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Bocca Cucina & Bar

4.7
2052 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
With over a decade in business, Bocca Cucina & Bar is one of New York City’s top rated Italian restaurants in the Gramercy district. The space is bright and modern, marked by indigo blue leather banquettes and industrial-chic lighting. Large and upgraded bar area with exquisite marble countertops overseeing the dining room, offering an imaginative cocktail menu that seamlessly complements the all-Italian wine list seldom found anywhere else. International chef James Corona, a Batali and Bouley alum approaches Italian cuisine with a creative and modern edge to deliver soulful creations, inspired by Italian tradition and artfully plated dishes that stimulate the mind as much as the senses. Bocca takes a minimalist approach to the menu, respecting the intrinsic natural flavors of premiere local and Italian-imported products. Bocca highlights iconic Roman classics such as tonnarelli cacio e pepe and pappardelle al ragu di agnello.
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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
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  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
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4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SandraL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner/chef was extremely kind and accommodating when it turned out that I had misread the information about restaurant week.
The ambiance, food, and service were all outstanding.
I hope to visit again soon for a special occasion.

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vipjbbb
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was extremely slow and when the food came it had been under heat lamps long enough to dry out on top. Overpriced, only fair food. Had to ask 3x for a bottle of wine we ordered.

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nyc123
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

So... everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. We waited for 45 minutes after ordering (appetizers and entrees) and finally asked where our food was-- apparently they lost the ticket so they had to start from scratch. We ended up eating 1.25 hours into our meal. There was a huge group (15 people) next to us that was so loud we could barely hear each other talk. One guy at a neighboring table got so annoyed that he literally yelled across the restaurant "WOULD YOU SHUT THE F**K UP???" We had to ask for our check several times... it was just a disaster. The pasta on the cacio was also overcooked and there was so much pepper I had to drink water every few bites (has never been a problem for me before).

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MarisaF
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Amazing spot, authentic food, can't wait to come back!

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vipDinner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very overpriced for the quality of food. We all got stomach aches after dinner. I would never go back.

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FestaR
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about this place. Food is incredible and the staff is really great!

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Pratt
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Great service and ambience but just average food - super average for what it costs.

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Phil
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The $39 restaurant week deal is worth it. Such a good deal and amazing pastas. I definitely was full when I was done.

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HollyR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

This is only my second time being here and I’ve made it a priority to go here as a birthday tradition… I was very excited to have all my friends share this special day with me and unfortunately service was not as amazing as it was for my first visit… during my first visit the manager personally took care of us and was beyond polite since the party was only a 2 person party we only spent around $120. For my second visit which was just 2 days ago on 7/20, our waitress was decent, but seemed a bit snobby; this time around I reserved a table of 5 and we spent over $300, being a waitress you’d think she’d get excited about the tipping situation right? We told her she could keep the change, and she gave us our change back regardless. When my friend tried to give her the change and say “no this is your tip” she said “I don’t need it” as if our money isn’t good enough for her and we’re too poor to tip… i’ve never felt so disrespected in my life. Honestly this place is amazing, so if you go make sure you ask the host for a table that isn’t serviced by the one female waiter

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Foodies555
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Outstanding appetizers grilled octopus and caprese and pasta. But the entrees left much to be desired. Very salty salmon and not fresh branzino (fishy smell) left the dish hard to eat!

Bocca Cucina & Bar
Responded on July 20, 2021

Hi there, thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear that the two main dishes were not as outstanding as the rest of the meal. While the salty salmon could have been the chef mistake, we pride ourselves in ensuring that our ingredients are of the highest quality and freshness Please come back with your lovely family and let us make it right

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter showed exceptional knowledge about the wine list and food menu. Service was prompt and accurate. Food was cooked to perfection and the spices were perfect!

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vipPJ21
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly helpful staff, we LOVED our dishes - the Caprese and the Mushroom Pasta w/ Truffle Oil. The only thing to consider isn't really their fault - the outdoor seating isn't completely in front of the restaurant, and you feel like you're sitting in the sidewalk, with people walking by, etc. This is, of course, exactly what you're doing, so there you go. There is a second row of outdoor tables that is a little more separated from passers-by. Overall a great experience, with the food being what will draw us back more than anything, and in second position being the staff.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food here is always great! Friendly, lively, environment. Gracious hostess.

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LeeE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had our usual terrific experience. Food and wine were great and the prices reasonable. Boca is a great neighborhood place. If you live in the Flatiron district or nearby do yourself a favor and check it out.

