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Caffe Buon Gusto - UES, New York, NY
Caffe Buon Gusto - UES, New York, NY
Caffe Buon Gusto - UES, New York, NY
Caffe Buon Gusto - UES, New York, NY
Caffe Buon Gusto - UES, New York, NY

Caffe Buon Gusto - UES

4.5
4.5
1113 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
This charming Upper East Side café exudes comfort and conviviality, with parchment shades that soften light from sconces that warm the room. Eager to please, the kitchen uses high-quality ingredients for its mix-and-match philosophy. Patrons can choose their meats, their pastas (dried or, for a slight surcharge, the restaurant's own homemade), and their sauces (from a simple marinara to a more complex carbonara) as they create their own dishes.
For dessert, you can't go wrong with a cappuccino or a chocolate tartufo all served up with a smile.
During this time, the Restaurant staff is taking temperature of diners and a phone number from one member of the party for contact tracing . Plexi-glass dividers are set up for both inside and outside dining areas.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 23 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 535-6884
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Please call the restaurant to plan your next event.
  • Neighborhood
    Upper East Side
  • Cross street
    between 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave)
  • Parking details
    Street or private lot.
  • Public transit
    77 St (4, 6, 6X) 68 St - Hunter College (4, 6, 6X) 86 St (4, 5, 6, 6X)
  • Additional
    Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

What 1,113 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

1,113 Reviews
  1. Cari

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    We sat outside an it was too noisy, tables were so much next to each other that we couldn't move to stand up. Inside was the same or worse!! Couldn't have a conversation with the people at my table, and we were only 4 People!!!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Really great food! Good vibes for a Friday night.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    232 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    232 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    I should known the place would’ve been mediocre when I realized the room was full of millennials. No one was over 25 so I guess they had to eat cheap. The quality was diner quality. The staff was nice though but the place isn’t for anyone who knows good food.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Cozy DELICIOUS restaurant, like wow. The best gnocchi of my life

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  5. Pablo

    Miami

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food, service was mediocre at best since we were the only one there for a long time.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great experience! Some of the best food. Definitely going again soon!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This spot is always a classic. Everything was great as usual and the service was wonderful. Can't wait to come back.

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  8. Great

    New York City

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Arrived early for 6:00 reservation. They welcomed us in and got us water and drinks right away. We were waiting for 1 more in our party! Our son lives a couple of doors away from Buon Gusto so we dine here every couple of months! Never disappoints! Food, service, atmosphere all great! One of my favorites in the upper east side! Ben fatto gratzie!

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  9. Todd

    New York City

    129 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Cute, very small space with friendly staff. We had penne a la vodka and linguini bolognese. Both were pretty standard - tasty, nothing special. Also got the chicken scarpariello, which was disappointing. Portions of the pasta were generous - not so of the chicken. All in all, an average Italian place - if you go, stick with the pasta.

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  10. MaryL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The bright glaring whiteness of the lights was off putting. Loved the special I ordered a special homemade past with mushrooms, sausage in a delicious truffle sauce. So yummy! The salad was a bit disappointing. They have a great affordable wine by the bottle list.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was very mediocre for an average of $33 per pasta dish. Ambience was far from ideal - it’s situated in a very small packed room with no decoration and bright lights. Staff was friendly, but if food quality and ambience are important to you, recommend looking elsewhere.

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  12. Spike

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food here is always fantastic, and even though we like to get takeout from here, it's a profoundly different experience in house. The space is a little tight, but it's absolutely worth the extra effort.

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  13. 123goodfoodie

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is quite small and, as a result, it is quite noisy and gets crowded. However, the food and service are quite good

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  14. MJP307

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed this quiet, cozy restaurant after a walking tour of the UES. It was a perfect location for chatting and eating. The menu was as expected for an Italian restaurant in NYC. We had pasta dishes, salad, wine and dessert. Everything was delicious. I highly recommend the pistachio cake!!

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  15. TomH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful find! Chosen for its proximity to something else we were doing in the neighborhood as a pre-Valentine's Day date. Caffe Buon Gusto did not disappoint! Marcello and the team were incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. He chose a wine for my Lady based on what she'd ordered and he nailed it. The food was distinctly home-made tasting and delicious.

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  16. KristinPB

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The homemade pasta was delicious. Server was excellent and everyone in our party left satisfied.

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  17. Hmw1

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Bad food, rude staff. Made a reservation that didn’t indicate outdoor seating and was sat outdoors. Not a good experience.

