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Carbone

Italian Restaurant

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Carbone154
meatballs • caesar salad • bread • carrot cake

181 Thompson St
New York City, NY 10012, US
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  • Photo of Jennifer Watts
    a year ago
    Old school Michelin rated
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  • Photo of Travel + Leisure
    2 years ago
    Acclaimed chef Mario Carbone's namesake restaurant is an ode to old school red sauce Italian joints. 
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  • Photo of Michelin  Guides
    2 years ago
    1 Michelin star.
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  • Photo of Bob Matsuoka
    3 years ago
    The young guns behind Carboni have moved beyond sentimentality in their homage to these restaurants by flipping the whole genre onto its head. The enormous menu reads like an encyclopedia of red-checkered classics.
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  • Photo of Madison Jones
    3 years ago
    I always have to cancel my reservations here bc something of course always comes up. Will sit down one of these days!
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  • Photo of Citymaps NYC
    3 years ago
    Recent winner of the Food & Drink Award for Best New Restaurant, Carbone has a supercool 50s vibe, the perhaps cleanest bathrooms in NYC, and their rigatoni alla vodka is absolutely incredible. Have a perfect time!
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  • Photo of PA Carr
    3 years ago
    Chefs of the year.
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  • Photo of Infatuation
    4 years ago
    With the exception of one infamous review, pretty much every major food outlet slobbered all over Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone’s grand interpretation of a throwback red sauce joint, including us.
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  • Photo of The New York Times
    They don’t ask if you’ve dined with them before. Even if you haven’t, the answer would still be yes. This is supposed to be the Italian restaurant where you celebrated your birthday before anyone told you that chicken scarpariello isn’t Italian.
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  • Photo of The New York Times
    Carbone doesn’t use dust-flavored farmed shrimp for its scampi alla scampi; it uses remarkably sweet and delicate langoustines caught off the coast of Scotland.
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  • Photo of Tina  Brown
    4 years ago
    Both formal and fun, you're served classic Italian cuisine with old world charm.
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  • Photo of Samuel Anderson
    4 years ago
    Top-notch Italian food with a casual atmosphere. Try the steak.
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  • Photo of Citymaps
    4 years ago
    Come to Carbone and leave happy, full, and feeling like you found that new family Italian spot you were searching everywhere for. Order heavy and split everything. Do not forget the rigatoni!
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  • Photo of Margot Mazur
    4 years ago
    Veal Parmesan
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  • Photo of Perri Tobin
    4 years ago
    Acorn squash, marscapone, agar dolce butter, roasted spice pumpkin seeds
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  • Photo of Swdumont
    5 months ago
    I give a review on the food, not how loud it is or if you have to wait a bit to get seated.. One review gave a 1 star because they had to wait a month to get a reservation, "come on".. The food is amazing.... its one of the best I have been to in NY city. The place is know for its spicy rigatoni and its not bad but the Veal Marsala is something you have never had before.. It comes on the bone and sliced and is fantastic. The Chicken dishes are also tremendous... Try the meatballs...... Anyway, I would recommend Carbone to anyone if you are in NY but call a week or so in advance... You will not be disappointed.
  • Photo of Tommy G
    5 months ago
    Reservations are scarce. We had to know someone to get a table.The food was pretty good, but not the greatest. I don't know why it's hard to get into. Not the best place for New York food, or even Italian, but several celebrities were there. Maybe that's why...
  • Photo of bintheredondat
    5 months ago
    Maybe because it's been around forever, and has been a hangout spot of some celebrities? Food is above average at best. Many better Italian restaurants in the city. If you want to try once to say I've been there, it's fine, but I promise you won't go back.
