Caffe Buon Gusto - UES

4.7
841 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 841 people are saying
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vipGlitter
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Very loud and busy. The table next to us didn't have their vaccines checked. Staff not masked. Crowded tables. Felt very unsafe. Will not go back.

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JMoe
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal and the service was outstanding!! We will be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The pasta was amazing!

JS
vipJoannaS
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff at this restaurant could not possibly be any more welcoming! They greeted us warmly and showed us to our table, which was inside their very comfortably heated outdoor dining area. The food was delicious as always— their seafood linguine in white sauce is very flavorful and delicious, and my only regret is that I didn’t have a bigger stomach to be able to eat every last bite. And the kindest gesture by far was the person I think is the owner spontaneously came out of the restaurant carrying a plate of deliciously prepared chicken to offer to my dog. Needless to say, the dog keeps asking when we can go back to Caffe Buon Gusto! Such a great neighborhood gem for no-frills, friendly solid Italian dining.

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vipSlightlyCrabby
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was terrible. It should not take 90 minutes to get an enteee. People who came in after us got their food before.

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vipKaren
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Have been here several times before the pandemic and since they "reopened" and tonight things just seemed off. While the food was good the wait staff seemed off. We asked for a specific bottle of wine and when he came back he brought a different bottle because they were out of the one we asked for. We ended up ordering something different. They brought the wrong appetizer even though we actually corrected him when he took the order. Lastly, we tried ordering a dessert and they were out of 2 of the 3 items we were choosing from. Hopefully this is a one off since the food is good but the price should come with a better experience.

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Celly
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was very good. Thank you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic meal when we come here, great service, delicious food

ND
NicD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food delicious and service was outstanding. Very accommodating.

DI
DeannaI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is easily one of my favorite Italian spots in the city. The food is delicious (I recommend their pesto sauce and if they have it on the specials, the ravioli with limoncello and truffle cream). Also the service is the best! I believe he is the manager, but he waited on my table last night and was so sweet and accommodating! Highly recommend!!!!!! (They also surprised my mom for her birthday with tiramisu!!!)

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JeffW
Fort Lauderdale
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food was ok, a glass of wine $16, overall not bad but since so many choices I will try another Italian restaraunt next time

MG
vipManhattanGuy
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Keep up the great work!! Hope to return soon. Food and service was superb 👌

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good, gr3at even!

DY
DianeY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Buon Gusto is the best. Excellent food and service. Thank you Nando!!

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Jams1998
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food and Service was good.
Noise lever unbearable due to rowdy group next table.

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barbaras
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was very disappointed and somewhat concerned that we were not asked to show our vaccination cards. In hindsight, we should have left at that point.

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mlc91
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem! Consistently excellent food, with many choices if you want to change it up. Vodka sauce is the best ever!

JB
vipJoBNYC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience1

Outside seating is EXTREMELY close....didn't feel safe. Also service not great. We probably won't be going back any time soon.

MG
vipManhattanGuy
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service was superb! Thank you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Cute outdoor set up and great service. They didn’t rush us out on a Saturday night.

SB
SusanB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience2

Food came out way too fast. We had a drink with appetizers and before we could finish our apps the main dish came out. They didn’t want to take it back bc it was pasta dishes. Will not go back because it was not a evening out. It was more like a rushed dinner.

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Jeanette
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Italian food served in a comfortable setting with a fun waiter . And very good wine too .

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AriRN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely delicious meal. We sat in the backyard which was wonderful.

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vipRajivR
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

authentic italian food ,great service, and a nice ambience

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Adfre
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Really great authentic service. Felt like the waitstaff cared about us, and would help us. Felt they genuinely valued the food they served. the food is good, not great.

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Omri
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. The staff went above and beyond, and treated all diners in the same manner. Fantastic experience!

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SarahU
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite neighborhood spot for a great pasta meal and cozy vibes. Love coming here

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

There was a sign in the bathroom to not flush the toilet paper so there was just toilet paper all over the floor and a few centimeters of water covering the ground. Food was great though. Would go again but not go to the bathroom.

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vipManhattanGuy
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Highly recommend restaurant. Been going there for years!

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helenh
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super pasta. Had the ricotta e pomodoro with homemade linguine. Couldn't stop eating. = )

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vipMichael
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Below average food, below average service, below average value. The staff seems like nice people, I hope they make some dramatic improvements.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food.

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vipYummy325
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing homemade pasta and the staff is so welcoming and wonderful!

EB
EmmaB
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and ambiance! We will be back for sure

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vipdavidk
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Great food. Great service.

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vipISPROUD
New York Area
141 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff. Comfortable and sheltered outdoor seating. Delicious food.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and experience is always exceptional. I brought my boyfriends parents from out of town and they were so impressed. I would recommend this place to anyone. Thank you for a great time!

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richard
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Neighborhood convenience. Competent, nonsubtle Italian cooking. Pasta al dente, a big plus. Glass of red wine is expensive for what it is ($15).

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta in the city!!! The staff is absolutely delightful and the food is fresh and tasty, 10/10 recommended

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Nicole
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really friendly staff and nice outdoor seating! The portion of pasta was generous and the foccacia bread to start was very fresh. Loved the vodka sauce and carbonara! We even got free dessert! Overall, really enjoyed my dining experience here.

FAQs

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

Caffe Buon Gusto - UES is rated 4.7 stars by 841 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.