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For 2
Date
Fri, 2/23
Time
10:00 PM
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Antica Pesa

4.3
692 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Authentic (24)
  • Romantic (23)
Originating in Rome in 1922, this family run business came state-side to open a New York location in 2012. Both establishments follow two fundamental guidelines: to rework traditional recipes from Roman cuisine and to utilize local, seasonal and mostly organic products, with a nod to modern trends. In 2015, the family opened a third Antica Pesa in Doha, Qatar as they continue in their international pursuit to share their cuisine and ideology.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday-Thursday: 6:00pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm-11pm
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Phone number
(347) 763-2635
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Simone Panella
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between North 7th and North 8th Streets
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Public transit
1 Block from BEDFORD AVE Subway station ( L line ) - 2 subway stops from UNION SQUARE - 14th street, Manhattan.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 692 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Went there on a fruend’s recommendation. Was very happy with our special night out. Everyone was absolutely wonderful. Even looked across at next table & saw Jon Voight dining. Will definitely go back when we want to have a special evening !!

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Stephan 
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Beautiful atmosphere. Good service and ok food. Definitely worth going even though expensive for what you eat

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great food. Excellent!!!!

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WendyH (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food and great service for a special occasion

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food from beginning to end. Good service. Friendly staff. Great atmosphere.

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DLFW (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The service and food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

We hadn’t dined here in awhile and decided to go back on Friday night. Now I know why we haven’t gone here more, despite the fact it’s a lovely, warm room, with a great looking menu and a terrific negroni. That’s about where all the good stuff stopped. We ordered two appetizers: calamari and octopus. The calamari, despite a pretentious table pouring of “prosciutto stock” had no flavor and was so chewy it had to be cut into small pieces and doused with salt to make it palatable. The octopus was fine but nothing special. My husband likes fish, and ordered the only fish entree, branzino, with a glass of wine. The smallest pour I’ve ever seen! Two sips and he didn’t have enough wine to go with his main course! I decided not to order a glass after seeing what they brought him. His fish was a tiny piece, also with no flavor. I ordered the pasta with clams—the pasta was delicious, but only 7 small clams on top and that for $32. We skipped dessert and coffee. The bill was $200 and we left hungry. Sorry but we won’t be back.

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FrankC (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Love the food and great drinks!
Great service!
Here before and will be here again

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

best italian restaurant in the city.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We love Francesco Pamela! The steak for two is delicious!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

I love this place. Found it on open table and I keep coming back. The staff is attentive and so friendly. The fireplace gives the restaurant a warm ambience and the decor is modern but simple. I would recommend this place to everyone and already have!

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stefanos (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Not worth the money good drinks that’s about it menu limited pizzeria food in restaurant atmosphere desert terrible

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suetran (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Eh. Drawn in by the decor (it's gorgeous) but a little disappointed on the food, ESPECIALLY disappointed on the service. The Schiaffoni was undercooked -- more dente than al dente. The sauce was salty. For only having 6 tables on a Tuesday night, it felt like we were getting the shaft from our waiters, as their friends were in, or how we looked or dressed or our age. Unsure, but I definitely wont be coming back or recommend anyone. Save your time and money! Lilia or other great Italian restaurants are nearby.

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vipSeve (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The food is almost as bad as the service. Really disappointing. I've been twice. I was willing to give it a second chance. My mistake. Was just as bad as the first visit. Very average food with horrid service.

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Floriano25 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Mamma Mia!!!! Che dire:

fantastic experience, great Italian food in a beautiful restaurant with great atmosphere.
very kind staff.
I recommend it because it is true Italian restaurant cuisine and a preparation of dishes reminds the italian mamma ‘s kitchen.
Parmesan and truffle risotto is the best I have ever eaten ... even in Italy

Per noi italiani lo consiglio perché è vero ristorante italiano con cucina curata e con una preparazione delle pietanze che ricorda la cucina della mamma.
Il Risotto parmigiano e tartufo è il migliore che abbia mai mangiato ... anche in Italia.

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vipRichThoughts (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Fantastic food, wonderful service, great wine!

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MsJae (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

The food is always good and the service is always exceptional. Antica Pesa is my go to special dinner restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

This restaurant was on our radar for a while and wanted to visit since we missed our opportunity in Rome this past summer. We were very excited for our time here and close to home. Unfortunately, there was a issue with our reservation on our end and we did not have a table for the right night. The hostess was very nice and made sure to let us know that while we did not have a table guaranteed, she was going to do her best to get us in. We waited for 2 hours until we got a table, because we had come all this way to eat here and did not want to leave. However, once seated, the service was not what we expected. We did not have water brought to us, even though 3 people asked us what we wanted to drink. The food was good... When it was time for us to pay, they brought the bill and we immediately handed back for the server to close us out. This took about 20 minutes. The restaurant was busy, when we got there, but two hours later and closer to midnight, the restaurant was not that busy for us to wait that long to close out. In addition, it seemed like if you spoke Italian you got better more engaging service and this was very uncomfortable.

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David (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I took my girlfriend of a year and a half on a date to Antica Pesa, and it was as romantic and beautiful as I had hoped. The lighting was dim soft candlelight, the waiters, waitresses, hostesses, and other staff were all polite, proper, and attentive.
The food was better than I had hoped, the wine was well chosen, and one can tell a lot of effort goes into keeping that establishment running well.
I would definitely recommend this if shopping around for a new date night spot in Brooklyn.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Antica Pesa is a ‘must go’ restaurant! One of three locations in the world of this Italian Family restaurant dynasty. The Brooklyn outpost is helmed by Lorenzo, one of the three Panella brothers, who is the ultimate host making you feel like a close friend and regular. Amazing authentic food not typically found in a NYC Italian spot. Cacio e Pepe as it was intended to be! And the steak Fiorentina will stop you in your tracks.
Do not miss this!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious. Authentic Italian. And in a beautiful space.

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bknw (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

I took my husband out for his birthday here.

The quality of the food was exceptional and everything tasted good albeit the food and wine portions were smaller than what we were expecting, especially for the price. But the restaurant itself is beautiful and warming.

The octopus appetizer was cooked perfectly tender, as was the butternut squash ravioli (though we wished there was more filling; the pasta to filling ratio was way off). My husband ordered the duck and I ordered the sole. I'd recommend the duck without hesitation.

I was not a huge fan of the chocolate panna cotta but the tiramisu was divine and actually a very generous portion. I'd come back for a special occasion for sure.

My biggest gripe is that when I first made the reservation, I put in a special request to include a birthday candle in his dessert, which they did not do despite the fact we were one of two tables in the entire restaurant, but c'est la vie.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Authenic italian place with great vibes. Love this place and will be back.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

I love it.. great place, great food, go!

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Mookies4th (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

Food is always amazing. Menu seems to have a larger number of choices.... good plan .

Service awesome

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

Ristorante italiano con la I maiuscola. Ambiente meraviglioso, sembra di stare a casa. Un plauso a tutto lo staff, dai ragazzi in sala ai ragazzi in cucina.

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Pebbles (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Loved every bite!
My husband and I have been coming here for years. It gets better every time we dine here.
The owners make you feel so welcome, and they always deliver a fabulous dining experience!!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Good food, wonderful atmosphere great people! Recommended

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

This place was delicious in every way, of course the food was absolutely amazing, the ambiance, the decor, and the staff was super attentive. I would highly recommend!

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vipJLK100 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Antica Pesa is a treasure. We are so fortunate to have this authentic Italian spot in Williamsburg. Love the fireplace and overall atmosphere plus the food and service are terrific.

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