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by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
January 11, 2011
From journal Eating the Big Apple, One Bite at a Time...
Cicero, New York
February 19, 2009
November 29, 2006
From journal Vacationing
August 5, 2006
From journal N.Y.
Bella Vista, Arkansas
February 1, 2006
On our first night in NYC, we decided to dine at Carmine's. By the time we got checked into our hotel, it was past lunchtime but not yet dinnertime. However, our group was starving, so we decided to eat a big meal. At 4pm on a Thursday, we got right into Carmine’s but were told they would need the table back by 5:30 for a dinner reservation. The atmosphere was very pleasant. The meals are served family-style and are giant. The menu is a big sign on the wall.
Our group of four started with Carmine’s salad while we decided on our main course. The salad was very large and very good. A bread basket full of different varieties was also served. We decided to order two entrees: cheese ravioli, which was $20, and the vodka penne, at $23. Both were, in our opinions, just above average. One thing I did not like is that there are no free refills on tea or sodas. Our table ordered a pitcher of iced tea for $12, and it was barely enough for us.
I found the waitstaff to be a little rude and standoffish, but then again, they seemed to be busier preparing for the pre-theater rush than tending to us. Would I go there again? Probably not, but everyone should dine at Carmine’s at least once.
From journal Long Winter Weekend in New York City
Lincolnton, North Carolina
November 2, 2005
Carmine's is located right in the heart of the theater district, walking distance to most of the shows playing in the area. There is a second location in the Upper West Side at 2450 Broadway, between 90th and 91st Streets (212) 362-2200, but I have only frequented the location on 44th Street. This is one of the groups favorite places to go for lunch as the food here is quite yummy, the service is good and the prices reasonable for a large group. Large portions of pastas, antipasti, seafood and meat entrees are served family style and each entree will serve a minimum of 4 normal people.
The atmosphere is lively and noisy, but not so much that you cannot carry on a conversation with the others at your table. As you walk in the single entry doorway, you are greeted by your host or hostess and may be seated on one of two levels. The first level contains both table and booth seating and a large bar runs halfway up one wall with plenty of seating room. Bathrooms are located up one flight of stairs, I believe above the kitchen, so it is always a little toasty up there.
Reservations are recommended and are definitely needed for large groups. We usually go with about 20 people, and the only negative experience I have had here is that the restaurant always splits up our party into two tables of ten and the tables are not near one another. At my last visit, I was told to call and speak to Penny, who handles the private parties and she would be able to help us out with our seating next time, but a fixed menu would be provided, entries to be determined before we arrive.
The food here, as mentioned earlier, is delicious. In my 4-5 times here, we have sampled many of the items on the menu. The stuffed mushrooms are one of my favorite appetizers, meaty and a little tangy. The calimari is always a favorite with our group, although I don't eat seafood, everyone else raved about it. The chicken scarpiello and veal marsala have never disappointed, and the salads are always top-notch. I have never had an entree that we did not enjoy. I recommend that you choose 2-3 dishes for every four to five people, but the wait staff will always tell you what they feel would be best suited for your group. This place is not really geared for parties of less than four people, unless you like to take home LARGE doggie bags.
Meals run about $30-$40 USD per person, with drinks and dessert for parties of our size, but well worth the money for the quality of the food and for being right in midtown tourist area.
From journal Little Bite, Big Apple
April 22, 2005
There is a range of classic Italian fare. The stuffed mushrooms are one of the better appetizers.
The food is pretty good and satisfying. Be prepared for inconsistent service if the wait staff is busy.
From journal NYC
Laguna Hills, California
March 17, 2005
For dinner, you order a pasta dish or two, a few meat dishes (the chicken piccata is one of my favorites), and some vegetable dishes. All are excellent here.
For dessert, they have a sampler platter filled with fresh seasonal fruit, tiramisu, New York cheesecake, and other wonderful things.
I happened to be with 12 people on this excursion, but if you only have a few people, you won't need to order as much as I did. The service is very friendly, and the restaurant is right next to Times Square, in the middle of all the action. This is a good place.
From journal Two Days in The Big Apple
Buffalo, New York
February 5, 2005
The food is excellent to outstanding in taste and quality. This place is great for couples and even better for large groups or families. Everything on the menu is á la carte. Large groups will enjoy ordering several á la carte entrées and sharing each dish. The first time we were here, we came with a group of 12 people. The favorites of our group were the Porterhouse steak, chicken marsala, penne á la vodka, and eggplant parmesan. For appetizers, the calamari was a favorite, as the tiramisu for dessert. The portions were very generous, and everyone left here feeling very full.
The prices at Carmines match its central location and the caliber of its food. Expect to pay $20 to $30 for each á la carte entrée. For large groups sharing, this works out to be a good deal. Each person from our group paid $50, including drinks from the bar.
For those driving, discount parking with validation is available at Central Parking on 44th Street between 8th and 9th avenues on the south side of the street. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 11:30am until 11pm and Friday and Saturday 11:30am until midnight. For a less crowded atmosphere, eat early (around 5pm), then head to a show. Carmine’s will be the most crowded on weekends after 8pm.
From journal NYC: Times Square Eats
by Alias Girl
New York, New York
August 25, 2004
This family-style restaurant caters to groups of three or more…anything less and it’s not worth going. You'll spend too much and have too much food left over. Not a quiet and romantic place for two!
Make reservations...very important! The food is great and portions are large. Wine is also very good. It’s fast paced and vibrant.
There are two that I know of: one off 44th Street (which is purely touristy) and the one on Broadway all the way up near Central Park - 90th & 91st Streets.
My recommendation is to go up to the 90/91 Streets location; you'll
a) get a reservation
b) get more attention
c) be able to linger without everyone breathing on you.
Everything is my favorite here!!! Can’t go wrong with any dish!
From journal New York City