Bar Stuzzichini

★★★☆☆
A charming Flatiron Italian restaurant with warm ambiance. Like its unrelated cousin Markt one avenue away, service is dependable if somewhat hasty.
  • 928 Broadway

    New York, NY 10010

    Cross street: nr. 22nd St.

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  • 212-780-5100

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I at first recoiled when reading some of these reviews but went to Bar Stuzzichini anyway because I was meeting a friend there. What I found was a terrific restaurant. We were quickly seated at a great table, and our drinks came almost immediately after we ordered them. The service was impeccable. My chicken was delicious, my friend's salmon unbelievable and we both had rice balls, procuto and crispy asparagus for starters.. Yum. Although my friend and I are both quite sophisticated, we couldnt finish our meals and asked for doggy bags which the waiter was happy to supply us with. I had capuccino, my friend had espresso and we shared something wonderful, white and velvety for dessert. I have eaten all over the world and I must say this restaurant ranks high up there. I cant wait to go back. Kudo's to Paul, the chef and all who made our dining experience so wonderful..

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★★★★★

I at first recoiled when reading some of these reviews but went to Bar Stuzzichini anyway because I was meeting a friend there. What I found was a terrific restaurant. We were quickly seated at a great table, and our drinks came almost immediately after we ordered them. The service was impeccable. My chicken was delicious, my friend's salmon unbelievable and we both had rice balls, procuto and crispy asparagus for starters.. Yum. Although my friend and I are both quite sophisticated, we couldnt finish our meals and asked for doggy bags which the waiter was happy to supply us with. I had capuccino, my friend had espresso and we shared something wonderful, white and velvety for dessert. I have eaten all over the world and I must say this restaurant ranks high up there. I cant wait to go back. Kudo's to Paul, the chef and all who made our dining experience so wonderful..

Pros: Delicious food, great atmosphere, terrific service, fair pri

Cons: None that I could discern

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i was expecting a lot more from this based on the reviews. We had a great table, & our server was helpful & knowledgeable, though she'd been over sat & disappeared for lengthy periods of time. Food was fine for what it was, but nothing special. We did get some decent value wines, but nothing to write home about. I'd go back, but only for a drink at the bar & apps, not my idea of a great place for a sit - down dinner.

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★★★☆☆

i was expecting a lot more from this based on the reviews. We had a great table, & our server was helpful & knowledgeable, though she'd been over sat & disappeared for lengthy periods of time. Food was fine for what it was, but nothing special. We did get some decent value wines, but nothing to write home about. I'd go back, but only for a drink at the bar & apps, not my idea of a great place for a sit - down dinner.

Pros: large space, probably great for groups

Cons: everyhting was underwhelming

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This gorgeous restaurant Nestled in New York's Flatiron District has a superb menu of entrees and "stuzzichini" or appetizers to offer an authentic Italian dining experience. Derived from the Italian verb stuzzicare, which means "to pick," Bar Stuzzichini knows there is nothing sweeter than enjoying a long meal over a sampling of delicacies. I love the decor of this place too..it has a real European feel. The wine list is great as well, as is the knowledgeable staff. Check it out!

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★★★★☆

This gorgeous restaurant Nestled in New York's Flatiron District has a superb menu of entrees and "stuzzichini" or appetizers to offer an authentic Italian dining experience. Derived from the Italian verb stuzzicare, which means "to pick," Bar Stuzzichini knows there is nothing sweeter than enjoying a long meal over a sampling of delicacies. I love the decor of this place too..it has a real European feel. The wine list is great as well, as is the knowledgeable staff. Check it out!

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I picked this restaurant for a blind date the other evening. My date was great, this place was terrible. I always appreciate a restaurant when it makes the man look great when he has a "lady" on his arm. Well this place make you look terrible. We arrived with reservations on time, and despite the fact that the place was half empt, we were told to wait at the bar, and then were led to the worst table in the place. We ordered wine, and after waiting for twenty minutes, the waiter came back and told me they were out, we picked two more bottle, and both were out. We settled for wine by the glass. We ordered, and waited for 40 minutes for the appetizers, all the while were "entertained" by a loud, vulgar gentleman who was getting his food before anyone else. Turns out he was the owner! I guess the old adage that the customer comes first was foreign to him. The portions are very small, quite ordinary and over-priced. That God my date was understanding. We ended up going to another restaurant, one with much less hype, and was head and shoulders above this fake!

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★☆☆☆☆

I picked this restaurant for a blind date the other evening. My date was great, this place was terrible. I always appreciate a restaurant when it makes the man look great when he has a "lady" on his arm. Well this place make you look terrible. We arrived with reservations on time, and despite the fact that the place was half empt, we were told to wait at the bar, and then were led to the worst table in the place. We ordered wine, and after waiting for twenty minutes, the waiter came back and told me they were out, we picked two more bottle, and both were out. We settled for wine by the glass. We ordered, and waited for 40 minutes for the appetizers, all the while were "entertained" by a loud, vulgar gentleman who was getting his food before anyone else. Turns out he was the owner! I guess the old adage that the customer comes first was foreign to him. The portions are very small, quite ordinary and over-priced. That God my date was understanding. We ended up going to another restaurant, one with much less hype, and was head and shoulders above this fake!

Pros: None

Cons: Too Many To Mention!

