Sauce

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$31 to $50
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Serving traditional Italian cuisine in a unique, downtown setting, Sauce is your go-to destination on the Lower East Side for delicious food, upbeat atmosphere, and great wine and cocktails! Our motto, "tutto di nostra produzione," (everything made by us) encompasses our philosophy when it comes to the food we serve - we make everything from fresh pasta to the wide array of sauces we are known for in-house, on a daily basis, to ensure freshness and quality.

Sauce is perfect for group dining, a romantic date night, or a lively happy hour at our wraparound bar offering the best view in the house of our open kitchen!
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vipJBHORNS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The magic of this place is real. Starting with my man Christian, the whole wonderful staff, the food, the vibe, every night it's a blast. I defy anyone to find a better value when dining out in NYC. Bold statement perhaps, but these guys have never let me down. Everyone I bring here leaves happy. Date night, family night, solo dining at the bar, client dinner, check, check, check, check. Boogie on down.

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vipGeorgeT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Different pizza then their normal pizza shop sells. Paper thin, crispy and delicious. The rest of the menu was great with everyone in our party enjoying their pasta. Would go back in a heartbeat.

KD
KaylaD
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food quality and wine list were both amazing. If I lived in the city this would be a spot I frequent!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Incredible espresso martinis! Highly recommend them. Everything was really delicious

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vipHeatherC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love LOVE coming here. The staff is so nice, the food is exceptional, and the music.... ❤️

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Lauren
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a loud. fun and lively restaurant. The food is legit, the vibe is awesome. We had pizza for lunch so sadly didn't get to try, but it looks amazing....super thin and super crispy. Went with the cacio y pepe and the kale caear, which my boyfriend said was the best he's ever had. Espresso martinis from Miguel behind the bar were delish. Will definitely be back next time we're in town.

- L & S from Chicago

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I hadn’t been to Sauce since they reopened. Was a little underwhelmed by the food. I love al dente pasta but this just honestly was severely under cooked. All the food apps, dinner, and dessert came out so quickly that it was almost concerning.

Ambiance and service was good.

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vipSpitz
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food but very loud music. We would dine there again. Young vibe

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The tomato gravy was super rich and fresh; probably one of the best tomato sauce I have ever had. I would recommend adding meatballs too. Good atmosphere, but kinda loud with the bar.

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MorganK
London
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Super trendy place with great standard italian food. Great for catching up since it is not too loud and has a great ambiance and environment.

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SteveN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good. Service very friendly. Loud rap music was interesting ambiance, especially in such a classic Italian cafe setting, but to each their own.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely date night at Sauce. We used a Gilt voucher, and it was a great experience. Some restaurants give you bad or inattentive service if you use a Gilt/Groupon/LivingSocial voucher, but the Sauce team did not.

The double garlic bread was delicious. The meatballs were good (honestly, I really like the ones I make, but I also didn’t have to make these) and the sauce, appropriately, was awesome.

My date had the chicken parm, which he loved. Growing up in an Italian household, he can be a tough critic, but said it was one of the best he’s had. His only disappointment was that he couldn’t choose the type of pasta and he’s not the biggest fan of spaghetti.

I had the beef bolognese pasta and it was very tasty. The pasta was fresh, cooked well, and the sauce was perfect.

We had two excellent bottles of organic wine, and the tiramisu, which seemed a little frozen, but had good flavor.

It was dim in the restaurant and had an eclectic vibe: neon, photos of Jesus, old pots and pans. They did play rap the whole time, but I couldn’t hear it that well. My date loved it, as he’s an old-school rap aficionado.

Finally, the service was wonderful. Prompt, but not rushed, and an appropriate number of check-ins. While the restaurant was fairly empty when we got there (7:30), service did pick up swiftly.

