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La Carbonara

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(42 Reviews)

202 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

(212) 255-2060

Today: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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General Info
La Carbonara is the perfect place to go to for Italian "comfort" food at a really good price. – eat well and don't worry about what you are spending. Keeping within the traditions of NYCRG other restaurants, La Carbonara has a casual, rustic look, tailored to its surrounding neighborhood.
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Mon - Sun:
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Price Range
Chelsea, Midtown Manhattan, West Village, Downtown Manhattan
Fine Dining Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Garage, Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Cuisines: Fine Dining, Family Style, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Pets Allowed: No


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Provided by Citysearch - 
The worst service

The manager did not acknowledge us when we got there only after the bus boy did that he turn around and acknowledge our presence. We sat and 15 min pass by and no waiter came to take our order. Only after we ask the bus boy to call the waiter that this female waiter came with an attitude very non chalant she took our order and did not mention the specials. That was the last time she came to our table because she spend most of the time hugging the manager. We wanted more wine but we did not have a waiter again we have to ask the bus boy to call the waiter. Food came and no wine and no spoons for our pasta. Food sat cold waiting for wine and spoons. It took 2 more attempts to get the wine and spoons and even after that no apologies or excuses. We ask for the check and of course we have to call the bus boy again to call the waiter to get our check. And again no apologies.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Hidden Gem

Primitivo is one of the ""best deals in town."" The dinner menu featured a host of several small plates ""prepared to order"" perfect for those who wish to try several items to fully plated entrees, a la carte specialties and an assortment of other side dishes. My two favorite small plates were the marinated meatballs in basil pesto and wine, and the soft polenta with sweet sausage and wild mixed mushrooms...ABSOLUTELY SCRUMPTIOUS! The menu also offered a variety of vegetarian selections, which tempted my zen palate. I had the ravioli stuffed with herbed goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and pink vodka sauce, YUMMUS!. They also had an extensive selection of great Italian wines that complemented the meal very well. A hidden gem on the border between (Chelsea and the West Village).



Provided by Citysearch - 
An Affordable Cut Above the Rest

I have been dining at Primitivo since it opened, and it has only gotten better over the years. In fact, it is one of my favorite places to eat for several reasons. First, and foremost, the food is excellent. My favorite dish is the lemon chicken, which is on the lunch menu. Second, the atmosphere is inviting and casual. They recently did a nice job remodeling the interior of the restaurant. Third, the servers are very attentive, without being obtrusive. Oh--I almost forgot--the cappuccinos are the best!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
My old fav is my new fav!

So, I've been going to Primitivo since it opened. The staff always made me feel welcome.. & are a bit flirty, which we love!, & the food & wine ~it's always an awesome evening! In the last year or so it was starting to feel a bit stodgy, you know, same ol same o, & not working with the excitement of the neighborhood... Well! How excited was I on my last visit! The decor is all new, all the stodgness is gone! & they're experimenting with new dishes as well as keeping up with the favorites I've always loved! My old favorite place in the west village is now my new favorite! & how fun to bring my friends here after checking out the galleries & shops!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Go here only if you're on a diet

This place was terrible. AVOID. AVOID. AVOID. I ordered a mozzarella/prosciutto appetizer for $14, and when it arrived, I received 3 small slices of mozzarella, two thin slices of prosciutto, and 3 slices of tomatoes. The pasta dishes are around $16, and when my meal arrived, my food was served in a huge dish, and I received a child's size portion. I've never had a huge appetite, and usually I have leftovers after dining out, but I was actually STARVING after I left this place. I complained to our waiter about my miniscule portion, and he shrugged it off and asked me if I wanted to order an additional entree. Um, no, I would like to get what I paid for. Needless to say, I will NEVER eat here again. I would suggest only going to eat here if you're on a diet and are watching your food portions.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Boring Menue

This restaurant used to be GREAT. BUT, they changed the menu and raised the prices and made the portions smaller. It is now just a common everyday Restaurant. The food is still terrific, but not worth the money. It would have been all right if they raised their prices, but to raise the prices, make the portions one third the size is ridiculous. Also, all the favorites are off the menu. Now everything is al la carte. There are many other Restaurants in the area that are less expensive and have food that is just as good. It really is too bad that with the economy the way it is that the Management decided to make these changes. This used to be a place that you could go to a couple of times a week and enjoy great food and good services. Now it is to expensive to be a casual event.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Stuff

Primitivo is simply an excellent choice for Italian food in the West Village. They have very good prices, a nice wine selection and down to earth people who work there. I'd definitely go back again.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Service!

OMFG I had the best service ever in this place! My waiter was extremely attentive and funny and nice and...well, HOT, that never hurts:-) The atmosphere is excellent and the food is delicious. Good price and music. I have absolutely no complaints about this restaurant, I will be back!! next time I'll get the name of my favorite waiter so that I can post it here and recommend to all of you.



