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“!!! Great Service, Big Plates !!!”
Review of Carmine's

Ranked #126 of 13,763 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: Broadway
Transit: Carmine's is two blocks north of the Times Square 42nd Street subway station serving the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, R subways. The A, C and E subways stop at 42nd Street and Eighth Ave. The B, D, F and V subways stop at 42nd Street and 6th Ave. The MTA bus system also serves the area. The M7, M10, M20, M27, M42, 27,104 all stop within one block of Carmine's.
Description: Carmine's is a family style restaurant offering exceptional value to its guests through the many dishes of Southern Italian cuisine. The Carmine's concept is to bring its guests a "wow-factor" sized portions and making any meal feel like an Italian American wedding feast. Platters of homestyle antipasto, pasta, decadent seafood or meat entrees, and of course homemade desserts are all staples at Carmine's, meant for sharing amongst friends and family. When great food and wine are supported by friendly and knowledgeable service, the results are magic - we want every day to feel like a Sunday afternoon at Grandma's.
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“!!! Great Service, Big Plates !!!”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

Carmine’s is a family style Italian restaurant in the Theater District offering exceptional value to its guests. A Perfect location for those staying in Times Square or coming for a Broadway Show.

We had no idea what we were walking upon arriving at the Carmine’s. I didn’t realize the portions were family-sized until I looked through the menu. They bring out bread but it’s best to skip it. It isn’t particularly good.

We had made reservations, when we entered the restaurant, there was absolutely no wait, and a waiter directed us to our table very quick. Obviously due to the holiday season, the walls were adorned with lights and coral reefs, it was very nicely done. Since it was our first time, the waiter told us that the servings are family size (good thing he mentioned that). For starters, we decided to order the special salad with romaine, arugula, roasted eggplant, and peppers. For the main entree we went with shrimp and broccoli in garlic and olive oil with spaghetti. The servings were indeed very large, it seemed like four people can be filled in one dish. We enjoyed the food very much and plan on going back to try the manicotti hopefully sometimes very soon!

Spending a night in the city sure gets you hungry and you start craving for possibly everything you see on a menu. But when you do, keep in mind; your eyes are bigger than your stomach! And this time, I’m going to skip the starter’s so I have room for dessert!

  • Visited December 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great food!”
Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

We were searching for a new place go eat after our show. We came across Carmine's. They recommend reservations, but please know that they aren't required. We saw an early show and stopped in to put our name in for dinner. It was a 2 hour wait, but who cares, we are in New York. We did some shopping and then returned. What a treat! The food was fabulous! Yes, the portions are huge. They are meant to share family style. We had Chicken Marsala and lasagna. They were both very good. We also had a delicious salad to start and tiramisu for dessert. The whole meal was amazing. We will definitely come back. Thank you for the great experience!

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Glenmoore, PA
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“We love it!”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

Our family of four first enjoyed Carmine's when the kids were young and first visited NYC with us. The family-style serving was perfect then and perfect now. This visit was with our 20-something son and his girlfriend who both live and work in Manhattan and have enjoyed dining at Carmine's on their own. After telling the waiter we were heading to a 7 PM show he was attentive to the necessary timing and got us out in perfect time so that we could walk to the theater without a worry of being late. Our dinner included crusty focaccia and other breads, the delicious Carmine's salad loaded with meat, cheese, olives, peppers, tomatoes, and mixed greens, and wonderful chicken parmigiana with angel hair pasta--generous portions that easily fed the four of us. Service, food, atmosphere were all outstanding and memorable; we intend to return!

  • Visited February 2014
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Austin, Texas
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“Great food. Massive portions.”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

Came here for lunch knowing that they had large portions. There were only 2 of us so we ordered an appetizer of the spicy wings and an entree of Lasagna.

Between 2 grown men, we could barely eat half of the food. Each were very good, but would make more sense if they offered half portions. Tons of food getting wasted for no reason.

  • Visited February 2014
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“Huge dishes of delicious pasta”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

Save Carmine's for a night you are really hungry ! It's fantastic Italian cuisine served family style ( in massive portions). I had pesto linguine with prawns, which I definitely recommend. The prices are not inexpensive , but not unreasonable. Also it usually gets busy so I would recommend getting reservations.

Visited May 2013
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