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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.
New York, NY 10075
Hours of Operation:
Lunch & Dinner:
Daily: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
between 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave)
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Please call the restaurant to plan your next event.
Street or private lot.
77 St (4, 6, 6X) 68 St - Hunter College (4, 6, 6X) 86 St (4, 5, 6, 6X)
Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
Caffe Buon Gusto - UES Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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