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Cavatappo Grill - Permanently Closed, New York, NY

Cavatappo Grill - Permanently Closed

4.0
4
376 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Cavatappo Grill & Wine Bar is located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Milanese Cuisine with a New York bite, Cavatappo is the perfect addition to your New York outing!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday: 11:30am - 11:00pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 987-9260

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Luca Marcato, Dominick Rodriguez

  • Catering

    Catering available with custom menu and full service.

  • Private party facilities

    Semi-private or private party facilities for the entire restaurant available at lunch times or dinner.

  • Private party contact

    Luca - Sarah: (877) 926-0172

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Cross street

    Between 88th and 89th Streets

  • Parking details

    Parking garage on 89th, 90th and 91st Street between 1st and York Avenue.

  • Public transit

    4, 5, and 6 train to 86th Street & Lexington, NEW 2nd Avenue Subway Q train 86th Street & Second Avenue

  • Entertainment

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 376 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. k

    kfj1

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are going to miss this place as they are closing in 3 days after a great 20 year run. We wish Luca a well deserved retirement but it is definitely a loss to the neighborhood.
  2. i

    impressive

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    great place but unfortunately they have to close due to huge rent hikes last day is tomorrow very sad great place
  3. s

    sarahr

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2018

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    We had a wonderful meal and really loved the place. We were so sad to hear it is closing.
  4. SB

    SylviaB

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excelllent food..reasonably priced for NYC
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was pretty good wasn’t a fan of the lamb but my waitress worked with me to get a meal I loved. Great place !
  6. SH

    SharonH

    New York Area

    422 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    422 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Charming old world Italian. Authentic taste, smell, staff. Will be back!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2018

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    UNFORTUNATELY THE RESTAURANT IS CLOSING DUE TO AN UNACCEPTABLE RAISE IN THE RENT. THE JAZZ PERFORMANCES WERE WONDERFUL AND UPTOWN. WE WILL BE SORRY TO SEE LUCCA AND THE RESTAURANT LEAVE THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
  8. g

    gateway

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2018

    overall2food4service3ambience4
    Great food and loved music. We were so happy to find a neighborhood place where you find very friendly people, good food and fantastic music ( thanks, Lucas). Service is good although it took long to get our food, that even after few reminders. Definitely a place we will visit many times.
  9. j

    jgda

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    nice restaurant, food was really good... however, the waitstaff seemed they all would rather be somewhere else... we might give it another chance...the food was that good. the "owner" spent about 10 minutes speaking with a couple ..who he knew..who were seated... adjacent to our table. which meant the waitstaff had to work around him..as a result..the waitstaff keep pushing into us.. hitting our shoulders/table .. the "owner" was oblivious.. how this made his employee's work harder...and his customers seated were made to take the brunt of the narrow walkway.
  10. A

    Arty

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Cavarappo. Every item on the menu is done very well. Friendly staff.
  11. OT

    OffTheGrid

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Enjoyed a very nice lunch here. Good Italian with solid service in a pleasant room. Priced right too. I plan on returning for dinner and to hear some of their live music.
  12. W

    Watagal

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Luca's Corner- is the main attraction- always very good live Jazz. Food is good, friendly service, easy to get to- I will go back again.
  13. AD

    AlyciaD

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2017

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was okay. It didn’t blow me away. But it was a nice restaurant with a neighborhood feel. It probably is more fun when they play jazz music.
  14. NY

    NewYorkVisitor

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. Food was good and came out quickly. Service was great.
  15. JH

    JulieH

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a family get-together brunch - 8 adults- was very nice. We had lots of space, good service, not much noise and they let us relax and enjoy our meal - did not rush us. Everyone enjoyed their food - we ate omelette , shrimp salad, eggs Benedict and sandwiches - everything was good. I would go again.
  16. CN

    CataboutNYC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Was the perfect street cafe for NYC Marathon watching 11/5/2017.
  17. EP

    EstherP

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We live in the neighborhood and visit Cavatappo Grill regularly. The food never disappoints. A+
  18. T

    Tampa

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Neighborhood place with great food, especially if you like Italian, and live music at a reasonable charge. Luca is a warm host, and the restaurant has a comfortable vibe because of that. Worth a return trip, many return trips
  19. CN

    CarolN

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Refined and quality Italian fare. As a bonus, jazz on Thursday evenings. I joyed the evening with friends.
  20. f

    foodie

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cavatappo Grill is consistently delicious. We always have good service.
  21. LP

    LeftPissedOff

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2017

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Pasta with meat ragu was suprisingly bland. Request to cook pasta al dente was ignored. Sea bass was on par with what you may get at diner. Quality of bread in bread basket was awful. Mussels were decent. Service was friendly.
  22. VC

    VickiC

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2017

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Nice convenient place, the food isn't great but we keep going. Staff there are nice
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot
  24. KR

    KarenR

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our all time favorite restaurants in Manhattan!
  25. S

    Sabina

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    I love their food. Great value on wine. However, the service was okay.. they forgot our orders and so unorganized.
  26. C

