I would highly recommend City Tavern as a place to host a private event. We held a surprise birthday cocktail party for my sister in Nov. In the planning leading up to the event Ernesto and the staff were helpful and flexible. They had several different packages of cocktails and appetizers to choose from and had no problem with us putting up a few decorations and bringing a cake. The space itself is very warm and rustic, big windows and lots of brick. During the event, the waitstaff was very attentive. No one was left waiting long on a drink order. Being a surprise party, the event got started a little late by the time the guest of honor showed up, but Ernesto allowed us to extend the time of the party and to continue celebrating. I would definitely return for another party!
Last month I was looking for a restaurant in the Union Square area to host a group dinner for my staff of 30 professionals. I couldn't find anywhere who would entertain a pre fixe less than $40 (and I was willing to do a Tuesday night at 5:30!) until I found City Tavern.
Ernesto, the owner and chef, was extremely accommodating. He put together a great menu on fairly last minute notice (one week!), was a pleasure to work with, and got us a great price point ($29 per person (not including alcohol).
We had the front 1/2 of the upstairs which essentially felt private for our team. Everyone thought the food, service, and atmosphere was excellent.
I definitely recommend the City Tavern for a group dinner.
Pros: Nice atmosphere, reasonably priced, good food
Cons: None noted
In a very competitive market this place is nothing special.
The food is bland and the wine is horrible. The place was empty and that is why I shouldn't have even bothered.
Cons: Where do I begin?
this place was full of italian expat,now nobody speaks a word of italian nor cook authentic food, the menu still from chef baecco iban,whom he left 6 months ago,and owner giovani.
i personally love the chicken wings that is very italian.
Pros: great chicken wings
Cons: no italians
On a Sunday evening my friend and I spontaneously met up on Union Square to grab a bite to eat. I have been wanting to go to Borgo Antico but have had a hard time getting a reservation on a days notice. On a whim we decided to try...the place was packed, but luck was on our side as the host-owner giovanni was able to seat us right away at a table that was just cleared. Another women checked our bags, she was so cheerful and friendly. We really felt that we were appreciated for our business. The meal was fantastic and our waitress was kind and friendly, not overbearing. The atmosphere was lovely and it was one of those truly enjoyable dining experiences. I will celebrate my 30 birthday here with 30 friends.
Great atmosphere, fantastic food, and exception service!
Pros: italian owner
After reading in City Search that this was a "The Best Italian Food," I was psyched to go for some good Italian. Turns out, there's a reason that professional food critics exist - this restaurant is great. The atmosphere is super comfortable. The service was informal and intelligent. Every thing I tasted was awesome, and just different enough to edge this place above the generic Italian food that's so easy to find in this city. I found it to be overall quite reasonable as well. The pork saltimbocca was delicious, cooked beautifully. All the pastas were fantastic, with inventive use of ingredients that tasted familiar yet new.giovanni keep up the ship !
ur love affair with Borgo Antico started years ago. We had reservations at Gotham Bar & Grill and were early (we were in black tie because we were later going to The theatre to see "fuerza bruta" for a special birthday event) so we stumbled around the neighborhood until time for our reservations and discovered Borgo Antico. We found the downstairs area- with a full service bar well stocked. The host and bartender were wonderful. They made us wonderful martinis and took us upstairs to see the beautiful dining room. They had us at "olives or a twist". The food is lovely and the service is always superb. I've always said that if I lived in New York, Borgo Antico would be my regular neighborhood haunt. It's terrific.
Pros: food, all italians
I loved it and so did my friends. Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It!
I love borgo antico. Last time I dined here (this past Saturday with three friends) we started our dinner with a few pasta dishes recommended to us by the General Manager. They were all delicious, but extreme raves to the Chef's ivan of what I would call the best pasta in nyc. pasta dish, are extremely satisfying plate and borgo antico homemade pasta with chestnuts and lucious creamy Italian cheeses. We decided at this point we wanted some wine. We had a conversation with the sommelier -owner giovanni who gave us some outstanding recommendations to pair with borgo regional (and seasonal) dishes. The wine here is extraordinary and very carefully chosen. in fact he received two years in a row the wine enthusiast award for wine list.Not to make this review a novel, when all is said, this charming little gem of a restaurant presents to it's guests creative and beautifully presented meals.
