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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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We made a reservation, but still had to wait 30 minutes for the table. Once seated, food and service were as expected.

BN
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Noisy and slow service... Bar Service is really really problematic... the bartenders just don’t care

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We’ve been several times & always love it. Food was great & did not disappoint. We had a newer server & were dining in the private room behind the bar (but not as a private party). We were a party of 10 so we ordered several apps & dinner. Both times there was 1 dish missing. Eventually it came out but well after the others, just about too late. Overall very good.

R
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Carmine's is a unique restaurant in many good ways. The food is the best part of the dining experience.

CB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always and when in New York we never miss eating there. Delicious 😋

LC
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Large portions. Best pasta I’ve ever had!

DW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time! This was our fourth (4th) year that I have brought my team here for our holiday luncheon. They all love it and we look forward to it every year. The food is outstanding, plentiful and there is absolutely NO way you can leave here hungry! Our waitress this year was above and beyond anything I have ever experienced!

l
Miami
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We were pretty disappointed this time at carmines. The meatballs came out barley warm and the bread tasted stale. Chicken parm tasted rubbery and cheap chicken not like the quality we have experienced in the past. The cheese was also not melted which also took away from the taste. I really hope this was just an off night and they didn’t change anything! Our sever was awesome and super friendly he was the best part of our night.

MM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine's was absolutely fantastic! For our first visit to New York, we were advised to go to Carmines, and it did not disappoint!. The food was hot, fresh and delicious. The atmosphere was beautiful. All of the waitstaff were fantastic! We didn't want to leave but we will definitely be returning.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was good, food was great but the host not too nice. Host should always be friendly.

VD
Savannah
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful. The food was out of this world! Christmas decorations were beautiful

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely wonderful!!!!! Every time my family and I come to NYC we always have to go to Carmine’s. My family loves spaghetti which makes Carmine’s a perfect place for us. We will definitely be back.

JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was beyond excellent and our waiter was outstanding!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for large portions.

AJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent bar and cocktails. Food and service off the charts. Very fresh. Tiramisu best anywhere. Wait staff wonderful.

AA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance! Would eat at Carmines over and over!

M
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was so great! Food was delicious and the restaurant was super busy but you would have never known. Everyone was very attentive and happy.

JJ
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
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 on December 8, 2019
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 on December 8, 2019
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 on December 8, 2019
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 on December 8, 2019
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!!

MZ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to have a get together and share love over great food!

KB
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
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
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
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 on December 7, 2019
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 on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Antonio, was fantastic.

BH
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
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 on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
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 on December 7, 2019
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 on December 7, 2019
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 on December 7, 2019
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 on December 7, 2019
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 on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

C
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

It was so loud you couldn’t hear the person across the table. Ordered the special beef tender loin. Meat was a bit tough and dry. Lasagna and Egg plant parm was good. Caesar salad was overly salty

j
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
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 on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

JD
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
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 on December 4, 2019
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.

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