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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.nyc/

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

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (25)
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Authentic (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Comfort Food (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Romantic (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Business Meals (4)
Fun (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Greater than ever.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Dinner on a hectic New Year's Eve, which meant we had to wait for our table to free up, even though we had booked. While fellow diners commented on our patience, we were given a free drink while we waited and, once the crowd had quietened a little, the service was excellent.

My children loved the food; even pasta dishes with seemingly simple sauces that you find everywhere were declared to be delicious and the cafe pronounced to be a new favorite. Everything was served promptly, even the additional starter we belatedly ordered and everything was well executed.

The free drinks came again as we finished our desserts, encouraging us to stay on towards midnight. A very nice touch that kept the parents happy too.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Greater than ever. Happy New Year!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Reasonably priced, homemade pasta , overall great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

really wish that i wasn’t seated next to the only other people in the restaurant

Tags: Quick Bite, Cozy
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 (London)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Absolutely the worst “hospitality” ever. The manager is a rude, nasty, unwelcoming person. Horrible in every way and I’ve been there 3 times and his behavior is consistently unpleasant. So this the 3rd time was the last time. The most unpleasant restaurant experience ever.

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

Great as always. Come here every year on our anniversary and have yet to have a bad meal.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We love this neighborhood gem. The food is always great and the prices are reasonable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Space is tight but the pasta is worth it. Rigatoni vodka is great .

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was delicious. We had a party of 8 and every dish was delicious. Authentic Italian cuisine in a cozy atmosphere. Amazing chicken Parmesan.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Barely average meal. I’m not sure how others are rating it 5 star. It’s not.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

This is the 3rd time I visited and I will definitely return. A great neighborhood restaurant that does not put a strain on your wallet or your eardrums.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

A favorite neighborhood dining experience. Love their mix and match menu and half price bottle of wine night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always fantastic food. The wait staff are very efficient. Unlike it’s Brooklyn sibling, Caffe Buon Gusto UES doesn’t make you feel like an outsider if you are not a regular or part of the family.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food....wine....service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

It was OK. We were sitting at a really awkward table, so that didn't help. Too many waitstaff asking the same questions, made it feel chaotic. And while I like my food (penne Alla vodka) others didn't feel theirs were that great.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great place to eat. Great host. Good food. I enjoyed very much

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 26, 2017

A long time family favorite. Lots of delicious options on the menu. We especially love the variety of fish dishes.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Love this place, always satisfied. Yum, ask for the "pizza bread" Giovanni and the staff always take good care of you.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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