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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Best meal in New York!!! You will not be disappointed!
Neighborhood gem with good food and reasonable prices!
Wonderful fun restaurant. The staff is very attentive and professional... the food is quite good. A special east village experience.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Excellent service and a delicious meal all around. Took my girlrfriend here for a quiet bite and had a very lovely time.
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.
Great food and so close to NYTW!
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.
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.
Food just OK. Service lacking as were
Great value for fresh and delicious fish. Neighbor gem.