There is no "rush-out-the-door here". We felt like family from the moment we entered this cozy union square 'fixture", and the feeling remained throughout the evening as we tasted as many of the Chef's delicious and creative dishes as we could (portions ARE NOT small). A perfect meal for the four of us to enjoy and linger over in this very special place, lit with candlelight, satisfied people and great vibes all around. It's no small wonder why borgo antico is always packed, 7 nights a week. and celebrating 14 years in business....
Pros: wine bar, food, private party room
Last Night I visiteBorgo Antico for the third time. I was in NYC for pleasure and work .I was truly impressed with service and the food at Borgo Antico. From a great Handsome and attractive Host to the table service, the food and the ambiance. Our Server was a young men Mattia from bergamo. The service was perfect and our meal wonderful. cheese strudel for my wife and Bufala Mozzarella with sliced ripe Tomato, half pasta Cavatelli with broccoli rabe an sausage, my wife eat pappardelle with duck ragu. The succulent roasted Cornish hen the best in town and my dear wife "La mia Dolce Vita" eat Mediterranean Branzino both perfectly and rightly cooked!. For Dessert we select Tiramisu served in a martini glass and Mixed Berries with Delicate Vanilla Italian Beans Ice Cream. and a plate of assorted cantuccini Cookies. The Wine List is well priced match with The Wine Enthusiast Restaurant Awards 2007 with extensive variety of Italian and California Wine. The beautiful mural of picture from tuscany and the staff operates like a well-rehearsed professional Broadway troupe. Borgo Antico is one of the best Italian Restaurant in NYC.! We Reccomended Borgo Antico for the true Italian Food and Service! Grazie !
This has to be one of my favorite Italian restaurants in NY.
The service is outstanding.
The food is incredible.
The pasta is made fresh, as is obvious by the taste and texture.
My only complaint is that this place is a bit pricey.
This place gets things right. I highly recommend this place.
I went to Borgo Antico this past weekend for the first time since the new menu, and was absolutely blown away by both the food and the service!
From the moment the owner picked up the phone until the manager wished us a good night, everyone on staff was both professional and friendly.
Our server was very knowledgeable on both the food and wines, and was really helpful in assisting us with choosing our 5 course menus (there is a suggested one, but we were free to create our own as well). The steam mussels soup, the pappardelle with duck ragu, and the aged steak were the real stand outs that evening. Most of the food we had was very rich, and the portions were fairly large; it took us a good 2 hours to finish. We never felt rushed or crowded, even as the restaurant filled up around us. The owner was our host stand as we were leaving, and seemed to take a genuine interest in how our evening had gone. All in all I thought the evening was worth every penny!
My girlfriend wants her wedding here !!
Borgo Antico is Giovanni Iovine's union square townhouse ristorante, where chef Ivan Beacco is putting fresh gloss on Italian regional cuisine.
The beamed, softly lit dining room is upstairs, patrolled by a genial crew headed by Giovanni Iovine,the music is great.
The food :impoted bufala mozzarella, crab cake, the cheese strudel....
.Small meatball and rigatoncini and grilled monkfish are first-rate options, and chef Beacco has an elegant way with desserts, must try the chocolat souffle!. Great for large group.Bravissimo!!!
Pros: food,music, service
im an Italian in New York and dining out 20 times in a month at NY's reputedly marvellous restaurants.
Borgo Antico trumps them all. In my 30's and having dined in some outstanding restaurants in europe and usa I can honestly say Borgo Anticois up there with the best of them for a total dining experience. My partner and I selected the special menu...marvellous food, exquisite steak, duck and pannacotta... all of the highest quality. excellent sommelier (giovanni) and service generally. Only criticism ...and it is minor... we had to listen to italian folk song, then around 10 the music change gor better ex. moby.
