Aroma Kitchen & Wine Bar

★★★★☆
  • 36 E 4th St

    New York, NY 10003

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  • 212-375-0100

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I planned my best friends bachelorette dinner at Aroma and couldn't have been happier. The event planner Allene was absolutely amazing and beyond accommodating and friendly! The event was this past weekend and it was FLAWLESS! The food was incredible along with the service and atmosphere! I would recommend Aroma to anyone that wants an amazing dinning experience along with real authentic food! I can't put into words how marvelous the staff was! I look forward to planning another event or going for dinner!

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★★★★★

I planned my best friends bachelorette dinner at Aroma and couldn't have been happier. The event planner Allene was absolutely amazing and beyond accommodating and friendly! The event was this past weekend and it was FLAWLESS! The food was incredible along with the service and atmosphere! I would recommend Aroma to anyone that wants an amazing dinning experience along with real authentic food! I can't put into words how marvelous the staff was! I look forward to planning another event or going for dinner!

Pros: Stellar customer service

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I took some friends to Aroma few weeks ago, it was such a great evening! Every time I go there, the staff is helpful, knowledgeable and so nice, the food is delightful and the wine list.. fabulous!
I just learned they offer early and late seating menus for New Year's Eve that sound delicious.. The perfect time to try it!

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★★★★★

I took some friends to Aroma few weeks ago, it was such a great evening! Every time I go there, the staff is helpful, knowledgeable and so nice, the food is delightful and the wine list.. fabulous!
I just learned they offer early and late seating menus for New Year's Eve that sound delicious.. The perfect time to try it!

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I took a friend here for his birthday and had a lovely experience! We went on a Fri night so the place was busy. Atmosphere is trendy and charming without being pretentious or over done. The dim lighting and decor add a nice touch. Service was good but not great. I felt like they could have showed a bit more attention for the prices. But overall the food really was great! I highly recommend trying it for yourself :)

2
★★★★★

I took a friend here for his birthday and had a lovely experience! We went on a Fri night so the place was busy. Atmosphere is trendy and charming without being pretentious or over done. The dim lighting and decor add a nice touch. Service was good but not great. I felt like they could have showed a bit more attention for the prices. But overall the food really was great! I highly recommend trying it for yourself :)

Pros: food,

Cons: service

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Very intimate setting (read: very small!), but cozy and great decor. I went with my mom and boyfriend and we enjoyed the atomosphere, the really special wine list, and the food was delicious! I keep dreaming about the gnocci/lamb dish I had. Sooo good! I highly recommend this restaurant. Oh, and the prices are reasonable as well.

2
★★★★★

Very intimate setting (read: very small!), but cozy and great decor. I went with my mom and boyfriend and we enjoyed the atomosphere, the really special wine list, and the food was delicious! I keep dreaming about the gnocci/lamb dish I had. Sooo good! I highly recommend this restaurant. Oh, and the prices are reasonable as well.

Pros: Great atomosphere, wine and food

Cons: A bit too small/tight

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I found my night filled with great food and great wine. The service was very good and made some outstanding recommendations. The special of the day was very good.

4
★★★★☆

I found my night filled with great food and great wine. The service was very good and made some outstanding recommendations. The special of the day was very good.

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On our most recent trip to NYC my wife and i stopped in Aromas for a late lunch. It was a warm day and we had walked quite a few blocks so the water and the rose and white wines were very enjoyable. I had veal meatballs in a red suace that was excellent. The wife had artichoke parmesan which she continues to rave about. These were small dishes which was what we were looking for and really hot the spot. Rose the bar waitress was attentive and provided us with a couple of other dining establishment that we tried before the weekend was complete. We plan to return for the Sunday brunch on our next visit!

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★★★★☆

On our most recent trip to NYC my wife and i stopped in Aromas for a late lunch. It was a warm day and we had walked quite a few blocks so the water and the rose and white wines were very enjoyable. I had veal meatballs in a red suace that was excellent. The wife had artichoke parmesan which she continues to rave about. These were small dishes which was what we were looking for and really hot the spot. Rose the bar waitress was attentive and provided us with a couple of other dining establishment that we tried before the weekend was complete. We plan to return for the Sunday brunch on our next visit!

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I cannot understand how this restaurant could be both fantastic and terrible at the same time. It is really a hit-or-miss experience.

Examples:
Great Service, attentive staff, .....but lacking knowledge of the menu and wines

Fantastic and innovative menu (the taste menu a great bargain, pasta dishes amazing),...but one of my salmon dishes came out 30 minutes late, the vegetables over fried, and the salmon grilled on the outside, frozen (yes frozen, not raw) inside. This dish should not have left the kitchen!!!

Bottom Line: Please, please, please be more consistent or I may have to call in Chef Ramsey to this establishment. Has lots of potential, but....

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★★★☆☆

I cannot understand how this restaurant could be both fantastic and terrible at the same time. It is really a hit-or-miss experience.

Examples:
Great Service, attentive staff, .....but lacking knowledge of the menu and wines

Fantastic and innovative menu (the taste menu a great bargain, pasta dishes amazing),...but one of my salmon dishes came out 30 minutes late, the vegetables over fried, and the salmon grilled on the outside, frozen (yes frozen, not raw) inside. This dish should not have left the kitchen!!!

Bottom Line: Please, please, please be more consistent or I may have to call in Chef Ramsey to this establishment. Has lots of potential, but....

Pros: The Food....when they get it right

Cons: Not Consistent Food Preparation and Service

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I have been to this restaurant a few times. The first was with a large group of friends where we sat in the private anals of the dining space they have downstairs in this remote location through some very tight walls. At first I was taken aback trying to maneuver through the passageways, but a private oasis opened up upon our arrival that ended in an exceptional meal of bucatini pasta. The most recent excursion was a Sunday brunch, which IMHO, is probably the best kept secret in NYC. I've been to all the "really good" brunch places and this one bl0ws them all away. The service was impeccable, the food was outstanding, and as the clouds opened up outside the owner even gave us a spare umbrella to use to walk outside with.

I rarely write reviews, but felt compelled to do this one because of the incredible service and food we experienced that day. I ordered the two eggs (poached), pulled pork and crispy hash brown plate. The poached eggs were done perfectly, slightly cooked with a warm runny center. The has browns were perfectly seasoned and no extra salt or pepper was needed. The pulled pork was some of the best I've had this side of the NYC BBQ block party. If you love New York and love simple ingredients prepared at its most exceptional manner, you owe it to yourself to check this place out!

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★★★★★

I have been to this restaurant a few times. The first was with a large group of friends where we sat in the private anals of the dining space they have downstairs in this remote location through some very tight walls. At first I was taken aback trying to maneuver through the passageways, but a private oasis opened up upon our arrival that ended in an exceptional meal of bucatini pasta. The most recent excursion was a Sunday brunch, which IMHO, is probably the best kept secret in NYC. I've been to all the "really good" brunch places and this one bl0ws them all away. The service was impeccable, the food was outstanding, and as the clouds opened up outside the owner even gave us a spare umbrella to use to walk outside with.