  • Photo of Nickeeet12
    5 months ago
    I tried to make a reservation months ago for my wedding weekend. I was told they only accept reservations starting at midnight exactly 30 calendar days from the requested date. Like a fool, I set my alarm to make the reservation on the website at midnight. Within 2 seconds the website showed no availability for that date. So, I did what any logical person would do and clicked the "can't find what you're looking for? Email us here" (Carbones email). Within minutes I get an email saying "thank you for your interest in THE GRILL" we have an opening at 9pm and need your credit card info. I respond saying I never emailed The Grill and was questioning why Carbones website was showing the date was full in .5 seconds. After about 5 email exchanges of them saying they get hundreds of emails a day, like it's my fault or something. I reiterated ... I only emailed you because the online reservation system wasn't working! If it doesn't work take it off the page and stop telling people to go on the website at midnight!!!!! So to piggy back off the last review of this place, the reservation system is a complete joke and it is insulting I had to wake up at 12am to then have a 12 hour long email exchange further supporting how much of a joke it is. I am convinced they only want celebrities eating there so they act full all the time. There are 3,000 other restaurants in NYC and I would rather spend my money at any of them than continue to gas up Carbone's ego.
  • Photo of NYCTraveller4
    5 months ago
    This restaurant has a byzantine and ludicrous email system for making reservations that is truly insulting and callous towards would-be guests. Only email is acceptable; there are no provisions for phone calls. While this had become more often the case with some desirable restaurants, at least their procedures are transparent and specified online, which is not the case with Carbone. Our saga started when I (stupidly, as it turns out) identified Carbone as my first-choice destination restaurant for my milestone birthday dinner. My sweet (and extremely busy, professional) husband contacted the restaurant, by email, for reservations for the two of us on my birthdate, and he received an officious “form” email (demanding our credit card) that only 6 PM was available, which is an unacceptable time for a celebratory dinner. Never one to give up, he entered into a lengthy email correspondence, over the course of one week, with a Carbone reservationist, who instructed him to request another date. We were extremely disappointed not to obtain reservations on my birthday, but, after a discussion, we selected a different date. In an email, the reservationist explained that Carbone accepts email requests starting at 9 AM weekdays and 10 AM on weekends. She specifically instructed my husband NOT to send his email request prior to those designated times, as those emails are sent to the rear of the queue and reviewed only after the “timely” email requests were processed. He was appalled. Nevertheless, my intrepid husband followed these instructions precisely, sending his email at 9:01 AM for a time between 7:30 and 8:30 PM. To his shock, rather than receiving reservations for the requested time frame, he was sent yet another officious “form” email, this time from a different reservationist, informing him, again, that only 6:00 PM was available for our newly-requested date. He requested by email the opportunity to discuss our reservation by phone, referencing the lengthy email correspondence with the first reservationist. He received no reply whatsoever. This is a restaurant that clearly plays “favorites” when filling reservations requests, and its staff, and owner/management, does not have the decency to care much about other prospective diners, much less deign to speak to them by telephone when warranted. Their silence speaks volumes. Based on mixed reviews alone, this restaurant is clearly NOT in the same hemisphere as The French Laundry, where we had the pleasure of dining earlier this year, and its reservation system and procedures are clearly explained online. I shudder to think about how diners are treated at Carbone once they arrive. While this narrative may make certain readers more eager to obtain reservations here because of the perception of exclusivity, I shudder to think about the treatment diners receive upon arrival, having been forced to follow certain “rules” to make reservations. This is not a restaurant for humans, but for trained animals that have been made to jump through hoops and then ignored. And I’m quite sure most dogs receive better treatment than our “reservations experience” with Carbone. As a longtime Manhattanite, who “dines around” regularly, I can assure you that there are many fine and exclusive restaurants in New York City. Seek to be parted with your money at one of those establishments, and not this one.
  • Photo of IKnowChicago
    5 months ago
    I was very excited about going to eat at this highly acclaimed restaurant. The place is nicely decorated, and has character and intimacy. The food is very regular comfort Italian cuisine and there is nothing wrong with that. When you however see the prices you will be shocked. Your small neighborhood Italian restaurant probably makes better food at a fraction of the price. Will not go back
  • Photo of Robin B
    5 months ago
    What a wonderful night. My daughter and I had a special night planned and really looked forward to dinner at Carbone. They did not disappoint. The service was beyond excellent and the food was beyond delicious. I have travelled the world and can say nothing compared to the service and cuisine tonight at Carbone.
