Cacio e Pepe

4.6
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1111 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
Consistently excellent, this East Village gem is known for innovation and excellence in Roman cuisine. While Chef Salvatore Corea creates a seasonal menu, partners Alessandro Peluso and Giusto Priola note that Cacio e Pepe remains faithful to its signature namesake dish: home-made pasta brought to your table and spun in a wheel of pecorino cheese, then dusted with a flourish of pepper. Voted a ‘Critic’s Pick’ by New York Magazine, Cacio e Pepe is celebrated by reviewers as a classic Italian restaurant with a sense of style: A 50-seat garden is set behind the main dining room, there is al-fresco dining out front, and waiters with superior wine knowledge help you select the perfect beverage accompaniment to your meal. The mystery remains whether it is the garden, the cuisine, or the service which lifts Cacio e Pepe above and beyond its peers on the NYC restaurant scene. The answer, however, may best be expressed in French: It has that je ne se qua.
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super great. Since it’s covid time, we were asked if outdoor or the garden, and we decided the garden, glad We did. Super cute, great food and drinks great price.
lovely people and welcoming. Must the get the cheese wheel pasta.

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vipGuggyDiner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely back garden for pandemic outdoor dining; food was nothing to write home about, but solid and service was friendly (and waitress nicely pointed out auto-added tip for large party).

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cristinaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my experience at Cacio Pepe. The Garden experience was magnificent. The service great, the food made with love and care. I will come back soon.
Cristina Casanova

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vipetoth
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Had a nice evening in the back garden. Very pleasant surroundings and very good food.

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vipDavidM
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The food here is below average. The wine choice is very average. They also only had 1 choice of beer (bottled) Frost. Their signature dish - Cacio e Pepe was cold and underwhelming. Overall this restaurant seems over priced for the quality of food they serve. This may be better suited for a student crowd.

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SylviaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner outside in the garden. Enjoyed the food, service and ambience.

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Juxie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, as always. Great outdoor seating, too.

CM
vipCindyM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always impresses my guests with the food and hospitality

CZ
vipCarolynZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Such a lovely setting to dine al fresco. Of course, you must get the eponymous pasta.

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JasonS
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was as if the staff were welcoming you back, like you’ve definitely been there before. The food was precise, timely and all-around satisfying. We were seated outside in the garden area which has a great ambiance and made for a romantic evening. It’s easy to rave about the pasta made in a wheel of cheese but this quaint spot has much more to offer.

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ScottD
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so surprised by the garden in the back. It was lovely and a perfect spot to get together. We, of course, had the Cacio Pepe. We split it among four of us for an appetizer and it was enough. The way the pasta is tossed in the giant wheel of Parmesan Romano was a treat to see for our out of town guests.

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vipCindyM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best Italian in the east village. Perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and amazing food. Highly recommend.

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Petep
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. Parm Creme Brûlée starter was outstanding and pasta first rate.

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vipFashionFriend
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cacio e Pepe has been our go to for years. You won’t find better fresh pastas and authentic cooking than here!

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EmilyH
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I seriously love this place, all of the food is so good and everyone that works there is very attentive.

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vipNebo
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Lovely garden in back for eating outside but away from the street.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my friends college send off and it was amazing. Extremely clean, friendly and timely!

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ErikaSchreiber99
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved sitting the garden. Food and service was excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended! Amazing food, really special but not pricey. Friendly service and great drinks and wine. Very cozy garden in the back, or seating in the front if you like people-watching.

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vipBethC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and so lovely to eat in the back garden, away from the hustle and bustle of the street but still a bit of a summer breeze going by. The food was so delicious and the service was attentive. We loved the summer salad of peaches, watermelon and tomatoes with pistachio cream--each bite was a feast. My daughter had the risotto with pineapple on it-yum yum--and I had the chicken stuffed with prosciutto and fontina served with an intensely deliciously fresh tomato salad.

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MeaS
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience herel. The patio is beautiful and the food was great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The garden was perfect for an intimate conversation and all the staff we interacted with were wonderful :)

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vipYumm
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food, beautiful patio & amazing service!!

JP
vipJessicaP
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First dinner out post-stay at home order and it was amazing!

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vipPothediner
New York Area
227 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants! Always good especially the Cacio e Pepe pasta. It is the best I ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our go to Italian in East Village.. consistently good pasta, friendly service, and overall upbeat and fun vibe...Tonight our server was exceptional and made the night even better!! Def worth a try if you are in the neighborhood !

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vipMargal
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great experience overall! We’ll definitely be back!

CM
CeeM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The place is too small yet they try to squeeze in chairs and tables that you can't get up without hitting the person next to you if it is occupied. The service sucks! Didn't even introduce his name, when asked about stuff in the menu, obvious that he doesn't want to be bothered longer. But on the other table,was jolly and interactive. And when they took stuff and cleaned the table,just grabbed stuff and kept over reaching without an excuse me. And the cacio pasta wasn't even what I expected. They didn't even give us bread with the cheese and meat not until asked. Service sucks,no personalities,and the food is mediocre so didn't even compensate,making it a not recommended place!

MB
MichelleB
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Worth the hype! Saw it on insta and wanted to try the cheese wheel it was so delicious!!

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DanielK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

very nice covered garden in the back! We enjoyed the food and the ambiance

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sunday pasta dinner! Food is amazing

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Staff was super nice.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much !!!

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AnaF
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely place. You can tell they care about making your meal and night special. Delicious, traditional dishes especially the cacio e pepe prep. Thanks.

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DiningOutSatNight
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It has a chain restaurant type feel. We were in and out in an hour. We pretty much didn’t have a server. The host seated us and quickly asked for our order. The food came out quickly. But he never came back to us. We basically had a runner bring our food and that was it. If that’s what your looking for, quick in and out meal, it’s not a bad thing. Food was pretty good. 85% of the restaurant was there to order Cacio e Pepe for the experience of the pasta being mixed in the cheese wheel. We ordered it. It was fun and tasted good. Seeing that the wait staff had shirts with the name of the restaurant on it said a lot to me about the service. I feel the price of the menu reflected the experience. Had it been more expensive I would have been upset about the rushed service. Quick turn over was clearly their goal. They also had their card machine down but had a cash machine for you to use in the back. Given the $5 service charge to have to take cash out, they should have taken $5 off the bill since they are the ones with a down machine. I don’t plan on returning but it certainly wasn’t a terrible experience. Just mediocre.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food is alright. Not worth the price, there are much better Italian places...I will say that the creme brûlée appetizer was amazing tho. However, everything else was just ok. ALSO, you can only pay cash or American Express......it does not say ANYWHERE on the door or anywhere else that they don’t accept CC, which is not right. If you insist they’ll take your CC (I had no choice I had no cash and only a CC). I’ve been to so many incredible Italian restaurants here and this one was just not it

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vipannaw
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best pasta I’ve ever had at a restaurant!! Extremely tight and loud space, but definitely worth it. A little out dated with only accepting cash and Amex

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little tight in the restaurant, but the food was delicious and very affordable

CM
CaileyM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salvatore the chef pushes the bar set on flavors. The servers make sure you’re cared for. Every dish leaves you wanting more.

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