Caffe Buon Gusto - UES

4.7
702 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 702 people are saying
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vipCarleigh
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor setup with lots of heaters

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vipNikoli
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Nando! He’s a great host and the food is fantastic! It was very warm outside and the food was decadent and delicious. Yummy tiramisu. Highly recommend!

JS
JoeS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a good outdoor setup with heaters close to the table. And the food is fantastic.

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vipfritzNYC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating. Warm and segregated tables

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Great food.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although it was outside dining the owner of this establishment made it as comfortable as possible for his customers. The food was amazing and the service was great. It was cold but good. Hoping the city opens back up so we can have the full experience.

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Emd73
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor setup, plenty of space, and always incredible homemade pasta and pesto.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lunch, amazing food, everything was fresh and great.

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rmf11
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service and food; will absolutely be returning. Such a warm and welcoming atmosphere from the owners.

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JesseE
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pasta and friendly staff!

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vipAmyW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t believe for years I never came to this restaurant. They have a great set up for Covid and the food is delicious. What more can you ask for.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The patio in the back was completely covered, felt more of being inside. It was also super cold and the heaters they had were nit strong enough and only blowing hit air. We ordered the appetizer that was suppose to come with peaches, but gave us a mellon instead. I ordered the lobster linguine carbonara and it was terrible. The fish did not taste good at all. Another dish we ordered came with a different type of pasta.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Got the pesto linguine with mozzarella on top and it was delicious.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service - they never disappoint!

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vipBschul
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious. Loved how each outdoor table had it's own personal heater. The service was average at best. We asked for specific items multiple times (water, bread, etc.) that never came to the table. Additionally, the waiter was not too friendly. Would still come back as the food was delicious.

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vippeterk
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Selection was very varied and appealing. Food was good and serving sizes were generous. All around, well done! Recommended.

JJ
vipJJNYC
New York Area
149 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Don't know why I haven't eaten here, will definitely go back. Everything was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

7pm reservation restaurant was pretty empty. Had to beg for a table under the tent rather than narrow sidewalk. Waited 56 minutes for our two salad appetizer’s when people who came after us got their hot appetizer’s before us. Maitre’d was quick to blame others but we are pretty confident he didn’t put order in. After the salads which were bland on my opinion we shared fish and black pasta with seafood fra diavolo and was VERY surprised we had to crack open the lobster mixed into the pasta. By end of the meal maitre’d poured us two glasses of complimentary wine for the inconvenience which we didn’t drink RATHER than comp us for the drinks we ordered. Would not go back for many reasons. There are plenty of better restaurants in the neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The service was wonderful as well. I truly felt at home!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn't have a chance to even sit down. Even though we booked an outdoor table they tried to seat us inside. When we said we were not comfortable they said there were only tables for four available. Was excited about trying but experience was disappointing. Doesn't even look like they are using open table to manage reservations... Went to UVA and had a nice time.

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AlexandriaB
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love having dinner here!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Reasonable prices. Good service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great Covid outdoor dining setup and delicious food

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LauraW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I LOVE this place for it's food and ambiance outside of COVID so I had to stop by recently because I needed some good pasta. They have done a beautiful job with distancing the seats and the outdoor seating (with heaters). I was mislead when seated with the wine menu. I was told that a certain section of the menu was half off. Don't be fooled, it was full price on the bill. Just make sure to ask.

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HalieA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The pasta was melt in your mouth delicious...and cheap! A rare gem for UES locals.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! I love love love this restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a quaint place with the kindest service! Amazing food... one of my favorite neighborhood spots!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and delicious! Some of the best Italian we have had. Great atmosphere also!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definietly be back. Great pasta

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vipSuSHS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Paglia e Fieno with Salmon was cloyingly creamy.

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TheK
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The pasta entrees were delicious and certainly worth the trip (Lobster Linguine/Straw and Hay Shrimp). The bruschetta was very good.

Dessert was a complete bust. We had wanted the Pistachio Ricotta Cake, but they were out of it (at 630pm). Our second choice was the Ricotta Cheesecake--terrible. Tasted like sawdust. We told the waitress, and it was shrugged off.

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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
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cozy but cute!

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

Delicious fresh pastas and sauces.

OT
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
3 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

LC
LumimonaCol
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Deliciosa comida; verdaderamente italiana.

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FAQs

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

Caffe Buon Gusto - UES is rated 4.7 stars by 702 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.