Osteria Cotta

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102 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

Osteria Cotta was opened in march of 2011 by brothers Sergio and Mario Riva and their partner Aj Bontempo. It is an Italian restaurant and wine bar serving rustic Italian food in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

The restaurant is composed of 4 separate areas, The lively Bar on the main floor, the rustic dining room upstairs, the intimate living room behind the dining room and the vibrant outside cafe.

The menu offers a variety of popular Italian staples including antipasti, salumi, cheeses, salads, pastas and entrees and artisanal pizza from their Imported Wood Burning Oven. A few of the signature dishes include a wood fired roasted free range chicken, a house made pappardelle with braised pork ragu and a nutella, ricotta and walnut calzone .
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Sunday 11am-12am
Monday-Wednesday 12pm-12am
Thursday -Friday 12pm-2am
Saturday 11am-2am
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Phone number
(212) 873-8500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between 84th & 85th Street
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Public transit
A, B, C to 86th Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent and good was great. We will be back.

h
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We just ordered two pizzas and a side vegetable. Let me preface this by saying we make our own pizzas at home with a stone in the oven. We asked for thin and crisp. They promised thin and crisp. The pizzas came thinnish and soggy. And there wasn't much topping on either to speak of. Went there as we were just being lazy and wanted, after a day out, not to have to roll dough and cook. Vegetables did come with little salt as requested but were just luke warm. We wanted a break from cooking but once again were reminded that for eating: There's No Place LIke Home.

E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to Cotta for brunch to celebrate a friend's 100 mile race - and we could not have been treated better!!! Steve and Saxon took the best care of us, and the food was beyond delicious. Amazing brunch specials and drinks too!! Such a pleasant, lovely atmosphere and great service. I recommend Cotta to all!

J
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This upper west side restaurant is the perfect meeting place for friends. Great bar and ambiance - the pasta melts in your mouth.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely restaurant. The waitress and all staff were very welcoming and professional. Food was very good. We ate here before going to Shakespeare-in-the -Park. Perfect for that occasion.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Although we had a reservation, we ended up leaving to go to another restaurant because there weren't any tables available in the air conditioned section. It was disappointing to find out that more than half of their seating is NOT air conditioned or windows for air circulation, making it very uncomfortable during hot NYC summers. I wish they had at least informed us of this ahead of time.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience

KG
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a lovely find, close to Shakespeare in the Park. Enjoyed a delicious dinner on the sidewalk, that was very reasonably priced. The service was excellent, and they were very cooperative. I would recommend it for an event in the area, such as Shakespeare in the Park>

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Service was very slow. The place was extremely hot. We asked our waitress on numerous occasions to make it cooler but it didn't happen.

AT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food could be better.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived 2 minutes before the kitchen was closing but they still took our orders. They were very accommodating and friendly! The food was absolutely delicious! We will definitely return!

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ricotta fired dip was hot. My date was hotter.

e
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Hostess was flexible about where we wanted to be seated, which I always appreciate. Good food. Cute place. The atmosphere is inviting with warm finishes and thoughtful decor. Server disappeared after taking our order but did finally reappear at the end for our dessert order. The table next to mine had to track down someone for the bill so we asked for our check upon ordering dessert (banana bread pudding) which was worth it but the coffee was not good at all. A half carafe of wine, bottle of sparkling water, one appetizer, two entrees, one dessert, and two coffees came in under $100 for two. But again, don't order the coffee.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, smiling service and good decoration. Wine selection is also good.

n
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The 2 hour brunch special was great. I would definietly go back again.

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance (a tad loud), really nice service, good food at very reasonable prices for UWS. The $12 Lavender Spritz cokctail was so delicious and can't be found elsewhere. There is a fun backroom where you could have a larger group or maybe even a private party. Also terrific unlimited booze brunch donwstairs in bar area with super-friendly service (there were 6 of us so they ended up giving us carafes of mimosa and bloody mary instead of just individual drinks)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The manager is terrific, quite pleasant and very friendly.

F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Osteria Cotta. It's the perfect neighborhood gem to grab an amazing pizza, great salad with a glass of wine. Outside seating in the warm months isa delight and inside seating is cozy in the winter. A place I always return to.!

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Bruschetta was tasty. They ran out of one of the kinds I wanted to try but would definitely go back

NN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cotta is a great neighborhood spot for hearty Italian fare at quite reasonable prices. They have a nice happy hour with good drink and food selections. The service is always warm and attentive. I love all the pizzas but my favorite is the brussels sprouts pizza. You can make a meal out of the side dishes-try the truffle fries, cauliflower and meatballs. We celebrated a graduation there recently. Our guests had a variety of dishes-some pasta, some pizza, some fish and chicken, and everyone was quite pleased with their selection.

DS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was mediocre and our waitress was a little clueless. Nevertheless, the manager and waitress compensated us and gave us dessert. Overall I enjoy Cotta and will always return.

OT
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious and good service ❤️

m
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. The food is excellent, reasonable prices, cozy ambience.

U
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, well prepared and fresh ingredients coupled with efficient and friendly service. Great place to go for a quick meal or for a longer socializing dinner

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our app Itzel's were fabulous, we had the stuffed mussels and escargot! Delish! My Mom had Duck which she said was delish! I had the short rib with all vegetables, very little fat and I loved it! The desert however I didn't like so much. The service was outstanding! We will go back!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

It was awful and the servers are rude

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Moderate overall at best

N
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place for happy hour. Pizzas are creative and delicious. Drink menu is fun. Very crowded but always a lot of energy - one of my favorite places. Upstairs seating is very comfortable - very different decor. Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We found the place to be charming, and I would go again.

MM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend the tartufo pizza. The rustic ambience is fun. The brunch menu was reasonably priced and the beer was great even though I hadn't heard of many of their Italian (?) brands.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd date, went great!

m
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best chicken wings in the world! Everything else is also great.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Got seated right away and the happy hour menu is delicious and a great price! The interior is pleasant and inviting :)

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Server attendance could've been better, but she was attentive enough and was really helpful

c
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent, the bottomless mimosas were heavy on the champagne - definitely got our money's worth out of the food and drink!

TI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love this place. It never let's me down. I bring friends, dates, and myself sometimes because of the quality of the food, and the moderate price. Simple ingredients, not fussy dishes and great atmosphere adds to the feeling, and tastes of this wonderful place. Great place to close a deal too. :)

-Sherwayne,
Designer

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yearly college besties reunion! We had the best time! Food was amazing! Service was great! So much fun!

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best priced brunch on the UWS

LN
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good food and reasonable price.

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