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

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Bocca Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.4

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4.2

value

4.1

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (29)
Good for a Date (23)
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Romantic (17)
Cozy (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Casual (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Business Meals (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Comfort Food (8)
Fun (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
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Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

The food is fantastic! Pastas are perfectly prepared, creative and delicious. Service was wonderful. We will be going back.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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·Dined 2 days ago

Bartender was great, excellent smoked bourbon drink and creative cocktails. Food very good too and great value

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

We went for Valentine’s Day. They had a prix fixed menu, limited options per course. The service was very bad. My husband’s appetizer arrived pretty quickly, but mine didn’t arrive until almost 15mins AFTER he finished eating and they had cleared his plate. Our entrees took another 10+ mins after they finally cleared my appetizer plate. Tables that sat after us got their entrees before us. It was very frustrating. Our waiter would disappear for long periods of time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great evening at Bocca. The food was excellent. The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is very fun and modern. The entire party had a great time!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

A little noisy, however food and service was impeccable.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This place is very good and totally under the radar. Prices are great for the quality and the food is done authenticiy and well conceived. It beats Felida and a lot of other more highly praised Italian restaurants that are over priced disappointments:

Bravo to the chef

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Very good date spot, went during restaurant week and had good food and good service.

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Double birthday celebration with family

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

A few of my co-workers and I decided to give this establishment a try due to restaurant week. None of the dishes are worth bragging about. Overall it was average.

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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great experience and ambiance. Food was really good but small portions. The service was also good.

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·Dined on February 6, 2018

I really enjoyed this restaurant. Our server Kevin was AMAZING, the food was AMAZING. I will definitely come back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

It was fantastic! I had the Cacio e Pepe and it was divine! Great cocktails, good calamari and not too loud. It's small and not in your face but it's fun

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Food was good. Service was excellent. Atmosphere is nice. I like the fresh pasta and the gluten free options. Dishes are well made, but lacked a little something extra. I do not think you will be disappointed with the experience.

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Attentive service and a nice atmosphere - not quiet but not too lively! The food was very good - eggplant parm for appetizer was delicious, salads very good but a little too lightly dressed. The ravioli with burned butter sauce ..... pasta very nice thin, fresh with a light and delicious filling my only comment is that the burned butter was hardly burned so it tasted like ravioli sitting in too much melted butter. Very good - if the sauce had been better it would have been close to perfect!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Nicole is a wonderful server knowledgeable and attentive.We started with the fantastic Gamberi all’aglio e olio and Mozzarella fatta in casa. For dinner the very spicy Strozzapreti con anduja and Pappardelle al ragÚ di agnello. For dessert the Nutella semifreddo. What a tasty superb dinner it was. Thank you Bocca!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups, Spicy, Healthy, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Tried Bocca during restaurant week. Service was great, felt well taken care of. Food was ok, had the pasta with braised lamb shank. It was good but not spectacular, wish it was a little more flavorful and pasta was a bit gummy. I was excited to try since the pasta in that dish is made in house. All in all and good experience, but nothing to make me want to run right back for the food. It is a nice cozy atmosphere, which I appreciated.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great on all fronts. Food was well prepared and delicious. Great service. We could hear each other speak!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 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 30, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 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 24, 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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vip
 (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 18, 2017

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

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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Delicious food and creative menu with good portion size.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Greensboro)·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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Excellent prix fixe lunch. Delicious food. Attentive service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 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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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great service very authentic and food was delicious!

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

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

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