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Caffe Buon Gusto - UES

4.5
347 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation


Lunch & Dinner:
Daily: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 535-6884
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Please call the restaurant to plan your next event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave)
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Parking details
Street or private lot.
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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
What 347 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had an 8:30 reservation. Got there 10 minutes early and were told they were too busy and couldn’t honor the reservation.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Loved it! It’s one of my favorite places.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I found the pomodoro sauce bland not authentic. Appetizer of mozzarella and peppers way over price small portion out of jar. Caesar ok for price.

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2.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Horrible bread. Grilled calimari were fresh but served raw. Chicken Buon Gusto was good but crudely prepared. Broccoli was good. Portions were large. Good value but food needs tLc. Whoever cooked this food was reading from a recipe; cooking was not from the soul.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

saturday night at 730 was no wait for a table. fettucine carbonara was outstanding

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

We absolutely love this place! The food is great, everyone is friendly. Perfect little neighborhood Italian place

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Great food, great service, pasta to die for. Wonderful wine list and food full of flavor

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food at a restaurant most people describe as "New York Italian Cafe" - not modern or glossy but very cozy!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Caffe Buon Gusto is a family favorite. Delicious Italian with lots of choices and the ability to mix and many lots of diffrent fist, meat and pasta options with lots of different sauces. Very professional staff, very consistent. It’s hard to justify the time and effort to prepare a home-cooked meal when you can just dine at Gaffe Buon Gusto.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

New to the neighborhood and found this on Open Table. We just loved the homemade pastas and shared everything that we ordered. Everything is delicious---great apple and goat cheese salad, eggplant parm was delcious and not fried---and even the apple tart was fresh and homemade. It's a little tight , but the noise level is ok for conversation. They have a nice wine list, but they were out of quite a few. Very nice, personable owners!

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Reliable and affordable with great fresh pasta and fast service. However, the seating is a little cramped and the acoustics are terrible so you can hear just about every other conversation taking place in the room. The noise level is one reason I don't go very often.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

The pastas and salads are consistently rock solid. Word to the wise: Don't order the filet mignon special, but DO order the NY strip steak if it is available. I would gladly eat the prosciutto/ peach/ cheese dish again. They keep the rosemary focaccia coming :) :)

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Absolutely amazing gnocchi w vodka sauce
Great hidden gem

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2.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Tables too close, noise level very high
Waitress had no idea how menu items prepared
Was a favorite, won’t go back for awhile

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great overall as usual. Staff is super attentive. Keep up the good work!!!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

The food was great, and the staff was very friendly.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Very good place felt a little rushed though. The food was as good as it gets though and prices were reasonable

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Food delicious but very small portions.
Wine at $32. Not good for that price.
Service excellent and cordial.
Desserts amazing!
Ambience exciting and cool!
Loved the place. Will definitely go back

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Pretty disappointed honestly. Was very excited to try after seeing all the pictures on their Instagram but it did not live up to the expectations. We got wine by the glass and it tasted like it was old and came from a box. The gnocchi Alla vodka was a great texture it was pretty bland and very creamy and the chicken parmigiana was really terrible. The sauce on t was good but it was 80% breading and very mushy.

Definitely won’t be going back.

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Rushed out after finishing the meal. Not a good experience.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

I needed to find a place in this neighborhood to get together with a friend before heading to a performance at St Jean's Players. It fit the bill and succeeded perfectly. The food was very good and the service was pleasant and attentive. It has a small, homey atmosphere to it, so the tables are a bit tight, but the noise level was such we are able to carry on a conversation without any problem.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Always my Italian go-to in the neighborhood! Fantastic food, great service & an absolute gem!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Delicious food very reasonable prices for the Upper East Side!! My group LOVED the grilled calamari appetizer and the crab ravioli. The chicken sorrentina, tortellini with pesto, and capellini carbonara are all winners, too. Small place and very crowded. But, that's New York City! And how you can tell it's good!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

10 of us on a Saturday night and service and food were top notch. One of the highlights of our family weekend in NYC, Buin Gusto doesn’t disappoint!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The Caesar dressing was excellent, and everything was fresh, hot and well prepared.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Unbelievably cute and authentic, homemade pasta was as good as the best of Italy

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing food. However there’s no waiting area and it was cold outside

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Easily the best chicken parmigiana in all of NYC. Love this place!