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I am an attorney who eats out five to six times a week. I had to meet collegues at this restaurant the other evening. This was the first time I dined here. I ordered a green salad and a pasta dish. The salad arrived, good enough, but as I ate it I noticed a "insect" in the leaves. I called my waiter over and showed the "insect" to him. Instead of taking it away and correcting the problem, he explained to me that this was an organic salad, you must be kidding, Organic or not, insects are not part of this appetizer. The pasta was ordinary, lukewarm. I couldn't wait to leave. I definitely will not be back, and I caution other people the same.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am an attorney who eats out five to six times a week. I had to meet collegues at this restaurant the other evening. This was the first time I dined here. I ordered a green salad and a pasta dish. The salad arrived, good enough, but as I ate it I noticed a "insect" in the leaves. I called my waiter over and showed the "insect" to him. Instead of taking it away and correcting the problem, he explained to me that this was an organic salad, you must be kidding, Organic or not, insects are not part of this appetizer. The pasta was ordinary, lukewarm. I couldn't wait to leave. I definitely will not be back, and I caution other people the same.

Pros: Location

Cons: Poor Service, Poor Food

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can't think of anything bad to say about this place.we eat here weekly,have for months.i don't get the other reviewer's complaints .... sounds like a different place than the one i know.my wife has been in the restaurant business for 26 years,owning a successful italian place for eight of those.plus,we go to italy very often.we know food,especially italian,very well.bar stuzzi is quite authentic roman style.perfect pastas,which is really hard to find.we know wine as well and the wine list is excellent,the quartino selection changes regularly and their sommalier is knowledgable and helpful.and we especially know good service,my wife's specialty.these kids are very efficient and well trained.and they seem happy.probably because they are making good money.never seen the place empty,except maybe superbowl night or such,and we like to eat late when you might expect the crowd to be over.i say you negative 'experts' should give it another shot.enjoy !

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★★★★☆

can't think of anything bad to say about this place.we eat here weekly,have for months.i don't get the other reviewer's complaints .... sounds like a different place than the one i know.my wife has been in the restaurant business for 26 years,owning a successful italian place for eight of those.plus,we go to italy very often.we know food,especially italian,very well.bar stuzzi is quite authentic roman style.perfect pastas,which is really hard to find.we know wine as well and the wine list is excellent,the quartino selection changes regularly and their sommalier is knowledgable and helpful.and we especially know good service,my wife's specialty.these kids are very efficient and well trained.and they seem happy.probably because they are making good money.never seen the place empty,except maybe superbowl night or such,and we like to eat late when you might expect the crowd to be over.i say you negative 'experts' should give it another shot.enjoy !

Pros: friendly people.great food.good value

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Had read reviews of this place and decided to try it. I think restaurants should not take paying customers for granted, considering the amount of competition. From the arrival, I had the feeling that they were doing me a favor. The place was not busy, told to wait, and was "entertained" by a man who I think who was part of the management, he was drinking water out of a bottle and cursing at a waiter!
The food was uninspired, small portions and overpriced. We ordered a bottle of wine that took over a half-hour to come, in fact we ordered it before appetizers, and arrived after we were done.
The vibe is strange, everyone seems sad and stressed. Not a good feeling. People who gave it a good review should maybe revisit.

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★☆☆☆☆

Had read reviews of this place and decided to try it. I think restaurants should not take paying customers for granted, considering the amount of competition. From the arrival, I had the feeling that they were doing me a favor. The place was not busy, told to wait, and was "entertained" by a man who I think who was part of the management, he was drinking water out of a bottle and cursing at a waiter!
The food was uninspired, small portions and overpriced. We ordered a bottle of wine that took over a half-hour to come, in fact we ordered it before appetizers, and arrived after we were done.
The vibe is strange, everyone seems sad and stressed. Not a good feeling. People who gave it a good review should maybe revisit.

Pros: Plenty of Empty Seats!

Cons: Bad Service, Bad Food

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I almost feel bad doing this, because the place does have a decent vibe and decor and the staff seems nice enough--however, having been fairly excited about finally seeing what everyone's been raving about, I was incredibly disappointed in what followed. I am a chef, from Manhattan, and so of course, more than just a "foodie." Starting with the apps--party of 4, we ordered the Polpette(meatballs), Arancini(riceballs), Soppressata and Zucchine alla Scapece: The polpette tasted exactly like the frozen swedish meatballs people serve at highschool graduation parties, though these weren't even accompanied by any sauce or gravy. The arancini were nothing more than than creamy rice, balled up, battered and fried--no peas, no pancetta, no herbs, nothing--came only 3 in the order with 4 people at the table and again, served sans sauce of any kind. The zucchini and soppressata were typical and fine. Tuna and ribeye entrees were both decent. My friend's Mafaldine Nepoltana was no more than room temp and my braciole, though extremely tasty, was a single roll of short-rib in a bowl of sauce that I finished in exactly 3 bites--hardly an entree. Lastly, the waiter took 10 mins to explain the wine we decided to order, took a half hour to return and apologize for it taking so long to be brought, then came back again and said they had run out of that wine...only to return again 10 mins later with the wine in hand saying he had "screwed up" and they in fact, did have it. I truly hate to bash any restaurants, but after miniscule portions, mediocre food and a $270 check, I sort of felt the need to share my very lackluster experience. Sorry.

