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- Downtown Manhattan, West Village
- Italian Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental, Bar & Grills
Price Range : Below Average
05/06/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I like the food and selections. Good wine to match them too. However, I had the worst service ever. The waiter just ignore you and was kinda discriminative towards colored customers! I was ultimately offended. If you're an eater who cares about the service, you'll not enjoy your meal!
11/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This place is one of the best, hidden foodie places in nyc. Even with great places like Clinton St. Bakery, I prefer a quiet but lively brunch here on a sat or sunday anyday over the top brunch places in nyc. Better that that is the fact that Ino uses essse brand coffee for their espressos - that's the best out there.
04/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
INO is one of the places you get addicted to. The wine selection is exellent, the staff is polite and knows about what they serve. The only problem I personally find with this place is how noisy it is (it's so hard to hear the specials!) But, I guess, it's the city vibe and its charm too :)))) Truffle egg toast is delicious, paninis are creative and can please any taste. Shortly, the food is simple and has great flavours. I didn't like the presentation of the cheese plate (huge white plate, about 90% of it is empty, it doesn't look attractive at all, and hardly fits on the tiny table), even though the cheeses are delicious. Exellent for really late nights, since they close their kitchen at 2!
04/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I honestly don't understand what all the hype is about. I went to 'ino on Friday evening with a friend and was surprised to see one two top table open. The waitress told us she would have to check to see if there was a table available. What did she have to check? The place is the size of a postage stamp! It was obvious there was a table open. After making a point to ""consult"" with the manager, they made a big deal about seating us after making us wait for a few minutes. Not a big deal, but really, the dramatic show was unnecessary. I had the white bean soup and half a pannini - both were bland and COLD. Don't bother with the artichoke, fennel and fontina pannini - absolutely void of flavor. The waitress and the manager kept peeking over my shoulder to check on how we were - imagine someone reading over your shoulder on the train. That is how uncomfortable and annoying it was...and it was constant. Attention to your customers is one thing, loitering is quite another. Don't waste your time or money on this place. The bland food is not worth it; there are much better restaurants in the area
03/24/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Having been to Ino many times before, I went in sunday evening expecting an enjoyable experience. The atmosphere was relaxed and the food was great but the service was a terrible disappointment. If I were to return and see the same gentleman behind the bar, I would leave. He was unfriendly from the start and inattentive throughout the meal. Him and the server kept talking together and when I interrupted them- once to ask for our wine to be poured (it was being kept on ice behind the bar) and second for our credit card to be rung that had been waiting on the bar- they came over only after resuming conversation. He also forgot an order and when my other friend asked for the check- unaware that all the food hadn't arrived b/c it had taken so long- I heard him yell something at the kitchen staff then came over and said in an accusatory manner that we still had food coming. We were baffled and irritated by the rude negligence.
03/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I recently dined at 'ino with a group of friends. We had such a great time due to the relaxed enjoyable atmosphere and delicious food. The wine list was fantastic- the Sangiovese is a great choice, the paninis are delicious- hot and crusty- we're not talking a deli panini here! The wait staff and bartender were very informative and I can't say enough good things about the dessert... nutella panini! Yes, the place is tiny- and if you're waiting for a table (and there are really only a few tables) you're going to feel a little cramped standing at the bar but in my opinion it's well worth it. In fact, I think the size adds to the casual atmosphere and although the music did get a little loud I was still more than capable of holding a conversation. I will definitely be making this place one of my regulars.
03/03/2008Provided by Citysearch -
While always crowded because of its size, this USED TO BE a great place for good wine and food. There must have been a change of management in the last year or two, because it now feels very frat-like and very mainstream... a far cry form the idea of an Italian wine-bar/bistro Awful, loud music blaring (to the point where you have to repeat your conversation 3 times), and an ignorant and arrogant staff (an awful combination of personality traits in the hospitality business) make this place pretty unbearable. And since when did mood-lighting consist of overly bright recessed lighting... recessed lighting should be banned form anything that describes itself as 'cozy'. Middle-America continues it's invasion on what used to be the country's most unique metropolis.
09/05/2007Provided by Citysearch -
After close to a dozen visits to 'ino in the past year, I can say with confidence that this little village spot has never failed to please. The truffled egg toast is very rich and will draw you back for a second brunch or a late-night snack. The prosecco is probably the best deal on the menu due to the generous helping of the bubbly for a reasonable price. The wait for a table can be extended on the weekends, so pick your night carefully. If it's too packed, AOC Bedford across the street is letting you BYOB all summer...
01/20/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I cant say enough about his place. I love Italian wine and I'm not sure if there is a better place for it in the city. Great prices and selection, what more do you want. Not one Pinot Grigio! They also have a lot of affordable stuff or special occasion wines. The food is great for a meal or just to accompany your vino. I went in with a date and the host quoted us 30 minutes, we were drinking in 5, sitting at the bar in 15 and at our table in 25, though I have been here before and waited longer than quoted but if you are in a hurry go to applebees or mickey-d's. The crowd was great and fun and the music was awesome. I really can't think of anything bad to say about his place except I don't live across the street. Best of all, she loved it so much I get to go back next week.