    Cindy

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2017

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    It was the first time my husband and I ate there and we thought the food and service were excellent. However, the atmosphere was a little run-down and we almost didn't stay when we first walked in. But again, the food was really good and the service was superb! I would categorize this as a very good neighborhood gem. We plan to go back and listen to Jazz some time!
  27. F

    Famoffive

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We brought our three kids (9-14) and enjoyed a delicious meal. It was tight quarters, yet I didn't feel like I could hear the conversations at the tables around us. Service was great.
  28. S

    Specialoccasions

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Relaxing ambience with jazz band playing excellent sets. Food is good and. Reasonable wine selection. Ambience warm and cosy, good service
  29. JR

    JaneR

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great jazz Giid food with custom prep Nice waitress and fruendly people
  30. EP

    EstherP

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Neighborhood gem. Food was delicious as always.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Music is outstanding and it matches the delicious food perfectly! One of the best kept secrets of UES!
  32. T

    Todd

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to dine here. I've been coming for ten years.
  33. AW

    AnneW

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2017

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Had been there before for dinners. This time tried weekend brunch. The service and food was a disappointment in comparison to previous visits. Not sure I will go back.
  34. P

    Platypus

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food quality has been spotty. Fried calamari were not up to snuff. Baby veal chops were delicious but lamb ragout pasta disappointing
  35. MA

    MAGS

    New York Area

    99 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2017

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Wow! Cavatappo is going downhill each and every time I dine there. I'm not quite sure where management finds their waiters/waitresses, but they are surely not trained at all ... dined there Sunday with friends, ordered the fried olives to start ... waiter (seemed stoned/drunk?) brings cold olives out ... then proceeds to explain that the olives are made before hand and are served that way. I know that is not true, b/c I order the olives every time I am there. Horrible service, totally overpriced ... not worth the visit anymore. Too bad. Will have to walk a little farther down First Avenue to find better, more reasonable restaurants ... and there are many.
  36. C

    Cajunfromnyc

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2017

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    This was a Sunday brunch, the day before Memorial Day. We had eaten there several times over the past year and had found it good value and pleasant. Yesterday was a huge disappointment - we were 3 and there were only 3 other people in the restaurant. We ordered from the brunch menu (too basic for words), the food took nearly 1/2 hour to reach us. The pancakes were thick, dry and lukewarm. The grilled vege platter for the 3 of us arrived dry, limp and room temp. There was no apology for the poor service. This is way too bad. We had enjoyed previous, tasty, well prepared meals there and had relied on it as a neighborhood 'reliable'.
  37. S

    Sunny

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    I used to love this neighborhood restaurant and have been there many times over the years. But in my past 3 visits I noticed higher prices, and extreme reduction in portion size. Unacceptably small. A bad combo. When I asked the waiter if what I received was a normal size portion of fish, he made a face and took it away, and told me I was not going to have to now wait while the chef figured out what to do. 20 minutes later they delivered my platter with a normal size serving, and I was satisfied. But I was not treated nicely. The same thing happened with the lamb shank the last time I was there... extremely small compared to other visits.. the waiter agreed.. eventually brought me a normal size portion. They seem to be skimping on portions to see if they can get away with it, which is really disappointing. We went on jazz night (Monday) and I enjoyed the music. But I'm not sure if I will ever go back.
  38. E

    Eastsider

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2017

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    I was disappointed with this experience. The food was not as good as prior reviews indicate. The maitre d was rude and the restaurant itself was uncomfortable due to ever fluctuating temperatures - the door was left open creating a draft for our table and we had to repeatedly ask for it to be closed but at the same time the heating vent over our table (that in itself was kind of gross for eating) was blasting directly on our table. The better answer in mid-May would have been to have had cooler air circulating. But more disappointing was the service. Despite having a reservation we had to wait with no welcome or accomodating acknowledgement (and we had an elderly person in our party) and we waited over an hour for our entrees with no explanation. One of our party had a severe garlic allergy and was dismissed by the Maitre d as being in the wrong restaurant and/or that the dishes didn't have "that much garlic" - rather than what most restaurants do which is to offer a couple of garlic free alternatives. It was a special occasion and because it is a neighborhood place we were eager to give it a try but we won't go back. The pasta dishes were good but not good enough to make up for the disappointments that contributed to the overall negative experience. Also should be noted we were a party of 8 and while everyone tried to make the best of it especially since it was a special occasion, everyone in the group felt the same tension in the poor service.
  39. L

    Lillian

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is a neighborhood favorite. I actually have a friend who insists on coming here when she is in town!
  40. l

    likes2eat

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    great neighbor spot with good food and friendly service

FAQs

Cavatappo Grill - Permanently Closed is rated 4 stars by 376 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 88th and 89th Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday: 11:30am - 11:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking garage on 89th, 90th and 91st Street between 1st and York Avenue.

  • Public transit

    4, 5, and 6 train to 86th Street & Lexington, NEW 2nd Avenue Subway Q train 86th Street & Second Avenue

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luca Marcato, Dominick Rodriguez

  • Entertainment

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 987-9260

  • Catering

    Catering available with custom menu and full service.

  • Private party facilities

    Semi-private or private party facilities for the entire restaurant available at lunch times or dinner.

  • Private party contact

    Luca - Sarah: (877) 926-0172

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