Piccolo Cafe - Amsterdam Ave

4.3
97 reviews
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Italian
We proudly serve you all the best Italian Pasta and gourmet food, and of course, our staple coffee. That’s what we call the “real deal!”

It is our mission to serve you the best Pasta,Prosciutto, Mozzarella, Burrata, Gnocchi, as well as delicious desserts.

Juansetter (Escaping in the City: A Taste of Real Italy) said: “Every other item has truffles/truffle oil in it, and every third has prosciutto or Parmigiano Reggiano. And none of it is the heavy saucy, fried stuff that you find in most New York Italian restaurants; rather, this green café goes for the fresh, healthy, Mediterranean feel that we love about Italy."

"That's probably because the owners - and, indeed, the guy behind the counter - are actually from Italy. Ciao!”

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Specials

Buy 1 salad get 1 Glass of house wine !

Enjoy our famous salad & Montepulciano glass of wine !

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 29, 2019

Ends: January 30, 2118

Availability: Sun-Thu 5:00PM-10:45PM

$5 off on all drinks & wines !

Enjoy $5 off on all our drinks & wines !

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 29, 2019

Ends: January 30, 2118

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-10:30PM

1 free drink on the house

to celebrate our 10th year in business one drink on us, cheers!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 29, 2019

Ends: January 30, 2118

Availability: Sun-Thu 5:00PM-11:00PM

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Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 8:30PM
Sat 12:00PM - 1:00PM

What 97 People Are Saying
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LN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was inattentive.Bolognese was edible but bland. The octopus was half cold, half warm. Lasagna ok. Calamari appetizer was the best thing our party ordered, but it was a tiny portion, not suitable for sharing as we’d been told. Piccolo salad had limp greens and overly sweet dressing, and at $17 was hugely overpriced. Restaurant didn’t honor the Open Table discount I had selected, which was a free glass of wine with a salad order. They insisted I could get $5 off a glass of wine, and that was it, and so we ordered two glasses of wine and they gave a single $5 discount. A big disappointment all around.

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Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meals of Delicious pasta and sauces. Spiced perfectly. One dish included eggplant and ricotta. Yum. The other had an Italian meat in a red sauce. Delicious. Cozy little place. Make a reservation or you may not get a spot at this cozy little gem. I will return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Gianluca will go extra miles for all your favorite pasta and more!!!

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T
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I loved it. Went to see Jerry Seinfeld for Jennie's 50th. We don't do the city very often (2 hour drive) but we loved the super-cozy setting and excellent food. The cocktails were good but not great -- but our appetizers and entrees were very good. Super close to the Beacon theatre -- we would absolutely go again next time we head in to NYC. Definitely make a reservation. : )

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PC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this place. Our waiter on Saturday however, rushed us out of there :( Took my friends food that she would've liked to have taken home and stopped giving us water in an attempt to rush us out. There were plenty of free seats and no need for this. I will go back and hope to have a different waiter.

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NB
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It’s a neighborhood gem! It’s tiny and still looks like it did in the early 1900’s when it opened. Food was amazing, fresh pasta and great sauces. We will go back

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ll be back very soon...❤️

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ED
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolutely favorite Italian restaurant all around. I'm working my way through the entire menu and enjoying every visit to the hilt. Tiny place, so authentic, the food is out of this world delicious. Yum! The wait staff (2 young guys) are so adorable and professional, and the ambiance all over is, no-rush-stay-as-long-as-you-like. Open for dinner-only now during winter months, I've enjoyed many a lunch and late-afternoon cappuccino there during warm weather. And they provide authentic Italian books and magazines for reading during your visit. You must go!

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

Amazing Italian food....the truffle risotto with poached egg was delicious!

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F
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic, real, passionate Italian cuisine with a talented and genuine chef named Gianluca!

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SB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

This time I was a bit disappointed at Piccolo Cafe. The ambience is great, very cozy and perfect for having pleasant conversations but... The service was poor and the food below average compared to other Italian restaurants I have been to (at least this time). The waiter had very little knowledge about the dishes on the menu (he didn't know how Cod Fish al guazzetto looked, couldn't recommend anything specific as an appetizer and didn't know if the chef was from southern or northern Italy) and the gluten-free pasta with artichoke sauce, truffle and burrata I ordered arrived almost cold, under-cooked, and was nothing special. Also, $15 for three tiny little squids as an appetizer sounds a little bit too much...

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JY
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This small restaurant serves great food in an atmosphere of comfort and intimancy- one feels welcomed and the wait/staff is excellent. I come to NY once s year- this is always my first stop

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WJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Neighborhood Italian food served in small storefront space. Service friendly and prompt. Menu provides large selection of appetizers and pastas to choose from. Food is good and freshly cooked to order.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Birthday dinner was just perfect!

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SI
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant in all of NY. The food is consistently outstanding, the servers are wonderfully friendly and fast, and the ambiance is chic and understated. We’ve celebrated many special occasions here, and also casually dined here. I highly recommend the gnocchi Gorgonzola!!!

