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Cafe Rustica

4.0
207 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

Cafe Rustica is an Italian restaurant serving the standards of Northern and Southern Italy in a charming restaurant steeped in tradition. The inside of the diner looks as if it could be some small café in Sicily in the 1930s. Everything from the place settings to the decor add an old-world ambiance. In addition to wonderful food, Cafe Rustica has a weekly wine tasting where guests can sample wares from some of the finest vintners of the region.

The menu consists primarily of pasta dishes and thin-crust pizza made in a traditional brick oven. Cafe Rustica serves its dinners with a fixed price menu, where guests pay a set amount and then select a set number of courses (usually three or four) from the menu options. The portions are on the small side so guests can sample as many dishes as possible before filling up.

Dining Style
Home Style
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Saturday - Sunday: Private parties only; Dinner: Sunday & Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm; Friday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm; Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(516) 829-6464
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Café Rustica serves up fresh Italian Cuisine that's both innovative and traditional. Our skilled chefs, and courteous, attentive servers make Café Rustica the perfect place for a private social or business event. Come dine on delicious cuisine while basking in our beautiful atmosphere.
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Private party contact
Event Coordinator: (855) 780-8656
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Catering
The Cafe Rustica Management and Staff
eagerly await the opportunity to assist in all
your party planning needs. We offer complete off-premise catering. Please ask our Staff for copies of our Party & Catering
Menus or any other information concerning
our facility and services.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Embassy Court
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Parking details
Both street parking and public parking lot are available. Entrance to parking lot is on Embassy Court. Elevator and stair case available from parking lot to restaurant.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFundguy (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2014

We are never disappointed when we dine here. And lately we've discovered their Thin crust whole wheat pizza. It's much better than I expected.

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vipluvtoeat (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2014

My husband and I have been coming here for at least two years and it's always a treat! Friendly service by knowledgable waiters await you. Amazing homemade hummus and infused olive oil are served with the bread and crostini. We like the salmon, broiled to perfection and the chicken dishes. The steamed or sautéed veggies are always fresh and delicious. Go there, you'll really enjoy it!

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vipKnightOfNi (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 8, 2014

Don't expect a culinary delight, but Cafe Rustica is a nice place. Service was dead-on, food was fine, but they ran out of their only Italian beer (which I found kinda silly), and their wine list was weak. REALLY LIKED their pesto-chicken pizza... plenty of pop and was cooked perfectly... crispy, but still gooey. Wife liked her pasta and she's a tough one to please. We'd go back.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 4, 2014

Casa Rustica has been a long time favorite of ours. Our last visit was during Restaurant Week which may have caused some mishaps. The food was wonderful as usual, but the service was not up to par. Our waiter seemed to be confused at times, and they ran out of Italian Bread!

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BethT24 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 1, 2014

The good was delicious, but the service was lacking. The waiter needed more training, especially for a Saturday night.

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vipsrk49 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 29, 2014

Every time we eat here we are greeted so warmly by the staff. The food is always perfect. Fresh ingredients. Food cooked perfectly. The waitstaff is perfect. Never intrusive and always anticipating our needs. Love it here.

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Anonymous (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 26, 2014

Food was great; service was quick and the wait staff was charming.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
1.0  Dined on October 22, 2014

When we arrived they did not have a reservation for us! We went down the street to another restaurant.

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vipEatwell (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2014

This restaurant features excellent food, friendly/helpful service and excellent value for the money. Definitely give it a try.

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vipbobs (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 8, 2014

go for the food, classic Italian, then just enjoy the service friendly host and hostess as a bonus

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vipFundguy (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 5, 2014

There's a reason this place continues to do well -- very good food at reasonable prices. The complimentary hummus plate alone sets it apart.

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vipsrk49 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 21, 2014

Food always so good. Service excellent, on point. Ingredients fresh. Great neighborhood spot

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vipsrk49 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2014

Great neighborhood Italian. Great food service and decor. Fresh ingredients, lucky to have in our neighborhood

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vipDiane (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 1, 2014

This restaurant has decent food for a good price. If you don't mind eating before 6, they have a early 3 course meal with drink that's offers a good choice of entrées. Not great, but good enough where we'll be back.

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vipEatwell (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 31, 2014

The food is always good and the specials are a great bargain. Highly recommend.

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Raynbow63 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 26, 2014

Make reservations, we went at dinner hour and it was packed. The room is open so the noise level is not bad, we were able to have a conversation. A big platter of hummus and a basket of bread was brought to the table. You can make a meal of just that. They have good menu choices. They have a gluten free menu as well. Everyone in my party agreed, everything was delicious. The desserts we were okay. Our water glasses were filled quickly, our orders were taken at a timely manner and delivered to our table at the perfect time. We did have to wait to get the attention of anyone for the check. Our waiter was great but maybe spread too thin between tables. Maybe they should hire an extra waiter or waitress? An enjoyable meal.

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vipLex1 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 26, 2014

Great that it has a gluten free food. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the portions were generous.

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vip11803 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 19, 2014

Food was quite good, generous portions. The waiters were attentive. The bartender very helpful. Would come back again.

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vipMadmom914 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2014

They have a fantastic gluten free menu as well as the BEST gluten free pizza we have ever had! Highly recommend it.

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vipMarniS (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 11, 2014

I went here with my family today for Mother's Day. As always, it was a wonderful experience. I've been coming here for well over 15 years. This place never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 10, 2014

Great find! We usually have a hard time finding a gluten friendly place that the whole family will love (and we're a large family). But Cafe Rustica was great! Food was excellent all around. A+

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candyland (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on May 10, 2014

Had reservation. Walked in and 2 staff members behind bar were too busy to acknowledge us for quite a few minutes. When finally acknowledged our party, they acted like they were doing us a favor. Unsmiling, unfriendly entrance to what should be a pleasant experience when dining out.
Food definitely declined in quality. Even tiny portions for dessert. Server would loudly interrupt our serious conversations repeatedly instead of waiting a moment until we finished out thoughts. Servers reach over in front of you with long arms and elbows to serve and take away food instead of behind you. A not pleasant time at this restaurant.

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vipSJKMc (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on April 12, 2014

The food at a Cafe Rustica is mediocre at best. What distinguises this restaurant is the all around awful service. It took about 10 minutes following our seating for someone to come over to our table to ask if we wanted drinks. The service was basically downhill from there. Definitely not worth the $225 for 5 people.

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marie (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 11, 2014

Service is a little spotty. The last two times i went, the hostess, two different ones, were slow to greet and seat. This time he was on his phone while we waited to be seated. Notice he did that when anyone else came in.

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Susan (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 5, 2014

The food here is always delicious, no matter what you order. They have the absolute best gluten free pizza I have ever had!

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vipsrk49 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2014

Never disappointed at Cafe Rustica. All salads (you can add protein to any salad) are great. Fish delicious. Pastas also wonderful. Great service.

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lewisweisblum (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 27, 2014

We have been lucky enough to arrive at this lovely restaurant in time to catch their Early-Bird Prix Fixe dinner and it was delicious and reasonable. They are clearly making their profits on their drinks which tend to be priced rather high.

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vipLex1 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 22, 2014

Food was very good. It has a good glutenfree menu.

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vipluvtoeat (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 20, 2014

We always enjoy our dinner at Cafe Rustica. The food is consistently excellent and the staff is always attentive. We like the salmon and chicken dishes the best. Their home made Hummus with bread is superb.
Thank you for many great meals.

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vipsrk49 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 4, 2014

Very good food and service. In our weekly rotation. Very dependable.

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