877 8th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.763866 -73.985196
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Clinton
TOP NOTCH ITALIAN – Living in NYC for 20 years and have frequented literally all the “great restaurants” NYC has to offer.
Italian restaurants are numerous through-out this city, so for them to be successful they have to really stand out to that of their competition.
Rino Trattoria I’ve frequented for the last few years and for one reason…they do everything right!
1. Service is great! They’re are friendly, attentive and strive to make my dining experience a great one.
2. Food it’s amazing! I feel like I’m visiting Italy when I’m there. It’s all fresh, pasta and bread are all homemade and they don’t prepare the typical commercial dishes one finds in the majority of other places.
3. Wine list is amazing! It’s intelligent well thought out and very well priced with high quality non-commercial brands that you just don’t find at most Italian restaurants.
This is a Trattoria by nature it’s family oriented and all about the food.
If you’re looking for a “scene” a place that is all about “watch me watch you” with mediocre food and over priced wine, Rino will NOT BE FOR YOU which is why I come here!
Amazing food, service and atmosphere – Had two days in NYC. Passed Rino's after theatre matinee. Went in, on a hunch. Great ambience, but wow, we found everything was unexpectedly just perfect - the service, the food, the atmosphere, hard to find this combination anywhere. Beats ANY Italian restaurant, and we have dined in a lot of them. Where did we eat the second night? Why settle for less than the best - we went back to Rino's!
Not Very Visitor Friendly – We were referred to this restaurant as one that the locals frequented, where the service was excellant and the chef would be happy to prepare and serve dishes not listed on the menu. Maybe that is indeed the case for locals who dine there - but not for my sister-in-law and me. We arrived late, about 10 pm, after touring downtown. As we were travel weary and the hour was late, we decided to share an entree, vegetables, and a half carafe of wine. That decision must have offended the waiter as we received terrible service from that point on. There was a $2 service charge for 'sharing' posted on the menu - we were totally ok with that charge! The steamed vegetables were cold and the seafood pasta 'ok'. I just don't feel that we should be held hostage to the waiters expectations of 'what we should have ordered'. We left the establisment with very uncomfortable feelings. It was not a good experience.
Skip it – I don't know where to start, so I'll start at the beginning (always a good idea), when we came in on a warm and humid night and the place was hot as blazes. The front door was open, as was a large bay window in the front. I asked the manager about the lack of AC, and he said that the AC was on. I asked how effective it could be with the door and window open, and his replay was "that's how we've been doing it for the past 20 years. Next, I noticed how the prices listed on the restaurant's web site bore no resemblance to the menu at the restaurant. For example, the grilled veal chop on the web site is $22.95, but at the restaurant it's $27.95. Other items were similarly incorrect. Speaking of the veal chop, when I asked the waiter to describe the type of chop, he told me (at 6PM) that they didn't have any available because of a "large party." My pasta was good, once it was returned to the kitchen and brought back with the right sauce. My veal franchaise was terribly over salted, though the veal itself was tender and well cooked. And yes, the bread was very good. Service, not so much.
Delicious Italian Restaurant in theatre district – The Pinot Grigio the waiter chose was rather nice.The bread was so amazing that my mother ate 7 pieces before the calamari appetizer.The calamari was the most tender we ever tasted.We all had homemade pasta dishes which were very tasty.We finished with regular coffee which was amazing,a cappucino which was very good.Desert was Italian cheesecake so so yummy.A very good dining experience.
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