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  18. ChrisT

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good food and sauces, Great menu and a wonderful variety of creative dishes.

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  19. sudbury

    Greater Boston

    74 reviews

    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Well what a surprise. This hole in the wall had the best and most authentic Bolognese outside of Bologna with the typically missing ingredient of chicken liver included. Huge portions. Even with reservations you will wait. Outstanding.

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  20. MiriamB

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was great. Seating was a little odd as we were in the back.

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  21. WarrenN

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Try to come each time I am in NYC. Excellent authentic food and friendly service.

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  22. Spike

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We come here fairly often, and we have always had a lovely time. The food is consistently delicious, and the service is reliable and attentive. I would specifically recommend the octopus salad and the lobster carbonara, but all the choices here are good.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Charming cozy spot with fantastic, authentic Italian cuisine.

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  24. AlexA

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Hidden gem. The Linguine Lobster was amazing. The restaurant owners and staff were extremely friendly and fun. Can’t wait to go back!

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  25. NathanG

    Jacksonville

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful neighborhood Italian restaurant with welcoming waiters, great food and a good value.

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  26. NinaD

    New York City

    37 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Overpriced and small portions. caesar salad had strange taste and stale croutons Bread was the only thing that wasgoid

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  27. ambrosia

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Staff was ungracious, with scowling faces. The chicken parm seemed nuked & the chicken was barely visible. If you go, best to order pasta.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Was good food, the server or manager recommended a mediocre bottle of wine, not a fan. Food was great, small portions

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  29. LaraT

    New York City

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    To be seated, we were led past the bathrooms, along the kitchen and into a first-floor apartment of the same building and into a what would have been a tiny bedroom with two tables in it. While is was much quieter and the service and food was as good as we have experienced sitting in the actual restaurant, it felt makeshift, awkward, and certainly not as nice as it would have been in the main dining room or my own home.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellence food and service. Highly recommend this UPE restaurant.

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  31. TimB

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Good food. Small, crowded, metal chairs and uncomfortable banquets. Service was rushed. 30 per bottle corkage fee. The sole was great, the eggplant bolognese was just a ragu of tomato sauce, pureed eggplant and very little meat. The entrees come as is on a plate. The veal piccata was 2 pieces of veal on a plate. Presentation issues. We were a party of 3 grown men and we were told to “ sit normally” to make room for others. Fortunately, the company and wine were great, we brought 2 great bottles from our cellar we spent -300 or so .. wouldn’t go again.

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  32. ColleenW

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Classic, charming italian spot. Perfect for family gatherings! Food was delicious!

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  33. Nipa

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great pasta and wine. Overall nice experience for casual dinner

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  34. ALLI

    New York City

    106 reviews

    3.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Our experience was just fair. The wine by the bottle price was excellent, but the food was mediocre. Our friends meat was not prepared as he ordered it. The ricotta and pomodoro pasta sauce was bland. It took too long to get the check. The staff is friendly and the room is cozy but with so many great restaurants in the area I doubt we will go back. Perhaps others will enjoy it more than we did

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  35. Lynn

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such delicious food here and such a warm reception from staff! I loved everything from my glass of wine to my homemade ravioli to the incredible tiramisu that was so graciously served to us. Portion sizes were perfect and reminded me of home. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

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  36. deannan

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    A neighborhood gem. We love this place, so delicious!

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  37. ReneE

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The two dishes we ordered were not fresh and the seafood was undercooked

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  38. ShannonC

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Homemade pasta was good but everything else was mid at best especially for the prices.

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  39. AmandaG

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The BEST Italian food on the Upper East Side. Time after time I find myself craving going back to Caffe Buon Gusto. Every dish there is delicious! Our favorite dishes are the veal parm, pesto with pasta, penne vodka and the caesar salad!

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  40. MaryL

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant. Food was excellent Service outstanding! WE LOVE NANDO!

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FAQs

Caffe Buon Gusto - UES does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Caffe Buon Gusto - UES is rated 4.5 stars by 1113 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Caffe Buon Gusto - UES

236 E. 77th St., New York, NY 10075

Additional information

  • Cross street
    between 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave)
  • Neighborhood
    Upper East Side
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–4:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street or private lot.
  • Public transit
    77 St (4, 6, 6X) 68 St - Hunter College (4, 6, 6X) 86 St (4, 5, 6, 6X)
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
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