Perbacco

★★★★☆
  • 234 E 4th St 2

    New York, NY 10009

    Cross street: nr. Ave. B

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  • 212-253-2038

About Perbacco

Hours
Mon-Thu, 5pm-midnight; Fri, 5pm-1am; Sat, 11am-1am; Sun, 11am-11:30pm

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This place is a victim of it's own "fabulousness." Food is mediocre, wine arrived with crud in it, and the milk served with the coffee had spoiled. Plus, they're constantly exhorting you to hurry so they can flip your table.

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3
★★★★★

This place is a victim of it's own "fabulousness." Food is mediocre, wine arrived with crud in it, and the milk served with the coffee had spoiled. Plus, they're constantly exhorting you to hurry so they can flip your table.

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Perbacco has become a staple in our lives...for my partner and I. Truly inventive, beautifully executed and deliciously tasty.
Francesco, front of house, always makes us feel welcome and goes out of his way to find us a great table.

3
★★★★★

Perbacco has become a staple in our lives...for my partner and I. Truly inventive, beautifully executed and deliciously tasty.
Francesco, front of house, always makes us feel welcome and goes out of his way to find us a great table.

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Was in NYC last weekend visiting my couz and had an amazing dining experience here at Perbacco. The food was delicious and service was impeccable. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - and bravo to the chefs creativity with the entrees! Will definitely return when I am back in NYC.

2
★★★★★

Was in NYC last weekend visiting my couz and had an amazing dining experience here at Perbacco. The food was delicious and service was impeccable. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - and bravo to the chefs creativity with the entrees! Will definitely return when I am back in NYC.

Pros: food, service, presentation....to name a few

Cons: other guest who are late for their reservation

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I wish I read these reviews before we went. The first thing we were told as we sat down was that we had to vacate the table because they had another reservation at 9:30, even though we made our reservation weeks in advance and were never told of such a thing. When I tried to speak to the manager, he was completely rude and said this is how it is, and although we had already sat down and ordered, he wouldn't serve us our food if we didn't comply. What a way to ruin an experience by putting a clock on dinner as if they were doing us a favor by allowing us to give them our money. I never write reviews to restaraunts, but this place deserves to be avoided.

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★☆☆☆☆

I wish I read these reviews before we went. The first thing we were told as we sat down was that we had to vacate the table because they had another reservation at 9:30, even though we made our reservation weeks in advance and were never told of such a thing. When I tried to speak to the manager, he was completely rude and said this is how it is, and although we had already sat down and ordered, he wouldn't serve us our food if we didn't comply. What a way to ruin an experience by putting a clock on dinner as if they were doing us a favor by allowing us to give them our money. I never write reviews to restaraunts, but this place deserves to be avoided.

Pros: Food

Cons: Terrible Manager, poor service

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We made a reservation a month ago and were looking forward to dinner here. Unfortunately, we hadn't read the CitySearch reviews, or we would have known to expect the horrible attitude of the manager and, it seems, others who work here. For the first time in my 50+ years of dining out in New York City, I just plain walked out of a restaurant without even placing an order. Neither I nor my three dinner companions could remember being treated with such contempt, disdain, and arrogance by a restaurant manager -- or by anyone in a "service" business.

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★☆☆☆☆

We made a reservation a month ago and were looking forward to dinner here. Unfortunately, we hadn't read the CitySearch reviews, or we would have known to expect the horrible attitude of the manager and, it seems, others who work here. For the first time in my 50+ years of dining out in New York City, I just plain walked out of a restaurant without even placing an order. Neither I nor my three dinner companions could remember being treated with such contempt, disdain, and arrogance by a restaurant manager -- or by anyone in a "service" business.

Pros: No idea - we couldn't get past the rude manager.

Cons: The rude manager.

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don't miss the Parmeggiano Creme Brulee or the lemon spaghetti with caviar! Simone Bonelli is a genius: genuine Italian flavors presented in whimsical, creative settings. truly remarkable. if there is pork belly that night get it!

2
★★★★☆

don't miss the Parmeggiano Creme Brulee or the lemon spaghetti with caviar! Simone Bonelli is a genius: genuine Italian flavors presented in whimsical, creative settings. truly remarkable. if there is pork belly that night get it!

Pros: inventive yet genuine italian

Cons: noisy

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Very authentic, very Italiana! I would reccomend to anyone to visit. The servers are very attentive and prompt! I had the raviolis with prusciutto. Very tasty!

