Carmine's - 91st Street - NYC

4.6
5412 reviews
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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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always celebrate my birthday at Carmine’s. I’m never the only Birthday in the house. I enjoy hearing the whole restaurant sing Happy Birthday multiple times. I get a kick out of it.

n
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant fantastic food fantastic service

MM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I made 6:30 pm reservations 2 months in advance. After attending a 1:00 Yankee's game on a Saturday, my party of 4 arrived early - 5:00 pm. The reservation woman, while courteous, advised that they could not seat us early due to the volume of reservations. I approached the manager and asked for his help. I told him it was my wife's birthday (it was) and explained the situation. He immediately directed the staff to seat us at a table. I could not have been more impressed and appreciative of his management style. That effort and accommodation ONLY happens in a HIGH END restaurant. After being seated, we ordered the lobster fra diavolo for the table. It was fantastic. Cooked just right, and plenty of plumb tomatoes that made a great sauce! PLEASE. DO YOURSELVES A FAVOR. GO TO CARMINE'S. No restaurant can guarantee a great experience every time but, I am telling you, they were top notch!

LC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My family and I went for a birthday/anniversary dinner and everything was wonderful. The service was excellent and the food totally delicious. Carmine’s never disappoints.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great our waitress was so nice wish I could remember her name ! Reservation was easily made online ahead of time . Got to Carmine’s early and seated 30 min a head of time which was amazing since we were hungry and tired from a full day of walking ! They definitely helped make my boyfriends birthday dinner go easy and special ! Food was great , drinks a little pricey but you do get what you pay for , worth the money !!! We will def be back !

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Amazing atmosphere. Will come back

CH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A lovely family style restaurant, we had a great waiter.
Although it was very and highly noisy , we had to scream across the table to speak to each other. The food was good and very generous portions but still not for the asking price. And if I must complain I would rather not sit infront of the restrooms entrance.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Decent and tasty food in insanely huge portions. Always busy. Come hungry and leave with leftovers.

EH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Service was great. Great experience

H
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were seated and no one came by to see us for a long while. There seemed to be an issue as to who our waiter was. Also we were celebrating my daughters birthday, which I stand in the reservation, but no one addressed her birthday dessert.

CP
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The food was excellent as usual. We requested a table in the back for privacy, and we were graciously accommodated. This is one of our favorite restaurants in all of New York city, and we will definitely be back! Best Regards, Clifford and Maryann

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is fabulous and our server was quite pleasant and knowledgable. Our food came out quickly and hot. Everything was so good but go with a group and your appetite because they like to feed you, it is truly food for a family. Just remember the parmesan dishes do not come with pasta you have to order the pasta separately. I don't go to the restaurant often but when I do everything is on point, just make sure it's your cheat day (LOL). Also, remember you will not be seated unless your entire party is present.

GD
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great time at Carmine’s! Wait staff too chatty with our party. Kept trying to start a conversation and be a comedian. Was nice at first then was too much. All in all we had a good time!

s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal for a group of friends to share. Calamri was crispy and flavorful. Chicken parm and the recommended pasta a la vodka were delicious. Friendly and atteentive service. Definitely going back to try a fe wmore dishes.

RE
New England
67 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Classic Italian family style. Food was excellent. Great meal. We’ll be back again.

AK
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner for extended family! Authentic Italian dishes, family-size portions to share, casual setting.

JG
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a a great family italian style restaurant.. .

LP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't say enough about our visit to Carmine's. I took our family there for my wife's birthday and it was well worth it! The food was beyond delicious and the staff were attentive, they really made her feel special.

SB
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Hey, it’s Carmine’s! As a frequent customer you know what to expect. I love the place😊

r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always good food, always noisy. Always great service and never a bargain. Still, always worthwhile, all things considered.

MA
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I were in NYC for vacation and heard great things so we decided to try it.
The food was amazing and our waiter was incredible.
I would definitely suggest having dinner here.