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vipMicheleS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, generous portions, and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!! Delicious food, great atmosphere and super friendly stuff 💗

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vipDCH56
London
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cacio Pepe was excellent. Service was great. Good wine by the glass selection.

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Anya
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & incredible, authentic Italian food! Will be coming back for sure!

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VevetteC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My niece and her husband were in from out of town and I wanted to take them to a “non touristy “ Italian restaurant. This place was perfect! The experience was most enjoyable from the friendly host to the wait staff. The food was fantastic and I will definitely return.

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SarahL
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a swell time and we will return. The food was amazing and so was the drinks.

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NataliaI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was DELISH. Service was perfection. Loved everything about this cute place!

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vipCityDiners
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The food was SO SALTY we couldn’t eat either entree. Asked for a lemonade/ice tea mix and got cloudy tea with a lemon in it. Seating is awkward if you’re in the middle section, tables are small & both people sit on the same side to conserve space.

Would not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on vacation to NYC. It was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

the elephant ears clam pasta definitely needed more sauce but the flavor was good,
My Party order the lame pasta and the eggplant pasta tasted good but was heavy on the salt.
The fried zucchini for appetizer was delicious .
and the watermelon salad with spinach and goat cheese was refreshing.

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MerrilY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We'd dined at Bocca Cucina several years ago, and enjoyed it very much. To celebrate Father's Day this year we decided to have dinner there again. The food was really delicious, and the staff couldn't have been nicer or more attentive!

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Anonymous
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the service was even better! We had the avocado toast, which they were able to prepare to accommodate my GERD—and my friends had the caprese salad and truffle pasta (I think it was a special). Overall we had an amazing time and the staff were so sweet and helpful, especially Manolo! Looking forward to returning x

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
46 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely neighborhood Italian restaurant. Waiter was fantastic and good was too! We’ve been going to this restaurant for years and it just keeps getting better & better! They have lots of outdoor seating too!

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AlexandraR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food and service are wonderful!!
Cocktails were delicious too. We had a great evening, thanks you!!

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ajs1417
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with warm, attentive service. We were a party of 5 seated outside for dinner w/ the curtain partitions and we had a great night, dined for almost 4 hours with so many courses and everything was great. The Mexicano cocktail was fantastic as was the cacio e pepe, branzino, chicken, salads, etc. We even got to enjoy a limoncello at the end of our meal. Wonderful find!

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MarilynR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, nice ambiance, excellent service. Have been twice and will go back.

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CatherineC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most tender grilled octopus appetizer I have ever tasted (and I do always order this when I see it in a menu)
Every dish was spectacular.
Will definitely return

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing genuine Italian food and awesome service!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Loved the idea of going to a nice Italian restaurant in The City. Wait staff and manager were all lovely.

Unfortunately, our stuffed zucchini flower was less flower and more deep fried breaded cheese stick. On the upside, both it and the small fried zucchini stalks were super greasy. 🤦🏻 Fennel salad was crisp and refreshing, but very mild on flavor.

My Branzino was quite moist (compliments to the chef…hard to do!), although a crispier skin would have been appreciated. The pappardelle with lamb Ravi was tasty, albeit somewhat over-salted.

All in all, for an ok meal, it should have cost less. Practically next door is Craft, Tom Colicchio’s place. Probably a better bet for my next visit.

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vipTK719
New York Area
299 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing meal! The spinach and watermelon salad was fresh and delicious. The branzino with chickpeas and kale was amazing. And the chocolate cake was superb. The service was outstanding! They have a great selection of tables both indoors and outdoors. One of the best Italian restaurants in NYC!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, highly recommend!
Strong yummy drinks.

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vipKNY1
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious pastas - very friendly service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a cozy date night with your significant other, Bocca is the place for you. The meatball appetizer was splendid. Good moisture, and flavor. Dinner , my wife had Tonnarelli cacio e Pepe. She really enjoyed it. I had Pappardelle al rago di angelo. Best thing we had was the desert. Nice fluffy and airy cheesecake with berries.     

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EpNl
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Authentic Italian. Very reasonable price for the city. Nice neighborhood vibe. Good food and wine.

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PearlD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food . Highly recommend , they never disappoint .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great out door seating! Food was amazing. Our waiter was also so kind and made the best latte I’ve had in a while!

FAQs

Bocca Cucina & Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Bocca Cucina & Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 387-1200.

Bocca Cucina & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 2052 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.