5
★★★★★

Very authentic, very Italiana! I would reccomend to anyone to visit. The servers are very attentive and prompt! I had the raviolis with prusciutto. Very tasty!

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The meatball appetizer was by far the best prep of meatballs and red sauce outside of family cooked I have ever had-very authentic, home-made flavors and prep-

The monkfish special, which my boyfriend had, he rates a 5 out of 10-nothing super; grapefruit, some green prickly garnish, tiny roasted potatoes ( a strange combo with the fish) all prepared sweet and sour style! - Quite disappointing; though I have to say, a very creative pairing,,,,

I orrdered the seafood risotto with a lobster bisque- quite delicious, and more than a little kick which was not anticipated-a great portion and value with little pieces of lobster and peppers-yummy and well worth the price-

all in all, I would say a very good dining experience-our hostess was lovely, our server quite enthusiastic and descriptive; and again the wine list is fabulous...

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★★★★☆

The meatball appetizer was by far the best prep of meatballs and red sauce outside of family cooked I have ever had-very authentic, home-made flavors and prep-

The monkfish special, which my boyfriend had, he rates a 5 out of 10-nothing super; grapefruit, some green prickly garnish, tiny roasted potatoes ( a strange combo with the fish) all prepared sweet and sour style! - Quite disappointing; though I have to say, a very creative pairing,,,,

I orrdered the seafood risotto with a lobster bisque- quite delicious, and more than a little kick which was not anticipated-a great portion and value with little pieces of lobster and peppers-yummy and well worth the price-

all in all, I would say a very good dining experience-our hostess was lovely, our server quite enthusiastic and descriptive; and again the wine list is fabulous...

Pros: AWESOME WINE LIST

Cons: NOT ENOUGH TABLES

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This is going to sound ill-tempered: the food pretends to be special but it isn't.

Don't allow yourself to be seated at the tables near the bar. If you do, be prepared for the obnoxious people who come here to put their drinks down on your table, lean on your empty chairs and carelessly bump you with their homely, over-sized purses. The staff will apologize by saying, "I'm sorry, it's not our fault."

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★☆☆☆☆

This is going to sound ill-tempered: the food pretends to be special but it isn't.

Don't allow yourself to be seated at the tables near the bar. If you do, be prepared for the obnoxious people who come here to put their drinks down on your table, lean on your empty chairs and carelessly bump you with their homely, over-sized purses. The staff will apologize by saying, "I'm sorry, it's not our fault."

Pros: Alcohol, which you will need

Cons: Overpriced food, the crowd

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The food is amazing. It?s not your mainstream Italian food. It?s similar to foods you would get in Italy. The entrees were good but the appetizers totally steal the show. It?s creative but in a delicious way. My favorite was parmesan creme brulee.

The staff was extremely friendly & thorough in explaining the dishes.

It would be very hard to find this kind of quality at these prices.

2
★★★★★

The food is amazing. It?s not your mainstream Italian food. It?s similar to foods you would get in Italy. The entrees were good but the appetizers totally steal the show. It?s creative but in a delicious way. My favorite was parmesan creme brulee.

The staff was extremely friendly & thorough in explaining the dishes.

It would be very hard to find this kind of quality at these prices.

Pros: Authentic Italin Food

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Carnivores and vegetarians alike will find much to celebrate here. Perbacco serves bold, creative food in quaint surroundings and a relaxed atmosphere. It truly works--the decor doesn't compete with the food for your attention, and this truly heightened my enjoyment of the meal. It would be difficult to find food of a similar caliber at similar prices. I have been here a few times and service has always been friendly, courteous, and extremely competent. My water glass was kept full, and both the busboys and the waiters were friendly, attentive and helpful without being obtrusive. The food is almost always perfectly executed and always exciting. Granted, there have been a couple of dishes that I have tried that haven't blown me away, but the kitchen's many triumphs more than make up for it. I have never left feeling less than enthralled and wonderfully satiated. Admittedly, the restaurant is slightly less pleasant on crowded weekend nights, but I have never felt rushed and the waitstaff always maintains their unflagging good humor. This restaurant truly gets it right-- innovative and fine without being precious or pretentious. For those of you who have complaints, please keep complaining. That means more for those of us who know a good thing when we see (or taste) it.

