La Pecora Bianca - Midtown

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$30 and under
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Italian
Located in NoMad and Midtown, La Pecora Bianca, which means "the white sheep" in Italian, offers a relaxed, all-day dining experience and vibrant Italian fare in a beautiful setting. We take Italian food back to its roots as an inherently local and seasonal cuisine with an approachable menu emphasizing vegetables and house-made pastas. True to Italian tradition, we source food from our local bounty whenever we can and let the ingredients shine in every dish. Our pastas, including our signature gramigna with sausage and broccolini and tagliatelle with beef and pork bolognese, are all made with local, organic grains. Our produce and meats are often sourced from the Hudson Valley & surrounding farm areas. Our extensive selection of spritzes and negronis are made with Italian amari, inspired by the tradition of aperitivi. La Pecora Bianca is open for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, so we've designed our restaurants to allow for the seamless transition from day to night.
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C
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was wonderful as usual! A great neighborhood restaurant with fabulous food. Never disappoints! Everything on the menu is so good. And a great wine selection too, reasonably priced. And the staff are so friendly and accommodating. Love this restaurant!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. But really really noisy.

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, ambiance and food! Really enjoyed it.

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OT
New York Area
265 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent pasta dishes. Friendly waitress & VG support staffers.

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor seating, nice restaurant-brand rose, outstanding pasta, including a special, reasonably priced, friendly knowledgeable service...we'll...be...BACK!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Very bad service. Food was cold.

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KS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food, drinks, and ambiance were all amazing! Unfortunately we had a very cranky server who immediately told us that she was “on the verge of a mental breakdown.” We knew it was going to be downhill from there. We had finished our appetizer before our drinks arrived. She never checked on us when our entrees arrived, never asked if we wanted more drinks, and when it was time to cash out I literally had to chance her down.

I would never normally post such a review but I feel like the owners and management team should know how their establishment is being represented.

Otherwise everything was excellent and we will absolutely come back.

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P
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The quality was not great for the price. We were offered ice to cool wine.

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great and the restaurant is beautiful, but service was very slow.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

lively atmosphere and good menu, very tasty and a range of excellent drinks. Youngish crowd tends to talk really loudly, so not the best place for a relaxed conversation. But worth the visit!

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v
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food very good, especially the pasta carbonara special that night. House white wine interesting, dry but floral. Love the 1.5 glass option. Size just right. Service fine. Staff honored request for quiet table. It was the best - tucked away in a comfortable corner. Altho the place is high volume, crowded, with long lines for bathroom, will return for sure. Free street parking in the area available after 7 PM.

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JH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant service. The Dorado was excellent although there were a few bones in it. The pasta was also very good. Portions were ok but the fish for 28 could have had a bit more "vegetable accompaniers".

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Italian food I’ve had in Manhattan. Grilled octopus weans, olives, radicchio complex, nicely charred and dressed with excellent vinaigrette Ravioli light and creamy green salad well dressed a delight all round. Sat outside so picked up street noise but still easier to hear than in very flattery interior. Good thoughtful service. Price not bad at all.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was all wonderful! Pasta is delicious

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As well as the Nomad and new location being built. Favorite Italian in Manhattan.

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ST
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Waiter was extremely rude and made us feel unwelcome. Can’t help it that we look “foreign “ and he put us in our place for that.

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BN
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is one of my new favorite restaurants in NYC. Is a little bit of a walk from the train but not bad. Restaurant is airy and has big windows to let in the sunshine. We were a group of six that attended for my mothers graduation. The appetizers are a good size - six people got two of three appetizers and we were good! The pastas were all cooked perfectly and our waiter was polite and helpful and always present. Amazing.

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AB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Fabulous! My favorite "Go To" neighborhood eatery.

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CD
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely food, well trained staff, but very noisy. Would definitely go again, but not with anyone who has a hearing problem.

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EB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Best Riasted Cauliflower anywhere. Good Mediterranean food.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing pasta, high-quality ingredients, trendy restaurant. I liked the cauliflower appetizer - if you like simple dishes, the pasta with tomato sauce is out of this world!

