This restaurant succeeds based entirely on location in the theater district. We arrived at 4:30 (can't get reservations for four on a Saturday for months). We waited (packed like sardines) nearly 2 hours after being told 45 minutes to 1H 15m. When we inquired as to our status it was apparent the system is broken. As we were seated we were told that they needed the table for 8:00 so... I have never been given a deadline to eat a meal.
This is family style dining so if you want beef and your wife wants seafood and the kids want pasta - forget it. I should have known this beforehand but didn't - my fault. We shared a plate of manacotti and a gluten free pasta/sausage dish. For $200 (with bar bill) this is hardly a value. Sardi's down the street is a value with richer history.
The point to be made is that there are so many excellent restaurants in NYC that to tolerate mediocrity simply because it's convenience to the theatres is short-sighted. We agreed that we wanted to experiece Carmine's and that we don't want to experience it again.
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