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About Cacio e Pepe

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.

182 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
Between 11th and 12th Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX

Phone Number:
(212) 505-5931

Website:
http://www.cacioepepe.com/

Public Transit:
L train to 3rd Avenue and 6 train to Astor Place.

Executive Chef:
Salvatore Corea

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wine

Cacio e Pepe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Good for a Date (19)
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Fit for Foodies (12)
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Romantic (9)
Fun (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Good for Groups (7)
People Watching (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Cacio e Pepe has a signature dish.....cacio e pepe served inside a wheel of parmigiana and it hooks us every time. We see other tables feasting on what look like tremendous other menu options and we know because we ask everyone sitting nearby. Everyone loves the food here, newcomers and old timers alike. And that's why everyone keep going back again and again and again. 'Nuf said. Happy Thanksgiving 2017 to one and all.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fun, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great restaurant with great food. A little unusual in that they only accept Americans Express or cash, was not prepared for that. All else, however, was fantastic!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Everything was great but it was too noisy

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very good pasta, like in Italy. The owner is italian, so this is a guarantee!

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food, excellent service and a nice, relaxed ambiance. Loved it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I came here on a date with my boyfriend. They have an awesome atmosphere very cute quaint but lively. Food was a tad salty but overall I would recommend.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (México)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I’m a fan of Cacio e Pepe pasta (not the resto) so if I go to a restaurant that is called that way, my expectations are high, moreover so when the pasta is pricy. The preparation is fancy, but the taste is no better than any other place.

Overall good experience but a bit disappointed on the food.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Amazing!!! Love the staff. Food is phenomenal. Amazing hospitality and also casual at the same time.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

This was the biggest disappointment in a dinning experience I have EVER had. I called two times to tell them it was my boyfriends birthday and they did not even acknowledge it our entire meal. The pasta wasn't even cheesy and the servings were so small. The place was so expensive and the quality of the food was average at BEST. Oh and also- if you're going to only accept American Express then you should probably mention it before handing me the check after we have already eaten. This place was not worth it, and I would not advise anyone to eat there. Much better places to eat in NYC.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The food was mediocre at best and I wouldn’t return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Solid neighborhood restaurant. Good eats reasonable prices.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was overpriced which we knew but the quality just wasn’t great. Two of our guest got sick that night. I also specified in the reservation and to the waitress that we were celebrating a birthday to please bring out a candle. That never happened. She came by our table maybe twice the whole night we had to ask for water or the check by asking other waiters.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This Destefano was amazing. All of their dishes where so tasty! Myself and my four friend each got something different and passed our plates around to each other to share! Our waiter was so kind and all his recommendations were amazing!!! This place is a must go when you are in NYC!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Went there for the cacio e pepe. Unfortunately it was too much pepper for my taste as all I could taste was the peppers and kept biting into the pepper corns even though i was trying to pull them out. Next time i will ask for less or no pepper.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Best Italian food ever. Great atmosphere.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We were fortunate enough to get an early dinner reservation 6:30 pm the night before. We were seated immediately and enjoyed a wonderful meal. It got very busy by the time we were on our second course. The food, cocktails, and dessert were all wonderful. Admittedly I was a little sceptical because of mixed reviews but we had a great experience with staff, food and service and wouldn't hesitate to return again!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Been here several times, food is always delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food excellent as always. Incredibly noisy; made worse by a group of extremely loud alchohol-fueled women nearby. It really made having a conversation difficult. (I recently had a hearing test and was told my hearing was perfect, so this is a legitimate observation.) The restaurant should consider some sound-absorbing materials.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 10, 2017

The signature pasta dish was soggy. Did not enjoy it.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We anticipated small portions, but were pleased to find otherwise. The quality of the pasta was exemplary. We were also impressed by the comforting abilities of the mussel soup.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very nice experience. Only a couple issues. We sat outside, in the back garden/patio. There were three of us, so we had two small tables pushed together. Both tables were wobbly. The chairs were small, and not that sturdy (and I am a 125lbs, so not me). Kind of felt off balance all evening.
They do no take any credit cards, other than American Express. I don't have an AE card, so I had to get cash out of the cash machine that they have in the restaurant. That was ok, but the machine only allows 200 max, so if I hadn't had some extra cash with me, I would not have been able to cover the bill and reasonable tip.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

What can we say? Everyone at the table got the same dish: cacio e pepe...wonder why that was? Guests in town from as far away as Sydney, Australia were delighted with their meal and everyone had a terrific evening.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Classic yet inventive Italian dishes. Menu changes often. Beautiful back garden. This place is a gem.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Very Nice restaurant, juste a bit too expensive , but really great place !

