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East 12th Osteria
Italian Restaurant$$$
Today 5:00 – 11:00 pm
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197 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003
197 1st AvenueUSNew YorkNew York10003
$$$Italian RestaurantToday 5:00 – 11:00 pm
Monday 5:00 – 11:00 pmTuesday 5:00 – 11:00 pmWednesday 5:00 – 11:00 pmThursday 5:00 – 11:00 pmFriday 5:00 – 11:00 pmSaturday 5:00 – 11:00 pmSunday 5:00 – 11:00 pm
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Creative Italian fare in rustic-cool digs with floor-to-ceiling windows, a marble bar & brick walls.- Google
"We were given a regular menu and asked for the prix fixe menu."
"Slight twist to the classic Italian cuisine."
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Howard Leader
a month ago
I don't understand Jan's review. It sounds as though you had a bad experience, and you were so upset that when you went back to complain, perhaps the folks you spoke with were so surprised to hear what you had to say they were, literally, gobsmacked? Let me explain. We've been here many, many times -- it's among our favorite places to go anywhere in the City. This isn't simply yet another, generic Italian restaurant -- it's a fine dining experience, in a relaxed atmosphere and at a reasonable price. The food is terrific -- Roberto DeArco is really doing something special here. Whether you start with his really good take on Vitello Tonnato, a Lobster Caprese Salad or a more straightforward Fritto di Mare that is as light as anything fried could be, go on to have his Ricotta Ravioli Stuffed with Quail Egg, Zucchini Blossom Pesto and Black Truffles, or the Maialino or the Branzino, it's all just so light and tasty. I haven't yet tried the Veal Milanese, but I will -- I saw someone at another table the other night being served theirs, and the size of it alone made me want to reconsider what I'd ordered for my main course! It was so big it merited its own zip code! All the pastas here are made in house, as are the breads and even the breadsticks. While I'm generally not a fan of desserts, and tiramisu in particular, this place's take on that dish is something else. It's so light, it's almost ethereal -- first, you get the custardy, creamy deliciousness that isn't cloying or heavy, and then that hit of espresso. In short, what this place does is bring really good Italian food to a part of the City that really doesn't have it, and it does so in a way and at a price that is so much more affordable than say, Carbone or Costata or your typical Michael White establishment. Don't misunderstand me -- those places all do a very good job -- most of the time. I've eaten at Marea twice and left utterly underwhelmed -- perhaps the kitchen was having a bad night on both occasions. But I would try it again. Perhaps, Jan, you might want to do the same with East12th Osteria, particularly if you are a local, as you say. While I agree with you that there are indeed "plenty of other Italian restaurants in the area" to patronize, I can't think of one that attempts to do with Italian food what this place does, and at this price-point, anywhere in the City, let alone in the East Village.
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Henry Makansi
10 months ago
Food is pretty good and there's a genuine attempt to be innovative. However it's overpriced and the crowd is more Midwestern mother than manhattan model.
Richard Brambley
a year ago
If you come to East 12th Osteria and know what to order (tons of hidden gems on the menu), you will have an incredible meal. The service is solid too, and the atmosphere is nice. Great Italian place!
Miss B
10 months ago
The manager was extremely rude and the service was slow.
Jan Keith
2 months ago
This restaurant offers a prix fixe menu between 5:30 and 7 pm. Last Wednesday we walked in at 6:40. One other table was occupied. We were given a regular menu and asked for the prix fixe menu. The very rude waitress told us that we were too late and the kitchen couldn't accommodate us. Needless to say, we walked out. On Sunday we passed the restaurant (where all tables were empty) and I went in and asked for the manager. After I explained what had happened, she had no comment--just stonily stared at us. We live in the neighborhood, and I have told everyone I know not to patronize this business. There are plenty of other good Italian restaurants in the area.
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Jacopo Foti
2 months ago
from an italian point of view their food is awesome.
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Don Tran
a year ago
Slight twist to the classic Italian cuisine. They were flexible with reservations at 7pm on a Friday!
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Dan Saccardi
2 years ago
a new pearl in the East Village's culinary necklace