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Permanently Closed - Dieci

4.5
154 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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This restaurant is permanently closed.

In New York, Dieci restaurant provides guests with a sophisticated and intimate atmosphere to enjoy a meal with friends. Located just a few steps below the street, the vibe is akin to a hideout where you and the few other patrons are in on a secret. Dieci is a delicious secret with gourmet dishes inspired by Italian and Japanese roots.

The Dieci fusion of two radically different cuisines results in an even more unique and satisfying menu. You will want to start out with the uni scrambled egg with sturgeon caviar before jumping into the ramen with spicy lamb Bolognese or Japanese red snapper chazuke served with grilled vegetable rice balls and hoji tea soup.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Italian
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm

Fridays and Saturdays: 6:00pm -11:30pm
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(212) 387-9545
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
1st Ave
Additional
Bar/Lounge, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.6
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4.4
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4.1
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

Best pork belly buns and sea urchin pasta EVER!

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2016

This was a delightful surprise in a tiny neighbourhood restaurant in east 10th street .delicious imaginative dishes with a light touch , the fusion of Japanese and Italian flavours and techniques were creative and delicious. Charming service.Great wine selection .

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2016

Even if Japanese Italian fusion sounds weird in the first place, the combination is just awesome. Great food, small and cozy restaurant. My second time here and still new things to discover. I'll be back !

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3.0Dined on September 9, 2016

Although I really enjoyed the food from the restaurant, one thing that was unforgivable was that the restaurant lacked proper ventilation and their air-conditioning was non-existent (even though the waitress had said it was working). The restaurant is tiny, so not to have air conditioning during a 90 degree weather/80% humidity just spoiled the entire experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the food, and would be compelled to come back if it weren't for this reason alone. The whole 'experience' at a restaurant requires comfortable ambiance . Everyone in the restaurant were fanning themselves with their napkin, and I rushed myself through dinner just so I can get back outside. It is unfortunate that I would not recommend this restaurant for this reason alone. Such an easy fix, so I hope this review gets to the owner ASAP.

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2016

Interesting Japanese-Italian fusion dishes. The chef uses excellent ingredients.

The dining room is small but comfortable. The music choice and volume seems appropriate for a younger audience than this restaurant attracts, although the staff was good about turning the music down after two requests.

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4.0Dined on September 4, 2016

Delicious Japanese inspired dishes. Small dining area, so would recommend making a reservation

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4.0Dined on September 2, 2016

Service was excellent. The timing of each dish was made so that we never had to eat anything cold, including appetizers, which arrived one at a time. They also asked if we were sharing the main dishes and divided each one into two separate dishes for us.

Food was good, but perhaps our expectations were too high, but we weren't wowed by the experience. We were mostly disappointed by the appetizers. Although tasty, we did not taste any fois gras in the chawanmushi until we reached the bottom, and it was very light. The uni scrambled egg with caviar was good but not particularly impressive. The scallop crudo was also good, but we could easily find something similar at other restaurants. The uni fettuccine was delicious but could use more uni in the cream sauce. The crab and cod roe gnocchi was the best dish of the night. It almost melts in your mouth!

The venue is very small and cramped, though, so it's not the most comfortable...not a big issue if you aren't claustrophobic!

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2016

Uni was amazing. Will definitely return :) The service was quick and dinner was very clean and low key ;)

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2016

Super impressed by the food and service. Generous pasta serving. Must order the sea urchin linguini.

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2016

Small place with good ambiance. Would recommended it for a 2nd date. The cuisine style would be Italian with heavy Japanese influences. Yuzu, sesame seed oils, Uni, if none of these is appealing to you then I would not recomended. With that said, the good is great but the portion side is on the smaller side.

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2016

Very tiny space, but it was a plus since a waiter was always close by. Unfortunately, the A/C was not functioning properly so the heat from the kitchen was overpowering. But, I will go back for the fine food and wonderful service after the summer.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2016

The black cod fish and mushroom risotto with truffle oil was amazing! The "ramen" is ramen noodle with ragu- very tasty but not a soup based ramen. Earl grey dessert was excellent.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2016

Our family went to Dieci from Japan for summer vacation. We found Dieci at someone's instagtam. We saw Dieci's food photo, We must go there difinitely. Our recommendation is Uni Pasta(sea ​​urchin pasta).It was sooooooo delicious. We will come back there again difinitely.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2016

Outstanding food -- the spicy ramen bolognese is not to be missed.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2016

Portions are on the smaller side, so if you find yourself deliberating between two equally-delicious sounding apps just get both. As for which: you can't go wrong with any of these dishes, but if they've got the scallop special definitely give it a try.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2016

