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Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30-4pm Dinner: Mon-Fri, 4pm-12am Weekend Brunch: Sat-Sun, 12-3pm Sunday Dinner: 4-10

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Phone: (646) 736-0833

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Downtown Manhattan, Greenwich Village

The City Taven

American Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Bars, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Bakeries, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Mediterranean, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Bakeries, Continental

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
The Cocktail Party was a Success!

I would highly recommend City Tavern as a place to host a private event. We held a surprise birthday cocktail party for my sister in Nov. In the planning leading up to the event Ernesto and the staff were helpful and flexible. They had several different packages of cocktails and appetizers to choose from and had no problem with us putting up a few decorations and bringing a cake. The space itself is very warm and rustic, big windows and lots of brick. During the event, the waitstaff was very attentive. No one was left waiting long on a drink order. Being a surprise party, the event got started a little late by the time the guest of honor showed up, but Ernesto allowed us to extend the time of the party and to continue celebrating. I would definitely return for another party!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great for semi-private parties 10-35 people

Last month I was looking for a restaurant in the Union Square area to host a group dinner for my staff of 30 professionals. I couldn't find anywhere who would entertain a pre fixe less than $40 (and I was willing to do a Tuesday night at 5:30!) until I found City Tavern.

Ernesto, the owner and chef, was extremely accommodating. He put together a great menu on fairly last minute notice (one week!), was a pleasure to work with, and got us a great price point ($29 per person (not including alcohol).

We had the front 1/2 of the upstairs which essentially felt private for our team. Everyone thought the food, service, and atmosphere was excellent.

I definitely recommend the City Tavern for a group dinner.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Nothing special

In a very competitive market this place is nothing special.
The food is bland and the wine is horrible. The place was empty and that is why I shouldn't have even bothered.



Provided by Citysearch - 
fake italian

this place was full of italian expat,now nobody speaks a word of italian nor cook authentic food, the menu still from chef baecco iban,whom he left 6 months ago,and owner giovani.
i personally love the chicken wings that is very italian.
good luck.



Provided by Citysearch - 

On a Sunday evening my friend and I spontaneously met up on Union Square to grab a bite to eat. I have been wanting to go to Borgo Antico but have had a hard time getting a reservation on a days notice. On a whim we decided to try...the place was packed, but luck was on our side as the host-owner giovanni was able to seat us right away at a table that was just cleared. Another women checked our bags, she was so cheerful and friendly. We really felt that we were appreciated for our business. The meal was fantastic and our waitress was kind and friendly, not overbearing. The atmosphere was lovely and it was one of those truly enjoyable dining experiences. I will celebrate my 30 birthday here with 30 friends.
Great atmosphere, fantastic food, and exception service!



Provided by Citysearch - 
forza italia alza latesta

After reading in City Search that this was a ""The Best Italian Food,"" I was psyched to go for some good Italian. Turns out, there's a reason that professional food critics exist - this restaurant is great. The atmosphere is super comfortable. The service was informal and intelligent. Every thing I tasted was awesome, and just different enough to edge this place above the generic Italian food that's so easy to find in this city. I found it to be overall quite reasonable as well. The pork saltimbocca was delicious, cooked beautifully. All the pastas were fantastic, with inventive use of ingredients that tasted familiar yet new.giovanni keep up the ship !



Provided by Citysearch - 
good all the way

ur love affair with Borgo Antico started years ago. We had reservations at Gotham Bar & Grill and were early (we were in black tie because we were later going to The theatre to see ""fuerza bruta"" for a special birthday event) so we stumbled around the neighborhood until time for our reservations and discovered Borgo Antico. We found the downstairs area- with a full service bar well stocked. The host and bartender were wonderful. They made us wonderful martinis and took us upstairs to see the beautiful dining room. They had us at ""olives or a twist"". The food is lovely and the service is always superb. I've always said that if I lived in New York, Borgo Antico would be my regular neighborhood haunt. It's terrific.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Place Around

I loved it and so did my friends. Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It! Love It!



