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Caffe e Vino

4.5
570 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Cozy
Caffe e Vino is hidden treasure located in the upcoming neighborhood of Fort Greene just a few steps away from BAM. Executive Chef, Giuseppe Gambino creates northern Italian cuisine with pastas made on premises, fresh meats, fish and seasonal organic ingredients with a modern twist. Pastry Chef, Elez Bucaj presents interesting selections of homemade Italian dessert such as ricotta cheese cake and panacotta. Daily fresh pasta and dessert takes center stage on the basic Italian menu of Caffe e Vino.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 10:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(718) 855-6222
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Giuseppe Gambino
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ashland Place
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Parking details
Dekalb street and the neighbor blocks offer plenty of parking.
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Public transit
Close to Dekalb Ave train stop with B,M,Q,R. Also, Atlantic Ave stop 2,4,6,
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 570 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on May 12, 2013

Rustic interior with cozy front space (about 10 tables). Offers wine and beer.
Brunch and lunch menus at reasonable prices. Chef quite good - a surprise at how delicate his cooking touch is. Omelets and
poached eggs (on proscuitto and Italian bread) excellent and cooked properly; pasta was cooked al dente with light-handed homemade sauce. Zucchini souffle appetizer was light and fluffy. Secret spot is in the back, where the sun shines into the large windows.
Good place for a group lunch. Interesting choices for dinner with some different items vs. standard southern Italian fare. Would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2013

We had a lovely early Sunday evening at Caffe e Vino. The food was well prepared, plated nicely, and served in the conscientious
and friendly manner we have come to expect when dining there. One is made to feel very welcome and like a neighborhood friend.
The food is delicious, the variety offered on the menu always has some standard dishes which are always served and some new things as well. When my husband asked about the mozzarella and tomato salad that he loves. He was told that they didn't have buffalo mozzarella, but would make it for him with regular mozzarella, which they did. He was very happy with that. It was a lovely and satisfying dinner.

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3.0Dined on April 24, 2013

While we enjoyed the food very much their payment policies leave a lot to be desired. Not only do they request the tips be in cash but they were unable to accept more than one credit card per table. This is especially inconvenient for friends dining together- annoying enough that we may not return.

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3.0Dined on April 23, 2013

If it hadn't been for a rather noisy group of Italians having some sort of reunion, we would have enjoyed our dinner & conversation more. I realize that this is a hit and miss kind of thing, not the restaurant's fault. We'll be back because the food is anything but standard or boring.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2013

Lovely restaurant near BAM Harvey Theatre

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2013

Good Italian food, unpretentious and relaxed atmosphere, and convenient to BAM. Excellent pre-theater

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2013

It's a block away from BAM Harvey, so they get a big pre-theatre crowd. But they don't lose their cool and produce good food for a lot of people with limited time to eat it. Outside theatre hours, it must be a fine place to enjoy a relaxed meal!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2013

Great food. A nice warm feeling. Incredibly convenient to the Barclay Center and LIRR station. Great service.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2013

If you go to the BAM, this is the place to eat afterwards.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2013

Great option before BAM
We live in Manhattan and needed a restaurant before BAM. This is a great option...very close and quite good. Service moves along. Good choices for entrees and nice salads. Often the Patron Office at BAM uses this restaurant for dinners so you know it has to be good. We enjoyed it.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2013

Friendly attentive service, great tasting food, nice wine selection...whats not to like?
A bit pricey but, ya gotta go for the veal & ricotta meatballs.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2013

We had a pre-theater birthday dinner and had the place to ourselves at 5 pm. The service was wonderful, the host was warm and welcoming, and the food was the best Italian I've had in a really long time in NYC. (Biggest hunks of calamari I've ever encountered too! It was like they hunted down the Giant Squid.) I always walked by the place clueless as to the quality inside; the winter door blocks all the Yelp and Zagat praises in the windows! Definitely will be visiting again.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2013

I've frequented this place for the last 10 years even when it was located in carrol gardens. They make their own bread and tomato flan as well, so I probably eat an entire loaf when I'm there, to the point where the waiter should start telll me their out after its been replenished twice. Finally, the owner is accommodating and friendly.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2013

I ate at Cafe e vino as a regular when I worked in the neighborhood and now willing to make a special vist to one of my favorite restaurants. The homemade pastas are the best. Try one of the evening's specials. I am generally not a dessert person, but you can't pass up any of them - all homemade and the best cheesecake ever. Suggest you order a selection for your group so you can try them all.

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3.0Dined on February 26, 2013

The food is equal to the best high end Italian restaurants at half the price.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2013

friendly service without hovering. Nice menu, well prepared. will return.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2013

Caffe e Vino consistently provides very good food and a very welcome atmosphere

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2013

Since moving to the neighborhood, this is the only restaurant we have been back to three times. It never disappoints. Will continue to eat here . Our go to spot in the area.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2013

Close to BAM so it makes it a nice choice. The menu was just ok and the torta fatta in casa was still frozen in the middle. I suppose that it could have been made in house, but I have my doubts.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2013

REALLY GREAT TO HAVE THIS AROUND THE CORNER FROM BAM!!! AND VERY FRIENDLY!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2013

Whenever I go to BAM, Caffe e vino is my place for food before or after the performance. Even though it's been "discovered" and is justifiably hoppin' now, I still feel at home here. The food and service are first-rate. Elez and Giuseppe et al. offer first-rate cuisine with homestyle warmth.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2013

Love love love Caffe e Vino. Definitely a neighborhood gem. Food is delicious, ambiance is lovely. Great for lunch or dinner. Staff is wonderful.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2013

Great, romantic spot for dinner with a girlfriend. Food was outstanding, but the portions are small for some of the dishes. Good wine list and great service! Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2013

On a normal day I'm sure the service would have been great, but we went on Valentine's Day so they were obviously swamped. Didn't seem to affect the quality of the food, though!

