'inoteca

★★★★☆
An extension of 'ino on Bedford Street in Greenwich Village, 'inoteca is owned and operated by Jason Denton of 'ino, Lupa and Otto, Joe Denton, manager of 'ino and Eric Kleinman, former sous chef at Lupa. The restaurant features classic wine bar cuisine with an extensive selection of regional Italian wines. Some of the selections are Frappato from Sicily, Falanghina from Campania and Ribolla Gialla from Fruili.
  • 98 Rivington St

    New York, NY 10002

    Cross street: Cross Streets at Ludlow

    Map & Directions
  • 212-614-0473

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On the plus side, the egg-plant lasagna and gorgonzola bruschetta were good (although the lasagna was a little too rich). But the prosciutto cotto and spicy mayo tramezzini tasted like a regular ham sandwich and we wouldn't be surprised if it was luncheon meat not prosciutto. The meatballs were not fresh and had lots of filler. We expected more from a restaurant which has it's menu in Italian, which to be honest is a little arrogant and leaves diners having to ask about most dishes unless they're fluent in Italian. Not a great experience. The wine was just ok for the price. Plenty of other restaurants in the area which are better.

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★☆☆☆☆

On the plus side, the egg-plant lasagna and gorgonzola bruschetta were good (although the lasagna was a little too rich). But the prosciutto cotto and spicy mayo tramezzini tasted like a regular ham sandwich and we wouldn't be surprised if it was luncheon meat not prosciutto. The meatballs were not fresh and had lots of filler. We expected more from a restaurant which has it's menu in Italian, which to be honest is a little arrogant and leaves diners having to ask about most dishes unless they're fluent in Italian. Not a great experience. The wine was just ok for the price. Plenty of other restaurants in the area which are better.

Pros: Good service and atmosphere

Cons: Poor food

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I arranged a bachelor party dinner for ten and couldn't have been more pleased. From the manager who booked the party, to the staff that served us, 'inoteca was on point. We went for the Classic Party Menu for a mere $39 - this is a family style dinner, and sometimes that means the portions can be meager. Not in this case. We actually had food leftover, and we're talking about 10 hungry male adults. A big shout out to our waitress who realized she'd given us the wrong bill, which we paid, and came running out of the restaurant to reimburse us the $160 we got overcharged. The wine was great, the ambiance in the wine cellar where we ate was festive, they accommodated 3 guests with serious food allergies, and generally just took care of us. Thanks 'inoteca.

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★★★★★

I arranged a bachelor party dinner for ten and couldn't have been more pleased. From the manager who booked the party, to the staff that served us, 'inoteca was on point. We went for the Classic Party Menu for a mere $39 - this is a family style dinner, and sometimes that means the portions can be meager. Not in this case. We actually had food leftover, and we're talking about 10 hungry male adults. A big shout out to our waitress who realized she'd given us the wrong bill, which we paid, and came running out of the restaurant to reimburse us the $160 we got overcharged. The wine was great, the ambiance in the wine cellar where we ate was festive, they accommodated 3 guests with serious food allergies, and generally just took care of us. Thanks 'inoteca.

Pros: Food, service, price

Cons: None at this point

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Late night expeditions for some vino and a charcuterie and/or cheese plate is my favorite activity. The servers are super friendly, and it is always bustling in here.

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★★★★☆

Late night expeditions for some vino and a charcuterie and/or cheese plate is my favorite activity. The servers are super friendly, and it is always bustling in here.

Pros: Cheese selection is awesome

Cons: Lines are long sometimes

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It doesn't get better than the best cheese selection, wine selection and friendly staff. On the small side but so cozy- I have loved everything I have eaten here. Among the must haves are the truffle toast, cheese selections, panna cotta, and afogado- Really the best food in town.... and not a bad spot to just get some wine!

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★★★★★

It doesn't get better than the best cheese selection, wine selection and friendly staff. On the small side but so cozy- I have loved everything I have eaten here. Among the must haves are the truffle toast, cheese selections, panna cotta, and afogado- Really the best food in town.... and not a bad spot to just get some wine!

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Went here a few weeks ago for a friend's party, and we sat downstairs. The downstairs area is nice for large parties, and the atmosphere seemed fun upstairs too. The food was well priced, although below-average and nothing that really wow'ed me. Service was generally attentive and fine, EXCEPT: when I tried to order a bottle of sauvignon blanc, a very obnoxious waiter first said that he only had one bottle left and he wanted to keep it so that he didn't have to tell guests he ran out. He then tried to sell me on other (more expensive) bottles. When I asked again for my original selection, he called my wine selection "cat urine" (he actually used a different word that citysearch won't let me publish!) and, again, tried to sell me on others. After me insisting again, he finally brought me what I wanted. I have never had anything like that happen to me before! Not very professional. I wouldn't recommend this place -- there are much better places in the LES and E.Village in the same price range, and just as fun.

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★★☆☆☆

Went here a few weeks ago for a friend's party, and we sat downstairs. The downstairs area is nice for large parties, and the atmosphere seemed fun upstairs too. The food was well priced, although below-average and nothing that really wow'ed me. Service was generally attentive and fine, EXCEPT: when I tried to order a bottle of sauvignon blanc, a very obnoxious waiter first said that he only had one bottle left and he wanted to keep it so that he didn't have to tell guests he ran out. He then tried to sell me on other (more expensive) bottles. When I asked again for my original selection, he called my wine selection "cat urine" (he actually used a different word that citysearch won't let me publish!) and, again, tried to sell me on others. After me insisting again, he finally brought me what I wanted. I have never had anything like that happen to me before! Not very professional. I wouldn't recommend this place -- there are much better places in the LES and E.Village in the same price range, and just as fun.

Pros: Fun atmosphere, good location

Cons: Bizzarely rude waiter, below-average food

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This is a great 'brasserie' like place, though its italian themed, in lower east side right around THOR and the rest of the hotspots here. Living and working in Chelsea i get lazy to travel down here but this was worth it. Atmosphere is cozy, feels a bit Pastis, with wood tables close together etc. Never had dinner there but lunch was great, i am told paninis are specialty and we tried a couple. Butternut squash was great too, arugula salad a bit dry to be honest needed more dressing. The breakfast panini with eggs and ham was very boring, i would not recommend picking from the Brunch menu, go to the regular panini list. And it was quite annoying to have so much italian in the menu. I was with two friends - one is French the other is a Spaniard, and we had to ask the waiter so many times 'what does this mean'? My friend, who is vegetarian, ordred something with ham as a result. All in all a great experience and i would go back. Mimosa by the way was giant, and it looked quite busy. Come at 2pm on weekends lots of tables open up at that time.