A neighborhood gem. Good food, service & ambiance. Big fan of the uni pasta dishes.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2016

Amazing food, would highly recommend for any foodies

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3.0Dined on July 19, 2016

Good East Village Simple inexpensive neighborhood Italian restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2016

Great food creatively prepared for good prices

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2016

very unique menu
amazing combinations, unlike anything i have had before. Would recommend this place to friends

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2016

I had a lovely time. The staffs were kind and courteous. I had to wait at the table for nearly 50 minutes by myself because my date was coming from St. Louis and his schedule for all screwed up and they were very understand of it even though the restaurant was nearly full.
The foie gras egg custard is dangerously addicting and the scallop crudo was fresh and delicious. The only thing I didn't enjoy too much was black tagliolini which we got instead of gnocchi (sounded amazing but they ran out that day.) It wasn't bad; it just wasn't that special.
The sunflower yeast sake was yummy, the rice beer was clean and crisp. I'm definitely going back for sure.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2016

We went in the summer and upon entering we quickly realized there is an issue with the ventilation system. This place gets very hot and stuffy. The kitchen opens Ito the small dining room area and all of the odors, smoke from the kitchen fills the the dinning room area. It was very hot outside (summers in nyc can be brutal) and the air conditioning inside was not strong enough. There was one spot where I could breath in the restaurant and they won't let me have it bc our party was just two people - not big enough. The place was half empty so you can understand my frustration with not being able to sit where I wanted to. My date and I both sweated through our date. The food was great, but everything else could have been better

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2016

This is a great place to bring friends. It is worth noting that the restaurant is small and chances of you sharing space is high. Plan accordingly.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2016

Service was great. Food was amazing. You cant go wrong wth uni

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2016

Food was fabulous and innovative, the place is small and feels intimate and cozy.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2016

Dieci is an innovative restaurant serving Japanese-influenced Italian cuisine. If you are looking for excellent food that is untraditional and creative, this is where you should dine. The restaurant is tiny, though, so it is not ideal for large groups or if you want to hold a private conversation.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2016

Really enjoyed this. Food was perfectly cooked and enjoyed the mix of Italian and Japanese. Wait staff were very attentive while still being subtle. Portions were great, not too big. We had a great meal, great evening, and all for a very reasonable price. Thank you!

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2.0Dined on May 29, 2016

Terrible service that was way below expectation for a restaurant that charges customers $28 for a modest sized dish. Food was good. But going there on a special night or to enjoy the complete dining experience that lives up to your expectation for a higher than mid-priced restaurant? No. I would say no.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2016

Loved the food~ It was a new try, tasting Uni in pastas. I really liked the scrambled egg with caviar and uni, and the foie gras which i love so much!! I would visit again if I had the chance.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2016

Good (not amazing but good) food with great service. Place is small- 4 2 seat tables and one communal table for 10.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

Awesome meal from start to finish...3 of us shared the Caesar salad with miso dressing, the unbelievably good pork buns ( you can get 3 instead of two) and then ordered entrees. The duck entree was totally memorable as was the broiled fish with brown rice and broth. Pasta was good but not as special. One of the best meals I've had in a long time!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2016

All the dishes were great and don't think you can order wrong but I loved the chawanmushi appetizer!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2016

The food is really great. The restaurant is very small, reservation is recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2016

A little light on the portions, but otherwise excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2016

I went to Dieci when it first opened. It's as good as it was then. Great food, creative Italian-Japanese fusion tapas, friendly, low-key staff.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2016

My lady and I came here at 7:30 on my birthday, last Friday, and it was terrific.
Small room, small portions and huge taste.
We had three apps and two entrees, and all ranged from delicious to life-affirming. I have raved about this place all weekend. We will DEFINITELY go back, even though I was a bit hungry a couple of hours later.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2016

This place had an awesome wine list and simple menu. The starters were divine, make sure to order the pork buns.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2016

Very tasty with superb service!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2016

My roommate and I decided to come here for dinner on Sunday night. From start to finish, we were blown away. We split the asparagus with duck bacon and poached egg, the Brussels sprouts with parmesan and miso, and a bowl of the lamb ramen bolognese. Everything was exceptional, but the best part was dessert. We ordered the Earl Grey creme brulee with Tahitian vanilla ice cream. Incredible!

Also, the service was great, and would be a fantastic date night spot.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2016

You don't find many italian/japanese fusion places. Had a great roast octopus and a TRANSCENDENT lamb chops in miso-sesame sauce. Tiny place, but they do it well in this little delicious nook.

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