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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j
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 2 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 3 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 3 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
1 review
Dined 4 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 4 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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

HL
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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!

WH
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Loud. Good food. Staff is rushed and hard to run down. Skip the wine.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Affordable and exact right amount of food for our group of 7!!

KL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit to this beloved establishment was long over due! Entire experience was just as I remembered from past visits. Was a nice way to kick off the holiday season . Staff was very friendly and did an great job . Thanks

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was fantastic! Food and people great!

LP
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & drinks were amazing! Love the recommendations the waiter made, the Salmon and drinks were out of this world!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

What’s the point of making a reservation for a certain time to be told we have to wait and I didn’t get seated until the THIRD time I complained. 9pm reservation didn’t get seated until 945. Unacceptable. Nothing given to me to compensate. I have been to super exclusive restaurants in nyc. Your reservation time is set. You walk in and are seated. Not here.

MV
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great time at Carmine's. The restaurant was packed and busy but it was a Saturday night and to be expected. They had our reservation ready at the designated time which was appreciated since the waiting area was shoulder to shoulder. Our server was great with suggestions and attentive to our needs. We will return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great and a good value. My server and all of them were fantastic!

The front has to find a better system for handling reservations and timing.

I love the place!

LJ
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It was overall a good experience but waited 45 mins past my girlfriend’s birthday reservation we showed up at 830 but not get seated till 905

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good. The other tables were loud around us but overall good.

CM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved the food. Staff was great. We had a great time. Will return next time we visit NYC

CB
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent places to eat and have a wonderful time!

A
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was excellent and the service was good considering the volume of people in the restaurant. The place is noisy. A party of two better decide to share a dish because the portions are family style generous. It's a great place for a large group because no matter how noisy you are, others are more noisy. If you want an intimate quiet dinner, this isn't the place.

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was a Thursday night. It was very very crowded.. Hard to hear each other across the table.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine’s never disappoints!!! Charlie was our waiter! Excellent is an understatement. Service was A1. The Manager Steve made us feel like VIPs. His treatment of Carmine’s customers is like being hosted at your best friends home!!!! That is why I keep going back with family, friends, co-workers and business associates. Great job!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Seemed like a place for bigger families to celebrate an occasion. Portions are huge and pretty good for the value. It’s not exactly fine dining.

RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve always liked Carmine’s. But this time I took my friends who have never been there. They enjoyed everything about it. This restaurant can never disappoint. Will return here. :)

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