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

Cacio e Pepe Downtown

4.4
4.4
1252 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 32 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

Menu

Appetizers

  • Tagliere di Salumi e Formaggi

    Selection of cured meats and cheese. Prosciutto, Parmigiano, Soppressata, Pecorino Tartufato, Finocchiona, Pecorino Ubriaco, Capocollo, Taleggio, Mortadella, Provolone, 'Nduja, Pecorino Primosale

    • 3 For$30.00
    • 6 For$50.00
  • Timballo di Melanzane alla Parmigiana$15.00

    Eggplant parmesan timballo

    • Polpettine di Carne al Sugo di Pomodoro e Basilico$16.00

      Meatballs in tomato & basil sauce

      • Burrata, Prosciutto, Tartare di Pomodori e Gelatina di Peperoncino$23.00

        Burrata, prosciutto, tomato tartar, spicy pepper gelatin

        • Vellutata di Funghi, Pancetta Croccante e Crostini al Rosmarino$18.00

          Mushroom veloute', crispy pancetta, rosemary croutons

          • Insalata di Polpo Arrostito e Focaccia con Scarola, Pinoli e Uvetta$23.00

            Roasted octupus salad, focaccia with escarole, pinenuts & raisins

            • Impepata di Cozze con Crostone all'Aglio$18.00

              Steamed peppered mussels with garlic bruschetta

              • Porchetta con Fichi, Rucola e Provolone$18.00

                Roasted sliced suckling pig with figs, arugula & provolone cheese

                • Insalata di Cesare$13.00

                  Caesar Salad

                  • Insalata di Rucola, Pere e Pecorino$13.00

                    Arugula salad with pears and pecorino cheese

                    • Insalata Mista con Mirtilli Rossi, Nocciole Caramellate e Gorgonzola$13.00

                      Mixed greens with cranberries, caramelized hazelnut & gorgonzola cheese

                      Primi - First Courses

                      • Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe$23.00

                        Homemade tonnarelli tossed in pecorino cheese & whole black peppercorns

                        • Bucatini all' Amatriciana$24.00

                          Bucatini with tomato, guanciale & pecorino

                          • Lasagna alla Bolognese$24.00

                            Bolognese lasagna

                            • Gnocchetti al Telefono$22.00

                              Homemade gnocchi with tomato & mozzarella

                              • Fettuccine ai Funghi Porcini con Guazzetto di Pomodori Gialli$25.00

                                Fettuccine with porcine mushrooms in yellow tomato broth

                                • Paccheri alla Carbonara$24.00

                                  Jumbo rigatoni in carbonara sauce

                                  • Maltagliati con Cozze e Fagioli$23.00

                                    Maltagliati with mussels & canellini beans

                                    • Orecchiette con Cime di Rape e Salsiccia$23.00

                                      Orecchiette with broccoli & clams

                                      Secondi - Entrées

                                      • Salmone, Guazzetto di Pomodori Gialli e Crema all'Aglio Nero$30.00

                                        Salmon over yellow tomato broth & black garlic cream

                                        • Baccala' Arrostito con Cime di Rape e Patate In Guazzetto di Provola Affumicata$32.00

                                          Roasted cod with broccoli rabe & potatoes in a smoked provola broth

                                          • Coda alla Vaccinara con Polenta Morbida$30.00

                                            Roman-style oxtail with creamy polenta

                                            • Saltimbocca di Vitello alla Romana con Patate e Spinaci$34.00

                                              Veal saltimbocca with roasted potatoes & spinach

                                              • Bocconcini di Pollo alla Cacciatora con Pure' di Patate$28.00

                                                Cacciatora-style chicken tenders with a potato puree'

                                                Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                What 1,252 people are saying

                                                Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                4.4
                                                4.4 based on recent ratings
                                                • 4.4Food
                                                • 4.5Service
                                                • 4.3Ambience
                                                • 4.2Value

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                                                1. KC

                                                  KathleenC

                                                  New England

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined 3 days ago

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                2. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                  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 ♥️

                                                3. 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!

                                                4. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  Great food. Great service. Loveeeee it

                                                5. 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.

                                                6. 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.

                                                7. 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!

                                                8. W

                                                  Woodfro

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Good was excellent - service was attentive but not smothering.

                                                9. C

                                                  Connecticutfoodie

                                                  New York Area

                                                  16 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  16 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Food was phenomenal, service fantastic

                                                10. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  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.

                                                11. 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!!

