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Sauce, New York, NY

Sauce

4.4
4.4
1064 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The neighborhood knows us for our heritage chicken parm, grass-fed beef meatballs, homemade pasta, and extra thin crust pizza, but what people really come back for is the thing that anchors it all: the sauce. Staying true to Italian tradition, the team starts their day with pots of simmering sauce, just like Nonna does when prepping for Sunday dinner. The recipes are tried-and-true and made with the best ingredients with love from Italian expert chef consultant Maura Ardu. The space is cozy, the music is always just a little bit too loud, and the dishes are classic and consistent.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 420-7700
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Maura Ardu
  • Catering
    Please e-mail reservations@saucerestaurant.com for catering options!
  • Private party facilities
    Whether it's a bday party, baby shower, office function or any other special event, please contact us at reservations@saucerestaurant.com or check out our website and we'll do our best to accommodate your desired date and any requests you may have to make your party/celebration memorable.
  • Private party contact
    Angela Terrafino: (212) 420-7700
  • Neighborhood
    Lower East Side
  • Cross street
    Allen St
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    F train to Second Avenue. F, M, J train to Delancey Street/Essex Street. B, D train to Grand Street.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,064 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

1,064 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The restaurant was CLOSED. My reservation was confirmed!?

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  2. JimAndBob

    New York City

    76 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    76 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    After several weeks of nothing available, we booked a reservation this evening through OpenTable, but arrived to find your doors locked, the lights out, all the fixtures down from the walls with what looked like auction stickers on them, the bar awry, the tables stacked. The phone number is out of service. There's no indication on your door, phone, website or Google Maps to say whether this is temporary or permanent. A $40 cab ride and a last minute search for a different place for dinner later I saw your note on your Instagram profile. (I'm in communications and marketing and Instagram is pretty much the least effective way to communicate real information.) You may want to note your closing in a few more prominent places...and you may want to start with OpenTable, where right now you could still book a 9:30 p.m. table for tonight.

    1 person found this helpful

  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They fully booked a reservation for me and I confirmed and when we showed up for our reservation they were closed

    1 person found this helpful

  4. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything was great except the music. It was loud and they played explicit rap music which we didn’t appreciate with our young kids there

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So yummy and great vibes! Best salad and pizza for a great price!

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  6. JenniferL

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service was good, but the noise level with loud music playing affected the enjoyment.

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  7. Ohhmyfoody

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything is amazing here the food fresh and well prepared.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Sauce was unbelievably loud. Our party was barely able to hold a conversation. We asked twice for the music to be turned down a bit, but I guess the manager didn’t care. The food was quite good and we enjoyed ourselves, but it was ridiculous to have to scream at each other over thumping bass and it was relief to leave. Sorry to say, we won’t return.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Definitely try their menu specials! Spinach gnocci was to die for! Everything from the drinks to the food and even the music was fantastic. So glad I found this place, will definitely be coming back.

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  10. RyanD

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was good, but I feel like there are much better Italian spots in Little Italy. The m restaurant played music that was way too loud, so hard to enjoy the company you’re with when you have to yell across the table. Thought it would be a nice sit-down place for the prices, but it was not.

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  11. BobG

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Crowd-pleasing Italian staples, well prepared. Great service. Lively atmosphere. Good value.

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  12. Sams

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was very small portions and expensive for how much you get. This isn’t a true italian cuisine, the vodka sauce was all tomato little vodka sauce. for the price and quality of the food it is not worth it. Service was good, workers were nice

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The BEST experience ever. So accommodating for a birthday. Nicest staff. Thank you!

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  14. WrenS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Very torn, because on one hand, the staff was incredibly nice and did not charge me for the entree I didn't eat, but on the other, it was so overwhelmingly loud and crowded, and the food was overpriced for what it was.

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  15. JohnH

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food will definitely be coming back. The vodka pizza was amazing

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  16. Glutenfreeoptions

    New York City

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chose to come here because I was in the mood to splurge on pizza for Valentine's Day but needed a place with gluten free options for my husband and a quick google search suggested Sauce. It was a bonus that it is considered a romantic venue - a lovely, cozy spot to meet for dinner - and that, for Valentine's Day, they offered to shape my pizza into a heart (wasn't an option for the gluten free pizza but my husband survived). They have a full bar and let me sit at our table and order a cocktail while I waited for my "date." The place quickly filled up with other couples with the same idea. We will keep it in my mind next time we are in the area - we really enjoyed our meal!

