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Cacio e Pepe Downtown

4.7
4.7
1207 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 39 times today
  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Cross street

    Between 11th and 12th Streets

  • 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

Menu

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What 1,207 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Contemporary Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great fun meal. Pasta in the Parmesan wheel was fantastic. Saltimbucco delish

  2. m

    mashmash

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    One of the best pasta spots in NYC!! It definitely has a very Italian and cozy vibe to it

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall4food4service2ambience3

    The restaurant overbooks its tables. Maitre'd ignores customers with reservations, prioritizing seating for walk-ins who arrived before the reservation check in times. Servers and food are good but maitre'd is disorganized and abuses his power.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice Italian with fresh pasta and lively atmosphere. The noise level is quite high but It is to be expected considering that the place is very small. Great dinner!

  5. GR

    GREENWICHVILLAGE

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cacio e Pepe is a true East Village gem! I have been going there for many years and the food, service, ambience are all top-notch. The manager Andrea and Veronica are so nice and gracious, when I brought in a big group for dinner they gave us the 4-star treatment and everyone who came had an amazing time and will happily recommend Cacio e Pepe to their friends and family. The eponymous dish, served table side from a large cheese wheel, makes this neighborhood stalwart a destination spot! Highly recommended!!! Thank you, Cacio e Pepe!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This place was the bomb diggity. Cheese wheel = amazing

  7. A

    Anthony

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A local restaurant that has great food,very good service and a quaint room. We eat there regularly and find the food,service to be very consistent.

  8. JT

    JenniferT

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Joyous with delicious food! And a dessert for the birthday girl ❤️

  9. KP

    KaraP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious! Fresh and fulfilling! Our waitress was very attentive, warm and efficient. It was a great evening.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best cacio e pepe I’ve had since Rome! Friendly staff, great service. A fun experience when visiting NYC.

  11. AJ

    AsaJ

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Food was good but not great for Italian. Service was slow but accurate. Back garden needs paint at this point. A little lax on the vax check.

  12. TN

    TNDon

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A lucky find…went to a show next door and stopped for dinner first. Everything was good except for the salmon and cod… they were great!

  13. S

    Sands954

    Fort Lauderdale

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time there and loved it. The cacio e Pepe pasta and the lasagna were delicious! The service was great and staff very attentive! Will go back!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food. Someone in your group should definitely get the Cacio e Pepe! Please be aware they only take CASH and AMEX, but they have an ATM right in the restaurant in case.

  15. r

    rbrsoul

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always perfection!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really good. Appetizers overpriced.

  17. NE

    NikkiE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an overall amazing experience here but the thing that really took the experience to another level of top tier service was the staff. The staff was so kind and surprised us with complimentary champagne because of the celebration I listed when I made the reservation. It was so sentimental and while the food was great as well - the service was everything. Thanks so much for such a great time!

  18. f

    foodie65

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    We went out to celebrate a birthday, and were seated ed at an outside table under an awning without mentioning it beforehand while calling to confirm the reservation. It was a little chilly but not too bad. Food and drinks were ok, but no specials and the menu is a little limited. No credit cards accepted, so had to pay about $12 in fees for an on-site ATM machine to get enough cash. Overall, a so-so evening. Not sure it would be at the top of my list to go back.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service wonderful good!

  20. NB

    NateB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff was wonderful and food was excellent!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Delicious cacio e pepe!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place! Andrea the manager was the best

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Yummy food

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food, really polite service, everything was nice

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Totally disappointing, I ordered pasta in the Parmesan cheese and they were full of peppercorns, horrible

  26. JE

    JohnE

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Love the cheese wheel experience

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We go there every year for our anniversary. Our waitress was accommodating and wonderful as always. Food is authentic and great. Great ambiance and a wonderful dining experience.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service in a private backyard garden. Amazing Italian food. Our favorite restaurant in NY so far. Grazie!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and the service were outstanding

  30. JJ

    JJ1660

    New York Area

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Perhaps the only restuarant serving authentic caccio e pepe in New York

  31. g

    gjghdgjk

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall2food1service2ambience5

    Service was okay. It was very busy so the waitress only came us to take the order, give us the food. Food was good. We had to call the waitress by twice to get the check cuz she kept forgetting about us. When we wanted to pay after finishing we were told that they only accept Amex or cash so fast I didn't even understand what she said. When I asked her again, she just snarked at us if we had neither there was an ATM in the back. But the ATM did not even work. I wish I was made aware so my friend did not have to run to the bank's atm to pay for a service that was terrible.

  32. R

    Rocky

    New York Area

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my favorite restaurants. Had the lasagna for the first time-delicious. Friendly and efficient service.

  33. SS

    SuzanneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great meal! The staff was friendly and helpful and the food was delicious!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great birthday dinner!!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great restaurant. Food was fantastic and friendly staff.

  36. L

    Linalee1410

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved it. Loved it. Loved it

  37. KK

    KathleenK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, outdoor seating, quiet surroundings. Perfect.

  38. NO

    NormaO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    I made the reservation and specified we were celebrating a birthday and anniversary. Why ask if it’s not going to be acknowledged? It would have been great to be greeted with it. This might just be the norm with dining in NY. Don’t get me wrong I did like our waiter and waitress. Food was good.

  39. c

    carolep

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great time. Veronica was especially helpful as our server. Seating in the back garden was outstanding.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dubai

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Definitely expensive for what we got.

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Cacio e Pepe Downtown is rated 4.7 stars by 1207 OpenTable diners

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2 people

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Booked 39 times today
Google Map for Cacio e Pepe Downtown

182 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10003

  • 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

  • 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

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