I rarely write reviews, but felt compelled to do this one because of the incredible service and food we experienced that day. I ordered the two eggs (poached), pulled pork and crispy hash brown plate. The poached eggs were done perfectly, slightly cooked with a warm runny center. The has browns were perfectly seasoned and no extra salt or pepper was needed. The pulled pork was some of the best I've had this side of the NYC BBQ block party. If you love New York and love simple ingredients prepared at its most exceptional manner, you owe it to yourself to check this place out!

Pros: Serivce, Food, Ambience, what more could you want?

Cons: Could be a bit cozy for some, but for me that's why I love it!

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This place is terrific and i really like it here. the staff is great and so is the food. Gooray!! lksajd

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★★★★★

This place is terrific and i really like it here. the staff is great and so is the food. Gooray!! lksajd

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great 'neighborhood' italian place. by neighborhood, i mean one of those old-school ny charming type places which seem to be dying out in manhattan. the owners (a husband/wife team i think?) are really sweet and also put a lot of love into this place. great care is chosen with the wine list and while the wines are a bit pricey seem to be an upscale option if you are into that sort of thing. i always go for the sunday night dinner $25 3course italian feast. just went this past sunday, tomato-garlic soup, delicious pasta dish, creme brulee desert yummm.

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★★★☆☆

great 'neighborhood' italian place. by neighborhood, i mean one of those old-school ny charming type places which seem to be dying out in manhattan. the owners (a husband/wife team i think?) are really sweet and also put a lot of love into this place. great care is chosen with the wine list and while the wines are a bit pricey seem to be an upscale option if you are into that sort of thing. i always go for the sunday night dinner $25 3course italian feast. just went this past sunday, tomato-garlic soup, delicious pasta dish, creme brulee desert yummm.

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Aroma is one of the best Italian Restaurants I have ever been with the difference that they really make you feel at home. Excellent Wine Selection, Ask the waiter for recommendations, It's just WOW! The food is exquisite, and the desserts are amazing..

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★★★☆☆

Aroma is one of the best Italian Restaurants I have ever been with the difference that they really make you feel at home. Excellent Wine Selection, Ask the waiter for recommendations, It's just WOW! The food is exquisite, and the desserts are amazing..

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I arranged a dinner at Aroma for 10 colleagues who traveled in from Europe and the night was an absolute pleasure! The atmosphere is beautifully rustic, warm and elegant. Service was attentive, gracious and friendly. The food was exquisite. I heard praises all around me at the table with each bite taken. The wait went out of their way to take photographs for us, standing on top of chairs to make sure everyone was in. The evening was so smooth and my guests were truly satisfied.

I highly recommend this warm, elegant treasure of a place!

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★★★★★

I arranged a dinner at Aroma for 10 colleagues who traveled in from Europe and the night was an absolute pleasure! The atmosphere is beautifully rustic, warm and elegant. Service was attentive, gracious and friendly. The food was exquisite. I heard praises all around me at the table with each bite taken. The wait went out of their way to take photographs for us, standing on top of chairs to make sure everyone was in. The evening was so smooth and my guests were truly satisfied.

I highly recommend this warm, elegant treasure of a place!

Pros: Hospitable, warm, exquisite

Cons: A tight fit, yet perfect for close family and/ or friend gatherings and a special date

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It was exactly as we had planned and so much more! The food as well as the wines were absolutely fabulous. All of my guests were so impressed that a few have already called asking when we can return. The room was cozy, intimate, and spacious enough for everyone to move around and enjoy themselves. It was truly an amazing event and a perfect way to celebrate an important 30th birthday. I will certainly be back again soon.

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★★★★★

It was exactly as we had planned and so much more! The food as well as the wines were absolutely fabulous. All of my guests were so impressed that a few have already called asking when we can return. The room was cozy, intimate, and spacious enough for everyone to move around and enjoy themselves. It was truly an amazing event and a perfect way to celebrate an important 30th birthday. I will certainly be back again soon.

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I am still in shock over my recent experience at this restaurant. I wish I could have reviewed the food, but we didn't even get that far. Upon being seated, we ordered a bottle of wine and after tasting, all 4 of us at the table thought the bottle was"off". Our server and the Sommelier came to our table to tell us there was "nothing they could do", and "it was supposed to taste like that" and "this wine was only meant to be had with food".. Never in my life have I had a restaurant be so argumentative, and refuse to exchange a bottle of wine. There were more ridiculous comments as to why we were so wrong about the wine, but after about 20 minutes of this, we decided to leave. To top it off, one person at our table used to actually work in a wine shop and had tasted this bottle many times before, but we were still wrong. Their arrogance and complete lack of customer service is just astonishing.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am still in shock over my recent experience at this restaurant. I wish I could have reviewed the food, but we didn't even get that far. Upon being seated, we ordered a bottle of wine and after tasting, all 4 of us at the table thought the bottle was"off". Our server and the Sommelier came to our table to tell us there was "nothing they could do", and "it was supposed to taste like that" and "this wine was only meant to be had with food".. Never in my life have I had a restaurant be so argumentative, and refuse to exchange a bottle of wine. There were more ridiculous comments as to why we were so wrong about the wine, but after about 20 minutes of this, we decided to leave. To top it off, one person at our table used to actually work in a wine shop and had tasted this bottle many times before, but we were still wrong. Their arrogance and complete lack of customer service is just astonishing.

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I've been to Aroma twice. Both times I enjoyed the great wine selection. For dessert, I had the homemade assortment of sorbet - refreshing, tasty, like nothing I have had before! But the pasta on both occasions is just bland.

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★★★☆☆

I've been to Aroma twice. Both times I enjoyed the great wine selection. For dessert, I had the homemade assortment of sorbet - refreshing, tasty, like nothing I have had before! But the pasta on both occasions is just bland.

Pros: Ambience, dessert, wine

Cons: Pasta is not great

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For first-timers, I?ve been to Aroma a handful of times and here?s my take on it? The restaurant is small & specialized, that?s the beauty of it. It?s ?family boutique? in a way, and all about personal touch. It?s got one of the most inventive and economical uses of space in the city, contributing to the intimacy and warmth of the place. Eating there IS an experience. Steaming little glorious plates of fresh pasta and appetizers with accents like truffle oil and gorgonzola seem to mysteriously materialize from behind the bar, popping up in the middle of conversation or between sips of montepulciano or full bodied barolo. The duck salad, beet lasagna bolognese, and orecchiette are fantastic.

The co-owner/cook?s (Vito) mantra is that good food is all about the balance - and of course - the freshness of the ingredients. His partner, Alexandra, enchanting and welcoming, is always concerned about their ?guests? and their experience. The servers are pleasant and attentive.

When it?s crowded, it can be tight, but there can be something very cozy about it, provided you are not seated next to demanding or overbearing individuals. The intimate nature of the place and attention to detail means that it?s ideal for romance.