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★★★★★

Carnivores and vegetarians alike will find much to celebrate here. Perbacco serves bold, creative food in quaint surroundings and a relaxed atmosphere. It truly works--the decor doesn't compete with the food for your attention, and this truly heightened my enjoyment of the meal. It would be difficult to find food of a similar caliber at similar prices. I have been here a few times and service has always been friendly, courteous, and extremely competent. My water glass was kept full, and both the busboys and the waiters were friendly, attentive and helpful without being obtrusive. The food is almost always perfectly executed and always exciting. Granted, there have been a couple of dishes that I have tried that haven't blown me away, but the kitchen's many triumphs more than make up for it. I have never left feeling less than enthralled and wonderfully satiated. Admittedly, the restaurant is slightly less pleasant on crowded weekend nights, but I have never felt rushed and the waitstaff always maintains their unflagging good humor. This restaurant truly gets it right-- innovative and fine without being precious or pretentious. For those of you who have complaints, please keep complaining. That means more for those of us who know a good thing when we see (or taste) it.

Pros: Food and wine. Excellent service and open late.

Cons: gets a bit crowded

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Having coming to this restaurant after spending time with a relative in a nearby rehabilitation facility was truly a blessing. The riceballs were gooey with cheese and rice and the bruschetta sample was amazing! My fav was the goat cheese with honey. To die for! Sampling the different white wines from the many different regions of Italy was also fun to have with dessert, which was expresso gelato over pound cake. Almost everything on the menu is made from scratch: pasta, breadsticks, desserts, and so much more. We sat outside and people watched and just really enjoyed the ambiance and laidback staff. They only take Amex.

2
★★★★☆

Having coming to this restaurant after spending time with a relative in a nearby rehabilitation facility was truly a blessing. The riceballs were gooey with cheese and rice and the bruschetta sample was amazing! My fav was the goat cheese with honey. To die for! Sampling the different white wines from the many different regions of Italy was also fun to have with dessert, which was expresso gelato over pound cake. Almost everything on the menu is made from scratch: pasta, breadsticks, desserts, and so much more. We sat outside and people watched and just really enjoyed the ambiance and laidback staff. They only take Amex.

Pros: ambiance, amazing food, laidback staff

Cons: small, but who cares? you're there to eat.

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I went to Perbacco on a Sunday night, when the rest of the East Village was settling in for the evening. Despite the timing, the service and food were excellent. The goat cheese and honey bruschetta from the bruschetta sampler was phenomenal, as was the scallop and broccoli rabe salad. The low lights and friendly staff made for a cozy experience.

2
★★★★★

I went to Perbacco on a Sunday night, when the rest of the East Village was settling in for the evening. Despite the timing, the service and food were excellent. The goat cheese and honey bruschetta from the bruschetta sampler was phenomenal, as was the scallop and broccoli rabe salad. The low lights and friendly staff made for a cozy experience.

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Cosy little restaurant. Went there with a big group and sat at one long table. They have a big selection of italian tapas. Their lamb skewers and arancini were quite good. Had the buttersquash risotto pancake as a main course that was absolutely delicious. The service was a bit brisk and had to be flagged down for more water, glasses, etc. Plus we felt like they were in a real hurry to kick us out to fit more people. I think it would be ideal for a smaller group. Stick around for dessert! And they only take cash.

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★★★★☆

Cosy little restaurant. Went there with a big group and sat at one long table. They have a big selection of italian tapas. Their lamb skewers and arancini were quite good. Had the buttersquash risotto pancake as a main course that was absolutely delicious. The service was a bit brisk and had to be flagged down for more water, glasses, etc. Plus we felt like they were in a real hurry to kick us out to fit more people. I think it would be ideal for a smaller group. Stick around for dessert! And they only take cash.

Pros: Lots of choices for food. ambience

Cons: Hurried waitstaff.

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Ambiance was good, wine list was fine, but I was really impressed with the food. Most everything we had was dee-lish.

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★★★★☆

Ambiance was good, wine list was fine, but I was really impressed with the food. Most everything we had was dee-lish.

Pros: Food was really

Cons: Is it nitpicky to say the 2 bottles of red we ordered needed to be chilled for a few mins

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My experience here was ridiculous. They gave us a 9:30 reservation despite their no res policy because we were a biggish party, and when we showed up they said that our table - pointing to a big group having dessert - was almost done and asked us to wait at the small tables outside. Np, but when the group left 30 min later, the blonde hostess/mngr made a mistake and gave the table to other people. Instead of copping to it when asked, she shrugged obnoxiously and said that that wasn't our table after all, that our real table was still finishing dessert. Wha? It's a small place and we could see that there weren't any tables left that were even ON dessert yet. But we gave her a shot and ordered more wine while we kept waiting. 40 min later, after no new tables had freed up and we'd finished our drinks, she didn't offer to comp a single one and STILL HADN'T APOLOGIZED for the by then 70 min wait. How is that ok after so badly messing up a reservation, especially when we'd actually been cool about it? We ended up at the E.U across the street - the staff and food THERE completely turned our night around.