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★★☆☆☆

I almost feel bad doing this, because the place does have a decent vibe and decor and the staff seems nice enough--however, having been fairly excited about finally seeing what everyone's been raving about, I was incredibly disappointed in what followed. I am a chef, from Manhattan, and so of course, more than just a "foodie." Starting with the apps--party of 4, we ordered the Polpette(meatballs), Arancini(riceballs), Soppressata and Zucchine alla Scapece: The polpette tasted exactly like the frozen swedish meatballs people serve at highschool graduation parties, though these weren't even accompanied by any sauce or gravy. The arancini were nothing more than than creamy rice, balled up, battered and fried--no peas, no pancetta, no herbs, nothing--came only 3 in the order with 4 people at the table and again, served sans sauce of any kind. The zucchini and soppressata were typical and fine. Tuna and ribeye entrees were both decent. My friend's Mafaldine Nepoltana was no more than room temp and my braciole, though extremely tasty, was a single roll of short-rib in a bowl of sauce that I finished in exactly 3 bites--hardly an entree. Lastly, the waiter took 10 mins to explain the wine we decided to order, took a half hour to return and apologize for it taking so long to be brought, then came back again and said they had run out of that wine...only to return again 10 mins later with the wine in hand saying he had "screwed up" and they in fact, did have it. I truly hate to bash any restaurants, but after miniscule portions, mediocre food and a $270 check, I sort of felt the need to share my very lackluster experience. Sorry.

Pros: decent ambience

Cons: most of the small plates, terrible value

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I have to be honest, I was nervous about going there after reading the reviews about the poor customer service. But I didn't find that to be the case at all - the waitstaff was attentive without being overbearing, even as the restaurant got busier. The wine list (all Italian) is impressive and the food was fantastic and a great value. (Try the ricotte e miele crostini - amazing!) I will definitely be going back there.

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★★★★☆

I have to be honest, I was nervous about going there after reading the reviews about the poor customer service. But I didn't find that to be the case at all - the waitstaff was attentive without being overbearing, even as the restaurant got busier. The wine list (all Italian) is impressive and the food was fantastic and a great value. (Try the ricotte e miele crostini - amazing!) I will definitely be going back there.

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the peple thta work here are so fu... rude thay thionk they know evrything and they doenst know how to speak with people

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★☆☆☆☆

the peple thta work here are so fu... rude thay thionk they know evrything and they doenst know how to speak with people

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Attempted to go for dinner on a Saturday night. When we arrived and checked in for our reservation, the host was extremely rude and refused to tell us how long we would have to wait, since they were not ready for our reservation. He told us to "just go to the bar," and that he was "not a mind reader." I can't remember the last time I walked out of a restaurant based on the service, let alone service at the host stand, but the host was so incredibly rude there was no way my party was staying there for dinner. Someone needs to tell the host (who may have been an owner or manager) that he is in a service industry and should not be flat out rude to customers.

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★☆☆☆☆

Attempted to go for dinner on a Saturday night. When we arrived and checked in for our reservation, the host was extremely rude and refused to tell us how long we would have to wait, since they were not ready for our reservation. He told us to "just go to the bar," and that he was "not a mind reader." I can't remember the last time I walked out of a restaurant based on the service, let alone service at the host stand, but the host was so incredibly rude there was no way my party was staying there for dinner. Someone needs to tell the host (who may have been an owner or manager) that he is in a service industry and should not be flat out rude to customers.

Cons: Rude Service

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This place was terrible!!! We waited 1 1/2 hours for our reservation and the hostess never approached us to apologize!! We had to repeatedly ask the hostess when we would be seated and then she mistakenly seated another table in our place!!! The entire staff was disorganized and confused!! The bathroom area was also disgusting! Seems as if there was no one cleaning the area the entire night and it showed.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place was terrible!!! We waited 1 1/2 hours for our reservation and the hostess never approached us to apologize!! We had to repeatedly ask the hostess when we would be seated and then she mistakenly seated another table in our place!!! The entire staff was disorganized and confused!! The bathroom area was also disgusting! Seems as if there was no one cleaning the area the entire night and it showed.

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I made the unfortunate experience to enter this Italian "restaurant". My first impression was a man drinking water from a bottle, who must of been the owner, cursing and speaking loud enough for the whole restaurant to hear him. I had reservations, and despite the fact they were half empty, I had to wait to be seated. The portions were extremely small, the pasta was over-cooked and "pastey", and the dessert was simply terrible. The waiter was friendly, tried to salvage the evening, but as he entertained us, the loud, vulgar language of the man at the bar drowned him out. Next time I will order in pizza from Domino's.

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★☆☆☆☆

I made the unfortunate experience to enter this Italian "restaurant". My first impression was a man drinking water from a bottle, who must of been the owner, cursing and speaking loud enough for the whole restaurant to hear him. I had reservations, and despite the fact they were half empty, I had to wait to be seated. The portions were extremely small, the pasta was over-cooked and "pastey", and the dessert was simply terrible. The waiter was friendly, tried to salvage the evening, but as he entertained us, the loud, vulgar language of the man at the bar drowned him out. Next time I will order in pizza from Domino's.

Pros: Friendly Service

Cons: Loud Vulgar Language, Bad Food

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Don?t go out of your way to eat here. While the food was very good, the restaurant had no character and the service was mediocre. Perhaps it was an oversight that the host/hostess seemed to check in everyone?s coats except for ours (call me crazy, but I wonder if it had anything to do with the fact that we were the ONLY non-white people in the restaurant), it was a real turn off from the minute we walked in. The portions were also a tad small. I?m not interested in Olive Garden type gigantic plates, but it would have been nice to taste my friends dishes without feeling like they would be left with barely nothing to eat. Overall this place was enh. Unless you have the be in the area, I suggest going elsewhere.

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★★★☆☆

Don?t go out of your way to eat here. While the food was very good, the restaurant had no character and the service was mediocre. Perhaps it was an oversight that the host/hostess seemed to check in everyone?s coats except for ours (call me crazy, but I wonder if it had anything to do with the fact that we were the ONLY non-white people in the restaurant), it was a real turn off from the minute we walked in. The portions were also a tad small. I?m not interested in Olive Garden type gigantic plates, but it would have been nice to taste my friends dishes without feeling like they would be left with barely nothing to eat. Overall this place was enh. Unless you have the be in the area, I suggest going elsewhere.

