Carbone

4.5
743 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
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About

Carbone is an Italian-American restaurant created by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick. The restaurant pays homage to the essence of the great Italian-American restaurants of mid-20th century in New York, where delicious, exceptionally well-prepared food was served in settings that were simultaneously elegant, comfortable and unpretentious. The food nods to that same history, but take its culinary cues from the great talents and techniques of the present and of the future. Familiar dishes like Seafood Salad, Linguini Vongole, Lobster Fra Diavola, Chicken Scarpariello and Veal Parmesan elevated to a new level.

For any questions regarding an existing or future reservation, please email reservations@carbonenewyork.com
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - Midnight
Saturday - Sunday: 5pm - Midnight
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2pm
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Phone number
(212) 254-3000
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi
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Private party facilities
Carbone offers a variety of semi-private and private dining options within the restaurant for parties of 10 to 100 guests.
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Private party contact
Carbone Events Department: (844) 401-7752
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Houston
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Public transit
B/D, 6, N/R
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Special events & promotions
For Private Events, please contact Julia Murphy at (212) 776 4920.
Additional
Banquet, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
9.4

Carbone is red sauce Italian restaurant theater, and it’s a show you shouldn’t miss. This is one of New York City’s absolute best restaurants.

Ratings 9.0-9.8:If the 8.5-9.0s are the restaurants you’ll frequent for more than just special occasions, the 9.0-9.8s are the all time great restaurants of their city. Restaurants that will be around 20 years from now, assuming the Earth is still around.
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New York Area
7 reviews
4.0Dined on November 21, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

getting to the table was on time; service and food is very good.a big wine list but extremly expensive- took me 10 minutes to find a $ 95 pinot noir which wasn't very good... but overall a nice place to dine ..

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New York Area
7 reviews
2.0Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

The food is good, but the staff lets you know they are doing you a favor allowing them to come to their restaurant. The reservation situation is horrible. They only put a limited number of tables on Open Table. They obviously hold most of the tables for the "in crowd". They are inflexible with reservations and could care less

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New York Area
11 reviews
4.0Dined on November 10, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I thought the food was quite good. The pasta at Carbone is definitely the hi-lite

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Toronto
11 reviews
5.0Dined on November 9, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our reservation was November 9th 2016 at 9:45 PM, we got there a bit early to see if they could accommodate us and they did. We've both been to the location in Vegas but It was our first time at this one in New York. We started off with the chopped salad which was very nice. Our second course was the Linguini with clams - this dish wasn't the best as it was quite salty and something I wouldn't order again. To top things off we got the veal parmigiana and an order of spicy rigatoni vodka, both were incredible and a must have!!Overall, I would most definitely recommend this place and will be returning when I visit NY next.

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M
Omaha
5 reviews
3.0Dined on November 8, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Pretentious and obvious old school, annoying, hard core up selling. Great room, great food, bad service.

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m
New York Area
103 reviews
4.0Dined on November 6, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

very hard to classify this restaurant one of the hardest tables in NY we reserved 6 wks in advance for a 5:45 Sunday meal! Ambiance is very old school Frank Sinatra recordings playing in the background a small place with close together tables no place for quiet romantic conversation here.... wine list extensive but expensive 3X list or more meatball antipasto excellent pastas are to die for service quite good and friendly
this was our second time here and we would probably return even though there are many more affordable and available establishments in NYC BUT this is Carbone and you have to go at least once

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J
New York Area
14 reviews
3.0Dined on October 30, 2016
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

I ordered the hyped meatballs and vodka penne pasta. It was mediocre at best. Such a disappointment considering the hefty price tag.

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m
New York Area
10 reviews
5.0Dined on October 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food and service ever.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
5.0Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best thing ever.

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JD
New York Area
5 reviews
2.0Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I just found this place to be too gimmicky. There were several wines we ordered and all out of stock??
The food was just ok and Americanized Italian. We asked for Ceasar Salad, were told they were out of it and when we were walking out the door, the same waiter was making it at another table. The price was excessive for what we had.

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N
New York Area
3 reviews
5.0Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The chicken fingers were marvelous Loved the sweet and sour sauce.

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C
Mexico City
1 review
5.0Dined on October 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El mejor restaurante Italiano

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SB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
4.0Dined on October 25, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Solid Italian food in the heart of the Villlage! The Rigatoni is phenomenal, as are the wine pairings. Service was friendly and prompt, appetizers were great also. Decor is fun, really takes you back to a different time. Definitely check it out.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on October 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, great ambience. It is a must to visit in NYC.

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TI
New York Area
2 reviews
3.0Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great. the main problem stemmed from the closeness of the tables. The waiters butt was constantly in our faces as he served the table next to us. Kind of kills the appetite.

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Chicago
1 review
4.0Dined on October 20, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Absolutely outstanding service and great dishes recommendations!

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New York Area
3 reviews
5.0Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressive wine list, gourmet quality food. Nice ambience. We'll be back👌🏻

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New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the best. Major Food Group kills it!

