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About Caffe Buon Gusto - UES

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.

236 E. 77th St.
New York, NY 10075
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:


Lunch & Dinner:
Daily: 12:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
between 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave)

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 535-6884

Website:
http://www.caffebuongusto.net/

Catering:
Please call the restaurant to plan your next event.

Parking Details:
Street or private lot.

Public Transit:
77 St (4, 6, 6X) 68 St - Hunter College (4, 6, 6X) 86 St (4, 5, 6, 6X)

Additional:
Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

Caffe Buon Gusto - UES Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (21)
Special Occasion (14)
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Authentic (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Cozy (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Romantic (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Fun (5)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

A great value — quality, great tasting food at a reasonable price for NYC and the Upper East Side. The service and ambiance was average, and considering the value that’s okay. We will be back!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Always outstanding homemade pasta will never disappoint. It’s a rare find to come upon a restaurant that offers pasta stuffed with veal in addition to the more oftenly crafted cheese fillings. My wife had a shrimp and scallop plate for dinner. Although she commented that the shrimp were delicious (but not enough), the scallops were rubbery and dissapointing. Chalk that one up to a sous-chef - we’re still big fans and will be back...for the pasta!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Live in DC and third time four friends get together there. Very warm and pleasant service. Quiet 4 seater in window. Excellent food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This restaurant looks reasonable on line with moderately priced entrees...BEWARE. There is no wine available under $59, most run $70, $80 and up. They have a suspicious policy of offering a 30% discount of wine on the spot - - still expensive at $39. then there is a 50% on Sundays?????
— just to make you aware of how overpriced this wine list is. The food is barely passable with pasta that apparently has been cooked for days.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Small restaurant, crowded with tables close together, but very cute. Noise level is high . There is a beautiful garden. We weren’t able to be seated there but we were lucky to get an outside seat in the front on the small porch. Food was delicious. Prosciutto & melon , Caprese salad , Seafood linguine & homemade Black Linguini were all excellent.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The food was good. I had a fish dish and my husband had pasta with shellfish.
The decor was tired and it’s relatively dark inside.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I love this neighborhood restaurant. Always a favorite. Great food. Great service. Always.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, People Watching, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

This is a stalwart on the UES! I had my first date with my wife here nearly 25 years ago and since we've moved out of NY we seek it out to bring our 3 children for dinner!
PS: Seek out Hannah as your server, she does a great job and has a perfect memory for people and their preferences! Cheers! Lowell

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Loved this restaurant. Service great, Food great everything great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Wonderful pasta and gracious service. Really enjoyed our meal!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Outstanding homemade pastas are a trademark of the Cafe Buon Gusto Restaurants. The UES location is my favorite because it is less smoky and regulars can be foodies who love the food instead of just those who pop in and out for a drink and a smoke and to chat up the management. Service is great - the chef is happy to work with you to make your meal special or to substitute an ingredient in case of an allergy and the wines are affordable.

Tags: Quick Bite, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Fresh pasta was excellent. Service was great. Very helpful with the menu.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

This tiny cafe was warm and welcoming. The servers were lovely and the food was great! I love that you can choose your pasta and customize it with whatever sauce and toppings you want. Fantastic meal - will definitely be back again.

Tags: Authentic, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Amazing gem.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Nice place, great food and service. You can eat low carb. Fab dessert choises. Prices are great for NYC.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

The food was just ok and there wasn't much ambiance but the waiters were friendly

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Hana was an amazing server and the food was delicious killer wine specials 1/2 price Monday's !!!

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

I come here frequently. The food is consistently good. The staff welcoming and warm. Truly a neighborhood gem

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The food was fine. It wasn't anything to write home about. Also I was annoyed that different wait staff and bussers checked on us quite excessively and interrupted our conversation multiple times while we were speaking mid-sentence without waiting to get our attention before speaking. It seems trivial but it happened a few times and each time I was mid-thought which is probably why I was much more sensitive to it.

