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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BB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was ok. We split the fettuccini with bolognese sau

OT
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We discovered Pomodoro Rosso on our last trip to NYC and it’s a safe bet to say it will be a must for all future visits! The service was exceptional, with the manager making several trips to our table to double check that we had everything we needed. The small restaurant was packed with what appeared to be a lot of locals- which is always a good sign. Chicken pesto gnocchi was excellent! Chicken parm was delicious!

E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was lovely and they accommodated all 6 of us. I highly recommend it.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing and great service and the employees made you feel like you were part of the family

CP
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous neighborhood restaurant. Food is consistently delicious. Service is always prompt and friendly.
The ambiance is warm and welcoming.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

God. Is delicious. Very nice atmospkeree

A
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Brought an out-of-town visitor who enjoyed it. Was even quiet at lunch enabling us to have a business discussion.

M
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Italian food. Pretty brick wall and nice ambiance. Service was friendly and excellent. Great place to spend a romantic evening.

CP
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood gem. The food is always outstanding and the service excellent. They make you feel special and comfortable

F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food is good but doesn’t justify the prices.

T
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service , coupled with diverse selection of great dishes, with a host that makes a great dining experience and well worth the meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Rude manager. The reservation does not work.

R
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New year’s eve

S
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pomodoro Rosso was a wonderful choice for our New Year’s Eve dinner. The service was terrific. We were warmly greeted by the maitre d’ who found us a comfortably located table. Our waitress was solicitous, as was the other dining room staff. My husband especially enjoyed his Moretti Rosso beer, a selection not offered at other restaurants. The daily specials were truly special, pork Milanese with fettuccine Alfred for my husband and sautéed chicken with artichoke hearts and mushrooms in a white wine sauce with vegetables for me. For dessert we shared the enormous Italian sundae. Portions were large enough to take home leftovers for the next day. The atmosphere in the restaurant was warm and friendly and we were happy to chat with people at nearby tables. Pomodoro Rosso is a reliable favorite of ours.

F
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new year's eve dinner. Reservations promptly honored. Restaurant was busy but service was great. Having the owner there overseeing things makes for a great experience. Food was delicious. Neighborhood gem of many years.

NP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never, and I do mean never, disappoints!!! Have been coming here for years - am hooked on their veal. Highly recommend Pomodoro Rosso.

RR
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In NYC for a getaway. Pomodoro was wonderful. Cozy, friendly and delicious.

C
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint, authentic, Italian cuisine in a great neighborhood. Calamari was perfectly cooked and served with marinara sauce (the way it should be). Papparadelle pasta and chicken parmigiana was outstanding.

JR
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Great service. Highly recommend it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Pasamos la noche buena y estuvo todo muy bien. Lo único flojo fue el postre Lava Cake, que podría estar mejor.

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We've been coming here for years and it's always crowded, always noisy and always good. Disappointment this time with veal piccata (overcooked), but the swordfish special with scallops and shrimp was probably the best thing I've ever had, there. We always order the burrata. It's the best I've had, anywhere (and I've tried it everywhere). The tricolore salad was a little bland, but that's to my liking. I imagine it would not be everyone's favorite.

Service is always friendly, if a bit frenetic. Water glasses never have a chance to sit empty, but you might have to ask twice for another cup of coffee. It was also Christmas Eve, so I'm inclined to give some slack to staff.

What concerns me is cleanliness. The bathrooms are always dirty and a mess and obviously not looked after. Hopefully, the old adage that a restaurant kitchen is only as clean as its bathroom is untrue. There was also a giant puddle of water in front of the bar that you had to walk through, to get to your table. Nobody cleaned it up and nobody seemed concerned that someone might take a header.

The front door is a bit crazy when multiple guests arrive simultaneously and you might be ignored for a few minutes, but nobody is unfriendly.

My quibbles are not enough to stop me going back again and again (sometimes multiple times in a week). Prices are reasonable ($25-30 entrees with pizzas half that).

JS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely dinner here. The food was excellent as was the service and it wasn't too noisy! My only negative is that the tables are very close together and I was bumped by other visitors.

L
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post ballet, awesome walkable, super authentic choice. And we eat a ton of Italian. Thank you.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family came to holidays...

JL
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice neighborhood restaurant. Portions are generous. Sunday afternoon brunch or early evening dinner recommended to avoid the noise.

C
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've never had a bad meal in 10 years. Food and bread is delicious!! Service is also very good and quick. A favorite UWS place.

f
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite restaurant on the UWS for me and my friends and colleagues. Having a little reunion with work colleagues, this was chosen by one of them. The food is great and so is the service. It was a great experience.

SR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The staff were friendly and accommodating. You will love this restaurant for its authentic Italian cuisine. The zuppa de pesce was the best I’ve ever eaten. To top everything, the setting is pure Italian bistro. What a great ambience! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves great Italian food, served in a wonderful setting, by a professional and friendly staff.

O
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always good food at this crowded UWS spot. That's why we keep coming back.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

l
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always eat at Pomodoro Rosso and it is always a wonderful experience. So many customers are long time devotees and are always greeted with open arms. Service is terrific, nothing is lacking. Our meals are always so good! What a neighborhood gem.

WP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The maitre d' could not make you feel more welcome when you enter the restaurant. The service is wonderful and the food consistently delicious.

S
New York Area
195 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu offers many different and delicious options. We’ve never been disappointed by anything we have ordered. Our cocktails especially the White Peach Cosmopolitan were very good. Appetizers always seem big enough for two people to share. Entree portions are large. The host is always warm and welcoming ensuring all is well. The waitstaff are attentive and excellent. We are lucky to have this restaurant in our neighborhood.

S
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our meal was a birthday celebration. We were warmly greeted and seated upon our arrival. Water and breadbasket were delivered immediately. Drink orders were taken promptly. For our meals, my husband had Steak Florentine, substituting pasta agli olio for spinach. I ordered Pollo Rugantino, a personal favorite. Both our portions were delivered hot and portions were generous, the way we like them. Leftovers were enjoyed at home the following evening. For dessert we shared the enormous Italian ice cream sundae. Dining room staff stopped by to check on us several times. It was a delightful meal.

WB
Ottawa
58 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Overall the food was just not good. We will not be back and should have payed more attention to Yelp. Disappointed.

M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pleasant homey atmosphere. Good food at a reasonable price. Courteous and attentive staff.

p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Found this gem on open table during a recent visit to NY and SO glad we did. Food was delicious, moderately priced and very large portions.

OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went there for dinner. Food was delicious. Reservations highly recommended. Very busy. Table are close together. Seemed like a lot of the people dining were local and regulars.

SK
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is great southern italian! I would have given it 5 stars but we had to send back the clams oreganato as they were spoiled. The service wasn’t great either. It’s a hectic, bustling, small place but the food in general was really good. Good for nearby Lincoln center.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite neighborhood places. Fantastic all around!