One wonders whether a regular or celeb was afforded our table whilst we, clearly not New York accent, waited for a later one. I strongly recommend this restaurant. World class and deserving of congratulations and support.
Pros: food, price, service
These people know how to rip you off. Make sure you ask how much are the specials before you order them. Typically they will cost you 2-3 times more than the most expensive items on a menu. And don?t expect a great quality for your money. The quality of food is worse than in the most Italian restaurants in a city.
This place is like an Amex commercial. Great food, cozy atmosphere, and the friendliest and most attentive service I get in NY, hands down. Everything is fantastic. The fettuccine alla bolognese, the strudel di formaggi and the insalata di spinaci... And actual friendly waiter speaking Italian - I don't feel like I am being waited on by resentful out-of-work actors. Definitely a great local find and a new favorite.
had the pleasure of having dinner Borgo Antico for my birthday earlier this year and it was one of the most memorable dining experiences I've ever had. I ordered the 3 course tasting menu with the wine pairings. My waitress was extremely friendly as she explained each dish and the reason the particular wine was chosen as a pairing. The service was top notch and always on top of everything from clearing plates, refilling water, and serving my wife first before me on each course. I was very happy that I was able to come here to celebrate my birthday. What a treat!
Pros: menu,service, wine
I'm Italian, so going out for Italian food is tough. I'm a tough critic but I gotta tell ya Borgo Antico is FANTASTIC! The food was AMAZING!!
Pros: FANTASTIC food and atmosphere.
I have been dining at borgo antico for over 13 years and can honestly say that I recommend eating at BORGO ANTICO for any occasion whether it be a romantic occasion, a business dinner, a family get together or a night out with your friends. The staff will automatically tune in to the type of experience you want and will make you and your guests feel like true VIPs (GIOVANNI have got to be doing something right because they have the most friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff I have ever seen in a restaurant). The food is a true experience in Italian cuisine (giovanni and Chef ivan spend countless hours on their menu every week). the new selection of cheeses is one of the finest in the city.
You will never go wrong in choosing borgo antico.
Pros: food, ambiance,music
Don't be put off by the exterior of this restaurant--inside is a charming interior and very tasty, fresh cuisine .
We went on a saturday afternoon, the restaurant was empty but soon filled up. The menu is close to authentic and is executed well. We started with grilled calamari salad and yellow fin tuna carpaccio. Both were excellent. The salad was fresh, the arugula and red beans complemented the calamari well. The carpaccio was razor-thin and was generously dressed with lemon and endive, just the right touch of acid to cut through the fish.
Next we had sedanini (penne with fried eggplant, oregano and mozzarella), well prepared and the mozzarella was a nice touch, and tubini (pasta with thyme tomato sauce and meatballs), a great Italian comfort food.
Our only complaint (and a minor one) was the service-- we had to flag the waiter down several times to get water although the restaurant was initially empty. Nevertheless, the pros definitely outweigh the cons for this cute restaurant.
Pros: great authentic Italian, fresh ingredients
Cons: slow service
Borgo antico sits in a charming two-level south of union square townhouse. The room is invitingly decorated with warm yellow walls, glowing sconces, heavy mirrors and tan table top--all making for a spare, modern elegance. A nice and festive bar sits near the entrance, along with a handful of tables set aside for patrons who want to chat with Giovanni...
Over-the-top Italian food that isn't for the faint of heart or wallet...No other Italian restaurant in Manhattan achieves the same explosiveness of flavor--as cavatelli with crab meat, cheese strudel with truffle oil, or a salad of greens with baby artichokes,ageg sirloin steak.
Desserts take a light, but no less flavorful, tact: Try the saffron panna cotta, or the individual tiramisu served in a murano glass.
The wine list is superb, in fact wine enthusiast magazine just awarded Borgo Antico mayor onor.
Quality has a price, class you born with it.
I found the food here to be quite average in taste and presentation. The menu is unusually overpriced for what they offer and the decor is a hodgepodge of styles that didn't appeal to me. Not impressed.
