Domenico's

★★★★☆
Italian restaurant in New York City available for private events and catering.
  • 120 E 40th St

    New York, NY 10016

    Cross street: nr. Lexington Ave.

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  • 212-682-0310

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I love this place!! Domenico's is a hidden gem for it's obscured location and seems like a small room at first but then once in, it opens up and feels like your in Italy! The service is great and the food is delicious. What I really like here is the authentic cuisines that are offered. These are not restaurant creations but true recipes from Italy that not everyone knows unless your truly Italian. I would definitely recommend this for romantic couples or large groups to enjoy authentic Italian food.

2
★★★★★

I love this place!! Domenico's is a hidden gem for it's obscured location and seems like a small room at first but then once in, it opens up and feels like your in Italy! The service is great and the food is delicious. What I really like here is the authentic cuisines that are offered. These are not restaurant creations but true recipes from Italy that not everyone knows unless your truly Italian. I would definitely recommend this for romantic couples or large groups to enjoy authentic Italian food.

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Its a good place, and the food was fresh.
I had a party with 3 friends, the service was good even if our waiter never did a smile.

1
★★★☆☆

Its a good place, and the food was fresh.
I had a party with 3 friends, the service was good even if our waiter never did a smile.

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I believe that this restaurant is such a hidden gem because of it's discrete location, but the food is what makes this one of a kind. The dishes are so well prepared and so scrumptious that you just want more and more. The service is so great that I forget that about all those previous bad experiences with other places. I highly recommend this restaurant if you want the best of the best!!

2
★★★★★

I believe that this restaurant is such a hidden gem because of it's discrete location, but the food is what makes this one of a kind. The dishes are so well prepared and so scrumptious that you just want more and more. The service is so great that I forget that about all those previous bad experiences with other places. I highly recommend this restaurant if you want the best of the best!!

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I HOSTED MY SON'S GRADUATION FROM MEDICAL SCHOOL. WE WERE 15 PEOPLE AND THE MANAGER SUGGESTED A FAMILY STYLE DINNER THAT INCLUDED WINE. LOTS OF EXCELLENT FOOD, PLENTY OF WINE AND I THINK IT WAS SURPRISINGLY INEXPENSIVE. (I WANT TO SAY $50 PER PERSON) WARM SERVICE & ATMOSPHERE, UNPRETENTIOUS...I THINK THEY HAVE BEEN THERE MANY YEARS. I NEVER HEARD OF THIS PLACE BUT IT IS TWO BLOCKS FROM GRAND CENTRAL...VERY CONVENIENT.

2
★★★★★

I HOSTED MY SON'S GRADUATION FROM MEDICAL SCHOOL. WE WERE 15 PEOPLE AND THE MANAGER SUGGESTED A FAMILY STYLE DINNER THAT INCLUDED WINE. LOTS OF EXCELLENT FOOD, PLENTY OF WINE AND I THINK IT WAS SURPRISINGLY INEXPENSIVE. (I WANT TO SAY $50 PER PERSON) WARM SERVICE & ATMOSPHERE, UNPRETENTIOUS...I THINK THEY HAVE BEEN THERE MANY YEARS. I NEVER HEARD OF THIS PLACE BUT IT IS TWO BLOCKS FROM GRAND CENTRAL...VERY CONVENIENT.

Pros: LOTS OF EXCELLENT FOOD & WINE, REASONABLE PRICE

Cons: CAN BE A LITTLE LOUD

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First came with a group of friends with a pre-arranged family style dinner...food was amazing and the wine flowed!! don't remember the price but it was very fairly priced. Fast forward..I had my rehearsal dinner at Domenico's the day before my wedding. Lots of compliments on the food & service. Best restaurant in NYC that you never heard of.

2
★★★★★

First came with a group of friends with a pre-arranged family style dinner...food was amazing and the wine flowed!! don't remember the price but it was very fairly priced. Fast forward..I had my rehearsal dinner at Domenico's the day before my wedding. Lots of compliments on the food & service. Best restaurant in NYC that you never heard of.

