Caffe Buon Gusto - UES

4.6
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669 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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4.4
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4.4
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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fettuccine carbonara and fettuccine vodka was incredibly delicious. So flavorful that I couldn’t put down my fork. The burrata was their special tonight and that was also so amazing. The great service with a homey ambience. Will be going back soon!

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vipNancy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cozy but cute!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious fresh pastas and sauces.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place as a young couple. We returned after 20 years and it was every bit as good as we remembered! Friendly, accommodating never overbearing staff. Delicious pastas. What a great value. Wont be waiting another 20 years to go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was so incredible! Got the Burrata special and three different pasta types with different sauces. Everything exceeded expectations. Would definitely recommend.

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Alexa
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food, cute place. small but very cute. homemade pastas

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vipLianeK
Montreal
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Neighbourhood gem! Excellent service and great food.

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swordfish1
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Excellent personnel
felt very welcomed

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LumimonaCol
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Deliciosa comida; verdaderamente italiana.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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Bailey
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always love coming here. Great food and service.

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NYUmom
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

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KaylaL
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Great neighborhood feeling and yummy food

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

Great food and service. Loved the pasta!

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience1

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day

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

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

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JordanaS
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)

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

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

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CarlieM
Tampa
6 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.

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vipGreatfoodbadservice
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.

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

The noise was unbearable but the food was delicious.

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NyeS
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!

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vipDKG19
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!

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

Food was phenomenal and vibes were amazing

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

Hidden neighborhood gem

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vipLaraW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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

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vipBarney
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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

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William
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful pasta dishes!!!

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vipTullaG
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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AlexaA
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.

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

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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MelissaD
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.

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Italianist
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.

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vip2marvelous
New York Area
43 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!

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Caffe Buon Gusto - UES is rated 4.6 stars by 669 OpenTable diners.

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