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★★★★☆

This is a great 'brasserie' like place, though its italian themed, in lower east side right around THOR and the rest of the hotspots here. Living and working in Chelsea i get lazy to travel down here but this was worth it. Atmosphere is cozy, feels a bit Pastis, with wood tables close together etc. Never had dinner there but lunch was great, i am told paninis are specialty and we tried a couple. Butternut squash was great too, arugula salad a bit dry to be honest needed more dressing. The breakfast panini with eggs and ham was very boring, i would not recommend picking from the Brunch menu, go to the regular panini list. And it was quite annoying to have so much italian in the menu. I was with two friends - one is French the other is a Spaniard, and we had to ask the waiter so many times 'what does this mean'? My friend, who is vegetarian, ordred something with ham as a result. All in all a great experience and i would go back. Mimosa by the way was giant, and it looked quite busy. Come at 2pm on weekends lots of tables open up at that time.

Pros: Amazingly delicious paninis

Cons: too much italian in the menu causes confusion

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I had such a pleasant experience at Inoteca that I had to write a review, and I never write reviews. I went on a Monday night around 6:30pm. My friend had not shown up yet and there was little room at the bar, so the hostess nicely sat me at a table in the corner. I didn't exactly like the table, it was a little on the claustrophobic side for me, so I told her I would wait until a better table became available. The sommelier approached me right away and helped clear a bar stool at the bar and then helped me pick out a glass of wine. He came to check on me a couple times after that...making me feel very comfortable. My friend showed up and they found us a table to our liking within minutes. The service and the food were outstanding. This restaurant is a cozy and yummy place for a chill night. Thumbs up!

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★★★★★

I had such a pleasant experience at Inoteca that I had to write a review, and I never write reviews. I went on a Monday night around 6:30pm. My friend had not shown up yet and there was little room at the bar, so the hostess nicely sat me at a table in the corner. I didn't exactly like the table, it was a little on the claustrophobic side for me, so I told her I would wait until a better table became available. The sommelier approached me right away and helped clear a bar stool at the bar and then helped me pick out a glass of wine. He came to check on me a couple times after that...making me feel very comfortable. My friend showed up and they found us a table to our liking within minutes. The service and the food were outstanding. This restaurant is a cozy and yummy place for a chill night. Thumbs up!

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inoteca is wonderful ... relaxed, romantic, hip, tasty. we had a very informal wedding, and had our wedding dinner at inoteca. they were wonderful.

of course, we have been there a billion other times ... great italian wine list ... fresh and tasty cheeses and tapas-like plates. we love this place!

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★★★★★

inoteca is wonderful ... relaxed, romantic, hip, tasty. we had a very informal wedding, and had our wedding dinner at inoteca. they were wonderful.

of course, we have been there a billion other times ... great italian wine list ... fresh and tasty cheeses and tapas-like plates. we love this place!

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'inoteca is simply awesome. They happily seated us without all of our party, did not rush us even when last person showed 1/2 hr late, let us taste wines, and then recommended the cheapest one, which by the way was yummy. The food was amazing, everything we had, esecially the truffle egg toast, was delicious, and the service was perfect. The decor is casual yet chic - there really is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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★★★★★

'inoteca is simply awesome. They happily seated us without all of our party, did not rush us even when last person showed 1/2 hr late, let us taste wines, and then recommended the cheapest one, which by the way was yummy. The food was amazing, everything we had, esecially the truffle egg toast, was delicious, and the service was perfect. The decor is casual yet chic - there really is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Pros: service, food, atmosphere

Cons: a tad pricey, but par for the course in NYC

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I've heard that this place is great, that they pair your food with your wine... but i ordered a pork shoulder panini and I asked the waiter for a wine suggestion. He just recommended the most expensive one from the menu. (without even realizing what I got for lunch). The panini was not even good, the bread was like eating a rock and -would you agree that when a dish is going to be super spicy, it should be written somewhere on the menu-? the panini had 2 different spicy pepers... i couldn't even eat it, it was so spicy...
NOT a good place for lunch!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I've heard that this place is great, that they pair your food with your wine... but i ordered a pork shoulder panini and I asked the waiter for a wine suggestion. He just recommended the most expensive one from the menu. (without even realizing what I got for lunch). The panini was not even good, the bread was like eating a rock and -would you agree that when a dish is going to be super spicy, it should be written somewhere on the menu-? the panini had 2 different spicy pepers... i couldn't even eat it, it was so spicy...
NOT a good place for lunch!!!

Pros: Outdoor seating

Cons: they dont have air conditioning inside... if it is a hot summer day, you will sweat...

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After reading great reviews I took my husband out for dinner - we ordered and sampled majority of the dishes - oh my - we both hated it. Even the table next to us we overhead complaining about the bland food.
How could everything be so tasteless???? The only thing that was half way decent were the meatballs - but then again, how can you mess up a meatball in tomato sauce?
Perhaps I went on an off night? Or my jaded 10 year NYC palate has become overly hard to please???
Service was fine though . . . from the host to the waiter . .

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★☆☆☆☆

After reading great reviews I took my husband out for dinner - we ordered and sampled majority of the dishes - oh my - we both hated it. Even the table next to us we overhead complaining about the bland food.
How could everything be so tasteless???? The only thing that was half way decent were the meatballs - but then again, how can you mess up a meatball in tomato sauce?
Perhaps I went on an off night? Or my jaded 10 year NYC palate has become overly hard to please???
Service was fine though . . . from the host to the waiter . .

Pros: Good service, cute decor

Cons: bland food

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The best of the Lower East Side wine bars, this perpetually packed wine and food bar is built for those who can endure tight seating, eternal wait times, and a noisy, chaotic atmosphere for the sake of great tasting, perfectly portioned food that pairs nicely with an extensive and well composed wine list. I wait here because I just can't seem to force myself to eat elsewhere.

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★★★★☆

The best of the Lower East Side wine bars, this perpetually packed wine and food bar is built for those who can endure tight seating, eternal wait times, and a noisy, chaotic atmosphere for the sake of great tasting, perfectly portioned food that pairs nicely with an extensive and well composed wine list. I wait here because I just can't seem to force myself to eat elsewhere.

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Over the phone we were told that this restaurant does not take reservations so we were prepared for a wait since it was so highly recommended. Upon arrival we were told an hour for a table on the upper level so we wandered through shops and came back in 30 minutes to check in again. For the second time it was suggested we have a drink at the bar. They tried to squeeze us in at a servers corner and we were very much in the way with food runners. After my friends foot was stepped on we decided to go across the street to a bar and wait the remainder 30 minutes. We still wonder if by doing this we that we had somehow insulted the restaurant. At the hour mark we came back to check in and were told we could sit downstairs or continue to wait. It was a beautiful night and since they said we were next we said we would wait. A table that had 2 chairs was cleared and since we were a party of 3 we were told there was a seat limit outside and we could not have that table. There was plenty of room to pull up a chair and we watched a party of 4 already seated pull up 2 more chairs for friends who arrived 20 minutes into their meal. A table for 4 was cleared and we were told that table was "reserved" and we could not sit there and another party was sat. Odd since they did not take reservations. Finally after over 90 minutes we were sat downstairs in the dark cellar next to a large loud party. Yes, we debated leaving and before we were sat I began calling around to restaurants to see where we could get in right away since we were starving. Being that it was a Friday night at 9:30 on the LES, everything was a 45 minute wait. At this point we were happy to be shown a menu. The waiter had a huge attitude and was impatient when we asked him to explain the Italian dishes we were unfamiliar with. We had waited over 90 minutes to have a panini and bruscetta. Although good food, I know in NY we can find better food without the attitude and treatment.

