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Mar 10, 2006 09:30 AM

Carmine's - what to order?

  • k

It'll be my first time at Carmine's and I've heard such rave reviews about it. What should I order so that I may be similarly wowed by the food? Thanks in advance.

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  1. rave reviews? really? this is not exactly a gourmet hotbed. i trust you're going with a group to take advantage of the family size portions. stick to the basic red sauce items and maybe the chicken scarp.

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    1. re: harrison

      I agree about it not being a gourmet hotbed, v. run of the mill. I like the bar though!

      1. re: caviardreams

        I went with work for lunch one day and we ordered WAYYYYY too much food. The appetizers alone filled us up.

        1. re: Traz0r

          steak and ceasar salad are great. I agree the rest of the food is just average and always very salty.

    2. n

      "Touristy" and "Bridge and Tunnel" cracks aside, the meatballs are very, very good.

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      1. re: NativeNewYorker

        Carmine's is Carmine's but I agree that the meatballs rock!

      2. Caesar salad, meatballs, chicken parm, tiramisu. I also recall the steak being pretty good

        1. Rave reviews? I woukld becareful who you are getting your reviews from...sorry

          1. Carmines is New York's version of the olive garden. Go to Becco instead.



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            1. re: josh L

              Carmine's is a lot of fun for groups and out of towners, and for anyone who's never been. Enjoy it for what it is... nothing near the Olive Garden (or Del Posto).

              1. re: josh L

                Went to Becco three times, Not impressed and just as Olive Garden like

                355 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10010

                1. re: dirty harry

                  agree becco was not impressive at all. would not go back