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Naples
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Got there and was told that Open Table overbooked. 3 couples were turned away when we were there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is very small and quaint. They had to turn away customers because of the amount of tables they had. They do try to turn over their tables quickly. The food is delicious! I order the pasta with artichoke and truffles. It was our favorite!

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RK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a neighborhood favorite for us!

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AK
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

TINY but awesome food and lovely dining experience if you don't mind being a little smushed (we were a party of 4 and it was perfect.)

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NF
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved our visit. Tiny restaurant so you are sitting close to the table next to you, but makes for a cozy feel. Great food at great prices. Drinks were good as well. Will definitely come back

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We have been there a few times. This time was meh. Food wasn't as good as usual, service was terrible, the bread was stale (we had to ask for the bread), a server kept walking by us to a rack directly behind us with dirty dishes. It was really distracting.

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N
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We were underwhelmed by Piccolo and had a difficult time understanding the high rating. The space is tiny as are the tables - extreme even by NYC standards. The place appears clean but has a dirty, warn out feeling to it - looks like a former pizza place not really designed for a sit down meal. The food we had was only OK by NY standards for Italian and, for what we had, seemed overpriced. We've had better for the same or slightly higher prices at dozens of UWS Italian restaurants that had a much better feeling to them. Service was uninformed and not all that interested.

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MF
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very small, reservations are a must! Well worth any additional wait time. The food was very good, the experience and cozy atmosphere is one to be remembered! Thank you Piccolo!

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GK
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We both enjoyed the food...Waiters were very nice and accommodating.

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G
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

The food was pretty good, however, the service was not good at all. They did not have the wine I ordered and came over with a different bottle and very casually mentioned that they were substituting it AFTER I pointed out that it was not the wine on the menu. They brought over the wrong appetizer twice! The food was good. Not big portions. Took forever to get a refill on soft drinks. Very tight space.

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K
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always, we have been going here for at least 8 years and are never disappointed.

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R
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Piccolo is my new favorite restaurant. Chef Gianlucca’s passion for his dishes comes through with every bite and is only matched by his charm and the charm of this UWS find.

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TY
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I can deal with small spaces, cramped tables, uncomfortable seats, and mediocre food. What I can't deal with is poor service.

The place was Tiny, which isn't surprising or a negative in the area it was in . The seating was uncomfortable, which again is fine, but the food was mediocre at best. The soup was 15 dollars a bowl for nothing even bordering on special. The lamb in my Lamb was extremely overcooked but the pasta was fine and my wife's order was okay. The waiter, however, wouldn't know because he didn't bother to ask. Maybe he didn't ask because he was too busy avoiding us so he didn't have to refill our drinks. Often we would see the server standing in front ignoring more than just us so at least we didn't take it personally.

There are many, many fine places to go in New York; this is not one of them

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S
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a tasty pre-theatre dinner at Piccolo on Amsterdam. Fresh pasta, great ambiance and super close to the Beacon Theatre. A rating in the window well deserved!

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful surprise! Although the restaurant is very small, the food was delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal!

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LU
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Loved the ambiance. The place is pretty small, so it's better for a date night or at most a small 3-4 person group. I would recommend getting a reservation since it is easy to fill up at night for dinner, especially on the weekend. The short ribs were perfect - soft and easy to pull apart. The service could have been a bit faster, but since it is a smaller place, there was only two waiters, and one of them was mainly handling the drink service.

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WP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff. Satisfying food. Pleasant music. Will definitely return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place but the small table could not fit our dinner plates across from each other and the tiny stools needed a little bit of padding. No big deal and will be back soon.

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MD
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Small and intimate restaurant.....hard not to chat with the people at the next table! The staff was excellent and the chef came out to chat with us. Food was excellent

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant is very cozy & warm. Wait staff friendly & knowledgeable of the menu. The chef is creative with food & flavors. He is also friendly & asks your opinion on what you ate. I can not wait to go back. Reservations advised, they only have 6 small tables & a small bar area. You will not be disappointed.

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ML
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

OpenTable and the restaurant do need better coordination or a review of the on-line reservation system. The staff was put in a tough situation as there was not actually a table, nor reservation to accommodate our group of 7.
Kudos to the manager and staff for re arranging tables to accommodate.

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet hole in the wall type of place with excellent creative food and service. Will definitely go again.
Behind the Beacon Theater. Nothing elegant or classy, but casual and fun.

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j
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, service excellent. Chairs not very comfortable.

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SB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there on a fluke find off the Internet. heard some old friends were in the city and met them there. Nice small, cozy, romantic place... Great food, portions are fine, and great desserts and cappuccino...

Highly recommend it to any one looking for romantic cozy and warm service....

before the show at the Beacon its a Perfect location....

Great place.....My thanks to Owners and Staff for your Wonderful Restaurant...

SteveB

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HW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Our reservation wasn’t ready, and someone had to offer to move so we could have a table. The wait staff seemed annoyed when we asked for things like an extra fork or water. They charged $16 for our daughters Spegetti with butter, same price as the Spegetti with sauce & meatball dish. They were cooking something that made all of our eyes burn, maybe onions. We live in the neighborhood and was looking forward to this but can’t say we are going back anytime soon.

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