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★☆☆☆☆

Over the phone we were told that this restaurant does not take reservations so we were prepared for a wait since it was so highly recommended. Upon arrival we were told an hour for a table on the upper level so we wandered through shops and came back in 30 minutes to check in again. For the second time it was suggested we have a drink at the bar. They tried to squeeze us in at a servers corner and we were very much in the way with food runners. After my friends foot was stepped on we decided to go across the street to a bar and wait the remainder 30 minutes. We still wonder if by doing this we that we had somehow insulted the restaurant. At the hour mark we came back to check in and were told we could sit downstairs or continue to wait. It was a beautiful night and since they said we were next we said we would wait. A table that had 2 chairs was cleared and since we were a party of 3 we were told there was a seat limit outside and we could not have that table. There was plenty of room to pull up a chair and we watched a party of 4 already seated pull up 2 more chairs for friends who arrived 20 minutes into their meal. A table for 4 was cleared and we were told that table was "reserved" and we could not sit there and another party was sat. Odd since they did not take reservations. Finally after over 90 minutes we were sat downstairs in the dark cellar next to a large loud party. Yes, we debated leaving and before we were sat I began calling around to restaurants to see where we could get in right away since we were starving. Being that it was a Friday night at 9:30 on the LES, everything was a 45 minute wait. At this point we were happy to be shown a menu. The waiter had a huge attitude and was impatient when we asked him to explain the Italian dishes we were unfamiliar with. We had waited over 90 minutes to have a panini and bruscetta. Although good food, I know in NY we can find better food without the attitude and treatment.

Cons: Attitude

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We were a party of five and after waiting for an hour we were sited at a table of four!
Waiters kept bumping into our chairs since we were siting in such odd formation. [the chairs were sticking out!]

The food is average at best and the service not very helpful!
When I pointed out what our situation was they told me they will talk to the hostess and never heard back.

I do not recommend this place at all, to paid a high price to sit uncomfortable.
They should be ashame to be called a restaurant!
You will never see me go there again!

PS: They also don't take reservations unless you are a party of six, so you would be at the mercy of someone
who doesn't care about you or how you will be sitting while you are having your dinner!

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★★☆☆☆

We were a party of five and after waiting for an hour we were sited at a table of four!
Waiters kept bumping into our chairs since we were siting in such odd formation. [the chairs were sticking out!]

The food is average at best and the service not very helpful!
When I pointed out what our situation was they told me they will talk to the hostess and never heard back.

I do not recommend this place at all, to paid a high price to sit uncomfortable.
They should be ashame to be called a restaurant!
You will never see me go there again!

PS: They also don't take reservations unless you are a party of six, so you would be at the mercy of someone
who doesn't care about you or how you will be sitting while you are having your dinner!

Pros: Crowded and Uncomfortable

Cons: Below average service

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A group of five of my friends ended up at 'inoteca by mistake last weekend when we couldn't get into the restaurant that we planned to go to, and although the restaurant was packed they were super friendly, helpful and corteous. They were honest about the long wait time and told us to sit at the bar and order appetizers. The bartender helped us with the menu and selected cheese for us. He was super friendly and helpful! A friend in our party had a large bag and they took it to the back office along with our coats. The food and wine were both amazing!! They were very gracious and I really appreciated their warm friendly service!

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★★★★★

A group of five of my friends ended up at 'inoteca by mistake last weekend when we couldn't get into the restaurant that we planned to go to, and although the restaurant was packed they were super friendly, helpful and corteous. They were honest about the long wait time and told us to sit at the bar and order appetizers. The bartender helped us with the menu and selected cheese for us. He was super friendly and helpful! A friend in our party had a large bag and they took it to the back office along with our coats. The food and wine were both amazing!! They were very gracious and I really appreciated their warm friendly service!

Pros: Friendly and Warm Staff

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Love 'inoteca. What a great neighborhood staple, and definitely worth going out of your way for if you don't live nearby. I have been here for lunch at least a dozen times over the past few months, never been disappointed. The wine list (all Italian) is really special - not your usual selections, someone definitely goes out of their way to find unique grapes and wineries, there's always something new to try (check out their lambrusco selection). Beet and orange salad with hazelnuts is a favorite, perfectly crunchy, just enough shaved cheese and awesome olive oil. I've had almost every panino (which are huge, with perfect bread-to-filling ratio) and they're always good. The lasagnette di melanzane is the best take on eggplant parmesan in the world. It gets really busy and loud at night, so I prefer sunny, mellow lunch hour.

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★★★★★

Love 'inoteca. What a great neighborhood staple, and definitely worth going out of your way for if you don't live nearby. I have been here for lunch at least a dozen times over the past few months, never been disappointed. The wine list (all Italian) is really special - not your usual selections, someone definitely goes out of their way to find unique grapes and wineries, there's always something new to try (check out their lambrusco selection). Beet and orange salad with hazelnuts is a favorite, perfectly crunchy, just enough shaved cheese and awesome olive oil. I've had almost every panino (which are huge, with perfect bread-to-filling ratio) and they're always good. The lasagnette di melanzane is the best take on eggplant parmesan in the world. It gets really busy and loud at night, so I prefer sunny, mellow lunch hour.

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The rustic setting of Inoteca would hardly suggest the inventive and daring menu that it holds. I had quail toast and a smattering of other little plates that I cannot remember but that were fantastic. If you are in the dessert mood, the ice cream that comes with espresso is a mix of a gelatoy/milkshake heaven that I highly, highly recommend. The only bad thing I have to say is that this place does not take reservations and waiting might be a pain if you don't live in the neighborhood.

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★★★★★

The rustic setting of Inoteca would hardly suggest the inventive and daring menu that it holds. I had quail toast and a smattering of other little plates that I cannot remember but that were fantastic. If you are in the dessert mood, the ice cream that comes with espresso is a mix of a gelatoy/milkshake heaven that I highly, highly recommend. The only bad thing I have to say is that this place does not take reservations and waiting might be a pain if you don't live in the neighborhood.

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My sister and a friend and I went for a late lunch on a Sunday while on vacation in the city for the weekend - we were walking around in the neighborhood and thought it looked like a nice place to try. We weren't very hungry, so we just ordered some bruschetta (walnut, chickpea, and roasted tomato - all very good) and one of the daily specials, a goat cheese torta salata (savory flan). It was delicious, and came with a salad of roasted heirloom cherry tomatoes, beans, and fresh corn. We also split the cheese plate (all selections chosen by our waitress, who was very friendly as well as knowledgable about the menu). The accompaniments don't come with the cheese, but we ordered them and were glad we did - thyme honey, spiced almonds, and peach compote all went well with the cheeses. The weather was nice so we sat outside, and it was very charming and fun for people watching. My only complaint is that we were there during shift change, and the new waiter who took over our table was a bit slow - although he was able to answer our questions, it was hard to get his attention. I will definitely come back the next time I'm in New York - I'd love to have some wine and try more of the menu.

