Pasta Lovers Trattoria

4.3
652 reviews
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Pasta Lovers Trattoria, New York Italian Restaurant & full bar offering great drinks and stocked with a large selection of wines. Located in the heart of midtown in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza and Theater District, has been a neighborhood love for over 15 years. We serve fresh and delicious Italian cuisine in a beautiful and casual setting. Pasta Lovers has been satisfying all types of clientele, from businessmen to families, tourists to native New Yorkers. Fresh, hot, crispy pizzas are made daily in the giant brick oven. Our extensive wine list features wines and champagnes from many different regions. We feature a beautiful party room for any occasion that can seat up to 100 people. Catering is available; just ask for our event and catering coordinators. Come to Pasta Lovers and enjoy the sight, smell and taste of authentic Italian cuisine.
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New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good meal at Pasta Lovers, haven’t been there in years, just as good if not better than years ago!

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RM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were on a time constraint and our waiter was very fast and efficient. Food was superb. It was fresh and delicious. Will definitely be back!

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London
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A great pasta place that offers real value and is REALLY close to Times Square. Ideal.

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Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had expected something a bit more generic being so close to Times Square but, I was very pleasantly surprised by our dining experience at Pasta Lovers Trattoria. Our server was excellent - very thorough and pleasant, and the food was quite generous and tasty. We arrived at our appointed time, and were seated right away. I had let them know ahead of time that we needed to leave in an hour to make it to the theatre on time, and they were sure to get us out on time without a problem. Very pleased.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect as always.

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j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fabulous as usual. The service was amazing. They even brought me cheesecake for my birthday.

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JK
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This lovely basic Italian spot gave me and my two teenaged sons exactly what we were seeking on our one night in New York: food that was tasty and special enough to be worth the cost, a nice quiet atmosphere after the craziness of Times Square, and friendly servers that seemed happy we were there. Highly recommend!

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great! very casual, and friendly place to have lunch or even a cold beer and pizza.

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LO
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We come here every year at Christmas time. The food has never disappointed so when I came into NYC with some friends I had no qualms about suggesting Pasta Lovers. The food is authentic Italian and delicious. The wait staff are exceptional at their jobs. I had the Rigatoni Bolognese cooked to perfection and the sauce was one of the best I have ever had. The salmon and shrimp oreganota were also good choices.

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New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner after a play. Been here three times before and the food is so delish. Comfort food at its best. Pasta dishes that are so yummy. My go to fave is def the lasagna Bolognese. Excellent baked bubbly large enough to share goodness.

Very reasonable bottled wine selections

My only con would be the staff is sometimes overbearing and at times we felt rushed. Entrees were brought out without any consideration to check table for status of appys. Once they were sent back so we could finish our fried raviolis and rice balls we were back on track. I will continue to come here as the food makes up where service lacks.

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SK
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chilean was out if this world! Cool Hennessy pasta fired up by the table. Excellent service. Perfect business, entertainment lunch!

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K
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was nothing special. The amount was good but the flavor was not there and the price was extreme. The total with 2 pastas and a dessert was around $70. Not a good deal at all for what you get. Service was wonderful but will big return for the price is not worth it.

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JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and filling! Great service too!

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LM
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Reserved only because it was a block from our theater - put off by the name. But everything we had was fantastic, including the very reasonably priced wine. We all had a special pasta dish prepared table-side and it was outstanding. As was the Caesar salad, eggplant appetizers, and even the bread. Service was perfection. We arrived late, ordered the complicated dishes, and had a curtain deadline - yet, they couldn't have been nicer or more attentive, nothing was rushed. Can't wait to go back. Yes, love this restaurant!

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New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always get terrific service, delicious food, and the place isn't so noisy that you have to yell to be heard. A neighbourhood favourite.

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JL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Its a nice, casual, low key and reasonable restaurant in the heart of times square... food very tasty.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

I was disappointed in my meal - chicken francaise. The chicken was very dry - which was very surprising since the restaurant had just opened for the day. Unfortunately, the pasta didn’t redeem the dish since the francaise sauce had very little flavor.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Manager was great, service was great, food was good. Had a great time, thanks so much for everything!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I would have given two stars but gave one star to correct the misleading rating of 4+. Extremely ordinary or below ordinary food. Super overpriced - perhaps because of the location - attracts a lot of tourists. Pasta was half cooked and pizza had raw tomatoes on it (all watery) and too many. The server was also not polite. Overall it was very disappointing.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great dining experience!!! Gave us a glass each of champagne for my wife and my 1 year wedding anniversary. Would recommend to anybody!!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Lousy service and the food was okay not worth the prices. Definitely won’t go bsck

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Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pizza was delicious. The server was excellent, funny and so nice

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Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Big portions, good service, good food (mussels and pasta were awesome) we will be back.

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CS
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My daughter and I ate here, and it was a lovely meal, the staff was very attentive, the food was delicious, portions were very generous. We will definitely consider a return visit next time we're in NY.

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New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We have been to Pasta Lovers several times in the past. The services was excellent but the food was not up to is usual standards. The Rigatoni Bolognese was lacking much meat in its sauce and the Garden Salad had too much Balsamic dressing in it. The waiter was great in getting me more sauce and he brought out a new salad with the dressing on the side.

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a
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff very attentive and warm hearted. I will definitely be coming back

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BH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to this restaurant and we will be back! Lovely dining experience, excellent food, wonderful service. Kudos to our waiter Louis and the rest of the staff.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food ! Service was great food was delicious

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SV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, affordable prices, nice service! I wilk be back! Loved it

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JA
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

There were 5 of us visiting NYC and going to see a show. Chose this restaurant because it was located between it hotel and the theater. We all had a very good meal at a decent price for being in NY. World definitely go there again

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L
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Totally incompetent service.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there with my friend to celebrate my Birthday. After the excellent dinner the waitors surprised me with cake and singing happy Birthday. Made me feel so special. Overall a wonderful experience with great food and service.

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H
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this restaurant on yelp and decided to give it a try. I’m glad we did. Everything about this place was great and our server was awesome and the food outstanding. Thank you for a great dining experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

The service was not the best but the restaurant was very busy. Food was awesome!

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JW
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and the pasta was good. Not super gluten free friendly as there are a few options but be careful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so delicious. We will be back soon.

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SS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place is a tourist trap that sells overpriced frozen pasta to people not smart enough to go anywhere else. I went here because my girlfriend saw their Instagram and said it looked good. She was wrong. The service was rude. “Here is a menu.” “What do you want to order?” That’s all she said to us all night. Gross food. One dish came out cold. Terrible atmosphere. I would have rather gone to the Olive Garden a few blocks away. This was somehow worse than that.

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MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! This was our third time there and we enjoyed every minute of it!

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T
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, we ate there twice on our trip!

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R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I booked a reservation at this restaurant for my daughter’s birthday. I had eaten here before and it was always great. It has been a while and I found that I was disappointed in both the service and one of the signature pasta specials. The service was lacking any warmth and not welcoming but I believe it may have been in part due to not having many servers, were not very attentive did not come to check to make sure all was good. The meals were ok with the exception of the signature pasta special which is a “table side” pasta cheese wheel which was not served “table-side”. It was prepared out in the dining room but NOT in front of your table so you can see it made. That was the attraction to the dish and why it was ordered but that was a fail and although cooked in the cheese wheel was not cheesy at all. So overall disappointing. They did end the meal on a bright note by bringing out a birthday slice of cheesecake for my daughter and sang happy birthday. Not sure that I will make it a point to return.

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