Sauce

4.8
996 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 996 people are saying
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Jules
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Definitely good to share some dishes with friends. The gnocchi in truffle sauce is so good you can't eat it without closing your eyes to savor the flavor. Have fun!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great spot, will definitely go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Back door opening and closing created a cold dining experience but other than that, great all around

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cousin came to visit from Colorado and I wanted to eat somewhere fun, good, and unpretentious, but still cool. Sauce fits the bill. I often choose Sauce for visiting family and friends dinners. The pasta is very good and the wine selection is also solid. The vibe is casual, but cool.

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EmilyF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, decor, service were all great! My only critique is that where I was seated was right next to the speakers. It was quite loud with the music and large groups of people around us, so it was a bit hard to hear the person I went with. However, that is not a deterrent from going, I will definitely be back! :)

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vipdspf
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous menu, outstanding service, delicious food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Usually it’s good but they were very busy so the food was not as good as usual and they put us at the worst table in the place and kept bumping into us. I know they are generally better so will still go back!

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sauce has a wonderful atmosphere. Its décor is cozy and quaint. The servers are all friendly and efficient. The food has been excellent each time I have eaten there. The wine selection is good. The prices are very reasonable. I look forward to returning.

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Matilda
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian classics in an antique dining room. Cool place for brunch or date night on the Lower East Side.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! Nice ambiance but the music was too loud.

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WesleyK
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints, great place to bring friends visiting from out of town. Super laidback with great Italian food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We had a great time! Love the ambiance and friendly staff. The pasta dishes were incredible, but the appetizers were very disappointing- we didn’t even finish the breads that we had to pay for!! Service was painfully slow but they were very sweet and accommodating for us. Will come again for the pasta but not ordering apps!!

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vipGlobalbyr
London
20 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Plank

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was average but great for booking large groups for inside and outside reservations.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We have been here several times in the past. We were very excited to eat the food because in the past it was amazingly delicious. This time the food was not as good. It seemed different than in the past. The waiter was amazing but the bussers were terrible and the runners. The guy was trying to put down huge plates of food without removing all of the previous plates from the appetizers. He then proceeded to wipe down the table basically onto somebody’s lap. Even my drink seemed water down. Maybe it was just an off night or maybe they have a new chef I don’t know. Hope it was just an off night.

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vipSarahH
Milwaukee
27 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Sauce was awesome! We were eating dinner the night before and got some recommendations from the ladies at the table next to us. So glad they mentioned Sauce.

I overdid it on the cheese pizza, but it was SO worth it. Rigatoni with grandma’s gravy, delish. My friend had the chicken parmigiana and garlic bread - and loved her food just as much as I did. Good service. Loved the ambience of the restaurant. All the different chandeliers and decor - such charm! We’ll definitely be back next trip to the city!

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ToddK
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great time this evening after visiting the Immersive Van Gogh Experience over at Pier 36. The food and drinks were awesome, but the sound inside was so loud it was hard to think. Fun spot though!

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vipJackie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

UPDATE: Sauce reached out to us and apologized and offered a second chance. We took them up on it and H (The manager) took care of us and made sure we had a special anniversary take two. H was really great, attentive and made our now-belated anniversary special for us, which we appreciated. When I wrote this review, I wasn't expecting a response, but Sauce reaching out to make things better and actively doing so, changed my opinion of the place hence the new review. I will say the tables here are tight for 2 people, but aside from that the food and ambiance was great. Thanks Sauce and MAJOR THANKS TO H for being so great. //



OLD REVIEW: It was our anniversary, which we noted on our reservation. They didn't care because they sat us at the worst table possible when we asked for a nice one on the reservation, given the occasion. While we sat at the wobbly table, a bunch of other tables remained open throughout the duration of our meal. It was a Tuesday and not busy at all and when I asked for a 'nicer' table they offered us one squished between two couples, when again, there were a BUNCH of other tables open. So it made no sense why they wouldn't give us one of those. It put a damper on the special occasion and to top it off the servers didn't wish us a happy anniversary and rushed us. This was my second time at sauce - and will probably be my last. Food was fine but don't come if you want to celebrate something special.

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lukem
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food every time! Love it!

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vipralpho
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING !!!! One of the BEST Pizza's and Meals in NYC !!!! An ABSOLUTE MUST !!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was greattttt

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Lowam
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, wonderful food wonderful service. The ambiance was just right. One of my favorite places in the lower east side.

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MarcelleK
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic. The food never fails to be amazing, this is the first time I’m had a brunch menu and there were plenty of choices for everybody in my party. Would highly recommend.

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LukeM
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great as usual. I love the outdoor seating. It is a perfect environment for a family gathering. The good is also delicious.

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KerryK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fun spot, lots of diners and good energy. Our waitress was very attentive and the food came out faster than I was expecting given how busy it was. My boyfriend and I split the heritage sausage pizza and kale caesar salad. The pizza sauce was pretty unique, almost sweet, I preferred it after I sprinkled some pepper flakes on top. The base was very thin/crispy which I love and made it less heavy. LOVED the kale caesar (especially the parmesan crisps).

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TiaA
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG!! What an experience our team had dining at Sauce. The atmosphere was awesome, the service was great and the food was excellent!! This is a keeper and we will definitely go back for more.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only downfall was not being able to sit in their back room

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FrederickP
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food, always great service, Brian our waiter was superb

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jake
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Delicious super thin crust pizza. Mozzarella salad app! Chicken parm, gnocchi, meatballs!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place with delicious food and friendly service. Very gracious host. Very much appreciated the accommodation!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Music way too loud outside. Could barely hear my guests

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EllenS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Very good weekday specials, however, we got pressured to leave from our server while we were still finishing up our drinks. Hadn't even been at the table for 90 minutes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We enjoyed our time but nothing stood out to us. The food was good but we did not enjoy our seats as they were on the curb and our table was uneven.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Went fir a birthday and had the best time!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good carbonara. Had a nice outdoor area on a decent corner of LES. Overall a good time.

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susanoher
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent value, very good food. Extremely noisy but it was a beautiful Saturday evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun, good service!

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nyfoodie1403
West Palm Beach
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was great. The service was not so great. They gave us a regular pizza instead of cauliflower crust at first and we repeatedly had to ask for pepper and grated cheese. Very nice staff and the meatballs were outstanding.

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EEVV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food came quickly but although we had a reservation at 7:45pm we were not able to sit until 8:15pm

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. The pasta I ordered was okay, not amazing. A little disappointed but would come back and try pizza next time

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 4.8 stars by 996 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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