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★★★★★

My sister and a friend and I went for a late lunch on a Sunday while on vacation in the city for the weekend - we were walking around in the neighborhood and thought it looked like a nice place to try. We weren't very hungry, so we just ordered some bruschetta (walnut, chickpea, and roasted tomato - all very good) and one of the daily specials, a goat cheese torta salata (savory flan). It was delicious, and came with a salad of roasted heirloom cherry tomatoes, beans, and fresh corn. We also split the cheese plate (all selections chosen by our waitress, who was very friendly as well as knowledgable about the menu). The accompaniments don't come with the cheese, but we ordered them and were glad we did - thyme honey, spiced almonds, and peach compote all went well with the cheeses. The weather was nice so we sat outside, and it was very charming and fun for people watching. My only complaint is that we were there during shift change, and the new waiter who took over our table was a bit slow - although he was able to answer our questions, it was hard to get his attention. I will definitely come back the next time I'm in New York - I'd love to have some wine and try more of the menu.

Pros: creative daily specials, knowledgable staff

Cons: service can be slow

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Let's get the bad stuff out of the way: It's always extremely crowded and service can be slow, but their prices and small plates are absolutely delicious, not to mention they have a great cheese and wine selection AND unlike a lot of other waiters in the city, these people know what's on the menu and can answer any questions. Try asking if you can sit downstairs, it tends to be less crowded and the service is wonderful

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★★★★☆

Let's get the bad stuff out of the way: It's always extremely crowded and service can be slow, but their prices and small plates are absolutely delicious, not to mention they have a great cheese and wine selection AND unlike a lot of other waiters in the city, these people know what's on the menu and can answer any questions. Try asking if you can sit downstairs, it tends to be less crowded and the service is wonderful

Pros: CHEESE

Cons: crowded

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I'm shocked to see negative reviews of the service or food here because my fiance and i had a wonderful experience here. Maybe partly because we were the first party downstairs and we had one waiter all to ourselves part of our meal. The waiter was incredibly helpful and kind though, explaining the menu and making jokes and conversation with us. We both got paninis, both of which were incredible and very authentic. We want to come back but keep forgetting about the place, then everytime we remember, we can't remember the name.

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★★★★☆

I'm shocked to see negative reviews of the service or food here because my fiance and i had a wonderful experience here. Maybe partly because we were the first party downstairs and we had one waiter all to ourselves part of our meal. The waiter was incredibly helpful and kind though, explaining the menu and making jokes and conversation with us. We both got paninis, both of which were incredible and very authentic. We want to come back but keep forgetting about the place, then everytime we remember, we can't remember the name.

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I know that inoteca has been open for a few years now and one would assume that it would or should start going down hill by now... based on my meal last friday, it definitly has not.

My wife and I arrived on a friday at 9pm, not too smart, the hostess told us it would be anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour. We waited at the bar with a bottle of Rosato for no more than 40 minutes and were seated at a very nice table by the windows.

We were hungry by this point and started rattling off a large order to the waitress. She was about to walk away from the table but stopped, she thought we had over ordered and suggested to maybe cut a sandwich and then see if we still wanted it afterwards. You dont find that kind of honest friendly service anymore in NYC, but the Denton's seem to instill this quality into their staff and I for one totally appreciate it!!!

The food was fantastic, everything perfectly seasoned, warm and delicious. We continued with a half carafe of Rosato after polishing off our bottle, it was just enough.

I will continue to make inoteca my go to for perfect Italian small plates and vino because of the service and the super friendly staff.

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★★★★★

I know that inoteca has been open for a few years now and one would assume that it would or should start going down hill by now... based on my meal last friday, it definitly has not.

My wife and I arrived on a friday at 9pm, not too smart, the hostess told us it would be anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour. We waited at the bar with a bottle of Rosato for no more than 40 minutes and were seated at a very nice table by the windows.

We were hungry by this point and started rattling off a large order to the waitress. She was about to walk away from the table but stopped, she thought we had over ordered and suggested to maybe cut a sandwich and then see if we still wanted it afterwards. You dont find that kind of honest friendly service anymore in NYC, but the Denton's seem to instill this quality into their staff and I for one totally appreciate it!!!

The food was fantastic, everything perfectly seasoned, warm and delicious. We continued with a half carafe of Rosato after polishing off our bottle, it was just enough.

I will continue to make inoteca my go to for perfect Italian small plates and vino because of the service and the super friendly staff.

Pros: small plates, wine list, super friendly staff

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We were taken to a table in the basement, where the decor is just plain ugly/non-existent, and the acoustics were awful so we could not hear each other no matter how we tried to modulate our voices. The waitress rolled her eyes when we asked her to clarify the menu options. The food was so-so. Not a pleasant experience at all.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were taken to a table in the basement, where the decor is just plain ugly/non-existent, and the acoustics were awful so we could not hear each other no matter how we tried to modulate our voices. The waitress rolled her eyes when we asked her to clarify the menu options. The food was so-so. Not a pleasant experience at all.

Pros: desert was pretty good.

Cons: noise, atmosphere, staff

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Last Wednesday I and five friends arived for our 5:30 reservation looking forward to some of the good eats highly recommended by one of my friends who was with us. At this time the place had a few tables occupied. We were promptly seated but before we were settled and given menus, the hostess came over and informed us that the table was booked for a 7:30 reservation and to keep that in mind while ordering, but "...I hope you enjoy your meal..." Every one in our party was put off by the rude welcome and felt that it showed gross disregard for our dinning experience. Our waitress was very friendly, helping us navigate the menu, making recommendations and having someone help us with our wine selection. The food was very good, especially the beet salad, truffle toast, and antipasto sans meat for our vegetarians among us. Desserts were yummy... All in time to get to Banjo Jim's for our show...by 7... Certainly it would have been that much better if we weren't scolded when we began the evening.

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★★★☆☆

Last Wednesday I and five friends arived for our 5:30 reservation looking forward to some of the good eats highly recommended by one of my friends who was with us. At this time the place had a few tables occupied. We were promptly seated but before we were settled and given menus, the hostess came over and informed us that the table was booked for a 7:30 reservation and to keep that in mind while ordering, but "...I hope you enjoy your meal..." Every one in our party was put off by the rude welcome and felt that it showed gross disregard for our dinning experience. Our waitress was very friendly, helping us navigate the menu, making recommendations and having someone help us with our wine selection. The food was very good, especially the beet salad, truffle toast, and antipasto sans meat for our vegetarians among us. Desserts were yummy... All in time to get to Banjo Jim's for our show...by 7... Certainly it would have been that much better if we weren't scolded when we began the evening.

Pros: Good eats, relaxed atmosphere

Cons: Rude hostess

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The waitstaff tries hard to make this place work. The food is good but not great. I was there on a Sat. night which means a 1+ hour wait for a table (they only take reservations for a party of 6+) while standing most of the time. They are glad to serve you at the bar or while standing next to the door. The low rating comes from two things: the management of tables and the music selection. Managing tables means getting people in and out of the restaurant - two people sat at a table for four the entire time we waited and through most of our meal. Now the music, it could have been a junior high dance - AC/DC, Alice in Chains - and loud! just not something that should be played and I should not have to shout over than kind of music while eating.

