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About Cara Mia

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.

654 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12pm - 4pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday 4pm - 11pm
Thursday - Saturday 4pm - 12am

Cross Street:
Between 45th &46th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 262-6767

Website:
http://www.caramiany.com/

Public Transit:
N, R, Q, 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, 7

Executive Chef:
Adrian Lazo

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.

Cara Mia Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (53)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Good for a Date (28)
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Casual (21)
Authentic (19)
Cozy (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Comfort Food (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Romantic (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Notable Wine List (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
People Watching (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Fun (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 6 days ago

Restaurants that take advantage of an automatic tip where the staff feels they can do what ever is a pet peeve of mine. The food here was very good but the service was horrible for our table of 10 and spoilt what could easily be a great meal.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Terrible seats, over crowded and neglectful service at an ok Italian restaurant. Can do much better.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Went there for brunch and the food was terrible. Got a Pulsd deal for brunch with unlimited drinks and I ordered the pancake and it came with ONE pancake. The Pulsd deal was for $20, but when you get the check they give them selves a 20% tip on the ORIGINAL price, which they say is $80 for 2 people - so the tip was $30.

$80 BUCKS for ONE pancake, an omelette and unlimited drinks for 90 min, C'MON. We only had one drink because the glass wasn't even cleaned properly.

The manager was nice, but everything else was terrible. STAY AWAY

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The pre-show menu was a terrific value and the food was outstanding. I will eat here every time I am in New Your City!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was delicious! Tables are close together though.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Sorry, not a fan. Went pre-matinee ( table for 8 ) on a quiet Saturday in January ; was underwhelmed with the service level , and the food was ordinary despite some unique variations of pasta . The bread was cold and the lack of attentiveness was noticeable as their was only one other table of 4 in the restaurant at the time. As others mentioned, the gratuity was included in the bill, without it being brought to my attention. Plenty of other better choices especially on a Saturday afternoon.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Delicious chicken parmigiana!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Restaurant was wonderful. We had theater tickets at 7:00 and were served a delicious dinner within a half hour and made it to the theater on time. Wait staff was very acomodating.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Really enjoyed my dining experience here, attentive and easy going waiter, Erzen was great. Classier ambiance, prime date night spot. The risotto with the osso bucco was phenomenal. Expect to pay a few more bucks to eat as this near the Theater District.

Good:
-Calamari Fritti (fried calamari appetizer)
-Bafalo Mozzarella (mozzarella and tomato slices appetizer)
-Osso Bucco with Risotto
-Bolognese Cavatelli
-Strozzapreti with Boar
-Riesling was delicious
-BYOW
-RSVP via OpenTable for points

Bad:
-With a $25 Corking Fee choose wisely and do the math
-Appetizers were good, but at $17-$19 a piece, I will go right to the entrees next time

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Was ok but the pasta was over cooked and was unpleasant to eat

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This is a place to go for baked clams and chicken parm. Their other dishes need better seasoning and taste.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Ambiente muy cómodo, afable desde que llegas. Aperitivo excelente, pasta y salsas home made. La mesera muy amable e hizo un excelente esfuerzo hasta por hablar Español

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I needed to find a restaurant to meet an out-of-town friend that was convenient for both of us. An hour or so on Open Table helped, and I am most glad that Cara Mia is the restaurant that I picked for our reunion. I made reservations, and we met at 3 pm. The restaurant was quiet—about half full—at that hour. Good—we could talk and easily be heard by one another. We ordered wine, one soup, and some fried calamari. We talked; we laughed; we ate. The food was delicious: the calamari was crisp, light and fresh tasting; the fennel soup was a subtle blend of many flavors and so delicious that I asked for the recipe. (The response was a most polite, “no.”)
And the wines? Chosen by our waiter, who was a truly delightful man, were by the glass and perfect for our simple repast. Trustworthy, convenient, delicious, amiable and idyllic. What a wonderful reunion we had in a quintessential NYC neighborhood restaurant.