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LaShunS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was really good, the atmosphere is is dope, they play hop hip give and serve up good service

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vipMFGsadfasd
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sauce is the best restaurant in NY

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Lawrence
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The staffs were friendly, but fixed menu, the prices were little high

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Kevgil
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

We learned just before going that for Valentines Day there would be a $75/person prixfix menu with no alternatives. So we went and were seated at a drafty window seat where we draped our coats over our shoulders. The table was tiny and not big enough to hold the plates comfortably. The pasta dish was far too salty but the meatballs and salads were good. We noticed other tables had pizzas which weren’t on the fix menu. The music was so loud we had to shout across the little table. Not great. Never again. Sorry. It seems to be very popular judging from how filled it was by when we left.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthday 8 girls

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vipDavidf44
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It's a cool place especially at the bar or sitting in the back room with 3 or 4 people. The table for 2 is like the old nyc apts as 1/2 an oven. The noise level is deafening. Meatballs, homemade Tomato sauce is excellent. Bolognese ok, pasta very good.

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LaurieW
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

LOVED food and service at Sauce. Typical loud music and difficult to talk with your dinner mates, but worth it for the delicious food and wonderful service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was unbelievable!! Great atmosphere and our waitress was so great. Husband is from Italy and is so picky about italian and loved it! Will definitely be back :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rustic Italian decor, service is right on point and the food is amazing! Great wine accompanied.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

people are always great there.. Allegra is winderful and Miguel was so sweet and charming.. i come there often and everyone i bring is impressed

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viptraveler
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The best cauliflower crusted pizza in NY. really good. Think crust and crunchy. You would not even realize it is cauliflower. Very pricey for a 10" personal pie, but to be expected in NYC.

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vipMarciaS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is great and music is even better!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I wanted to love Sauce, but unfortunately the food was mediocre at best, the tables were tiny, the chairs were uncomfortable. Very disappointing.

KD
vipKatyD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Music awful. Loops of the Star Wars theme a la rap. Awful background for eating

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CynthiaH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The customer service here was excellent. While the appetizer and desserts were disappointing. (Do not get the brownie) The main courses were excellent and our waitress and the host up front in the restaurant were absolutely accommodating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was as delicious as I remembered! I’ll be bdck

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vipWilJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here probably over 40 times and will continue to come back for the great food and service.

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Tiki
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cool Italian casual date spot

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vipKateS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Fun atmosphere and great food.

Plank board is delicious and the presentation of it being built on the table is awesome

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

door was kept open during very chilly night, due to the smoke detector constantly going off. I had to close the curtain myself because the staff did not want to close the door.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Pasta was undercooked (more than al dente). Dessert was a cold brownie. Service was fine but minimal. Seated at the end of a table and kept getting knocked into

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JaclynP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, friendly service, and easy to get to. We loved the breakfast pizza and kale salad.

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RichardH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food service and atmosphere was fantastic. The only complaint is it can get a too loud for a Dinner with the music levels

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server Miguel 💕 food was amazing.

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vipThePurses
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sauce really hit the spot. We needed a pizza and pasta place for our family - that was a step up from the regular chain joints throughout the city. The pizza was unique and different - but in a good way. We did two orders of pasta and two different pizzas and shared everything. The upside down pizza with pepperoni was may fav, but everyone liked something different. We jumped at the chance of dessert as well - going for the Tiramisu and Chocolate brownie for the table to split. Again - everyone was divided, because both were amazing. I recommend sauce to everyone staying near Chinatown or the Village.

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vipMatthewS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Waitress was unattentive and aloof. Table next to us was LOUD and smoking a weed vape pen and blowing it on us, but waitress seemed to know them, so was unconcerned with our complaint. Had to ask a random server to get our tab and run our card.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine with some classic tracks on the speakers. Amazing place

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Giorgina32
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience5

Our entree came out incorrectly with actual full peppercorns in the cacio e Pepe. My friend thought she chipped her tooth and it was completely inedible. Pepper yes but entire peppercorns is not how the dish is to be served. Regardless we ordered another to be made and patiently waited. A new cacio e pepe came out which was wonderful but the problem is that after we waited for so long (mind you we still had glasses of wine and dessert to eat) the host told us we need to leave the table so he could sit the next party...it was completely distasteful and inappropriate considering we were only delayed at our table because of the poorly made dish and we still had wine and dessert to enjoy...very unfortunate because we’ve had great experiences there but this was terrible. Not sure if they have new management but the service was terrible.

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Sauce is rated 4.6 stars by 783 OpenTable diners.

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