1
★★☆☆☆

The waitstaff tries hard to make this place work. The food is good but not great. I was there on a Sat. night which means a 1+ hour wait for a table (they only take reservations for a party of 6+) while standing most of the time. They are glad to serve you at the bar or while standing next to the door. The low rating comes from two things: the management of tables and the music selection. Managing tables means getting people in and out of the restaurant - two people sat at a table for four the entire time we waited and through most of our meal. Now the music, it could have been a junior high dance - AC/DC, Alice in Chains - and loud! just not something that should be played and I should not have to shout over than kind of music while eating.

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Two of my girlfriends and I had a wonderful experience at 'inoteca on a Thursday night. We arrived a little after 6:30 to avoid the crowds and were seated immediately at our choice of tables, which happened to be a little booth to the left of the door (however when I discovered that there was a cozy downstairs seating area surrounded by a glass-walled wine cellar, I wish we were down there; it'd definitely have been warmer). We were greeted rapidly by our friendly server who was happy to answer any questions for us. Being that the menu is entirely in Italian we had lots! He patiently went through the entire menu pointing out all the vegetarian-friendly items. We ended up ordering 6 items to share, which was the perfect amount for us (we were pretty hungry): the antipasti plate (a few slices of sopressata and veggies), baby rucola salad with red onions and pecorino, mozzarella and tapenade tramezzini, lasagnette di melanzane ("meatless and pastaless" eggplant lasagne), roasted veggie and ricotta panini and assorted pesto bruchetta (3 pieces: one basil, one walnut and don't remember the third). My favorite dish was the eggplant lasagne which was a delicious, hearty dish with a heavy tomato sauce and ricotta baked to a perfect brown. The mozzarella and tapenade tramezzini were deliciously addictive (although made me giggle as they looked like a kids pb&j sandwich on white bread with the crusts cut off)! The antipasti plate (veggie frittata, green and black olives, pickled small white onions, roasted cauliflower and pickled root veggies) was too chilled for my taste, like it came directly out of the fridge rather than served at room temperature. The panini was delicious (you'll never be able to eat the sad excuse for a panini at an NYC deli again!) but we were pretty full by the time we got to it. We also had a bottle of reasonably-priced Chardonnay that rounded the meal, and the evening with friends, out perfectly.

2
★★★★★

Two of my girlfriends and I had a wonderful experience at 'inoteca on a Thursday night. We arrived a little after 6:30 to avoid the crowds and were seated immediately at our choice of tables, which happened to be a little booth to the left of the door (however when I discovered that there was a cozy downstairs seating area surrounded by a glass-walled wine cellar, I wish we were down there; it'd definitely have been warmer). We were greeted rapidly by our friendly server who was happy to answer any questions for us. Being that the menu is entirely in Italian we had lots! He patiently went through the entire menu pointing out all the vegetarian-friendly items. We ended up ordering 6 items to share, which was the perfect amount for us (we were pretty hungry): the antipasti plate (a few slices of sopressata and veggies), baby rucola salad with red onions and pecorino, mozzarella and tapenade tramezzini, lasagnette di melanzane ("meatless and pastaless" eggplant lasagne), roasted veggie and ricotta panini and assorted pesto bruchetta (3 pieces: one basil, one walnut and don't remember the third). My favorite dish was the eggplant lasagne which was a delicious, hearty dish with a heavy tomato sauce and ricotta baked to a perfect brown. The mozzarella and tapenade tramezzini were deliciously addictive (although made me giggle as they looked like a kids pb&j sandwich on white bread with the crusts cut off)! The antipasti plate (veggie frittata, green and black olives, pickled small white onions, roasted cauliflower and pickled root veggies) was too chilled for my taste, like it came directly out of the fridge rather than served at room temperature. The panini was delicious (you'll never be able to eat the sad excuse for a panini at an NYC deli again!) but we were pretty full by the time we got to it. We also had a bottle of reasonably-priced Chardonnay that rounded the meal, and the evening with friends, out perfectly.

Pros: service and food

Cons: not so comfy seating

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I've been to this place a number of times by now and loved it each time except for last night. I hope the service is not going downhill. I would've given it a 10 for each time in the past but last night was maybe an 8. One waitress wanted to give us our dessert on our small dinner plates that had marinara and a bunch of other foods from a tasing menu all over them (what does it take to figure that we should get new plates? it's not like they ran out, when we asked for them they had them right away). She also did a couple of other things that definitely didn't show much awareness of good customer service either. It got to be pretty irritating, a number of simple requests seemed to be pretty tough this waitress to follow, but thankfully she wasn't the only one we had and the other waitress was pleasant. It was tough to tell if she was just being a brat or was maybe distracted and not thinking thoroughly. To be fair waitressing is very hard and this place can get crazy busy so I'm sure it's not easy to work there, so maybe she got distracted. Regardless, I hope we don't get treated like that again the next time we come back.

The usual lengthy wait makes it so we can only go at certain times when it's not too crowded, or we have to arrange for a group reservation in order for it to be worth the trip. The food/wine is so good that it is worth doing all that, just as long as the service stays good. The atmosphere is wonderful and it is reasonably priced for a wine bar, but it's def. not cheap enough to be worth putting up with bad service. I'll give it one more chance but if it's another last night, then we'll move on and find another favorite spot.

2
★★★★☆

I've been to this place a number of times by now and loved it each time except for last night. I hope the service is not going downhill. I would've given it a 10 for each time in the past but last night was maybe an 8. One waitress wanted to give us our dessert on our small dinner plates that had marinara and a bunch of other foods from a tasing menu all over them (what does it take to figure that we should get new plates? it's not like they ran out, when we asked for them they had them right away). She also did a couple of other things that definitely didn't show much awareness of good customer service either. It got to be pretty irritating, a number of simple requests seemed to be pretty tough this waitress to follow, but thankfully she wasn't the only one we had and the other waitress was pleasant. It was tough to tell if she was just being a brat or was maybe distracted and not thinking thoroughly. To be fair waitressing is very hard and this place can get crazy busy so I'm sure it's not easy to work there, so maybe she got distracted. Regardless, I hope we don't get treated like that again the next time we come back.

The usual lengthy wait makes it so we can only go at certain times when it's not too crowded, or we have to arrange for a group reservation in order for it to be worth the trip. The food/wine is so good that it is worth doing all that, just as long as the service stays good. The atmosphere is wonderful and it is reasonably priced for a wine bar, but it's def. not cheap enough to be worth putting up with bad service. I'll give it one more chance but if it's another last night, then we'll move on and find another favorite spot.

