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Cucina di Pesce

4.2
413 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Casual
Cucina di Pesce is the type of comfortably lived-in Italian restaurant that local New Yorkers love. Our focus on seafood has turned this city of foodies upside-down.
Our flavors are absolutely contemporary. We pride ourselves on offering both the best service and freshest ingredients in Manhattan on a budget! From the pasta to our enormous spinach ravioli to succulent sun dried tomato fusili – our plates seduce the tastebuds of even the most well versed critic.
Our seafood lives up to its reputation: sea scallops, scampi, salmon and much more are delivered on a daily basis.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm;

Friday: 3:30pm - 12:00am

Saturday: 11:00am-12:00am

Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 260-6800
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Payment options
AMEX
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Whether you are looking for a casual Italian dining experience for a few or for a large party, we invite you to celebrate your event at Cucina di Pesce. Our staff will provide you with the perfect dining experience to enjoy a blend of authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.
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Private party contact
Mirsat: (212) 260-6800
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Cross street
2nd Ave.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 413 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

This restaurant is a great East Village local. Great fresh grilled fish, very good pastas and terrific service. Its fun, friendly and ideal for a casual dinner with friends. We will be back.

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

A total disappointment. I had to send back my fish as it was full of bones, the pasta bread and appetizers came all at the same time and my server was rude. I was excited to visit this restaurant and will not be returning.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent waiter and busboy. Both exceptionally client service oriented, friendly and efficient.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We have gone to Cucina de Pesca since the 1990s when we were dating. They are still serving reliable Italian food for reasonable prices after all these years. The fusilli with sun-dried tomato and gorgonzola is still outstanding. The only drawback is not accepting Visa or MasterCard, only American Express or cash; only a problem for folks without an Amex but worth noting. We continue to eat there and bring friends after all these years.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Always good and love the back room with the fireplace

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Was looking for a restaurant close to theatre and found this gem of a restaurant. Food was very good-- had fish of the day which was delicious; every salad looked great but chose the arugula salad which was perfect. Wine and liquor reasonably priced. Service was phenomenally good. Atmosphere was lovely-- two medium sized rooms which were separated by a kitchen. One room had a very large skylight and the other was very comfortable.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I've been going here with my family for years. I hadn't seen the new space. Looks great!

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

The best value, nicest waiters and great food-neighborhood find!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Lovely and attentive service in this Lower East Side restaurant right off the curb. The Sunday night "early bird" was well worth it in price and quality. Very nice salad offered (soup which we skipped was also on the menu) along with a finely prepared sea trout with mushrooms. A glass of "jug" wine is also included. We sprung for the extra desserts and they were superb --- tiramisu, creme brulee and chocolate mousse! Just a short walk to other nightlife and to the Village.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

We had theater tickets nearby so it was quite convenient. We were warmly welcomed and efficiently served and the value of the prix-fixe dinner was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

I don't know how they do it. The prix-fixe dinner is so good: Soup,salad, an entree and a glass of wine for $17.95!! WE love coming back to this lovely place.

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1.0Dined on February 19, 2018

My friends and I had a pretty awful experience at Cucina di Pesce a week ago. It took a while for us to even get menus, and service left a lot to be desired. I believe that there was only 1 waiter for the entire restaurant, both front and back sections, and it seemed like only one cook as well. After sitting there for 1 hour and 45 minutes, we still didn't even get our entrees. We ordered the "fried mushrooms with truffle dressing" for an appetizer and it was a sad little salad with a few sauteed mushroom slices on top and a few slices of cheese. No dressing of any kind to speak of. We asked to get the truffle dressing on the side at least since the salad had nothing on it and were given some lemon dressing without even a hint of truffle. If you don't have truffle dressing, simply don't put it on your menu. The calamari appetizer was also not great and the tiniest portion I have ever seen. The bowl with the sauce placed in the middle took up most of the plate and had a few scattered calamari pieces around it. The entrees, when they FINALLY came out, were very blah. Nothing tasted particularly good and you can get much better pasta at just about any other Italian restaurant. The fish was prepared well but that was the only dish we enjoyed. Overall a really terrible experience and the food was not worth the ridiculous wait.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

My favorite neighborhood restaurant. The food is consistently beyond excellent. I don't know how the waiter manages to handle all the food orders as well as tend bar. BUT HE DOES!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great price for early dinner that includes a glass of great red or white wine! Food was good and pricing for a full bottle of wine is reasonable! Definitely would go bac k!

