Cacio e Pepe Downtown

4.7
1157 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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NicholasG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it’s a must. service fantastic. food just as amazing. great vibes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was incredible! The attention to detail from all aspects of our evening was done with grace!

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vipPothediner
New York Area
238 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat here. Food is good and service is outstanding. Our waitress, Veronica took great care of us. Always checking that everything met our approval. Eating in the outdoor garden added to the experience. Can't wait to go back.

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JessicaL
New England
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is so kind there, the food so good, and the ambiance lovely! Can’t recommend enough!

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KellyD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly. Would definitely dine again!

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joesans1
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Get the caccio Pepe!!!

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vipTracy
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday. We were early for our reservation and afraid we would be able to get in. The host was so kind and accommodating, seating is in the garden area. It was a bit loud with a large party in progress but we didn’t mind as it led to a festive atmosphere after our long day. I couldn’t appreciate the exception more. And the lovely tiramisu as a gift was a perfect ending

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vipJack
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, definitely will come back. Unfortunately, there was a crowd out back that was blatantly TOO loud. I am a fan of birthdays, but their sound was obnoxious and unprofessional, interrupting everyones dinner. If i were a server I would've said something.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food! Great experience! The cheese wheel & Cornish hen is a must try!

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MarTal
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We got the cacio e Pepe which was good! we also got the burrata and the truffle pasta which was amazing! The espresso martini were 18 which was ridiculous but the food was amazing! Defiantly a bit expensive. The cacio e Pepe was good but would not get it again. It is also cash only or Amex which was annoying

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vipYoyop
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food was high quality though a little bit pricey.
The server was good untill the moment she added 22% to the tip without asking and when we didn't give her what she wanted she was really rude about it and chased us to the door.

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brooke
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience ever! The staff was incredible and gave me a lovely birthday surprise dessert. They made my birthday so special! I will definitely be back.

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vipFeliciaE
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Food and service was great

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vipDinner
Philadelphia
91 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friday dinner with friends..
We ordered all the pastas with the beef cheek main and tempura appetizer:
The pastas were all al dente.
The eponymous cacio was prepared gimmicky on a wheel of parmesan which looks great but a mistake in taste.
It is over sauced and not as delicate as you loose the nuance of the pepper taste.
The amatriciana was better and mild but still heavily drenched.
The risottowas delicate but over garnished.
The paccheri was the best one.
The beef cheeks were flavorful and tender.
The 65 dollar wine bottles were good but overpriced.
The granita was the best in all the desserts.
Service was attentive and pleasant.

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vipDervish
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The good was ok, limited menu with the items having one ingredient that threw it off for me

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vipLydiaP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love, love, love the cacio pepe! The reason to eat there.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was incredible. The appetizer tasted very fresh, the pasta was amazing, and the portion size was perfect. The staff were very responsive and accomodating. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for an authentic italian restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The people were super nice and the ambience was energetic, yet peaceful. However, the very dish the restaurant is named after (Tonnarelli cacio e pepe) was a letdown, since the pasta went cold by the time it was brought outside to be swirled in the cheese block. This resulted in the dish being chunky and dry, even though I appreciate the showmanship.
HOWEVER, the Fettuccine con crema di parmigiano e perle di tartufo nero was utterly HEAVENLY and I rate it a 100 out of 10. Every bite was perfectly balanced and I just wanted more even after I was full.
Next time, I’d also love to see the restaurant accept payment methods other than just American Express and Cash.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and ambiance was so nice.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had so much fun with my 5 friends at Cacio e Pepe. We were promptly accommodated as soon as we arrived and we’re offered drinks even off the menu! (margaritas, etc.) The pasta was absolutely delicious - i highly recommend the truffle fettuccini.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant ever! Great food great service awesome employees.

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michellet
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it here, food was awesome and had a great time:)

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EmilyD
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! The Cacio e Pepe was delicious and an excellent wine selection.

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AlexiaLM
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The people there are amazing, so welcoming and kind. Whatever you need they are there for you. They are also genuinely Italian which add a great deal to the whole experience. They have a garden like place behind their shop where you can sit with the warmth of they individual heaters and light bulbs, perfect to enjoy during the pandemic restrictions. The food is the real thing, fresh pasta (you can absolutely tell the difference) and the most rich cheese you will ever find. I recommend trying the Cacio e Pepe plate, it is without doubt the most unique.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was delicious and the staff were very attentive! Will definitely visit again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place - service is the best

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vipRocky
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my very favorite Italian restaurants. Great food, cocktails, service and nice venue for outside dining in their garden.

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vipErica
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, the best pasta, great outdoor patio with heaters.

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OliviaC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food!! The servers treated you like family and made our Christmas Eve dinner feel intimate. It was the perfect choice for a special meal. Great portion sizes and wine pours. Very hard to find that in New York. Will definitely be going back!

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DinaW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Both pasta were delicious, al dente and really tasty. The appetiser was an interesting combination (on paper) but not our taste; the dessert was original and very good. The drink selection is also pretty good.
On a negative note, a restaurant not offering credit card (only AMEX) as payment option leaves you puzzled.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!!

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vipBaKs
New York Area
22 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
238 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
102 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.

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

Loved the food and staff

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Cacio e Pepe Downtown is rated 4.7 stars by 1157 OpenTable diners.

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