Pros: food/wine, atmosphere, usual service staff for the most part

Cons: last night's service

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Been several times and it is hhit or miss, though the wine always delivers. The first time I went was for a party of 5 and we sat downstairs (highly recommend it) and we ordered family style...except they only brought portions for 4!!! we were paying $$$ and didn't get to taste some of the entrees. That is ridiculous. other times I've been we stuck to the small, unremarkable plates. I hate to sound harsh, but 'inoteca is good for those with people they want to talk with, not for food you want to talk about. Other visits have been unremarkable - word to the wise: don't sit upstairs. And if you get there and find the wait to long, just head down to Verlaine for thier happy hour (105 Rivington?) to wait it out.

2
★★★★☆

Been several times and it is hhit or miss, though the wine always delivers. The first time I went was for a party of 5 and we sat downstairs (highly recommend it) and we ordered family style...except they only brought portions for 4!!! we were paying $$$ and didn't get to taste some of the entrees. That is ridiculous. other times I've been we stuck to the small, unremarkable plates. I hate to sound harsh, but 'inoteca is good for those with people they want to talk with, not for food you want to talk about. Other visits have been unremarkable - word to the wise: don't sit upstairs. And if you get there and find the wait to long, just head down to Verlaine for thier happy hour (105 Rivington?) to wait it out.

Pros: wine list, downstairs tables

Cons: upstairs, the wait, the clientele ;)

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I had made a reservation for 16 at inoteca on a Saturday night. When we arrived our table was not ready and there was not room for 16 people to wait. I tried to have a conversation with the general manager and have never been treated so badly by a professional at a restaurant. He was rude and condescending. He treated me like I had walked in off the street asking for a handout rather than as a paying customer with a reservation. He never apologized for the wait and would only respond that this is how they do things at inoteca. He should not be allowed to speak with customers. It was incredibly unpleasant and I will never go back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I had made a reservation for 16 at inoteca on a Saturday night. When we arrived our table was not ready and there was not room for 16 people to wait. I tried to have a conversation with the general manager and have never been treated so badly by a professional at a restaurant. He was rude and condescending. He treated me like I had walked in off the street asking for a handout rather than as a paying customer with a reservation. He never apologized for the wait and would only respond that this is how they do things at inoteca. He should not be allowed to speak with customers. It was incredibly unpleasant and I will never go back.

Pros: Decent food and ambiance

Cons: Horrible Service!!!

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A friend who's a chef took me to inoteca and I couldn't have been more pleased with the service, the food and the vino. Do yourself right and have the Lambrusco vino (Lambrusco "La Luna", Cantine Ceci). This is what we ordered and it was amazing: appetizer: beets w/ orange, mint & hazelnuts - dinner: Heritage Farms braciolette di maiale - pancetta, rucola & tomato... I have been told that everything on the menu is spectacular... and if you're not familiar, cheese is served after the meal.

2
★★★★★

A friend who's a chef took me to inoteca and I couldn't have been more pleased with the service, the food and the vino. Do yourself right and have the Lambrusco vino (Lambrusco "La Luna", Cantine Ceci). This is what we ordered and it was amazing: appetizer: beets w/ orange, mint & hazelnuts - dinner: Heritage Farms braciolette di maiale - pancetta, rucola & tomato... I have been told that everything on the menu is spectacular... and if you're not familiar, cheese is served after the meal.

Pros: service and food

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I have never been more disappointed in a place, food is ok, and the wait was ridiculous. Hostess sat friends before waiting customers. Waited over 2 hours to be seated, just to be told we could leave if we didn?t want to wait. Tables were not turned-over after they sat for 3 plus hours just chatting. Disappointing business practices, rude hostess! And then a manager whose appearance made me wonder who to hell would hire him to represent a restaurant. I can not believe the owners at Lupa allow such behavior!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have never been more disappointed in a place, food is ok, and the wait was ridiculous. Hostess sat friends before waiting customers. Waited over 2 hours to be seated, just to be told we could leave if we didn?t want to wait. Tables were not turned-over after they sat for 3 plus hours just chatting. Disappointing business practices, rude hostess! And then a manager whose appearance made me wonder who to hell would hire him to represent a restaurant. I can not believe the owners at Lupa allow such behavior!

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I love this place, though I avoid it on weekend nights when it becomes a scene. I really enjoyed the time that I sat in the downstairs room away from the noise. I enjoy it most during warmer weather when all of the windows are open. The wine list is impressive and the staff is always knowledgeable and eager to help you make good choices. Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

I love this place, though I avoid it on weekend nights when it becomes a scene. I really enjoyed the time that I sat in the downstairs room away from the noise. I enjoy it most during warmer weather when all of the windows are open. The wine list is impressive and the staff is always knowledgeable and eager to help you make good choices. Highly recommended.

Pros: Great wine list, tasty small plates

Cons: Overcrowding, prices

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This restaurant is great for any mood! They have one of the best wine selections in the city and the staff is always able to reccomend something wonderful. They have a perfectly priced tasting menu for large parties, but don't mind if you just sit and drink either.

2
★★★★★

This restaurant is great for any mood! They have one of the best wine selections in the city and the staff is always able to reccomend something wonderful. They have a perfectly priced tasting menu for large parties, but don't mind if you just sit and drink either.

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We got there at the right time Saturday night with a free table right away. The list can be intimidating but our waiter (although in his first week) was friendly and helpful in making suggestions. The atmosphere is nice and warming with soft lights and oak furniture. (we sat off to the side which was nice and more quiet than sitting in the middle of the room) The assorted bruschetta was great with samplings of chickpeas, butternut squash and basic ricotta and tomato (which was very tasty) The assorted meats was also really good... all the slices were good pieces of meat and not too fatty, can be salty but hey.. that's Italian meat for you. Overall, great place.

2
★★★★☆

We got there at the right time Saturday night with a free table right away. The list can be intimidating but our waiter (although in his first week) was friendly and helpful in making suggestions. The atmosphere is nice and warming with soft lights and oak furniture. (we sat off to the side which was nice and more quiet than sitting in the middle of the room) The assorted bruschetta was great with samplings of chickpeas, butternut squash and basic ricotta and tomato (which was very tasty) The assorted meats was also really good... all the slices were good pieces of meat and not too fatty, can be salty but hey.. that's Italian meat for you. Overall, great place.

Pros: huge wine list, tasty food, knowledgable staff

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Whenever I spend an extended weekend in New York, I'm sure to visit! The food is good, and though the menu is completely in Italian, the wait staff are super-patient in translating, explaining, and describing everything. Also, if you are a wine novice, the wait staff is very knowledgeable and can help you select the perfect glass of wine to suit your meal and your general wine preferences. There's a bit of a wait at times, but it's well worth it. The atmosphere is great, and this just such a refreshing non-typical-NYC experience.

2
★★★★★

Whenever I spend an extended weekend in New York, I'm sure to visit! The food is good, and though the menu is completely in Italian, the wait staff are super-patient in translating, explaining, and describing everything. Also, if you are a wine novice, the wait staff is very knowledgeable and can help you select the perfect glass of wine to suit your meal and your general wine preferences. There's a bit of a wait at times, but it's well worth it. The atmosphere is great, and this just such a refreshing non-typical-NYC experience.

