La Focaccia

★★★☆☆
  • 550 Laguardia Pl # 3n

    New York, NY 10012

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  • 212-675-3754

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Daily 8am-2am

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Skip this beautiful and overpriced Italian restaurant. Two friends and I went for lunch to this nice looking place, and will never return. The focaccia bread was a bit over toasted and falling apart, and was too big for the actual contents of the sandwich. Also, the pizza was stone hard. To top it all, we had Olga, the worst, unhappiest waitress in Manhattan, and we were forced to pay 20% tip because it was included in the bill - we were 3 people having lunch. I understand that for parties of 6 or more service charge is included, but 20% for three at lunch time, AND with the terrible service we had, seems unethical. The West Village has a lot better things to offer!

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★☆☆☆☆

Skip this beautiful and overpriced Italian restaurant. Two friends and I went for lunch to this nice looking place, and will never return. The focaccia bread was a bit over toasted and falling apart, and was too big for the actual contents of the sandwich. Also, the pizza was stone hard. To top it all, we had Olga, the worst, unhappiest waitress in Manhattan, and we were forced to pay 20% tip because it was included in the bill - we were 3 people having lunch. I understand that for parties of 6 or more service charge is included, but 20% for three at lunch time, AND with the terrible service we had, seems unethical. The West Village has a lot better things to offer!

Pros: Nice decorations!

Cons: Olga, the very unhappy waitress...

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The Ristorante La Focaccia location at a prime people watching corner, the roar of the wood burning brick oven open flame, its modest prices for the quality and amount of food on the plate, this is an excellent value. Delicious Italian food with a wonderful atmosphere.
I eated a flavorful grilled Italian sausages from the brick oven not overcook just right. These well seasoned and juicy, large salsiccie were split down the middle and spread wide across a shallow puddle of tomato sauce and several lego sized blocks of polenta.
Northern Italian menu highlighted by substantial portions of pasta and oven fired meats and fish. A mixed grill for two, with baby lamb chops, Italian sweet sausages and a daily fish. The homemade fresh Focaccia bread. A generous, vegetable-heavy antipasto includes zucchini, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, cauliflower, fennel, smoked mozzarella and proscioutto, or rosy, tender beef carpaccio, piled with peppery arugula and misted with lemon.
Beautiful dessert tiramisu and wines Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese Chianti and Barolo. Magnifico! My best place to eat and drink.
We have brought friends there and they have also loved it. We even saw Al Pacino there one night.
The best part of the experience, however, goes back to those windows, with their advantageous people watching and the delicious satisfaction of finally being on the inside looking out.
La Focaccia is really the best Italian Ristorante destination. Highly recommended!
?? Delfine

Ristorante La Foccacia
(212) 675-3754
51 Bank St W 4th, West Village, manhattan, New York City, 10014-2144

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★★★★★

The Ristorante La Focaccia location at a prime people watching corner, the roar of the wood burning brick oven open flame, its modest prices for the quality and amount of food on the plate, this is an excellent value. Delicious Italian food with a wonderful atmosphere.
I eated a flavorful grilled Italian sausages from the brick oven not overcook just right. These well seasoned and juicy, large salsiccie were split down the middle and spread wide across a shallow puddle of tomato sauce and several lego sized blocks of polenta.
Northern Italian menu highlighted by substantial portions of pasta and oven fired meats and fish. A mixed grill for two, with baby lamb chops, Italian sweet sausages and a daily fish. The homemade fresh Focaccia bread. A generous, vegetable-heavy antipasto includes zucchini, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, cauliflower, fennel, smoked mozzarella and proscioutto, or rosy, tender beef carpaccio, piled with peppery arugula and misted with lemon.
Beautiful dessert tiramisu and wines Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese Chianti and Barolo. Magnifico! My best place to eat and drink.
We have brought friends there and they have also loved it. We even saw Al Pacino there one night.
The best part of the experience, however, goes back to those windows, with their advantageous people watching and the delicious satisfaction of finally being on the inside looking out.
La Focaccia is really the best Italian Ristorante destination. Highly recommended!
?? Delfine

Ristorante La Foccacia
(212) 675-3754
51 Bank St W 4th, West Village, manhattan, New York City, 10014-2144

Pros: Ristorante wood burning brick oven

Cons: .

