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Cacio Pepe - Cacio e Pepe Downtown, New York, NY

Cacio e Pepe Downtown

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4.5
1272 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian

Consistently excellent, this East Village gem is known for innovation and excellence in Roman cuisine. While Chef Salvatore Corea creates a seasonal menu, partners Alessandro Peluso and Giusto Priola note that Cacio e Pepe remains faithful to its signature namesake dish: home-made pasta brought to your table and spun in a wheel of pecorino cheese, then dusted with a flourish of pepper. Voted a ‘Critic’s Pick’ by New York Magazine, Cacio e Pepe is celebrated by reviewers as a classic Italian restaurant with a sense of style: A 50-seat garden is set behind the main dining room, there is al-fresco dining out front, and waiters with superior wine knowledge help you select the perfect beverage accompaniment to your meal. The mystery remains whether it is the garden, the cuisine, or the service which lifts Cacio e Pepe above and beyond its peers on the NYC restaurant scene. The answer, however, may best be expressed in French: It has that je ne se qua.

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Booked 37 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5-11 pm Friday- Saturday 5-12 pm Sunday 5-10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 505-5931

  • Payment options

    AMEX

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Salvatore Corea

  • Private party facilities

    The entire restaurant is available for buy-outs. We are happy to accommodate smaller groups of all sizes for special events. Please contact Christine for further information. 212.505.5931 or at info@cacioepepe.com

  • Private party contact

    Christine: (212) 505-5931

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Cross street

    Between 11th and 12th Streets

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    L train to 3rd Avenue and 6 train to Astor Place.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,272 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    RUN DONT WALK

  2. ET

    ETFishman

    New York Area

    129 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always, we thoroughly enjoyed our post-theatre dinner at Cacio e Pepe. Veronica, our server, was as hospitable as ever. The signature dish is as amazing as it sounds.

  3. AN

    AnneNYC

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Casual dining with good solid offerings. Had their signature dish Cacio e Pepe and it did not disappoint both for the flavor and the flare of mixing and serving the pasta in the cheese wheel right at table.

  4. CN

    CynthiaN

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful setting for Father Day celebration. We sat in the patio, and enjoyed every moment! Great menu, Impeccable service, tempting menu! Can’t wait to return!

  5. T

    Thefish

    Portland

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Great cacio e Pepe. Good arugula salad. Also Good tiramisu.

  6. KK

    KateK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service!! Me and my friend felt so welcomed and the food was amazinggggggg

  7. JW

    JenniferW

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful food and excellent service. The cacio e pepe dish is not to be missed!

  8. DG

    DavidG

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great. Best pasta in the city. Their Cacio e Pepe would give any restaurant in Roma a run for the money. The fish dishes are excellent Consistent, warm and friendly, a little noisy, and a great patio Cacio e Pepe is an East Village gem

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Street dining was unpleasantly very close to a large pile of trash. Indoors was incredibly loud, was unable to have a normal conversation without shouting. Pasta was cold and crunchy…I think this place got too popular on Instagram and service/quality couldn’t keep up 🤷‍♀️

  10. D

    Duff

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Good food and warm attention. Prices are reasonable. Only problem was that noise level that made conversation difficult. Otherwise fine.

  11. C

    Cityfolk

    Naples

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. A perfect NYC courtyard with excellent service and fabulous food.

  12. HB

    HazelB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s always a pleasure to dine in the garden with outstanding service, delicious food and extraordinary ambiance.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I chose here for my boyfriends birthday dinner and it did not disappoint! The food was absolutely amazing, the best Cacio E Pepe I’ve had outside of Italy. The waiter was awesome as well, so sweet and so attentive. We will 100% be back!

  14. JD

    JessicaD

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    It was a really small restaurant, I hated that I was seated directly on top of two other tables. the food was decent, nothing I would brag about. I was excited for the Caico e pepe made at the table but they twirled the pasta around a wheel for about 5 seconds.

  15. AL

    AnthonyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, excellent, friendly service. Excellent wines!

  16. S

    Senora8888

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Haven’t been to Caccio e Pepe for a few year and it was great to eat there again. We sat at a table on the terrace that was partially outdoors. Of course caccio e pepe dish was delicious salads were fresh and the other pasta dishes were also absolutely delicious. Portions are substantial and we had cheesecake and pana cotta for dessert just excellent. Not over priced for high quality and substantial portions. Looking forward to going back as a regular. Great for a nice dinner with friends or just a couple.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My family and I came here to celebrate my graduation. This has become our favourite Italian restaurant. Delicious, authentic Italian food! Amazing service and a relaxing ambiance. This is all around just a wonderful place to eat!

  18. H

    Headroom

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This cozy Italian (Roman) spot has delicious food and attentive, friendly service. We will be back!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was the best Italian food ever. The cheese wheel was so perfect. It was amazing. The servers would talk to you and make you feel welcomed 10/10 definitely recommend.