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★☆☆☆☆

My experience here was ridiculous. They gave us a 9:30 reservation despite their no res policy because we were a biggish party, and when we showed up they said that our table - pointing to a big group having dessert - was almost done and asked us to wait at the small tables outside. Np, but when the group left 30 min later, the blonde hostess/mngr made a mistake and gave the table to other people. Instead of copping to it when asked, she shrugged obnoxiously and said that that wasn't our table after all, that our real table was still finishing dessert. Wha? It's a small place and we could see that there weren't any tables left that were even ON dessert yet. But we gave her a shot and ordered more wine while we kept waiting. 40 min later, after no new tables had freed up and we'd finished our drinks, she didn't offer to comp a single one and STILL HADN'T APOLOGIZED for the by then 70 min wait. How is that ok after so badly messing up a reservation, especially when we'd actually been cool about it? We ended up at the E.U across the street - the staff and food THERE completely turned our night around.

Cons: inept hostess/manager

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Fantastic Italian food, wonderful waitstaff and bartenders who all speak Italian, and beautifully arranged and delicious desserts. The mushroom risotto is fanstastic, and I was never a risotto fan before this. I had a special ravioli once with a butter sage sauce that was incredible. The special desserts have always been incredible, and I'm a dessert fein. Just had a hazelnut chocolate & strawberries special that was one of the best desserts I've ever had. If they have it, try it!! You won't regret it.

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★★★★★

Fantastic Italian food, wonderful waitstaff and bartenders who all speak Italian, and beautifully arranged and delicious desserts. The mushroom risotto is fanstastic, and I was never a risotto fan before this. I had a special ravioli once with a butter sage sauce that was incredible. The special desserts have always been incredible, and I'm a dessert fein. Just had a hazelnut chocolate & strawberries special that was one of the best desserts I've ever had. If they have it, try it!! You won't regret it.

Pros: great food & dessert, good wine, nice ambiance, helpful staff

Cons: weekends get crowded, cash only!, small space with limited private tables

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The appetizers are all AMAZING, (I'd recommend just going with a group and eating lots of them with wine from the great wine list. The pasta good (but can be a little unspectacular), the second plates good too, and the desserts are GREAT. So with nothing to complain about in the food, I'd have to say only that the service is always a little bit questionable. They pretty shamelessly push the most expensive foods and wines on the menu, (including a prix fixe dinner for groups), and they can be rude. Either way though, I've been four or five times now, and I'll keep going back -- it is the best Italian food at reasonable prices that I've had in the city.

2
★★★★★

The appetizers are all AMAZING, (I'd recommend just going with a group and eating lots of them with wine from the great wine list. The pasta good (but can be a little unspectacular), the second plates good too, and the desserts are GREAT. So with nothing to complain about in the food, I'd have to say only that the service is always a little bit questionable. They pretty shamelessly push the most expensive foods and wines on the menu, (including a prix fixe dinner for groups), and they can be rude. Either way though, I've been four or five times now, and I'll keep going back -- it is the best Italian food at reasonable prices that I've had in the city.

Pros: APPETIZERS, wine, food

Cons: loud, strange service

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I really liked this restaurant. The wait staff gave us a taste of wine while we were waiting and then led us promptly to a table when it opened up. The food was really good, especially for the price. The seating situation is a bit tight, so I'd probably recommend against this place if you're looking for a private, intimate evening. Otherwise, a great place to go for a date.

2
★★★★★

I really liked this restaurant. The wait staff gave us a taste of wine while we were waiting and then led us promptly to a table when it opened up. The food was really good, especially for the price. The seating situation is a bit tight, so I'd probably recommend against this place if you're looking for a private, intimate evening. Otherwise, a great place to go for a date.

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#1 sin for any bar/restaurant is to have specials priced differently than the range on the menu, and to push those "specials." We coursed into this pleasant-looking place on an afternoon walk in our neighborhood, asked for a recommendation, and went with the bartender's choice for a glass of wine, ordering their fried olives to accompany. The olives never came by the time we finished our drinks, and watching the dynamics of the staff made us want to depart. The bill came at TWICE the standard price of their wines. I am disgusted with ourselves for tipping normally.