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I have been to la focaccia several times now and absolutely love it! The staff are friendly and attentive and the food is awesome. I particularly love the penne vodka....it is the best in the city!

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★★★★★

I have been to la focaccia several times now and absolutely love it! The staff are friendly and attentive and the food is awesome. I particularly love the penne vodka....it is the best in the city!

Pros: Best penne vodka

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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At a recent brunch here, we had our second bad experience at La Focaccia. The arugula salad was old and had too much oil. Actually, everything had too much olive oil including the bruschetta and the toasts with goat cheese and roasted red peppers. We ordered a soup with the bruschetta, but the latter came 15 minutes after the soup. Chasing down the wait staff to request a fresh bowl of hot soup, they brought back a bowl half the size. The portobello ciabatta was suppose to come with Parmesan cheese, but was slathered with melted fontina. And the bread that came with the meal was stale. The wait staff, as alluded to above was inattentive and aloof. The ultimate insult was the 20% service charge that they automatically added to the check. Neither the menu nor any postings at the restaurant noted this charge. Our prior dinner visit a few months ago was similarly poor, which we had hoped was a aberration. Now it's a trend. Go elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

At a recent brunch here, we had our second bad experience at La Focaccia. The arugula salad was old and had too much oil. Actually, everything had too much olive oil including the bruschetta and the toasts with goat cheese and roasted red peppers. We ordered a soup with the bruschetta, but the latter came 15 minutes after the soup. Chasing down the wait staff to request a fresh bowl of hot soup, they brought back a bowl half the size. The portobello ciabatta was suppose to come with Parmesan cheese, but was slathered with melted fontina. And the bread that came with the meal was stale. The wait staff, as alluded to above was inattentive and aloof. The ultimate insult was the 20% service charge that they automatically added to the check. Neither the menu nor any postings at the restaurant noted this charge. Our prior dinner visit a few months ago was similarly poor, which we had hoped was a aberration. Now it's a trend. Go elsewhere.

Pros: Nice corner of the West Village

Cons: Bad food, poor service, automatic 20% gratuity charge

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After scouring Greenwich Village - which is absolutely gorgeous - we found this litle place on the cnr of Bank West 4th. It has a real style to it: a small place, with couch seats along the wall and the decor on the walls, it had a really nice feel to it.

This is some of the best Italian food I've had in a long time! They have homemade pastas, and real Italian crusty bread. The others in the party were also delighted with their dishes, and we all had pasta, so I would definitely recommend coming through here! Plus, it was extremely reasonably priced, especially for Greenwich!

The service was also prompt and friendly, and our waiter suggested an excellent complimentary wine! We received the bill promptly, the meals took barely 20 minutes to come out, and they cleaned the table before we had to ask.

Excellent!!! Two thumbs up! If you like good Italian, I would certainly recommend this little gem!

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★★★★★

After scouring Greenwich Village - which is absolutely gorgeous - we found this litle place on the cnr of Bank West 4th. It has a real style to it: a small place, with couch seats along the wall and the decor on the walls, it had a really nice feel to it.

This is some of the best Italian food I've had in a long time! They have homemade pastas, and real Italian crusty bread. The others in the party were also delighted with their dishes, and we all had pasta, so I would definitely recommend coming through here! Plus, it was extremely reasonably priced, especially for Greenwich!

The service was also prompt and friendly, and our waiter suggested an excellent complimentary wine! We received the bill promptly, the meals took barely 20 minutes to come out, and they cleaned the table before we had to ask.

Excellent!!! Two thumbs up! If you like good Italian, I would certainly recommend this little gem!

