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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.
New York, NY 10036
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12pm - 4pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday 4pm - 11pm
Thursday - Saturday 4pm - 12am
Between 45th &46th
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
N, R, Q, 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, 7
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Takeout, Wine
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Cara Mia Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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