140 Beekman St Ste 140, New York, NY | Directions 1003840.707221 -74.002798
Neighborhoods: Financial District (Wall Street), Downtown, Financial District
My little hole in the wall – I have been going there for about twenty five years, not only for the food, but for the staff who does not seem to age. They make me feel so welcomed!.By now they know my likes & dislikes, they recommend dishes & I am never disappointed. The seafood is so fresh & never overcooked, love the fried calamari, the spaguetti with red clam sauce, the soft shell crabs, etc. If you like very fancy places, this is not for you! Be prepared to roll up your sleeves & dig into that lobster. Lunch time is a little hectic because of the Wall Street crowd, but after 2 PM things calm down a bit. I you do go, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Mussels and beer – Never eaten anything but the mussels. All varieties are stellar. Don't go often, but its the same atmosphere, staff and quality every time I'm there. Heading there this weekend and the saliva is already building in anticipation. Great people on staff.
Great simple food, very fast friendly service! Last of its kind. – I have been going to this tiny little restaurant for over 20 years, sometimes once a week, sometimes two.( I work in the area)
Some dishes are better than others, but the very nice staff will always do their best to make your visit a happy experience! Most of the workers been there for a very long time & always make you feel welcomed. The most interesting thing is that they always remember your likes & dislikes..
Dishes that I would like to recommend are: Zuppa di pesce, the fried calamari, the spaguetti with the red clm sauce & the spaguetti amatriciana. Please forgive my spelling as I am not Italian! I hope Carmine's stays in business for a very long time... Where would the Wall Street crowd go for lunch otherwise?
NOT RECOMMENDED – Terrible food, we ordered the fried and steamed seafood platters which consisted of rubber cod, sandy scallops and inetible calimary. Reasonibly priced, but soooooo not worth it. Very bad food!
What a disappointment! – Who is giving Carmine's 5-star reviews?! My wife and I just ate there for the first time.
For starters, we ordered the antipasto. When it arrived, it turned out they had just slapped some supermarket bought cold cuts onto a plate. Did they think no one would notice?
For an entree, I ordered the shrimp scampi. I have NEVER had such a bland plate of pasta. There was literately no flavour! My wife, who is an Italian seafood lover, ordered the seafood platter. She could not finish it. Again, it was completely flavourless.
How does an Italian seafood restaurant screw up a simple such simple food? The chef obviously couldn't care less. Needless to say, we will not be returning. Carmine's may be more than a century old, but nowadays it's nothing more than a soulless tourist trap. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
Must of missed the hype! – I've always heard people raving about Carmines, but I really don't see what the big deal is. Unless there is another one out there. This one by the Seaport is not all that. I've had better Italian food at a pizza joint. I ordered the chicken parm and it was flavorless and bland. The mussells we're grainy. Overall, not a great experiance!
amazing salad and seafood – this place is in what was a crazy location until it became the new restaurant and lounge block in the seaport district. it's been around forever and it feels like it, so i hope it stays even though the fish market is gone. over the decades, they seem to have perfected a house salad and several seafood dishes. it's worth the try for sure!
Shabby Decor but great food – Carmine's is a nice little unpretentious place next to the fish market. It's decor is a bit shabby in an old seaport bar kinda place, but that only adds to the experience I think. They have incredible garlic bread, not on the menu, but try it! Although their pasta's are nothing special, they do very nice traditional chicken and seafood dishes. Slightly overpriced and a bit of a shocker if you judged this place by looks alone. I've never seen anyone sitting at their bar. Definately a hold-over from another era. Worth trying once, if you are in the area. Kid-friendly too.
Not the Carmine's I knew – I've been going to Carmine's for years. My most recent visit made me wonder what happened to the Carmine's I knew? The food was not good at all. We had to send back our clam appetisers. The chicken parmesan was overcooked and tough. The lobster oreganato was dry. The garlic bread was bland. To add insult to injury, the waiter could care less.
Mussels at the Fish Market – I've been going to Carmine's for over 10 years now and there is a reason I keep returning: Mussels Fra D'avalo! Order them along with a cold antipasto and a few Rolling Rocks and you can't go wrong. Many of the other dishes are hit and miss and everything is a little pricier than it should be. However, the people are always friendly and I really like the old school ambiance.
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