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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

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Details
Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 7:30PM

Mon - Fri 4:00PM - 7:30PM

Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 4:00PM - 7:30PM

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Cara Mia Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (36)
Good for a Date (27)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
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Casual (17)
Cozy (15)
Authentic (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Romantic (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
People Watching (6)
Fun (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 9, 2017

GREAT food! Friendly service, relaxed atmosphere, and an overall wonderful experience.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food, service and location are all just fine for New York but nothing special. I'd say overall it was a good experience. Keep an eye on your bill as they add 20% tip of the total bill, which is wrong to begin with since tip is only based on before tax. Not to mention that there was no reason for the restaurant to include a set tip on the total bill for 20% for a party of four. Felt a little bit like a scam to us.

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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Our neighborhood favorite with a great selection of hand made pasta. Great to dine in and great to have delivered. The food even tastes great the next day after you've warmed it up! Solid solid place with consistently great food.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

My boyfriend and I took our mothers to a Broadway show (matinee) and we came to Cara Mia afterwards for dinner. Both of our mothers are elderly and prefer simple, traditional Italian-American dishes like chicken parm, so I had to make sure that was on the menu of any restaurant I chose. Cara Mia fit the bill and wasn't far from the theater. I called the restaurant around lunchtime to confirm our dinner reservation and make sure I had the right address (they have two locations very close to one another), and the gentleman answering the phone was a bit brusque and abrupt, which had me wondering if the service would be the same, but upon our arrival, we found the staff to be friendly and efficient. Some of the dishes we ordered included a spinach ravioli special, chicken parm, and a hamburger, all of which were very good. Nice selection of desserts. Wine only, no hard liquor/mixed drinks available. It's a small place, so be sure to make a reservation if you plan to go for dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The service was very attentive, and the food was fresh and tasty.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We always have great food and service here. So convenient to the Broadway theaters. Lovely staff! Well worth a trip!

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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

It was OK. Food was OK and it wasnt too croweded... on a Friday night.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fun, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We had a nice lunch. The service was good, and the meal was delicious. I especially enjoyed the cheesecake I had for dessert!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

What a pleasant surprise. This restaurant truly is a hidden gem on the west side. My first visit was an early business dinner and it turned out to be a great choice. Both my guest and I had pasta main courses with salad starters - all different. The service was friendly and prompt and the atmosphere is low-key and relaxed. There was no pressure to leave the table even after coffees. The pasta dishes were nicely prepared, fresh and not overdone or over-sauced. I especially appreciated the fact that salads were presented dry and you had balsamic vinegar and oil on the table - or they would bring you dressing to add as you want. Best Italian in New York - no, but really excellent and straightforward dishes with good service in a nice relaxed neighborhood atmosphere - absolutely.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Did not enjoy. Food is very heavy and not to my taste.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Service was slow and the food was bland.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Not up to Pietrasanta which has closed

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food3
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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Excellent fresh pasta, attentive service. Has been a favorite for years when in NY and never disappoints

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Nothing remarkable about the place or the food. Went after theatre for dinner. We ordered two of the day's specials. They were barely ok. Would not return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 12, 2017

We got reservations last minute. We needed to get in and out very quickly because we had 7 pm theater tickets. The staff was very accommodating. Also, my friend got wine that she thought was far too sweet and couldn't drink it, so the restaurant took the charge off the bill.
The ravioli with peas and asparagus was very good. Service was very good as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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food4
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We had a wonderful meal! The wait staff was great! Will return next time in New York City!

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

What a great find! Classic restaurant. Fresh ingredients. Unique combinations of ingredients. Loved my eggplant pasta.
Service excellent

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent food, great service. We went early on a Saturday (4:45) so the crowd hadn't shown up yet,but we could still see the staff was friendly and efficient. The food was Deliso us and price was right .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Food and service was very good. Would go there again

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Came to Cara Mia early before catching a 7pm show.
It was a really nice dining experience pre theatre - food was good, service attentive and we were out of the restaurant in plenty of time to walk over to the theatre. I usually eat out of the area pre theatre but will definitely come back.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Pass. Margarita was watery, fried calamari was flavorless, linguini was ok, not great, $12 for 2 small scoops of gelato?! I've had better gelato in the Lower East Side by Ludlow. Only thing I can say is service was great but I wouldn't have expected less since the restaurant was pretty empty when I ate there because it was earlier in the evening.

