About Cacio e Pepe

182 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
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Consistently excellent, this East Village gem is known for innovation and excellence in Roman cuisine. While Chef Salvatore Corea creates a seasonal menu, partners Alessandro Peluso and Giusto Priola note that Cacio e Pepe remains faithful to its signature namesake dish: home-made pasta brought to your table and spun in a wheel of pecorino cheese, then dusted with a flourish of pepper. Voted a ‘Critic’s Pick’ by New York Magazine, Cacio e Pepe is celebrated by reviewers as a classic Italian restaurant with a sense of style: A 50-seat garden is set behind the main dining room, there is al-fresco dining out front, and waiters with superior wine knowledge help you select the perfect beverage accompaniment to your meal. The mystery remains whether it is the garden, the cuisine, or the service which lifts Cacio e Pepe above and beyond its peers on the NYC restaurant scene. The answer, however, may best be expressed in French: It has that je ne se qua.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5-11 pm
Friday- Saturday 5-12 pm
Sunday 5-10:30 pm

Cross Street:
Between 11th and 12th Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX

Phone Number:
(212) 505-5931

Website:
http://www.cacioepepe.com/

Public Transit:
L train to 3rd Avenue and 6 train to Astor Place.

Executive Chef:
Salvatore Corea

Private Party Facilities:
The entire restaurant is available for buy-outs. We are happy to accommodate smaller groups of all sizes for special events. Please contact Christine for further information.
212.505.5931 or at info@cacioepepe.com

Private Party Contact:
Christine: 2125055931x

Additional:
Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wine

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Cacio e Pepe Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4

noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

neighborhood gem (33)
fit for foodies (32)
romantic (22)
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special occasion (14)
great for outdoor dining (11)
good for groups (11)
notable wine list (6)
late-night find (4)
kid-friendly (3)
great for lunch (3)
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The Cacio e Pepe dish was swimming with ...

Dined 4 days ago

The Cacio e Pepe dish was swimming with whole peppercorns. I could barely eat it. Service wasn't anything special either.

food4
ambience4
service4
value3

My family and I enjoyed it so much I am ...

Dined on April 24, 2016

My family and I enjoyed it so much I am going back one week later with another group

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Good Italian

Dined on April 10, 2016

Nice place. The signature dish is fantastic. They really do it right. Will definitely return.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience2
service2

Very noisy. Could not hear the people I ...

vip
Dined on April 3, 2016

Very noisy. Could not hear the people I was dining with. Dining acoustics terrible.

food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Cacio e pepe

Dined on March 27, 2016

I had been wanting to go to this restaurant for awhile and was happy to check it off my list. The place is small and in the east village. It is a nice size for intimate groups. It opens up at 5PM every day. The food was amazing. I got the dish that they are known for and loved it. All the pasta is homemade and the wine list is good. The service was nice and fast. The gnocchi and lasagna was amazing. The meatball appetizer was also very good. I would like to go back here soon!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Veal meatballs were excellent. Lasagna w ...

Dined on March 19, 2016

Veal meatballs were excellent. Lasagna was done right and the pasta prepared in the cheese wheel, fabulous.

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Great Experience

Dined on March 12, 2016

I took my girlfriend here on her birthday last Friday. Service was great and very friendly. Food was pretty good as well as she had their famous pasta dish that came in the cheese wheel with the black crushed peppers which was fantastic and I had the gnocchi which was fine. Overall great experience, would definitely come back again

Tags: romantic
food1
ambience2
service1
value1

Terrible Cacio e Pepe, the worst I've had.

Dined on March 11, 2016

The Cacio E Pepe was terrible. I've done this better at home. I really can't believe the reviews about this place. the Peppercorns were enormous and the cheese started to harden before the spagetting was even on my plate. Don't waste your time or money if Cacio e Pepe is what you're looking to eat.

food5
ambience5
service4

I LIKE FOOD

vip
Dined on February 24, 2016

I LIKE FOOD

food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Great night out!

Dined on February 13, 2016

It was my first time here and I booked for a group of 8. They had a nice round table for us so it was easy for all of us to talk. Service was great, food was great. I highly recommend this place and I'd come back again!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Hit the spot

Dined on January 27, 2016

We came for the cacio e pepe and were not disappointed. It's such a treat--hot pasta coated in parmesan by being stirred in a cheese wheel and adding peppercorns. The meatball starters were excellent, too. The service was attentive and friendly--what more can you ask?