Provided by Citysearch - 
best wine better food.

I love borgo antico. Last time I dined here (this past Saturday with three friends) we started our dinner with a few pasta dishes recommended to us by the General Manager. They were all delicious, but extreme raves to the Chef's ivan of what I would call the best pasta in nyc. pasta dish, are extremely satisfying plate and borgo antico homemade pasta with chestnuts and lucious creamy Italian cheeses. We decided at this point we wanted some wine. We had a conversation with the sommelier -owner giovanni who gave us some outstanding recommendations to pair with borgo regional (and seasonal) dishes. The wine here is extraordinary and very carefully chosen. in fact he received two years in a row the wine enthusiast award for wine list.Not to make this review a novel, when all is said, this charming little gem of a restaurant presents to it's guests creative and beautifully presented meals.
There is no ""rush-out-the-door here"". We felt like family from the moment we entered this cozy union square 'fixture"", and the feeling remained throughout the evening as we tasted as many of the Chef's delicious and creative dishes as we could (portions ARE NOT small). A perfect meal for the four of us to enjoy and linger over in this very special place, lit with candlelight, satisfied people and great vibes all around. It's no small wonder why borgo antico is always packed, 7 nights a week. and celebrating 14 years in business....



Provided by Citysearch - 

Last Night I visiteBorgo Antico for the third time. I was in NYC for pleasure and work .I was truly impressed with service and the food at Borgo Antico. From a great Handsome and attractive Host to the table service, the food and the ambiance. Our Server was a young men Mattia from bergamo. The service was perfect and our meal wonderful. cheese strudel for my wife and Bufala Mozzarella with sliced ripe Tomato, half pasta Cavatelli with broccoli rabe an sausage, my wife eat pappardelle with duck ragu. The succulent roasted Cornish hen the best in town and my dear wife ""La mia Dolce Vita"" eat Mediterranean Branzino both perfectly and rightly cooked!. For Dessert we select Tiramisu served in a martini glass and Mixed Berries with Delicate Vanilla Italian Beans Ice Cream. and a plate of assorted cantuccini Cookies. The Wine List is well priced match with The Wine Enthusiast Restaurant Awards 2007 with extensive variety of Italian and California Wine. The beautiful mural of picture from tuscany and the staff operates like a well-rehearsed professional Broadway troupe. Borgo Antico is one of the best Italian Restaurant in NYC.! We Reccomended Borgo Antico for the true Italian Food and Service! Grazie !



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Italian in NY

This has to be one of my favorite Italian restaurants in NY.

The service is outstanding.

The food is incredible.

The pasta is made fresh, as is obvious by the taste and texture.

My only complaint is that this place is a bit pricey.

This place gets things right. I highly recommend this place.



Provided by Citysearch - 
new fall menu

I went to Borgo Antico this past weekend for the first time since the new menu, and was absolutely blown away by both the food and the service!
From the moment the owner picked up the phone until the manager wished us a good night, everyone on staff was both professional and friendly.
Our server was very knowledgeable on both the food and wines, and was really helpful in assisting us with choosing our 5 course menus (there is a suggested one, but we were free to create our own as well). The steam mussels soup, the pappardelle with duck ragu, and the aged steak were the real stand outs that evening. Most of the food we had was very rich, and the portions were fairly large; it took us a good 2 hours to finish. We never felt rushed or crowded, even as the restaurant filled up around us. The owner was our host stand as we were leaving, and seemed to take a genuine interest in how our evening had gone. All in all I thought the evening was worth every penny!
My girlfriend wants her wedding here !!