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★☆☆☆☆

#1 sin for any bar/restaurant is to have specials priced differently than the range on the menu, and to push those "specials." We coursed into this pleasant-looking place on an afternoon walk in our neighborhood, asked for a recommendation, and went with the bartender's choice for a glass of wine, ordering their fried olives to accompany. The olives never came by the time we finished our drinks, and watching the dynamics of the staff made us want to depart. The bill came at TWICE the standard price of their wines. I am disgusted with ourselves for tipping normally.

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..For a great price. Last week I would have rated Perbacco 10/10, but I went there yesterday with a friend, and was highly disappointed. The food was great, as usual. Incredibly tasty and flavorful, perfectly sized-portions, nothing too oil heavy like in so many Italian restaurants--no, just perfect.

But the "sommelier" was incredibly rude and pushy. He tried hard to sell us a bottle, even though we told him repeatedly that we wanted wine by the glass. My friend wanted white wine with her seafood, and I wanted red with my rib-eye, but he was incredibly obnoxious about it, and tried to convince us that the (expensive) wine that he had brought us was perfect for everything (?). We declined once again and he looked at us as if we had slapped him in the faceReally weird.
He finally brought us our selections, but he did not bring me another glass, so HE POURED MY WINE IN THE GLASS HE USED FOR THE PRIOR WINE. I was shocked, and he managed to ruin our friendly evening a little bit.

Very disappointed. Strange guy, indeed.
Next time, I'll order in, as I usually do.

2
★★★★☆

..For a great price. Last week I would have rated Perbacco 10/10, but I went there yesterday with a friend, and was highly disappointed. The food was great, as usual. Incredibly tasty and flavorful, perfectly sized-portions, nothing too oil heavy like in so many Italian restaurants--no, just perfect.

But the "sommelier" was incredibly rude and pushy. He tried hard to sell us a bottle, even though we told him repeatedly that we wanted wine by the glass. My friend wanted white wine with her seafood, and I wanted red with my rib-eye, but he was incredibly obnoxious about it, and tried to convince us that the (expensive) wine that he had brought us was perfect for everything (?). We declined once again and he looked at us as if we had slapped him in the faceReally weird.
He finally brought us our selections, but he did not bring me another glass, so HE POURED MY WINE IN THE GLASS HE USED FOR THE PRIOR WINE. I was shocked, and he managed to ruin our friendly evening a little bit.

Very disappointed. Strange guy, indeed.
Next time, I'll order in, as I usually do.

Pros: Exceptional food, fresh and highly flavorful

Cons: Terrible sommelier (scary guy!)

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Although this place is pretty inexpensive and has an interesting selection, the service was HIGHLY lacking. The two male servers that are usually there are rude, unfriendly and unattentive. I agree with earlier reviews - the wine that they suggest is always overpriced, and they are very pushy about it. I decided to give this place a second chance after going with a group a while back, all of us having left pretty annoyed at the service, but I had the same experience this time. There are many other places out there with way better service and better food.

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★★★☆☆

Although this place is pretty inexpensive and has an interesting selection, the service was HIGHLY lacking. The two male servers that are usually there are rude, unfriendly and unattentive. I agree with earlier reviews - the wine that they suggest is always overpriced, and they are very pushy about it. I decided to give this place a second chance after going with a group a while back, all of us having left pretty annoyed at the service, but I had the same experience this time. There are many other places out there with way better service and better food.

Pros: Good wine selection

Cons: Rude/unattentive waitstaff, very loud, cash only

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This is a great place to go if you're really picky when it comes to italian wines. They have absolutely the best wines in manhattan!!! I recommend this place to people who are european or at least european at heart...this place will take you back home.
The food is great, don't go spending your money on so-so food and bad wine in some park avenue restaurant..........Perbacco is the place to go!

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★★★★★

This is a great place to go if you're really picky when it comes to italian wines. They have absolutely the best wines in manhattan!!! I recommend this place to people who are european or at least european at heart...this place will take you back home.
The food is great, don't go spending your money on so-so food and bad wine in some park avenue restaurant..........Perbacco is the place to go!

Pros: Everything

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Last night was the fourth time I've eaten at Perbacco and I've loved it every time. Authentic, unusual Italian fare in a casual setting at reasonable prices. Outdoor seating on quiet 4th St is a big plus, too. Wait for your table at the bar nibbling on delicious focaccia croutons and sampling wines. One of my favorite Italians in the city, no doubt about it.

