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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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
5 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
6 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.

MC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food took a long time, salmon was overcooked. Probably would suggest sticking to pasta if I were to come back. Paying a lot for not the best quality. Had to ask for water about 3 times before someone actually got around to doing it.

JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice neighborhood restaurant with delightful patio. Service was friendly, they were extremely accommodating with menu (offered to build whatever meal you wanted).

F
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious bread. Extensive menu. All good and service was excellent. Thanks.

GV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my wife and my favorite italian restraunts in new york for years. Just really tasty, traditional italian food in a relaxed atmosphere. Love going there whenever we are back in town.

JJ
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great friendly service. I’ve never had a bad meal there.

d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Getting together with an old friend. I always recommend my neighborhood Italian resturant, Pomodoro!

AG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice quaint classic Italian. Reasonably priced for NYC. Excellent food and very attentive and friendly staff. All around good experience. Definitely have it marked for a return when spending time in the city

JG
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Save room for the house made crème caramel dessert. Try the fresh pasta selections. Listen to the specials of the day as they may include tuna tartar that rivals the steak tartar as you might it enjoy in Lyon. Even the egg plant entrée was superior. We are plotting our return to try other menu items.

AC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very attentive service. First visit and we will certainly return.

AC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice spot on the UWS, close to Lincoln Center. The service was excellent and very friendly. The food is classic Italian, nothing fancy but reasonably priced.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pomodoro is an excellent local restaurant with great food, excellent service and a nice atmosphere. I’ve eaten here about ten times and never had a bad meal. Daily specials are always unique and very good. Prices are very reasonable so the restaurant is a great value.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food definitely mediocre and overpriced.

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