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“East Village Gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe
182 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10003 (East Village)
(212) 505-5931
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Ranked #1,776 of 11,751 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: East Village
Cross street: Between 11th and 12th Streets
Transit: L train to 3rd Avenue and 6 train to Astor Place.
Description: Consistently excellent, this East Village gem is known for innovation and excellence in Roman cuisine. While Chef Salvatore Corea creates a seasonal menu, partners Alessandro Peluso and Giusto Priola note that Cacio e Pepe remains faithful to its signature namesake dish: home-made pasta brought to your table and spun in a wheel of pecorino cheese, then dusted with a flourish of pepper. Voted a ‘Critic’s Pick’ by New York Magazine, Cacio e Pepe is celebrated by reviewers as a classic Italian restaurant with a sense of style: A 50-seat garden is set behind the main dining room, there is al-fresco dining out front, and waiters with superior wine knowledge help you select the perfect beverage accompaniment to your meal. The mystery remains whether it is the garden, the cuisine, or the service which lifts Cacio e Pepe above and beyond its peers on the NYC restaurant scene. The answer, however, may best be expressed in French: It has that je ne se qua.
New York City, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“East Village Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

The warmth of the NYC air certainly added to a wonderful dinner outside in the garden at Cacio e Pepe!

Appetizers Eggplant Parmigiana, Beef Carpaccio, Shrimp with White Beans were all terrific.
We also shared the dish for which the restaurant is named, delivered and served from a wheel of pecorino cheese which has a nice salty balance to the black pepper. Entrees included the fettuccine with pumpkin puree, the open lasagna, stuffed chicken breast with broccoli rabe and the mixed grill of sausage, pork belly and spare ribs. Nothing remained on any plate!

A tiramisu and a panna cotta, and we were on our way to walk off a fabulous meal!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
NYC
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155 reviews 155 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Uneven and needs waiting area”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We were seated upon arrival on a Saturday evening around 7:30. Service was excellent. We shared the signature pasta, cacio e pepe, as an app. The presentation was fantastic. The pasta was cooked extremely well. Unfortunately, the sauce, while tasty, was oversalted by half. The entrees were moscardini (baby octopus) and the spuntature di maiale. The moscardini was a study in contrasts. The octopus, chard and mozzarella fritters were also oversalted but were served over chickpea polenta that gave a new meaning to bland. As often said on the top chef shows, don't expect to rescue an oversalted/overspiced dish by serving it with something overly bland and vice versa. The spuntature arrived a melange of split sausage, pork ribs off the bone and something that was advertised as pork belly but which lacked any of its juicy wonderfulness, all cooked in a bland red sauce and served over polenta. The dish could have been inspired, but instead was confused and lacking direction. Towards the end of our meal there were a twosome and a party of six waiting for tables. The waiter had the party of six stand adjacent to our table, so close that when one of the women craned her neck to see if any tables were opening up, her scarf actually fell across our table. I don't blame the patrons; there just isn't any place to stand (much less sit) while waiting for a table.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, Texas
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77 reviews 77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Cozy Italian restaurant in the Village”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Good Italian. Cozy outdoor seating out back and in front. Their signature dish is cacio e pepe, pasta with black pepper and pecorino. They serve it in a wheel of pecorino. Kind of a gimmick, but fun nonetheless. It's a great little find.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“You must have the signature dish!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Cacio e Pepe is justly famous for its signature dish: Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe. The pasta is mixed inside a giant wheel of parmesan and served with fresh ground pepper. Its a sight to behold to watch them mix the pasta and cheese at table and then serve it to you. The rest of the menu is also quite good.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Florida
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
“Tiny Italian surprise -- upscale and delicious”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

We loved their romantic garden setting.
The food was loving prepared --- the best was the linguine with 3 meats sauce -- a hearty rich brown sauce without tomatoes; very very good. Not inexpensive but NYC priced, food was quite good.

Visited September 2012
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