  • Photo of DebbieB3553
    5 months ago
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this place...from the staff...to the food...to the ambience...not a single disappointment...exactly what you would expect from an old world italian NYC restaurant...Having grown up in Jersey City this restaurant put me in mind of the corner family owned italian dining...Don't forget to order the meatballs...they don't show up on the menu but they are amazing!!!!
  • Photo of Jeremy9631
    6 months ago
    This was our anniversary and it was the worst dining experience we have had in years, Let me begin by saying that the management went out of their way to get us a table on short notice and we are very grateful for that. We came here because we had eaten at Carbone's at the Aria in Las Vegas and it was far and away the best Italian food we had ever had. This Carbone's was the opposite, in all respects. The noise was so loud that it was impossible to talk to each other without shouting, and even then it was difficult. Finally, we just ate in silence to avoid the constant aggravation. The Caesar salad we ordered was drenched in dressing so much that the lettuce wilted. It was soggy. I ordered the tortellini ragu. It was the smallest pasta dish I have ever eaten at a restaurant, served on a luncheon plate. The ragu was like it was blended, soupy and tasteless. The tortellini was overcooked with a tiny bit of cheese in each one. When the waiter came to ask how I liked it, I told him "not much" and that it was a very small amount. His reply was that this was a "second" dish, and that we were expected to order meat or fish afterwards. At $31, this was not a second dish. At half the price from excellent Italian restaurants where we live in CT, we can get a heaping dish of well-stuffed and well-cooked tortelini with a thick and rich ragu sauce. For desert we ordered a slice of cake ($15) and asked for tea. When 15 minutes after the cake arrived, we still didn't have our tea, I said to the waiter, "I should have said something, but can we have the tea with our cake please?" His patronizing response was "The tea comes from another place in the restaurant, my friend," and he left, annoyed. We advise you to ignore the hype this place gets, save a couple hundred dollars, and go to any number of terrific Italian restaurants in Manhattan, where you can have great Italian food, decent portions, and are able to talk to each other without shouting.
  • Photo of Steven G
    6 months ago
    Apparently, this is one of the trendier places to go to in the City. We took my daughter here for her birthday. It was difficult to get a reservation, so be sure you make one well in advance. The food & service was wonderful. They serve family style. Worth the wait for a reservation.
  • Photo of tfarrell2016
    6 months ago
    If you're not a celebrity, don't bother - unless you like to be treated like you don't matter! Our head waiter was rude, pushy, hovering, and literally demanded that we put our food order in after 15 minutes even though we had already ordered drinks and were just trying to have a relaxing, leisurely dinner. We were celebrating a 50th birthday and were asked if we were celebrating a special occasion when we made the reservation, yet the special occasion was never acknowledged by anyone the entire night - not the hostesses nor our head waiter, nor any of the other servers - no mention of it whatsoever! And the pretentiousness was not made up for by the quality of the food - it really was just average, not anything you couldn't get at many other restaurants these days. To top it off, the prices are outrageous! Not only is the food overpriced, but our daughters each ordered a soda and we were charged $30 for their beverages! Really? So not worth it!
  • Photo of greenfourteen
    7 months ago
    When I heard that Drake came to New York for a week and ate here 6/7 times, I was dying to see what all the hype was about. I went for my birthday and was not disappointed. The food was incredible. I ordered the jumbo prawn dish and tried the classic rigatoni as well - both blew me away. The best part about this restaurant, however, is that it is a dining experience, not just a meal. The service was impeccable. Our waiter was handsome and seemed to be incredibly knowledgable as well as passionate about the food he was serving us. Some of the best service I've ever had at a restaurant. Would go back, if I can ever get another reservation!