                                                12. 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.

                                                13. 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.

                                                14. 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.

                                                15. 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.

                                                16. 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.

                                                17. 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.

                                                18. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New England

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                  overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                  Our second time here. Authentic Italian!

                                                19. 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!!

                                                20. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Beautiful dining experience with impeccable service! Best tiramisu I’ve ever had

                                                21. C

                                                  Cosmo

                                                  Atlanta

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  Authentic and delicious Italian in a quaint setting. It is very small restaurant with some outdoor seating. They only take AMEX which is the only downfall

                                                22. IG

                                                  IanG

                                                  New York Area

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 5, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  Great food. Second time there. I would highly recommend it!

                                                23. JW

                                                  JeriW

                                                  Portland

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 29, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great food and service. I would recommend this little Italian restaurant

                                                24. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 28, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great experience. Staff was friendly and the food was amazing. The tiramisu was perfect.

                                                25. KC

                                                  KittyC

                                                  New York Area

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                  The service and food were good. Two details that prevented a 5-star rating: Cash or AmEX payment only. AmEx has the highest fees so what gives? Do they get a kick back? Woman's room was gross.

                                                26. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                  The restaurant was pretty authentic and the beginning it was full of energy which carried on through the night. We were there to celebrate a wedding anniversary and they helped accommodate our request . The lemoncello at the end was a nice touch. Service was super quick and warm. Would highly recommend.

                                                27. S

                                                  Steph

                                                  New England

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Amazing food and service! There a nice garden patio in the back.

                                                28. ML

                                                  MaggieL

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Definitely worth the price and the outside was great. Will be going back!

                                                29. AL

                                                  AirolynL

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 16, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  First visit to NYC and this was the best meal of the week! Authentic Italian cuisine! I may never go to chain Italian restaurants again. Met the owner -he was a really nice guy and our server was amazing.

                                                30. RR

                                                  ReRe

                                                  New York Area

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  6 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  Food and service are wonderful. The food is fresh and authentic. Noise level was high but not much can be done on a busy night with people talking. It’s best in the summer and eating outside.

                                                31. H

                                                  Hungrycellist

                                                  New York Area

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Delicious food, great service and warm atmosphere.

                                                32. P

                                                  Phyllis

                                                  New York Area

                                                  27 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  27 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  Excellent Neighborhood Gem! Will Return!

                                                33. B

                                                  Bella

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  16 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  16 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                  overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                  Great food, excellent service. It just felt a little odd to sit so close to people again.

                                                34. NW

                                                  NilesW

                                                  Exclusive

                                                  1 review

                                                  1.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                  overall1food2service1ambience3

                                                  We got our entree literally 5 min after we ordered it. No time to even eat the bread or have our wine. Then we were constantly rushed for the check

                                                35. MS

                                                  MSCF

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 3, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  We really loved everything we ordered. My daughter does not usually eat pasta, but she really enjoyed the cacio and pepe. The steamed mussels were probably one of the best I have had. The negroni cocktail and my pinot grigio were fabulous. I would definitely be returning when I visit my daughter again.

                                                36. R

                                                  Rocky

                                                  New York Area

                                                  122 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  122 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 2, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Always quality food and service. Delicious pasta.

                                                37. AW

                                                  AmyW

                                                  New York Area

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 2, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Excellent, warm service and delicious food!

                                                38. PB

                                                  PeteB

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 23, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Excellent! The Meatballs were fantastic as well as the gnocchi. The star of the show was the house special, Cacio e Pepe!

                                                39. L

                                                  Lookat

                                                  New York Area

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                  great place to have staples of Italian dishes, specialised in Roman cuisine, so lot of pasta and calories. Their amatriciana and cacio e pepe are really good, not so much carbonara, not sure why they do it with rigatoni and add so much pepper in grains. The wine list is interesting, but the chianti by the glass I had was not good, probably the bottle had been opened for a long time or not stored properly. The place is cozy but very small, forget about privacy and be prepared for a lot of noise

                                                40. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New York Area

                                                  1 review

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                  overall3food2service2ambience2

                                                  I was disappointed with the food. We ordered the eggplant appetizer which was ice cold and the Cacio e Pepe the signature dish. This was also luke warm and didn’t feel like it was freshly made. It’s a shame that the signature dish could not be done well. Will not be returning

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                                                Cacio e Pepe Downtown is rated 4.4 stars by 1252 OpenTable diners.

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                                                Booked 32 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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