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2013

Food was great Northern Italian, the gnocchi in particular was good. The service though was beyond awkward. We were told (by the server/owner?) we would not get Open Table points for our reservation because they shut down their OT system several hours before closing, so I thanked him politely and got up to leave the restaurant, which is when he changed his tune. We were verbally asked to leave the tip in cash, and the entire service experience was bizarre and without subtlety. If this is your policy post it somewhere visibly in the restaurant or on the bill itself so patrons aren't made to feel so unwelcome.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2013

Owner very friendly. Great spot near BAM.

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2013

Lovely storefront restaurant just a couple blocks from BAM/Harvey Theater. The food is great--my two friends had pasta specials that were to die for. We also enjoyed the calamari and a special parmesan souffle, appetizers we shared. They also serve Nero d'Avola (red wine)--yum. And the people--servers, front of the house--just so kind and welcoming.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2013

The food was AMAZING! Fresh, authentic, prepared with obvious love. Superb: pappardelle with wild mushrooms and truffle oil, and the fried calamari was the best I've enjoyed in years. Caffe e Vino was a lovely surprise . . . perfect for a pre-BAM event.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2013

A great find. Close to BAM. Excellent food & service.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2013

Great Italian focus food, intimate. Canneloni is a rare treat. [[Excellent for pre-theater at BAM, just around the corner.

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2.0Dined on January 18, 2013

This was our 1st visit. The place was small and quaint. The service was attentive, but not overbearing. The menu was above average and offered dishes that were beyond a pasta and red sauce restaurant. However, the execution of the dishes was lacking and could have used a more crafty hand. Finishing out the meal with a cappuccino scalded my mouth as the espresso was boiling and the milked was frothed beyond its boiling point.

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2013

Wonderful, attentive service and an oustanding tiramisu!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2012

Went to eat there for New Years Eve dinner before we went out for evening festivities. We were impressed with the food taste and quality, however, they did jack up the prices for NYE, and ran out of a few items and drinks by 7pm. Pretty authentic spot, with Italian beers on draft as well. We were in a rush, and they were able to accommodate, and will definitely go back to really enjoy the food. It a cozy spot, with additional seating in the back that has a skylight, I assume it would be nicer when the sun is out. While it was packed with awkward family dinners that night, it seems great for dates and dinners with friends.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2012

A lovely place with very good food and outstanding service. We have been many times since we moved to the Ft Greene neighborhood and really love Caffe e Vino. The food is well prepared and served beautifully. It comes to the table at the right temperature, the waiters are attentive as is the management. It's a splendid find.

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3.0Dined on December 25, 2012

We booked a semi last min reservation on Christmas day since we were craving Italian and this was the only place open nearby. Place is looked cozy and cute. It was also very busy for Christmas night. We had the montepulciano wine which was surprisingly good for something by the glass. Food overall was very good except for the risotto that came with the chicken - that was too hard, almost rice like which was not good. The veal and ricotta meatballs were yummy.

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3.0Dined on December 25, 2012

Had Christmas dinner in Brooklyn with my husband and 2 sons in this tiny candlelit spot. Pasta dishes were a standout; I had a great fennel salad and the lamb and ricotta meatballs on the advice of an online reviewer. Both were delicious. Tiramisu was to die for. Staff seemed distracted, and there was no protection from the cold wind every time the door opened and inconsiderate or oblivious hipsters left it ajar. A couple next to us left their table before ordering because of the draft. This restaurant is all about the wine of course, but our group could not come to a consensus about a bottle so we ordered by the glass. I had a wonderful Montepulciano, was less impressed with the Nero D'Avola.

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3.0Dined on December 20, 2012

Four of us enjoyed dinner after a performance at BAM's Harvey Theater. Pleasant space, friendly atmosphere. We were dining later than usual, so we ordered a number of items to share amongst our party (including salads, ravioli, fish entrée, dessert) and the staff were very accommodating. Reasonably priced wine list: 2 bottles of Montepulciano D'Abruzzo suited everyone's palate. Had the place to ourselves, and it worked perfectly.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2012

The restaurant is beautifully run, our dinner and wine delicious, the service excellent. The proximity to BAM is a great plus! Our table was ready, the service was quick and attentive! We'll go again.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2012

Restaurant was a nice way to begin our day before a performance of the Nutcracker at BAM!
And my little granddaughter was able to find things she liked on the menu. Our waiter was very accommodating and we received excellent service! Will be back...

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3.0Dined on December 13, 2012

This was a lovely restaurant with nice service and really good food. Great for a pre-BAM meal. They did not accept credit cards although they were all advertised on the door. Had to run next door for a cash machine to pay my bill.

I'll go back because the food was good.

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