Pros: Food was excellent, especially the homemade pasta; decor was nice; prompt and friendly service; waiter suggested an excellent wine.

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I've been here multiple times with foreign friends, and, while it isn't mentioned on the menu, or anywhere else. Automatically 'European" tables get a 20% tip added to the bill.
I find this very rude, I am perfectly capable of determining a tip, and if the service was as bad as 3 days ago, it is not worth the 20%.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been here multiple times with foreign friends, and, while it isn't mentioned on the menu, or anywhere else. Automatically 'European" tables get a 20% tip added to the bill.
I find this very rude, I am perfectly capable of determining a tip, and if the service was as bad as 3 days ago, it is not worth the 20%.

Cons: Service

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Focaccia's storefront windows open up and when the weather's pleasant there are several outdoor tables, this works well as the restaurant's set on a pretty West Village corner - perfect for dreamy street watching. The interior itself is simple and quaint with round, large, shiny, oven trays adorning the wall and wafts of flavors emitting from the open brick oven. I sat outside on a coolish evening. And how about the food? Maybe I'd ordered the wrong dish which was Salmon with grilled vegetables, don't get me wrong, it was perfectly fine but I could probably have cooked this meal at home myself. Maybe it's the pasta one goes for. My friend had the mixed seafood grill and the sauce was just ok, the grilled ingredients a little soggy and could've been better. I may return to try the pasta but skip the seafood and try down the street.

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★★★☆☆

Focaccia's storefront windows open up and when the weather's pleasant there are several outdoor tables, this works well as the restaurant's set on a pretty West Village corner - perfect for dreamy street watching. The interior itself is simple and quaint with round, large, shiny, oven trays adorning the wall and wafts of flavors emitting from the open brick oven. I sat outside on a coolish evening. And how about the food? Maybe I'd ordered the wrong dish which was Salmon with grilled vegetables, don't get me wrong, it was perfectly fine but I could probably have cooked this meal at home myself. Maybe it's the pasta one goes for. My friend had the mixed seafood grill and the sauce was just ok, the grilled ingredients a little soggy and could've been better. I may return to try the pasta but skip the seafood and try down the street.

Pros: location, outdoor seating

Cons: average seafood

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I'm not sure if it was the fact that I had to ask for water 4 times or the fact that they forgot our order and made us wait over an hour for a plate of pasta (or the fact that they kept telling us it was on the way out) that annoyed me the most. But, either way, I felt no remorse when leaving the waitress of tip of $0. Call me a self-loathing j*w in that I only tip 20 or 0% so as to reinforce the tip as reflective of the service received and not easily dismissed as my being cheap.

In any case, this place has had it's day and is done. Service is slipping. Food is just ok. And, it's not air-conditioned.

Go elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm not sure if it was the fact that I had to ask for water 4 times or the fact that they forgot our order and made us wait over an hour for a plate of pasta (or the fact that they kept telling us it was on the way out) that annoyed me the most. But, either way, I felt no remorse when leaving the waitress of tip of $0. Call me a self-loathing j*w in that I only tip 20 or 0% so as to reinforce the tip as reflective of the service received and not easily dismissed as my being cheap.

In any case, this place has had it's day and is done. Service is slipping. Food is just ok. And, it's not air-conditioned.

Go elsewhere.

Pros: Memories of when it was once good.

Cons: Food, Staff, No A/C, No Liquor License

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good food, in a nice spot on a beautiful block in the west village.
the eggplant lasagna appetizer is great, and their pasta dishes are too.
the prices are very reasonable, and although there can be a wait, its worth it.

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★★★★☆

good food, in a nice spot on a beautiful block in the west village.
the eggplant lasagna appetizer is great, and their pasta dishes are too.
the prices are very reasonable, and although there can be a wait, its worth it.

Pros: price, beautiful corner, food

Cons: a little small

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Casual and cute atmosphere. Make sure you're up for dining next to strangers because the tables are pretty tight. Food was great, service was okay.

