Caffe Buon Gusto - UES

4.6
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646 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
4.6
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4.4
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4.4
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4.5
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
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
156 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The noise was unbearable but the food was delicious.

DK
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful pasta dishes!!!

TG
New York Area
31 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.

OT
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
39 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
185 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
23 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.

MM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a fantastic experience, amazing food, and all for a great price! I can’t wait to go back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome restaurant

WG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pasta was delicious and homemade. Food was delicious. Small place but quaint. Staff was very nice.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Marchelo is a great host. We had a very nice meal of fresh burrata and homemade pastas. The meatballs were a slight disappoint and are why we wouldn't give five stars. But we will absolutely be back.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently delicious. And the server was attentive and went out of their way to hunt us down ( around the block) to return a stuffed animal that my granddaughter left behind.

GM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The food is good, except the bread which you may want to skip altogether. We were rushed during our meal. The price was medium expensive+ (about $100 for two—each had appetizer, pasta dish, & dessert—before tax & tip, with only one beer for the two of us). Tables are so close together that it is very difficult for the staff to pass your table without bumping into your chair.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Waitress got the order wrong. Didn’t come back once to check on our table. I asked for another order of wine 3 different times, to three different people. Only one brought it. Was charged for an extra glass of wine.

OT
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
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 on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
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