Aunt Jake's Little Italy

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$30 and under
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Italian

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Founded in 2015, Nick Boccio and Carmine DiGiovanni set out to replicate the idyllic, simplistic, cuisine they both grew up to enjoy. However, the duo wanted to create Italian food for the “next” generation. Their idea was to develop an Italian concept around the customer’s choice on how to eat pasta compared to how the restaurant wanted you to eat it. With that in mind, Aunt Jakes’ core mission is to bring high-quality fresh ingredients daily to craft our handmade pasta and sauces in a health-conscious manner. The customer can mix and match, sauce with shape, and create a custom dish of their own. What’s more, the customer can also choose whether they would like their food served individual or family-style.
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing Italian food. Service was amazing. Would recommend time and time again.

k
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, drinks and service!

RC
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Met a college buddy who was on a recruiting trip to NYU with his daughter. She wanted to go to little Italy and although it’s overrun by tourist traps this place isn’t one of them. Get delivery from the other location and always happy. This did not disappoint! Our server was excellent!!

U
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great food, everything is so delicious. They can work on their service. Have been coming here for a while now and every time waiters mess up one way or another. Disappointing since I love their food.

VB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

We arrived at 1:45 for lunch, yet at 4:00pm were still waiting for our bill. Terrible service made worse by sitting at a table that was too small for our party; in the darkest section of the restaurant. What was the point of making a reservation!?!

We noticed tables turning over twice befored we were served.

Pasta served without freshly grated cheese-- we had to ask for it & then waited a while for generic parmesan. Coffee served without milk, sugar or spoons.

Pity because the meal was quite good. The homemade pasta and Sunday Sauce get great reviews.

MP
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!! Delicious drinks , people super friendly!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunion dinner

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

They were behind on seating guests with reservations and it took them an hour to get out my cold lasagna. Maybe it was just an off night. But I wouldn’t go back. My girlfriend got sick from the spaghetti and meat sauce.

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Worst service imaginable. One person’s dish came as we were leaving. Had to ask for cups to go with coffee pitcher. Tiramisu on the menu but not ready yet. Place was empty but still had to wait for a table to be ready even though we had a reservation. Only saving grace was that the pasta was good and basket of scones was nice touch. Never again!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was great but our server was terrible.

VN
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent pasta with a wide variety of choices. Service was great too.

CG
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was great but our waiter was rude and wouldn’t even serve us water until the whole party was there

I
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I'd never been to Aunt Jake's before and found it like I usually do just to try a new place. I Googled Little Italy and was looking for a place in walking distance to the B/D train. I went to the website, looked at the menu, and liked the idea of homemade pasta & sauces, and liked the food options. The place looked comfy. My gut was telling me to give it a try. So a friend and I met there and we loved it. The whole experience was a good one and I would totally recommend this place. When I walked by all the other places in Little Italy on the way there, all the other places looked empty, but Aunt Jake's already had people sitting outside, downstairs and upstairs. We found out why. There was a very comfy vibe in there and the food was good! I look forward to returning and checking out their new location (they are in process of relocating) and I will recommend this place to others.

SD
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best handmade pasta. Huge portions. Great atmosphere.

R
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Tasty, fresh food. Asked for low sodium, but got regular sodium chicken. Somewhat high priced.

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

It was a little noisy because of how tight the space was. Not somewhere to dine if you are looking for something more intimate and quiet. I loved the experience the pasta and prosecco was amazzzinnggg

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent pasta

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JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing. Especially the fresh made in house pasta. I would definitely go back.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pasta was delicious and lots of wonderful sauces to pick from. Loved that they weren't trying to pull you in off the street like other "Italian" places in the neighborhood. Would go again and recommend.

DV
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My next trip to Manhattan will include more time in Little Italy and another trip to Aunt Jake's.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Parents in town

EC
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The portions are really big but that’s what makes it so good. The food was delicious and easy to share with everyone

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and amazing food

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

amazing food. weirdly vulgar music not super fitting to their atmosphere. waiter was nice, just never asked if we wanted dessert and brought our check. would definitely go back and recommend !

H
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not good at all. So many better (and authentic) options in Little Italy

A
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food was fantastic! We split an individual kale Caesar and it was delicious! The pastas are handmade so we waited a while which was expected. Service was not the best but all the food made up for it.

KO
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Worst. Service. Ever. I’ve never waited so long for two bowls of subpar pasta.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve lived in Manhattan for 4 years now and have eaten at a lot of restaurants. I can officially say that Aunt Jakes is my favorite restaurant in NYC

AR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We had a reservation at 8:45 but were not seated until close to 9:30 which was frustrating. Also people who came after us were seated before us even though we had been waiting for a long time and had a reservation. Other than the service, the food was great.

MK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we had a great dinner!!

J
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was good.
Wine choices were subpar.
Calamari was a bit over cooked.
Food was fair. I had the rigatoni with chicken Bolognese and my friend had pasta and the meatball sauce. .

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Aunt Jake’s has really slipped. The last time I went there it was wonderful. This time was subpar.

SD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good selection, very nice staff, and superb location in Little Italy. When arriving - go down the steps with the string lights! It's easy to miss.

AP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food is fantastic & it’s a fun atmosphere

LM
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice quiet restaurant. I wish we’d been seated upstairs but didn’t realize there was an upstairs until we’d left. The food took a while to come out but the restaurant was crowded. The food was delicious. The only “complaint” is that the server seemed like he had too many tables but I admittedly want to eat and leave vs linger and it took a while for our check.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We had to wait at the bar for our table. But that was understandable as it was a busy night.

The staff were attentive and courteous. The food was hot and delicious. Only critique was the volume of the music.

It was a solid dining experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation at 9:30pm, I got there at 9:40pm and they told me the kitchen was closed.
What would they allow for 9:30pm reservations then? Terrible service

JC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Waited very long for our food.. not the “good things take time” kind of wait but the “tables who were sat after you, got their food before you” kind of wait. All in all.. the place was busy and the food was well above average. Would come back.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Extremely poor service. Needed to wave down the waiter everytime.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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