Carmine’s Family Restaurant in New York

Carmine’s Family Restaurant in New York

Carmine’s family restaurant in New York serves Italian food and is perfect for larger groups or families. A visit to this family restaurant guarantees a pleasant and affordable evening. Prices may seem high but all dishes are made to share, so the bill isn’t too bad!

Italian Family Restaurant

Carmine’s has two locations in New York: Carmine’s Upper West Side and Carmine’s Times Square. They serve Southern Italian dishes: think fresh seafood, traditional Italian meat dishes, delicious pasta and antipasti. Portions are large and meant for sharing, you can easily order one dish per course with your table mates. Ideally, you go for dinner as a group of four or more as most dishes serve four, but you can always take home a doggy bag. If you would like a three or four-course meal, Carmine’s is an affordable option compared to many other restaurants in the city. It’s a good option to have dinner with kids in New York if you’re visiting the city with your family.


Carmine’s has an extensive menu, including vegetarian and even vegan options, but here are my recommendations: As a starter, I (or rather we) almost always go for the Baked Clams. A dish full of flavour, with loads of garlic. For the main course, I recommend the Penne alla Vodka; a vegetarian pasta with a vodka-garlic sauce. I usually also feel like ordering a meat dish, so would go for the Veal Parmigiana as a side: a large breaded veal cutlet in a tasty Italian tomato sauce, topped with melted mozzarella. Not sure what to order? Get an Italian surprise with the Four Pasta Special!  I never think twice about dessert: homemade tiramisu, of course. It’s definitely one of the best restaurants in New York.

Carmine’s Then and Now

In 1990, Artie Cutler, Godfrey Polistina and Michael Ronis opened the first Carmine’s in the Upper West Side, with Cutler’s vision of replicating an ‘Italian-American wedding atmosphere’ for the public, night after night. In addition to providing portions big enough to share between friends and family. The American Golden Age interior has since inspired many Italian restaurants throughout the United States. Now, this renowned Italian family restaurant has several branches, both in and outside of New York. All remaining true to the original vision. Great food, good wine and an atmosphere that makes you feel right at home.

Eric’s Tip: “Carmine’s is a good choice if you are part of a large group. Do you have tickets to a Broadway musical? Visit Carmine’s Theatre District branch before or after the show. Personally, I prefer the Upper West Side branch as it has mainly local visitors, so is a bit quieter. Book your table well in advance at both branches though! Especially if you want to dine there during the holidays. I like to eat at Carmine’s with my family during Thanksgiving or Christmas and I make sure I reserve my table at least three months in advance.”

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