Bocca Restaurant & Bar

★★★★☆
  • 39 E 19th St 1

    New York, NY 10003

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  • 212-387-1201

About Bocca Restaurant & Bar

Hours
Sun 5:30pm-10:30pm, Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, Mon-Thu 5:30pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11:30pm

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I've been to a lot of Italian restaurants in NYC and I hate that the mojority looks so "fake" and all the usual prefab atmosphere just makes me want to run away. Bocca is so authetic!! The Fellini's posters give the restaurant a real

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★★★★★

I've been to a lot of Italian restaurants in NYC and I hate that the mojority looks so "fake" and all the usual prefab atmosphere just makes me want to run away. Bocca is so authetic!! The Fellini's posters give the restaurant a real

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This is really my favorite Italian restaurant in NYC.
Everything is great: food, staff, wine list
Completely worthy!

3
★★★★★

This is really my favorite Italian restaurant in NYC.
Everything is great: food, staff, wine list
Completely worthy!

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This restaurant is fantastic! I've never been to Italy, but I imagine that this is the closest to authentic Italian food you will find in New York City. Me and my girlfriend visited Bocca this past Saturday and were treated to an amazing experience. The decor is unusual but charming, romantic and unpretentious. We were impressed with the prompt, friendly service; our Italian waitress treated us so warmly, it felt like we were guests in her home. The cocktails were unique and delicious. The wine list (all Italian) was extensive with a nice variety and price range - we settled on a fabulous Nebbiolo for about $50. And the food - unbelievable! Especially the pasta - a fresh pasta with shellfish - and the roast pork. I've never seen Italian food like this - rich, flavorful, fresh ingredients, very different from the typical little-Italy fair. (That might explain the overwhelming number of Italian clientele that night!) We will definitely be back, and we will definitely recommend to all our friends.

2
★★★★★

This restaurant is fantastic! I've never been to Italy, but I imagine that this is the closest to authentic Italian food you will find in New York City. Me and my girlfriend visited Bocca this past Saturday and were treated to an amazing experience. The decor is unusual but charming, romantic and unpretentious. We were impressed with the prompt, friendly service; our Italian waitress treated us so warmly, it felt like we were guests in her home. The cocktails were unique and delicious. The wine list (all Italian) was extensive with a nice variety and price range - we settled on a fabulous Nebbiolo for about $50. And the food - unbelievable! Especially the pasta - a fresh pasta with shellfish - and the roast pork. I've never seen Italian food like this - rich, flavorful, fresh ingredients, very different from the typical little-Italy fair. (That might explain the overwhelming number of Italian clientele that night!) We will definitely be back, and we will definitely recommend to all our friends.

Pros: food, music, decor

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I went here on a recommendation last night and was a little skeptical despite a glowing recommendation from a friend. I was blown away. The food was simply amazing - I couldn't help but make yummy noises! Good, quality ingredients, well prepared in a relaxed atmosphere. What more could you want? I've been telling all my friends about it!

2
★★★★★

I went here on a recommendation last night and was a little skeptical despite a glowing recommendation from a friend. I was blown away. The food was simply amazing - I couldn't help but make yummy noises! Good, quality ingredients, well prepared in a relaxed atmosphere. What more could you want? I've been telling all my friends about it!

Pros: Food, drinks, decor , ambiance

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I was disappointed in the food. I left quite a bit on my plate. Have had much better elsewhere. Way too expensive for what you get.

1
★★☆☆☆

I was disappointed in the food. I left quite a bit on my plate. Have had much better elsewhere. Way too expensive for what you get.

Cons: food,expensive

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This Italian place received great reviews and we wanted to go someplace special. The restaurant is surprisingly well lit, beautiful and romantic although we were seated close to the door and it got a little chilly. The server who i also presume was the owner was very cordial and knowledgable about wines as well as the dinner menu. our appetizer with eggplant was delicious. The entrees were delicious. I had the pumpkin Ravioli with butter, cheese and balsamic sauce. Also the dessert was pretty good- Chocolate Souffle. Overall , i was pleased with the restaurant , and we can't wait to go back!!

2
★★★★★

This Italian place received great reviews and we wanted to go someplace special. The restaurant is surprisingly well lit, beautiful and romantic although we were seated close to the door and it got a little chilly. The server who i also presume was the owner was very cordial and knowledgable about wines as well as the dinner menu. our appetizer with eggplant was delicious. The entrees were delicious. I had the pumpkin Ravioli with butter, cheese and balsamic sauce. Also the dessert was pretty good- Chocolate Souffle. Overall , i was pleased with the restaurant , and we can't wait to go back!!

Pros: Very beautiful decor, great food

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OY VEY! Food was below average. Wine service was nice. Is this place in trouble... no one there.
I was totally embarrassed as I brought an out of town guest there and the food was blech!

0
★☆☆☆☆

OY VEY! Food was below average. Wine service was nice. Is this place in trouble... no one there.
I was totally embarrassed as I brought an out of town guest there and the food was blech!