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Perfection

vip
Dined on January 9, 2016

This was my second visit to Cacio e Pepe, and they did not disappoint. And guess what, I had the cache e pepe both times, and it's the most delicious, simple dish I have ever had. Ambience is definitely energetic and it is also cozy so this is not ideal for a quiet, romantic dinner. Waitstaff are friendly and attentive yet not in your face. Great wine selection, everyone loved their meal. All I had were mussels to start, a bit of arugula salad, my serving of cache e pepe and my friend's serving as she is foolishly lactose intolerant and forgot her magic pill.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience4
service4
value2

Disappointing

vip
Dined on January 2, 2016

Our servers were very attentive and polite, but the food was mediocre and indistinctive, with the only exception being the mussels appetizer (even there the mussels themselves were tiny). The special risotto was bland and watery. The arugula salad seemed to be dressed simply with bitter balsamic dressing and rubbery parmesan slices. The branzino (with skin left on ... why?) and sides were all the same color and texture... beige. We didn't have dessert. We probably should have stuck to pasta dishes.

food5
ambience4
service5

Their signature pasta was superb. Excell ...

Dined on January 1, 2016

Their signature pasta was superb. Excellent host Gino made us feel welcome and have excellent recommendations.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

East Village Gem

Dined on December 27, 2015

This place is no big secret, and the signature dish is as advertised. The eggplant parm appetizer was also great, as was the bread and infused oil served before the meal. Great service, it got crowded soon after opening, the proof is in the parmigiana.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service4
value5

Neighborhood gem

Dined on December 26, 2015

Delicious homemade Italian food at reasonable prices. One of us had a Sicilian dish--pasta with sardines, raisins, pignolas & breadcrumbs. It's rare to find a restaurant that serves this. The ricotta cheesecake was light & simple divine. The chef hovers over this tiny restaurant as if it was his kitchen; very hands-on with a personal touch.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Salli

vip
Dined on December 16, 2015

Nice holiday ambiance - not in your face, just attractive! Variety of appealing appetizers which two of us made a meal. Great for pre-theatre lower eastside off broadway shows.

Tags: neighbourhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

The wine list was extensive and the dish ...

vip
Dined on December 8, 2015

The wine list was extensive and the dishes were all delicious that choosing one was hard to do. The pasta served in the wheel of cheese is a must. High in calories but worth every moment of it.

food5
ambience5
service5

cozy neighborhood Italian

Dined on December 7, 2015

Recommended for birthday celebration. Requested small , intimate neighborhood restaurant with great Italian! Got it all! Special pasta basted in a Parmesan cheese bowl before serving!!! Lasagna was unlike any other! Give it all a try!! Traditional Italian deserts were highly rated!!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service4

Back in Italy

Dined on November 14, 2015

We have traveled to Italy a lot, love to dine out. This food reminded us of real Italian food as you eat it in Italy. Some things on the menu had a nice little twist, so it's not the same old same old and we all really liked that. I can't wait to go there again. Also prices are reasonable. Expect great food!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Chef Salvatore does it again

vip
Dined on November 7, 2015

The fettuccine was simply incredible, as were the other pastas our party ordered. We love coming here -- always a great meal, prepared with fresh ingredients.

food4
ambience4
service4

Follow Salvatore!

vip
Dined on October 24, 2015

We were fans of Salvatore's previous restaurant, so we popped in here. We found well-executed food with characteristic touches. Salvatore inflects the savory with the sweet and vice versa.

food4
ambience4
service3

Another Italian Restaurant

Dined on October 17, 2015

Yes, this is another good Italian Restaurant with good pasta and comparable to all the other ones in this category. They do not take Visa or MC which is annoying...

food3
ambience3
service4

Cacio e Pepe, not quite the ideal Italian spot

Dined on October 9, 2015

I like the idea of Cacio e Pepe, a bustling little restaurant with a signature pasta dish prepared tableside, but in fact the noise level makes it hard to hold a conversation, the pork chops and even the lamb chops have a deep-fried coating, and even the cacio e pepe pasta is a bit too gooey. Trying to get our check took forever.

food5
ambience3
service4

Great food!

Dined on October 9, 2015

Really enjoyed the food. Limited menu, but there was something for everyone, and everything was delicious. The restaurant itself looks deceptively plain, but the menu and the food were outstanding. The only downside is that iit took a really long time to get our check and we needed to get out of there to see a show. Other than that, the service was good and very friendly.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service4

Wonderful Gem and Food!!!

