Assenzio

★★★★★
An East Village Italian charmer with a focus on Sardinian fare.

About Assenzio

Hours
Mon-Wed 5pm-12am Thu and Sun 12pm-3pm, 5pm-12am Fri-Sat 12pm-3pm, 12pm-1am

Food

Food
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One word: Polenta. The most amazing I have ever had, including when I went to Italy. Their use of wild boar instead of beef is incredible (and healthier might I add). I come back to this place almost every time I am in New York.

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One word: Polenta. The most amazing I have ever had, including when I went to Italy. Their use of wild boar instead of beef is incredible (and healthier might I add). I come back to this place almost every time I am in New York.

Pros: Polenta

Cons: Too far away from home

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GREAT restaurant. We wandered in with no reservation. The place was full but we waited, the owner gave us shots of grappa on the house for waiting. The food was all around delicious. Pastas were well cooked and seasoned, the fish was

3
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GREAT restaurant. We wandered in with no reservation. The place was full but we waited, the owner gave us shots of grappa on the house for waiting. The food was all around delicious. Pastas were well cooked and seasoned, the fish was

Pros: great food, great drinks

Cons: may have to wait for a table

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Finally we have found a fine Italian restaurant that doesn't drain our resources. The cozy but unpretentious atmosphere of Assenzio made for a relaxing dinner. Under new management, the restaurant is hosted by Massimo who is gracious and

3
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Finally we have found a fine Italian restaurant that doesn't drain our resources. The cozy but unpretentious atmosphere of Assenzio made for a relaxing dinner. Under new management, the restaurant is hosted by Massimo who is gracious and

Pros: Great food with great service

Cons: Nothing

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I went back to Assenzio after a long absence and wondered why I had stayed away for so long. the food, especially anything with truffle, was fantastic and the service is really friendly. It may be the most laid-back restaurant in the

3
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I went back to Assenzio after a long absence and wondered why I had stayed away for so long. the food, especially anything with truffle, was fantastic and the service is really friendly. It may be the most laid-back restaurant in the

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I will never return to this restaurant again. The staff was rude from the beginning and purposely did not even tell me the specials. I didn't even realize until the same waiter explained the specials in detail to the next table. The

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I will never return to this restaurant again. The staff was rude from the beginning and purposely did not even tell me the specials. I didn't even realize until the same waiter explained the specials in detail to the next table. The

Cons: Terrible food and service

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This is the most adorable little spot. Cozy, rustic decor. Service is always incredibly sweet and friendly, with a reliably delicious menu. They start you off with a fantastic bread basket, which includes tomato foccaccia and light as

3
★★★★★

This is the most adorable little spot. Cozy, rustic decor. Service is always incredibly sweet and friendly, with a reliably delicious menu. They start you off with a fantastic bread basket, which includes tomato foccaccia and light as

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I love the wine, salads, pastas and atmosphere here. I've been here a few times and gerenally love it, though once a on a busy night we had some strange service. I was willing to let it slide as a fluke, but others in my party were

3
★★★★★

I love the wine, salads, pastas and atmosphere here. I've been here a few times and gerenally love it, though once a on a busy night we had some strange service. I was willing to let it slide as a fluke, but others in my party were

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I have now brought friends to dine at Assenzio on three occasions, and don't think I will return. The food is good, but now outstanding. The service is erratic at best, quite rude at worst. I was very excited when this place opened, as I

3
★★★★★

I have now brought friends to dine at Assenzio on three occasions, and don't think I will return. The food is good, but now outstanding. The service is erratic at best, quite rude at worst. I was very excited when this place opened, as I

Pros: good desserts, great wine list

Cons: bad service, average food

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Whilst looking for a nice, cozy, traditional Italian restaurant for my Sicilian-born friend, we stumbled upon Assenzio and were surprisingly delighted. The food was delicious, and the cocktail list impressive. Who would think to make an

3
★★★★★

Whilst looking for a nice, cozy, traditional Italian restaurant for my Sicilian-born friend, we stumbled upon Assenzio and were surprisingly delighted. The food was delicious, and the cocktail list impressive. Who would think to make an

