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About Cavatappo Grill

Cavatappo Grill & Wine Bar is located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Milanese Cuisine with a New York bite and Live Jazz daily, Cavatappo is the perfect addition to your New York outing!

1712 First Avenue
New York, NY 10128
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm


Sunday: 11:30am - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 88th and 89th Streets

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 987-9260

Website:
http://www.cavatappo.com/

Entertainment:
Every Monday Live Piano from 7pm till 10pm (no cover)
Tuesdays Live Jazz 8pm till 10pm ($10 cover fee)
Thursdays Live Jazz from 9pm till 11pm ($10 cover fee)
Saturday Brunch with Maucha Adnet "Bossanova Brunch" 12/3pm (no cover)
for more band details go to: www.lucasjazzcorner.com

Catering:
Catering available with custom menu and full service.

Parking Details:
Parking garage on 89th, 90th and 91st Street between 1st and York Avenue.

Public Transit:
4, 5, and 6 train to 86th Street & Lexington, NEW 2nd Avenue Subway Q train 86th Street & Second Avenue

Executive Chef:
Luca Marcato

Private Party Facilities:
Semi-private or private party facilities for the entire restaurant available at lunch times or dinner.

Private Party Contact:
Luca - Sarah: (877) 926-0172

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Live Jazz weekly

Cavatappo Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (13)
Casual (8)
Live Music (8)
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Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Romantic (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Cozy (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Authentic (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Special Occasion (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a family get-together brunch - 8 adults- was very nice. We had lots of space, good service, not much noise and they let us relax and enjoy our meal - did not rush us. Everyone enjoyed their food - we ate omelette , shrimp salad, eggs Benedict and sandwiches - everything was good. I would go again.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Was the perfect street cafe for NYC Marathon watching 11/5/2017.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Live Sports, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We live in the neighborhood and visit Cavatappo Grill regularly. The food never disappoints. A+

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Neighborhood place with great food, especially if you like Italian, and live music at a reasonable charge. Luca is a warm host, and the restaurant has a comfortable vibe because of that. Worth a return trip, many return trips

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Fun, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Refined and quality Italian fare. As a bonus, jazz on Thursday evenings.
I joyed the evening with friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Cavatappo Grill is consistently delicious. We always have good service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Pasta with meat ragu was suprisingly bland. Request to cook pasta al dente was ignored. Sea bass was on par with what you may get at diner. Quality of bread in bread basket was awful. Mussels were decent. Service was friendly.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Nice convenient place, the food isn't great but we keep going. Staff there are nice

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Great spot

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

One of our all time favorite restaurants in Manhattan!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I love their food. Great value on wine. However, the service was okay.. they forgot our orders and so unorganized.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

It was the first time my husband and I ate there and we thought the food and service were excellent. However, the atmosphere was a little run-down and we almost didn't stay when we first walked in. But again, the food was really good and the service was superb! I would categorize this as a very good neighborhood gem. We plan to go back and listen to Jazz some time!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We brought our three kids (9-14) and enjoyed a delicious meal. It was tight quarters, yet I didn't feel like I could hear the conversations at the tables around us. Service was great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Relaxing ambience with jazz band playing excellent sets. Food is good and. Reasonable wine selection. Ambience warm and cosy, good service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Great jazz
Giid food with custom prep
Nice waitress and fruendly people

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Neighborhood gem. Food was delicious as always.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Music is outstanding and it matches the delicious food perfectly! One of the best kept secrets of UES!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Casual, Tasting Menu, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine here. I've been coming for ten years.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Live Music, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Had been there before for dinners. This time tried weekend brunch. The service and food was a disappointment in comparison to previous visits. Not sure I will go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Food quality has been spotty. Fried calamari were not up to snuff. Baby veal chops were delicious but lamb ragout pasta disappointing

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Wow! Cavatappo is going downhill each and every time I dine there. I'm not quite sure where management finds their waiters/waitresses, but they are surely not trained at all ... dined there Sunday with friends, ordered the fried olives to start ... waiter (seemed stoned/drunk?) brings cold olives out ... then proceeds to explain that the olives are made before hand and are served that way. I know that is not true, b/c I order the olives every time I am there. Horrible service, totally overpriced ... not worth the visit anymore. Too bad. Will have to walk a little farther down First Avenue to find better, more reasonable restaurants ... and there are many.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

This was a Sunday brunch, the day before Memorial Day. We had eaten there several times over the past year and had found it good value and pleasant. Yesterday was a huge disappointment - we were 3 and there were only 3 other people in the restaurant. We ordered from the brunch menu (too basic for words), the food took nearly 1/2 hour to reach us. The pancakes were thick, dry and lukewarm. The grilled vege platter for the 3 of us arrived dry, limp and room temp. There was no apology for the poor service. This is way too bad. We had enjoyed previous, tasty, well prepared meals there and had relied on it as a neighborhood 'reliable'.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 22, 2017