Dined on October 8, 2015

We first fell in love with Tonarelli Cacio e Pepe when we visited Rome last summer. It's an amazing but simple pasta. We have not been able to find it here in the U.S. and then found out that Cacio e Pepe's specialty was this very dish. We went with our kids and we loved it! It was too chilly to sit out in their lovely courtyard but we would have loved to have done so. The service was great and at the end of the meal, the owner sent us home with fresh Tonarelli pasta made by the restaurant so we could cook it at home! What a sweet gesture! The other dishes were also very good, including the chicken and the Fava bean soup. Everything was wonderful.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service3

Not bad but overpriced

Dined on October 4, 2015

Some of the home made pasta dishes were good. Overall though for the price not a great restaurant.

food5
ambience5
service5

This is a lovely, cozy gem in my view. T ...

Dined on September 21, 2015

This is a lovely, cozy gem in my view. The food is excellent, like the simple menu, the signature dish, "Cacia e pepe" is superb! Staff have always been so friendly and personable, like being in someone's home. The room is charming including the garden area in the rear. Having been a guest many times over the years, always memorable. Fine wine offerings as well, and attentive staff only adds to the worthiness of Cacia e Pepe. Strongly recommended!

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

Good Food But Bring AMEX

Dined on September 14, 2015

Good food in a pleasant atmosphere including outside seating on 2nd Ave. The best wines on a small list are seriously overpriced and they only accept cash or AMEX (go figure) so bring lots of cash with you if you don't have AMEX.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5

We love coming here. Food is so fresh an ...

Dined on September 12, 2015

We love coming here. Food is so fresh and authentic while being creative at the same time. Feels like we're in Italy. Can't wait to come back

food4
ambience3
service4

Satisfaction Awaits.....

vip
Dined on September 9, 2015

Reliable, hospitable, & creative--- words I would apply to Cacio e Pepe. The Gorgonzola creme brûlée with balsamic vinegar sorbet and arugula is an original and delicious must-try salad. All the pastas are prepared to perfection. And the watermelon ices and white chocolate dessert is a sure winner. And the staff has it right! Dine in the back garden on a lovely evening --- and be happy!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Authentic Roman food

Dined on September 8, 2015

A great find! Two of us had the eponymous Cacio e Pepe (made with whole peppercorns), and it was as good as in Rome itself (where one of us eats it incessantly). The presentation was fun--it was spooned/forked onto our plates out of a huge hollowed-out round of Parmagiano Romana. Our companions were also happy with their dishes, and we went through two bottles of Prosecco on their lovely garden courtyard hidden out back. They have sidewalk dining as well, but who wants to eat on a busy stretch of Second Avenue? The inside seating looks great, but if the weather allows, I'd go for the garden. The waitress was attentive, and like the Cacio, also appeared to be an import from Rome.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
food4
ambience5
service4

Nice Garden

vip
Dined on August 16, 2015

Very pretty garden. Food was very good. The menu items always sound a little strange but turn out better than anticipated. Really pleasant overall experience.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic
food5
ambience5
service5

Small place but memorable

Dined on August 8, 2015

The namesake pasta is worth the trip. Gorgonzola app is equally fine. Outdoor dining tops off the experience.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience5
service5

NYC Gem

Dined on July 29, 2015

This place has some of the best homemade Italian food in NYC. Their signature dish is my favorite in NYC, but all their pastas are outstanding.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

The pasta in the cheese bowl was outstan ...

vip
Dined on July 12, 2015

The pasta in the cheese bowl was outstanding, the wait staff was very nice, a very good experience, would definitely go back.

food4
ambience4
service4

A wonderful find

Dined on June 5, 2015

Fabulous hidden patio, lovely evening. Watermelon, peach, tomato salad was wonderful as was their signature dish

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Had their signature pasta, Cacio & Pepe ...

vip
Dined on June 4, 2015

Had their signature pasta, Cacio & Pepe and the lamb Milanese. Both were outstanding.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Hasn't Missed Yet

vip
Dined on May 22, 2015

Our third time in less than two weeks. It's a charming spot with delicious food and a terrific staff from Italy. Love it! We will miss coming here when we return home.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service5

Great homey italian food

Dined on April 23, 2015

Loved the cod filled ravioli on broccoli puree. Great carbonara spaghetti also.

Tags: late-night find

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