The wine list - although strictly italian - is extensive and can be daunting. But the owners and staff have always helped me through it, all the way to a good pour. The desserts are divine and to be shared. The journey downstairs to the farmhouse & ?tavernetta? is rewarding. It?s an exploration & discovery, descending a narrow iron staircase, through the kitchen (that?s intimate!) to find two extraordinary, candle-lit, earthy rooms of wood, brick, and stone. The rooms are filled with endless possibilities to bring friends and family together. For me, it?s easy to pretend for a brief time that it?s my space to entertain in? I?ve celebrated my brother?s birthday there with my entire family. When can I book another party???

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★★★★★

For first-timers, I?ve been to Aroma a handful of times and here?s my take on it? The restaurant is small & specialized, that?s the beauty of it. It?s ?family boutique? in a way, and all about personal touch. It?s got one of the most inventive and economical uses of space in the city, contributing to the intimacy and warmth of the place. Eating there IS an experience. Steaming little glorious plates of fresh pasta and appetizers with accents like truffle oil and gorgonzola seem to mysteriously materialize from behind the bar, popping up in the middle of conversation or between sips of montepulciano or full bodied barolo. The duck salad, beet lasagna bolognese, and orecchiette are fantastic.

The co-owner/cook?s (Vito) mantra is that good food is all about the balance - and of course - the freshness of the ingredients. His partner, Alexandra, enchanting and welcoming, is always concerned about their ?guests? and their experience. The servers are pleasant and attentive.

When it?s crowded, it can be tight, but there can be something very cozy about it, provided you are not seated next to demanding or overbearing individuals. The intimate nature of the place and attention to detail means that it?s ideal for romance.

The wine list - although strictly italian - is extensive and can be daunting. But the owners and staff have always helped me through it, all the way to a good pour. The desserts are divine and to be shared. The journey downstairs to the farmhouse & ?tavernetta? is rewarding. It?s an exploration & discovery, descending a narrow iron staircase, through the kitchen (that?s intimate!) to find two extraordinary, candle-lit, earthy rooms of wood, brick, and stone. The rooms are filled with endless possibilities to bring friends and family together. For me, it?s easy to pretend for a brief time that it?s my space to entertain in? I?ve celebrated my brother?s birthday there with my entire family. When can I book another party???

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11-16-2007 - Another family celebration ruined by good reviews written for truly bad restaurants. We never learn our lesson. Truly our fault. Here is the truth: tiny dining area, table seating 7 inches from the potty. I am certain how they derived the name of the restaurant. Someone sat where I sat (7 inches from the potty) and the AROMA inspired them. Overpriced, well written menu unfortunately the food was average or below, the service was rushed and the dining area was loud, crammed, uncomfortable . In 2 hours time I counted 32 excuse me's while the patrons of the bar made there way past my meal to the potty. Some folks didn't even have the decency to quickly close the "pocket" door after their visit. So clearly some of my senses were violated during my meal. Could have saved the trip to the city, several hundreds of dollars and order two pizzas and invited everyone into the hot tub. Stinky, kind of sums up the experience at Aroma.

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★☆☆☆☆

11-16-2007 - Another family celebration ruined by good reviews written for truly bad restaurants. We never learn our lesson. Truly our fault. Here is the truth: tiny dining area, table seating 7 inches from the potty. I am certain how they derived the name of the restaurant. Someone sat where I sat (7 inches from the potty) and the AROMA inspired them. Overpriced, well written menu unfortunately the food was average or below, the service was rushed and the dining area was loud, crammed, uncomfortable . In 2 hours time I counted 32 excuse me's while the patrons of the bar made there way past my meal to the potty. Some folks didn't even have the decency to quickly close the "pocket" door after their visit. So clearly some of my senses were violated during my meal. Could have saved the trip to the city, several hundreds of dollars and order two pizzas and invited everyone into the hot tub. Stinky, kind of sums up the experience at Aroma.

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Wow, I don't want to be a sourpuss but our dining experience was not a good one. First time for me. Eight of us went to celebrate my dad's 80th and sat at one of the few tables (not nibbles and wine at the bar) on a Sunday evening. Our table was the worst location (the other two large tables -- just inside the front door ... brrrr... and shoehorned next to the noisy and busy bar -- had apparent disadvantages): a foot next to the constantly occupied, noisy (other negative sensory afflictions) unisex bathroom; 12 inches for the bathroom seekers and wait staff to get by. Uncomfortable and distracting to the max. The food was poor, at least what I tasted. The seasonal soup had stringy parsnip fibers that the food processor didn't finish; my Orechette with sausage, broccoli rabe and other items was dry and had nothing to bind it ... not even a bit of olive oil; my nephew's Sicilian meatloaf with polenta featured very grainy polenta; my sister-in-law's artichoke pasta was, i think, overcooked, and pasty/doughy; got gelato/sorbet for dessert which, at the risk of appearing a glutton, was two marble-sized scoops. Giving the kitchen the benefit of the doubt, we caught them on an off day. But...... promptly at 8 pm (we arrived and were seated exactly at six, the time of our reservation), my brother was approached and told we'll need to wrap up dessert and coffee and leave. Can you believe it? "And leave!" Wow. The point here is that we probably were 10-15 minutes away from paying-the-bill-thanks-seeyalater so why the extra shove? My brother was upset by what he took as rude (the wait staff, pleasant to that point, told my bro that we signed a contract that defined the time; nope, not us) and that uncomfortable moment rippled through the table. I clearly understand there's a next group waiting but just a few minutes wiggleroom, please.

Yup, go have wonderful selections of wine and finger foods. But be wary of a larger group, the "Table-by-the-Toilet" and the time.

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★☆☆☆☆

Wow, I don't want to be a sourpuss but our dining experience was not a good one. First time for me. Eight of us went to celebrate my dad's 80th and sat at one of the few tables (not nibbles and wine at the bar) on a Sunday evening. Our table was the worst location (the other two large tables -- just inside the front door ... brrrr... and shoehorned next to the noisy and busy bar -- had apparent disadvantages): a foot next to the constantly occupied, noisy (other negative sensory afflictions) unisex bathroom; 12 inches for the bathroom seekers and wait staff to get by. Uncomfortable and distracting to the max. The food was poor, at least what I tasted. The seasonal soup had stringy parsnip fibers that the food processor didn't finish; my Orechette with sausage, broccoli rabe and other items was dry and had nothing to bind it ... not even a bit of olive oil; my nephew's Sicilian meatloaf with polenta featured very grainy polenta; my sister-in-law's artichoke pasta was, i think, overcooked, and pasty/doughy; got gelato/sorbet for dessert which, at the risk of appearing a glutton, was two marble-sized scoops. Giving the kitchen the benefit of the doubt, we caught them on an off day. But...... promptly at 8 pm (we arrived and were seated exactly at six, the time of our reservation), my brother was approached and told we'll need to wrap up dessert and coffee and leave. Can you believe it? "And leave!" Wow. The point here is that we probably were 10-15 minutes away from paying-the-bill-thanks-seeyalater so why the extra shove? My brother was upset by what he took as rude (the wait staff, pleasant to that point, told my bro that we signed a contract that defined the time; nope, not us) and that uncomfortable moment rippled through the table. I clearly understand there's a next group waiting but just a few minutes wiggleroom, please.