I used to love this neighborhood restaurant and have been there many times over the years. But in my past 3 visits I noticed higher prices, and extreme reduction in portion size. Unacceptably small. A bad combo. When I asked the waiter if what I received was a normal size portion of fish, he made a face and took it away, and told me I was not going to have to now wait while the chef figured out what to do. 20 minutes later they delivered my platter with a normal size serving, and I was satisfied. But I was not treated nicely. The same thing happened with the lamb shank the last time I was there... extremely small compared to other visits.. the waiter agreed.. eventually brought me a normal size portion. They seem to be skimping on portions to see if they can get away with it, which is really disappointing. We went on jazz night (Monday) and I enjoyed the music. But I'm not sure if I will ever go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I was disappointed with this experience. The food was not as good as prior reviews indicate. The maitre d was rude and the restaurant itself was uncomfortable due to ever fluctuating temperatures - the door was left open creating a draft for our table and we had to repeatedly ask for it to be closed but at the same time the heating vent over our table (that in itself was kind of gross for eating) was blasting directly on our table. The better answer in mid-May would have been to have had cooler air circulating. But more disappointing was the service. Despite having a reservation we had to wait with no welcome or accomodating acknowledgement (and we had an elderly person in our party) and we waited over an hour for our entrees with no explanation. One of our party had a severe garlic allergy and was dismissed by the Maitre d as being in the wrong restaurant and/or that the dishes didn't have "that much garlic" - rather than what most restaurants do which is to offer a couple of garlic free alternatives. It was a special occasion and because it is a neighborhood place we were eager to give it a try but we won't go back. The pasta dishes were good but not good enough to make up for the disappointments that contributed to the overall negative experience. Also should be noted we were a party of 8 and while everyone tried to make the best of it especially since it was a special occasion, everyone in the group felt the same tension in the poor service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This restaurant is a neighborhood favorite. I actually have a friend who insists on coming here when she is in town!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Good no frills food! A great spot in the area to go with big groups.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2017

great neighbor spot with good food and friendly service

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Went for Saturday brunch and while I really like the venue and the wonderful life music , the food was so bad that we barely could eat anything. Ordered salad and sandwich and it was tasteless and then bread was old. Although the waiter was nice, he did not pay attention when we sent the food back and charged full price. Woul really like to go back but not until they improve the quality of food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Enjoy the food and closeness to home. We dine there frequently.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Good food. Good Music. Great combination. Small place

Tags: Live Music
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

The service was horrible.
Our initial waiter just left in the middle of our meal. No one came over to say they were now replacing him.
No one came over to ask if everything was OK or if we needed anything additional after the main course was served.
After the entrée, no one bothered to come over and ask if we wanted coffee or dessert and waited almost 20 minutes to get someone's attention to get the check.

Will not return

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Second time here since moving into the neighborhood. Consistent, innovative, interesting, and fairly priced. Nice wine list and great service. The jazz trio during our first visit was a wonderful perk!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 29, 2017

This was my first visit to Cavatappo Grill and it's a great find. The food is delicious and the portions are very generous. Small plates are a great option as the starters are huge and I had to quickly change my choice after the starter arrived. There is live music most of the week which is a very nice touch and the noise level is very appropriate to dining. The staff is very friendly and helpful. My friend and I hope to visit again soon.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 29, 2017

A Neighborhood Restaurant with Foodie Dishes. The specials caught our attention on this visit and I enjoyed my shot rib ravioli. My partner described it as a meat dumpling which it did bring to mind although the meat based sauce was purely Italian. I also sampled the veal special and I was not disappointed. As an extra bonus, as we wrapped up our dinner, a guitarist started a very nice set of light jazz music which only helped the digestion.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Best pasta ever! Especially the spinach pappardelle with duck ragu! Live jazz on Tuesday and Thursday are really great as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Live Music
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 16, 2017

I visited this restaurant because of a jazz concert, this restaurant hosts small jazz combos, and it is a very intimate setting for music. I really enjoyed the dinner, I rarely get good Italian food outside Italy, most of the time restaurants use too much oil and serve pasta drowned in sauce, this was more the Italian way, less sauce, not oily, just right for the food. I also appreciated that in addition to serving wine by the glass, they also offered wine in a small carafe. The waiters were knowledgable about the food and wine.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Casual, Healthy, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 7, 2017

A cozy, wonderful restaurant that is home to Luca's Jazz Corner. The food is outstanding and the live music only enhances the dining experience.

Tags: Live Music, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 2, 2017

When I lived on the upper eastside, it was one of my favorites. Was great to eat there again.

Tags: Healthy, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

As usual, this place did not disappoint. My dish was delicious and the service was great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Good food. I had a grilled sea bass; nothing to write home about. Meh....

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Seasonal
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