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

One of the best Italian restaurants in the city. Super talented friendly chef & staff. Always have a good meal there. Wines superb, creative yummy desserts. Indoor, sidewalk or back garden dining. A great experience!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Got the classic dish and was not disappointed! The service was very speedy. Lovely night.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

The waitress completely ruined my birthday. She embarrassed me in front of all my guest because she THOUGHT I wasn’t gonna tip. She didn’t even was nice at all, but as a decent client I still was gonna tip. Always do. And she though I didn’t because she took the check before we were done and said in front of my guests that we didn’t give her enough money. It was the worse thing have ever happen to me. She complete ruined my night and my birthday celebration. I will never going back to this place and is a shame because I used to go a lot and I will never recommend it to anyone. Worse experience ever.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Everything was fabulous!! Best pasta. Great for all.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

I'd been wanting to go to this restaurant for weeks. So when my birthday came up seemed like the perfect excuse. Well unfortunately it fell short of satisfaction. Portions were very small. 3 of us ordered the pasta in the "cheese wheel" when arrived at the table all 3 portions were already in the wheel as oppose to each have our own. Therefore the cheese and spaghetti not proportioned evenly. Already the portion was extremely small. We were a party of 6 so they added gratuity (which is illegal in nyc) server never really cared about us. Made a horrible joke about not having the "cheese wheel" would've ordered more wine but server nowhere to be found. Didn't really care about us since he's already getting 20%. Left hungry and very disappointed for my birthday. Ended the night at dominos. Will not come back.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Bring your Amex or cash! Shocking notice on the bottom of the DESSERT MENU saying they only take American Express or cash! Who ever heard of that combination ?

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Ordered the Cacio E Pepe and they brought out the actual pecorino cheese wheel with the pasta mix in the middle. It was delicious! This place is cash/amex only though! Cost me an ATM trip and 3$ charge.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Birthday dinner for my cousin

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Amazing I will definitely go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The staff were most helpful and accommodating for our group of 11. We were in a hurry because we were going to a concert afterward and they easily handled that. All staff were upbeat and pleasant. Menu was extensive with an interesting variety of appetizers and main courses. I would definitely go there again.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great place, great food, great people. Always on point.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Authentic, creative and fabulous Italian cuisine. Specifically roman dishes which are seasonal. Makes me feel like I'm in Italy each time I dine here 🤙🏻

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

I was so excited to try this restaurant, but it turned out to be very disappointing. I'll start with the good: the wine, the appetizer, and the atmosphere. I had a pinot noir, and it was very smooth. My boyfriend and I split the eggplant timballo as an appetizer. It was a bit heavy for a starter, but I must admit that it was very tasty. The atmosphere is pleasant, and sitting outside is a plus if you enjoy watching passersby. The bad? Pretty much everything else. The main dishes were mediocre at best, not to mention that I got seriously ill while eating my meal. My boyfriend wasn't feeling too hot after his meal either. I got pasta with ground beef and tomato sauce, and my boyfriend got sliced steak with roasted potatoes. It was clear to the both of us that the quality of the beef was poor--it was drenched in oil and tasted a bit gamey. My pasta was also undercooked. For two glasses of wine, one appetizer, one main dish, and one pasta dish, our total came out to over $100. Quite honestly, even if the quality of the food was good, there wasn't anything revolutionary enough about our dishes to make it worth the exorbitant price. I can make pasta with Ragu and ground beef any night of the week. There was no reason to pay over $20 for that plate. Same with the steak dish. If you're looking for great pasta at a reasonable price, I'd skip Cacio e Pepe and walk a block down to San Marzano. I wanted to love Cacio e Pepe, but unfortunately, I will not be returning.

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great food. Waiter was more interested in flirting with other waitress than serving. Had to ask different people for things. Disappointed because last time it was great.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Best part is really sitting in the backyard. The front and inside are really not that great and remind a lot of fast food. So, when you get there, ask to sit in the back, weather permitting. Food is absolutely excellent. That night they seemed to be short-staffed and it took a while for the waitress to appear. But very friendly and good value.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 24, 2017

I have been here many times and is always very good - the staff is very friendly and the food outstanding a great value for the price - hint - if a nice evening ask about the patio in back it is perfect!! The namesake dish is excellent and maybe even order one and share between the two of you for a starter as the meat and fish are great for a second

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