Yup, go have wonderful selections of wine and finger foods. But be wary of a larger group, the "Table-by-the-Toilet" and the time.

Pros: Cute place; great wine bar

Cons: Sardine-like seating; LOUD; the food for our visit was awful; leave the minute your res is finished to avoid embarassment

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Perfection! A staple on my list of go-to restaurants. Alexandra and Vito are like your friendly neighbors that you always enjoy seeing. Include that, the perfect recommend of food and wine and there you have it. Thanks Alexandra and Vito for all of the good times/great food/fun evenings! Sincerely, amanda

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★★★★★

Perfection! A staple on my list of go-to restaurants. Alexandra and Vito are like your friendly neighbors that you always enjoy seeing. Include that, the perfect recommend of food and wine and there you have it. Thanks Alexandra and Vito for all of the good times/great food/fun evenings! Sincerely, amanda

Pros: Awesome food and ambience

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Simply put, the food and wine are fantastic and the servers are a delight. Wine pairing at it's best, with a price tag that is palatable to boot!

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★★★★★

Simply put, the food and wine are fantastic and the servers are a delight. Wine pairing at it's best, with a price tag that is palatable to boot!

Pros: Small place with great atmosphere and wine

Cons: if you can't get the private dining room downstairs, it can be tight for large groups

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Hi guys. I'm a regular at Aroma. I'm there about once a week. Customers are warmly greeted, sometimes personally by co-owners Alexandra or Vito. Their frequent presence, up front or in the kitchen, is a great credit to the personal attention they give to customers. The wine list is accessible, extensive, and unabashedly Italian. Honestly, it's the food that keeps me coming back. Aroma's kitchen has a habit of making its own pasta, and using locally grown, top quality meats and produce whenever feasible. Ingredients are consistently chosen to complement each other, and the kitchen's best ideas are often found in the nightly appetizer and entree specials. I've found the staff to be extremely knowledgable about the grapes, regions, flavors, and pairings relevant to their wine list. The wine list's depth is amazing, and so are the reasonable prices. If you want to go on a Friday or Saturday, make a reservation.

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★★★★★

Hi guys. I'm a regular at Aroma. I'm there about once a week. Customers are warmly greeted, sometimes personally by co-owners Alexandra or Vito. Their frequent presence, up front or in the kitchen, is a great credit to the personal attention they give to customers. The wine list is accessible, extensive, and unabashedly Italian. Honestly, it's the food that keeps me coming back. Aroma's kitchen has a habit of making its own pasta, and using locally grown, top quality meats and produce whenever feasible. Ingredients are consistently chosen to complement each other, and the kitchen's best ideas are often found in the nightly appetizer and entree specials. I've found the staff to be extremely knowledgable about the grapes, regions, flavors, and pairings relevant to their wine list. The wine list's depth is amazing, and so are the reasonable prices. If you want to go on a Friday or Saturday, make a reservation.

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I went to dinner at Aroma two weeks ago with 3 friends. We all love the place and will def be back. I have friends coming into town in May and I think they will love it. The food is yummy and interesting, the vibe was low key on a Thursday night but still busy.

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★★★★★

I went to dinner at Aroma two weeks ago with 3 friends. We all love the place and will def be back. I have friends coming into town in May and I think they will love it. The food is yummy and interesting, the vibe was low key on a Thursday night but still busy.

Pros: food is yummy

Cons: the space is small so make a reservation

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My buddy and I recently knocked off work and on a recommendation went to check this place out.....the previous comment about neurotic service with regards to other user reviews ahead of this one is the only thing on the mark about this "restaurant".The food is not too good unless you like chuck wagons... a real let down overall

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★★☆☆☆

My buddy and I recently knocked off work and on a recommendation went to check this place out.....the previous comment about neurotic service with regards to other user reviews ahead of this one is the only thing on the mark about this "restaurant".The food is not too good unless you like chuck wagons... a real let down overall

Pros: It's a closet with wine

Cons: the food

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I'm a regular at Aroma and was surprised to see some of the recent comments. I'm sure the food, wine and service are not for everyone but "flavorless" and "neurotic" are not descriptors I would ever have used. The food is fresh, the ingredients high quality, and the menu diverse and seasonal. The wines are well priced and there's always something new to discover. The service is personal and professional. Before long you feel like you're visiting friends. There's a handful of tables so it fills up on the weekends and it's not for lingering. We've thrown a number of parties in their private room and they're always great. Before the end, we're planning the next one! I always look forward to going back and introducing a friend to it.

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★★★★★

I'm a regular at Aroma and was surprised to see some of the recent comments. I'm sure the food, wine and service are not for everyone but "flavorless" and "neurotic" are not descriptors I would ever have used. The food is fresh, the ingredients high quality, and the menu diverse and seasonal. The wines are well priced and there's always something new to discover. The service is personal and professional. Before long you feel like you're visiting friends. There's a handful of tables so it fills up on the weekends and it's not for lingering. We've thrown a number of parties in their private room and they're always great. Before the end, we're planning the next one! I always look forward to going back and introducing a friend to it.

Pros: Fresh food, extensive wine list

Cons: Fills up quickly on the weekends

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The moment we got there, we immediately seated. Nice? Not so much. The waiter and owner then proceeded to tell us about what a busy a night they had ahead of them and we were rushed to order. Yes, rushed. Apparently when you make an 8 PM Friday reservation here, the intention is to make the guests feel as if they are really a burden because there are better guests coming later. And when you pair warmth like that with food that has had all the flavor removed before it's served to you by a staff that's counting the moments until you leave, you get a dining experience on par with the Olive Garden. (How do you remove flavor from a beet and gorgonzola dish? I am baffled.)

The people at Aroma Kitchen may know wine, but the food is a joke. And the service? Well, it's faster than a drive thru. I couldn't recommend better service for those who enjoy eating while a neurotic waiter and owner stand over you and breath down your neck. Clearly, their priority, much like at the Olive Garden, is turning tables. I'd also like to note that there we no lines and nobody visibly waiting for our table.

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★★☆☆☆

The moment we got there, we immediately seated. Nice? Not so much. The waiter and owner then proceeded to tell us about what a busy a night they had ahead of them and we were rushed to order. Yes, rushed. Apparently when you make an 8 PM Friday reservation here, the intention is to make the guests feel as if they are really a burden because there are better guests coming later. And when you pair warmth like that with food that has had all the flavor removed before it's served to you by a staff that's counting the moments until you leave, you get a dining experience on par with the Olive Garden. (How do you remove flavor from a beet and gorgonzola dish? I am baffled.)

The people at Aroma Kitchen may know wine, but the food is a joke. And the service? Well, it's faster than a drive thru. I couldn't recommend better service for those who enjoy eating while a neurotic waiter and owner stand over you and breath down your neck. Clearly, their priority, much like at the Olive Garden, is turning tables. I'd also like to note that there we no lines and nobody visibly waiting for our table.

