Carmine's - 91st Street - NYC

4.5
5334 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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like this one better than the one in midtown, more spacious. The food was delicious, tried veal for the first time and (aside from the mushrooms) it was fantastic.

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

family style was way too much for 2 people. ended up throwing most of it out

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PL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The drinks didn’t taste like there was any alcohol and it was served so messy. My hands were sticky because it spilled over the cup

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g
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for large parties where you can celebrate anniversaries. birthdays, and so on without fear of disturbing other guests.

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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just hands down the best Italian food in NUC. Been here for 20 years and I always show this place off to out of town guest. Alex gets 6 stars for managing 3 young ladies all with special request. Do yourself a favor, treat yourself to the best of NYC. I like uptown location better the 42 nd street.

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DC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my birthday and seven of us had a 7pm reservation. We were seated almost immediately.
Our server was Nem and he couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful. We all know Carmine’s very well so we knew what to expect. Well as terrific as it has been in the past, everything seemed to be stepped up to the next level. The service from the support staff was as good as the service from Nem. Alexander Chan, the manager, stopped by to see how everything was. Basically everything was done to make us feel welcome and at home. And the food was great. I had never had the porterhouse and it was better than most steaks I’ve had in steakhouses! All in all it was an absolutely wonderful evening. Carmine’s is still a fabulous place.

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F
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Waitress was not good attitude at all . Didn’t even bother to come at all . Had to ask for coffee again . Not sure why . Should treat everyone equally

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MC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Awful experience! We waited an additional half hour even though we had reservations. We would nat have mind had the pasta not been so salty.

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HT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Italian place in the city! Perfect for groups or families

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent deff a must on the list if you are in nyc

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S
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Always a great experience!

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J
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made reservations for 8:00 pm and was happy that I did because there was a long wait outside of the restaurant. I was seated by 8:05 and service was impeccable. My waiter was so charismatic and just overall pleasant. My experience here was phenomenal.

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TK
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely had a wonderful experience! Danielle, our server, was great! She helped us choose dinner selections, was very personable and knowledgeable about the menu. The entire serving staff was very attentive with water, drinks and anything we needed. The food was fantastic! So many choices and all delicious. We had the mixed greens salad and the Carmine’s salad, followed by lasagna, chicken scaloppini, rigatoni country style and the special porter house steak to feed a party of twelve. Everything was great! We were celebrating a birthday, so they suggested the “Titanic”, a different take in a banana split that was huge and awesome! No one went away hungry!! We absolutely loved the food and experience!!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Waiter was awful and forgot about us. Food was mediocre at best and the cocktails were really bad.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Family was in town, had to get them hip to Carmine’s!

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C
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my children’s first experience and they can’t wait to return.

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B
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Huge portions - so be prepared to share. Delicious. Waitstaff was friendly and accommodating.

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L
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Easy to get a reservation same day. Waiter helped us to get exactly what we wanted as 2 of 3 members of our party wanted something different yet we didn't want any food to go to waste.

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F
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent... 1 plate (family style) was too much for my family (3 adults-1 child) !

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A
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a family dinner here...we usually go to the Midtown location, but we’re staying on the upper West side this visit and loved it. The food was great as always. Of course we over ordered. Our waiter gave us superb service. I wish I knew his name I’d give him a shout out. There was a huge party next to us celebrating a son’s 37th birthday and our waiter gave us great personal attention even though he was busy with a table of 20 plus. Will definitely come back here next time we’re in NYC.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Staff, Food and atmosphere was out of this world. Carmine's never disappoints

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L
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was not that good. Pasta with clam sauce was over salted. Prices a way too high for lunch. You need to lower prices for lunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome evening out to celebrate a 60th Birthday with family from abroad.

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AB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my 4th time coming to Carmine’s and I loved it great food great service we sat down pretty quick and my fiancé and I was celebrating our 8 year anniversary it was amazing we had a great time I will be back

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BC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent and comes in large portions so there’s always a take home bag. Waiter service was great.

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k
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

brought cousins from australia. we all enjoyed a great meal they were very impressed.our server amanda was great

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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MS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I LOVE Carmine's! Always a great place to take people for a meal! Great service and great food every single time!

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FT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious and the setting is very comfortable. Our waiter was excellent and very personable. One of my absolutely favorite restaurants.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot large portions attentive service

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The host/hostesses were lovely and able to accommodate us 15 minutes early. The waiter started off strong, but then seemed to forget us after our entrees came. We ordered a dessert, which he forgot, and then took 30 minutes to get. Overall, we would definitely give it a 4 star rating. Everyone can forget something or be having an off day.

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P
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Charlie was amazing. Very personable, knowledgeable about all things on the menu. He made suggestions that made sense and steered us in the right direction with our choices. The food was outstanding and the value was great! We have been here before and will be back many more times.

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KC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was a wonderful experience the food and service was fantastic.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are in the city for a long weekend and are staying nearby, looking for a good meal without too much effort. We chose Carmine’s primarily for convenience—just a block or two from our place, and not closed on the 4th—but we lucked up and enjoyed a great meal with excellent service. One family-style salad and entree was the perfect amount for my two adult sons and me, and it was delicious! The noise level was pretty high so if you’re looking for a quiet dinner, maybe try another place, but for us it was perfect!

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SJ
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner for six. The hot appetizer was demolished and the veal Marsala and lobster fra diavolo (my personal favorite) were well enjoyed. Capping the dinner with an outstanding tiramisu and we achieving dining perfection. The service was friendly and well paced.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best waiter!!! Food was amazing!!

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MP
El Paso
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place - always great.

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DT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food. Huge portions. Very yummy Italian food. You will have left overs for sure.

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DE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came with six little kids. Everyone could not have been more thoughtful.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was terrible. Didn’t seem to care as much as we would think appropriate. Felt more like a factory.

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