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“A Special Dining Experience” 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 #2,224 of 12,022 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, 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.
Moneta, VA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“A Special Dining Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

When you enter this restaurant, the first thing you notice is how warm and inviting the atmosphere is and then the aroma tantalizes your taste buds! Had to have the signature dish, Cacio e Pepe and it did not disappoint! This was a special dining experience! The food was amazing, service exceptional and a meal I will never forget!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 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
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Absolutely Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

It was an awesome Saturday afternoon in NYC, in fact it was my last night before traveling back home. My friend had recommended this restaurant as an off the beaten path place to try some authentic Italian food. First of all know the restaurant only accepts cash or American Express. But have no fear, there is an ATM next door. For a nominal fee of course. But the food will over exceed your expectations! I had the Gnocchi and it was perhaps the best I have ever had. Food, service and location make this an excellent choice when in NYC and craving Italian.

  • Visited June 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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Miami, Florida, USA
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209 reviews 209 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“A little touch of Italy on 2nd Ave.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Good people watching on 2nd Ave in the heart of the East village. Amazing happy hour deal Sunday thru Thursday with 1/2 off any bottle of wine under $60.00 with mucho selection from an interesting, mostly italian list. Warm & welcoming. The signature dish, Cacio e pepe is served tableside in a huge wheel of pecorino cheese but was quite salty, so next time I would order something different but I'll definately return.

Visited May 2013
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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96 reviews 96 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Bold and flavorful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

I've been here twice, and this place has become a favorite of ours in the East Village. The restaurant is cozy but not too tight. Service is very good.

The food is excellent. The next sentence may either be praise or criticism depending upon your tastes (I think it's praise!): The entrees explode with taste. I mean, this place will really get your taste buds going. The signature dish, Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe, is served out of round of cheese and is almost overwhelmingly peppery (but I love it.) The Ricotta Ravioli with Meatballs in a Sunday Sauce is also very tasty. My wife didn't love the Homemade Fettuccine with Pumpkin Puree, which she found too sweet, but again, the dish was full of flavor (just not one that agreed with my wife).

If you love big, bold flavors, Cacio e Pepe may be for you. My wife and I love exploring the menu, and it's a nice place for a date night or to bring out of town guests. Note: It serves only wine.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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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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