107 W 17th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001140.739656 -73.995915
Mon. - Fri. 12am - 3pm;Sat. 5:30pm - 11:30pm;Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Flatiron District, Midtown
Waste of Time and Money - Not Relaxing – I was always curious about this place, now I know its worth avoiding. Not worth our time or money. Too many waiters kept pushing water bottles and wine at us. The wine list is expensive and can put you in an uncomfortable situation if you want a simple meal with reasonable wine ($50-60 is the minimum) our $80 wine bottle was OK but not great, obviously great markup for them as they were very enthusiastic about pouring more and more. Food arrived quickly but pasta was too salty and other dishes not exciting. The wait staff pushed us to get desserts immediately after we finished our main course and we had to continuously tell them we are not ready yet. No one asked us how the food was just kept trying to get us drink more wine. Mission accomplished and the bill was hefty but we arent going back.
nice.. i liked. – the service was wonderful, pleasant and attentive. i had a calamari special and filet mignon, both of which seemed a bit salty -- still, everything else (i picked off the plates of others) was fantastic and i really enjoyed the experience.
Pretentious (Service) – I entered Da Umberto because I was intrigued by an authentic Tuscan restaurant in Chelsea. However, the service was horrendous and the waitstaff made it known that the traffic in the restaurant made you, "the customer," a replaceable commodity. I resided in Florence, Italy and when inquiring about the availability of a Tuscan favorite (which was not available), the waiter attempted to make me look foolish in the presence of a significant other. Ignoring the merits of the cuisine (which was par at best), I see no reason why one would pay Da Umberto prices for an okay meal and below average ambience. Not recommended.
Gutsy red-sauce Italian fare rules at this convivial Chelsea stalwart. – The Scene
Da Umberto, with its bold fire engine-red exterior, is one of the most boisterous, male-dominated restaurants in downtown New York. Decor, unfortunately, is a weak point--there's an exposed air-conditioning duct and press-board ceiling offset by marble floors. Italian conversation fills the room, and waiters will occasionally speak it exclusively to guests.
Simple preparations, using only fresh ingredients, are the hallmarks of owner Umberto Assante's philosophy. Winners include lush portobello mushrooms served with hard polenta in rosemary-infused wine sauce, and gnocchi with rich veal ragu. Roast meats also make a good showing, particularly the giant veal chop in a pool of cognac sauce with chanterelle mushrooms and roast potatoes. An eye-popping array of sweets is shown off on a dessert cart at meal's end.
Wonderful – I try to take anyone visiting me in NYC to this place. The food is always excellent! The decor is nice. The food is excellent. The wait staff is very attentive. The food is excellent. Guests always seem to be dressed up for a nice night out. And the food is excellent.
Da-Vino! – Da Umberto is a great choice for a big date night out. At first unassuming, the food was delicious and by the end of the evening I was in love with the place! The waitstaff was very friendly and helpful. Will definitely be back!
Da-Licious – I had known of this place for ages but never went in. A group of clients nearby call it their favorite restaurant. I didn't expect much more than another decent meal when I stopped by with my girlfriend one evening. I was pleasantly overwhelmed. The food was rich in taste and texture. The prosciutto was perfectly moist and melted in our mouths. Entrees were served on time and were worth every penny. Try the desert, it is worth saving room for.
Huge Mistake – We had a 9pm dinner reservation and were not seated until 9:45 (even though close to 20 people came and were seated after we arrived). Our waiter took his sweet time bringing the menus and telling us the specials and it wasn't until almost 10:15 that we put our order in. Besides the horrendous wait, our waiter left the restaurant after we had our appetizers without telling us, another waiter brought us another couple's appetizers, and we were generally treated the whole night as if we had the plague. The food however, was very well done and the pasta was fresh but that it is nowhere near a good enough reason to ever step foot in this establishment ever again.
Nice Place – I liked da Umberto. The food was quite good, but I certainly wouldn't say spectacular. They really specialize in meat dishes, and they had more specials than they had menu items, which is a nice touch. The only negative is the wine list: very expensive (none/few under $50/bottle), and the bottle we got for $65 is nowhere near as good as $35 bottles I've gotten in other restaurants.
The waitstaff was courteous, friendly and very helpful, never did we feel rushed. The decor is pleasant enough, plenty of room between tables. The bathrooms, though, could have been a bit nicer.
Definitely a nice place to eat once, but if you like wine, make sure you take some extra cash (they only take AMEX).
Da Umberto is Superbo – I have eaten here many time over the past 15 years and am constantly drawn back, it is definitly
worth the drive from Connecticut. The antipasti is the best I've ever had, the veal chops are divine, the Dolcetta d'Alba is exquiste and the Service is wonderful. Viva Da Umberto!
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