Cons: Overpriced, average food
Met a friend here for dinner, and it was amazing! The restaurant itself is perfectly decorated and the tables are well spaced between each other. service is very propmt and attentive and the food is delicious. My friend who is italian gave it high praise. It would be a perfect date spot as it's romantic and very pretty inside. Definetly go.
Pros: great food, great decor, good location, fantastic staff
This is my first citysearch post. I felt compelled to review Borgo Antico after the wonderful experience I had with my friends. For the prices, I have yet to eat at a comparable Italian restaurant in nyc. It was obvious that the staff took pride in their service from start to finish. They focused on details long forgotten by trendy ny spots.
I kept thinking to myself, "I should bring so-and-so here," or "So-and-so would love this place." As for menu recommendations...just ask your waiter.
Pros: experienced staff, knowledgeable about each dish
Cons: they were out of my favorite grappa...but they recommended a fantastic substitute
After reading the reviews on Borgo Antico, I knew to order any of their entrees all sounded good.
We stuck with their Anitpasto's and Pasta's and were very happy...while the portions aren't huge (but decent), they are packed with flavor and are beautifully presented. If you are a heavy eater, then order more pasta! This place is good for lunch (when we went) and you will have no wait! While I hear this place is packed at night for dinner(Page six live material) almost felt like we had the time of our life....The service I want to add, was impeccable!!!
We never mentioned it was my Dad's birthday...but I suppose somehow, our waiter overheard us and at the end of the meal we were presented with a Happy B-day dessert with dad name on it!
Now that is attentive! The restaurant is one large room, with an upstairs, overlooking 13 street. We agreed the best tables were in the corner on the main floor - so you can look out to the whole dining room, or upstairs along the railing - so you can look down on the whole restaurant.
we will go back for more party...BADA BING...
Pros: food, service,music
Dining at Borgo Antico was the best choice my group and I had .li was lucky to found this restaurant . what we found was amazing. Nice, cozy, and romantic place with very friendly vibe.Great table spacing.
The owner Giovanni who took care of our party.We left up to him to decide our diner and he made our evening. Everything he choose was perfect. First course(carpaccio di manzo), second (lamb shank), third( al dente pasta RUMMO from naples...dessert, wine.a great tignanello 1990..
Just what we were looking for.
i had dinner with DAVOR and JASON, an old pal of mine and also a waiter at gusto, a real gentlamen.
the cocktail list has about 10 special drink,the wine list is well done, with varietal of italian and world choice. Borgo Antico is stand out as one the top italian in manhattan.
the music was also one of the best choice(whos the deejay?).
Borgo Antico was full of celebrity the same nite we were there(drew barrymoore, jude law, roberto cavalli sipping his own vodka...benicio del toro with party of 12 friends including his EL CHE looking brother).
Pros: food, people,music
This used to be a place we enjoyed for years. We have decided that we will no longer be a customer of theirs. The food has really gone down and is not consistent. The worst thing is with the decline of food quality the service also took a huge dive. Waiters clearly do not want to be there which rubs off on to the customer. Why spend money here when you are not made to feel welcome??
We went for dinner at borgo antico.The food is fresh and delicious , the service was fantastic.My braised lamb shank in a barolo sauce was delicious.Big plus: our waiter helped us choose a bottle of wine from their large selection.I'm sure we''ll going back here many more times.
Pros: great food ,great service,reasonable price
for the best pasta ever you have to go to borgo, you will find original pasta from napoli, their "ragu" sauce is outstanding....
the risotto is great as well, every time i go there i have a lot of fun with the owner jovanni....real italian .....REAL FOOD.
good selection of italian wines as well.........
i just love borgo.....
I've been here once a couple of years ago and decided to try it again because everywhere else was packed. The food was so so a couple of years ago and it has gotten worse! Not only was the service terrible, the food was horrible. People at the next table were complaining how horrible their house wine was. I would NEVER go back.
Last friday i had my birthday party at Borgo Antico, from start to finish everything was amazing, and even if it was the first time we ate at Borgo the host and the waiters gave us the attention that only moviestar usually get. The menu that we chose from the website was a bargain for what we've got.
was only 39 dollars for a 3 course meal.
