About Bocca

On June 25th, 2007, Alessandro Peluso together with his friends and family, opened the doors of Bocca with a celebration and an evening of food and wine. This Roman restaurant has been bustling with patrons ever since. Our Chef James Corona is excited to offer a roster of creative Roman dishes to New Yorkers. Chef James uses only imported Italian DOP (protected designation of origin) products and is a proud supporter of the Union Square Green Market. Our meals are complimented by an extensive wine list, an elegant and cozy yet casual dining environment, and a friendly and courteous wait staff.

39 East 19th Street
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Wild Game, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm -10:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Park Avenue South and Broadway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 387-1200

Website:
http://www.boccanyc.com/

Public Transit:
R Trains to 23rd Street 4,5,6, L, N,R,Q at 14th St Union Square.

Executive Chef:
James Corona

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Bocca with your loved ones and enjoy a delicious 4-course menu featuring oysters, black truffles, filet mignon and more ($75 per person, exclusive of tax and any gratuity). Our regular a la carte menu will ONLY be available at the bar where reservations can be made.

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Private Dining

The perfect place in Gramercy for your next party. Let us host your rehearsal dinner, company holiday party, birthday party or bridal shower.

Bocca Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.4

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4.3

value

4.1

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (28)
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Special Occasion (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Fun (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

This past Saturday was our fourth visit to Bocca, and while consistency may be the hobgoblin of small minds, when speaking of restaurants it is something to be strived for. Bocca consistently hits the mark in the preparation and presentation of its dishes, and the waitstaff is attentive without being fawning. My wife and I shared the baked eggplant appetizer which was delicious. For our entrees, we both went the pasta route; I had the cacio e pepe, and my wife ordered the pappardelle served with a braised lambshank and tomato sauce ragu. We shared the tiramisu for desert. There were no doggie bag leftovers to be taken home for a late night snack or a Sunday morning pre-brunch. I'm already looking forward to going back for our fifth visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Went there for dinner and found it excellent. This visit was for lunch and it did not disappoint. Again, excellent service by Kevin and the food was equal to an authentic restaurant in Rome. Go and enjoy.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 15, 2018

One of our pastas was served cold, the other was underdone. Overall very underwhelming.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Service was attentive, food was good. Atmosphere was comfortable and cozy. Lots of options for vegetarians.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food and atmosphere were great. Our server was fantastic. Highly recommended!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent all around.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The classic, what-they-are-known-for pasta is a must!! Pasta is house made and soooo good!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The food was soooooo good! The drink I had was incredible as well!! Definitely will go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Loved this place. Delicious food and homemade apple cider was to die for! Service was amazing, loved the waiter from Australia 😉. Everyone should try this place, it’s the best.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Had a delicious meal on Christmas Day with friends. The food was superior, exceeded expectations; the service was strangely amateurish, but eventually cordial and accommodating.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 25, 2017

From the moment we walked in, I could tell that the staff was all very accommodating and it was clear the guest experience is a huge priority. They have a great wine selection that’s perfect for special occasions and the food menu had something for everyone. I ordered the pappardelle and it was wonderful. The pasta itself was homemade (there were only a few homemade pasta options on the menu and I would’ve liked to see a few more) and the ricotta cheese added a simple yet delicious flavor. All the dishes were reasonably priced, so I would say it’s a great place for a special occasion when you don’t want to break the bank. Great place all around!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Was my daughters birthday. Emailed and told the restaurant. They did nothing. Appetizers were delicious, wine was great, main course selections were below average. Disappointed

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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Good food, friendly staff, good location. Will return again.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Delicious food and creative menu with good portion size.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

From the moment we arrived I know it was special. The drink excellent, the wine priced right for a bottle, the food incredible. The cheese wheel presentation with pasta is unforgettable!