Provided by Citysearch - 

Borgo Antico is Giovanni Iovine's union square townhouse ristorante, where chef Ivan Beacco is putting fresh gloss on Italian regional cuisine.
The beamed, softly lit dining room is upstairs, patrolled by a genial crew headed by Giovanni Iovine,the music is great.
The food :impoted bufala mozzarella, crab cake, the cheese strudel....
.Small meatball and rigatoncini and grilled monkfish are first-rate options, and chef Beacco has an elegant way with desserts, must try the chocolat souffle!. Great for large group.Bravissimo!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
made in italy

im an Italian in New York and dining out 20 times in a month at NY's reputedly marvellous restaurants.
Borgo Antico trumps them all. In my 30's and having dined in some outstanding restaurants in europe and usa I can honestly say Borgo Anticois up there with the best of them for a total dining experience. My partner and I selected the special menu...marvellous food, exquisite steak, duck and pannacotta... all of the highest quality. excellent sommelier (giovanni) and service generally. Only criticism ...and it is minor... we had to listen to italian folk song, then around 10 the music change gor better ex. moby.
One wonders whether a regular or celeb was afforded our table whilst we, clearly not New York accent, waited for a later one. I strongly recommend this restaurant. World class and deserving of congratulations and support.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Avoid at all times.

These people know how to rip you off. Make sure you ask how much are the specials before you order them. Typically they will cost you 2-3 times more than the most expensive items on a menu. And don?t expect a great quality for your money. The quality of food is worse than in the most Italian restaurants in a city.



Provided by Citysearch - 

This place is like an Amex commercial. Great food, cozy atmosphere, and the friendliest and most attentive service I get in NY, hands down. Everything is fantastic. The fettuccine alla bolognese, the strudel di formaggi and the insalata di spinaci... And actual friendly waiter speaking Italian - I don't feel like I am being waited on by resentful out-of-work actors. Definitely a great local find and a new favorite.



Provided by Citysearch - 
the real deal

had the pleasure of having dinner Borgo Antico for my birthday earlier this year and it was one of the most memorable dining experiences I've ever had. I ordered the 3 course tasting menu with the wine pairings. My waitress was extremely friendly as she explained each dish and the reason the particular wine was chosen as a pairing. The service was top notch and always on top of everything from clearing plates, refilling water, and serving my wife first before me on each course. I was very happy that I was able to come here to celebrate my birthday. What a treat!
grazzie !



Provided by Citysearch - 

I'm Italian, so going out for Italian food is tough. I'm a tough critic but I gotta tell ya Borgo Antico is FANTASTIC! The food was AMAZING!!
Highly recommended!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
union square leader

I have been dining at borgo antico for over 13 years and can honestly say that I recommend eating at BORGO ANTICO for any occasion whether it be a romantic occasion, a business dinner, a family get together or a night out with your friends. The staff will automatically tune in to the type of experience you want and will make you and your guests feel like true VIPs (GIOVANNI have got to be doing something right because they have the most friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff I have ever seen in a restaurant). The food is a true experience in Italian cuisine (giovanni and Chef ivan spend countless hours on their menu every week). the new selection of cheeses is one of the finest in the city.
You will never go wrong in choosing borgo antico.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Solid Italian food just south of Union Square

Don't be put off by the exterior of this restaurant--inside is a charming interior and very tasty, fresh cuisine .

We went on a saturday afternoon, the restaurant was empty but soon filled up. The menu is close to authentic and is executed well. We started with grilled calamari salad and yellow fin tuna carpaccio. Both were excellent. The salad was fresh, the arugula and red beans complemented the calamari well. The carpaccio was razor-thin and was generously dressed with lemon and endive, just the right touch of acid to cut through the fish.

Next we had sedanini (penne with fried eggplant, oregano and mozzarella), well prepared and the mozzarella was a nice touch, and tubini (pasta with thyme tomato sauce and meatballs), a great Italian comfort food.

Our only complaint (and a minor one) was the service-- we had to flag the waiter down several times to get water although the restaurant was initially empty. Nevertheless, the pros definitely outweigh the cons for this cute restaurant.

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