Pros: Awesome cocktail list, Amazing food

Cons: Busy weekend nights

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I love this place. We stumbled on it on our way to Perbacco (which is comparable in many ways). It was a nice night and the windows were open- the wine was good, the food was delicious. I had the involtini (rolled veal) which was

3
★★★★★

I love this place. We stumbled on it on our way to Perbacco (which is comparable in many ways). It was a nice night and the windows were open- the wine was good, the food was delicious. I had the involtini (rolled veal) which was

Pros: food, ambience

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Went on a Monday evening and although empty, ambiance was great. Felt like a quaint restaurant in Europe. Our waiter David was knowlegable, polite, attentive but not overbearing. Made us feel pampered without being intrusive. Porter- great

3
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Went on a Monday evening and although empty, ambiance was great. Felt like a quaint restaurant in Europe. Our waiter David was knowlegable, polite, attentive but not overbearing. Made us feel pampered without being intrusive. Porter- great

Pros: Service, Food/Variety, Ambiance

Cons: Pricey Drinks, Too heavy desserts

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I was really excited to try this place after the high Citysearch ratings and great reviews, but I have to confess, I was sorely disappointed. When we arrived on a Thursday night w/o a reservation we were seated right away The host was from

3
★★★★★

I was really excited to try this place after the high Citysearch ratings and great reviews, but I have to confess, I was sorely disappointed. When we arrived on a Thursday night w/o a reservation we were seated right away The host was from

Pros: Friendly service, Large menu

Cons: Wine Selection, Bland Food

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This place was amazing. When we showed up (without reservations) they told us it would be about a 20 minute wait-- not bad on a Saturday night. Ten minutes later we were informed it would be a little longer and they brought us (party of 4)

3
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This place was amazing. When we showed up (without reservations) they told us it would be about a 20 minute wait-- not bad on a Saturday night. Ten minutes later we were informed it would be a little longer and they brought us (party of 4)

Pros: Food, service, extras

Cons: Noisy, crowded

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I don't even know what to say about this place... everything was perfect and I mean PERFECT!!!!!!!!!! mouth watering food, attentive service, seductive music, homey atmosphere... thanks... you make me feel like dancing...

3
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I don't even know what to say about this place... everything was perfect and I mean PERFECT!!!!!!!!!! mouth watering food, attentive service, seductive music, homey atmosphere... thanks... you make me feel like dancing...

Pros: nice vibe, great food, amazing staff

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The atmosphere is great, the decor unique, and the food will make you lick your plate! No kidding, I really love this Sardinian East Village jewel. True, sometimes it gets busy, but start a bottle, and be merry :) or just go next door,

3
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The atmosphere is great, the decor unique, and the food will make you lick your plate! No kidding, I really love this Sardinian East Village jewel. True, sometimes it gets busy, but start a bottle, and be merry :) or just go next door,

Pros: cheap, clean, delicioso!!!

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We went to Assenzio a saturday for the first time with a party of six and since we stepped in we've been pampered from all the staff, always attentive and smiling; even if the place was quite crowded they let us stay to enjoy our

3
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We went to Assenzio a saturday for the first time with a party of six and since we stepped in we've been pampered from all the staff, always attentive and smiling; even if the place was quite crowded they let us stay to enjoy our

Pros: drinks, relaxed elegance, expertise

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It was my first time there and I was a little concerned about the vibe; it seemed that everybody knew each other for a long time and I was worried to be forgotten in a corner but after a few minutes I was one of them... They made us feel

3
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It was my first time there and I was a little concerned about the vibe; it seemed that everybody knew each other for a long time and I was worried to be forgotten in a corner but after a few minutes I was one of them... They made us feel

Pros: homey , great crowd, refreshing

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I've never been to a restaurant with a staff that was so rude and unaccomodating. Arriving on time with a reservation, I was asked to wait until a table became available. I was told by the hostess that a specific table would be mine once

3
★★★★★

I've never been to a restaurant with a staff that was so rude and unaccomodating. Arriving on time with a reservation, I was asked to wait until a table became available. I was told by the hostess that a specific table would be mine once

Cons: crowded, no waiting area

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My group of 5 had a 9 PM dinner reservation, and after waiting an hour, we still hadn't been seated. The worst part was that the hostess kept telling us that our table was almost free and that we were just about to be seated, but after an

3
★★★★★

My group of 5 had a 9 PM dinner reservation, and after waiting an hour, we still hadn't been seated. The worst part was that the hostess kept telling us that our table was almost free and that we were just about to be seated, but after an

Cons: terrible service, crowded atmosphere, rude staff

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i had the short ribs which were ok. the papardella and the gnocchi were excellent.