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San Francisco
12 reviews
3.0Dined on October 7, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I used to LOVE Carbone; it was where I went for special occasions. For each of my last three meals, they have squeezed me and my dining mate between two other couples with no room to get out without moving tables, had slightly "forced" authentic Italian service and disappointing food relative to how it was ~3 years ago - the bread came out very cold.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
4.0Dined on October 5, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

terrific fun vibe. Old school but modern..? Felt like I was in a scene from GoodFellas. Service was excellent and never overbearing. Wine list is great

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New York Area
14 reviews
3.0Dined on October 4, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Exceptional atmosphere and ambiance. Food was very good, not great. VERY overpriced. Service was less than stellar (had to keep asking for another glass of wine, had to ask for bread, never received the "cheese" that every other table seemed to get). We seemed to be annoying to our waiter every time we asked. I don't think we'll go back.

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Miami
3 reviews
4.0Dined on October 2, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

Great service. Food very salty!

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BK
New York Area
12 reviews
4.0Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

In terms of the food, everything we ate was delicious. My boyfriend and I shared the rigatoni with spicy vodka sauce, veal parm, and carrot cake, which was more than enough food (especially considering you get complimentary bread, pickled vegetables, cheese, and meat to start).

My only critique was with one very brusk, miserable server we had. Our main server was sweet, but the one who brought us the veal definitely acted like he hated his job. Also, I'm not sure if this is what the staff is trained to do, but he cut our veal in "half" before asking us if we wanted it split up, and he gave my boyfriend the much larger "half" in addition to the bone, as if to say, "this is a MAN's portion." A little sexist for 2016. He also could have cut the veal lengthwise to make two even pieces, so it was a little strange. We're big fans of tomato sauce, and he swept away the serving plate with leftover sauce before we could say anything. We asked our main server for a side of sauce, which he kindly brought out.

Aside from that, we had a great time, and the carrot cake was the sleeper hit. The room also had a really fun, old school vibe. Will be back!

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New England
1 review
5.0Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! We ordered lobster ravioli and it was perfect!

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
5.0Dined on September 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best cost x benefit I've experienced.

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PJ
New York Area
1 review
3.0Dined on September 28, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We specifically requested that they do something for a birthday and they did nothing.

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San Francisco
1 review
3.0Dined on September 26, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Very pushy maitre. Trying to rip out cash from you. Suggesting only expensive choices and being very unpolite. A pity cause food was very tasty.

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New York Area
2 reviews
5.0Dined on September 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. The experience is slightly theatrical but in a self-aware way. Waiter would sing along to songs, pull up a chair next to us, in a relaxed familiarity. Pork chop was delicious.

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c
New England
34 reviews
2.0Dined on September 25, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Terribly Overpriced and not a friendly experience.

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New York Area
85 reviews
5.0Dined on September 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Carbone. We were celebrating my husband's birthday. The ambiance and music is terrific. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding. I think we should have been told that the portions are large and more than enough to share. We ended up taking home a large portion of our meals. It is expensive and we could have shared the appetizer and main course and still had food to spare.

Otherwise, the experience was a good one, and the next time we go back we will know to share.

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New York Area
1 review
2.0Dined on September 22, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Overpriced, average food, unimpressed. We came for our anniversary and the caponata on burrata was too oily.

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London
1 review
5.0Dined on September 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best restaurant We've ever been to.

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Atlantic City
1 review
5.0Dined on September 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fantastic. Just the right amount I nostalgia, more so in the energy...the vibe was straight out of a memory, - great memory of how Italian restaurants used to be and how an old school mentality can live within a modern upscale world.
Food prepared to perfection without compromising the traditional approach. Perfect balance in the ambiance. Music selection was perfect as it helped paint the perfect picture of a true Italian setting.

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J
New York Area
84 reviews
2.0Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

this was our second time at Carbone, but it was disappointing. The service is still a lot of fun--it is theater and very well performed. But the food was really lackluster. Pasta was overcooked. Porterhouse steak was chewy and underdone. A side order of corn that was highly recommended by our server was mushy and a lot liked canned corn. This is becoming a theme restaurant and the food is mediocre.

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New York Area
1 review
2.0Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 4

Hi,
Everything was great. But they charged me twice and since they don't manage themselves with a direct phone number, just by email they haven't answered back and I need this transaction to be void. This was Friday and I still haven't received an answer from them.

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G
New York Area
6 reviews
5.0Dined on September 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding food
authentic Italian in a world where every restaurant serves pasta it seems and thinks it's authentic
it's expensive but worth it for a special night out

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n
New York Area
2 reviews
3.0Dined on September 13, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

This place is all show biz. There is a real effort to invoke Italian restaurants of an earlier era. It was loud. I felt a bit rushed. The food was not uniformly good. The pasta with spicy vodka sauce was mushy. The real problem with Carbone's is it is crazy expensive. $28 for that pasta- $11 for a beer. For those prices, I expected more.

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g
New York Area
3 reviews
3.0Dined on September 13, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

18$ for a bottle of acqua panna is too much. Same for a plate of pasta at 31$. But meatballs were very good.

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u
New York Area
10 reviews
4.0Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It really has a cool fun vibe. The people are great and the food was very good, but a little less refined than I was hoping for the wait and the price. The wine markup is about 4X, which I think is a little ridiculous. Also, It's very hard to get a reasonable time and reservation but curiously when we were there, there were plenty of open tables that could have been filled.

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RS
New York Area
3 reviews
3.0Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was disappointing. Food wasn't special except for the Caesar Salad ZZ. Carpaccio was tasteless. Pasta was good. Meatballs okay. Their famed Carrot Cake very dry. Waiter was on top of things and lots of fun. Special pasta was a crepe with 3 sauce and wasn't worth eating.
Cocktails were excellent. There was nothing that made me want to go back just to have it again.

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