Caffe Buon Gusto - UES

4.6
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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
4.7
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4.4
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4.3
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4.5
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LC
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Deliciosa comida; verdaderamente italiana.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Got seated later than our reservation and food was good, but not mind blowing

B
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always love coming here. Great food and service.

NY
Naples
27 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Disapointed in service as we were rushed through dinner. I've been to Caffe Buon Gusto many times but never as busy and noisy as Friday night. WIll stick to weeknights moving forward hoping food, service and all around experience is better

KL
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Great neighborhood feeling and yummy food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Loved the pasta!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This food was amazing and the service was so good and quick. Definitely will be back! Marcielo was also such a great server.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Cozy restaurants are lovely, but this is beyond cramped. Unpleasant.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious! A bit pricey for add ons though (barely any chicken added) Waiters and host weren’t friendly at all. Food was too good to pass up though!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, fast service and lovely ambiance for a romantic date!

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went for an early Valentines dinner to avoid the crowds and were happily surprised to see that they were offering 50% off the reserve wine bottles. The wine we chose was really great and came out to about $50. We made a reservation a couple days in advance so we were slightly annoyed to be the table that is basically in the doorway, but otherwise the ambiance was nice. We loved our waiter who began serving us at the start of the meal. He was so friendly and helpful ( and apparently has been there for 25 yrs!) but later on in the night it switched to a different waitress and with her we had to basically wave our arms for 20 minutes to get any sort of attention- which was especially annoying because it was busy when we got there, but only a few people were around when we left, so they weren't busy. The food was really delicious and if you don't get a special, the portions are large (we got the special tagliatelle pasta-truffle and mushrooms- was amazing but not big). Overall a good experience and we'd return, but we will definitely request a different table! (the door would basically open and close on my shoulder)

GJ
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good basic Italian fare in a homey neighborhood spot. Reliable and friendly.

CM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was fabulous. We both ordered the gnocchi and it was to die for - so fluffy and pillowy. The service was good and we got quite the authentic vibe. The pricey were a little high so it’s probably a good place for a date night or something similar.

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Staff was very rude and rushed us through the meal even though it was not busy. Food was okay but service was extremely lacking.

S
New York Area
158 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The noise was unbearable but the food was delicious.

NS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great hidden gem on the Upper East Side. The avenues get a ton of traffic and visibility, but the side streets get much less. My wife and I have made an effort to try out more side street places and we really enjoyed this one. It felt more like a neighborhood restaurant with a casual vibe and no pretension. The food was great and the service was excellent. It made for a nice change of pace. I would definitely recommend hitting up this place if you are a local!

DK
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caffe Buon Gusto is a gem! Excellent food and ambience. My daughter recommended thus fine restaurant. Can't wait to come back to NYC to visit!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal and vibes were amazing

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden neighborhood gem

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LW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Authentic and delicious food in a noisy, way-to-close for comfort environment.

B
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was my first time there. Pleasantly surprised. For a casual Italian meal with solidly good food, this place works. Not great for a date night as the volume is super loud and the tables are very close to one another. I would go back under the right conditions.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best homemade pasta I have ever had. Definitely worth every cent and save room for the ricotta and pistachio cake it is to die for

W
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful pasta dishes!!!

TG
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

You might as well go to a bad diner to get this type of Italian food!! It was inedible. I ordered pasta Bolognese. It had virtual a teaspoon of sauce an over-cooked rigatoni which was basically meatless. We were seated tin a tight corner table from which there was no way out except to have both or neighboring tables get up while they moved the table. Forget a rest room attempt. I think this is probably the worst restaurant in NYC and that is going a long way.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious as always but I do think my gnocchi was a bit undercooked. I have never experienced that here so I assume it was an isolated situation.

AA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for NYE dinner. It was a great date night. Best vodka sauce ever.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond incredible!!! My absolute favorite restaurant in NYC!!!

OT
Key West
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best pasta I’ve ever had! Paired well with the wine our server recommended.

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff are outstanding. I highly recommend if you want genuinely great italian food. The restaurant is tiny, which I enjoyed because it felt more intimate.

I
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Small restaurant in an old townhouse with original details still visible. Food is a bad americanization of Italian dishes. Learned a lesson, never trust an "Italian" place that lists Alfredo sauce in its menu.

2
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood gem and as first time visitors we were so enchanted! The food was great but the service was really fabulous! Marcelo was so friendly and helpful and couldn’t have been nicer! Thankyou to Giovanni also (Maitre D/manager)!
We’ll be back!

m
New York Area
187 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, thoughtful servers, good food and warm atmosphere. Delightful evening

SD
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caffé Buon Gusto is my go-to Italian restaurant in NYC! It's cozy and charming, has great food and service, and the prices are reasonable.

GR
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We really appreciated the music. It was not too loud and was American songbook rather than Christmas music. We were able to easily talk to each other and hear each other. It was our 34 yr. wedding anniversary and they played "La vie en rose" which has a lot of meaning to us.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Pasta was great!

KB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I have to say the food was great, very small place. Make sure you make a Reservation. Nice music and Atmosphere. This will be my new spot!

LB
Detroit
24 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST pesto gnocchi ever!!! The BEST tiramisu!!!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite upper East side restaurant

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L
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was amazing but the restaurant is so small. The Brooklyn location is definitely better in terms of size and service. The UES location feels as if you’re being rushed out. We were barely at the restaurant for 30 mins but we still felt rushed the entire time. I believe there also may be a price difference between the Brooklyn and UES location.