11/30/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Went here at 11 PM on a Wednesday night - not exactly the height of the dinner rush.
I was attracted to this place because it looked small, cozy and inviting. As I opened the door and entered, my first impression was that something was horribly wrong; in a tiny room that seats maybe 15 people the sound system was blasting very lame punk as if it was the Meadowlands Stadium. It was ridiculously loud, aggressive, and obnoxious. As the evening went on, the soundtrack got increasingly lame, aggressive, and louder. I love loud music as much as anyone else, but this was like trying to have dinner inside a ball-bearing factory. The service was indifferent, and after all the hype it gets, the food was stunningly mediocre. In a city that has no shortage of restaurants specializing in regional-specific Italian cuisine, I was expecting great things given the reviews of 'Ino that I have seen. The $2 'bruschetta' that was delivered to my table consisted of a single tiny slice (1.5"" x 3.5"") of stale bread smeared with a micro-thin paste and one scrap of arugula. The ingredients in the salad were mostly wilted. As for its much-touted wine list, it turns out that in reality it consists almost entirely of wines by the bottle with very few wines by the glass on offer.
I suppose that for people who have never had quality Italian cuisine or been in small restos that are actually charming AND that provide good cooking, service and ambiance, it is easy to be taken in by the hype that a place like this tries to create. If you're looking for a real wine bar, this is certainly not it. Save your money (and your hearing) for someplace that can actually deliver on the hype and leave 'Ino for its hipster and tourist clientele.
08/06/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I have been going to Ino for several years and always love it. a lot of the staff stays consistent, so you see a lot of the same people and they usually recognize you. wine list is great, there's always something to suit my mood. the atmosphere, although cramped, couldnt be better. it's perfect for a date, catching up with an old friend, or a simple lunch by yourself at the tiny bar. the food is terrific. my favorites: the truffled egg toast (i'm drooling right now) and the panino with cacciatorini, goat cheese, and black olive tappenade are the top. cheese plate is a little disappointing (average/cooking cheeses like grana padano and taleggio, if my memory serves). i'm not much of a dessert person, but i go crazy for the nutella dessert. as for beverages, i dont know an awful lot about italian wine but i usually get the prosecco. once i remember enjoying a really nice dolcetto. as for beer, they usually carry about 3. one is a seasonal brooklyn brewery beer on draft, and two are bottles, one of which is a favorite of mine (schneider aventinus, which is hard to find in nyc bars or restaurants). service is quick, not overly friendly, but hey it's a small place and the servers are constantly busy. always prompt, though, and i have never had anyone there make any mistakes. even at their busiest times, i have never waited more than 10 minutes for a table. overall, one of my favorite places EVER.
05/17/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Have frequented 'ino for several years and the food remains excellent. Cheese plate is a varied delight and great bargain at $10. The large selection of bruschettas, paninis, & tramezzinis keep the palate from stagnating. (The asparagus, truffle oil, & parmesan bruschetta is a winner!) Wine list is extensive without being over-priced. Be sure to try the seasonal, and always delicious, specials. Definitely a neighborhood favorite.
01/10/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I ate here for the first time and absolutely loved it! The restaurant is rather small but we were lucky to get a table quickly. The bruschetta and panini's are so yummy! I plan to come here again and look forward to trying their assortment of bruschetta, panini's.....
10/03/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I don't live in NY but my best friend does. And when I visit her I make it a point to eat at 'Ino at least once daily if not once for the whole trip. It is the best hidden spot there and I rave about it to everyone. The prices are great, the food is excellent (try the white bean soup when they have it, it's excellent!) and the service is good. I've had to wait only a few times during lunch but this place is definitely worth the wait. I wish I lived there as I would eat at this place as often as possible!
03/01/2005Provided by Citysearch -
We went to Ino for Valentines. We have been to this place many times, and always have great food, wine, and service. We were worried we would have trouble getting in, but somehow managed to have a short wait. As always we had a great glass of wine while we waited. When we sat, we got great and fast service. The people that work there are always so friendly you forget you are in New York sometimes. Make sure you try this place as often as you can.
01/31/2005Provided by Citysearch -
We'd heard great things about this restaurant and loved 'Inoteca, but 'Ino was awful. The waiter was incredibly rude, the bartender was antagonistic, and when the check was wrong, they looked at us with scorn. While 'Ino's food is delicious, nothing is worth the attitude.
01/12/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I had the best pannini I have had in the city last night. We went to this small great place in the villiage. We started with an antipasti plate that was amazing. Then we moved into the great pannini. I opted for the special they were running for the day which had a homemade spicy mustard that was amazing. We started with a great glass of wine that Jeff suggested, then he suggested an amazing bottle. He knew his stuff. If you have the chance go to this place.