Volare

★★★★★
  • 147 West 4th Street

    New York, NY 10012

    Cross street: nr. Sixth Ave.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-777-2849

About Volare

Hours
Mon-Fri, noon-11pm; Sat, 5pm-11pm; Sun, closed

Food

Food
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Although our waiter was Albanian, the place was bona fide Italian. Some of the friendliest service in NYC, totally devoid of pretension. Had the osso buco, which was huge and filling, but they'll cook anything on- or off-menu. We also got

3
★★★★★

Although our waiter was Albanian, the place was bona fide Italian. Some of the friendliest service in NYC, totally devoid of pretension. Had the osso buco, which was huge and filling, but they'll cook anything on- or off-menu. We also got

Pros: Food, service, extras

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For well over a century this has been a restaurant: Polly Holiday's, Bertolotti's, John Lamanna's, and, beginning in the mid-1970s when the current owners took over, Volare. It looks exactly the way one would hope so venerable an establishment would: oak booths, pressed tin ceiling with its details softened by many coats of paint, low, warm lighting. But there's a lot more here than ambience. The unfailingly friendly and welcoming staff will bring you virtually anything you want, and all of it will be good. A hot seafood antipasto is particuarly fine, and all the pasta is excellent. But this is also a first rate steakhouse in disguise, and you can get a superb sirloin or ribeye, as well as a gargantuan veal chop that has become something of a local legend. If I had to recommend one restaurant in the Village, this would be it.

5
★★★★★

For well over a century this has been a restaurant: Polly Holiday's, Bertolotti's, John Lamanna's, and, beginning in the mid-1970s when the current owners took over, Volare. It looks exactly the way one would hope so venerable an establishment would: oak booths, pressed tin ceiling with its details softened by many coats of paint, low, warm lighting. But there's a lot more here than ambience. The unfailingly friendly and welcoming staff will bring you virtually anything you want, and all of it will be good. A hot seafood antipasto is particuarly fine, and all the pasta is excellent. But this is also a first rate steakhouse in disguise, and you can get a superb sirloin or ribeye, as well as a gargantuan veal chop that has become something of a local legend. If I had to recommend one restaurant in the Village, this would be it.

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Going to Volare is like going to your favorite aunt's house for dinner, assuming that your aunt is a great Italian cook. Everyone treats you like you were part of the family. We didn't even see a menu, as our waiter described both the

3
★★★★★

Going to Volare is like going to your favorite aunt's house for dinner, assuming that your aunt is a great Italian cook. Everyone treats you like you were part of the family. We didn't even see a menu, as our waiter described both the

Pros: Food, Service

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Go to Volare for 1st class service and terrific food. The portions are large and the servers always surprise us with a different starter. The wine list is excellent.

3
★★★★★

Go to Volare for 1st class service and terrific food. The portions are large and the servers always surprise us with a different starter. The wine list is excellent.

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The only thing more wonderful than the food (which is exceptional) is the service. The only thing the waiters don't do for you is wipe your chin when you leave. Wonderful at holiday time.

3
★★★★★

The only thing more wonderful than the food (which is exceptional) is the service. The only thing the waiters don't do for you is wipe your chin when you leave. Wonderful at holiday time.

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Volare virgins or weekly regulars, everyone gets treated the same and you can't ask for more than that when the service is this friendly. The restaurant has a Family feel, not least with regard to the portions which are enormous; the veal

3
★★★★★

Volare virgins or weekly regulars, everyone gets treated the same and you can't ask for more than that when the service is this friendly. The restaurant has a Family feel, not least with regard to the portions which are enormous; the veal

Pros: Friendly staff, Large portions, Relaxed atmosphere

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I suspect this restaurant is what Rao's would be if it hadn't turned exclusive. The food is uniformly exceptional, with a very capable kitchen which will proudly whip up whatever you feel like eating, whether it's on the menu or not. I'm

3
★★★★★

I suspect this restaurant is what Rao's would be if it hadn't turned exclusive. The food is uniformly exceptional, with a very capable kitchen which will proudly whip up whatever you feel like eating, whether it's on the menu or not. I'm

Pros: traditional italian, service

Cons: decor

 

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