Pros: Great Food, Friendly, Great Prices

Cons: Availability can be a problem

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I came here for a business lunch and did not expect anything special. I am not a big fan of huge lunches when I have to go back to work afterward- they make me want to fall asleep. However, I was quite surprised. Starting with the bread everything was delicious. On the recommendation of the server I got the Insalata alla Casalinga salad which was amazing: Mixed baby greens with organic tomatoes, balsamic
vinaigrette and shaved parmiggiano
at it had just the right amount of salt to make it taste incredible. Everyone else got hot meals, boned chicken, steak . I tried all of their food also and everything was perspired well and tasty. The server also was very accommodating to me and my party.

I have been thanking of the salad ever since and cannot wait to go back and have it again!

2
★★★★☆

I came here for a business lunch and did not expect anything special. I am not a big fan of huge lunches when I have to go back to work afterward- they make me want to fall asleep. However, I was quite surprised. Starting with the bread everything was delicious. On the recommendation of the server I got the Insalata alla Casalinga salad which was amazing: Mixed baby greens with organic tomatoes, balsamic
vinaigrette and shaved parmiggiano
at it had just the right amount of salt to make it taste incredible. Everyone else got hot meals, boned chicken, steak . I tried all of their food also and everything was perspired well and tasty. The server also was very accommodating to me and my party.

I have been thanking of the salad ever since and cannot wait to go back and have it again!

Pros: staff,food

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I've been to Domenico's several times before going to a show. Excellent pasta - had the eggplant parmigiana most recently - and like everything else I've ever had there - it was excellent.

4
★★★★☆

I've been to Domenico's several times before going to a show. Excellent pasta - had the eggplant parmigiana most recently - and like everything else I've ever had there - it was excellent.

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This place is just plain good...I live in the neighborhood and this place is what NY is all about (or used to be anyway), there is no pretense here, the food is fresh and DELICIOUS, the service is great and it has been around forever, this is no fly by night trendy spot...which I am so sick of here in NY. I have lived here my whole life and treasure the little gems such as Domenico's...thanks!!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

This place is just plain good...I live in the neighborhood and this place is what NY is all about (or used to be anyway), there is no pretense here, the food is fresh and DELICIOUS, the service is great and it has been around forever, this is no fly by night trendy spot...which I am so sick of here in NY. I have lived here my whole life and treasure the little gems such as Domenico's...thanks!!!!!!!!

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I had a business lunch here. The place is like a block and a half from work but I had never been. Truthfully from the outside I thought it was some random spot. When I got there you could tell it was old school, which many Italian nooks in Midtown are. But this place was awesome. Attentive service without being overbearing, DELICIOUS food. They even made a couple dishes by request that weren't on the menu. It was quiet enough to talk shop but loud enough to not feel bad for, well, being a little loud! I was impressed.

2
★★★★★

I had a business lunch here. The place is like a block and a half from work but I had never been. Truthfully from the outside I thought it was some random spot. When I got there you could tell it was old school, which many Italian nooks in Midtown are. But this place was awesome. Attentive service without being overbearing, DELICIOUS food. They even made a couple dishes by request that weren't on the menu. It was quiet enough to talk shop but loud enough to not feel bad for, well, being a little loud! I was impressed.

Pros: Great food AND service

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My firm, which is based in Midtown, uses this restaurant quite frequently for business lunches & dinners.

The food is really good, service is professional and they have a private room with projectors, A/V equipment, etc. They take care of everything and make my life really easy...and I am the event planner!

2
★★★★★

My firm, which is based in Midtown, uses this restaurant quite frequently for business lunches & dinners.

The food is really good, service is professional and they have a private room with projectors, A/V equipment, etc. They take care of everything and make my life really easy...and I am the event planner!

Pros: great food & service

Cons: can't always get availability

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Compare apples to apples: Burger joints shouldn't be held to the same standards as four-star restaurants

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★★★★☆

Compare apples to apples: Burger joints shouldn't be held to the same standards as four-star restaurants

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My friend chose St Patrick's day to come to the city for dinner so i was hard pressed to find a restaurant near Grand Central. But I found domenico and it was perfect. The room is quiet so you can have a conversation. The staff is friendly and very efficient. The food was better than average.

