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Antica Pesa

4.5
713 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
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 713 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.6
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Really wanted to love...and there were elements that I did. But I thought it was incredibly overpriced with small portions. The pasta was amazing. Props there for sure. But to have such an expensive dinner in Brooklyn? Sorry, the city has better options. Won't go back.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The best Italian restaurant in New York. Friendly staff. I will come back for sure.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Superb ambiance and design, excellent wine list, and authentic flavors of Rome. Highly recommended for a special occasion or even just a nice dinner!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Lieu magnifique! Personnel très attentionné et nourriture délicieuse! C’est un 20/20 pour ce restaurant !

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Just simply excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great service. Octopus appetizer is amazing. Go with the lamb for great flavor. I had the sole which was very good. Of course, incredible desserts.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Fantastic food and a caring attentive staff. Can’t wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Unbelievably good Roman-inspired cuisine with modern twists. Vibrant, buzzing vibe (not hipster vibe!), attentive and knowledgeable staff, solid cocktail menu, and in colder climes, a roaring fire complete with cozy sofa. We dined here on Easter Sunday evening, and the special menu was sheer delight. And Tia is a treasure!

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We made this reservation impromptu after walking by this restaurant on our way home a few times. Inside is beautiful and well designed. I don’t eat meat so my food opinion is off of the vegetarian options....the only app option without meat was a salad which...the yogurt dressing wasn’t well mixed and the overall flavor was fine — standard mixed green insalata experience. I didn’t get a pasta and maybe should have, but tried the fried eggplant instead. It felt burnt...I love the burned cheese effect of an oven baked pasta, but the burn flavor overwhelmed any other flavors. Service wise we had multiple people helping us, and it all seemed very sporadic and not intentional. We tried to get a glass of wine with our meal after finishing cocktails, but after taking our order the wine took so long we had no food to drink it with. My boyfriend got a pasta dish with meat — he really enjoyed it. Also felt meh about the salad and meh about the service. We most likely won’t be back.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

To find the real italian cuisine in New York is fantastic and trust me since I'm Roman.
The Kindness and the elegance of the owners and waiters will make you love this place. If you visit New York you can't miss Antica Pesa.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Always amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I took m wife here for her Birthday and the staff treated us like family . Great Experience !

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great place, great authentic Italian food

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

This was our friend’s final dinner before being deployed to Iraq. Him and his wife were regulars when they lived in Brooklyn, and Antica Pesa is his favorite restaurant. I had noted to bring a dessert with a candle in my reservation notes, and then again when I called to confirm. I was just trying to make his final dinner before leaving special, and was disappointed when the restaurant forgot to bring the special dessert. He’s also friends with one of the managers who also knew he was leaving, so it was even more surprising and disappointing nothing was done to make him feel special. No complaints on the food or service, but small details like remembering to make a regular customer feel special after he chose your restaurant as his last meal before being shipped off to serve go a long way.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

It was amazing! They were super friendly and helpful, we were always attended to and didn’t hassle us when we over ordered and asked for a doggy bag. The price range makes it “special date night” rather than casual dining for us, but it was worth every penny.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The fireplace was lovely! Kind of wish we could have sat there longer.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Awesome. Staff makes you feel like you are one of their own. Highly recommended

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The hostess deserves all the credit in the world. Our party was late arriving and she worked with us and made everything work out. I hope she gets the credit she deserves cause when the next reservation had to wait for their table due to us I’m sure she had issues and handled them like a pro. Forgot her name but she is a star

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Im sure if the brothers were there the service would have been better.
Our waiter acted like gangster...
Dont go for the wine , the list is a joke.
If its wine your looking for go to Rome....

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant in New York. The food is amazing and service impeccable. Always my top recommendation to anyone asking for a place to go.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great food. Excellent!!!!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Excellent food and great service for a special occasion

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The service and food was excellent.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

best italian restaurant in the city.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Fantastic food, wonderful service, great wine!

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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