Cara Mia

4.3
2219 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic

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About

Cara Mia restaurant is a neighborhood treasure in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan. Minutes from Times Square, locals and tourists alike flock to this Italian trattoria which features delicious homemade pastas, fresh meats and seafood, as well as an extensive wine list. Cara Mia's cozy and intimate atmosphere are the perfect location for a romantic dinner.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12pm - 4pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday 4pm - 11pm
Thursday - Saturday 4pm - 12am
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Phone number
(212) 262-6767
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Adrian Lazo
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 45th &46th
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Public transit
N, R, Q, 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, 7
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Takeout, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Cara Mia can accommodate all your special event needs.

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What 2219 People Are Saying
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4.2
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
4.2
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

So-so food and service before a show. Would not repeat.

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Food and service were excellent! But there was no air conditioning on this hot, humid day!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

This second outpost of Cara Mia had been renamed Galo Nero, but it still shares the same excellent menu as its uptown (by 1-1/2 blocks) sister. The prix fixe menu can't be beat. Service likewise. I had the salmone, and my dining partners ordered the pasta primavera and the gnocchi pesto. All were scrumptious! The street noise is pretty ridiculous, but that's NYC.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

There lunch special of $9.95 cant be beat in the theater district

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The service is excellent. Food is delicious. I have eaten at Cara Mia before and have enjoyed each visit.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We had a wonderful pre-show meal here. Staff was super friendly and efficient, great menu and prices. Wine and limited beer available. Definitely a place we'd return to.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Good place authentic atmosphere feels like an old school Italian restaurant menu was excellent, wait staff was excellent

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Horrible customer service. Food was good but I wasn't impressed.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Cara Mia is an old standby when I am in the theater district. My colleague and I were there last week and the meal was exceptional. we shared a caesar salad which was
beautifully seasoned. You could taste a little anchovy and lemon and it really was
lovely. I had a fettucine dish with mushrooms that was also delicious. Seems to me that the kitchen has upped its game---they have always been good, but this was a couple of
notches above that.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Like restaurant a lot. Salmon delicious, service very good, great location

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great staff. Made our visit a wonderful experience. Watched my grandson perform some of his magic tricks and shared one of their own! Food was very good. Would definitely return

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We had a great dinner - great food, service and value!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The food was wonderful and the prices for lunch can't be beat!!!!

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Great is the only adjective I would use!
Cara Mia is my go to theater restaurant.
I have taken atlradt 6 friends there and they have all returned at other times . So I am a good advertiser for Cara Mia!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

This has become my favorite restaurant when visiting NYC. The food is authentic — like my Grandma’s authentic! The waitstaff is extremely attentive, but not overbearing. It’s always an enjoyable experience— so much so, I think about it for days afterwards. Coming from a large Italian family, it feels like “home.”

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2018

All was good. Ordered the eggplant with pasta. Heavy on the pasta. Light on the eggplant.

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Food was very good, as usual. Was a bit noisy, especially when we first got there. I ordered dessert and took a while to be served so I thought they forgot.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Cara Mia is a wonderful pre-theater restaurant. The prix-fixe dinner at 19.95 is a treat, but the handmade pasta dishes are sensational. My favorite is pappardelle with three kinds of mushrooms - sensational, and inimitable! My friend ordered the gnocchi, which came in a delicious red sauce. Everything is great there - the salmon, the salads, it's a find in the city.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Great last minute find. Great location and delicious food the Gnocci was to die for!

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The pasta has no flavor. Pizza was ok. Porcini risotto for 26$ was completely not worth it!!

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Service was very slow. We were served water and waited five more mutes before anyone returned to take our drink or menus order. The menus selections were interesting but the wait to be served was disappointing. My fish, though flavorful, was luke warm and the broccoli was cold.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

One of my favorite pre- theater stops. Moderately priced.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great service and excellent food. They do not have a full bar, but the wine list was great and the sangria was delicious. Our waiter was friendly and helpful as well. We were not sure what to order and he gave some great options.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

once again we had a nice meal at Cara Mia (the original). The pre-fixed menu is a nice value and allows you to eat in plenty of time to make your show.

My brother and I each had a salad (caesar and mixed greens) and then he had a pasta dish and I had grilled pork. Both were excellent.

I highly recommend Cara Mia as a neighborhood gem!

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2.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Just about Everything was bland. Salad was underdressed. Had one of the pasta specials and it was flavorless. If we didn’t have a show, we would have sent at least a couple dishes back. I think just about any place around the corner on restaurant row would have been better.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Very friendly greeting at the entry and at the table. All specials were explained in full. Service was very good and the food was excellent. We will return.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

The staff were courteous, professional and helpful. The five ladies in my group all ordered different dishes. Each one was delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Excellent food. Service was very good by our server Diana. Pasta was fresh.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The staff here are wonderful!! Sylvester was on top of all our needs. He was definitely the highlight tho. The food was just ok and the restaurant was unbearably hot.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Go to Cara Mia for all our celebrations!

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

A pre-theater standout, great food and prompt service in a pleasant atmosphere for a reasonable price. Love the pasta primavera and delicious salads. And, you can get a reservation. Try it!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

A five-star rating for this restaurant might be a bit over the top, but for its lack of pretention and what it promises, Cara Mia delivers beyond expectation. Their prix fixe lunch menu is a true bargain, and the Pollo Limone is superb as is their balsamic dressing. So is the Pistachio Cheesecake. (The Creme Brulée is good tasting but it lacks a crunchy top.) Modest prices and quality vintages exalt their wines by the glass. (Even the chiantis hold good value.)

For locals or out-of-towners: not only is Cara Mia a great place to meet a friend coming into Penn Station or Port Authority, it’s an easy walk from Columbus Circle or even Rockefeller Center. Relax.Come for an unhurried lunch or afternoon coffee. (Reservations are a must in the evenings.)

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Went for 9.95 lunch special. Food was ample and delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Consistently good meals, pleasant environment and great value.

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Reliable Italian food in Hell's Kitchen area of NYC. Close to the theaters, too. Would definitely go again.

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

This is a reliable restaurant for pre-theater. The food is good and the staff very attentive. The prices are reasonable except the glasses of wine which is high.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Niceplace food was served promptly and was excactly as described It was rather noisy however and that made conversation a little difficult

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

The service and food have always been above expectations here.. The special pasta/seafood dishes are excellent and my favorite is La Fiorentina! Thanks you again for a wonderful meal!

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Excellent food- lovely professional and concerned service in a quiet refined atmosphere. Perfect location near theater- not touristy - we had a delicious meal- fairly priced and well prepared.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The restaurant is cramped with the tables so close that I could not get in my chair without the person behind me moving her chair. The front door was left open with prospective customers peering in to look while cold damp air rushed in the restaurant. The service was spotty at best.

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