Pros: Great wine, great atmosphere, great food

Cons: A bit of a wait at times; menu completely in Italian

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Went here on a Sunday afternoon for brunch, and I have to say, they do it right. They serve perfect Italian creations just like in Rome or Milan. Big part of the reason why the LES is such a great restaurant spot now.

2
★★★★☆

Went here on a Sunday afternoon for brunch, and I have to say, they do it right. They serve perfect Italian creations just like in Rome or Milan. Big part of the reason why the LES is such a great restaurant spot now.

Pros: Small Italian Treasures

Cons: None

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I went here the other week with some friends for a birthday. The food was fantastic & the wine selections were amazing. You have to have the egg toast, it was so amazing. Service was good at pairing wines with the food but we got a few of the waiters recommendations over what we had actually ordered which confused us a bit. Regardless, everything was delicious that we did get and he was very nice & apologized profusely when he realized the mistake. Overall it was a great experience.

2
★★★★★

I went here the other week with some friends for a birthday. The food was fantastic & the wine selections were amazing. You have to have the egg toast, it was so amazing. Service was good at pairing wines with the food but we got a few of the waiters recommendations over what we had actually ordered which confused us a bit. Regardless, everything was delicious that we did get and he was very nice & apologized profusely when he realized the mistake. Overall it was a great experience.

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My husband & I were visiting from San Francisco and were told from our friends in the restaurant business (Bella Saratago in Saratoga, CA) that this was their favorite spot. They are never wrong with their food and wine suggestions so we took this to heart. I love the warm, casual atmosphere and the staff - each and every one, was completely top notch. We started with a sparkling red (yes, red) wine and decided to stay with it as it was so unique and festive. We had several plates, of which favorites were the beets w/ orange, mint & hazelnuts and the truffled toast. The crunchy hazelnuts were perfect w/the beets, something I never would have imagined to put together. The truffled toast was heavenly. If I lived in Manhattan, I would be a regular. We visit often, and will definitely come back.

2
★★★★★

My husband & I were visiting from San Francisco and were told from our friends in the restaurant business (Bella Saratago in Saratoga, CA) that this was their favorite spot. They are never wrong with their food and wine suggestions so we took this to heart. I love the warm, casual atmosphere and the staff - each and every one, was completely top notch. We started with a sparkling red (yes, red) wine and decided to stay with it as it was so unique and festive. We had several plates, of which favorites were the beets w/ orange, mint & hazelnuts and the truffled toast. The crunchy hazelnuts were perfect w/the beets, something I never would have imagined to put together. The truffled toast was heavenly. If I lived in Manhattan, I would be a regular. We visit often, and will definitely come back.

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If I had to say it in one word, that would be "WOW"! A friend, a long time local, recommended Inoteca and we were in heaven! The wine selection was out of this world! We had the grilled calamari, egg truffle bruschetta, mozzarella & anchovies panini, the prawns and pancetta, pork chops! The portions were perfect for two people and actually pretty generous. The service topped a four star restaurant. We absolutely adore this restaurant! Since we're visiting from San Francisco, nevertheless San Francisco restaurants have nothing on Inoteca. Can't touch it! Delfina eat your heart out!

2
★★★★★

If I had to say it in one word, that would be "WOW"! A friend, a long time local, recommended Inoteca and we were in heaven! The wine selection was out of this world! We had the grilled calamari, egg truffle bruschetta, mozzarella & anchovies panini, the prawns and pancetta, pork chops! The portions were perfect for two people and actually pretty generous. The service topped a four star restaurant. We absolutely adore this restaurant! Since we're visiting from San Francisco, nevertheless San Francisco restaurants have nothing on Inoteca. Can't touch it! Delfina eat your heart out!

Pros: Great Service! Stupendous Wine! Cheap! Yummy!

Cons: None

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we easily snagged a great outdoor table on a hot muggy night around 6. i recommend sitting outdoors because the tables are adequately spaced apart, unlike the ones indoors. the service is quite good -- the servers are attentive and friendly, but we found the food to be just average. overall, the dishes are "over-peppered" and we could barely taste the other flavors in the polenta/bean dish and fennel salad. in addition, the meatballs had an odd canned/processed taste to them. in the end, the only dish i really enjoyed was the shrimp wrapped in crunchy pancetta. the wine list offers a nice variety.

1
★★★☆☆

we easily snagged a great outdoor table on a hot muggy night around 6. i recommend sitting outdoors because the tables are adequately spaced apart, unlike the ones indoors. the service is quite good -- the servers are attentive and friendly, but we found the food to be just average. overall, the dishes are "over-peppered" and we could barely taste the other flavors in the polenta/bean dish and fennel salad. in addition, the meatballs had an odd canned/processed taste to them. in the end, the only dish i really enjoyed was the shrimp wrapped in crunchy pancetta. the wine list offers a nice variety.

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I went here with friends this past weekend for a late lunch and it was incredible. I'd wanted to go here for several months and am sad it took this long. We ordered a flight of three cheese (all of which came at the waiter's recommendation and all of which were amazing) and two moderately priced bottles of wine--a riesling and a rose--both of which were excellent choices. The atmosphere was casual yet hip and despite a drunk party taking pictures of themselves and "wooing" loudly, the overall ambience was quite nice.

2
★★★★☆

I went here with friends this past weekend for a late lunch and it was incredible. I'd wanted to go here for several months and am sad it took this long. We ordered a flight of three cheese (all of which came at the waiter's recommendation and all of which were amazing) and two moderately priced bottles of wine--a riesling and a rose--both of which were excellent choices. The atmosphere was casual yet hip and despite a drunk party taking pictures of themselves and "wooing" loudly, the overall ambience was quite nice.

Pros: wine, cheese, service

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An experience truly worth the wait. First time, we got there early & sat right away. Second time, got there near 7, waited 45 minutes only to be told to wait 30 more minutes. Ethan, the host, was quick to pick up our next wine order. Wine bar is small. But the wine list goes for miles in the other direction. Must try the truffled egg toast w/ bottarga-your mouth never had such a delightful experience. You can hardly go wrong with most of the menu. Fontina, onion, rugola, tomatopesto panino is great, calamari salad w/beans so tasty and a very exciting selection of cheeses - try the 2 latte robiola! Service so knowledgable and pleasant the entire time, even though it's packed almost every minute. Can't read the menu? Ask your server. Chad did a fantastic job explaining every section. Can get a bit spendy, worth every penny.

2
★★★★★

An experience truly worth the wait. First time, we got there early & sat right away. Second time, got there near 7, waited 45 minutes only to be told to wait 30 more minutes. Ethan, the host, was quick to pick up our next wine order. Wine bar is small. But the wine list goes for miles in the other direction. Must try the truffled egg toast w/ bottarga-your mouth never had such a delightful experience. You can hardly go wrong with most of the menu. Fontina, onion, rugola, tomatopesto panino is great, calamari salad w/beans so tasty and a very exciting selection of cheeses - try the 2 latte robiola! Service so knowledgable and pleasant the entire time, even though it's packed almost every minute. Can't read the menu? Ask your server. Chad did a fantastic job explaining every section. Can get a bit spendy, worth every penny.

