Sauce Restaurant

Sauce Restaurant

Italian Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
  • Cultivora
    "Try The Plank: soft polenta with grass fed bolognaise."(16 Tips)
    "excellent peccorino kale salad + meatballs."(6 Tips)
    Neoshi C.
    "Freshest and tastiest Burrata!"(10 Tips)
    Raquelle J.
    "get the pappardelle bolognese, meatballs & tiramisu SO GOOD"(17 Tips)

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During Appertivo (5pm-7pm) order any beer, wine or cocktail and have a order of Grass Fed Meatballs on us.

172 Tips and reviews
  • good for dates
  • polenta
  • pasta
  • gnocchi
  • wine
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  • Sauce Restaurant
    During Appertivo (5pm-7pm) order any beer, wine or cocktail and have a order of Grass Fed Meatballs on us.
    Upvoted Jul 23
  • Mari A.
    Mari AbeApril 6, 2013
    Best seats at Sauce are at the bar where you can see the kitchen. So grab a stool and order the filetto di pomodoro with fresh ricotta. To DIE for. Steak was basically my side dish.
  • Risa
    RisaSeptember 21, 2012
    Grub Street off-menu dish: Amatriciana. "Extra-thick bucatini tossed w mint & pecorino then topped w a dry-cured, 24-hr braised spare rib belly chop. Call ahead—it takes a full day just to cook it."
  • Jason B.
    Jason BrewApril 21, 2015
    Great spot for a Sunday Italian meal on the lower east side. Try the zucchini matchsticks as an app and get the braciole for dinner
  • Karl W.
    Karl With A "K"October 22, 2015
    The lasagna is delicious and a manageable portion, though the bar selection is a bit limited. Try the garlic bread for an appetizer as well!
  • Andrew Y.
    Andrew YungMarch 4, 2015
    One of my favorite restaurants in the city. Order the grilled octopus salad as a starter and split the polenta for your main. If they have the burrata, order that too.
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AlbergoAugust 19, 2013
    The chicken parm is out of this world. Best gravy in NYC (counting my mom's!). Skip the polenta/bolognese plank though... It's basically a slop poured on some wood and is missing substance.
  • Oksana U.
    Oksana UltravioletSeptember 1, 2015
    One of the restaurants where I would love to come back. Good zucchini soup, pan seared salmon and chocolate cake. Wait-ers/resses are polite and refill your water all the time.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistOctober 27, 2011
    Sause houses an open carvery that breaks down "whole hogs and steers" delivered every Thursday for the kitchen to turn out Italianate classics like homemade sausages, meatballs, and pastas. Read more
  • Bastian B.
    Bastian BeyerMay 18, 2012
    Great place! The seating area outside is great, there's always sun! Also it's nice to check out the hassle in the kitchen when sitting at the bar. Porcini Tortellini are really awesome
  • Skyler D.
    Skyler DobinFebruary 18, 2015
    Killer playlist and solid wine selection. Food is on point as well. You could get the polenta plank for presentation alone but it also happens to be damn tasty.
  • ZAC, Digital Agency
    ZAC, Digital AgencyJanuary 16, 2012
    The heart and soul of Italian cuisine is the ragu, repurposed under Chef Prisinzano's 4th Manhattan restaurant as SAUCE. Farm to table, nose to tail, seasonal, in-house butcher. Delicious + reasonable Read more
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanNovember 15, 2012
    The best fried zucchini I've ever had - make sure to ask for it w Marinara sauce. Chicken parm is good, lasagna is awesome.
  • Jen B.
    Jen BergSeptember 22, 2012
    Get "The Plank" if you dare. Super filling but super yummy way to experience the ragu. Also burrata if they have as special - cheese ball as big as my head. For realz.
  • samantha h.
    samantha hankinsAugust 8, 2014
    Delicious, casual, inexpensive Italian spot. Outdoor seating. Vegetarian friendly. Loved the cavatelli. For added richness go for the add'l dollop of ricotta. Whoa.
  • AskMen
    AskMenOctober 31, 2011
    The man behind Frank & Supper is back with Sauce where he's also butchering whole animals & running an internet TV show. Expect to see familiar pastas & antipasto. Read more
  • Mike B.
    Mike BattagliaNovember 19, 2011
    For parties of 12 or more you can't beat it. $75 a head 4 courses and 1 bottle of wine for every 2 people. doesn't hurt that frank prianzano is cooking for you either!
  • Diego B.
    Diego BaldinDecember 29, 2013
    Awesome Place and Great Food. Spaghetti with Meatballs and a Glass of Wine is a perfect call. Best Italian food I had in NY, reminded me my Nona's food.
  • Emily S.
    Emily SchildtFebruary 16, 2014
    the burrata comes in on thursdays and sells out quickly. probably related to the fact that you can usually find me at the bar pushing it. don't miss out.
  • Boon Y.
    Boon YapApril 7, 2013
    Incredible food, good drinks, great service. Buratta is sublime, and all the pasta is spectacular. Highly recommended!
  • Steven L.
    Steven LambiaseSeptember 7, 2014
    The spaghetti and meatballs here are amazing! Don't get the burrata & rigatoni special though...$27 for a bowl of noodles and cheese with olive oil is not worth it.