My guest, even though couldn't finish it all, loved the food so much that they are planning THEIR future parties at borgo antico you rock!
Pros: party menu,food,service
We've never been at Borgo Antico before, but after several friends suggested the place for the atmosphere, i decided to bring my fiancee' for an anniversary dinner.
We are some kind of gourmets, since we dine out most of the time and follow all the major culinary reviews both online and in the papers, so we were mildly disappointed to see that Borgo Antico's menu was one of the most classic we have seen in the last year or so. I have to admit that, at the beginning, i almost doubted the good faith of our friends who had recommended the place. I ordered the pasta with meatballs (what a new thing, ah?) and she had the lamb shank. Wow, how wrong were we!! The pasta i had was outstanding, not only for the sauce (a little masterwork by itself) but even because it was a particular brand imported from Naples, as our waiter promptly reveled to us when he saw our delighted faces. The lamb was fork tender and flavorful, with just enough honey to balance the hearty taste of the shank and the sour baby onions.
The ambience was exactly what we were been told: warm, classy & rustic, yet unpretentious.
The desserts were also speaking by themselves: we had the delicious coffee and chocolate cake (decadent but irresistible) and the ricota cheesecake with the strawberries sauce. I have to tell that the last didn't taste like our cheesecake, was way softer and with that hint of orange that tasted just right.
On the end of the evening, our waiter offered us some dessert wine since was our anniversary. Maybe for some people wouldn't be this great deal, but we really appreciated and we'll be definitely back.
hello, im a regular at borgo antico for the past 12 years, i dine there since 1995.
I never had a bad meal nor bad service, the previous reviewer should stay in queens..i ment home, were she can control the events....
maybe she just want open her DREAM restaurant since she wants control everything in the place, from the reservation time, the seating, the timing of the menu,the tip negotiation, the free digestif, the waiter schedule, and maybe she will cook too!!!
Borgo Antico is always full for a reason,good food, good service, great atmosphere, always pleasent.
We had a large party of 17 and our service was horrible. Reservation at 8:00 seated at 8:45 no menus or water until 9:30, we had to beg for bread, we had to beg AGAIN to order. Reservations made well in advance and we were not discouraged from bringing a large party. Our waiter left mid- dinner and we had a new one. Apparently he was the day guy who needed to go home. People had to leave the table to go to bar to get drinks. Really dissapointing for the 25th anniversary party we were celebrating. I wouldn't recommend this place at all. Our second waiter tried to save the party by giving us a round of sambucca, but it was too late. We negotiated his tip to 15% from 20% the service was really that poor. Food was ok, nothing special, certainly not up to the other reviewers snuff. I can get better Italian fine dining cuisine in Queens and better service too!
Cons: service, value vs. price, not for large parties, quality of food overated
One block south of Union Square you will find Borgo Antico, a charming Village Italian that offers authentic dishes, artfully prepared by Chef Ivan Beacco and graciously served by owner Giovanni Iovine and his staff. My table started with the mussels, scallops and Insalata del Borgo (organic greens, artichokes and parmesan), and then finished with the Pappardelle Porcini (wide ribbons, porcini mushroom & truffle oil), the salmon and the orata filet.
However, decision-making wasn?t easy, as everything sounded delicious. Big plus: Our waiter helped us choose a bottle of wine from their l selection that would complement all three dishes. Too full to order dessert, we declined the offer but were immediately surprised with a plate of cookies and dish of homemade ice cream. Borgo Antico's generous service and savory dishes make for a satisfying summer evening in the city.
I know valentine day can be a tragedy for many, bad winter storm, traffic, delays, late arrival of the love one.
we where at Borgo Antico on the most important day of my life , my boyfriend of 8 years finally propose to me in a great place, the food was more than tasty !!
the 49.95 that we spend was much less than other place at this level charged...expected.
the owner was great we where 20 minutes late and he still taking that with a smile.
the room was pretty full (despite the 40 no shows booked thru opentable and phone).