In any case, it wasn't bad but wasn't somewhere I wouldn't go again for the price unless it was a convenient option and all other nearby restaurants were booked.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Always a perfect experience all around. Great environment, great food, excellent service.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Service was good but food was bland/mediocre. Veal was tough, salad too cheap to use grape or cherry tomatoes (contained regular beef tomatoes), mushroom appetizer like nothing I've tasted before--no flavor or the wrong flavors for the dish. Bread basket-bread was cold. Eggplant parm: no spice/flavor, missing ingredients.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

A neighborhood gem--the food is very good and its nice to have a small neighborhood restaurant that is consistently good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Met a friends daughter (26years old) and I'm 70. We both lived it. It was perfect for what we wanted. Sea Vass was delicious

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Very quiet and personal. Good for intimate dining experiences. Wait staff was very attentive. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Absolutely delicious pasta! Good house made egg pasta paired with delicious sauces are the strength of the restaurant. A small, quiet space during an off-hours lunch with no other diners afforded us a very nice meal for four with attentive, cheerful service from the young wait staff. Desserts were good without being outstanding, a nice coda to the stellar pasta. Prices were on the high side, but it was Manhattan.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Very nice dining experience on back patio. Highly recommend

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Love Caffe Buon Gusto! Had not been there for awhile it should always be my go to place. Food and service is great!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 4, 2017

My son had just gotten engaged. Great meal and service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 4, 2017

The service, food and atmosphere is superb. Great neighborhood place for quiet lunch

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The food was fantastic, the service great, and they had my favorite wine, Moscato, by the glass!
We had a nice leisurely dinner and we all agreed this restaurant was a notch above other Italian neighborhood restaurants. We look forward to going back soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Our experience at caffe Buon Gusto is always a pleasurable one. We come to visit family on the Upper east servers times a year from Kansas City and dine here every time. We love it ! The food is excellent , staff attentive and the noise level is very low. An excellent choice if you love good Italian food!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 21, 2017

This place is a must-do every time we come into the city. The food is completely scratch made and always delicious! Also a good spot for old-world traditions.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Perfect! Service, food and atmosphere are all great

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Wanted to try something new around where I live on UES and boy am I glad we gave Caffe Buon Gusto a shot! This is my new spot for Italian! I also just came back from spending 2 weeks in Italy, so my pasta rating is waaaay up there! I tried to gnocchi based off the recommendation of our server, mixed both normal & spinach with carbonara sauce, it was out of this world! The portion was very large but apparently you can do half orders too! Great find, I'll be back and the plus side is they are on seamless so I can order in too!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Went there for Mother's Day as treat for my mother. The place was very cramped and busy. From the moment we sat down we felt like they were rushing to get us out of the door. Service was rushed and unfriendly, some of the food was bland. My ravioli had a "freezer" taste, my dad's pasta arrived without his shrimp. Waitresses and busboys were eager to pick up our plates & collect the bill.

Big families with kids kept pouring in and the staff/management seemed a little aggravated at the presence of kids all over the place. The place had no more than 10 tables and there were at least 8 kids and babies in the restaurant. It seemed like a stressful environment and it showed on their faces.

My boyfriend overheard one of the managers tell a waitress not to offer us any coffee or tea when we were done with our meal because there were others waiting to be sat. It was clear they wanted us to eat, pay and leave.

Felt overpriced for the service and quality. I understand it's a busy day, but that's the restaurant business on holidays.

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·Dined on May 13, 2017

The best pasta I have had in New York, and so cheap! If you are looking for great Italian food , this is the best deal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Very cozy and nicely decorated in ilatian style
Food excellent and a smaller setting so not noisy and waiters watchful to your needs.
Great for a evening of no stress and great conversation

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great food x great ambiance x came here for a small private birthday dinner

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Delicious as usual! and the staff makes things even better!!!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Outstanding! The pasta was made to perfection, the red snapper was perfectly cooked and it was definitely worth ordering the pistachio chocolate cake for dessert. A delightful dinner with fabulous service. I will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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