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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Outstanding once again! I tried the stuffed peppers for the first time and now is my fav!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We three women had a pretheater lunch at Cara Mia. We experienced prompt service , good food and attention to detail. They had A good variety of food both on the regular menu and their priced fixed menu. Having a good assortment of food from their menu.....pasta, chicken, and talapia for lunch and at a dinner pre theater another chicken and pork, we have enjoyed all the dishes. Preceded by the Caesar salad, all were generous sized portions and freshly cooked As we have eaten there 4-5 times, the waiters were always aware of our time restraints and served accordingly. Noise level is sometimes a little high because it's a small, cozy restaurant and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves very much.
We all highly recommend this restaurant. It is our go to place in the theater district.

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

This is the second time I've been to Cara Mia and I love it. The Prixe Fix dinner deal is a steal for an appe and entree at only $20.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Superb Italian cuisine, close to the theaters.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Great pasta!
We were 4 people who ordered different pasta menus.
All in all the best Italian food we had yet in the USA. (We are Swiss on a long US roadtrip. So we know Italian food pretty well)
Price is fair, Service was good. We even got placed on a different table, away from the aircon without asking for.
Portion size is ok.
They also put free bread and Fogaccia on the table. Something that should come along every italian Menu. The restroom was ok, not perfect but one of the cleaner ones we came across.
On the table there was oil but vinegar was missing.
For my likening the salad sauce could have used a bit more vinegar. But I did not ask for. Probably would have gotten some.
Definetly recommend it and would est there any time again!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Was encouraged by the reviews and price however it was a B rating. Aug 2017. Wish I had not booked my large party there, we had to move last minute to Italian up the street. Many A rates placed close by.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We had an excellent lunch there this past Saturday. The restaurant offers a great pre fixe lunch and dinner menu before catching a Broadway show and it's an easy walk to the theaters.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

A Hells Kitchen gem. A quiet restaurant with homemade pasta and affordable prices. It doesn't get better than that!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Amazing experience as every time. Food is fantastic , it comes fast and tastes fresh and amazing. Yhe proce point for the food is good, but adult beverages are a bit expensove.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 25, 2017

We have been to Cara Mia several times. We always find the food to be fresh and delicious. The service is excellent and they have a wonderful wine list. I recommend this restaurant for a pre-theater dinner, for a couple, and to meet a group of friends. We will eat there again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 24, 2017

We enjoyed the prix fixe menu. Excellent value for $19.99 dinner with choice of appetizer and main course. The food was fresh and delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food and decor is wonderful. The menu was very creative. The staff were extremely nice and we did not feel rushed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Great food, wine selection, and location. The owner greets you with a smile on his face. Great place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

This was the second time I've been to Cara Mia and it didn't disappoint. The waiter was friendly and actually being from Italy was a nice touch. He told us the specials, didn't rush us. I had a fabulous chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto and spinach with roasted potatoes, broccoli and mushroom sauce. I'm only sorry I didn't have room for dessert. I felt the prices were typical for Manhattan. Both times I've been there for lunch and would like to see the dinner atmosphere. I'd definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

My friends and I have been to this restaurant many times. We find the food and service most satisfactory. I ordered tilapia from the lunch menu, a first for me. It was very good. I usually order some kind of pasta dish, which I always find delicious. The others in my group had sandwiches, chicken dishes, and pasta. All seemed to be pleased. I wish that there could be a prix fixe that includes coffee and dessert. We all would be willing to pay the increase that that would incur.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

A very good little Italian place in the theatre district. We've had the prix fixe lunch and dinner three times and been happy each time. Excellent soups, and the lemon chicken is just right. It's so easy to overdo the lemon sauce, but they resist. The ricotta cheesecake was a memorable dessert.
The only problem was that there was only one waiter and one busser, so service was a little leisurely. Still, if you say that you have a curtain to catch, you'll be done in plenty of time.

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

The pasta dishes were wonderful. Lunch is a great bargain !!!!

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Great dinner experience. Both of us ordered one of the special pastas offered that day. Amazing!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Great find- good Italian meal with EXCELLENT service!

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