The menu was really tasty, the shrimps bisque to die for, the hearted shaped ravioli very flavorful.
and the dessert ...an afrodisiac....
Pros: love, romance,thats amore
We used to be loyal customers of Borgo Antico. We made a reservation for Valentine's day because we thought we would have a delicious, no fuss meal. Opentable advertised their Prix Fixe menu for $39.95. We got there to disover it was $49.95. That would have been fine, had any course been enjoyable. The frise salad was awful. There was not a vegetarian option for the entree and I was told they could only do pasta with tomato sauce. I was floored that they could charge the full price for noodles and marinara sauce. Dessert was a choice between a fruit mousse and a chocolate cake that tasted like a chunk of baking chocolate. It was a very disappointing experience. We were hearing similar comments from the tables next to us, and one group left immediately after looking at the menu.
The Italian and worldly -heavy wine list features few bottles under $30, but by-the-glass options include a flowery sauvignon blanc (Argentina) and a mellow Syrah (Italy).
When to Go
Unless you're a pal of Giovanni's, nabbing a reservation is tough,. However, showing up at 6pm and asking politely might get you a table for two in the front bar area, which has a cozy sofa and provides a choice view of the front door's action.
Celeb Hangout, like Steve Nash, Giovanni Savarese, Gwenyth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon, Harvey Weinstein and Gina Gershon are just a few of the big names regularly spotted in the grand middle dining room, and giovanni take care of them himself.
The menu is prepared by chef ivan Beacco, a real italiano...
They also do private party upstairs.................delizioso.
Pros: SERVICE,GIOVANNI, FOOD
I live in Union Square and am used to the many wonderful restaurants in the area, so I was looking forward to a good Italian meal at Borgo Antico. We show up for our 2:30 reservations, for my mother's bday lunch, and find that we are the only people in the restaurant, other than a couple that was just paying their bill. We end up sitting for about 15 minutes before we get any water, utensils or bread plates while our rude waiter talked away with the other couple and despite my efforts to get his attention. We were at the point of almost walking out but decided to give the restaurant another chance. We finally get our menus and find only a brunch menu (it was 2:45). Because I was looking forward to ordering some of the items off of the regular menu, I had asked the waiter if we could order from it and he had said that they do not offer it during that time and we could only eat off of the brunch menu. My parents and I picked whatever we could from the limited options and although the meal was ok, as we are paying our bill, another gentleman walks into the restaurant, is seated and immediately handed the regular menu. I was totally in shock as I heard the waiter reviewing all of the options on the menu! I went over to ask what time the menu changed and he looks at me blankly and said 3. I could not believe that after we were waiting for so long for the menus, asked specifically if we could order from the regular menu, and were the only people in the restaurant at the time, the waiter did not offer it to us as an option. Needless to say, this was a horrible way for my mother to celebrate her birthday and I will most definitely warn all of my friends about the miserable service. To think I gave up the reservations I had at Spice Market for this place! Please take heed and dine at your own risk at Borgo Antico!
Cons: rude, unattentive service, horrible experience!
My very wonderful friends planned a surprise birthday dinner for me here. The staff at Borgo Antico went out of their way to make it perfect--they added my favorite wine to their wine list, and even made a dessert with that wine for the night. They printed up a dated birthday menu with all the specials on it--we all really felt like they gave us everything we wanted and more.
On top of that, it's not too expensive, the new decor is beautiful, and the food is delicious. I might have to have my birthday dinner here every year.......
Pros: service, food, music
This place is just great. Came for lunch with a few friends, service was quick and the food was perfect. The place is quiet and comfortable. Anything you order will be made to perfection and best of all the prices are very low. Recommended for everyone and at anytime.
Owner Giovanni has been on the top of his game for 11 years, New Yorkers really apprecciate, horde of loyal customers. The food is great, it's way above average.i reserved my xmas party here and after Giovanni promised the space, we decided to put down a deposit.