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2018

This was our first time to the restaurant, and we were driven by a Blackboard Eats special. It's a cute little East Village restaurant, and the service was really nice. The food was nothing special, though, kind of like a decent diner. The seafood was a small portion and unexceptional sauce. Spinach salad had a dressing that didn't do much to help it. I was glad we got 30% off the bill, but kind of sorry I brought friends here. They need to get some more flavor into the food.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Don't let the name fool you. There are choices for every taste not just fish. The dining room in the back is comfortable for a large group. The food is fresh, well prepared and seasoned to perfection. The service was outstanding, our waiter was well informed about all of the items on the menu. I can't wait to go back for another fantastic meal.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Best meal in New York!!! You will not be disappointed!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Cheapest good Italian food you’ll find anywhere in the city. Classic old school with pasta on the side and $7 glasses of wine.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Neighborhood gem with good food and reasonable prices!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful fun restaurant. The staff is very attentive and professional... the food is quite good. A special east village experience.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Great, low key restaurant. Its my wife's favorite Italian restaurant. Simple menu, great food, excellent drinks (the Italian Job is my favorite), and the service is great.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Having been to Cucina di Pesce several times many years ago, I was surprised to see how it had changed. A much smaller space but a great improvement. There's a large room in the back, suitable for parties, but the acoustics seemed threatening. The front room, however, is cozy and comfortable. It feels much like some bygone West Village places. All white but with very warm lighting, it feels casually glamorous.

We started at the bar, which is intimate. The bartender (who may be the owner) was very friendly and accommodating. We shared the crostini, which was excellent. Seated at a table, we had a very nice but perhaps a bit too pushy waiter. The food came out in a reasonable amount of time and was uniformly excellent, the wine less so (it was one of the cheaper ones on the menu, which is very affordable). The desserts are homemade and the two we shared were good but not spectacular.

Despite any of those, pardon the expression, reservations, my group is looking forward to returning very soon.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The food and service was excellent. We had the octopus, salmon and eggplant for dinner. For dessert, we had the tiramisu - the best I have ever had. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. Great find!

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Want a great find! The linguini with mussels and calamari in a Fra Diablo sauce was excellent! Very quaint with a full bar. Had a reservation for the comedy club next and it was perf cr!

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellent service and a delicious meal all around. Took my girlrfriend here for a quiet bite and had a very lovely time.

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1.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I made reservations a day or two in advance and we ended up sitting literally right next to the front door on what was perhaps the coldest day of the year. It was New Year's Eve with many people walking in and out, and smoke was coming out of my mouth when I spoke to my friend across the table. I told them that I had made reservations well in advance and asked if we could be seated elsewhere, and they said they could not accommodate us. We left without ordering anything and had a nice meal across the street.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food and so close to NYTW!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

This is now our favorite go to restaurant. We had the Prix Fix dinner which was excellent and especially loved the barley soup and the fish. The place is charming and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Good desserts are an added plus.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

For a Christmas Eve, after Star Wars, dinner, it was brand new to us and Very sweet, super friendly, and the food was fabulous. Definitely going back; a find for sure.

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Food just OK. Service lacking as were
wine choices

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Great value for fresh and delicious fish. Neighbor gem.

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Small and intimate.
Home made and authentic Italian staples.
Grilled Branzino was exquisite.
Cioppino really good; on the heavy side thou.
House made deserts; best of the bunch is the tiramisu

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Cucina has always been a great place. The food is really good & not expensive. The people and the service are exceptional. It's been there 30+ years, so you know it's worth the visit.

I recommend it to everybody I know.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2017

It is very a gem for this neighborhood. The food was delicious as always. The wine was cheap and good. It was quiet on Monday. The white bean's dip yummy……

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Diner prices but an enjoyable and charming neighborhood place. Very happy with my fresh fish. If you're going to NYTW you can't go wrong. Pre-theater menu ends at 6:30. Verypleassnt and prompt waitstaff.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Warm and comfortable atmosphere as well as great service by a personable waiter. The Early Dinner Special complète with a glass of wine cannotbe beat. Food is good especially the home made vegetable based soup that comes with the dinner. Perfect location when one is going to the NY Theater Workshop right next door.

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3.0Dined on November 17, 2017

I would recommend this place if you are into personal pizzas, but that’s it. Pozza selection was good and decent size for one. The main pasta dishes were served in little bowls that looked like wide dishes. $14 for a little bowl of spaghetti with tomato sauce? Not what you would expect. The Caesar salad barely had any dressing on it. The meatballs were good. Service was ok.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

I had the fried calamari, the linguine and clams, and the tiramisu, and all of it was delicious. The ambiance was great except that there was a cold draft near our table. The food is cheap, especially for the great quality, but I felt that the portion sizes were too small.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Good food and the front area is very cozy.

Only complaint: they dont take VISA, just American Express.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Great spot ! Great food! Great service ! Great value

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