Sauce

4.6
930 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
What 930 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service!

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vipMeganS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian the waiter is THE best!!!! Food was great but brian really made the night awesome

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Lively
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food, good service, and up beat atmosphere. Definitely worth a second visit.

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MeredithL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great. Pizza was super crispy and the sauce was, of course, fantastic! The service was spotty, which was a disappointment. We had to chase our waitress several times, which was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

SUPER loud inside. Good food. Little overpriced

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food

CB
ChelseyB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

My friends and I are still talking about the truffle gnocchi and I'm not sure we will ever stop.

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Amanda
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vibes and food were immaculate here. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pasta and service. Best meal in NYC.

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vipMatt
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was horrible.

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FrankR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and incredible food. Loudmouth table next to us but hey, it's the lower east side and the drinks were flowing

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vipChardonelen
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food was good and our server Carlie was outstanding! But, the music was so loud that it made conversation with my fellow diners difficult.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot - a great go-to in the LES!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was not good. They rushed cleaning up our food and drinks when we weren’t fully done yet. Pasta is too pricey and not as good as the pizza.

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SamanthaN
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Was an awesome time, the vodka pizza was delish and so was the sangria!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated three birthdays in one go and so glad I chose sauce. It’s the perfect atmosphere for family style dining. The food is good, reasonably priced and they have very decent wine. All my friends were happy and our server was lovely, even though it was exceedingly busy. Would definitely come back, and have eaten here many times before.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

It was a hot day and the door was open. We ate inside it

IM
vipIMat
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience1

The food was fine. Stacked Salad and Garlic Bread the best part of meal. Our server was fine. The noise level was out of control. They were blasting Rap music.I felt like I was at a dance club. Very odd for an Italian restaurant.

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vipAngieDee
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Cute little spot on the LES. Good thin crust pizza and apps. Good for meeting friends or a casual date. The music is a bit too loud but they were playing good old school hip hop so I didn’t mind.

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Nolamom
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly server and delicious food!

GC
GraduationCelebration
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant is really cool inside! fun vibes for sure, young crowd. the food came out in a timely fashion, but clearly, some plates were ready earlier than others. some of the plates came out steaming out, but mine came out kind of just warm, and the sauce a little congealed. brownie and focaccia was amazing though!

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vipkatym
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was great as usual. Food and service was great! Unfortunately it was a hot day and the air conditioning wasn’t great. All of the doors were open for ventilation due to Covid and it was just TOO HOT to enjoy our meal. We had to cut it short and get out of there!

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vipdavidk
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While it was a hot day, the ambiance and restaurant was cool in a good way. Enjoyed Henry, who was friendly and gave insight on the menu. Even crafted a special pizza for us.

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Carly
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Good service, yummy food. But the music was way too loud - my seat vibrated with the bass, and it was difficult to hear my friends. Our lovely waitress asked the manager to turn it down, but he refused.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great aperol spritz, did not serve free bread, but cacio e pepe was really good.

KN
vipKariN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing! Loved her energy and attentiveness! Meatballs, fried calamari and chicken milanese topped with giant salad were all delicious!! We will be back!

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IanJ
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sauce was so accommodating of our larger group and was attentive and informational about all menu options! Could be a little hard to hear at times but such is life with crowded restaurants. Food was lovely and will definitely be returning when we have the chance!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great experience.

SR
SaraR
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and a really fun environment. Outdoor seating is set up well; access to indoors is safe and well laid out. Happy to return again and again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

My cousins and I had a wonderful post COVID vaccination brunch! It was a rainy Sunday in NYC but the outdoor structure kept us dry so kudos to the architect! The food was delicious and the two for one mimosa and Bellini pitchers were verrrrryyyyy nice!!! Our waiter was nice! We will be back!

LM
vipLanaM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Nothing special, food was average, service was good

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carly is an amazing server and always adds to the experience at Sauce!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was good. Waiters were nice

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AlexP
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall1food3service5ambience1

They do not have a working AC system so it was over a hundred degrees inside. Our waitress was great but she looked like she was dying from the heat.

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samuelk
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed out experience eating outdoors, Food was great, vodka pizza was incredible.. thin crust and delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Food was good but there was no air conditioning and it was dangerously hot inside.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Air conditioning was not working well which is never good on a 90 day in NYC. Service was great - food was good but pricey.

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caterina
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Delicious amazing food but service was lacking, no one ever came and introduced themselves as our server, leaving us to just ask whoever passed if we could order, meanwhile we were only 1 of a few tables in the whole place

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jefpez11
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great environment

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Gianna
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, such a fun place to eat, our server and the rest of the staff were amazing!

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 4.6 stars by 930 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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