Pros: Nice wine list

Cons: Subpar service, small portions

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Had the unfortunate experience of dining in this establishment. We had reservations....despite this we had to wait at the bar...where we were "entertained" by a loud vulgar gentleman who I was surprised to find out later that he was the owner. After being seated, we found the food to be very small portions, not very good, and the service non-exsistent. All the while we could still hear the vulgarity from the owner. A message to this gentleman....YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Had the unfortunate experience of dining in this establishment. We had reservations....despite this we had to wait at the bar...where we were "entertained" by a loud vulgar gentleman who I was surprised to find out later that he was the owner. After being seated, we found the food to be very small portions, not very good, and the service non-exsistent. All the while we could still hear the vulgarity from the owner. A message to this gentleman....YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING!!!!

Pros: None

Cons: Vulgarity, Bad Service, Bad Food

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I've been doing business in the Flatiron district and have been going here about twice a week for the past few weeks. I love the food and find it to be very authentic. Having traveled alot in Italy I find the pastas to be very well prepared and delicious. Had the Malfaldine and the Lemon Pistacchio tagliolini. They are both fantastic. We sit at the eating counter or bar and the service has been fine.The little plates are fun and tasty. Will miss Stuzzichini when I leave town.

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★★★★★

I've been doing business in the Flatiron district and have been going here about twice a week for the past few weeks. I love the food and find it to be very authentic. Having traveled alot in Italy I find the pastas to be very well prepared and delicious. Had the Malfaldine and the Lemon Pistacchio tagliolini. They are both fantastic. We sit at the eating counter or bar and the service has been fine.The little plates are fun and tasty. Will miss Stuzzichini when I leave town.

Pros: fun place, great authentic italian

Cons: space is large can get loud

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I visited this restaurant after reading a review of it. Upon arriving I instructed the host that I had a reservation, and then was told they would have a table for me shortly. Thirty-five minutes is not "shortly". During that time I waited, I was "entertained" a loud, vulgar, gentleman who I guess was part of management. I was then led to a table were I had decent food, lousy service, and I suppose this was compensated by reasonable prices. I will not return.

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★☆☆☆☆

I visited this restaurant after reading a review of it. Upon arriving I instructed the host that I had a reservation, and then was told they would have a table for me shortly. Thirty-five minutes is not "shortly". During that time I waited, I was "entertained" a loud, vulgar, gentleman who I guess was part of management. I was then led to a table were I had decent food, lousy service, and I suppose this was compensated by reasonable prices. I will not return.

Pros: Inexpensive prices

Cons: Loud Vulgar Management, Bad Service

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We first visited this restaurant in September, and were impressed with the food and not so impressed with the service. My girlfriend and I returned last week on Friday, and were pleasently surprised to see a complete turn around in service and general staff attitude. This is a great addition to the neighborhood.

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★★★★★

We first visited this restaurant in September, and were impressed with the food and not so impressed with the service. My girlfriend and I returned last week on Friday, and were pleasently surprised to see a complete turn around in service and general staff attitude. This is a great addition to the neighborhood.

Pros: Food, staff

Cons: A bit loud at the prime times

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I had reservations at this restaurant. I had confirmed them and upon arriving, found that they had canceled them for not confiming. They announced to me that they would get me a table in 20 minutes. So I proceeded to wait at the bar, despite the fact there were plenty of tables available. I was then entertained by a gentleman who proceeded to "scream" at the waitstaff in foul and disturbing language, when I complained I was told that he was the owner. That was enough, I left and had a great meal at another restaurant. One word of advise........keep the owner out of his own restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had reservations at this restaurant. I had confirmed them and upon arriving, found that they had canceled them for not confiming. They announced to me that they would get me a table in 20 minutes. So I proceeded to wait at the bar, despite the fact there were plenty of tables available. I was then entertained by a gentleman who proceeded to "scream" at the waitstaff in foul and disturbing language, when I complained I was told that he was the owner. That was enough, I left and had a great meal at another restaurant. One word of advise........keep the owner out of his own restaurant.

Pros: None

Cons: Loud Rude Owner

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I made reservations one day in advance for dinner with a friend. At no time did the reservation taker say I needed to confirm the reservations again. When I arrived the next evening, the hostess said that they almost canceled our reservation, which was puzzling to me, but that we were so lucky they still kept our table. We were seated at a tiny table in the bar section, rather than in the more spacious dining room. I didn't complain because my friend had arrived first, she was from out of town & I didn't want to make a fuss. When I got home after dinner (after being out all day), there were 2 messages from the restaurant, with one of them threatening to cancel the reservation unless I called back in 30 minutes. They basically gave us the terrible table because I didn't call to confirm (though I had made the reservation only 24 hours before & was never asked to call back!). Usually when I make reservations at other restaurants, I can be sure to get a nice table, but in this case, Bar Stuzzichini decided to go power-tripping instead. They're a new restaurant & not that established, so I'm surprised they choose to tick off diners that way. There are so many other great restaurants in the city that will treat you with respect. Why go to one that treats you poorly? Hard-working New Yorkers deserve better than that.

