Carmine's - 91st Street - NYC

4.6
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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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JJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine's was quintessential New York, beautiful holiday decorations, great service, tasty food. The portions are BIG. We split one plate and a side between 2 adults and a child and could not finish it all. Drinks are expensive but good. Great experience and easy to get to by public transit.

CF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at Carmine's many times and it never disappoints. The food is delicious, the service outstanding, the vibe energetic and fun.

M
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite being extremely busy our waiter was very attentive and professional. The food was great and the restaurant was decorated nicely for the holidays. It was very loud but that is to be expected. This is our second time dining here and we will be back.

SC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food5service1ambience4

After we finished dinner prior to dessert they asked us to move our table due to a large party coming in. It was my mothers 80th birthday and she is handicap. I wouldn’t believe they asked us to move tables.

HP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was good but we had a lot or confusion and disagreements with staff,we had three waiters,but the last guy Antonio was outstanding,other than that we had a great time!!

KB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food and service was very good. However, when I made this reservation I indicated it was for a birthday celebration and I also told the waitress, it was not recognized at all which was disappointing as other parties were acknowledged. Otherwise, the atmosphere was delightful and enjoyable.

RM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Too many mistakes with our order. I brought 4 new people and I was embarrassed after telling how much I liked Carmine's. Because of the service they had negative word to counter my praise. Food was great but communication between staff needs to be improved.

BD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite when in NYC!! Delicious, fresh, homemade dishes ... we had manicotti, meatballs with angel hair pasta and Carmines salad this time .... we left stuffed with tons left over .... for 4 people!! An iconic NY treasure for a reason but make reservations in advance as soon as possible!!

B
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Antonio, was fantastic.

BH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the one restaurant I always visit when coming to the city. I also always bring friends so they can have the experience. Carmines NEVER fails o impress. The food, atmosphere, and wait staff are fantastic. Thanks for giving my family such a wonderful dinner. Happy holidays.

KL
London
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family favorite for festive celebrations. Great for groups. Wonderful food and service. Beautifully decorated for Christmas all December.

MC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another Wonderful Meal. We are never disappointed with Carmine's which is the reason we have remained loyal customers since they first opened.

JA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Carmine’s is a fabulous restaurant - food, service, ambiance, cost - are great! They also made special arrangements to accommodate my wife who is in a wheelchair. Unfortunately, the restroom was on an upper level and not easily accessible. But overall I highly recommend Carmine’s.

JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 10 with 4 children. Food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Carmine's staff catered to each specific request without question. We have been to both Carmine's in New York City and this experience was, by far, our favorite. .

PF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The restaurant was so crowded that the servers were not able to give a high quality of attention to our table. We waited long periods of time to order, be served, and get the waiter's attention to order additional items. One of the dishes originally ordered was missed by our waiter who had to place the order after we brought it to his attention.

I will recommend this restaurant for the food, but I will include the expectation that the service may not be as good as one would prefer.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine’s is always a delight when my family and I go. Our waiter, I believe his name was Raheim, was a pleasure and provided excellent service. He made sure we got everything we needed during our time there. Your other staff were cordial, considerate, and helpful as well. The food, as always, was so delicious!!!! The portions were perfect. Can’t wait to go back! Happy holidays 🌲

CD
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not to be missed! Carmine's is absolutely fantastic - food and service.

j
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food is very good just don’t over order waiters tend to push more food than you can eat unless you want a very large doggie bag
Best Dish Steak Contadina

D
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Usually visit Carmine's in the theater district. It was a nice change and food was excellent as usual.

JD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a great place to meet friends and enjoy eating different dishes without having to stick to just one
entre. Since you get to share a variety of foods its more fun and encourages conversation. We were eight people and all were very satisfied. Try it you'll like it.

LR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took the family for my wife’s birthday and had a wonderful time. The food was great as was the service. We will definitely visit again in the near future.

SP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best Italian I have ever had in my travels. It was authentic and the staff our waiter was amazing. I would come back to New York just to eat there. This is a must and I recommend eating the one at Broadway at 91st the original spot where it all began.

MF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, good food, good price!
I’ll return!!!!

HL
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice meal, large portions. Waitress advised us well so we didn’t over order. Very attentive service, and food reasonably priced.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner. Our server Charlie was the best! Awesome service.

PB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

This was my second time, however there was the one guy that was walking around before our main course came out, still working on the appetizer he wanted to pack out food up. We told NO we are still working on the appetizer. We just felt rushed by him. I mentioned it to the host and he told us we can stay as long as we wanted. Again, the same guy came wanted to packed our food up. My husband got super annoyed asked for the check packed our food up and left. And told us never again. Our reservations was @830PM and we left 945PM annoyed.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Chicken Constadina was overcooked.

PS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charlie, our waiter, was great! He was attentive and made sure we enjoyed our experience. And the food was great! (As always!)

KR
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time, great food and service. Anytime you have anyone visiting NY you mist bring them here.

OT
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine's is always a stop for me when I come to NYC.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Order took a very long time and when it was served was dry and cold. It was obvious it had been sitting in the kitchen for some time before it was served. Very disappointing.

MS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our mother’s birthday and we wanted to do something super special and since she rarely goes out to eat, we decided to take her to Carmine’s, and it was the best decision. Food was amazing and our mother who is so picky couldn’t get over how amazing the food was! She loved as we all did!!!

SH
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Spectacular food at reasonable prices explains the crowd. We dined with our daughter who had bragged about impeccable service. We seemed to catch a shift where they may have been short on waitstaff. We saw very little of our waitress and twice declined food that had been ordered by other tables. Still, holiday decorations offered a beautiful setting for the largest shrimp and best chicken Marsala I’ve ever had.

SM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Service prompt and attentive food well
Prepared server recommended magnum of house red didn’t ask the price but was astounded when the bill came and it was $150 for a house red
And porter house steak, while prepared to our request was served Luke warm on a cold plate instead sizzling hot plate . Even though this is not a steak house most top rated restaurants who charge $100 for a steak would not serve on a cold plate p

s
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We were a family of 9 for Thanksgiving dinner. My mother and I ate at the Times Square location 3 years ago and knew we had to bring the rest of our family to enjoy this wonderful restaurant. The place was packed and felt joyous and the decorations were beautiful. My only issues were the pasta was a little underdone and the alcohol was slow to be served and the servers had too many tables in my opinion to be attentive enough for the size of the tables being sat. Otherwise, it was a wonderful Thanksgiving meal and I would do it again!

D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent turkey dinner & service. Restaurant was extremely crowded& loud , other wise a great dinner .

T
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I have eaten here several times before, always when I visit NYC. However, this experience was not like the others. The wait staff was horrible, the ambiance I always loved and spoke highly of was gone and it was very disappointing.

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Thanksgiving- great food and service but they definitely rushed you. Clearing the table while people were still eating so you couldn’t even add to your plate since w it was already packed up.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was wonderful, the food was fantastic and we can’t wait to visit again! Loved the festive holiday decor as well!

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