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  17. JamesH

    Gold Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great space! Loved the atmosphere, the staff were fantastic and really friendly and helpful. The garlic bread was next level, and the chicken parm was so good i absolutely devoured it. 100% would visit again.

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  18. NYCBrunette

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service. Back room can be very noisy with large parties. So sit upfront if only a few of you. Pizzas are delicious. Enjoy!!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, amazing service, amazing vibes. Could be loud for some folks, perfect for us millennials.

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  20. JohannaR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food! Great customer service👌Will come back and dine again.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was very attentive. When someone from our party was running quite late and their food already arrived, the staff offered to make a whole new batch of food when our other party member actually arrived. The service was above and beyond!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was incredibly salty, almost to the point of not being able to eat it, Cheesecake Factory style. It was very expensive about $25 for some noodles and sauce, which I would hope that I would love every bite of my plate given the price. The experience is cool, next time I’d use my food budget on just drinks with a lady, table next to us got pizza looked better than anything we ordered. Might have to play it safe and split a pizza if I return to this place.

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  23. AfonsoC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, great drinks, and very vibrant. A little loud. Definitely a place for celebration.

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  24. TyroneJ

    New York City

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The ambiance and customer service was good but the food was average.

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  25. Dzoblin123

    Philadelphia

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was nice ambiance, romantic, except for music. It was very loud, hard to hear each other speaking. Have to pay for bread. The food was very good. Service was very good.

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  26. Tone

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The music is ridiculously loud. You have to shout to talk to your partner.

    1 person found this helpful

  27. RacineL

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and ambience were amazing. Service wasn’t that great, took 20 mins for waiter to come to table!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I had reservations scheduled and confirmed through OpenTable and when we went to the restaurant it was closed. 

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  29. Reds

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great ambience! Music was awesome and the dessert donut with whipped ricotta n honey were the best!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Decent food. Didn’t care for the atmosphere - cramped and noisy.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. ScottL

    New York City

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time at Sauce. There were 6 adults and two youngsters age 2 and ½ and 21 months. The staff set us up at a great table and even had the high chairs we needed. This is atypical of a restaurant such as Sauce serving the hip crowd on the Lower East Side. The food was excellent and sumptuous portions. If you're an early diner at 5 ish, and out and about with youngsters Sauce was a great place to have dinner and family fun.

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  32. CMCx

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited this vibrant restaurant again despite not staying in the area this time. Great food, tunes and service. Will always happily return if/when in NYC

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service for my son’s birthday dinner. The crew went out of their way even though it was busy at the restaurant. My guests from out of town couldn’t say enough nice things about the pizza pies particularly the vodka pie.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was the best we’ve had!! Definitely worth a visit!!

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  35. SylvahnaM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am ashamed to say I have lived across the street from Sauce for about 2 years and I have never been before! The Cacio Pepe, Chicken Parm and Meatball App were all delicious and the wine our waiter suggested paired perfectly back with our meal! Needless to say I will be back! The interior was decorated for the holidays which made the ambiance extra cozy.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super cute fun atmosphere! Great service, excellent attention to detail- super friendly staff. Will go back often!! Excellent choice for groups of 6!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Quaint little spot with delicious food and drink. I would definitely go again!

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  38. MeganL

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was so attentive and the whole staff worked together to ensure amazing service. Food is also homemade and of the highest quality.

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  39. NicoleP

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best chicken parm, pizza. Everything was amazing! Carlyle is a great waitress

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  40. LauraL

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They always have such fresh, delicious food and our server, Bryan, was so kind and fun!

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FAQs

Sauce does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Sauce also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 420-7700.

Sauce is rated 4.4 stars by 1064 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Sauce

78 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Allen St
  • Neighborhood
    Lower East Side
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    F train to Second Avenue. F, M, J train to Delancey Street/Essex Street. B, D train to Grand Street.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Maura Ardu
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 420-7700
  • Catering
    Please e-mail reservations@saucerestaurant.com for catering options!
  • Private party facilities
    Whether it's a bday party, baby shower, office function or any other special event, please contact us at reservations@saucerestaurant.com or check out our website and we'll do our best to accommodate your desired date and any requests you may have to make your party/celebration memorable.
  • Private party contact
    Angela Terrafino: (212) 420-7700
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