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About Bar Italia
Very refreshing, simple and Casual but yet Elegant offering Traditional Italian Fair. Located in the middle of it all on Madison between 65 and 66 streets.
New York, NY 10065
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5:00pm - 11:00am; Fri-Sat 5:00 - 11:30am Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm
65th & 66th street
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Italian back ground music during the day.
Soft and Lounge Music during the evening.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bar Italia Ratings and Reviews
I went to Bar Italia for Restaurant Week lunch, therefore the value was excellent. I started with the salad which was perfect taste-wise and just size-wise for a pre-lunch salad. I went specifically for the Rigatoni w/veal ragu as that is a favorite dish and I'm always looking for a restaurant with a good one. It tasted just fine, but I found it a bit salty, so 4 stars for the entree. I ended with the Panna Cotta which was excellent. Service was excellent. They were attentive without being overbearing and all the staff I dealt with were pleasant. I'd definitely recommend Bar Italia to friends.
Too expensive for what it is. (Guess they have to pay the rent on Madison Ave.) The worst thing was that the Manager had an argument with the Hostess, which escalated in the back, and he yelled "You're fired!" Might not have meant it though as she seemed to still be there when we finished dinner. Not very professional way to run a very small restaurant!
This restaurant did not disappoint. The food was fresh and filled with flavor. The GF options were fantastic. The wait staff was very knowledgeable about each dish, wine, etc. Service was excellent. I can't say enough about this restaurant. It is must for locals and visitors to NYC.
This place should really be relegated to tourists who don't know any better but it seems that a slew of UES mavens who don't want to walk a couple blocks from their apartment to eat keep this place in business. The food is unremarkable, the decor is early 90s all white, the service was tepid and even the gent who asked what kind of water we preferred had an attitude. Not a place to have a business lunch, not a place to see and be seen, not a place for a decent meal. Skip it.
2nd visit in 2 weeks - dined at the bar this time (am a dine at the bar kinda guy) and although very pleasant did not have a great vibe for dining. Food, Service, etc all still great this is just a personal preference . . . defiantly will be back - at a table 😀
The only thing we do not take issue with about our experience at Bar Italia was the service. There must have been at least 4 people who took care of us. The small round table was tight for 4 people - not enough room for all the plates and my 6 ft 4 uncle. The space is so noisy we could barely hear the maitre d recite the specials in his thick Italian accent.
The food was shockingly tasteless, and in the case of one appetizer - false advertising. No way was that real buffalo mozzarella (tasteless and solid; not soft, creamy or runny) nor was it worth $22 by any stretch. The carbonara that the waiter said was 'the best' had no richness or depth of flavor. My uncle asked for salt for a dish that is notoriously salty. While on the contrary, the salmon carpaccio was oversalted - I was crunching on chunks of it. Two afogados, fruid salad and a crepe nutella for dessert were barely the saving grace - can't really screw them up.
We work hard for our money and are happy to spend it on expensive meals that are worth it. This was not one of those cases. We are dismayed (disgusted, really) at a $460 bill for a 4 person meal that did not even include a bottle of wine. Never again.
The food was presented beautifully, the menu is well designed for people with all tastes. I had the mushroom risotto that was perfectly prepared. My dinner partner had the Branzino that was served whole minus the bones and seared on the inside. Delicious. Service was very good from being seated until the last moment. Thank you Bar Italia. We will see you soon
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