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181 Thompson St (btwn Bleecker & W Houston St)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 254-3000
12:00pm - 2:00pm
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Menus wider than your chest. The tile floor from “The Godfather.” Waiters... er, "captains" hired for pure theater. A vision for the upscaling of all of New York City's greatest Italian-American restaurants and a devotion to centralizing their cultures and atmospheric conventions. Carbone is a restaurant that New York City, with all its storied tradition of great Italian culture (think Mama Leone, Il Mulino, and Don Pepe), has been waiting for for decades. It just didn't know it.

At this joint venture between chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone and their partner, Jeff Zalaznick, pastas thrill. Consider the linguine vongole, the spaghetti puttanesca, and one of the best renditions of rigatoni vodka you’ll ever have (spicy, too!). The lobster fra diavolo, pork chop and peppers, and cherry pepper ribs are all fun. You have to appreciate a place that takes seriously the idea of upscaling Italian-American classics like chicken scarpariello and veal parm. And there are nice touches to end the meal: a modern art carrot cake and homemade limoncello, for example. All reasons why Carbone made The Daily Meal’s list of the Best Italian Restaurants in New York City. But the prices! Forgive the expression, but Mamma mia! A $58 veal parm (up from $54 not long ago) that serves one? Is that Italian

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015


  • From the same trio behind Torrisi Italian Specialties, Parm, and ZZs Clam Bar, all the tropes of the classic Italian-American red sauce joints are at play, but better than youve ever had.
  • The 2014 Food & Drink Award Winner for Best New Restaurant, Carbone has turned the traditional Italian supper club on its head. We recommend the rigatoni alla vodka, veal Parmesan, and tiramisu.
  • the mozzarella to start. the meatballs. the rigatoni. the veal parm. split everything. to finish: an espresso with a splash of sambuca
  • Classic Italian-American. Order enough of the spicy rigatoni for the table. The meatballs are delicious and the veal parm can feed an army. Pay with Cover and skip waiting for the check!
  • The nicest bathrooms of any restaurant in New York City, maybe the world. Fresh white roses.
  • Baked clams were a highlight appetizer. I'd recommend 1 app, 1 pasta, 1 fish and 1 meat for 2 people.
  • Downright seductive, Carbones spicy rigatoni vodka is a must. Curves of fresh, house-made maccheroni arrive in a buttery tomato sauce, flecked with spicy Calabrian chilies and salty pecorino shavings
  • This place is amazing and magical. Period. Ingenious. Love it. A throwback to the 50's done right, with stunning modern touches. A magical night awaits. - the foodie magician xoxo
  • Spicy rigatoni alla vodka. Do it!
  • So about that spicy rigatoni .... AND Meatballs, AND veal parm AND octopus AND squash. #crackmeal
  • The veal parm is out of this world.
  • Love the old school Italian vibe. Don't forget to use Cover.
  • Reinvented classics soar, especially baked clams, rigatoni alla vodka, veal Parmesan, and chocolate layer cake. Green Guide Editor
  • Seafood salad, Caesar salad , baked claims, cold antipasti , veal parm , chicken scarp , rigatoni alla vodka , linguini in clams , veal with peppers and everything else
  • Spicy Rigatoni, sweet corn polenta, carrot cake ! Must order!
  • Sem duvida o melhor italiano de Ny. Caro mas pra uma noite especial vale a pena!!!
  • muito bom...
  • Two words: Vodka. Rigatoni. That you can pay with Cover here only makes it better.
  • Caesar salad, Spicy rigs, calamari salad, veal parm, lamb chops- BOOM.
  • Funghi Trifolati changed my life a little. I'm still thinking about it days later, and I don't even like mushrooms

Nearby places

W 4th St (btwn MacDougal St & University Pl)
116 Macdougal St (btwn W 3rd & Bleecker St)
169 Thompson St (at Houston)