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★☆☆☆☆

I made reservations one day in advance for dinner with a friend. At no time did the reservation taker say I needed to confirm the reservations again. When I arrived the next evening, the hostess said that they almost canceled our reservation, which was puzzling to me, but that we were so lucky they still kept our table. We were seated at a tiny table in the bar section, rather than in the more spacious dining room. I didn't complain because my friend had arrived first, she was from out of town & I didn't want to make a fuss. When I got home after dinner (after being out all day), there were 2 messages from the restaurant, with one of them threatening to cancel the reservation unless I called back in 30 minutes. They basically gave us the terrible table because I didn't call to confirm (though I had made the reservation only 24 hours before & was never asked to call back!). Usually when I make reservations at other restaurants, I can be sure to get a nice table, but in this case, Bar Stuzzichini decided to go power-tripping instead. They're a new restaurant & not that established, so I'm surprised they choose to tick off diners that way. There are so many other great restaurants in the city that will treat you with respect. Why go to one that treats you poorly? Hard-working New Yorkers deserve better than that.

Pros: None

Cons: Management/reservations mgr disrespectful

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We tried it based on some OK reviews. However, they put us at a table in the back by the bathroom and kitchen and refused to offer a better option when requested. (We arrived at 5:45pm and the restaurant was still half empty when we left- it's big.)The service was sloppy and rushed. The waiter was casual, spilling wine and dropping the check before being asked. I could not take a bite of food, which was mediocre, without a busser leaning over me or someone coming to the table... At the end, when I tried to explain my disappointment to the maitre d', he called me rude. Is that how to treat a guest? Don't even waste your time.

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★☆☆☆☆

We tried it based on some OK reviews. However, they put us at a table in the back by the bathroom and kitchen and refused to offer a better option when requested. (We arrived at 5:45pm and the restaurant was still half empty when we left- it's big.)The service was sloppy and rushed. The waiter was casual, spilling wine and dropping the check before being asked. I could not take a bite of food, which was mediocre, without a busser leaning over me or someone coming to the table... At the end, when I tried to explain my disappointment to the maitre d', he called me rude. Is that how to treat a guest? Don't even waste your time.

Pros: location, eat at the bar

Cons: service, price for portions

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We went to Bar Stuzzichini last night (Saturday at 8:45) after reading Frank Bruni's review and we are so thrilled to have gone. Though the service was a bit slow, the food was sensational and I look forward to coming back. The space was nicely done, well lit, and slightly hip-- a great date spot. It's fair to say that I'm an avid foodie, I was pleased with every dish and found some to be outstanding. We started with the Misti-- the riceballs were flavorful, moist and crispy, the fried artichoke was perfect (this was my first time having friend artichoke- loved it), the meatballs were rich and the texture was wonderful, but were over salted. We also had the rolled eggplant which was delicate and smooth. For our entree I ordered the lemon and pistachio linguini, it may have been the best pasta dish I've ever had-- rich and nutty, the flavors blended beautifully. We also had the cauliflower pasta dish which was different though nice. In terms of portion size, which some people below me have complained about, this is an authentic Italian restaurant, if you want a pound of pasta on your plate, go to Carmines or Olive Garden. The misti can feed one person. Drinks were great and I'm looking forward to coming back!

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★★★★★

We went to Bar Stuzzichini last night (Saturday at 8:45) after reading Frank Bruni's review and we are so thrilled to have gone. Though the service was a bit slow, the food was sensational and I look forward to coming back. The space was nicely done, well lit, and slightly hip-- a great date spot. It's fair to say that I'm an avid foodie, I was pleased with every dish and found some to be outstanding. We started with the Misti-- the riceballs were flavorful, moist and crispy, the fried artichoke was perfect (this was my first time having friend artichoke- loved it), the meatballs were rich and the texture was wonderful, but were over salted. We also had the rolled eggplant which was delicate and smooth. For our entree I ordered the lemon and pistachio linguini, it may have been the best pasta dish I've ever had-- rich and nutty, the flavors blended beautifully. We also had the cauliflower pasta dish which was different though nice. In terms of portion size, which some people below me have complained about, this is an authentic Italian restaurant, if you want a pound of pasta on your plate, go to Carmines or Olive Garden. The misti can feed one person. Drinks were great and I'm looking forward to coming back!

Pros: Misti, Pasta, Portion sizes

Cons: Service was a bit scatery

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My husband and I live around the block. We love it . The price point is decent. The food is good. We don't always get the Stuzzichini somtimes just a salad. And great pasta and I love the spicy rib-eye, husband loves the chicken. Great classic desserts. Cannolis and sfogliatella just like when I was a kid.

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★★★★★

My husband and I live around the block. We love it . The price point is decent. The food is good. We don't always get the Stuzzichini somtimes just a salad. And great pasta and I love the spicy rib-eye, husband loves the chicken. Great classic desserts. Cannolis and sfogliatella just like when I was a kid.

Pros: Authenic southern italian

Cons: large room

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I was so happy there was a new place in this neighborhood that wasn't expensive and could become a neighborhood spot. Unfortunately, I will need to keep walking downtown a bit for good food. This is a bad version of Morandi. The decor is like Houlihans, the grilled octopus was fishy (not edible) and the chicken was flavorless and tough. Also, what Italian place only offers appetizer portions of pasta? The place was such a disappointment I predict it wont last a year. New Yorkers have way too many good Italian places to waste a night out here.

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★★☆☆☆

I was so happy there was a new place in this neighborhood that wasn't expensive and could become a neighborhood spot. Unfortunately, I will need to keep walking downtown a bit for good food. This is a bad version of Morandi. The decor is like Houlihans, the grilled octopus was fishy (not edible) and the chicken was flavorless and tough. Also, what Italian place only offers appetizer portions of pasta? The place was such a disappointment I predict it wont last a year. New Yorkers have way too many good Italian places to waste a night out here.

