Carbone – Restaurant Review | Condé Nast Traveler

cuisine

Italian

Tell us about your first impressions when you arrived.
Walking into Carbone is like entering the movie version of a classic NYC Italian restaurant—tiled floors, leather banquettes, tuxedoed waiters, and white tablecloths. It sets a scene straight out of The Godfather (save for Clemenza’s gun). The space is intimate, warm, and clubby.
What was the crowd like?
Tourists who are serious about Italian food and locals who love the cinematic atmosphere and want a "special occasion" dinner (it's not cheap). Plus, there are always a few expense account guests who want to make good use of their corporate cards.
What should we be drinking?
You'll most likely want to order a glass of wine (go for the Napa Valley Napa Valley Massican Chardonnay with the linguine and clams), but the limoncello is always a good way to end the night.
Main event: the food. Give us the lowdown—especially what not to miss.
Carbone is all about the red sauce classics taken to new heights. You can't go wrong with the dinner plate-sized veal parm, topped with just the right amount of fresh tomato sauce and buffalo mozzarella or the flawless garlicky shrimp scampi.
And how did the front-of-house folks treat you?
Service here is more like a performance. Your tuxedoed waiter will serve your pasta and prepare your tableside Caesar salad with just the right amount of flair.
What’s the real-real on why we’re coming here?
This is the place for a super-special date night or, if your friends have some cash to spare, a birthday.