Pros: wine list, cheese selection, service

Cons: popular, small bar

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decor - rustic. I loved the downstairs! food - CHEESE! I love the cheese & the egg in a hole!. service - fine.

2
★★★★☆

decor - rustic. I loved the downstairs! food - CHEESE! I love the cheese & the egg in a hole!. service - fine.

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My experience here was incredible. The food was outstanding (try the shrimp dish - yum) and the service was even better. We celebrated 2 girls birthday's that night, and there were 10 of us all together. They sat us immediatly and catered to everyone. I can't wait to go again!

2
★★★★★

My experience here was incredible. The food was outstanding (try the shrimp dish - yum) and the service was even better. We celebrated 2 girls birthday's that night, and there were 10 of us all together. They sat us immediatly and catered to everyone. I can't wait to go again!

Pros: service, food, wine

Cons: None!!!

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My only beef was the popularity of the restaurant that forced us to wait for a seat. Even that wasn't too bad since the service was so good. The staff catered to us in a way that we felt we were being "taken care of" during the wait. Speaking of beef, the Wagyu (Japanese beef) panini was amazing! A generous portion of sliced, marblized beef that hardly needed any chewing. The beet salad had a touch of tangy and sweet; orange, roasted hazelnuts, shaved cheeze with a perfect pinch of mint! The chicken salad was very well seasoned, flavorful every bite. A homemade riccota cheesecake was shared to top off the dining experience. I mustn't forget- the coffee was excellent (no shabby Mr. Coffee machine used here). My only regret was that I didn't come with more people so that I could taste more dishes.

2
★★★★☆

My only beef was the popularity of the restaurant that forced us to wait for a seat. Even that wasn't too bad since the service was so good. The staff catered to us in a way that we felt we were being "taken care of" during the wait. Speaking of beef, the Wagyu (Japanese beef) panini was amazing! A generous portion of sliced, marblized beef that hardly needed any chewing. The beet salad had a touch of tangy and sweet; orange, roasted hazelnuts, shaved cheeze with a perfect pinch of mint! The chicken salad was very well seasoned, flavorful every bite. A homemade riccota cheesecake was shared to top off the dining experience. I mustn't forget- the coffee was excellent (no shabby Mr. Coffee machine used here). My only regret was that I didn't come with more people so that I could taste more dishes.

Pros: food, service, menu

Cons: wait due to, popularity

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I had been looking forward to going to 'inoteca for awhile. The service was fine and the ambiance was particularly Roman (in the basement, and in a good way). But the food? There is nothing more insulting than overpriced, bad Italian food. We sampled from pretty much every part of the menu and were left disappointed on all counts. The salad (arugola) was average. The tramezzini, dry as a bone. The speck was the fattiest speck I have ever encountered. Two of the cheeses on the cheese plate were dried out. The final insult was the frittatti di capri. What...was...that? It was the least flavorful thing I have ever tasted. $100 later, all I could think about was how else I could have spent $100.

1
★★☆☆☆

I had been looking forward to going to 'inoteca for awhile. The service was fine and the ambiance was particularly Roman (in the basement, and in a good way). But the food? There is nothing more insulting than overpriced, bad Italian food. We sampled from pretty much every part of the menu and were left disappointed on all counts. The salad (arugola) was average. The tramezzini, dry as a bone. The speck was the fattiest speck I have ever encountered. Two of the cheeses on the cheese plate were dried out. The final insult was the frittatti di capri. What...was...that? It was the least flavorful thing I have ever tasted. $100 later, all I could think about was how else I could have spent $100.

Pros: quickly seated, nice server

Cons: marginal food

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My friend and I stopped in there on a Thursday night after attending a party down the street. It was crowded, but we had a glass of wine and didn't wait long before a table opened up. Because it was late, we just shared a few small plates - the food was excellent and it was perfect for a late night bite. We had no problem with the service either. This place is great for hanging out with friends, sharing good food and good wine, either before going out or after. We both said we'd definitely go back.

2
★★★★☆

My friend and I stopped in there on a Thursday night after attending a party down the street. It was crowded, but we had a glass of wine and didn't wait long before a table opened up. Because it was late, we just shared a few small plates - the food was excellent and it was perfect for a late night bite. We had no problem with the service either. This place is great for hanging out with friends, sharing good food and good wine, either before going out or after. We both said we'd definitely go back.

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We arrived without a reservation Friday evening (3 people). We were told the wait would be 30 - 45 minutes. That was totally acceptable and we found some great seats at the bar. We were celebrating and decided to splurge on wine and some apps. We noticed a couple tables settling up and waited patiently. When the time approached about a one hour wait, I asked the hostess about our seating status. She said she was waiting for a four top to open up and we could be seated. Next thing we knew a party that walked in way after us was seated at the table and again told to wait. We appraoched the server about overlooking us and she just looked at her clipboard and shrugged her shoulders. No attempt at all to try to take care of us or accomodate. Very poor hostess...we left frustrated by the experience.

1
★★★☆☆

We arrived without a reservation Friday evening (3 people). We were told the wait would be 30 - 45 minutes. That was totally acceptable and we found some great seats at the bar. We were celebrating and decided to splurge on wine and some apps. We noticed a couple tables settling up and waited patiently. When the time approached about a one hour wait, I asked the hostess about our seating status. She said she was waiting for a four top to open up and we could be seated. Next thing we knew a party that walked in way after us was seated at the table and again told to wait. We appraoched the server about overlooking us and she just looked at her clipboard and shrugged her shoulders. No attempt at all to try to take care of us or accomodate. Very poor hostess...we left frustrated by the experience.

Pros: Wine selection, Small Plates

Cons: The Hostess

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Great food, great service, good wine, but please translate the Italian stuff on the menu for us non-polyglots. Grazie.

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★★★★☆

Great food, great service, good wine, but please translate the Italian stuff on the menu for us non-polyglots. Grazie.

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I was pleasantaly surprised by my whole experience at Inoteca. I was intimidated by the menu - which is entirely in Italian, and the wine list - which strictly lists Italian wines, but my waiter - Nathan - was quick to help. The service was some of the best I've ever had, and the food was authentic and delicious. The atmosphere is happening, yet not tooo hipster... can't wait to return!

2
★★★★★

I was pleasantaly surprised by my whole experience at Inoteca. I was intimidated by the menu - which is entirely in Italian, and the wine list - which strictly lists Italian wines, but my waiter - Nathan - was quick to help. The service was some of the best I've ever had, and the food was authentic and delicious. The atmosphere is happening, yet not tooo hipster... can't wait to return!

Pros: service, wine list, cheeses

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Good food, service and a nice Italian wine list located within a festive LES neighborhood. What else could you ask for. Oh yeah, a diverse unpretentious crowd and a pleasent decor.

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★★★★☆

Good food, service and a nice Italian wine list located within a festive LES neighborhood. What else could you ask for. Oh yeah, a diverse unpretentious crowd and a pleasent decor.

Pros: food, atmosphere, wine

Cons: long waits for tables

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