T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations for my mother’s birthday. David our waiter was amazing, super polite and attentive. The staff sang happy birthday with tons of energy and poise.

b
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Carmine's is a great place to eat and the staff are super nice and conscientious. BUT...

- The noise level at 91st St has escalated to the point where it is difficult to communicate with someone across the table on a busy evening.
- When a P.A. item is ordered, the actual price that day should be mentioned rather than having to know to ask. Sometimes it is outrageous enough ($90 for sea bass at a different visit!) that awareness would steer you away.
- Having to ask for olive oil for the bread five times is a bit much.
- Strawberry shortcake that is 80% whipped cream is, well, something other than strawberry shortcake. Still, it's delicious.

Still, we keep going back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charlie is a super waiter. Tons of fun, great food, great ambiance. Really lively for a Monday night!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carmine’s is always a great place for a special dinner. The family style dining and the deliciousness of the food is never disappointing. The bread is fresh and delicious and when it’s your birthday...get a titanic for the table!

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A bit pricey. $500 for dinner for 5: Appetizer, 2 bottles of wine, 2 pasta dishes, porterhouse steak & potatoes (a lot more potatoes & onions than meat), and Titanic ice cream sundae for desert. Not worth $600 (with tip), however it was a great experience for our family who was visiting from out of town. Our server was great, but kitchen screwed up timing and apps were and main dishes were taken away prematurely. My husband was frustrated that his food was removed before he was finished 2X.

MJ
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating Grandpa's birthday and he wanted Italian. Carmine's was recommended and what a great time we had there. The food was amazing. The service was outstanding and Grandpa was happy. We will definitely be back.

k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, I always enjoy myself at Carmine's and the dishes are phenomenal!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and can’t wait to go back

R
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good experience at Carmine's on the UWS. Service was a bit slow as the place was packed, but the food was excellent and the prices while high are reasonable for what you get.

BC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was such pleasure to be with. He engaged in pleasant conversation with my family and I. He helped make the night enjoyable.

SH
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

This place is very loud!! The food is good but it’s family style serving so basically everyone at the table must want the same thing. They don’t have Alfredo.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING food and gigantic portions!

E
Naples
30 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

We will never return! It was so loud that we could not even hear the person sitting next to you. Then they added music which made it even worse. The waitress told us about the specials but conveniently didn’t mention the price and didn’t say that we ordered way too much food. The prime rib special was $100.00 and only one of us was going to be eating it. We ordered a salad and 5 entrees and 2 desserts. She rushed us into ordering claiming that the kitchen needed time or we needed to order appetizers or we would be sitting too long without food which was not the case because the entrees came out right away. We didn’t even order a bottle of wine and our bill was $700 W/o tip. Terrible dining experience.

J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We arrived 1/2 hour early and we weren’t being seated even though there were so many tables available. We got seated at our ‘reservation’ time...at one of the empty tables! Food was great as usual and our waitress was awesome

J
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I walked in and gave my name I was a bit annoyed I waited 20 min past my reservation time to be seated. My server was backed up so the manager Steven came over and took our drinks order and food. The server made it over several times as well apologizing and making sure everything was good. By the time I left I had completely forgotten about the initial encounter with the hostess stand and was extremely pleased. I have been to this restaurant before, but a different location. This location was amazing and the service was beyond exceptional! Thank you so much especially to Steven for the outstanding service! I will return again soon.

CR
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience at the restaurant. They have a dairy-free menu, which is great for someone allergic to milk (like me)! My only complaint would be that I selected a pasta from that menu and it came to the table with cheese on it. Though I know it can be difficult to avoid cheese in an Italian restaurant, the chef was very quick in correcting the situation and I was very pleased! Thank you!

LM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and delicious food! The fried zucchini was amazing!

RO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food loaded with flavor and a great environment. Staff very welcoming, accommodating, and attentive!
My experience ratio (3 for 3) with Carmines, at "THIS LOCATION ONLY" has been a very good for me.
The food!!!!!

AA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! I always enjoy coming to Carmine’s! Thanks again for a wonderful experience!

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