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I went here with a few friends for restaurant week. They had a $35 Prix Fixe meal. The meal itself was really good - from the octopus and fried canenelli bean appetizer to the main course of pasta-to the dessert, which was okay (we expected a better pear "tart". The portions were pretty small and I wasn't fully stuffed from the meal. The wine selection was great...our waitress picked one out for us, which was nice and light and fruity. Atmosphere is really nice, we had the corner booth with like 20 unnecessary pillows that we just piled up in the corner. Our waitress was kind of MIA for the first 10 minutes we got there. She gave us water and then disappeared for another 10 minutes. Then forgot to take a drink order from one of us. Then when she returned to take our order, she yet again, skipped a person and almost walked away -if we didn't say something to her- she would not have known she skipped a person. Service could have been better and we were not happy to see that they added a 20% gratuity to our bill because our waitress did not deserve the 20%. Bocca loses a star for poor service. Other than that, I would come here again.

2
★★★★☆

I went here with a few friends for restaurant week. They had a $35 Prix Fixe meal. The meal itself was really good - from the octopus and fried canenelli bean appetizer to the main course of pasta-to the dessert, which was okay (we expected a better pear "tart". The portions were pretty small and I wasn't fully stuffed from the meal. The wine selection was great...our waitress picked one out for us, which was nice and light and fruity. Atmosphere is really nice, we had the corner booth with like 20 unnecessary pillows that we just piled up in the corner. Our waitress was kind of MIA for the first 10 minutes we got there. She gave us water and then disappeared for another 10 minutes. Then forgot to take a drink order from one of us. Then when she returned to take our order, she yet again, skipped a person and almost walked away -if we didn't say something to her- she would not have known she skipped a person. Service could have been better and we were not happy to see that they added a 20% gratuity to our bill because our waitress did not deserve the 20%. Bocca loses a star for poor service. Other than that, I would come here again.

Pros: Atmosphere, Wine List

Cons: Service

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This is one of my favorite restaurant in NY. I have eaten here twice and both were delicious and memorable meals. The wine list is great and the service is wonderful--very attentive, but not snooty at all. The decor is gorgeous. And while it is pricey, for a special occasion this place can't be beat.

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★★★★☆

This is one of my favorite restaurant in NY. I have eaten here twice and both were delicious and memorable meals. The wine list is great and the service is wonderful--very attentive, but not snooty at all. The decor is gorgeous. And while it is pricey, for a special occasion this place can't be beat.

Pros: food,bar,wine list

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My wife and i live across the street from this place and and so we have been there many times.
We brought friends from out of town, colleagues from work and never ones , anybody was disappointed.
I honestly don't think that Via Emilia is any better then Bocca, in fact we think that Bocca is probably the best italian restaurant in a 10 city blocks ratio.
The atmosphere is very cozy and romantic, yet fun and exciting, but definitely doesn't feel like a casual pizza place . The staff is very knowledgeable and we always found them very helpful with the choice we made.
Maybe , the previous reviewer just happened to be there on one of those bad nights that happens to every restaurant.
My wife and i always had a wonderful time at Bocca and we strongly recommend this restaurant

2
★★★★★

My wife and i live across the street from this place and and so we have been there many times.
We brought friends from out of town, colleagues from work and never ones , anybody was disappointed.
I honestly don't think that Via Emilia is any better then Bocca, in fact we think that Bocca is probably the best italian restaurant in a 10 city blocks ratio.
The atmosphere is very cozy and romantic, yet fun and exciting, but definitely doesn't feel like a casual pizza place . The staff is very knowledgeable and we always found them very helpful with the choice we made.
Maybe , the previous reviewer just happened to be there on one of those bad nights that happens to every restaurant.
My wife and i always had a wonderful time at Bocca and we strongly recommend this restaurant

Pros: Great Food, great drinks and wine , great service

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Tacky ambiance, inexperienced wait staff and an overpriced menu make this restaurant a complete failure in my book. The feel of the restaurant is more of a casual pizza place, so imagine my surprise at the $30+ entrees - plus the portions leave much to be desired. In an area with so much to offer, skip this one and try Via Emilia across the street instead.

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★☆☆☆☆

Tacky ambiance, inexperienced wait staff and an overpriced menu make this restaurant a complete failure in my book. The feel of the restaurant is more of a casual pizza place, so imagine my surprise at the $30+ entrees - plus the portions leave much to be desired. In an area with so much to offer, skip this one and try Via Emilia across the street instead.

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I heard about this place from a couple of friends and they were right. nice atmosphere and great food, epsecially at a reasonable price. The seating was prompt and they accommodated all my requests with a smile on their faces:-) Good job guys, I'll be back!

2
★★★★☆

I heard about this place from a couple of friends and they were right. nice atmosphere and great food, epsecially at a reasonable price. The seating was prompt and they accommodated all my requests with a smile on their faces:-) Good job guys, I'll be back!

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I am sometimes hesitant about going to an Italian restaurant where the menu items are all the same. But this is not your typical Italian restaurant. The menu items are all unique and there is an amazing selection of different types of food- not just pasta here! We loved the marinated raw tuna, and the rigatoni with sausage and smoked mozzarella was amazing. . We enjoyed the ambiance on a weeknight but apparently they have music here on certain nights. All in all I was extremely pleased and can't wait to go back- I actually find myself craving the sausage dish - who would have thought!

