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$31 - $50
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Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Chelsea
0.6 miles from Madison Square Garden
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Reviewed February 8, 2020 via mobile

Bad experience. They show wines but don’t have alcohol licence. They don’t have many dishes shown on the menu. Personnel is not very polite. Not recommended

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 23, 2020

The same owners have changed the name four times (Gallo Nero, Cara Mia, Diamonds, Intermezzo) in as many years. They lost their liquor license by serving alcohol illegally. They were warned by the community about their illegal signage. They dismissed these charges by saying they...knew who to pay off. If you couldn’t get a comparable or better Italian meal just across the street (either direction at Nizza or Mamma Mia), it would be all right. The prices are a little steep, but the pastas are good. The room is pleasant. Their hours, however, are erratic.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed December 18, 2019 via mobile

Good food as well as the service. Italian Bread was excellent but although there were wine bottles all over, they cannot serve it as they lost their liquor license.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 4, 2019

No liquor license. Got two Diet Coles and charged $4.50 for each. Prix Fixe meal had dessert, charge $4 for ice cream. Out of cocktail sauce, out of sorbet. Very disappointed and do not recommend.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 20, 2019

Intermezzo was launched in 1990 in Chelsea. Living around the corner on 21st street, we were some of its first and steadfast patrons; a cozy Italian restaurant with white table cloths and napkins, exceptional food and a $5 prix fixe lunch. Dinner was reasonable too...and had the same vibe. It was a perfect place to have a quiet conversation and to relish all that is Italian. It's amazing for any restaurant in NYC to last this long. Somewhere along the way, there were some renovations: a transparent bump-out foyer for winter, that quintessential "A" sign for the New York Health Department, and then a prominent bar. When I went there a few years back, I was with my partner, my 86 year old mother and her main squeeze. I've been back a few times since, including once this past February with mom's main squeeze (he's now 77). In recent years, the bar is a main attraction, with the din, energy and hum that comes with loud music and boisterous chatter; the joint is "jumping". The food? We enjoyed what we ordered - he's a vegetarian. The service? Attentive, but not over the top. No one is in any rush. Noise? Way to loud for older and elderly ears and a lot of "WHAT?", "SAY THAT AGAIN"? It looks like they've just moved to 9th Avenue. Perusing the menu, the original squid ink risotto is still missing. But, lots of other options, with a nod to gluten free (including pasta) and a twist on Italian and now Spanish inspired food (fried mac and cheese balls?). Their classic pasta dishes are there, as are the entrees. New for me are the tapas (which look amazing), the paellas (there's that squid ink), $1.50 oysters 7 days a week, and electro brunch on the weekends. They have 8 options for a 9.95 prix fix lunch - choice of two salads or soup with an entrée (with 6 additional choices up charged $2-$3 dollar, depending on what you pick), and a 19.95 prix fix dinner - 5 appetizer choices and 5 entrées ($2-$4 dollar up charge for an additional 9 choices). A la carte can get expensive, but the paella for two is $25 bucks. Dessert is extra as is coffee/tea, so it can add up if you aren't paying attention. And, the gratuity is included, so be aware! I'm coming home for Thanksgiving. Recent reviews suggest that wine is no longer offered, which is unfortunate, that service may be slow, and that the food has slipped. There's a whole list of cocktails on the website, but, it's true, no wine that I can see. Champagne is available for brunch, it appears. I'll probably check out that $9.95 lunch first. If it's dinnertime, I'll bring ear plugs and have no urgent plans...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed November 10, 2019

Goofs by the server, the manager, the kitchen. We told the server that we had a deadline (tickets for a show) and we almost missed it. The order took forever to arrive -- did it get lost? And we made the server well-aware of the...problem. She seemed occupied mostly with getting bills from the computer. We made the manager aware, and he did little; he was mostly occupied in setting up the table settings for customers who would come AFTER the peak period. Two dishes (out of 5) arrived partly hot and partly frigid (literally), indicting that they had been cooked in advance, refrigerated, and then zapped. No dressing on a salad. Other customers were seriously dissatisfied, as well.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 5, 2019

They were trying to get people in as they walked by, the place was almost empty and that should have told us everything. I asked for the wine list but they don't sell wine!!!!??I ordered the stuffed chicken wrapped in ham, wow this was obviously...deep fried and for too long it was burnt! My wife had the carbonara but left half of it as it was that bad!!!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed July 6, 2019

Went for an early diner and found out their liquor license had been suspended due to it expiring. We had wanted a drink before/dinner but......We had dinner and we're glad we stayed any ways. The waiter was very nice and fast. we ordered veal and...chicken parm. Due to both of us having bad stomachs if we have too much sauce We both asked for the sauce on the side. Waiter wanted to put the sauce over the pasta and meat. we had to tell him several time NO on the side. He finally said ok. food came out and it was good. The staff was very attentive (maybe because we were the only ones there!?!?) When we asked for the bill I noticed that we were overcharged about $11. we asked to see the final itemized bill. We had been charged the gratuity and didn't tell us so naturally we added a tip. When we asked for the itemized bill, the waiter actually said that the gratuity had already been added. He should have told us as he saw that we were adding it to the bill. He apologized and applied the refund. To top it off, it seemed like one or two of the managers were arguing or having a disagreement with one of their employee. That should be taken either outside or away from customers. Again, the food was good. The double tipping and the arguments really put a damper into the dinner.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed May 29, 2019

I have been here twice and have loved it both times. The food is very good! I have not being there for brunch but heard it is just as good. Whether you sit at the bar or the tables and you order off the same...menu. Service is very attentive, glasses are never empty, plates cleared quickly, and food courses arriving on an appropriate cadence. I definitely recommend it!More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed May 7, 2019

While in town for a long weekend, we ate here on a Friday night. Crowded on this night, but seven of us were able to get a table at the back of the dining area. Loved the service. Loved the food so much, we came...back on Saturday night so others could try what I ordered on Fri.--the delicious Salmone. A lot less crowded on Saturday night. The only downside is that they won't ring us up separately. I suspect many restaurants won't either. Other than that, we really loved this place and hope to enjoy it again on our next visit to NYC.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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