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Cucina di Pesce

402 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Cozy
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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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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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 402 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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.

1.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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!

SCNY (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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!

vipCarole (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Neighborhood gem with good food and reasonable prices!

KarlP (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Caribbean)
5.0  Dined 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.

BigDnyc (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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!

vipCoquihc (Miami)
5.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined 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.

vipleighbark (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food and so close to NYTW!

KarenJ (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipPenelope (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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.

Joely (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Food just OK. Service lacking as were
wine choices

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Great value for fresh and delicious fish. Neighbor gem.