Cacio e Pepe

4.6
1123 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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vipBaKs
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, staff kind and attentive. Food was excellent.

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NYC95
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Found that the food was over salted and mediocre for the prices.. I ordered the cacio e pepe which is the namesake dish and was disappointed. It was too salty and I could only eat a few bites. The meatballs we ordered for starters also lacked flavor but were heavily salted as well. Also did not appreciate that at the end of the meal when we went to pay with credit cards we were informed they only take American Express OR cash. We were surprised to hear that American Express is the only Credit card they take as usually it is the opposite for most restaurants and small businesses. Felt a bit shady that were not informed of this before hand. We had to take over $100 out in cash at their ATM to pay the bill and at the end of the meal we were being stared at to finish our meal and get out so they could close shop early. Will not be returning and would not recommend. Save your money

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vipPothediner
New York Area
236 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another excellent meal. Had the meatballs as an appetizer and of course the Cacio e Pepe as the main course. The Cacio e Pepe is the best I ever had anywhere!

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vipnycsarah
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely table out in the back garden under tent coverage and heat lamps. The food was exceptional as we've come to expect at cacio e pepe (it's a place we frequent often)
The wine choice is excellent and so reasonable. The staff were beyond accommodating, as we stayed for a few hours, closing the place down. They never once rushed us, even though the staff were ready to leave inside ( we soon realized). Needless to say, we tipped well once we saw that we were keeping them and promptly left. They were so courteous. We'll definitely be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Cash and AMEX ONLY!! Was not aware until we sat down. They have an ATM but of course you are charged to use it.

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vipRocky
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently excellent cuisine. Innovative chef and friendly service. Good value on wines.

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Michele
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Salvatore ‘s menu changes with each season. The food he prepares is fresh and flavorful of the essences of the time of year. The signature dish
Cacio e pepe is served all year round.
Its presentation is served to capture all the flavors of the dish. My dinner
Companion said she wanted to savor all the flavors, it was so delicous!
A must dinner experience on the lower eastside.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and staff

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Carly
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Went with boyfriend for his birthday. Tried 2 appetizers which we did not enjoy at all. The pastas dishes were good. Basically went here cause I saw the pasta served in the parm wheel all over Instagram. The 10 seconds were not worth the hype. Then when they brought out the tiramisu with the candle for his bday they didn’t even say happy birthday. Just placed it on the table and walked away. As for atmosphere, I heard they have a nice outdoor back area (which is another reason I planned to eat here) but we were seated on the front sidewalk.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was great but the only accepting Amex and cash is frustrating.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super great. Since it’s covid time, we were asked if outdoor or the garden, and we decided the garden, glad We did. Super cute, great food and drinks great price.
lovely people and welcoming. Must the get the cheese wheel pasta.

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vipGuggyDiner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely back garden for pandemic outdoor dining; food was nothing to write home about, but solid and service was friendly (and waitress nicely pointed out auto-added tip for large party).

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cristinaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my experience at Cacio Pepe. The Garden experience was magnificent. The service great, the food made with love and care. I will come back soon.
Cristina Casanova

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vipetoth
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Had a nice evening in the back garden. Very pleasant surroundings and very good food.

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vipDavidM
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The food here is below average. The wine choice is very average. They also only had 1 choice of beer (bottled) Frost. Their signature dish - Cacio e Pepe was cold and underwhelming. Overall this restaurant seems over priced for the quality of food they serve. This may be better suited for a student crowd.

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SylviaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner outside in the garden. Enjoyed the food, service and ambience.

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Juxie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, as always. Great outdoor seating, too.

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vipCindyM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always impresses my guests with the food and hospitality

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vipYumm
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious always! And friendly service too :)

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vipCarolynZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Such a lovely setting to dine al fresco. Of course, you must get the eponymous pasta.

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JasonS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was as if the staff were welcoming you back, like you’ve definitely been there before. The food was precise, timely and all-around satisfying. We were seated outside in the garden area which has a great ambiance and made for a romantic evening. It’s easy to rave about the pasta made in a wheel of cheese but this quaint spot has much more to offer.

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ScottD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so surprised by the garden in the back. It was lovely and a perfect spot to get together. We, of course, had the Cacio Pepe. We split it among four of us for an appetizer and it was enough. The way the pasta is tossed in the giant wheel of Parmesan Romano was a treat to see for our out of town guests.

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vipCindyM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best Italian in the east village. Perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and amazing food. Highly recommend.

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Petep
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. Parm Creme Brûlée starter was outstanding and pasta first rate.

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vipFashionFriend
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cacio e Pepe has been our go to for years. You won’t find better fresh pastas and authentic cooking than here!

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EmilyH
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I seriously love this place, all of the food is so good and everyone that works there is very attentive.

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vipNebo
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Lovely garden in back for eating outside but away from the street.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my friends college send off and it was amazing. Extremely clean, friendly and timely!

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ES99
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved sitting the garden. Food and service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended! Amazing food, really special but not pricey. Friendly service and great drinks and wine. Very cozy garden in the back, or seating in the front if you like people-watching.

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vipBethC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and so lovely to eat in the back garden, away from the hustle and bustle of the street but still a bit of a summer breeze going by. The food was so delicious and the service was attentive. We loved the summer salad of peaches, watermelon and tomatoes with pistachio cream--each bite was a feast. My daughter had the risotto with pineapple on it-yum yum--and I had the chicken stuffed with prosciutto and fontina served with an intensely deliciously fresh tomato salad.

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MeaS
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience herel. The patio is beautiful and the food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The garden was perfect for an intimate conversation and all the staff we interacted with were wonderful :)

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vipYumm
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food, beautiful patio & amazing service!!

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vipJessicaP
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First dinner out post-stay at home order and it was amazing!

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vipPothediner
New York Area
236 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants! Always good especially the Cacio e Pepe pasta. It is the best I ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our go to Italian in East Village.. consistently good pasta, friendly service, and overall upbeat and fun vibe...Tonight our server was exceptional and made the night even better!! Def worth a try if you are in the neighborhood !

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vipMargal
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great experience overall! We’ll definitely be back!

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Cacio e Pepe is rated 4.6 stars by 1123 OpenTable diners.

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