Carmine's - 91st Street - NYC

4.5
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5871 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Carmine's simple and very popular concept is to serve every meal in the style of an Italian American wedding feast - which means large portions of home-style antipasti, pastas, seafood and meat entrees served on large platters designed for sharing. An entree here could easily feed three to four average eaters. Located in a sprawling, former grand ballroom on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, this is the original Carmines. Designed by Peter Niemitz, the interiors evoke the images of the quintessential New York restaurant. With elements and details from the 1920s to the 1940s, the restaurant has the look and feel of a place that has been around for much longer than it's 1990 opening. If you are in the market for freshly prepared family style Italian food that is served in huge portions at reasonable prices, this is the place for you.
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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H
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Raheim was nothing short of amazzzzzzzing!!!! Next time I visit I wanna sit in his section... he made my daughter's 14th Birthday Dinner one she will not forget

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food never disappoints, but the noise level was extremely high. Hard to have a conversation with my guests.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Family gathering and milestone birthdays

EW
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went to Carmine’s on the advice of a friend. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was fun. Great service, too! Our only problem was that the servings come family-style—to be shared with a good-sized group. We left a lot of food behind—we were visiting NYC and had to leave very early the next day. We are hoping that kitchen- or wait-staff got to take home the fabulous eggplant parmigiana and capellini with pomodoro sauce that we left!

C
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was mediocre and much too salty. It’s such a pity. A New York institution that really needs to up its game.

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent first experience at Carmine's. All the dishes are super sized for family style sharing. The fried calamari was perfect, light breading and crispy without being greasy. The carbonara was the best I had, al dente pasta full of flavor without being overly creamy and greasy. We ordered the veal samtiboca which was good too. There was only 3 of us so definitely leftovers. Will definitely return.

B
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is delicious as always! The entrées are enough to feed 2/3 people. We went on a Saturday night so the restaurant was loud which was to be expected. Carmine’s will always be one of my favorites.

JD
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I love the food! My only problem is they pack people in too tight. When it’s crowded it feels like 40 people are at one table.

OT
Poconos
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Never disappointed.

CR
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Came here for my birthday dinner. While the staff was friendly and the location as a whole was very clean, the food was served cold. It was flavorful but cold. We spoke to the manager about the cold food and he sent it back to be heated however when we got the food back it was still lukewarm/ more on the cold side. This is the 3rd time I’ve had this problem at this specific location. Many people I know complain about the same problem at this location and warned me not to go there. I decided to take the chance and unfortunately everyone in my dinner party did not enjoy the food including myself. I don’t believe I will be coming here anymore.

TP
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love Carmines - it never fails to please. Celebrated our daughter's 21st birthday with a table of 15. Service started off a bit slow but we had a lovely and competent waitress that was a change from boisterous males of the past that "took charge" in the face of indecision and high noise volumes! But once we hit our stride - the evening, service, food and ambiance was perfect and a great fit for the event.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend took my friends and I out for my birthday dinner. I was a Carmine’s virgin. OMG the food was amazing and the portions! Family style servings that was more than enough for our party of six. We ended up taking food home. The service was top notch. We waited for nothing. The waiter explained all the specials and answered all questions. He was very sweet. I can not say enough how happy we all were. We will be back! Thank you Carmine’s for making my birthday celebration so good!!!

ST
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiting area gets very crowded but it has to because this place is amazing. The food and drinks were delicious.

CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service! Our waiter Rahim was excellent very attentive and made great recommendations on the menu selection.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmine’s never disappoints. Service was excellent as was the food. We all really enjoyed our dinner there.

r
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been to this location before. It is the original Carmine's. This is NOW my preferred Carmine's!! Mid-town location is impossible to get quickly seated and is very loud and crowded. AC location is nice, but not local enough for us.

EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friend's home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The chicken parm was amazing and the drinks was refreshing. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable." Overall food and drinks were amazing and Antonio our server was very well alerted when we needed anything. Would definitely recommend to anyone who loves Italian food !

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! My fav restaurant in the City! Shrimp Scampi is second to none. I choose to pair it with garlic and olive linguini. I also love their focaccia bread! Truly a carb lovers heaven!

RL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Waiter (Charlie) was superb. Great personality and perfect all around!

C
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I loved our waiter, Charlie. He was funny and nice and really took the time to explain the menu and he showed us pictures of the food too.

l
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience loved everything about this place and I will definitely recommend!!

f
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience. Food is delicious. Service is impeccable. Always grateful to be a part of it!

JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Carmines, have been coming here for years and its always great.

OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food! Service was a little slow. But the food was great!

CJ
London
13 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and lovely ambience - lively and friendly. Excellent service. Will definitely be going back.

OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was terrible and highly doubt if our family & friends will return to this Carmine’s location.

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Meal so nice I ate it twice... in one week (My wife and I ate there twice this week)

C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

4 kids and 3 adults dined at Carmine’s before a 1:00 theater performance. Service was quick, food was plentiful and the quality was outstanding.

NY
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always good food and very loud. We had a group of 8 and easy to find food to share. Good for kids who like noise.

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a delightful dinner with the family before an evening at the theater. The wait staff was awesome, the food delicious and plentiful. A good time was had by all!

JA
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Carmines! The food was great and so was the atmosphere and service. Great quality of food for a reasonable price. The only thing I would change is being able to be seated before our entire party arrived.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was OK. It was extremely hot and loud.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service, would highly recommend

CA
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience2

My reservation was originally for 10, I upped it to 14 with no problem. Another family member book table for 14, we were accomadated with tables right next to each other. It was a family affair I had planned and Carmine s made me look good. My family thanks you.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Wrong order twice,once with appetizers and then with entree.
Overall it was just okay

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I was there with a friend celebrating her 50th birthday.

J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

g
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was friendly, outgoing and thorough in explaining ingredients in entrees. All family style plates were delicious

M
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Table was way to small for our party of 7. The edges of the table were not even with the rest of the table. We had to hold our plates up with one hand to keep it level. I mean, come on, buy some new tables. It made the whole experience uncomfortable. They couldn’t bring all the food at the same time because the table was so small. Terrible process and experience. Would not go back to this location.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

friends reunion

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