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★★★★★

Last night was the fourth time I've eaten at Perbacco and I've loved it every time. Authentic, unusual Italian fare in a casual setting at reasonable prices. Outdoor seating on quiet 4th St is a big plus, too. Wait for your table at the bar nibbling on delicious focaccia croutons and sampling wines. One of my favorite Italians in the city, no doubt about it.

Pros: Great food, great prices, friendly service

Cons: Gets noisy and crowded

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I have sent several friends and family to Perbacco and everyone comes back raving about their experience. Lots of small plates to choose from. The unfortnuate thing is no reservations. Be sure to go early in the week.

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★★★★★

I have sent several friends and family to Perbacco and everyone comes back raving about their experience. Lots of small plates to choose from. The unfortnuate thing is no reservations. Be sure to go early in the week.

Pros: small plates, wine pairings

Cons: no reservations

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What a great find! Went with some friends and we had such a great time. Love all the small dishes for sharing. The fried olives and rice balls are great! As was everything else on the menu. In a bind for somewhere to go last night, we decided to go back and were just as pleased the second time around.

2
★★★★★

What a great find! Went with some friends and we had such a great time. Love all the small dishes for sharing. The fried olives and rice balls are great! As was everything else on the menu. In a bind for somewhere to go last night, we decided to go back and were just as pleased the second time around.

Pros: Good Food, Nice Staff

Cons: No Reservations

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I've eaten in this restaurant on several occasions and was satisfied. I asked for a glass of wine, he brought a bottle and poured a taste. It was ok, the waiter suggested the two of us have a carafe. That was too much so we settled for a 1/2 of a carafe. When the bill came I noticed the wine was $29.00. I felt that the waiter should have told us the price of the wine before he poured it. My dish was a little burned but my friends was very good. Other than this experiance I like the restaurant.

2
★★★★☆

I've eaten in this restaurant on several occasions and was satisfied. I asked for a glass of wine, he brought a bottle and poured a taste. It was ok, the waiter suggested the two of us have a carafe. That was too much so we settled for a 1/2 of a carafe. When the bill came I noticed the wine was $29.00. I felt that the waiter should have told us the price of the wine before he poured it. My dish was a little burned but my friends was very good. Other than this experiance I like the restaurant.

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Okay, my parents were both born in Parma, and there are things here that I thought only my family made, and dare I say, some of them are even better. From the erbazzone emiliana to the mostarda on the cheese plate, the dishes at this restaurant are all handled with delicate care.

Not only is the food authentic, but the staff here are practically off-the-boat, they are young and hip and know what they are doing when it comes to food and wine. Our busboy actually knew the little village in Emiglia-Romana that my family is from! And after we ordered our food, their wine guy suggested the wine that he thought would go best with our selections, and it was surprisingly not a high-priced bottle.

This diamond in the ruff is definitely worth my 10-minute walk from the 6 train. Anywhere else, the prices would be 3x as high!

2
★★★★★

Okay, my parents were both born in Parma, and there are things here that I thought only my family made, and dare I say, some of them are even better. From the erbazzone emiliana to the mostarda on the cheese plate, the dishes at this restaurant are all handled with delicate care.

Not only is the food authentic, but the staff here are practically off-the-boat, they are young and hip and know what they are doing when it comes to food and wine. Our busboy actually knew the little village in Emiglia-Romana that my family is from! And after we ordered our food, their wine guy suggested the wine that he thought would go best with our selections, and it was surprisingly not a high-priced bottle.

This diamond in the ruff is definitely worth my 10-minute walk from the 6 train. Anywhere else, the prices would be 3x as high!

Pros: Affordability, Authenticity, Amiable Staff

Cons: Location

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In a nutshell, this is the best Italian food I have ever eaten and ranks among the best food of any genre . . . period. It's a small hole-in-the-wall with about three outside tables and seating available inside. We ate on a hot summer afternoon. Since we wanted to try a little of everything, we ordered from the appetizer and entree list. Every bite was exquisite. The wine list matches the food perfectly.

The price doesn't reflect the quality of the food. Although it's on a par with other top cafes, the price is about 1/2 to 1/3 of other places. For example, we spent about $120 when we ate at the Union Square Cafe (excellent) but only about $45 at Perbacco.

Lastly, the wait-staff are friendly and genuine. This place is a gem worth visting again and again.