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2018

This neighborhood Italian continues to serve up great food! On a Monday night, there was a line out the door.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

I can't describe how amazing Caffe Buon Gusto truly is. It is a HIDDEN gem in the upper east side and probably one of the most underrated Italian spots in Manhattan. While everyone is paying 3x as much at I Sodi, Il Buco, and L'Artusi (which are great by the way), I prefer to spend a 1/3 on some of the most authentic Italian cuisines that took me straight back to Italy. I can't recommend this place enough... it's worth getting out of lower Manhattan and up to the Upper East side.

We shared the beef carpaccio, which was done beautifully. Super light and set the stage for the rest of the meal. They brought out the softest focaccia fresh out of the oven, which we did save some of to ensure clean plate clubs with leftover pasta sauce. The menu online does not match what you get in the restaurant. In addition to staple entrees, there is a variety of pasta you can choose from with your choice of sauce. On the left side of the menu, they had some non-housemade pastas, like capellini and penne - which I'm sure are fine. BUT on the right side of the menu they have a list of housemade pastas, which just so happen to be my favorite kinds of pasta (like gnocchi, ravioli, fettuccini, orecchiette, and cheese/veal tortellini.) I was pumped... we ordered the plain gnocchi alla vodka sauce and cheese tortellini bolognese. Both dishes were perfection - the pasta cooked perfectly and the sauces were on point. My husband preferred the vodka (which was bomb,) but I just LOVED the bolognese. At this point, I couldn't breathe, but that wasn't going to stop me from ordered chocolate souffle, which is a go-to pick on the menu if ever it's on one - I can't make that at home - WAY TOO HARD. With the warm, creamy center, the souffle didn't disappoint.

Overall this place ruled and I will go back every time I'm in NYC moving forward.

Also, Sunday through Tuesday nights you can get half-off bottle of wines - GREAT DEAL!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

What a great place. Small and intimate, with outstanding service and excellent food.

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2.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Make sure to go when the owner is there otherwise there is a problem with the chef.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

I came with out of town family members. The restaurant was quiet and cozy and we could hear each other speak ! The menu was varied so everyone found a dish they liked . The homemade pasta was delicious and I loved how you get a choice of sauce. We all loved the chocolate soufflé for dessert !

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3.0Dined on January 29, 2018

wasn’t done with my salad before dinner arrived

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1.0Dined on January 26, 2018

I always feel bad about leaving a negative review, especially when the staff is friendly and attentive, but my date and I had a very poor experience here. This was a shock considering we had seen they received mostly positive reviews.

To start, I made a reservation far in advance and requested that we not be seated by the door or in a super-high traffic area. Sure enough, we get there, and we have the table right inside the door on a night where it was about 20 degrees. We had to spend the first half of the evening with our jackets still on. I understand that they have a very small space, but there was a table for two in the corner which was vacant with no "Reserved" sign on it - this would have been ideal. To make matters worse, one of the diners seated literally on top of us was staring the entire time which made us feel pretty uncomfortable. The wait staff continually bunking into your arms/shoulders due to the extremely tight space didn't help either.

As for the food, as a chef myself specializing in Italian cuisine, I'd have to rate it below-average at best. My linguine was overcooked and mushy, while the bolognese was ice cold. Unfortunate considering that the pasta was definitely fresh, and the bolognese was flavorful. My date, who ordered fettuccine with marinara, was not at all satisfied with her meal either. The dessert wasn't any better I'm afraid, as it tasted as if it was room temperature. Definitely not the way chocolate mousse is to be served. The one bright spot of the meal would be the appetizer, which was Bruschetta, as the bread had a nice crisp on the outside with fresh tomatoes and a tasty balsamic drizzle.

Lastly, we certainly didn't appreciate how we were being rushed out the door once we finished dessert. They were still an hour away from closing, and there were plenty of tables at this point so it's not as if they had diners waiting to be seated.

Overall, I'd give them a 2/10 mainly because the service was friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Word can not describe how delish this meal was!! I will be adding Cafe Buon Gusto (UES) to my list of favorites. We got bruschetta and gnocchi aka vodka- incredible!

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Although the food is excellent, the cost is much more than the internet says. They are a very small busy spot and began to literally push us out after an hour! Constant pressure to pay the bill and leave. Probably won't go back.

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2018

We visited 3 times, twice for dinner, once for lunch because the food was delicious and of good value.
Our first visit, we were seated near the door and we got cold whenever the door opened. It’s a small cozy place and on a Saturday evening there was a lot of people coming and going.
For lunch, we were seated in the back and were very comfortable. Our last time was on a weekday so we were seated away from the door and we had another wonderful meal.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Greater than ever.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

It’s truly a great place for any meal or occasion. The food is fresh and so many homemade dishes to choose from. What a rare find! The food is always great.

Enjoy!

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