Pros: good wine list

Cons: rushed and rude service, food with no flavor

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Got here about nine o'clock on a Wednesday, room was full and was told we'd have to wait about 5 minutes which is exactly what we waited. They were out of the wine we ordered and when asked for a comparable substitute they got it right to a tee. The menu has a good mix of things for everyone, more of a real menu than just a large selection of cheese and meats. Overall the food was pretty good, the atmosphere convivial and intimate(but in a friendly way more than a romantic one), and the service thorough, knowledgeable, and pleasant. The prices are what one would expect for this type of food and atmosphere in Manhattan. Net-net, I'd recommend it to friends.

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★★★★☆

Got here about nine o'clock on a Wednesday, room was full and was told we'd have to wait about 5 minutes which is exactly what we waited. They were out of the wine we ordered and when asked for a comparable substitute they got it right to a tee. The menu has a good mix of things for everyone, more of a real menu than just a large selection of cheese and meats. Overall the food was pretty good, the atmosphere convivial and intimate(but in a friendly way more than a romantic one), and the service thorough, knowledgeable, and pleasant. The prices are what one would expect for this type of food and atmosphere in Manhattan. Net-net, I'd recommend it to friends.

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Last weekend we went to Aroma for my Fiance's birthday. We were a party of 8, and we were able to share the private room downstairs for the party. The room was perfect for a large party. It holds up to 22, but was perfect for a our party to share with another group. From the minute we walked in and met owners Alexandra and Vito we were made to feel as if we had dined there a million times. The food was delicious from the olives, meat, and cheese plate to the meatball appetizers or the gnocchi with mushroom appetizer, or the veal chop special, everything was perfectly seasoned and a treat for the taste buds. Vito recommended 3 different wines (all reasonably priced) and all were perfect with the accompanying dishes. Even the location of the private room was a treat! We will be back.

2
★★★★★

Last weekend we went to Aroma for my Fiance's birthday. We were a party of 8, and we were able to share the private room downstairs for the party. The room was perfect for a large party. It holds up to 22, but was perfect for a our party to share with another group. From the minute we walked in and met owners Alexandra and Vito we were made to feel as if we had dined there a million times. The food was delicious from the olives, meat, and cheese plate to the meatball appetizers or the gnocchi with mushroom appetizer, or the veal chop special, everything was perfectly seasoned and a treat for the taste buds. Vito recommended 3 different wines (all reasonably priced) and all were perfect with the accompanying dishes. Even the location of the private room was a treat! We will be back.

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I started my 2007 with a wonderful culinary experience over this tiny Italian restaurant. I was there the new year evening with few friends , and the entire evening was superb. I have been traveling in Italy many times acquiring a vast knowledge on wines , and their wine list was truly impressive and captivating. The meal was simply right , consistent , elegant and fullfilling . Homemade shrimp tortellini in lobster sauce , octopus salad , taglierini neri with scallops , and a ossobuco to die for, every dish was paired with a perfect choice of wine by Vito , the owner of this place. The wait staff was cordial and attentive , too bad this place is bit small , it gets crowded very fast . I believe reservation is a must. Definitely a great start for this 2007.

2
★★★★★

I started my 2007 with a wonderful culinary experience over this tiny Italian restaurant. I was there the new year evening with few friends , and the entire evening was superb. I have been traveling in Italy many times acquiring a vast knowledge on wines , and their wine list was truly impressive and captivating. The meal was simply right , consistent , elegant and fullfilling . Homemade shrimp tortellini in lobster sauce , octopus salad , taglierini neri with scallops , and a ossobuco to die for, every dish was paired with a perfect choice of wine by Vito , the owner of this place. The wait staff was cordial and attentive , too bad this place is bit small , it gets crowded very fast . I believe reservation is a must. Definitely a great start for this 2007.

Pros: Wine list , amazing food

Cons: Tiny place ,

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After reading the reviews & receiving a friend's recommendation we were expecting a stellar meal... we were disappointed to find anything but. Ok, yes I'm selective- I want great food with excellent service- we found neither. The place is SUPER tiny, the photo above is deceptive, but IF it had great food that wouldn't keep me away. After 2 starters and 2 entrees, I can say that the chef is uninventive. Like vicman said it's fresh but dull. They do have excellent wines though, possibly if you enjoy many flights of fancy you won't notice that the cuisine is boring? Service wise they appear to care but it is not genuine (except for the waiter who gets high praise). We noticed that the owner has a hidden bit of "Sicilian Old World" Chauvinism that I could do without. Our meal for two with 1/2 bottle of wine was around $140 pre-tip. There are 3 places within 3 blocks of here that have much better cuisine with genuine service. Aroma gets a 3 1/2 out of 5 stars from us. Overall I would not recommend. Spend your dollars elsewhere to get a fabulous meal.

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★★★☆☆

After reading the reviews & receiving a friend's recommendation we were expecting a stellar meal... we were disappointed to find anything but. Ok, yes I'm selective- I want great food with excellent service- we found neither. The place is SUPER tiny, the photo above is deceptive, but IF it had great food that wouldn't keep me away. After 2 starters and 2 entrees, I can say that the chef is uninventive. Like vicman said it's fresh but dull. They do have excellent wines though, possibly if you enjoy many flights of fancy you won't notice that the cuisine is boring? Service wise they appear to care but it is not genuine (except for the waiter who gets high praise). We noticed that the owner has a hidden bit of "Sicilian Old World" Chauvinism that I could do without. Our meal for two with 1/2 bottle of wine was around $140 pre-tip. There are 3 places within 3 blocks of here that have much better cuisine with genuine service. Aroma gets a 3 1/2 out of 5 stars from us. Overall I would not recommend. Spend your dollars elsewhere to get a fabulous meal.

Pros: Wine, dessert

Cons: SUPER tiny, wait with reservations, BORING Cuisine, not worth the money

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We had a very nice dinner here which was enhanced by the charm of the intimate front room, the friendliness of the owners and attentiveness of the staff. The greens for the salads were garden fresh, the pasta is made on the premises, and when we asked for a special order of a lamb chop with mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetable it came out just right. We had glasses of the least expensive red wine on the menu ($8) and it was excellent, rich and smooth. Sorry we didn't have time for dessert, I'm sure it would have been wonderful. The separate downstairs dining room is down a narrow flight of stairs and through part of the kitchen, and it is a beautiful wine cellar, with the bottles on one wall and a long table in the middle, it looks like a lovely place to have a dinner party. It is a small place and well worth a return visit.

2
★★★★★

We had a very nice dinner here which was enhanced by the charm of the intimate front room, the friendliness of the owners and attentiveness of the staff. The greens for the salads were garden fresh, the pasta is made on the premises, and when we asked for a special order of a lamb chop with mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetable it came out just right. We had glasses of the least expensive red wine on the menu ($8) and it was excellent, rich and smooth. Sorry we didn't have time for dessert, I'm sure it would have been wonderful. The separate downstairs dining room is down a narrow flight of stairs and through part of the kitchen, and it is a beautiful wine cellar, with the bottles on one wall and a long table in the middle, it looks like a lovely place to have a dinner party. It is a small place and well worth a return visit.

