Pomodoro Rosso

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$30 and under
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Italian
Pomodoro, at 229 Columbus Avenue has been a neighborhood favorite for years. The beautifully prepared Italian classics and excellent service has earned this restaurant a loyal following of Upper West Siders. Beige walls adorned with decorative ceramic plates from Italy, a ceiling trellis with hanging grapes and red and white-checkered tablecloths evoke the feeling of an authentic Italian trattoria. The street side outdoor café is the place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine and savor the antipasti while watching the people stride by.
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

"I love the elegant feel of this place – a comfortable dining room nicely served.. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The brunch menu is amazing. So far any dish I tried was amazing specially the egg dishes for brunch. Service was well-timed and friendly, drinks are awesome."

DK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been eating here for years. The service warm, and the is food consistently delicious!

AD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to enjoy Italian food. It’s warm and cozy. The pomodoro sauce is so so good

J
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service.

e
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good vibe, very enjoyable for a casual delicious Italian food!

S
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went with a group of 5. We were a bit squished in front room but the offer of a table in back was not taken as it was even smaller. Overall we enjoyed, however we ordered 2 things off specials, and they were not really as we expected. One was fried zucchini flowers with stuffing. I have had in Italy and elsewhere but these were just very darkly fried blobs, could not taste the flower at all. Secondly, a pork milanese. 3 of us ordered this, envisioning a thin crispy fillet like the veal. We even asked re preparation and were told yes. In reality was a thick pork shop, flattened a bit but not the crispy coating we were expecting. And it came with fettuccini alfredo which they had not described. Perhaps would have asked for a different pasta...in any case. It was fine but watch out for the specials.

H
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great service and good food. Great location for shows at the Beacon.

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Somehow, new staff member wasn't as well trained yet, as the wonderful ones are, but we can overlook it, this time. We've never had a bad meal at the restaurant and never had poor service. Wish that patrons would realize that not everyone is interested in their loss conversations and cell phone talk, We there to enjoy, to eat and not have to shout over some loud mouths. This is not the restaurant's fault, just now and then some very rude people.

MB
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tasty food, good service but we had to wait too long to be served our main courses.

GG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food but very tight seating.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were welcomed warmly and offered a choice of seating, even tho it was a saturday evening and it was very busy. The food was delicious and plentiful. The staff, from maitre d’ to waiter to cleaning crew, was friendly,helpful, patient and the whole experience was utterly delightful!

M
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant. Went on a Saturday and the crowd was enormous -- we ate outside, so the noise level was adequate. Server was very helpful and pleasant, food was delicious.

CP
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood gem. Outstanding food. Warm but professional service. It is always consistently terrific

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had wonderful food. Service was quick to get us off to our show on time.

TJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Pomodoro is my go-to place for dining before the opera. It is comfortable, unassuming, and the food is consistently excellent. My major concern is that as others discover it's brilliance, I will no longer be able to get a table. TJL

t
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I've lived in the neighborhood for years but never tried Pomodoro Rosso before. My loss. The food is wonderful and plentiful. My party of three required some extra help and the most accommodating maitre d was up to the challenge. We had a reservation for 8:00 PM on a Saturday night so the restaurant was extremely busy. One of my group wanted to sit outside so I asked the maitre d if he could change us to an outside table. He looked and said it would be about 15 minutes. We said fine. The third of our group arrived and nixed the outside idea. So I asked the maitre d about inside tables. Our reserved table was taken but he had one that was just finishing. So there we landed. I have never experienced such outstanding service! I look forward to many more delicious meals (and hopefully less drama) at Pomodoro Rosso.

A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lacking some better spirits this time, unfortunately. Waitstaff is always the best, very efficient and attentive.

L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wonderful local place I should have discovered years ago. I've been there 3 times in one month and never disappointed. Good food, service and reasonable wine offerings.

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and great service. Always a reliable choice!

i
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have eaten here many times and it has always been delicious but this time, we this time we were disappointed. My mother ordered a veal dish and the meat was not at all tender, like it had been cooked for too long. My brother ordered the fish special and he thought it was okay but not very flavorful. I ordered a pasta dish with lobster and other fish and the lobster was overcooked. Everyone else enjoyed their meals immensely. It is still a good restaurant.

A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Yes, but the noise level was too much from a large party and they should have been in the back, not in the front area. Thanks.

LN
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It's great again! This neighborhood gem is once again a gem, with the cooking restored to its former quality. Fish dishes are consistently fresh and well seasoned, with good sauces and sides. Pasta and chicken, as well as artichoke, are delicious. The kitchen is always at its best when the owner, Peter, is there. Go and enjoy dinner!

P
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Nice neighborhood place. Sadly our pasta dish was tasteless. And at $31, disappointing. We also ordered mussels in red sauce which did not come with a bread for dipping. Had to ask and then wait for bread. Negronis are always perfectly made.

k
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner once again at Pomodoro. Our favorite neighborhood restaurant. We highly recommend!

P
New York Area
160 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual excellent meal. Owner personally supervised all our selections to ensure they were right. Lovely time at a lovely restaurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants!

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SU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant!!!! I cannot wait to eat there again!

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Have already told two others about this relaxed, friendly place. Food was excellent, service good and they left us alone for a very long lunch. If they have it when youvisit try the fried artichoke dor the table, beautifully done and easy to share.

M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

many times been there, very good food, tasty and creative. service is excellent as well.would definitely come back.

P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love Pomodoro Rosso. It's a great neighborhood place with excellent food, everything fresh and tasty.
I especially like the sole almandine. I have never been disappointed with anything that i ordered.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent

GD
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been my favorite Italian restaurant for the last 26 years. It is consistently great. One of the critical reasons for its success is that it's owner, Peter, is very hands on and is on site managing his fine establishment. The food is outstanding. The service is awesome. The people who eat there are likely, like me, regulars for a very long time. You will have a great experience. Go.

j
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I never like to leave a negative review. The night started out with confusion while checking in. Once seated it took awhile to order a drink and get menus. The first course was Burrata with figs. It was very good. Thought we were in for a nice meal. I ordered the soft shell crab special . The underside of the crab was burned. The stuffing of shrimp was the consistency of baby food. Not appealing. The red sauce did not have much flavor. My husband had the braciole. It was good, just not great. We will not be returning. Too many choices here in NY.

TS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends who formerly lived in NYC recommended this jewel. My husband and I celebrated my birthday with lunch at Pomodoro. The meal exceeded my expectations.

D
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A go to for Italian on the UWS. In line with the neighborhood (which means a bit pricey for what you actually get--- rent is an issue and is reflected in the price!)

We had a lovely time, everything was tasty: old school eggplant rollatini appetizer (large enough to share) , a tricolore salad, veal,salmon, gemelli with verdure, and a classic caesar. We were there for a dinner meeting, and were able to hear one another, but I wish there was an area in the house providing a much quieter option. Always friendly and attentive service.

s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just enjoyed the evening

PF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The veal chopped stuffed with cheese and smothered with portobello mushrooms never disappoints. And I love dining at the bar.... cozy and intimate, with attentive service (and sports on TV).

r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

consistently good food-accomadating-noise level acceptable

RT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We have lived on UWS for 25 years and loved Pomodoro for as long as we can remember. We have brought every family member and friend we know for almost every occasion to eat here. We love the friendly staff, and the food is always spot on! We are moving to the west coast and this was our last visit to Pomodoro. We will truly miss it, and wish everyone there and its patrons to continue enjoying it for years to come!!

FS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Pomodoro- the food is delicious! Service is wonderful and it is consistently good.