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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Please come and join us for a Traditional Thanksgiving feast! We will be serving our Thanksgiving Dinner from 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm. A delicious 4 course pre-fixe menu ($49.95) along with our regular "a la carte" menu. We look forward to seeing you and your loved ones 1

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Bocca Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
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Creative Cuisine (4)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 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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 (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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 (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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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Came with a friend after work to catch up. I got the tonnarelli cacio e pepe and it was absolutely perfect. The wine was great. Service was a little slow, but I didn't mind. Definitely will be going back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Hard to find a good Italian spot like this in Manhattan that is neither hokey Little Italy or inaccessibly high-end and overpriced. Great quality pastas, genuine service, and generous portions! Went back again in the same week!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Went for a business lunch. The food just wasn't that good. Everyone felt the same about their meals. Most got the pre fixe and felt there are better options in the surrounding area. We were also the only group in there on a Friday around lunch.

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 (London)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great food and a lively atmosphere but deeply unhappy that they added 20% gratuity to the bill, and then presented credit card slip for signature with another 18% gratuity added. It took some time to sort this out, and while they claimed it was a mistake, it seems that their systems are set to add a gratuity to the bill for large groups (this is fine - standard practice) and their credit card machines are also set to automatically add a gratuity charge. Obviously, they should not do both, and I just hope other diners are wise enough to check the bill and the credit slip carefully...

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and taste of the food given the fact that it was significantly less expensive than Você, another Italian restaurant in the area. On top of that, Nico, (not sure about the spelling), the maitre d came over to our table several times to check on us.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants but on this night, in particular, they were running a promotion on some imported Italian ham/Prosciutto Cotto. I found the ham to be distasteful and ultimately a killer to my favorite dish, one of the main reasons I frequent this place — their authentic cooking of the Pasta Carbonara (a special that night), which usually uses Pancetta or Prosciutto Crudo, which are vastly different cuts of ham. Needless to say, I was disappointed that my favorite dish was ruined by this awful Cotto ham that tasted like deli meat, and not fine Italian salted pork.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Whenever I come to New York I always stop at Bocca. Unmatched service with unreal food. 5 stars!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My friend enjoyed his steak. Great presentation! We both enjoyed the fresh mozzarella appetizer. However, the pappardelle al ragu d'agnello was not as good as it used to be. The warm chocolate cake was so rich and delicious!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

My girlfriend mentioned this place several times as her favorite place to go before going to see a play. We enjoyed it very much.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Took my girlfriend here for a birthday that we will never forget! Every plate that arrived on our table was wonderfully crafted! The veal meatballs were perfectly seasoned and cooked, the calamari and chorizo crostini was fantastic - I've honestly not eaten more tenderly cooked calamari from a place that does not even boast its seafood selections. The cheese wheel pasta is everything you've ever hoped for and the squid ink gnocchi with crab meat had me scraping my plate regardless of my full belly. Finally - the chocolate "molten" cake with pistachio Gelato was out of this world, though it is not a traditional molten cake, it is definitely a dessert of its own class.

Finally, the host was so gracious! He checked on us often and even gave us some free drinks for the occasion! Would definitely recommend a hundred times over.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent quality food. Fantastic service and the best nduja I have had outside of Calabria. Highly recommend!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was delicious and service was very attentive. Although the portions were small

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I loved the tabl

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Super friendly waiter and amazing food. Also, shoutout to the bartender!

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was great!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent meal & great service!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Beyond delicious!!! Ordered Black 75 as drink it was perfection. Split the veggies and crostini and had the cacio e pepe - to die for!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Excellent food and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Food was creatively prepared and delicious. Waitress was very helpful and conscientious, and manager made sure that we were satisfied. Ambiance is lovely and very comfortable.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Nothing can beat their cacio e pepe! Hard to justify paying $20 for noodles and cheese, but . . . a nice treat every now and again.
Their pasta was cooked al dente - to perfection and came out piping hot. Very liberal with their fresh grated cheese - yum!!!
Meatballs came in brown gravy - was expecting (and would have preferred) red tomato-base sauce. But added fresh grated cheese and enjoyed.
Super nice staff, but slow service - excused because place was BUSY! Manager was walking around the floor - stopping by tables to make sure diners were enjoying their experience.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Really good food, priced fairly. Pleasant ambience and the manager and bartender were super nice.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Great Beer
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Ice tea no free refills. $3 a pop. Food was good but not amazing.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The entire experience was perfect. The server was kind and helpful. The embiance was warm and inviting. The salmon was perfection, and how often can you say that about salmon! A real gem.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The restaurant was full, but we felt attended to by our waiter or the host if he wasn't available. Nice atmosphere the food was good and the cacio Pepe is a fun order is they mix it in a wheel of cheese at the table. The portions are healthy and good food.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Casual, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Disappointed. Stopped coming here for a few years after seeing how the manager favors certain diners with free after dinner drinks. Tried again and same thing, saw manager bringing certain folks complimentary drinks- there was no special occasion like a birthday. I have never seen this in any other restaurant. Also, they said they would do a half order kids portion of pasta and sauce, but yet charged me $20 which was ridiculous. This place is never that full because not sure how many repeat diners. Do not plan to go back ever.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

What was exceptional about this place was the service; they were super attentive. What disappointed me with the food. It wasn't what I was expecting. I felt that it was a bit overpriced as well. Overall I would give 3/5 stars.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

I always love dinner at Bocca. I took my mom and a dear family friend. We commented how Craft is right next door, but Bocca has better food and isn't as expensive! It couldn't be more true. We also love the staff, such great service with the true Italian flare. Always LOVE Bocca.. and the scallop special I had was D E L I C I O U S.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We went for my mother's birthday and had a great time! The staff explained the menu thoroughly for us and gave us great recommendations and we loved everything we ate! Their squid ink gnocchi were awesome as was the octopus appetizer! The restaurant looks quite unassuming from the outside but we ate great food at a reasonable price and left full! Can't complain!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on August 30, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants. Excellent service and a quiet and intimate setting. I always take out of town guests. Food is amazing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The reviews we read gave us high expectations and those expectations were not food. Overall the food was bland and not special. It wasn't bad but it was not flavorful or memorable.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The whole experience at the restaurant was amazing. The service to start was great, every dish was unique and delicious and clearly showed that the ingredients were carefully chosen to complement each other. Also very reasonably priced for the quality of food. Will definitely be back!

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