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully decorated restaurant in a good neighborhood. Food and wine were both delicious!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was not good. Completely inflexible in very minor menu modifications. The wine glasses were dirty. The server took forever to grab some ketchup and water, but managed to get the check to me immediately. The burger, which I had eaten on a previous occasion in the NoMad location, was very underwhelming. I had been to the NoMad location before and loved it. It’s a shame that this experience was so disappointing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

La Pecora Bianca is easily one of my favorite restaurants. The food is primary reason for my 5 star review. My husband and I have been to the midtown location on several occasions, and have tried many of the main dishes, side dishes, appetizers, and deserts. Everything I've tasted has been delicious and thoughtfully prepared. One thing that I particularly appreciate, is the fact that nothing on the menu appears to 'try too hard.' They don't throw in trendy garnishes/or overly quirky combinations that could compromise the balance of the dish, or potentially deter the timid diner.
Top Dishes:
-Main: The Swordfish (w/citrus, roasted fennel, peperonata) is outstanding. This is a perfect example of delicately harmonious flavors. I'm quite particular with ocean fare, and usually go for steak. This is my absolute favorite main. The portion is perfect, even generous.
-Side: The Brussels Sprouts (w/rosemary honey, lemon, chili flakes) are unbelievably delicious. They are a must-order item (note: this is not a light dish. They are likely pan-fried in oil, and broiled for a crispy exterior). The portion is generous, and perfect to share.
I would like to mention that the service could use help. The hostess was not very pleasant. We had a 7:30 reservation (it was not busy yet). She seated us without pleasantries. There was a wide smear of oil on the seat and it was quite loud inside, so we decided to sit outside. We approached the hostess and she held up her hand, presumably to indicate for us to wait. She was brisk and irritable when we asked to be reseated outside (which only had one occupied table). Our waiter was very pleasant, but slow with bringing our drinks/refilling water throughout the meal. It did get quite busy by 8/8:30 pm, so It's possible they were a bit understaffed by then. I should also mention that the music in the restaurant is too loud, and poorly matched to the ambiance and clientele (it would be more appropriate for a bar than a restaurant).

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SG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and the ambiance of the restaurant. However, can’t say the same for the Italian waitress we had. Had a snobby attitude from the start not sure for what reason. Wouldn’t even crack a smile.

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K
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was awful!! We ordered salads and waters and it took almost 2 hours to get our food, eat, get the check, etc

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great and you can't beat the service.

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T
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Unexpected and very tasty menu. Brussels sprouts were delish but deep fried. Swordfish outstanding but topping was sweet. If you’re on sugar restriction best to ask. Wait staff was outstanding. Noise was over the top l, subway level loud. Expect to talk at a yell.

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R
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved this restaurant. Food was very good and the service was outstanding!
Only complaint: Very noisy:(

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s
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is an attractive and bustling restaurant, and both the food and the drinks were excellent. Staff was pleasant, attentive, and efficient. The high noise level made the experience less enjoyable however. Please install noise reduction ceiling material at the very least.

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CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere

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DI
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The cheerful bright atmosphere was refreshing, and not what one would expect for a restaurant serving such really delicious food, with excellent service. The menu is interesting , and again not what
you would expect in that location. So all in all we felt we had discovered something very special.

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JL
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was very slow.

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DJ
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bright and inviting space with fresh food. Wait staff was very discreet and did not hurry us even as we lingered while catching up with family.

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The swordfish entree and the farro salad were delicious! The music was just right for the dinner time meal. The staff was accommodating and very pleasant. We would certainly come again!

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N
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a beautiful restaurant. The decor and lighting are perfect. Service is excellent. They specialize in homemade pastas which are delicious.

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e
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We’ve eaten at La Pecora a number of times as we live in the neighborhood. On this occasion we took out of town visitors and had a great experience! The food is always excellent and well-priced. The servers can have a bit of a ‘tude and sometimes forget about you after your food has been served. That could be an understaffing issue though. The ambience is great albeit a bit noisy when the restaurant is full. Highly recommend the meatball appetizer, the kale salad, any pasta and the fish entrees. Continues to be a go-to for us!

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NH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Loved it! But lunch service was very slow, wouldn't recommend if you're on a schedule.

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EL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for top notice homemade pasta.

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I went to Pecora Bianca twice this week and while the food was very good the service was regrettably poor. The first time, for dinner, it was as if the servers had forgotten about our table, the service was slow and they forgot to bring out a dish. The second time, I went for lunch and again the service was very slow. I don’t know if they are short staffed or if the kitchen isn’t functioning correctly but I hope they sort it out because it’s a great addition to the neighborhood and the one in NoMad is fantastic.

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