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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Thursday, November 28, 2019

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MI
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I alway marvel how Carmine’s can put out such a large amount of food and still have it be so delicious. Always fun always delicious!

RI
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

To noisy sevice was ok and drinks way over priceed

CS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Visiting Carmine's after a long hiatus was a disappointment. Alas, despite nice servers (although the check had an expensive error which was subsequently corrected) I found the noise level so loud that it was difficult to enjoy the food or the company i was treating. I couldn't wait to get out and find a quiet place for dessert. Perhaps if there had been a table in area where it was not so loud, I would have felt differently.
Sorry.
Carol Sterling

LS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My voice level choice of energetic is nothing negative, it's an awesome ambiance where you can just feel a good vibe and that everyone is happy to be there and having a great time. It was the 1st time for my 17 year old and 14 year old sons and they absolutely loved the place, the food and are already anticipating their next visit.

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the best!! I'm a retired 9/11 first responder ... CARMINE'S makes nyc feel like the home it truly is.

n
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Even with the reservation the wait was way too long. The dining room was so loud that it was hard to hear people at our table. The food was jus Ok. Definitely was not worth the wait

m
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They make you wait 45 minutes to an hour, you need to constantly try to charm the staff so they don’t forget about you.

N
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Besides the wait everything else was amazing. Sangria was great!

RJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Had reservations and was put at a table in the back by the wall...Very uncomfortable.Service and Food was Mediocre....Disappointed....Will stick to 43rd Street.........

MD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was spectacular. We are definitely coming back with friends. This was worth the wait.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Carmine’s for getting it right. My wife & I celebrated our 11 Year Anniversary with family which started with an unusual wait although we had booked reservations weeks ago. Mgmt. redeemed the situation and like always the experience was well worth the wait as seeing my wife glow with happiness and great atmosphere much appreciated. Thank you.

NJ
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Outstanding food but noise level in dining room made it very difficult to have conversations with everyone at our table.

KL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to celebrate with a group! Great for birthdays. Always super festive!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Took my GF here for her first time. Overall it was a great experience, but the patrons that sat next to us (party of 12) were highly obnoxious and was very disrespectful towards the staff. Made me feel unsettled. Would definitely recommend this to everyone as a place to eat though.

JS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely fantastic. Portions are all family-style so large groups work well. Not a first date kind of place. The wait staff is friendly and attentive. The restaurant is large and noisy and very very busy but does not feel crowded when seated. On of the best meals we've enjoyed recently. Will definitely return to Carmine's with a larger group so we can sample more of the menu!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A wonderful night out

RT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

GREAT food, great service, super friendly staff, energetic & lively environment. The amount of food you get for the price is a HUGE value and the food is SO GOOD! We will definitely return!

MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine's always delivers. Great ambiance that is loud enough that you don't have to worry about your kids disrupting anyone else, but not so much so that you can't talk. Love this place...always have. The Chicken Scarpariello wings are secretly the best surprise on the menu.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I always love going to this restaurant. Always consistent, but they gave us one of the worst tables:((

MA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Normally our food 🥘 s delicious. This time was a bit disappointing. Chicken parmigiana was burnt and dried out. Our other dish was just average not a norm so for my birthday dinner it was not up to par.

HW
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthday celebration

MS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
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 on November 10, 2019
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 on November 10, 2019
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 on November 10, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding as usual.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CP
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
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!!!

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