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Cara Mia

4.3
2166 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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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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

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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 2166 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 5 days ago

This review refers to the 623 9th location (I tried to cancel here but no one picked up the phone): please avoid.

They will automatically add a gratuity regardless of the number of people.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Veal picccata was a little tough

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The staff is very friendly and the food is excellent. The waiters explain everything well and bring the meal any way you ask for it. We have been here a few times and are always pleased. Prices are reasonable.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Best off the best I ever have fresh pasta seafood very fresh try seafood pasta ask for omedo

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Birthday for my son.

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Octopus appetizer was dry and overcooked. Brusschetta appetizer was toasted too much and hard to chew. The veal saltimbocca was dry and way overcooked. Overall very bad food.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Fantastic food, very large portions. Crowded dining space, but worth the food.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was good enough. Very loud and cramped. Convenient location for theatre.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This was our 4th visit to Cara Mia. It has become our "go-to" place when in the theater district of NYC. The servic is excellent and the food is outstanding. It was the fist time I ordered the eggplant parmigiana there (on previous visits I ordered different selections---all outstanding) The eggplant parm is the BEST I have ever tasted anywhere! (and I order it a lot!) It reminded my of my grandmother's when I was a child. It melts in your mouth! My only wish is that they offered soup as an appetizer in the dinner menu (it seems they have soup on the lunch menu, though). Although we were full from the meal, there was no offer of dessert (didn't even see that on the menu...or even coffee!). Because this restaurant seems to be so popular, I assume they don't want anyone lingering. However, we have never felt rushed in any way. I highly recommend Cara Mia

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Cara mia rarely disappoints. Great value in a typically touristy area.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I have been coming here once every few weeks for over a year. They have constantly become busier and busier. Reservations are not necessary at peak times. The food is excellent and at a good price.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food and service were great!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The staff was attentive and the food excellent ! The perfect little dining spot.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Great place to carry conversation with friends over good food. Fried calamari was excellent. I would like to come back and try all their fresh pasta dishes. The serving sizes were just right. Our server was attentive and helpful.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Authentic Italian food in a warm and cozy setting. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Great place for pre theatre with a large party

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

I love this place. It's my go-to in the area. Traditional and flavorful Italian. Always attentive and friendly service. And a great place to go for a quiet meal, where you can actually hear and enjoy what your company has to say.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Had a great dinner with my son after going to a meeting.
Good food, friendly service, would go back again.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We went to the wrong Cara Mia so he careful because there are two of them a few blocks apart. They were very kind and seated six of us anyway. The place was packed. The food is delicious and a good value. We are grateful for their understanding and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Always great haven't been disappointed yet

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was delicious! We had a special with homemade pasta and shrimp. The pasta was absolutely delicious. We, also, had the tomato, mozzarella and basil. The homemade mozzarella was also delicious! It was a small quaint restaurant. We're from out of town, but would recommend this restaurant to friends! So glad that we found it!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in NYC

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was great but wine was not.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent pre-theater restaurant! We've been going for years and have always had delicious food and excellent service for very reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I come to Cara Mia about 6 times a year. It never disappoints. Reasonable prices, good quality food, nice portions and (usually) a quiet setting where you can actually carry on a conversation without shouting. Dependable and good!

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Great place for a a pre-show dinner. Food is very good, reasonably priced with good wine selection and very quick, efficient service. One of my favorite places in Hell’s Kitchen.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Every time I come to NYC I have to eat at Cara Mia. The food is fabulous, fresh, great portions. We always have a great meal and the staff is very attentive. Would recommend this place to everyone.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My wife and I had dinner here during an anniversary trip to NYC. It was highly ranked here on OpenTable so we decided to go for it. It's relatively small, but not cramped. The food was all delicious and came out very quickly. The servers were attentive, helpful and friendly. My wife had one of their wines and she said it was good. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves and would not hesitate to dine at Cara Mia again in the future.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

The Caesar salad was not heavily dressed and deliciously topped with slivers of cheese. The sausage pasta dish was perfect.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

We love Cara Mia; we have been many times. The other night was especially good. We were celebrating a birthday (that is why I checked 'Fun"; we couldn't stop laughing ). I live in the neighborhood, three blocks away. When I see tourists on 8th Ave looking for a restaurant, I suggest they go over one avenue, to 9th Ave, where locals go. There are many good restaurants on 9th Ave. If you like great Italian food at a very reasonable price, go to Cara Mia.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

A year ago a colleague recommended Cara Mia as a great place to grab dinner while chaperoning a school trip in NYC...it was so good that we went back again this year! Once again, Cara Mia provided charming ambience and delicious hand made Italian cuisine. My wife and I especially enjoyed the fresh Tagliatelle with a decadent salmon and porcini mushroom sauce! Thank you again for treating us like famiglia again Cara Mia. :)

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Very good meal. Pastas were fresh and sauces delicious. Portions were very generous and reasonably priced for NYC. Staff was attentive and friendly.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Excellent meal and service. A must stop when we're in NYC.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

What a wonderful surprise! The food was outstanding, service was excellent, very reasonable prices and a happy hour through dinner to boot! What more could I have asked from a pre-show dinner? A beautiful interior with a friendly and very attentive waitstaff without being intrusive. An excellent experience and I look forward to going back!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Outstanding attentive professional personable service. Delicious, reasonably priced, tastefully plated food. Have been dining here for years. Each visit it gets even Better.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Food was very good. Waiter should have told us that tip was included. No grappa.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Good Italian food at more reasonable prices than some of the tourist traps that are closer to the theaters.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Cara Mia has become one of our go-to favorites for its cozy atmosphere, delicious menu and great service. I had one of the fresh, hand-made pasta specials - spinach ravioli with fresh English peas and diced asparagus in a pink vodka sauce. The veggies were crisp and flavorful while the sauce was creamy and subtle. Excellent. My dinner companion had the carbonara, and raved about it.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great little find. Fantastic service. Quick and hot food. Very tasty. Would return in a heartbeat.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The salad, wine and bread were great-the special we each chose a Homemade pasta, was so hot and then mushy. No one seemed to care that we did not finish our entrees. We did not have time for dessert, so the salad course was good.

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