  • Photo of richardallan2016
    7 months ago
    I have held back reviewing this restaurant,t to let the experience sink in, to make sure that I was not reviewing from the height of the actual dinner. This is a very high end restaurant. With excellent service and attention to each detail from the time you try to make a reservation. The menu is long and enticing and the waiters will help you every step of the way. Further down I will tell you what we ordered and our likes
  • Photo of Los_Gallos_Madrid
    7 months ago
    We had the most terrible experience in NYC since we arrived from Spain last week for a gastronomic trip. We were mistreated terribly by somebody that seemed to be a manager of the restaurant. He is completely bold around his fourties. Everything started when I sat on the same side of the table as my girlfriend to see more and to enjoy the ambience and he ordered me in a very rude way to seat on the other side of the table. He came to us and litteraly commanded me to change my seat and remarked that I had to do it right away pointing me where I should seat like if he was a very bad mannered military boss. I told him that somebody else in the same row was seated in the same way than me, but he didn't care and repeatedly told me to change immediately. Very, very rude indeed. We were so disappointed and disgusted that we told him that we were leaving due to his bad manners even if we hadn't eaten anything. When I told him that we were leaving he understood why, but continued in the same rude and disgusting attitude and told me that he doesn't care If we stay or we go. People like this shouldn't be in any restaurant in the world but less in a such competitive city as NYC and even less in a restaurant like Carbone where you gonna pay more than 100$ per person. Unbelievable but sadly true. Never again. Big disappointment.
  • Photo of George S
    7 months ago
    Went and had the trifecta of menu items, meatballs, spicy rigatoni, veal parm. All were very delicious. The meatballs came in a very good sauce but at $7.00 per just a little too much. I have had similar veal parm (veal chop on the bone butterflied and prepared as veal parm) a few other places for at least $15.00 less than this and just as good. No it is not too big to eat. A gin martini goes for $18.00 for a medium sized drink. My wife's "double cut" lamb chops were $100. No problem finishing them. Don't get me wrong here. The food was very good. The service was very good. In the end it is a red sauce Italian place with very good food and delusions of grandeur. Someone had to say it. I guess it was me.
  • Photo of Eric W
    7 months ago
    We headed to Carbone's for a meal while we were in town. Carbome was a small restaurant with a very cozy decor. Tables are close to each other and the atmosphere was perfect for a traditional restaurant. May not be the best place for a first date as it was a little loud and not a lot of privacy, but definitely a place to impress. There were 5 of us that night, and we ordered off-menu. Everything was done "family style", and the amount of food was outrageous. I probably had one of the best lasagne and veal parmigiana that night. But as you can see in the pictures... Everything was done to perfection. The only complaint was that we had to book 30 days in advance - not a minute early or a minute late. But with any decent restaurants in the Big 🍎... reservation is always a challenge. If you are in for an experience... It is WORTH it.
  • Photo of Jessica H
    7 months ago
    If you're a foodie in NYC and haven't dined at Carbone..stop what your doing at once, and make a reservation. Make sure you keep it, as there is a charge if you don't provide at least 24hrs notice. The food is THAT GOOD. I gave the highest rating, as every dish we tried was exquisite..famous my style too! And Tara provided the best service for us. It's a small, but classy place. Unfortunately we only took photos of the deserts we ordered. I can't wait to go back
  • Photo of Fipps
    7 months ago
    Excelent service. Very good food.The Caesar salad is a most! Made with real anchovies. Wine list is very extensive but also very expensive. There's no way to order a bottle of wine from there menu. The lobster ravioli was also really good. Chocolate cake amazing.
  • Photo of frograk
    7 months ago
    Great place to go if business is paying for dinner - extremely expensive even for NY. Very carefully prepared, fresh ingredients, delicious pasta. Great wine list. Exclusive, trendy crowd which can be overbearing but the food is worth the pretentious vibe if not the price.
  • Photo of JBolosh
    8 months ago
    We had the BEST dinner there. I don't know really where to begin except every bite was better than the next. The burrata--delicious. The octopus...delicious...the penne vodka...delicious! Look it's not cheap but it's definitely worth it. Dining at Carbone is an experience! Authentic without feeling stuffy or pretentious. The sexy room in the back is the place to sit and be adventurous with the menu. They'll treat you like family and with this family I wouldn't want to be the one person who tries skipping out on paying the bill... if you know what I mean! haha! Everyone was happy to be there and enjoying every morsel of this amazing food and hospitality. Reservations are hard to come by but do yourself a favor and make em and enjoy this place. It's the real deal! Gratzi Carbone!

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