Provided by Citysearch - 
very nice

had a dinner for 6 here. It was early so it wasn't very crowded, but the place is very nice inside, staff is friendly. Attentive, fine service. The chicken parm is very good, as was the mozzerella tomato basil app and ceaser salad. We had made arrangements for the bill to be paid beforehand, providing them with a credit card before dinner, but they seemed to be confused by that, and we had to get up from the table to go deal with it. We had made that arrangement beforehand so it wouldn't inturrupt the experience, but that didn't happen. It just drew more attention to the bill. The final bill was more than expected and didn't quite add up to what we ate/ordered but we just paid it to avoid even more attention to the bill. Be aware they add gratuity for parties of 6, which is pretty standard. Drinks were good and arrived quickly. Overall a positive experience with good food.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very good rustic italian pizza

Best rustic pizza, antipast, salads we have found. We had a large party all from out of town and they were very accomodating and responsive to email questions. The specials were exceptional



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food!

My Husband and I have been there many times...we always get the ""greatest"" warm service and the best food. I LOVE the Tomato Mozzarella salad with the beautiful pesto and Balsamico reduction and I always have the vegetable Cappellini!!! Yum yum!!! I've had the Vongole and I love it just as much!! I can't wait to go back!!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good neighborhood Italian...but be careful

We usually have a good, reliable meal at this pretty local Italian......But be aware that the tables are too close together to make it a comfortable, pleasant dining experience when it is crowded. Also, the early bird, etc offers keep changing. Currently, there is a good prix fixe meal available but only if you know about it....It is not listed on the menu nor does the waitstaff tell you about it. I found out about it in the men's room just before paying the check --- the offer was posted on the wall!! When I asked the waiter why we weren't offered it he merely shrugged...and the manager was nowhere in sight.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very Good

Very Good neighborhood Italian Restaurant. The service is friendly & attentive. Nice cozy atmosphere but most importantly very good food at very good prices. They often have specials too. Highly Recommended



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good food & Good Atmosphere

So I had planned a bday dinner for my friend, and of course, she was 40 minutes late. The owner (and I didn't realize that was him at the time) as well as the waitstaff were very accomadating. I told them the deal, they were totally ok with us waiting for her, and even gave us brushetta with our wine while we waited. And I felt really bad too, because one of our party wasn't exactly polite (unknowingly - she's not from around here), yet they remained very nice and accomadating.

The food was reasonably priced and filling. We ordered the Portobello e Pecorino salad as appetizers, which tasted amazing and had wonderful flavor. All the pasta dishes that my friends ordered were tasty. I myself had the di Pera salad, and that was amazing, along with the Fried Calamari. It was cooked perfectly and very crispy yet not overdone, just needed a tad more salt. The spicy maranara sauce that came with it would have been good enough to put on some pasta and eat. Dessert wise - very good tiramisu and kinda too strong chocolate cake. But the overall food experience was very much enjoyable.

So, go there if you want romantic dinner for two or a nice get together with some friends. The owner should be very proud of his staff for their professionalism and his food for its great taste.



Provided by Citysearch - 
romantic dinner for two

Since recently moving to New York, My wife and I wanted to go out to eat and celebrate with fine dining, and we did! This place was great, the food was amazing, the only complaint I would have is the chaotic staff, but they have a lot of business so they are just trying to please everyone. I would def recommend this place to anyone who loves Italian food at reasonable prices.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very nice neighborhood Italian

Living in the neighborhood, my wife & I must have walked by Primitivo hudreds of times before finally going in. What took us so long? Who knows but we'll be back. Tasty Italian food at very reasonable prices and friendly service. Great neighborhood place!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very disappointing

My boyfriend and I were very excited to try a seemingly ?authentic?, moderately priced Italian restaurant in our neighborhood. Unfortunately this restaurant left a lot to be desired. The food was bland and boring ? the service was fine however there was a general sense of chaos amongst the staff. We will not be back.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great brunch deal

Had a great brunch! Arrived around 1pm, and thought we'd need reservations, but it turned out really well. The unlimited mimosas were great, and the staff was really friendly. The meals were amazing and were thoughtful creations that melted in our mouths on a nice Sunday morning. Very well priced for only $13 as an average for the choice of entree. Definitely will be returning!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great for parties

I recently threw a surprise birthday party at Primitivo and had the best experience. The entire staff was friendly and the food was very good. Tim and the team went out of their way to make the party very special for everyone (all 30 people walked away happy!). I would recommend this place as a great value and location for a large get together or just a dinner for 2. Everything on the menu is excellent and the house red and white wines are the best deals in town!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Super Sunday Evening

There was four in our group that tried Primitivo last Sunday evening for the first time. We WILL be back! The service was fast, friendly and professional, the restaurant was comfortable and clean, the drinks were very tasty, and the food was out of this world. The Prosciutto e Melone was so fresh and presented in a beautiful display. The Melanzane alla Rollatini was tender and stuffed with cheese, a meal in its self. The Risotto al Gamberoni (Arborio rice with green peas and shrimp) was done to perfection, and the Scaloppine Saltimbocca was the best I ever tasted! I let the restaurant know ahead of time that we would be celebrating a friends birthday that night, and for a reasonable fee they provided us with an ice cream birthday cake that was exquisite. We sat, ate and drank for almost three hours and we never felt rushed. We cannot wait to go back and try the brunch!