Pros: Excellent food, fresh ingredients, friendly and attentive owners and staff

Cons: Is a small place, but does have a nice sized separate underground dining room that I guess would seat 10-12 people

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We were a party of 4 and we did arrive on time for our 9:30 Sat night reservation...and they didn't have our table ready. They were, however, very apologetic (5 apologies from three different people). The food was excellent--the recommendations of the wine steward were fantastic (and he didn't try to push the most expensive wines on the list on us, actually recommending one of the cheaper whites). The food was fantastic, all 4 of us were happy with both our entrees and our appetizers. The waiter was very attentive and friendly. In a city full of restaurants that act like they are doing you a favor by allowing you to eat there this was a quiet and cozy dining experience with great food, wine and service. Highly recommended for either a date or a small party of friends.

2
★★★★★

We were a party of 4 and we did arrive on time for our 9:30 Sat night reservation...and they didn't have our table ready. They were, however, very apologetic (5 apologies from three different people). The food was excellent--the recommendations of the wine steward were fantastic (and he didn't try to push the most expensive wines on the list on us, actually recommending one of the cheaper whites). The food was fantastic, all 4 of us were happy with both our entrees and our appetizers. The waiter was very attentive and friendly. In a city full of restaurants that act like they are doing you a favor by allowing you to eat there this was a quiet and cozy dining experience with great food, wine and service. Highly recommended for either a date or a small party of friends.

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★★★★☆

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unbelieveably good wines for the prices. the food reminds one of eating in europe. the staff are lovely and very helpful and i've used the downstairs private room for a birthday party. it's my new favorite place in my neighborhood to go for dinner or just a glass of wine..

2
★★★★★

unbelieveably good wines for the prices. the food reminds one of eating in europe. the staff are lovely and very helpful and i've used the downstairs private room for a birthday party. it's my new favorite place in my neighborhood to go for dinner or just a glass of wine..

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Although the food and wine is quite nice, Aroma misses the mark on customer service. We made a reservation for a private party and were assured we would be taken care of (the hostess/owner promised to hold our table for us). When we arrived (exactly on time, not a minute late), we were unapologetically told by the same hostess/owner that she had given our table away "because we're a small restaurant and we can't afford to turn customers away." Needless to say, our party of seven relocated to an alternate location, upset, hungry and disturbed that the reservation was taken and no warning about such a scenario was issued. In my (many) years of dining in NYC, I have never encountered such a scenario.. Perhaps it just an off night, but I wouldn't chance returning.

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★☆☆☆☆

Although the food and wine is quite nice, Aroma misses the mark on customer service. We made a reservation for a private party and were assured we would be taken care of (the hostess/owner promised to hold our table for us). When we arrived (exactly on time, not a minute late), we were unapologetically told by the same hostess/owner that she had given our table away "because we're a small restaurant and we can't afford to turn customers away." Needless to say, our party of seven relocated to an alternate location, upset, hungry and disturbed that the reservation was taken and no warning about such a scenario was issued. In my (many) years of dining in NYC, I have never encountered such a scenario.. Perhaps it just an off night, but I wouldn't chance returning.

Pros: ???

Cons: unprofessional service

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I was so happy to discover a new lunch place in the neighborhood. After trying it out, I'm thrilled that the food is excellent and at a great price. It's not a huge menu but there's plenty of choice of panini, pastas and salads. Everything we tried was really fresh and flavorful. I'm hooked on the sicilian tuna panino. And, if you love coffee, their espresso and cappuccino are some of the best I've ever tasted.

2
★★★★★

I was so happy to discover a new lunch place in the neighborhood. After trying it out, I'm thrilled that the food is excellent and at a great price. It's not a huge menu but there's plenty of choice of panini, pastas and salads. Everything we tried was really fresh and flavorful. I'm hooked on the sicilian tuna panino. And, if you love coffee, their espresso and cappuccino are some of the best I've ever tasted.

Pros: great service, perfect ambience

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Divine wine & italian food! We had a birthday dinner downstairs in the gorgeous private room, Vito brought us wine selections and basically provided a private tasting and descriptions and insight into the different wines which the guests loved, we had great cheese plates to start and a fabulous fruit tiramisu for 'cake' dessert. Good service, & Alexandra arranged everything for us fabulously. Rissotto ball appetizer was delish, and loved the garganelli with artichokes & pine nuts, and the meatloaf. All the guests raved about the food and place! Thank you Aroma!!! Best night out in months! Finish up your night at Swift next door, what more can you ask for.

2
★★★★★

Divine wine & italian food! We had a birthday dinner downstairs in the gorgeous private room, Vito brought us wine selections and basically provided a private tasting and descriptions and insight into the different wines which the guests loved, we had great cheese plates to start and a fabulous fruit tiramisu for 'cake' dessert. Good service, & Alexandra arranged everything for us fabulously. Rissotto ball appetizer was delish, and loved the garganelli with artichokes & pine nuts, and the meatloaf. All the guests raved about the food and place! Thank you Aroma!!! Best night out in months! Finish up your night at Swift next door, what more can you ask for.

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I went there for my good-bye dinner last Friday and I couldn't have had it at a better place. I had a group of 16 people so they gave us the downstairs dining room, which had an intimate and elegantly homey ambiance. I had to change my reservations three times and Alexandra couldn't have been nicer about it, a rarity among NYC restaurants of this caliber. Vito chose excellent red and white wines for us, and Kristy (I think that was her name), our server, was extremely helpful and competent. The food was delicious--best Italian I've had in the city. My favorites were the gnocchi, meatloaf, risotto rice nuggets, sliced tomato and mozzarella, and basically everything else I ate. And the bathroom was pristine! All of us couldn't stop raving about Aroma, and a couple of friends went there the next night on my recommendation and loved it. Unfortunately, I won't be able to eat there for a while, but check it out if you can--you won't regret it!

2
★★★★★

I went there for my good-bye dinner last Friday and I couldn't have had it at a better place. I had a group of 16 people so they gave us the downstairs dining room, which had an intimate and elegantly homey ambiance. I had to change my reservations three times and Alexandra couldn't have been nicer about it, a rarity among NYC restaurants of this caliber. Vito chose excellent red and white wines for us, and Kristy (I think that was her name), our server, was extremely helpful and competent. The food was delicious--best Italian I've had in the city. My favorites were the gnocchi, meatloaf, risotto rice nuggets, sliced tomato and mozzarella, and basically everything else I ate. And the bathroom was pristine! All of us couldn't stop raving about Aroma, and a couple of friends went there the next night on my recommendation and loved it. Unfortunately, I won't be able to eat there for a while, but check it out if you can--you won't regret it!

Pros: Superb food and wine, friendly staff/owners, spotless bathroom

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I held a business dinner here last night based on the glowing Citysearch reviews and was very pleased to find that they were correct. The food was amazing, our waitress was very helpful and chatty, the wine was a delight-- they even gave us our own room so we could have some privacy. There wasn't a sigh or grumble when I made the reservation and informed them that we'd have a party of 8 and that I'd need to use an AmEx (both have been problems at other places in the past). If my one visit there is indicative of their normal service/food/etc, I really can't heap enough praise on Aroma.