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★★★★☆

Casual and cute atmosphere. Make sure you're up for dining next to strangers because the tables are pretty tight. Food was great, service was okay.

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I went on 5-21-04, we couldn't find parking for awhile, but that's a given when eatting in NYC. The restaurant is romantic, but congested! Its hard to hear what your date has to say at times. The food was okay, I rather travel to Little Italy and get a better deal. Did I mention there is no signin sheet? We had to wait by the door, and the host failed to acknowledge our existence for a whole 15 minutes! If you plan on going on a rainy day, bring your umbrella! We ordered Brushetta, a 6 on a scale of 10, I like cold tomatoes on toasted bread, they had warm tomatoes. We had penne vodka, which was a 6, too creamy; & riccotta cheese filled ravioli with marinara sauce was a 7. The totalw/ tip was $40. Pricey for the small quantities, especially vegetarians!

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★★★☆☆

I went on 5-21-04, we couldn't find parking for awhile, but that's a given when eatting in NYC. The restaurant is romantic, but congested! Its hard to hear what your date has to say at times. The food was okay, I rather travel to Little Italy and get a better deal. Did I mention there is no signin sheet? We had to wait by the door, and the host failed to acknowledge our existence for a whole 15 minutes! If you plan on going on a rainy day, bring your umbrella! We ordered Brushetta, a 6 on a scale of 10, I like cold tomatoes on toasted bread, they had warm tomatoes. We had penne vodka, which was a 6, too creamy; & riccotta cheese filled ravioli with marinara sauce was a 7. The totalw/ tip was $40. Pricey for the small quantities, especially vegetarians!

Pros: romantic setting, kind servce(at times), nice place to walk

Cons: , Bland Food, Small quantities

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Have these people never heard of seasoning?! The setting is very cozy and intimate with soft candlight and a corner location that looks out onto the quiet street, perfect for a date. Unfortunately the food was not up to snuff. My salmon, which was purported to be herb-encrusted, was nearly flavorless. My date's lamb chops, although beautifully presented, were also direly lacking in taste. He had to use a liberal amount of pepper to awaken his entree. For the money, there is better out there.

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★★★☆☆

Have these people never heard of seasoning?! The setting is very cozy and intimate with soft candlight and a corner location that looks out onto the quiet street, perfect for a date. Unfortunately the food was not up to snuff. My salmon, which was purported to be herb-encrusted, was nearly flavorless. My date's lamb chops, although beautifully presented, were also direly lacking in taste. He had to use a liberal amount of pepper to awaken his entree. For the money, there is better out there.

Pros: Romantic, Quiet

Cons: Bland food, Expensive

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The secret is out, La Focaccia is now serving Brunch on the weekends!! No need to wait in long lines at surrounding establishments; La focaccia has always seated me immediately. They even offer complimentary homemade muffins and breads, adding a special touch. Here is another secret, last week they temporarily renovated the restaurant to shoot a scene for the movie Mona Lisa Smiles.

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★★★★★

The secret is out, La Focaccia is now serving Brunch on the weekends!! No need to wait in long lines at surrounding establishments; La focaccia has always seated me immediately. They even offer complimentary homemade muffins and breads, adding a special touch. Here is another secret, last week they temporarily renovated the restaurant to shoot a scene for the movie Mona Lisa Smiles.

Pros: outside seating, menu selection

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Everything about La Focaccia is wonderful - the size, the service, the lighting. I keep wanting to go back there because I know I'll have a great time. Truly a resturant you need to try.

2
★★★★★

Everything about La Focaccia is wonderful - the size, the service, the lighting. I keep wanting to go back there because I know I'll have a great time. Truly a resturant you need to try.

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Great little village spot. Good food, service is very good, I have occasionally been served by the owner. Very nice ambience, its romantic without being drippingly romantic. great date spot.

2
★★★★★

Great little village spot. Good food, service is very good, I have occasionally been served by the owner. Very nice ambience, its romantic without being drippingly romantic. great date spot.

 

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