2
★★★★★

In a nutshell, this is the best Italian food I have ever eaten and ranks among the best food of any genre . . . period. It's a small hole-in-the-wall with about three outside tables and seating available inside. We ate on a hot summer afternoon. Since we wanted to try a little of everything, we ordered from the appetizer and entree list. Every bite was exquisite. The wine list matches the food perfectly.

The price doesn't reflect the quality of the food. Although it's on a par with other top cafes, the price is about 1/2 to 1/3 of other places. For example, we spent about $120 when we ate at the Union Square Cafe (excellent) but only about $45 at Perbacco.

Lastly, the wait-staff are friendly and genuine. This place is a gem worth visting again and again.

Pros: food, service, "street-romantic"

Cons: absolutely nothing

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Great food, lovely wine, and beautiful atmosphere. I wish I could eat there every day! Even though I do not care for white wine the selection the host suggested with our fish and pork chops was divine. Also, great apps., and dessert too. I was transported back in Italy.

2
★★★★★

Great food, lovely wine, and beautiful atmosphere. I wish I could eat there every day! Even though I do not care for white wine the selection the host suggested with our fish and pork chops was divine. Also, great apps., and dessert too. I was transported back in Italy.

Pros: wine, food, atmosphere

Cons: a little cramped

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I'm so thrilled to have found this restaurant. I've probably been about 10 times over the past year and have always had a great experience. It's very affordable and they have a very large menu that won't dissapoint. The staff is super attentive and friendly and has great wine recomendations. They'll alway's give you the opportunity to sample a couple bottles to choose which you like best. It's very reasonably priced for the quality of the food and service.

2
★★★★★

I'm so thrilled to have found this restaurant. I've probably been about 10 times over the past year and have always had a great experience. It's very affordable and they have a very large menu that won't dissapoint. The staff is super attentive and friendly and has great wine recomendations. They'll alway's give you the opportunity to sample a couple bottles to choose which you like best. It's very reasonably priced for the quality of the food and service.

Pros: Service, Quality

Cons: Cash Only

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Perbacco was the perfect beginning to a lovely evening. The reviews have hit the highlights; the wine list is amazing, food was superb and the staff was extremely courteous and attentive. This will definitely go on my top 10 list of nyc restaurants!! Oh, and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for a romantic evening out!!

2
★★★★★

Perbacco was the perfect beginning to a lovely evening. The reviews have hit the highlights; the wine list is amazing, food was superb and the staff was extremely courteous and attentive. This will definitely go on my top 10 list of nyc restaurants!! Oh, and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for a romantic evening out!!

Pros: Service, Wine List, Food

Cons: Cash Only

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I loved the authenticity of this place-- the entire staff was Italian. It has a similar atmosphere to Il Buco, except the prices were so much better. Remember, it's CASH ONLY- something we didn't realize until after we ordered. But the food was great, the service wonderful... I highly recommend it

2
★★★★★

I loved the authenticity of this place-- the entire staff was Italian. It has a similar atmosphere to Il Buco, except the prices were so much better. Remember, it's CASH ONLY- something we didn't realize until after we ordered. But the food was great, the service wonderful... I highly recommend it

Pros: Staff, Food, Wine

Cons: Cash only, small

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Yes, the waitstaff is certainly adept at picking the perfect wine for your food.... however, they're also adept at offering the priciest option without telling you. Sly business, I suppose, but I can't imagine too many of the neighbors (myself included) having the money or wanting to spend it. I'd rather save up for the **** restaurants. That said, there's really no place I've tried in New York that replicates the purity and decadence of European tastes like this place. Their ingredients are so fresh and their recipes so pure that it's impossible to find an unimpressive dish here. There are several other wine bar/small plates places on this block and around the neighborhood, but none can quite match up with Perbacco.

2
★★★★★

Yes, the waitstaff is certainly adept at picking the perfect wine for your food.... however, they're also adept at offering the priciest option without telling you. Sly business, I suppose, but I can't imagine too many of the neighbors (myself included) having the money or wanting to spend it. I'd rather save up for the **** restaurants. That said, there's really no place I've tried in New York that replicates the purity and decadence of European tastes like this place. Their ingredients are so fresh and their recipes so pure that it's impossible to find an unimpressive dish here. There are several other wine bar/small plates places on this block and around the neighborhood, but none can quite match up with Perbacco.