Pros: reasonably priced wine list

Cons: food bad to okay

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I have to say this is one of the best restaurants I've been in NYC. The food was amazing and Kristin
our waitress was outstanding. She was very informative and educated about the menu and the wine
list which made our experience wonderful. She explained the menu thoroughly and especially knew
the italian wines which were foreign about! I enjoyed every moment from the decor to sitting at the appetizer bar to the service. I recommend everyone go back! And I will definantly go back! Thank you!

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★★★★★

I have to say this is one of the best restaurants I've been in NYC. The food was amazing and Kristin
our waitress was outstanding. She was very informative and educated about the menu and the wine
list which made our experience wonderful. She explained the menu thoroughly and especially knew
the italian wines which were foreign about! I enjoyed every moment from the decor to sitting at the appetizer bar to the service. I recommend everyone go back! And I will definantly go back! Thank you!

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My friends and I had dinner here last week and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was concerned when I read some of the reviews - thinking service would be poor and we would be there for ever. But just the opposite happened - we were seated right away; our waitress Kim was very friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive; and our food was served quite promptly.

The food was delicious. As mentioned in other reviews, the Stuzzichini Misti is your best option for appetizers - the only problem is narrowing down which five appetizers to order. I can't wait to return to try a different selection.

In addition to the Stuzzichini Misti we also had the Tagliolini in a Pistachio and Lemon Sauce and the Mezzi Rigatoni con Ragu. While the Rigatoni Ragu was good, we found the Tagliolini to be outstanding. If we could have licked the bowl without being seen, I think we would have done it.

We'll definitely return to this restaurant.

2
★★★★☆

My friends and I had dinner here last week and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was concerned when I read some of the reviews - thinking service would be poor and we would be there for ever. But just the opposite happened - we were seated right away; our waitress Kim was very friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive; and our food was served quite promptly.

The food was delicious. As mentioned in other reviews, the Stuzzichini Misti is your best option for appetizers - the only problem is narrowing down which five appetizers to order. I can't wait to return to try a different selection.

In addition to the Stuzzichini Misti we also had the Tagliolini in a Pistachio and Lemon Sauce and the Mezzi Rigatoni con Ragu. While the Rigatoni Ragu was good, we found the Tagliolini to be outstanding. If we could have licked the bowl without being seen, I think we would have done it.

We'll definitely return to this restaurant.

Pros: Delicious food; friendly, attentive service

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Had dinner here last night and highly recommend the place. They seemed to have fixed their service problems. The wine steward was very informative and we had a lovely waitress. The food was delicious. We had the misti(my kids were fighting over who got the last polpette). Don't miss the scamorza and the fried artichokes. Chicken was incredibly crispy with a side of potatoe croquettes. Yum! Also we had an orrchiette with roasted cauliflower and really cute tasty cannoli for dessert which were learned are the chefs grandma's recipe. Great place to take your family.

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★★★★☆

Had dinner here last night and highly recommend the place. They seemed to have fixed their service problems. The wine steward was very informative and we had a lovely waitress. The food was delicious. We had the misti(my kids were fighting over who got the last polpette). Don't miss the scamorza and the fried artichokes. Chicken was incredibly crispy with a side of potatoe croquettes. Yum! Also we had an orrchiette with roasted cauliflower and really cute tasty cannoli for dessert which were learned are the chefs grandma's recipe. Great place to take your family.

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The Stuzzichini Misti (think Italian Tapas), might be one of the best deals in Town. 5 small dishes for $22. The Arancinis are out of this world. You won't find a better Gnocchi all Amatriciana in NY.
Excellent Food aside....a Eastern European looking hostess welcomed us with a "So...want do you want type of unfriendly -non smile attitude-"...upon leaving the premises, there were 3 stuff members at the entrance, and we didn't hear a single "Thank you" from any of them...(The Humble busboy though was very polite and friendly).

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★★★☆☆

The Stuzzichini Misti (think Italian Tapas), might be one of the best deals in Town. 5 small dishes for $22. The Arancinis are out of this world. You won't find a better Gnocchi all Amatriciana in NY.
Excellent Food aside....a Eastern European looking hostess welcomed us with a "So...want do you want type of unfriendly -non smile attitude-"...upon leaving the premises, there were 3 stuff members at the entrance, and we didn't hear a single "Thank you" from any of them...(The Humble busboy though was very polite and friendly).

Pros: Amazing food!

Cons: Most of the personnel

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was so looking forward.. Food was great Service was so bad it ruined the whole evening. not only did we wait for our food and water to be refilled but we waited for our credit card to come back to the table.. The waiter kept saying how sorry he was but we never got the feeling that he cared.. clueless staff..asked about portion size he must have been talking about the last place he worked at. We even had to pay for our dessert. Would not recommend..

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★☆☆☆☆

was so looking forward.. Food was great Service was so bad it ruined the whole evening. not only did we wait for our food and water to be refilled but we waited for our credit card to come back to the table.. The waiter kept saying how sorry he was but we never got the feeling that he cared.. clueless staff..asked about portion size he must have been talking about the last place he worked at. We even had to pay for our dessert. Would not recommend..

Pros: food great

Cons: service so bad slow..