2
★★★★★

I am sometimes hesitant about going to an Italian restaurant where the menu items are all the same. But this is not your typical Italian restaurant. The menu items are all unique and there is an amazing selection of different types of food- not just pasta here! We loved the marinated raw tuna, and the rigatoni with sausage and smoked mozzarella was amazing. . We enjoyed the ambiance on a weeknight but apparently they have music here on certain nights. All in all I was extremely pleased and can't wait to go back- I actually find myself craving the sausage dish - who would have thought!

Pros: great food and ambiance

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I found Bocca on Opentable and figured we'd give it a try based on the menu. I arrived before my wife, and was offered some complementary appetizers while waiting for my wife and sipping a glass of wine at the bar. Dinner was top notch (and so was their crusty Italian bread), and the service was excellent. Their wine list was also solid. We're looking forward to going back soon.

2
★★★★★

I found Bocca on Opentable and figured we'd give it a try based on the menu. I arrived before my wife, and was offered some complementary appetizers while waiting for my wife and sipping a glass of wine at the bar. Dinner was top notch (and so was their crusty Italian bread), and the service was excellent. Their wine list was also solid. We're looking forward to going back soon.

Pros: Excellent food, nice room, solid Italian wine list

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The charchuterie and cheese plate as a starter was very good. Pasta entree was fresh and yummy. Loved the decor. We went on a Sunday so it wasn't crowded at all. Only peeve is that they only take American Express.

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★★★★☆

The charchuterie and cheese plate as a starter was very good. Pasta entree was fresh and yummy. Loved the decor. We went on a Sunday so it wasn't crowded at all. Only peeve is that they only take American Express.

Pros: Pasta

Cons: Only takes Amex

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I went to Bocca with my girlfriend last night after a friend of mine told me good things about it. The ambiance was relaxing and totally unpretentious; the food was delicious, and we highly recommend the shrimp appetizer and the duck main course..my girlfriend LOVED IT; the cocktails were inventive, such as the basil smash a very refreshing cocktail; and the service was impeccable. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu. The ricotta dessert was also fantastic. We can't wait to return to this restaurant.

2
★★★★★

I went to Bocca with my girlfriend last night after a friend of mine told me good things about it. The ambiance was relaxing and totally unpretentious; the food was delicious, and we highly recommend the shrimp appetizer and the duck main course..my girlfriend LOVED IT; the cocktails were inventive, such as the basil smash a very refreshing cocktail; and the service was impeccable. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu. The ricotta dessert was also fantastic. We can't wait to return to this restaurant.

Pros: Great food , great food great ambiance

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My husband and I , were invited at a friend birthday party last week. The service was smooth, attentive, and the food was teriffic. We returned last night , just the two of us for a romantic dinner. And once again it was absolutely amazing. Beautiful spot. The atmosphere is cozy, charming and the music is great.
Really interesting cocktail list and also the wine list is very extensive. We will go back many many times!

2
★★★★★

My husband and I , were invited at a friend birthday party last week. The service was smooth, attentive, and the food was teriffic. We returned last night , just the two of us for a romantic dinner. And once again it was absolutely amazing. Beautiful spot. The atmosphere is cozy, charming and the music is great.
Really interesting cocktail list and also the wine list is very extensive. We will go back many many times!

Pros: Food , service and ambiance

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I am sorry to say it but this was not a good experience...we, 4 of us, went on MOnday night at 7.15pm and were the first to be seated..we ordered drinks promptly but had to wait 20 minutes for them and the waiter asked our order 3 times..we ordered food and only 3 plates came..they had forgotten my wifes order. The chef was wandering around all the time but never once came and talked to us or any other diners or gave any advise..we think he was waiting a delivery of potatoes or onions. No one apologized for the awful service..yes, the food was good...but with so many good restaurants in the area this one will have a very hard time.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am sorry to say it but this was not a good experience...we, 4 of us, went on MOnday night at 7.15pm and were the first to be seated..we ordered drinks promptly but had to wait 20 minutes for them and the waiter asked our order 3 times..we ordered food and only 3 plates came..they had forgotten my wifes order. The chef was wandering around all the time but never once came and talked to us or any other diners or gave any advise..we think he was waiting a delivery of potatoes or onions. No one apologized for the awful service..yes, the food was good...but with so many good restaurants in the area this one will have a very hard time.

Pros: food ok

Cons: service a disaster

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I enjoyed the ambiance of this restaurant. The food was good. We had the meat platter and the salmon. Both were good dishes, but it was a bit overpriced, especially for the portion sizes. The biggest problem is that they only take AmEx. That needs to change if I'm going to go back. The lighting was nice and the music not too loud. I would recommend.

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★★★☆☆

I enjoyed the ambiance of this restaurant. The food was good. We had the meat platter and the salmon. Both were good dishes, but it was a bit overpriced, especially for the portion sizes. The biggest problem is that they only take AmEx. That needs to change if I'm going to go back. The lighting was nice and the music not too loud. I would recommend.

Pros: yummy food, pretty room, nice ambience

Cons: small portions, only take AmEx

 

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