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Touristy place with lots of gimmicky menu items

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Portions were small and we DID NOT order from the prix fixe menu. The porchetta alla romano was dry and very fatty. My friend ordered the ravioli with what she thought would be spinach, but instead was like a spinach puree and also a small portion. We each had a glass of wine which was not worth $12.00 each. We had no appetizers or dessert and the bill with tip came to $80.00 which I consider pricey. There are numerous other restaurants that are cheaper with bigger portions and much tastier.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Excellent prix fixe lunch. Delicious food. Attentive service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Already ate here again! Friday night with out of town friends was my first and came back with my boyfriend Sunday for dinner !
Cheese wheel pasta and the steak! The soup was great and the best spicy marg in the city! So smooth! And I’m picky!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Amazing service and staff

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

It feels like you are getting a meal straight out of Rome. Excellent food. Service was also very good and the prices are great for the quality you are getting. Going back there again for sure.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great service very authentic and food was delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The staff was very welcoming and the restaurant was quite busy. The food was good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Have been to Boca numerous times and this was the best ever. Fresh ingredients and homemade pasta are delicious and our charming host, Nikko, makes you feel very special. The buratta was creamy and yummy and the apple strudel flaky and filled with the biggest raisins (as well as perfect apples) I have ever seen. Prosecco to start and limoncello to finish was perfection.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had another fantastic dinner as a family and was treated like family! Nico and staff are welcoming and take special care to remember what we like! Grazie Molto!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food was delicious! We both got the Tonnarelli cacio e pepe, which is handmade pasta stirred inside a wheel of Parmesan cheese before it's served to you!

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our go to for Italian in the city. We love the atmosphere (small..we always sit at the bar) and the friendly staff. Food is delicious. We will always return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Lovely place. Nice ambience, good service, great meal.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wonderful birthday dinner for a friend. Food is very good- highly recommend Cacio e Pepe

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I wish I had a better review to write, however, it is not the case. I will start with them adding gratuity to our check, table of 2, I am guessing because we used a Groupon deal so they felt the need to add gratuity. The bill ended up being $102.35 then they added a whopping gratuity ($33.50) onto the bill. I was utterly shocked. I won't go into the food because thus far we were going with the flow until that gratuity hit the table. It was our first and last time at Bocca and probably our last Groupon deal at a restaurant . #disappointed

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Amazing service, even better food, wow this place blew my mind from start to finish!!!

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Sorry to say that a formerly-favorite restaurant disappointed badly. The food was OK, the service was OK, but unfortunately we forgot to leave a tip. The manager marched over and was rather snide. We apologized and proceeded to add a tip. My friend complained about his attitude, and he said he's been there for years or something. (I missed this exchange.) Apparently, his view is that the customer is no longer right. I have found this at other places
recently and it makes me very unhappy.

Bocca made my friends and me very unhappy and we won't be back. It was noisy, not energetic, by the way.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Took a friend to Bocca as a birthday celebration and we loved it. We had a delicious luncheon of homemade pastas that would be the envy of an Nonna!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Loved it! Wanted to try good Italian food while in town from DC and was blown away!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We went for a business lunch. Place was empty except for our table. This was my second time at Bocca. Previously I had been for dinner and the place was not completely crowded then but not as empty as lunch time either. Food is alright. Decent Italian. Service during lunch was particularly slow which was just surprising considering we were the only ones there. The fellow assisting the waitress and refilling our waters was very nice and attentive. Overall nothing to really write home about. It was a pretty dull experience. Ambience is too dark and dingy.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The mozzarella wasn't as soft and good as it was the last time I went . I was not at all pleased with my steak. It was kind of bland.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very cozy! The pasta dish I got was tasty yet could have had more sauce and meat. The portion sizes were good yet could have been a little bigger. The manager surprised us with an aperitif which was nice. I would definitely go back and would recommend to others.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent food and service I had the paperdelle with lamb shank wife had the fresh pasta in the cheese ball excellent app was shrimp with fresh roasted garlic excellent

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious food. Always reliable. Attentive service. We often dine here after a movie near Union Sq.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food and service were good
Good neighbor hood spot

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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