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We went last night for dinner with another couple and were so disappointed. While the food was actually really good, the service was absolutely AWFUL. We are true foodies and eat out at least 3 nights a week and have never experienced the problems we had at Bar Stuzzichini. We placed our orders at around 7:40pm and did not receive our entrees until almost 9:30. After asking the manager what was going on (at around the 1-hr mark), he apologized and said since the reviews have come out, their business had tripled overnight (and they obviously have no idea how to deal with it). He brought us a complimentary bottle of wine to soothe us but it still took another 30 minutes to get our food. We had friends who were having dinner there at the same time and as they were leaving, warned us that it took them ages to get their check ( they also thought their waiter was terrible) so we asked for the check when we ordered dessert. While they brought us the bill quickly, we noticed that they charged us for the "complimentary" bottle of wine. We questioned it, they took our credit card, and then we waited almost 30 minutes to get the corrected check and receipts. We were told the credit card machines werent working properly.
all in all, it was an extremely frustrating evening. We really did enjoy the food - the riceballs, chick peas, artichoke, ricotta w/honey, gnocchi, short ribs and the pasta with lemon and pistachios (my favorite) but are not planning to return anytime soon. Our waitress was perfectly pleasant but the kitchen staff is horrible and if they dont shape up soon, they will ruin what could otherwise be a terrific place.

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★★☆☆☆

We went last night for dinner with another couple and were so disappointed. While the food was actually really good, the service was absolutely AWFUL. We are true foodies and eat out at least 3 nights a week and have never experienced the problems we had at Bar Stuzzichini. We placed our orders at around 7:40pm and did not receive our entrees until almost 9:30. After asking the manager what was going on (at around the 1-hr mark), he apologized and said since the reviews have come out, their business had tripled overnight (and they obviously have no idea how to deal with it). He brought us a complimentary bottle of wine to soothe us but it still took another 30 minutes to get our food. We had friends who were having dinner there at the same time and as they were leaving, warned us that it took them ages to get their check ( they also thought their waiter was terrible) so we asked for the check when we ordered dessert. While they brought us the bill quickly, we noticed that they charged us for the "complimentary" bottle of wine. We questioned it, they took our credit card, and then we waited almost 30 minutes to get the corrected check and receipts. We were told the credit card machines werent working properly.
all in all, it was an extremely frustrating evening. We really did enjoy the food - the riceballs, chick peas, artichoke, ricotta w/honey, gnocchi, short ribs and the pasta with lemon and pistachios (my favorite) but are not planning to return anytime soon. Our waitress was perfectly pleasant but the kitchen staff is horrible and if they dont shape up soon, they will ruin what could otherwise be a terrific place.

Pros: the food

Cons: the horrible service

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After reading all of the previous reviews I decided to take my family here for a casual dinner - you can tell from the moment you sit down that the waitstaff have no idea whats going on - they obviously have no experience. It took 20 min to get our waiter over to order drinks. the small plates are good - food is pretty good actually - but they are tiny so dont count on them filling you up. When our meal came, there was a bone in my tiny portion of pasta and when we told the waiter and someone from the kitchen, they told me that was normal and that it was supposed to be there b/c it was a ragu!!! they didnt even apologize. What they should have done was say sorry and to take the meal off the bill. And to top it all off, we ordered a salad that came after we had finished our entire meal. I think this restaurant needs to get some staff that match the quality of food - minus the bones!!

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★☆☆☆☆

After reading all of the previous reviews I decided to take my family here for a casual dinner - you can tell from the moment you sit down that the waitstaff have no idea whats going on - they obviously have no experience. It took 20 min to get our waiter over to order drinks. the small plates are good - food is pretty good actually - but they are tiny so dont count on them filling you up. When our meal came, there was a bone in my tiny portion of pasta and when we told the waiter and someone from the kitchen, they told me that was normal and that it was supposed to be there b/c it was a ragu!!! they didnt even apologize. What they should have done was say sorry and to take the meal off the bill. And to top it all off, we ordered a salad that came after we had finished our entire meal. I think this restaurant needs to get some staff that match the quality of food - minus the bones!!

Cons: service, portions, very loud

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I went to this restaurant with two friends for a casual lunch around 12:45PM. Each of our three waiters were courteous but strangely absent, confused, and flustered. After ordering, we waited 50 minutes for our very simple meals (we asked for status at the 30 and 45 minute marks and were told the food was on its way). When asked why our lunch took over 50 minutes to prepare, a man who looked like a manager told us that the kitchen was "swamped." The restaurant was not even half full. When the staff realized that we were not pleased with this response, our entire bill was comped and one of our waiters was very apologetic.

The food was good enough, but not nearly worth the experience. I'd wait a few months until the staff and kitchen are a little more prepared for diners. I hope that the restaurant is soon able to live up to its potential.

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★★☆☆☆

I went to this restaurant with two friends for a casual lunch around 12:45PM. Each of our three waiters were courteous but strangely absent, confused, and flustered. After ordering, we waited 50 minutes for our very simple meals (we asked for status at the 30 and 45 minute marks and were told the food was on its way). When asked why our lunch took over 50 minutes to prepare, a man who looked like a manager told us that the kitchen was "swamped." The restaurant was not even half full. When the staff realized that we were not pleased with this response, our entire bill was comped and one of our waiters was very apologetic.

The food was good enough, but not nearly worth the experience. I'd wait a few months until the staff and kitchen are a little more prepared for diners. I hope that the restaurant is soon able to live up to its potential.

Pros: Good cheese? Comped bill?

Cons: Slow service, general confusion

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We went here on a recommendation from NY Mag. as one of the new "cheap eats". While the price per entree is certainly lower, the entree size is also smaller due to the theme of the restaurant (Stuzzichini means "snack" in Italian). The quality, however, was excellent.

First, we arrived at 9:30 on a Friday night and were seated immediately without reservations. Even so, the restaurant had plenty of people so we didn't feel like we were eating alone. The decor is nice and new, but not over the top. We ordered two apps (eggplant caponata and the grilled octopus). Both were incredible although the caponata was a little small. The octopus was light and soft (not rubbery) and served in an evoo/lemon sauce with celery. Incredible.