I'll be back for sure.

2
★★★★★

I held a business dinner here last night based on the glowing Citysearch reviews and was very pleased to find that they were correct. The food was amazing, our waitress was very helpful and chatty, the wine was a delight-- they even gave us our own room so we could have some privacy. There wasn't a sigh or grumble when I made the reservation and informed them that we'd have a party of 8 and that I'd need to use an AmEx (both have been problems at other places in the past). If my one visit there is indicative of their normal service/food/etc, I really can't heap enough praise on Aroma.

I'll be back for sure.

Pros: Service, Food, Wine

Cons: Not a con, but a heads up: the private rooms are down narrow stairs--keep in mind if you have any elderly, handicapped

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What a lovely place Alexandra and Vito created....After having had many dinners at Aroma previously,I organized to have my sister's birthday there (she flew in from LA) . Vito actually baked a chocolate cake for her, which they presented after a wondefully inventive dinner.
Their wine selection is so vast and unique that you have to ask for help, if you dont have a PhD in Wne. Their menu is held on a small scale to be able to perfect every dish, which they manage just fin. My favorites are the lamb, the monkfish and everything else on the menu ;-)
Cheers to many more visits!

2
★★★★★

What a lovely place Alexandra and Vito created....After having had many dinners at Aroma previously,I organized to have my sister's birthday there (she flew in from LA) . Vito actually baked a chocolate cake for her, which they presented after a wondefully inventive dinner.
Their wine selection is so vast and unique that you have to ask for help, if you dont have a PhD in Wne. Their menu is held on a small scale to be able to perfect every dish, which they manage just fin. My favorites are the lamb, the monkfish and everything else on the menu ;-)
Cheers to many more visits!

Pros: Food, Wine, Intimate setting

Cons: niente

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Ah, yes, excellent wine selections allow one to travel Italian regions without leaving one's seat. Of course, it is a small place. Tables of two to four are easily happy here. There is a large room downstairs for parties of 10 or more. However, this is not a walk in type of arrangement. The kitchen has changed hands, but Vito is keeping it very Italian, fresh, and satisfying so far. I know of very few places where one can leave the city and still remain in it at the same time. Food and wines are superb. The service is friendly, warm, and attentive.

A great first date place. One could actually propose under these romantic conditions. So, I would only go with someone I would really like to have around a lot later. Good for business deals, too. Again, one on one or tables of four would be best.

Owners are receptive to feedback and making improvements. So, I wouldn't be shy in sharing comments. And, they have lowered prices, making it truly a good first date place.

2
★★★★★

Ah, yes, excellent wine selections allow one to travel Italian regions without leaving one's seat. Of course, it is a small place. Tables of two to four are easily happy here. There is a large room downstairs for parties of 10 or more. However, this is not a walk in type of arrangement. The kitchen has changed hands, but Vito is keeping it very Italian, fresh, and satisfying so far. I know of very few places where one can leave the city and still remain in it at the same time. Food and wines are superb. The service is friendly, warm, and attentive.

A great first date place. One could actually propose under these romantic conditions. So, I would only go with someone I would really like to have around a lot later. Good for business deals, too. Again, one on one or tables of four would be best.

Owners are receptive to feedback and making improvements. So, I wouldn't be shy in sharing comments. And, they have lowered prices, making it truly a good first date place.

Pros: Pros. Warm, friendly, inviting vibe. Fresh food

Cons: Cons. Not good for large groups, unless plan ahead and secure downstairs room

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This probably one of the friendliest place i know in NY.
The food is excellent prices are good and the service is ultra attentive, the wine list is a delight.
Best value for money in my book. A feel good place.
Try it for a glass of wine stay the whole night that s what I did.
And I ll do it again.

2
★★★★☆

This probably one of the friendliest place i know in NY.
The food is excellent prices are good and the service is ultra attentive, the wine list is a delight.
Best value for money in my book. A feel good place.
Try it for a glass of wine stay the whole night that s what I did.
And I ll do it again.

Pros: The whole experience

Cons: none

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We discovered Aroma by chance on a Sunday night. We were warmly welcomed - it quickly felt like we were visiting friends. Once comfortably seated we were told that they offer a special menu on Sundays that is more relaxed and casual than the rest of the week. And it's a bargain at 3 courses for $25 with great choices for each course. I didn't feel like eating 3 courses and that was fine too plus they have additional items off the prix fixe menu. The wine list is impressive with great choices at all price levels and a huge selection of half bottles. We loved everything we ate from the fresh organic mesclun salad to the meatballs and the monkfish with a delicious sardinian pasta in a light lobster broth. We also discovered a new wine that is now one of our favorites. To make the night perfect, we were pleasantly surprised by a guitarist playing soothing melodies. Truly a wonderful way to relax and rejuvenate before the work week ahead. Since then, we've been back to try their regular menu and are just as impressed.

2
★★★★★

We discovered Aroma by chance on a Sunday night. We were warmly welcomed - it quickly felt like we were visiting friends. Once comfortably seated we were told that they offer a special menu on Sundays that is more relaxed and casual than the rest of the week. And it's a bargain at 3 courses for $25 with great choices for each course. I didn't feel like eating 3 courses and that was fine too plus they have additional items off the prix fixe menu. The wine list is impressive with great choices at all price levels and a huge selection of half bottles. We loved everything we ate from the fresh organic mesclun salad to the meatballs and the monkfish with a delicious sardinian pasta in a light lobster broth. We also discovered a new wine that is now one of our favorites. To make the night perfect, we were pleasantly surprised by a guitarist playing soothing melodies. Truly a wonderful way to relax and rejuvenate before the work week ahead. Since then, we've been back to try their regular menu and are just as impressed.

Pros: Fresh food, seasonal ingredients, amazing wine list

Cons: Small tables

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Small intimate restaurant with excellent friendly service. All the dishes we had simple, well constructed favors (stuffed calamari with almonds, beet salad, orresheti (sp?) pasta with mixed sweet and spicy sausages, linguini with clams and leeks). Deserts were fresh, interesting and homemade as well. Great, great, Italian wine list. Ask Vito to recommend a wine; he gave us several winers.

2
★★★★★

Small intimate restaurant with excellent friendly service. All the dishes we had simple, well constructed favors (stuffed calamari with almonds, beet salad, orresheti (sp?) pasta with mixed sweet and spicy sausages, linguini with clams and leeks). Deserts were fresh, interesting and homemade as well. Great, great, Italian wine list. Ask Vito to recommend a wine; he gave us several winers.

Pros: Small environment; great food and wine; not too expensive

Cons: ??? Service was friendly, but could be more professional

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Lovely! Greatest lamb of all times, superbe wine list (where do they keep it all?)...fantastic appetizers! They lowered their prices immensly, so that you practically get a bargain now (almost).

