Carmine's - 91st Street - NYC

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Carmine's simple and very popular concept is to serve every meal in the style of an Italian American wedding feast - which means large portions of home-style antipasti, pastas, seafood and meat entrees served on large platters designed for sharing. An entree here could easily feed three to four average eaters. Located in a sprawling, former grand ballroom on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, this is the original Carmines. Designed by Peter Niemitz, the interiors evoke the images of the quintessential New York restaurant. With elements and details from the 1920s to the 1940s, the restaurant has the look and feel of a place that has been around for much longer than it's 1990 opening. If you are in the market for freshly prepared family style Italian food that is served in huge portions at reasonable prices, this is the place for you.

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Let us do all the cooking! Reserve a table today or let us cater your meal. Our fabulous Thanksgiving Meal is available with all the trimmings.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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HW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very special occasion. Friends who haven’t seen each other in a long time. Food and service great!

MS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a good time there celebrating my birthday... i will definitely come again

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Run, don’t walk to any other restaurant. Apparently Carmine’s can take a reservation but not honor it. We had a confirmed reservation. Upon arrival the wait to check in was at least 30min. We were told it could be up to an additional hour before we were seated. The staff made no apologies and gave no explanation. They seemed indifferent. Really Carmine’s? I mean seriously, no restaurant is that good. Especially this one.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The reservation system was a mess, with just one person working it, a very long wait just to say "I'm Here," and an excruciating wait to be seated. What is the point of making a reservation if they can't honor it within 15 or 20 minutes? After waiting to be seated, we sat just as long at the table waiting for water, longer still for any service person to take orders. It took over 30 minutes to get the (incorrectly totataled) check at the end Three and a half hours from arrival to when we could walk out. I suggest you keep walking, right past this poorly organized and under-staffed restaurant.

SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Our waiter threw pasta with red sauce onto my dinner guest's plate, and the sauce splashed into her face, hair, and ruined her shirt. The waiter brought over seltzer water, and that was it. No manager table touch, no courtesy discount, and zero acknowledgment once he was finished serving (rather, throwing food onto our plates because he was in a rush). Quite a fail in the customer service department.

EB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food - old new york kind of vibe. The staff was amazing - friendly, attentive and helpful. Portions are larger than you would expect - especially the sides. Noise level can be a bit loud - even though we were seated at a round table it was still hard to hear everyone. Would continue to go back - it hasn't lost any of its charm and appeal. Great for Sunday brunch.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Very disappointed with the service and the food wasn’t even better

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, very good service, great friendly staff.

NV
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I made a reservation for 10pm. I got there a little before 10pm and was told our table was being prepared shortly. 25 minutes later we still were not seated so I asked the hostess how much longer the wait was, then we were seated. We sat for 30 minutes with NO SERVICE, no water, anything. It was as if we didn’t have a waiter. A family sat down after us and was serviced right away. I had to get up and ask for the manager THEN we were serviced. Unacceptable. The food wasn’t worth the wait either, should have just left.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We were sat down an hour late from our original reservation. Usually we are seen right on time, not sure what happened this go around

SK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

With reservation I waited 1 and a half hour. Food took forever to arrive once seated. Food was also cold and had no flavor.

SJ
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great meal with a group of ten. The food was excellent though out. Only problem was that I order way too much as I’m still working through the leftovers. For our group of ten one salad, one hot antipasto and one cold antipasto would have been more than enough. Three main dishes also would have sufficed but the lobster fradiavolo cannot be missed. The veal masala was also well enjoyed. I could skip the salmon but the sausage with pasta was also quite good. Great value for money especially with a crowd. And kudos to our server Danielle.

J
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food4service2ambience1

Food was very good, but so many people waiting to get a table, you couldn't move. Noise level was extremely high, we had to shout at each other across the table or just not to talk to one another. If you like to yell and shout while you eat, this is your place! Been twice and won't go back

OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding as usual.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience3

I arrived early to my reservation and I still had to wait 40 minutes until someone told me I had to talk to the maitre d to demand my table. So I waited in line again and talked to the staff and got my table finally. The restaurant was packed and so noisy that I had to scream to talk to the person next to me. The food was good but some of the pasta were totally overpriced and not that good. I know there are lots of good Italian restaurants in town and I think I will pass this one next time.

