Uncle Bacalas Fine Italian Seafood

4.6
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47 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for Birthdays
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions

Uncle Bacala’s specializes in Italian-style seafood and other inventive dishes in its warm and cozy New Hyde Park eatery. For a tantalizing start to your meal, enjoy the mozzarella in carrozza cheese-stuffed fried country bread and the mashed potato and mozzarella croquettes, both served with marinara sauce. Some of Uncle Bacala’s house entrées include the breaded salmone in agrodolce served over eggplant in a honey garlic sauce, the beef filetto di manzo with mushrooms, roasted potatoes and spinach in gorgonzola-cognac sauce and the apricot-glazed grilled pork chop. Pasta dishes are also popular with diners at Uncle Bacala’s, with options including the baked penne gratin with pancetta and cheese in a creamy sauce and the zucchini linguini fra diavolo, all of which can be made gluten free.

Round out your amazing meal with a homemade dessert, such as the fruit and caramel topped Belgian waffle Waffellini.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best! Delicious food and great service! We are always treated like family there!

m
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It has been some time since I last dined at Uncle Bacalas. It was just as great as I had remembered it. Bacalas is a very friendly and upbeat place with great staff and food. Be sure to save room for the Waffle dessert because it is spectacular!

SC
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fun and lively restaurant. Food was delicious. Great for groups!

BM
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been dinning at Uncle Bacalas since they opened. We've always enjoyed our lunches, Dinners and yearly Christmas business dinners . The service has always been terrific, the food is outstanding. I've highly recommend Uncle Bacalas to all my employees and business partners. They all agree, its a excellent dinning experience and without hesitation recommend it to their friends and co-workers, and you can't forget the after dinner cotton candy treat.

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

never disappoints food is excellent service very good and the owner, Peter, always stops by each table to ensure everything is OK. Great neighborhood place.

RG
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fun time at the bar waiting to be seated. The waiter at the table was very pleasant, food was great but it was extremely noisy.

FD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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

I will be coming back -- with friends. Uncle Bacala serves well prepared meals (not some contemporary copy cat of everyone else, taken from a freezer) in the solid tradition of Italian American cuisine. It is obvious that a lot of time and care is put into each meal. Absolutely delicious

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a nice lunch there. Our server was polite, knowledgeable & attentive. The food was great. We had a nice time there & will be back again in the near future.

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our dining experience at Uncle Bacalas. Food is delicious and wait staff are always friendly and efficient. Highly recommend!

s
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there, the outside staff were extremely friendly and professional.

Once inside, I was met with big smiles and made to feel welcome, the place is immaculate and the food is wonderful.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

You have to valet park your vehicle

food was good, however both of us got pretty bad stomach aches after and had the same problem again when eating left overs.

I do not think the food matched the price. Avg $17-$20 for a pasta dish and increasing from there.

With so many other great italian options in the area, I probably will not be returning

e
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the best lunch in town. Food is delish and service is excellent.

MB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service as always!

r
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

Arrived and was asked to wait a minute while they decided where to seat us. We were 2 and they found a small nook with 2 tops on top of each other. There were plenty of open tables. When the hostess inquired of her manager he said he wanted to leave all those tables open in case people came in later. After we sat for a minute I asked to be moved and was refused. We contemplated leaving but the waitress assured she would take care of us. Drink, appetizer and entree they pushed us out in 45 minutes from the time we actually sat. Potato croquettes were ok. Filet Mignon was a nice steak ruined by a mushroom sauce with too much cream/corn starch. Good was disappointing at best after seeing all of these great reviews. When we left there were still a bunch of open tables where we could have been seated. As we left the hostess offered us discount coupons but we said we wouldn’t be back. Then we get a message that they said we didn’t show for our reservation. Just rude!!! Once I responded with the info from our check it was rectified, but not without additional hassle.

j
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food fantastic

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

Best calamari in the area. Varied menu besides seafood and pasta.

S
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. Everyone takes the time to treat you great.

CS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Uncle Bacalas We use to come here all the time! We moved to Florida and made sure now that we came to Ny for a visit that we stopped and had dinner! Never disappoints

LT
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrated my husband’s birthday and he loved everything at Uncle Bacalas. Will be back before the end of the year.

DZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great all around. Never disappoints.

A
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My first experience at Uncle Bacala's was with my sister, my brother and his wife. It has been awhile but I do recall a very delightful experience - food, ambience , and service. As we prepared to exit, we were pleasantly surprised to be led to the door by a very friendly cheerful man who turned out to be the owner. Exchanging funny quips, we also commended him for the excellent food and service and wished him continued business success. How thrilled we were when he unexpectedly gave each of us a gift card with no expiry date! Thank you again for the unsolicited perk, Peter.
Recently, I decided to treat my senior friend on her 96th birthday at Uncle Bacalas. She and I ordered the Chilean sea bass which we consumed with great satisfaction! Unfortunately, my other guest, also a senior did not enjoy her stuffed sole. She does not eat meat and a few other things so when she started picking on the fish only, which she said was fresh, but leaving out the stuffing, we thought she was just being too picky. Curious, the bday celebrant and I tasted the stuffing and regretfully, we had the same verdict. Sorry to say it was too "fishy" and simply not tasteful. I was hesitant to write something negative because our Chilean sea bass was really cooked to perfection. But I write it with the hope that the chef will do something to improve the quality of the stuffing. I thank the stuff for putting a candle on the celebrant's dessert and singing Happy birthday with us. I would not hesitate to recommend Uncle Bacala's to anyone. (We missed your welcoming and lively presence, Peter!)

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is outstanding

RK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service! We love this restaurant!

a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional
Would like to see mussels and branzino in the menu

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Uncle B's doesnt disappointed. We all ordered from the lunch menu and it was more food that the 6 of us could handle, so we all took home doggies bags. Food was served hot and was delicious from the appetizers to dessert!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Uncle Bacalas for years and celebrate almost every birthday there. As always, food and service were top notch!

LF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch menu for the price the amount of good was plentiful and absolutely delicious. I live in Brooklyn but will absolutely go back again

C
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the service was amazing. Made my wife’s birthday dinner amazing. Will definitely be returning.

ER
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been here before and the food is consistently excellent. The only small problem was a friend asked for some sweet and low for his iced tea and the waiter said he would be right back, he wasn't. My friend had to ask again, the waiter forgot. Not a big deal, but my friend was a bit upset, but it passed and we had a great meal and a great time. My friend and I left a 20 plus percent tip, so he was fine.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only thing better than the food was the service. Our first time there and will go back again. ONLY drawback was the dope sitting at the table next to us , having a loud conversation on his cell phone ....can't fix stupid. But, outstanding restaurant run well with great food.

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

The food was fantastic! Would definitely recommend.

e
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The prix fixed lunch is both delicious and priced very moderately. The owner couldn't have been nicer.

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The food is good, big portions and tasty. The pastas are very heavy and clumpy. But for the most part the food is quite delicious. However, the service is not very good. We went recently, and at the end of the night when I told them about my open table points they flat out denied me saying they don't participate in open table which doesn't make sense because they still saw my reservation through open table. The wait staff are nice, but once you mention having a coupon or points the attitude changes immediately. I would not reccomend this resturant especially to those participating in open table because they will deny you and refuse your points.

LI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the lunch very much we will e back this Wednesday with friends.

j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and it was very good!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been here twice and each time Uncle Bacalas has not disappointed. Service is great and the food is amazing. This has become my go to place.

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

Loved the checkered tablecloths. Food & service was great! My party all enjoyed their meals which were very generous portions.

OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner with the family. Wonderful service and a great place to celebrate.

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