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“Great food and atmoshpere” 4 of 5 stars
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Bacaro
136 Division St, New York City, NY 10002-6129 (Chinatown)
212-941-5060
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Ranked #1,831 of 11,642 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Cross street: Between Orchard and Ludlow
Transit: East Broadway (F); Grand St (B, D); Delancey-Essex Sts (F, J, M, Z)
Description: Rustic Venetian tavern for sharing cichetti, Venetian-style small plates paired with Northern Italian wines. Covertly located down a little winding street a block south of Canal. An inside and outside staircase both lead you to an underground catacomb of exposed brick archways with wooden communal farm tables, illuminated by soft lighting and warm candles reminiscent of the streets of Italy.
San Francisco
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Great food and atmoshpere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012 via mobile

Tucked away in the Lower East Side in Chinatown, Bacaro is a gem. Most of the tables are downstairs in a brick walled candlelit room...very reminiscent of some of my favorite spots in Paris. The menu was well priced and service was efficient and friendly. For main courses, we had the braised pork shoulder over polenta and the pasta with duck ragu. Both were delicious. The wine list is fairly priced at about 2x retail. We had a great barolo for $46. Total tab including 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 1 dessert, wine and bottled water was $130.

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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
North Potomac, Maryland
Top Contributor
166 reviews 166 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 118 cities Reviews in 118 cities
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
“Totally romantic, wonderful eclectic menu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

On a sketchy looking street in a part of the Lower East Side that is becoming extended Chinatown, Bacaro has no sign (as of today). Enter and you are whisked down stairs to a labyrinth of wonderful little caves with isolated tables. Absolutely enchanting. And the food is reasonably priced and extrememly innovative. We loved this restaurant and will go there again the next time we visit New York.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toms River, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Wonderful hideaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

I almost hate to write a nice review for fear that the place will become over-discovered. South of Little Italy and China Town is this great little restaurant. Italian or probably more specific would be Venetian cuisine.
The portions are true Italian stlyle but also modestly priced and the wine list seems to feature lesser known but good quality selections (also nicely priced).
Great little marble and dark wood bar upstairs.
Dinning area is a nesting of various size alcoves of brick and stone. Great for an intimate couple dinner, or family, or small group. all around terrfic

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Rustic Italian Dining Aglow in Candlelight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Bacaro is a truly unique dining experience in heart of New York City's lower east side. Everything about this restaurant is spectacular.... The food is superbly cooked italian dishes straight from the old world. While the food aloner makes the trek to the LES worthwhile the atomosphere of the restaurant truly sets it apart. Dning area is in the brick-lined basement on rustic wooden tables with the entire room lit only by candle light! One feels as though they have been transported back to an Italian wine cellar before the turn of the century... Truly creates a magical setting for initimate dining with friends & family or for a romantic experience with a special person. This is a must visit for anyone in the area looking for a elegant and memorable dining event!

  • Visited February 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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New York City, New York
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best Resto of All Time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

I have been to this resto close to a dozen times, and my last trip their reminded me just how great this place is (and that I should post a review). In my view, a simply perfect spot. Food, service, ambience are all exceptional.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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