  • Mark F.
    Mark ForscherJanuary 25, 2012
    The sizes of the dishes are radically different. Went with a group and seemed like anything less than $12 is a small side, anything more than $20 is served on a huge platter & is enough for 2 people.
    Upvoted May 30
  • Danyel S.
    Danyel SmithJanuary 14, 2012
    beyond delicious. kale salad. the potato spaghetti with the crispy fried egg on top. the sausages. the polenta with blue cheese. the braised beef. the wine. the red wines.
  • Cascina G.
    Cascina GaritinaFebruary 21, 2013
    Really nice and romantic italian restaurant in downtown Manatthan, with a great wine selection! #barbera
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MMarch 9, 2015
    You can order from the full dinner menu at the bar and sometimes get seated there a lot faster than for a table. Really delicious!
  • Andrew C.
    $18 for a small plate of rigatoni and meatballs??? CRAZY.... it is so delicious, but not for the cost!!! also, garlic bread is like heaven in your mouth
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonMarch 25, 2012
    Everything is amazing but the bolognese sauce is killer! Sit at the bar and u get to watch all the food come out! Already planning my next trip!
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KFebruary 28, 2012
    Can't go wrong w/ pappardelle pasta with bolognese sauce! Also the simple and fresh argula salad is a nice start as well as the pate & fennel!
  • Garett P.
    Garett PressAugust 10, 2014
    They do a really great carbonara. Egg on pasta is a strange and wonderful thing my friends.
  • Stephanie I.
    Stephanie IsaacsonDecember 2, 2015
    On Monday's loyalty card members receive 50% off. Try the Zucchini Limone pasta, potato and kale gnocchi and kale salad.
  • Rich K.
    Rich KennedyMarch 6, 2013
    Homemade pasta, great wines and frozen mugs for the beer. What more could you ask for? Oh, don't forget the homemade desserts.
  • Annie A.
    Annie AlfstadNovember 8, 2014
    Good food great romantic but busy ambiance. Solid if u just want some old school Italian turned contemporary. Good service.
  • Kevin E.
    Kevin EnnisJanuary 1, 2013
    Tapas style Italian. Great sauce (of course). Pasta was great, just wish they had bigger portions. It's Pasta... it's cheap to make.
  • Karima
    KarimaFebruary 25
    Great for dates, good delivery, cozy vibes and more importantly, a most excellent peccorino kale salad + meatballs.
  • 💎T
    💎TAugust 19, 2014
    The mashed potatoes with basil oil is definitely one of my favorite sides.
  • Emilie D.
    Emilie DishonghFebruary 25, 2012
    This place feels like what a neighborhood Italian winebar is to Italians, only in NY for NYers. Easy. Pappardelle bolognese is delicious.
  • Maridi N.
    Maridi NalleDecember 14, 2012
    The Zucchini Limone dish is perfect! Pretend pasta made out of zucchini strands. Delish! W/ @lizmillernyc & @projectmattnyc
  • Geoff R.
    Geoff ReinhardtAugust 21, 2014
    I had some incredible kale gnocchi, but you can't go wrong with classic spaghetti and meatballs either!
  • Alisha O.
    Alisha OutridgeSeptember 18, 2012
    Nice, romantic Italian place in the LES, great prices & fantastic menu of food/wine. Try The Plank
  • Jackie S.
    Jackie S.April 5, 2014
    Fried zucchini match sticks are crack. Scoop them with your hands and stuff your mouth with them. Forget the utensils.
  • Rich Wolf R.
    Rich Wolf RubelFebruary 17, 2012
    Great salad with apples, mint, olives, ricotta salatta, pine nuts and lemon dressing, and great cheap pasta, too!
  • Christine C.
    Christine ChenMarch 7, 2015
    Great food and wine, outdoor seating is nice in the summer. Their taste in music is a bit questionable tho.
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckDecember 16, 2015
    The Plank. And kale salad. Cool private room in back too.
  • Cara A.
    Cara AranetaJune 11, 2013
    Great neighborhood place. Everything tasty, affordable and seating outside is a perk. They take cards now too!
  • Steve A.
    Steve AndroulakisAugust 9, 2014
    High quality pasta with 'proper' smaller portion sizes a la Europe. Get the ragu meatballs!!
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BassinderJanuary 13, 2015
    Just amazing food. The Stars were the polenta and bolognese appetiser and the pana cotta dessert. Fab place.
  • MoRiza
    MoRizaMay 13, 2012
    Try the Hot Pepper infused Olive Oil - The oil for dipping is just as important as the stuff to dip in.
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CampbellSeptember 17, 2015
    Great music selection for dinner. Fun spot to go with a small group of friends.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CaoFebruary 1, 2012
    Try the Tiramisu - Have been meaning to eat here for a while. So cheap, it's crazy. Tiramisu is better at Bianca, but this does the trick.
  • Ariel V.
    Ariel VieraFebruary 16, 2014
    Music is mostly top 40 from 2007, which kills any romantic vibe in this beautiful Italian restaurant.
  • Francis U.
    Francis UdlerJune 8, 2014
    So good. Perfect portion size and reasonably prized. Will definitely be back. Gnocchi are great.
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