Sure to make a great party, giovanni guide me at borgo antico website were i find 5 different party menu, really simple to navigate, then we pick the wine, a great savignon blanc and a nero D' avola, a amazing sicilian red both at 32 dollars( they also offer open bar option at 15 dollars per hour).
This holyday season i will have extra 75 people merry and cheerful, im proud of my choice.
the amazing location close to union square makes borgo antico an easy reach from wall street.
Pros: food, wine list, service
Feed Me!!!!! Portions so small I had to order a second entree (at full price) just to get fed. This for a 175 pound man!!! Food tasty, atmosphere amiable, staff servicable, management dismissive.
Pros: Relaxed atmosphere
Cons: small portions
Dining at Borgo Antico was the best choice my group and I had .lucky to found this restaurant . We did not have a lot of time to search around. But what we found was amazing. Nice, cozy, and romantic place with very friendly vibe.Great table spacing. The owner Giovanni who took care of us was on the ball.We left up to him to decide our diner and he made our evening. Everything he choose was perfect. First course, second, third...dessert, wine...Just what we were looking for. this People, they know pasta.
the cocktail list has about 10 special drink(i must is the BORGO BELLINI),the wine list is well done, with varietal of italian and world choice.
Borgo Antico is stand out as one the top italian in manhattan.
Pros: food, wine list, service
Went with my father without a reservation, and the maitre d' was very nice and sat us within 15 minutes of our arrival .Later we find out that was the owner Giovanni - we had been told that the wait would be an hour (this may be unusual). The service was impeccable and only added to the food which was exquisite. The waiter and sommelier were very helpful and not at all "snooty" as some other reviewers may have indicated. The signature beef cheek ravioli is a signature dish for a reason - it was quite remarkable, and the pecorino cheese was the perfect complement. The wine list was very extensive, covering many Italian wines, and the waiter made a great suggestion for us. The desserts were good but not great; however, the espresso was unusually fine. The hype is for a reason. Do not wait to make a reservation.for small or large group.
Pros: food, ambiance, service
I have enjoyed lunch here on several occasions, so decided to take my husband for dinner. It was a huge disappointment. The focaccia bread was dry with a tough overcooked crust. I chose the special pasta entree of the evening - ravioli stuffed with zucchini with red pepper sauce. The ravioli filling was flavorless and the dough was extremely salty. The red pepper sauce had no taste. Fortunately, my husband just had a salad which tasted fine, although it was unremarkable.
So my advice for this restaurant is be very careful what you order and expect uneven cooking.
Pros: nice neighborhood restaurant
Cons: uneven food
1. the food prepared by chef beacco is first rate.
2. The music is great. But if you thought that the music was too loud you must live in a monastery.
3. Just because you're paying good money does not mean people have to kneel at your feet. Front-of-house giovanni does a great job.
4. The food almost literally speaks for itself. I can't do it justice here. It is a pure delight.
5. The service was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. We had the most patient, informed waiter I have ever come across(NIVARDO ?). He happily answered our barrage of questions covering the entire menu. We had a great sommelier who advised us on a wonderful desert and desert wine pairing. Our reservation was at 8 oclock, we finished up at 10:10pm without rush.
6. Borgo Antico has an upstairs and a downstairs. I would recommend upstairs for an 8 oclock seating, this because of the candle-light. You will begin your meal in daylight and end it in candle-light with a beautiful view of the stars above you. Truly a great experience.
Pros: food, service, ambience
Pros: food, ambiance, service
We were a little nervous going to Borgo Antico as we had a larger group (7 people) and that size can be very hit or miss in some union square restaurants. Borgo Antico's brunch has been recommended before, so we figured that dinner couldn't be all that bad.
My family and I were pleasantly surprised by not only how delicious the meal was, but also by how friendly the service was. (reviewers were right about.) There were a few small children around and they were accommodated easily. Our group was treated as if we were the only group there (as each group was). The owner was very friendly, not only just checking in from time to time but just talking to us.
Borgo Anticois a satisfying dining experience. Save room for dessert! Their sorbet and flourless chocolate cake were amazing!
Pros: amazing food, great ambience, real italians