Cacio e Pepe

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Romance
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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1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Favorite pasta place in the city! You will absolutely never regret going here.

OC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious, fresh, Italian pasta! The fettuccine with arugula pesto was amazing! The burratta appetizer with anchovies was authentic and very tasty to share. The Tiramisu was light and creamy without being too sweet - the best I’ve had!

DO
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience! We would highly recommend!!

AR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The pasta from the cheese wheel is delicious.

OT
Cancun
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

No a/c and hot

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious
Keep in mind they only take cash or American Express for payment but they do have a cash machine on premise

P
New York Area
202 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Always a great meal. Cacio e Pepe pasta is a must. Other dishes are excellent also. Never disappoints!

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for occasion! Great service and better food.

HM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, but note that it’s cash only!

H
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tonarelli cacio e Pepe is amazing. Lovely place with outdoor dining. Looking forward to my next meal there.

AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

especially delicious fennel salad. wonderful server.

LK
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was friendly, helpful and prompt. Back garden is a MUST. Food was beyond expectations. So good!

BF
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - start to finish, the meal was amazing. Get the cacio e pepe.

SJ
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this little neighborhood gem—-
Biggest issue is the noise level—
Even with only a few diners in the restaurant,
it is difficult to hear your dinner partner from
across the table. It would be great if they could
install some sort if acoustics.
Otherwise, as always, a wonderful dining experience!

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience!! The food was INCREDIBLE. Gorgeous outside garden, however a bit buggy. Had an amazing evening.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, servers were so nice and attentive.

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the Cacio e Pepe if you've never had it; very well done dish.

RN
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved it! I made reservations here because of the dish that comes out in the big cheese of wheel. The reservation process was easy, we didn't have to wait for our table at all and was given in option of preferred table. The waitresses were very nice! The only thing is that it was very hot but that could be because of the small/crowded space. Also, we noticed that it took a very long time for orders to be taken and for bills to be given. We actually witnessed somebody walk out on their bill after trying to get a waitresses attention for some time. So, I suggest ordering your whole mean (drinks & food) together. Other than that, the restaurant was great!

A
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Excellent food, great service. Highly recommend their signature dish served out of a cheese wheel!

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

We have been here MANY times.. our family loves this restaurant. This last visit the server was very inattentive and seemed annoyed by us rather than accommodating.
We asked at reservation to be seated at top level, as we Walked up to be seated they sat the last table in that section. We sat outside to enjoy the evening, and were ignored. Hoping to go back again with a different server and experience.

BL
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there, and we loved it so very much. Everyone was extremely kind and the food was amazing.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant! We’ve been going there for the past 12 years! Food is delicious!

PE
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food, slightly overpriced for what it is. I wish they let us sit under the awning but it was raining

ET
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always, the food--especially the namesake dish--was excellent. Everyone enjoyed it. Our server was not quite as friendly as the servers usually are. I also wish that the restaurant would accept Mastercard and Visa; at this point, they only take Amex and cash, which is strange.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing, and I highly recommend sitting in the back courtyard.
The signature dish of fresh pasta in the cheese wheel is well worth it and the chicken rollatina was the perfect.

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I don’t remember the waitress name but she was great. She made great suggestions and the food was delicious

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We sat in the outdoor area at the back and loved it. It’s quieter and cooler the further away from the building one is. The chairs are some what rustic but the burrata and summer salad were delicious. The signature pasta plates were wiped clean... so good!

YR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a table in the garden. Was a little bit hot (but weather was unusually hot for NYC). Food was great and service was awesome. The house pasta dish is uniquely served in a wheel of cheese.

Restaurant is highly recommended.

JP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The room was extremely hot. There was air conditioning but the front of the restaurant was open so there was really no way to keep the temperature comfortable. Food was good but the Cacio ePepe did not have enough cracked pepper. The servers rushed us by hovering over us to grab our plates before we were ready to finish.

a
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been wanting to go to this place since I saw a video on FB. It surpassed all my expectations with the service and food. It's an experience to have for sure if you are in NYC.

KR
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely outdoor seating in back patio. Delicious fresh pasta twirled in cheese wheel.

MM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

The AC was on but the window / glass doors were open and it was oppressive! It was hard to develop an appetite as it was wsy too hot!

D
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience was amazing. The customer service, the food. Waitress was very attentive. Definitely make an appointment

c
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveling with family and wanted to experience the famous cheese wheel pasta-it did not disappoint! The server was great and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got to sit in the back garden and it was lovely!

m
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent ambience
Nice people
Amazing service
Awesome, delicious, perfect italian food
Congrats

L
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent...Service outstanding

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic cacio e pepe
Good service
Charming garden

ET
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love Cacio e Pepe and have dined there on numerous occasions. The food is consistently excellent, and the service is terrific. Their namesake dish is one of the few in town for which I will break my low-carb diet; it is delicious, and its table-side prep is fun to watch. My only complaint is that they only take American Express and cash. Having an ATM on premises is helpful, but I would be very grateful if they would take Visa and MasterCard, too.

CA
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time visiting Cacio e Pepe. I brought some friends here after having raved about the cacio e pepe. The food and the experience totally held up. I will be sure to visit again whenever I'm in New York!

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