty! We would come back if we're even in the area.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

Bacaro is my favorite! It is always welcoming. The food is great. The staff are all very polite and helpful. I would heartily recommend this place to my friends, family and professional contacts.

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1.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Terrible experience - management unhelpful, food mediocre, noise level atrocious.

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Place is amazing. The eel sauce in pasta is so gpof

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2017

Bacaro as become our go-to eatery. We love the ambience and the food and picked it, this time, for a special occasion - a birthday. It was much appreciated.
Love the food choices and the wine list, brick walls, unusual layout.
We travel a fairly long way to get to Bacaro and it is always worth it.

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Ask to seat us at 8:45pm for our 9 pm party but one person was missing from our party so they would not seat us. When our 4 th showed up at 9 pm they did not have a table for us and waited for 35 minuets to get seated.

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2017

Restaurant was very kind to accommodate changes to my reservation time, and the food was very good. But we found the service indifferent to cold. Waiter came over once and we ordered a bunch of small dishes and asked they be paced out. Almost everything arrived at once (there was literally no room on the table) bussers cleared our plates and we never saw that waiter again until he brought dessert menus. Does look like a lovely space for large parties. We just had an off experience.

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2.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Waitress was not attentive. Left us with out drinks on multiple occasions.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2017

Lovely wait staff and amazing food. Planning on going again!

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Its a cool cavernous space and I spotted Chloe Sevigny there which added to the people watching pleasure.

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4.0Dined on October 10, 2017

Interesting place. Good food. A bit out of the way, but in an interesting area.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2017

Bacaro is amazing!!! Great food tucked away in nowhere with refined service and low key excellence. Please don't spread the word...

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3.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Overrated. The food nor the service warrant the hype. Very average Italian however the cellar environment is plus.

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4.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Come here for the pasta but not the loud dinner crowds. Acoustics in the downstairs seating area are very poor. Our waitstaff needed to repeat something 4 times for several trips to our table due to the noise level.

Do not order the fried vegetables and shrimp - very average in flavor and was not worth the $17. I had the whole wheat pasta with duck ragu and the portion was a little small for the price tag, but it slightly made up for the noise and bland appetizer.

Dine before the 7PM dinner rush or request to sit in the semi-private lower floor dining area.

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4.0Dined on September 3, 2017

We recently ate at Bacaro when visiting New York City with friends for the weekend. We were staying in China Town and it was great to find this place tucked away within walking distance of our hotel. We had a wonderful leisurely meal with delicious food and wine. The service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Always great, been coming here for years and they never disappoint.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Bacaro is well worth venturing into Chinatown. The food is absolutely delicious - highly recommend the crab salad, duck ragu and lambrusco.

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2.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Rustic NY restaurants are my favorite - Bacaro takes "rustic" to a level beyond rustic (in a bad way) - more like old, unimaginative, and cramped with a feeling of being in my neighbor's basement. Love the sister restaurant, Peasant. Actually had to leave Bacaro after the appetizer to go to Peasant.
Service at Bacaro was slow and overly casual. Our appetizer of mozzarella and tomatoes was excellent, cocktails severed very slowly and at different times were only OK. Will not go back, but if the area will certainly go back to Peasant. Hard to believe these restaurants are associated.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2017

The staff is really attentive and helpful, the food is delicious and approachable, and I love the whole rustic wine cellar vibe they have going on.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2017

Impressed with the decor - nice surprise.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2017

The food was quite good and authentic. Service was fantastic with very attentive waitstaff. I also LOVED the rustic italian decor.

I was in the area and OpenTable lead me here through solid ratings. Thank you OpenTable!

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2017

It was a typical NY Italian restaurant. Nothing to write home about. Not a value meal.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2017

Ambience in what stands out the most about this place - so quaint and charming. Food tasted good and service was amazing. Great for group dinners.

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