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“Crazy loud, crazy fun but still too much to eat” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Carmine's - 91st Street

Carmine's - 91st Street
2450 Broadway, New York City, NY 10024-1103 (Upper West Side)
(212) 362-2200
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Ranked #209 of 12,022 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $35
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Doing business, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Cross street: Between 90th & 91st Streets
Transit: 1, 2, 3 trains to 96th Street
Description: Carmine's simple and very popular concept is to serve every meal in the style of an Italian American wedding feast - which means large portions of home-style antipasti, pastas, seafood and meat entrees served on large platters designed for sharing. And when we say large, we mean large. An entree here could easily feed three to four average eaters. Located in a sprawling, former grand ballroom on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, this is the original Carmines. Designed by Peter Niemitz, the interiors evoke the images of the quintessential New York restaurant. With elements and details from the 1920s to the 1940s, the restaurant has the look and feel of a place that has been around for much longer than it's 1990 opening. If you are in the market for freshly prepared family style Italian food that is served in huge portions at reasonable prices, this is the place for you.
Toronto, Canada
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“Crazy loud, crazy fun but still too much to eat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Unlike our first adventure, on our second trip to Carmine's, we were well-prepared not to let any of the food we ordered go to waste. The servers at Carmine's at the Upper West Side are scrupulous about warning guests the portions are big, but even that is an understatement. We ordered the Mixed Green Salad and a plate of Fried Calamari. The salad was fresh and included green olives and hot pickled cuban peppers. The fried calamari was excellent; it was soft to the bite and not chewy, and tasted just perfect. For our shared main, we ordered the Rigatoni with broccoli and sausage and, upon the server's recommendation, country-style. This meant adding white beans and other treats. It was excellent and the white beans cut some of the richness from the sausage and creamy sauce. Sadly, even with two more mouths and only ordering 3 dishes, we couldn't finish the rigatoni. We failed and the house won again. Dinner at Carmine's wouldn't be dinner at Carmine's with at least one bridesmaid's party, one stag, a half-dozen birthday parties and sporadic signing, yelling and chanting. On this particular evening, the singing of the traditional "Happy Birthday" song melded into a crowd-pleasing and participating rendition of "God Bless America". This just doesn't happen in Toronto and it was a treat. Our server handled the confusion and cacophony around him with aplomb and good humor. If you are looking for a fun and exciting meal, I'd happily recommend Carmine's on Broadway.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Richmond, Virginia
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“For families with taste buds that get along”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We went to Carmine's for lunch/dinner (3:30 pm, the only reservation available). This time there were just three of us. The food was OK, nothing absolutely spectacular. The portions are so big that, since we were staying in a hotel and did not have a way to keep boxed leftovers, we had to be in agreement and all of us order the same main course and the same dessert, which was a daunting task. Either go there with a large group or have a place to put the boxed leftovers. A detail that annoyed me was that my son ordered a coke and since my husband took a sip of his glass, the waitress came and said that she would have to charge us for 2 cokes, because the manager saw my husband drinking from his glass. Not nice, personally I don't think we will be coming back.

Visited April 2013
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Calgary
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“Big food for a big group”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Dinner meeting here, 12 guys, big appetites. Carmine's delivered: the porterhouse steak was surprisingly good (we shared a couple of them), pasta was good, everything was decent and reasonably priced. Decent wine selection too. Friendly, fun place for a big group.

Visited March 2013
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new york metro
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“A noisey tourist trap with food that's just ok”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

We went to Carmine's with some family { their idea} and from the moment I walked in I knew this was not the place for me. Unless of course you want to eat at huge place packed to the rafters and a noise level like Grand Central Station, and food that's just so so. Did I mention that you can eat alot better for the amount of money you'll spend ?

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“One of favorites”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Everytime I'm in NYC, I make certain Carmine's is one of my stops. The food and service are always great. Try an apple martini and delicious shrimp cocktail to begin your meal.

Visited March 2013
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