A note to theatergoers: this is a great location for people going to an 8:00 curtain. The restaurant begins to fill around 5 pm, so do make reservations. This place is a delight, and this New Yorker says, you won't be disappointed!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We have eaten here several times. The food is excellent and the prix fixe menus cannot be
beat. But this time we went on a Thursday night, 12/28, and there was no prix fixe menu because it was a "holiday". I was not told this when I made the reservation and there was
no notification on their website. Therefore our meals for 7 people cost much more than
we were planning on. They gave us 2 free salads which was nice, but did not near make up
for the difference in price. I am still a little bitter and feel I was duped.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I made a 6 PM reservation for myself and three others. When we got there at 6 Pm there was a long wait and they did it honor our reservation time.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The food was average and the service was slow.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Excellent food and efficient, fast service. Cozy and warm on a cold night. Great for pre-theater. Both small and large parties easily accommodated.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The food was very good and the service was excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Service was great as was the food. Lovely presentation. Noise level got a little high as the restaurant filled up on Christmas evening but it wasn’t unbearable. Cara Mia is a small, cozy, venue. Highly recommend. We have been there numerous times and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We really enjoyed every aspect of the meal, the Vino, Oso Buco and Veal Shank. Service was great and when we asked with help selecting a vino hey didn't go the most expensive one.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

This was our first time at Cara Mia..... we will be back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great food - great service! The gnocchi was outstanding Will be back for sure...

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I have eaten before at this location. I have had better service from a different server.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Lovely birthday celebration on a Sunday evening. Delicious meal including artichoke appetizer and many other goodies. Good idea that the front door now has a winter enclosure to keep out the cold and drafts. Veal chop excellent, 1/2 lobster on platter with other seafood [served without a seafood fork] large dessert menu...tartufu, tiramisu and choc. moose cake nice portions but priced at $12. no prices listed on menu for desserts. Been here many times..always a winner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

I’ve been to this restaurant a few times now.
I am never disappointed
Excellent staff. Amazing food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Giving this place 3 stars only to get to this page - i am confused as I tried to make a reservation here on the open table app yesterday and it kept giving me an error. It never confirmed hence we ended up somewhere else.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Found this little gem for my twin daughters 18th birthday dinner. Small, tight and busy restaurant but the food was very good! Enjoyed the house made pastas, we had 7 people and each of the meals were very well received. Noisy for an intimate dinner, but for a family dinner it was perfect. Will return

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Dinner before a Broadway show and daughters nursing school graduation. I was appalled that the champagne glasses that were first brought to us were not clean, and I had to ask for new ones. Waitress took them away, and when came back said she cleaned them herself. I didn’t argue but it didn’t endear me to the restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We ate here after the theater. This was a good find with delicious food and wonderfully friendly staff.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

we had fabulous service and outstanding food. Very pleased. A little crowded and tight and therefore noisy, but still very enjoyable overall.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Cozy and charming....like my mama and papa’s Italian home. Food was excellent with large portions. Very close to theatre with great price point. We found our piece of Italy. Thank you.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I love this place they have very good food exselent service 👏

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very nice, slightly noisy. Everyone was happy.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Farewell event

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had a reservation for 6:45 and waited until 7:15 before leaving. They never assured us a table would be ready soon and kept telling us 15 more minutes. Awful customer service, not really sure what the point of a reservation is.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Dined here on Saturday night. The food was excellent! Slightly loud at the beginning, but as the night progressed the restaurant quieted down.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Chicken Parm tasted like rubber and the waiter was rude and dismissive. I would not recommend this place to anyone

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Despite having reservation at 5pm after theater- the restaurant was unable to seat my party because they "overbooked"...very disorganized

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our family enjoyed a meal here before a show - excellent! I had the seafood fra diavolo and fresh pasta option which was very good. Large half lobster, much calamari, and tender mussels and clams. Only small complaint, the spice level was quite low. Beyond that excellent flavor! Nice fresh salads and appetizers were great. All enjoyed. Nice selection of Italian wines even by the glass. Will return and recommend to anyone. Word of caution - weekend night before a show GET RESERVATIONS. It was a mad house with unruly folks outside that did not have reservations.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was excellent, from the appetizers to the main course. Portion sizes were very good for NY and the prices were reasonable. Service was terrific, and the place was very warm and welcoming. Would definitely go again.

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