2
★★★★☆

My friend chose St Patrick's day to come to the city for dinner so i was hard pressed to find a restaurant near Grand Central. But I found domenico and it was perfect. The room is quiet so you can have a conversation. The staff is friendly and very efficient. The food was better than average.

Pros: comfortable decor and noise level

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Domenico's is a consistently good restaurant that my firm uses frequently because of its great food and private rooms. The waiters are very friendly and have been there forever! Another bonus for my firm is that the restaurant provides audio/visual equipment which makes it very easy to plan meetings.When my wife comes in from the "burbs she always wants to eat at Domenico's because of their unsual and spectacular pastas. The last time she had home made Pappardelle with Duck Ragu', and the time before my favorite," Lamb Lasagne". They were both awesome. I always have the fish special and it is always great. In five years of working in this neighborhood I never been disappointed at this restaurant. It does get a little loud if you end up next to a party so call up in advance and ask what's going on that night!

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★★★★☆

Domenico's is a consistently good restaurant that my firm uses frequently because of its great food and private rooms. The waiters are very friendly and have been there forever! Another bonus for my firm is that the restaurant provides audio/visual equipment which makes it very easy to plan meetings.When my wife comes in from the "burbs she always wants to eat at Domenico's because of their unsual and spectacular pastas. The last time she had home made Pappardelle with Duck Ragu', and the time before my favorite," Lamb Lasagne". They were both awesome. I always have the fish special and it is always great. In five years of working in this neighborhood I never been disappointed at this restaurant. It does get a little loud if you end up next to a party so call up in advance and ask what's going on that night!

Pros: everything

Cons: none

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I was pleasantly surprised by this restaurant! The food was fresh and the pastas were excellent. My office had a large dinner party and everything went smoothly. Highly recommend!

2
★★★★★

I was pleasantly surprised by this restaurant! The food was fresh and the pastas were excellent. My office had a large dinner party and everything went smoothly. Highly recommend!

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Maybe I was sitting next to you beacuse I was flabbergasted I spent $125 on such a AVERAGE italian meal. In seriousness, I could have made some dishes better myself. Poor service, depressing atmosphere and for that kind of money Im sorry there are way too many better Italian restaurants in NYC. Do not go here again. I wont.

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★☆☆☆☆

Maybe I was sitting next to you beacuse I was flabbergasted I spent $125 on such a AVERAGE italian meal. In seriousness, I could have made some dishes better myself. Poor service, depressing atmosphere and for that kind of money Im sorry there are way too many better Italian restaurants in NYC. Do not go here again. I wont.

Cons: average food, dull service, boring menu/overprice

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Wait staff was inattentive and spread thin (two for the whole restaurant) even though it was only about half full. The menu was way overpriced and the quality of food is just average. Each plate was $38.00 and we didn't order drinks. The price wouldnt be so bad if it wasnt for the poor service, average food, and uninspired menu selections (choice of tiramisu and strawberries with whipped cream for dessert?!). The waiter took forever to take our order. We weren't asked once if we were enjoying our meal or if we needed anything. I dont know if they had a bad night, but most of the staff looked like they would rather be elsewhere. We will not return or recommend Domenicos to anyone we know. There is a long list of better, more reliable, more reasonably priced Italian restaurants throughout the city. In one word, depressing.

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★☆☆☆☆

Wait staff was inattentive and spread thin (two for the whole restaurant) even though it was only about half full. The menu was way overpriced and the quality of food is just average. Each plate was $38.00 and we didn't order drinks. The price wouldnt be so bad if it wasnt for the poor service, average food, and uninspired menu selections (choice of tiramisu and strawberries with whipped cream for dessert?!). The waiter took forever to take our order. We weren't asked once if we were enjoying our meal or if we needed anything. I dont know if they had a bad night, but most of the staff looked like they would rather be elsewhere. We will not return or recommend Domenicos to anyone we know. There is a long list of better, more reliable, more reasonably priced Italian restaurants throughout the city. In one word, depressing.