For our entrees we probably had the two best things on the menu. I had the short ribs and she had the ragu. Both take two days to make and both were to die for. The short ribs were soft and filled with some sort of spiciness. The ragu was a meat sauce with parmesan cheese mixed in. It's one of those things you just have to have to understand.

All in all a great meal. I only have two complaints.

1. The appetizers took a long time to get to us so we were definitely wondering if they had gone out fishing to catch the octopus. In fact, it took so long that our waiter assumed we had already eaten them and put in the food order. This caused the entrees to arrive before our second app. This happened to the table next to us as well suggesting that they still have a few kinks to work out in this new restaurant.

2. The wine list seems nice, but there didn't seem to be an expert available to ask about the different brands. Our waiter had to go check with the expert and came back with a yes/no answer rather than a description of the wine itself.

Even with the cons, we would still go back.

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★★★★☆

We went here on a recommendation from NY Mag. as one of the new "cheap eats". While the price per entree is certainly lower, the entree size is also smaller due to the theme of the restaurant (Stuzzichini means "snack" in Italian). The quality, however, was excellent.

First, we arrived at 9:30 on a Friday night and were seated immediately without reservations. Even so, the restaurant had plenty of people so we didn't feel like we were eating alone. The decor is nice and new, but not over the top. We ordered two apps (eggplant caponata and the grilled octopus). Both were incredible although the caponata was a little small. The octopus was light and soft (not rubbery) and served in an evoo/lemon sauce with celery. Incredible.

For our entrees we probably had the two best things on the menu. I had the short ribs and she had the ragu. Both take two days to make and both were to die for. The short ribs were soft and filled with some sort of spiciness. The ragu was a meat sauce with parmesan cheese mixed in. It's one of those things you just have to have to understand.

All in all a great meal. I only have two complaints.

1. The appetizers took a long time to get to us so we were definitely wondering if they had gone out fishing to catch the octopus. In fact, it took so long that our waiter assumed we had already eaten them and put in the food order. This caused the entrees to arrive before our second app. This happened to the table next to us as well suggesting that they still have a few kinks to work out in this new restaurant.

2. The wine list seems nice, but there didn't seem to be an expert available to ask about the different brands. Our waiter had to go check with the expert and came back with a yes/no answer rather than a description of the wine itself.

Even with the cons, we would still go back.

Pros: Food is great, easy to get a seat at primetime

Cons: Length of time to get the meal

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A friend and I went there for a "tween" time early dinner/late lunch on a beautiful summer Saturday. This friend happened to have lived in Italy for a few years and she was as impressed with Stuzzichini as I was. Lovely and delicious food (the $22.00 tasting plate is extraordinary) She is a vegetarian and we managed to find a variety of choices to suit us both. We shared a bottle of Proseco which we chose from their extensive and well thought out wine list. They do have tables to sit outside however, the interior is so pretty it seems a waste to sit outside. I especially liked the escarole and the grilled sardines. If the waiter says try something do so as they know what they are talking about. This is a delightful find.

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★★★★★

A friend and I went there for a "tween" time early dinner/late lunch on a beautiful summer Saturday. This friend happened to have lived in Italy for a few years and she was as impressed with Stuzzichini as I was. Lovely and delicious food (the $22.00 tasting plate is extraordinary) She is a vegetarian and we managed to find a variety of choices to suit us both. We shared a bottle of Proseco which we chose from their extensive and well thought out wine list. They do have tables to sit outside however, the interior is so pretty it seems a waste to sit outside. I especially liked the escarole and the grilled sardines. If the waiter says try something do so as they know what they are talking about. This is a delightful find.

Pros: quiet, unhurried, beautiful surroundings, served meals all day, wine list great food

Cons: couldn't find any

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I wanted to try this new (7 month old ) Italian restaurant . It was highly recommended by friends. I love to try new places and tonight was the night . I had a Catholic Priest friend who I have known from the Seminary for 35 yrs who came in from DC . I decided to take him here and it was the right thing to do. The food was wonderful ,innovative and the service was friendly. The waitress made us feel as though we were her only patrons. We orderd a bottle of wine that was fantastic , the wines were well priced and and the food was well prepared . My friend had the Eggplant Parm. and I had the Pasta with a touch of Lemon. The decor is contemporary and I felt at home and it made be feel as though I was back home in Italy. I can not rave enough and hope that the owners keep on improving and that Bar Stuzzichini will stay around for a long time. Dott Antonio and Fr. Ray

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★★★★★

I wanted to try this new (7 month old ) Italian restaurant . It was highly recommended by friends. I love to try new places and tonight was the night . I had a Catholic Priest friend who I have known from the Seminary for 35 yrs who came in from DC . I decided to take him here and it was the right thing to do. The food was wonderful ,innovative and the service was friendly. The waitress made us feel as though we were her only patrons. We orderd a bottle of wine that was fantastic , the wines were well priced and and the food was well prepared . My friend had the Eggplant Parm. and I had the Pasta with a touch of Lemon. The decor is contemporary and I felt at home and it made be feel as though I was back home in Italy. I can not rave enough and hope that the owners keep on improving and that Bar Stuzzichini will stay around for a long time. Dott Antonio and Fr. Ray

Pros: EXCELLENT

Cons: A little heavy on the salt

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Bar Stuzzichini, helmed by Paul di Bari (formerly of Wallse) and pastry chef and co-owner Carolyn Renny, serves Italian-style tapas in a sleek space in the Flatiron. The bustling interior is simple and unadorned, save for the marble-topped…

 

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