Caffe Buon Gusto - UES

4.6
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614 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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OT
Tokyo
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a lovely family run restaurant with a lovely ambience and the most lovely host! It’s been so long since I’ve had a three course meal where each dish got better. I’ll definitely be back! Molte grazie!

DS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always good food. I enjoy the veal tortellini. My friend had linguine with lobster which was a little bland. Crab cakes were delicious.

w
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best carbonara! Cute and cozy, great service, accommodating of food allergies.

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best find for insanely delicious pasta on the UES!!!! Let the awesome waitstaff weigh in on your choices and get ready to clean your plates! We had a birthday dinner for myself and daughter. We brought in champagne and a cake and they served both perfectly and helped make the celebration a great one.

DJ
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friend and I appreciated the food and service. Staff helped us divide dishes into shares. Delicious tartuffo!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Absolutely unpleasent experience! The manager or owner was very rude and unprofessional. Definetely we wouldn’t come back again!

K
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Showed up pretty late on a Saturday, around 10:45. They seated us right away. The food arrived within 10 minutes of ordering and it was delicious - homemade pastas and rich, flavorful sauces. Will definitely be coming back.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food. Good prices. Been there often but last visit each course they got wrong. Did take ownership. Made us feel bad about it and instead of taking off our coffee and dessert gave us a dessert we didn’t order after ordering our desserts

UE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent gnocchi with vodka sauce and chicken parmesan, and prices were reasonable compared to other Italian options on the UES. We will definitely be back!

AZ
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The waiter struggled with opening our bottle of wine. My pasta dish was not how it was described in menu.

RR
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RUN DONT WALK incredible everything. Marcello the waiter was caring, the environment was romantic and the pasta was the best I have ever had in my life

MA
New England
37 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is so good I want to keep it for myself. Make a reservation or wait a while for a table. Will eat here every time we are visiting the city.

S
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best! Always delicious!

C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food had way too much garlic - not as good as it usually is.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was amazing! They were also running a special on some of their bottles so we got a lovely $90 red for only $45! Our server was charming and made wonderful recommendations for our dinner. Will definitely go again

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place and can’t wait to return. Small, cozy, intimate dining room and a beautiful garden dining area outside back patio. Great food and amazing service. Had a special with whole wheat linguini, salmon, tomatoes, zucchini and pesto. My wife loved the gnocchi and pesto.
Very reasonably priced.

M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Medicore food at best. Rude and unprofessional owner.
He was insulting and not honest.
Go elsewhere.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The ravioli was very nice. Bread was also excellent. There were only 3-4 active tables being actively served so the noise level was very low. I liked it overall.

JH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great pasta. But Small cramped and noisy.

GM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Both me and my guest had the Ravioli (with different sauces: Alfredo & Marinara) with a salad (which was very fresh). Only comment is that you couldn't taste the spinach that was supposed to be in the ravioli squares (and maybe wasn't, which may explain why they were so deflated). Tasty sauces though.
For desert, I had the Tartufo which was superb, but my friend had the apple tart which she found too flabby.
The service was OK (the place filled up rather quickly after we arrived at 6:30 PM—with reservations—which really challenged the servers and prevented the service to reach at least 4-stars).
Pleasant decor, and noise level which rose as the quite small space filled up. Luckily we were in the back corner table and were able to converse reasonably well (having to repeat oneself about 25% of the time though). Overall the experience was good, and a future repeat is certainly in the cards (to check other items in the very extensive menu).

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great experience- nice atmosphere in the back of the restaurant.

MC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was excellent. Portion size was a little small, but other than that everything about this restaurant is awesome.

JJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only problem here is trying to make a decision from this vast menu. Everything here is so delicious. Pasta are unparalled and salad specials are creative in a good way. We always bring friends and they love it.

KB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Enjoyed it . Took a while for us to get our first drink but it was very busy for a Wednesday night in my opinion. It made it hard to hear one another . The food was delicious though and the waiter told us about their back patio-so we shall return.

r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A find on the Upper East Side. They will see me again and again.

MK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing pastas and very cute small outdoor seating

S
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I know CBG in Brooklyn but had never been to the one on the UES. I insisted that my visiting friend try it instead of a very expensive restaurant that she had picked out. She loved this restaurant. So did I!! Food was great. Our waiter was fantastic. We shall return…maybe in a couple of days!!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were pleased about every aspect of our experience. Food was well-prepared and delicious - no complaints at all.
Ambiance was very pleasant - we were early and selected the best outdoor seating.
Service was a bit slow, but friendly and helpful. The waiter’s suggestion re entree was spot on.
Noise level was not an issue - we were eating lunch outside.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We were very excited to try this place based on reviews and photos but we were very disappointed in the food and service. Even though the restaurant wasn’t very full, the wait staff were very slow and inattentive. There were ants in the bread basket, a slug slithering on the wall of the patio that none of the servers noticed. The gnocchi came inedibly undercooked. The chicken dishes were fine but not very flavorful and the broccoli on the side was undercooked. We will not be going back.

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the back garden!

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as expected! The homemade pasta is fantastic. This is our go to place for a great meal that’s reasonably priced.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pasta a la vodka blows my mind every time. This place is one of my favorites in all of Manhattan

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent local restaurant. I have been a regular for years.

GB
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding fresh pasta. Love the outdoor seating in the back. Great value and will return

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great outdoor seating in the back, attentive staff. Mixed up a dinner order but had it resolved within a few minutes. Friendly host and great vibe, quality pasta dishes cooked perfectly al dente. A go-to for any lover of an American-Italian dinner

M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

very pleasant & quiet place. The lunch menu includes many different kinds of salads, which makes it easy to eat lightly... if so inclined. There are certainly more substantial choices.

a
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been here several time. The pasta is homemade and excellent with plenty of choices. Wine by the glass was a very generous pour. My only complaint would be the noise level. It’s a small place, and a few tables of loud diners really had a negative effect on the ambiance. Go off peak.. probably much better then.

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I really enjoyed the food but the service was odd...

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!! Wonderful service!!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Amazing pasta. The carbonara was our favorite followed by spicy vodka sauce. The service was slow especially the time it took to process the check. The restaurant was really small and cramped. But the pasta was so good that I can’t stop thinking about it!