2
★★★★★

Lovely! Greatest lamb of all times, superbe wine list (where do they keep it all?)...fantastic appetizers! They lowered their prices immensly, so that you practically get a bargain now (almost).

Pros: food, ambience, price

Cons: hm, none?

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Alex and Vito are amazing hosts. Their staff is great too. Food and wine were delicious. Ambience: cozy, very romantic, great for wine and conversations. Don't leave without trying some of their dessert wines and their mocha cake--YUM!!! I'm not much of a wine person, but Vito (wine conniseur) has converted me. The best wine I've ever had! I'd highly recommend this place for that special occasion. The best service I've encountered in NYC.

2
★★★★★

Alex and Vito are amazing hosts. Their staff is great too. Food and wine were delicious. Ambience: cozy, very romantic, great for wine and conversations. Don't leave without trying some of their dessert wines and their mocha cake--YUM!!! I'm not much of a wine person, but Vito (wine conniseur) has converted me. The best wine I've ever had! I'd highly recommend this place for that special occasion. The best service I've encountered in NYC.

Pros: great ambience, awesome wine, best service

Cons: small space

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All of the necessary attributes for a romantic experience are not only present at Aroma, but handled to perfection. An intimate vibe, candle lit booths, expansive wine list, and a creative (not to mention delectable) menu lay the groundwork for a memorable evening. But what sets the restaurant apart is the feeling you get when you walk in; it's as though you've discovered a secret, intimate nook that nobody else knows about. It also doesn't hurt that the exceptional staff treats you like family, as owners Vito and Alexandra will make you feel like they are long lost cousins by the end of the night.

2
★★★★★

All of the necessary attributes for a romantic experience are not only present at Aroma, but handled to perfection. An intimate vibe, candle lit booths, expansive wine list, and a creative (not to mention delectable) menu lay the groundwork for a memorable evening. But what sets the restaurant apart is the feeling you get when you walk in; it's as though you've discovered a secret, intimate nook that nobody else knows about. It also doesn't hurt that the exceptional staff treats you like family, as owners Vito and Alexandra will make you feel like they are long lost cousins by the end of the night.

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Food was fresh yet dull, especially for the price ($12-14 appetizers; $22-$27 entrees). We had asked for three flights of wine for about $15 each. We were offered to take three half bottles for "about the same price". Were we floored when the billed came! We had orded two half bottles. One was $21 and the other was $42! The wine was good, though completely off the mark in what our server had described. Our duck was described as "fall off the bone." We had to fight with it just to get some slices off. Of course we payed and tipped, but felt taken. Was it a horrible meal -- no. Was it worth the over $200 bill -- no. Was I satisfied -- no. Did I feel taken advantage of - YES.

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★☆☆☆☆

Food was fresh yet dull, especially for the price ($12-14 appetizers; $22-$27 entrees). We had asked for three flights of wine for about $15 each. We were offered to take three half bottles for "about the same price". Were we floored when the billed came! We had orded two half bottles. One was $21 and the other was $42! The wine was good, though completely off the mark in what our server had described. Our duck was described as "fall off the bone." We had to fight with it just to get some slices off. Of course we payed and tipped, but felt taken. Was it a horrible meal -- no. Was it worth the over $200 bill -- no. Was I satisfied -- no. Did I feel taken advantage of - YES.

Pros: ambiance

Cons: tight, overpriced

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i eat out in nyc all the time....and for a long time have thought that the city's best chefs begin their careers in the east and west village...that was true with the new famous chef at Veritas, Scott Bryant. Aroma has one of NYC's Top Chef;s and Alexandra and Vito make this one of my Top 15 Restaurants on this Island ...bar none. Just sit at the bar and sip some amazing Italian wines...and have dinner by yourself if its a quiet evening....or grab 20 of your closest friends and head to their private wine cellar/ dining room. Aroma is what makes NYC such a great place to live//well done to Vito and Alexandra.

2
★★★★★

i eat out in nyc all the time....and for a long time have thought that the city's best chefs begin their careers in the east and west village...that was true with the new famous chef at Veritas, Scott Bryant. Aroma has one of NYC's Top Chef;s and Alexandra and Vito make this one of my Top 15 Restaurants on this Island ...bar none. Just sit at the bar and sip some amazing Italian wines...and have dinner by yourself if its a quiet evening....or grab 20 of your closest friends and head to their private wine cellar/ dining room. Aroma is what makes NYC such a great place to live//well done to Vito and Alexandra.

Pros: amazing food, great wines, great people

Cons: a little small..

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I had a wonderful culinary experience this Sunday at Aroma Restaurant. I come back from a ski trip in Colorado and i was hungry like a wolf. My friends took me to this lovely wine bar , where on Sunday they have a pre.fix menu. Incredible choices of wines, with caramelized onions bruschetta, pasta e fagioli, winter green salad, spaghetti polepettine, sicilian style meatloaf. Just incredibly good, i walked in barely standing, and come out feeling like a GOD.

2
★★★★★

I had a wonderful culinary experience this Sunday at Aroma Restaurant. I come back from a ski trip in Colorado and i was hungry like a wolf. My friends took me to this lovely wine bar , where on Sunday they have a pre.fix menu. Incredible choices of wines, with caramelized onions bruschetta, pasta e fagioli, winter green salad, spaghetti polepettine, sicilian style meatloaf. Just incredibly good, i walked in barely standing, and come out feeling like a GOD.

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Alice and I stumbled upon this little pearl of a rest ..Warm beets salad with gorgonzola delicious little balls..it's a genius idea, a savory sweet to start, I tasted my friend stuffed calamari and I could tell they where fresh and delicious.Some guy came to talk to us about the wines and he was genuinely excited ,we told him our budget and the wine was something i'm not going to remenber but deliciously different , and turned out to be cheaper .I had the most satisfying dish of lamb in a long time, the shoulder cake what a delicious idea with mush potato layer, Alicia went for the cod, crispy and great citrus flavor.Our bill was less then $ 150 with tip ,we had a great time, very good service a gracious host that showed us the downstairs with a communal table.Aroma we will be back..hopefully in the cellar.

2
★★★★★

Alice and I stumbled upon this little pearl of a rest ..Warm beets salad with gorgonzola delicious little balls..it's a genius idea, a savory sweet to start, I tasted my friend stuffed calamari and I could tell they where fresh and delicious.Some guy came to talk to us about the wines and he was genuinely excited ,we told him our budget and the wine was something i'm not going to remenber but deliciously different , and turned out to be cheaper .I had the most satisfying dish of lamb in a long time, the shoulder cake what a delicious idea with mush potato layer, Alicia went for the cod, crispy and great citrus flavor.Our bill was less then $ 150 with tip ,we had a great time, very good service a gracious host that showed us the downstairs with a communal table.Aroma we will be back..hopefully in the cellar.

Pros: great host, food & wine, communal party table

Cons: Small, Can get crowded

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This soft-spoken Italian restaurant does simple fare very well. The philosophy at the brick-and-wood-bedecked Aroma is dining is an experience to linger over and savor. The menu features seasonal ingredients from the farmers market and the…

 

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