  20. LB

    LorrieB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So happy with our meal here. Everything was spectacular! Highly recommend.

  21. LS

    LisaS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love Cacio e Pepe! We first came here several years ago for a big birthday party. We were treated so well then and then two weeks ago we were back in NYC and it was the same wonderful experience - amazing food, wonderful service and great value. We’ll be back when we next visit NYC. Thank you!!

  22. KC

    KathleenC

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent! Service was perfect. Will be back.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3

    We go specifically to try the tonnarelli cacio e pepe cause we watch the video and want to see the process as they show it in the table doing the technique, but when we ask they said they do that in the kitchen and just come with the pasta ready to the table so that was kind of disappointing cause it’s cool the new experience seeing the person doing the technique not to receive it like that. Besides that, everything good and delicious. I recommend you to try the dessert : Spuma di cioccolato bianco, frutta della passione, terra di cacao White chocolate foam, passion fruit, chocolate cookie powder. That combination was to die ♥️

  24. JB

    JenniferB

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    This is such a sweet place. Small, friendly, and great food. I love how everyone in there wanted to talk to everyone else. I will go back every visit to NY!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food. Great service. Loveeeee it

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5

    Nice ambience, small restaurant, friendly staff, but very small portions.

  27. RB

    RominaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food and ambiance! A ready aura to where you don’t feel rushed and truly sit down and enjoy your meal.

  28. FL

    FoodLove

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service and patience with our Birthday dinner linger! They were truly wonderful! Amazing suggestions, it might be the best Lasagna in the hood and I’ve tried them all as a local. My new go to for a cozy dinner!

  29. W

    Woodfro

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good was excellent - service was attentive but not smothering.

  30. C

    Connecticutfoodie

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was phenomenal, service fantastic

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The food was delicious but sadly the cacio e Pepe was just warm not hot so the texture was off.

  32. CC

    CaitlinC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service was AMAZING!!! We were so well taken care of, great recommendations and the food was absolutely perfectly cooked. I can't wait to go again. We chose the selection of 3 meats and 3 cheeses and eggplant parmigiana for appetizers, then cacio e pepe for first course, then oxtail and veal saltimbocca for second course, and lastly tiramisu and the pear for desserts. The three meats and cheeses that were recommended were absolutely delicious!! The Telegio was the standout cheese for us. Having the cacio e pepe was a lovely experience and the taste was divine!! It was creamy and cheesy with the right amount of pepper. Our favorite from the second course was the oxtail hands down. The flavors are amazing and the polenta was super creamy and perfectly cooked. For dessert the pear took the cake. It was cooked in a way I would never have expected and was beyond any and all expectations. You will not be disappointed, I will definitely be coming back again!!

  33. PF

    PaoloF

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Nice music, nice attention. Waiters are kind. The food was delicious.

  34. JH

    JenniferH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Drinks, food , and service was just wonderful. Definitely worth the drive from jersey !!! Can’t wait to go back.

  35. SJ

    SJTB

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We visited the place on easter sunday for a nice quite dinner, they just opened so it wasnt crowded and the place was nice and warm and the staffs were great, no long wait for the orders. The cacio de pepe dish was simple but flavorful and loved that way they presented the dish. The oxtail with polenta was also very tasteful. Ended it with espresso and tge spuma dessert, so light and tasty, just perfect.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    Been here many times and it's very good but I guess due to covid they are only taking cash and Amex now which is very inconvenient.

  37. C

    cristinaC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They receive their guest with care and joy. Great service, personal and efficient. The food is very well made. Overall a great experience.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We had a reservation three weeks in advance for a special dinner with friends and despite the reservation we were left waiting outside in the rain for 1/2 hour with no table. No one from the restaurant came to apologize or explain. We gave up at 9:15 (our reservation was at 8:45) and left very disappointed. Others were waiting outside at 9:00 for their 8:30 reservations. If the restaurant had communicated with us we would have been understanding and were sad to miss a meal that we had been looking forward to.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Our second time here. Authentic Italian!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We absolutely loved it here!! Fantastic food and wait staff!!

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Cacio e Pepe Downtown is rated 4.5 stars by 1272 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 37 times today
Google Map for Cacio e Pepe Downtown

182 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10003

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 11th and 12th Streets

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5-11 pm Friday- Saturday 5-12 pm Sunday 5-10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    L train to 3rd Avenue and 6 train to Astor Place.

  • Payment options

    AMEX

  • Executive chef

    Salvatore Corea

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 505-5931

  • Private party facilities

    The entire restaurant is available for buy-outs. We are happy to accommodate smaller groups of all sizes for special events. Please contact Christine for further information. 212.505.5931 or at info@cacioepepe.com

  • Private party contact

    Christine: (212) 505-5931

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