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Carmine's - what to order?

Katie L. Mar 10, 2006 09:30 AM

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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    harrison RE: Katie L. Mar 10, 2006 09:57 AM

    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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      caviardreams RE: harrison Mar 10, 2006 10:40 AM

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

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        Traz0r RE: caviardreams Mar 10, 2006 10:52 AM

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

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          Jackie H RE: Traz0r Mar 10, 2006 07:15 PM

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

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      NativeNewYorker RE: Katie L. Mar 10, 2006 10:06 AM

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

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        Kimberly RE: NativeNewYorker Mar 10, 2006 01:08 PM

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

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        JoeM RE: Katie L. Mar 10, 2006 11:08 AM

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

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          Cpalms RE: Katie L. Mar 10, 2006 11:53 AM

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

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            josh L RE: Katie L. Mar 10, 2006 12:00 PM

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


            Link: http://www.muckraked.com

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              JoeM RE: josh L Mar 10, 2006 12:25 PM

              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).

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                dirty harry RE: josh L Jul 20, 2011 03:58 AM

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

                355 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10010

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                  uncledunkel RE: dirty harry Jul 20, 2011 08:01 PM

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

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                gloriousfood RE: Katie L. Mar 10, 2006 12:12 PM

                Go for it! Linguine w/red clam sauce, shrimp parm, and if you have room, the tiramasu (but not the cannoli--nothing special).

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                  Peter Cherches RE: Katie L. Mar 25, 2006 05:38 PM

                  A Bromo.

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                    edwardspk RE: Katie L. Jul 20, 2011 07:53 AM

                    We always enjoy whatever is their special salad (with roasted vegetables) and chicken parm with a side of angel hair. One order of salad and one order of the chicken parm with pasta is enough to fill up 4 adults. So be careful how many dishes you order. As another poster has said, it's easy to order WAY too much food.

                    200 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

                    2450 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

                    1. strangemd RE: Katie L. Jul 20, 2011 08:17 AM

                      Run away! Run away!

                      1. michele cindy RE: Katie L. Jul 20, 2011 11:34 AM

                        You are set on going and you want to know what to order. They have really good shrimp parmesan. Very old school preparation, and I also like the stuffed artichoke. If I were to go, those would be my choices. I don't care for the one in Times Square, I like the UWS location much better.

                        2450 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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                          uncledunkel RE: Katie L. Jul 20, 2011 08:03 PM

                          i've never been to carmines b/c i thought of it as a touristy place to avoid (and still do), but i find it funny that a bunch of people are replying saying don't get anything but XYZ b/c it's so good there. based on this thread they have plenty to offer and i'm actually more interested to try it out

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                            MVNYC RE: uncledunkel Jul 20, 2011 08:41 PM

                            The problem with the Chowhound group think is that it won't let people admit they like a place. I will say I like Carmines for what it is. Which is a good place to take a diverse group of friends where everyone will enjoy something from the foody to the simpleton. I don't love every dish but there are enough where I can have a nice meal amongst friends. That said there are some standout dishes for me that I am happy eating. The fried zucchini and squid appetizers are always fried perfectly and seasoned well, They also giev an antipasto full of old school NYC Italia n treats. The stuffed artichoke is great as well.

                            For mains, I always demand the Saltimbocca and the Shrimp Parm. Once I have thos eI can survive anything else required by the table,

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                              dirty harry RE: MVNYC Jul 21, 2011 02:21 PM

                              Going to the theater and enjoying a meal for some is just that and it seems that the critical may be justified in demanding what they think level of gourmet food they have ordered.
                              Me I am a simple guy, love food and say those with their noses in the air
                              Go get you shine box-

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                            veralouise RE: Katie L. Jul 21, 2011 11:06 AM

                            Fried calamari

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                              AdamD RE: Katie L. Jul 21, 2011 04:03 PM

                              Old thread but what the heck.
                              I have never had a bad meal at a Carmines. Service is consistently good as well.
                              +1 on the calamari, baked clams, the shrimp parm and the saltimbocca
                              The tartufo is also good.
                              Classic Italian American food. In bulk form.

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                                michele cindy RE: AdamD Jul 21, 2011 04:09 PM

                                lol - totally didn't realize it. But it shows that some things never change. Probably one of the secrets to their success.

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                                  hungryinmanhattan RE: michele cindy Jul 21, 2011 07:26 PM

                                  We did a child's birthday party there several years ago, for a large group of mostly grown-ups. +1 for fried calamari and good salad! The UWS location.

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