Cons: inattentive service, overpriced

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I chose to have a surprise dinner soiree for a friend. After learning about DOmenico's through City Search, I called for more info. The staff members were extremely helpful. They assisted in coordinating a truly memorable event. All 16 of my guests raved about the food. They baked a cake for the party which was absolutely delicious! Thank you so much Mary and Jack (the owner), I thoroughly enjoyed working with you! The only complaint I heard later was that one of the waiter's accidentally hit one of my guests in the head while passing food. I had no such problem!

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★★★★★

I chose to have a surprise dinner soiree for a friend. After learning about DOmenico's through City Search, I called for more info. The staff members were extremely helpful. They assisted in coordinating a truly memorable event. All 16 of my guests raved about the food. They baked a cake for the party which was absolutely delicious! Thank you so much Mary and Jack (the owner), I thoroughly enjoyed working with you! The only complaint I heard later was that one of the waiter's accidentally hit one of my guests in the head while passing food. I had no such problem!

Pros: Good parking after 7p, Delicious food, Great price

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Well Domenico is just that, not bad. I don't know why there are so many 10's (I'm kind of suspecting that they are written by the staff). The place has good food; very fresh and big portions, but unless you are into retro decor, this place is a bit too old-school (Domenico's seems like the perfect dinner location for Godfather part IV). The waiters are charming, as long as you don't go too late, and the place is very comfy. Like a previous entry, Domenico is quite the old slipper. The prices are kind of steep for non-five-star restaurant, but the portions and quality of the food makes up for it. Don't expect a posh crowd, but do expect a hearty meal.

2
★★★★☆

Well Domenico is just that, not bad. I don't know why there are so many 10's (I'm kind of suspecting that they are written by the staff). The place has good food; very fresh and big portions, but unless you are into retro decor, this place is a bit too old-school (Domenico's seems like the perfect dinner location for Godfather part IV). The waiters are charming, as long as you don't go too late, and the place is very comfy. Like a previous entry, Domenico is quite the old slipper. The prices are kind of steep for non-five-star restaurant, but the portions and quality of the food makes up for it. Don't expect a posh crowd, but do expect a hearty meal.

Pros: quality food, good service, comfy atmosphere

Cons: old-school decor, pricey for location

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I've been to many restaurants that have great good, atmosphere & service. Domenico's has all three with an extra bonus....a waiter named Livio. Even though it was our first time to the restaurant and we did not have a reservation (the place was packed) he moved tables around and created a
table for us that wasn't there when we came in. We felt so special, like one of the family. I could tell by the way our fellow diners spoke to him that we weren't the only "special" customers. What a find!!

2
★★★★★

I've been to many restaurants that have great good, atmosphere & service. Domenico's has all three with an extra bonus....a waiter named Livio. Even though it was our first time to the restaurant and we did not have a reservation (the place was packed) he moved tables around and created a
table for us that wasn't there when we came in. We felt so special, like one of the family. I could tell by the way our fellow diners spoke to him that we weren't the only "special" customers. What a find!!

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Domenicos is a charming, old fashioned restaurant that seems like it might have been here for 100 years. As my friend put it, eating as Domenicos is like putting on your favorite pair of old slippers! It is a seductively comfortable environment to experience fine classic Italian dishes. I had a small order of fusilli with radicchio & sausage to start and my friend had the mixed mushroom pan roast. Both were superb! Domenicos veal saltimbocca is a very refined version of my favorite Italian classic. Suprisingly, the most outstanding dish was not a classic at all: the fish special of seared yellowfin tuna with soy ginger sauce on a bed of lentil salad. Unexpected in a place like this but truly an inspired dish! The waiters were friendly, and very professional. Prices are not cheap, but quite reasonable for the quality of food and service.

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★★★★★

Domenicos is a charming, old fashioned restaurant that seems like it might have been here for 100 years. As my friend put it, eating as Domenicos is like putting on your favorite pair of old slippers! It is a seductively comfortable environment to experience fine classic Italian dishes. I had a small order of fusilli with radicchio & sausage to start and my friend had the mixed mushroom pan roast. Both were superb! Domenicos veal saltimbocca is a very refined version of my favorite Italian classic. Suprisingly, the most outstanding dish was not a classic at all: the fish special of seared yellowfin tuna with soy ginger sauce on a bed of lentil salad. Unexpected in a place like this but truly an inspired dish! The waiters were friendly, and very professional. Prices are not cheap, but quite reasonable for the quality of food and service.