BS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great‼️‼️Look forward to when I may dine there again.

CP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome experience! I had a family member from South Carolina visit New York for the first time. She loves Italian food. I thought Carmine's would be an excellent dining experience. I raved about Carmines! She ordered the baked Ziti (good choice). The noodles were a little overdone, not enough sauce. Downhearted!
I spoke to the waiter, who suggested the Salmon Special... excellent come back! I was saved, a little costly, but satisfied.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and service is always good. Never a disappointment.

T
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious.... and fun!! Excellent waiter!!!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were there for a friends birthday- festive and casual...great food and service!

N
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine's is a Staple Restaurant in NYC. I'm never disappointed.
Thank you for a great evening filled with wonderful food and great service.

u
New York Area
135 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun family outing, we enjoyed the Salmon Oreganato and the Spaghetti with meatballs. We took home the leftover Spaghetti and it held up well two days later.

J
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This restaurant deserves five stars for the value. In any other similar place the price would be twice as much as it was here. Food was delicious. Servers were attentive. Two complaints: 1) the table was inclined so our glasses and bottles almost fell off the table. 2) the music was so loud we could hardly hear each other.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time coming here and the service was great. Ambience was good but a little loud. And food was great with BIG portions. 10/10 would recommend.

RC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with my family to Carmine’s to celebrate my son’s 21st birthday! From the moment we walked in, we felt the warmth and hospitality of all the workers we interacted with! Sylvia and Danielle were delightful, exceptional and professional. Outstanding customer service! We shall return. Thank you for making my son’s birthday a special and magical occasion.

AB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing and the waiters have great customer service .

OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food ever

CK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a great spot to have an event with a large party. We had a table for 10 and had a great time. The service was great and the atmosphere fun.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Amazing food and the vibe was great!

ES
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Didnt like the fact that I had a reservation for 9pm and didnt get seated until about 9:25. But other than that everything was Amazing!!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy Carmines and this time was no different. Great service and delicious food!!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was out 1 year wedding Anniversary!

J
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

We had reservations at 4:30 didn’t sit down till almost 5 pm. There was no place to wait. One of the hostess would continue to tell us you can not stand here. We were moved from our original table. There was tables being placed all over just to accommodate other people. It was honestly a fire hazard. The fire escape was blocked off by a table. Our server was good the food was good. But I would never go here again. The front staff doesn’t know what they are doing.

S
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

the restaurant is in a good location. tje food is great. the bathrooms need to be cleaner. the staff waiters are friendly but if you have a reservation you shouldn't have to wait 30 minutes to get to your table.
you shouldn't have to pay for dessert just to get staff to sing happy bday. I piece of cake should be complimentary.

a
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

horrendously loud and crowded
mediocre food
nasty wait in a mosh pit
difficult to get table assigned

p
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

I made reservations for 8:00, for our 25th wedding anniversary, arrived at 7/30 checked in with host. 8:05 went up to host and it was like we had never checked in and was sat at a table. Food was luke warm at best, I was excited about going yonCarmines again after I visited 10 years ago on reservation was asked our we celebrating anything special event! Yes our 25th wedding anniversary why ask if you don’t acknowledge the event. Will kit be going back or recommend.

OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reminds me of the old style Italian restaurant you see in the movies. Family all talking the noise level can get loud but that is part of it. Service was stellar and food abundant; our server Shawn went above and beyond. Prices are reasonable for the amount of food you get. My spouse says we have to come back to NYC just for the food there!

d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I ordered the shrimp parmigiana which is my favorite however the shrimps were burnt, dry and overcooked. I had it with the linguine which there was excess water on the plate and the food was not as hot as it usually is. I was a little disappointed as the food is usually excellent

V
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, great portions for sharing. Hard to carry on a conversation due to noise level. Great for families with children.

VT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh yes we will be recommending Carmine's to all family and friends. We will be back there really soon

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