3
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i had the short ribs which were ok. the papardella and the gnocchi were excellent.

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I started going to Assenzio several month ago and at the beginning I was going there for the incredibly good food and the relaxed mood, but lately I found myself going to Assenzio just to talk to him... I don't know his name but he makes

3
★★★★★

I started going to Assenzio several month ago and at the beginning I was going there for the incredibly good food and the relaxed mood, but lately I found myself going to Assenzio just to talk to him... I don't know his name but he makes

Pros: expertise, charm, decor

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the owners are the nicest people ever,
good wine list, good food, generous portion,
great ambience, comfy,..
best of all, I went with a friend, and though there were just two of us, they let us sit at a table for four people; I hate when I

3
★★★★★

the owners are the nicest people ever,
good wine list, good food, generous portion,
great ambience, comfy,..
best of all, I went with a friend, and though there were just two of us, they let us sit at a table for four people; I hate when I

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The food was wonderful. No silly 'vinagrette' or whatever. Lemon/oliv oil the way it should be. Service was attentive, helpful and friendly. Its a bit noisy and tight, but that should be expected. But, I really don't have anything

3
★★★★★

The food was wonderful. No silly 'vinagrette' or whatever. Lemon/oliv oil the way it should be. Service was attentive, helpful and friendly. Its a bit noisy and tight, but that should be expected. But, I really don't have anything

Pros: food, service, value

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This place is such a find. Just walking around on an early spring day, my girlfriend and I started to review the local places' menu and found Assenzio. The ambience is very typical of trendy restaurants yet highly comfortable and you

3
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This place is such a find. Just walking around on an early spring day, my girlfriend and I started to review the local places' menu and found Assenzio. The ambience is very typical of trendy restaurants yet highly comfortable and you

Pros: Service, Varied Menu, Ambience

Cons: , Size of dining area

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Walking down east fourth street one cold evening, my mother and I stumbled upon this adorable restaurant, and felt as though we were transported to Italy. The tuna carpaccio seemed as though the fish had been caught two minutes before,

3
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Walking down east fourth street one cold evening, my mother and I stumbled upon this adorable restaurant, and felt as though we were transported to Italy. The tuna carpaccio seemed as though the fish had been caught two minutes before,

Pros: ambiance, service, cuisine

Cons: coldness

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Went for lunch after Asimov's positive review in the Times. I love Italian and expected to be impressed. The space is great. Perfect for the block. Unpretentious, inviting, cute.

The food was very disappointing. Vitello Tonnato

3
★★★★★

Went for lunch after Asimov's positive review in the Times. I love Italian and expected to be impressed. The space is great. Perfect for the block. Unpretentious, inviting, cute.

The food was very disappointing. Vitello Tonnato

Pros: adorable dining room

Cons: sub par food

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Finally an Italian Enoteca like the ones you could only find in Tuscany, try the cheese selection with honey and a nice glass of sardinian wine...

3
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Finally an Italian Enoteca like the ones you could only find in Tuscany, try the cheese selection with honey and a nice glass of sardinian wine...

Pros: tasty food, great atmosphere

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a perfect balace food/wine/atmosphere that makes you feel you are in Italy for the night; it was about time to have a place where you can have a sip of wine and a pasta even late at night. Try the canonau wine...

3
★★★★★

a perfect balace food/wine/atmosphere that makes you feel you are in Italy for the night; it was about time to have a place where you can have a sip of wine and a pasta even late at night. Try the canonau wine...

Pros: charming, great wines

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Light-green walls, a distinctive copper bar and small wooden tables and chairs give a fresh, updated feeling to the smallish dining room. The moderately priced menu includes antipasti such as the Sardinian cheese plate…

 

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