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We recently dined at Domenico for a friend's birthday dinner. We chose Domenico based on the 3 raving reviews this restaurant had. Well, I agree that the service was not bad -- they are all pros and seemed like they have been in the business for decades, literally. As for the food, it was very disappointing. One of the appetizers we had was portabello mushroom and it looked so sorry (didn't taste much better either). I had angel hair w/ shrimp in some red sauce, and let's just say I can cook better than that (and all the cooking I can do is w/ a microwave). As for my friends' dinners, they didn't seem to care for them either.
Don't just take my word for it -- we went on a pleasantly cool autumn Friday night and the restaurant was only half-filled, if that much.

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★★☆☆☆

We recently dined at Domenico for a friend's birthday dinner. We chose Domenico based on the 3 raving reviews this restaurant had. Well, I agree that the service was not bad -- they are all pros and seemed like they have been in the business for decades, literally. As for the food, it was very disappointing. One of the appetizers we had was portabello mushroom and it looked so sorry (didn't taste much better either). I had angel hair w/ shrimp in some red sauce, and let's just say I can cook better than that (and all the cooking I can do is w/ a microwave). As for my friends' dinners, they didn't seem to care for them either.
Don't just take my word for it -- we went on a pleasantly cool autumn Friday night and the restaurant was only half-filled, if that much.

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I totally loved this place. Decor is totally from another era...Isn't that Sammy & Frank and the rest of the ratpack knocking back highballs in the lounge? Very warm though, with lots of stained glass. The food is out of this world, especially the giant veal chop that I had. I never saw anything like it. My wife had a zuppa di pesce which--she claims--was the finest seafood dish she has ever had. Ask for Livio the waiter. He is so smoooooth!!

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★★★★★

I totally loved this place. Decor is totally from another era...Isn't that Sammy & Frank and the rest of the ratpack knocking back highballs in the lounge? Very warm though, with lots of stained glass. The food is out of this world, especially the giant veal chop that I had. I never saw anything like it. My wife had a zuppa di pesce which--she claims--was the finest seafood dish she has ever had. Ask for Livio the waiter. He is so smoooooth!!

Pros: great veal chops, great seafood, great service

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While visiting NYC this summer, we came across Domenico's and we were absolutely amazed. The entire place is out of this world! The food and people are the greatest. The staff is very accomodating. They make your dining experience the way most restaurants would like to be. If you want a great place to eat and relax - go to Domenico's

2
★★★★★

While visiting NYC this summer, we came across Domenico's and we were absolutely amazed. The entire place is out of this world! The food and people are the greatest. The staff is very accomodating. They make your dining experience the way most restaurants would like to be. If you want a great place to eat and relax - go to Domenico's

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This restaurant is EXCELLENT - wonderful & experienced waitstaff. Very tiny & secluded - great place to go on a date. We had a wonderful dinner - great appetizers, main course & desert. good wine menu. Not crowded at all.

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★★★★★

This restaurant is EXCELLENT - wonderful & experienced waitstaff. Very tiny & secluded - great place to go on a date. We had a wonderful dinner - great appetizers, main course & desert. good wine menu. Not crowded at all.

Pros: great food, uncrowded, romantic

Cons: expensive, small menu

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Excellent food and excellent service. Professional waiters presenting smartly and pleasantly. Veal chop is the best in the City, as well as their steaks and seafood. Have been dining there for over 17 years and will keep going back.

2
★★★★★

Excellent food and excellent service. Professional waiters presenting smartly and pleasantly. Veal chop is the best in the City, as well as their steaks and seafood. Have been dining there for over 17 years and will keep going back.

Pros: food quality, staff, drinks

Cons: parking, ambience

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A longtime local hangout, Domenico serves traditional, savory and ultimately satisfying Italian comfort food. Carpaccio, Caesar salad (if you have to ask about the egg in the dressing, you haven't been paying attention), house-made pastas…

 

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