Pros: food, wine, food

Cons: , ... quickly

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This is my favorite spot in the East Village. The waitstaff is friendly and are masters at choosing the right bottle of wine. The food is consistently wonderful! You should really try the meat stuffed olives and the eggplant appetizer is amazing!

2
★★★★★

This is my favorite spot in the East Village. The waitstaff is friendly and are masters at choosing the right bottle of wine. The food is consistently wonderful! You should really try the meat stuffed olives and the eggplant appetizer is amazing!

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I took a friend here on our first date. After all sorts of research, we decided to try Perbacco and made the ABSOLUTE right choice. The food and wine were great we shared a few of the tapas, 2 bottles of wine and had plenty of room for dessert (which was great as well). The restaurant was very cozy which made for a great first date. I highly recommend Perbacco and plan to make this an annual event!!

2
★★★★★

I took a friend here on our first date. After all sorts of research, we decided to try Perbacco and made the ABSOLUTE right choice. The food and wine were great we shared a few of the tapas, 2 bottles of wine and had plenty of room for dessert (which was great as well). The restaurant was very cozy which made for a great first date. I highly recommend Perbacco and plan to make this an annual event!!

Pros: Cozy atmosphere, Attentive service

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Italian tapas and a good selection of wines in a warm comfortable environment. Service with a smile. The food is good but not extraordinary. From 1-10 I give the food a 7.

2
★★★★☆

Italian tapas and a good selection of wines in a warm comfortable environment. Service with a smile. The food is good but not extraordinary. From 1-10 I give the food a 7.

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This small place hidden on the Lower East Side has a very innovative approach to an Italian meal. The tapas comprise three pages of the menu and range from $4-10. A few of them could make a meal in itself. If you feel like having an entree as well, they have wonderful homemade pastas, risotto, and a few meat/fish entrees. Add on over 20 wines by the glass (only Italian wines) and a delicious dessert menu to end the meal. In fact, there are almost too many choices, but that gives you a good reason to go back again.

2
★★★★★

This small place hidden on the Lower East Side has a very innovative approach to an Italian meal. The tapas comprise three pages of the menu and range from $4-10. A few of them could make a meal in itself. If you feel like having an entree as well, they have wonderful homemade pastas, risotto, and a few meat/fish entrees. Add on over 20 wines by the glass (only Italian wines) and a delicious dessert menu to end the meal. In fact, there are almost too many choices, but that gives you a good reason to go back again.

Pros: Inexpensive, Large menu, Wines by the glass

Cons: Small, Loud

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Innovation is hard to come by in Italian food, but this small East Village newcomer is a true innovator. Try the cheese plate with sweet vegetable jellies and toasted foccacia. The Risotto Milanese (saffron risotto fritters) is also delicious. Leave room for fantastic dessert.

Italian tapas that one can share. Is there anything better?

2
★★★★★

Innovation is hard to come by in Italian food, but this small East Village newcomer is a true innovator. Try the cheese plate with sweet vegetable jellies and toasted foccacia. The Risotto Milanese (saffron risotto fritters) is also delicious. Leave room for fantastic dessert.

Italian tapas that one can share. Is there anything better?

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This cozy, hip Italian cafe is a step above the others in the 'hood. Explosively fresh and well crafted food...with beautiful attention to detail.
A big plus are the Italian-style tapas....small portions but smacking with flavor! And the wine...bring it on! Lovely choices. If you have room for a main course...you WON'T be disappointed. And finally, they take dessert VERY SERIOUSLY. If you have anything...you MUST have dessert! Finally, a FRIENDLY neighborhood joint that is GLAD to serve you. Thank you, Perbacco. Refreshing!

2
★★★★★

This cozy, hip Italian cafe is a step above the others in the 'hood. Explosively fresh and well crafted food...with beautiful attention to detail.
A big plus are the Italian-style tapas....small portions but smacking with flavor! And the wine...bring it on! Lovely choices. If you have room for a main course...you WON'T be disappointed. And finally, they take dessert VERY SERIOUSLY. If you have anything...you MUST have dessert! Finally, a FRIENDLY neighborhood joint that is GLAD to serve you. Thank you, Perbacco. Refreshing!

Pros: not crowded YET!, Warm and Friendly, They let you stay!

Cons: no reservations

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Tiny Perbacco used to be a ho-hum Italian restaurant in the East Village. Then chef Simone Bonelli arrived, turning the eatery into a refined and, in some cases, cutting edge bastion of Italian cuisine. In a room that is both cozy and airy…

 

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