Sauce Restaurant

Sauce Restaurant

Italian Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Cultivora
    "Try The Plank: soft polenta with grass fed bolognaise."(16 Tips)
    Karima
    "excellent peccorino kale salad + meatballs."(6 Tips)
    Holly F.
    "get the BURRATA !"(11 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.

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  • Sauce Restaurant
    Sauce RestaurantJuly 19, 2016
    During Appertivo (5pm-7pm) order any beer, wine or cocktail and have a order of Grass Fed Meatballs on us.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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
  • James K.
    Place is awesome. Killer vibe, fun location, fantastic food. Favs include garlic bread, chicken parm and French toast (brunch). Mangia!! 🍝
  • Andrew Y.
    Andrew YungMarch 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Skyler D.
    Skyler DobinFebruary 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Emily S.
    Emily SchildtFebruary 16, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Cascina G.
    Cascina GaritinaFebruary 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Really nice and romantic italian restaurant in downtown Manatthan, with a great wine selection! #barbera
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Andrew CasperMarch 28, 2016
    $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
  • 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!
  • Rich K.
    Rich KennedyMarch 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Homemade pasta, great wines and frozen mugs for the beer. What more could you ask for? Oh, don't forget the homemade desserts.
  • Garett P.
    Garett PressAugust 10, 2014
    They do a really great carbonara. Egg on pasta is a strange and wonderful thing my friends.
  • Monika M.
    Monika McMahonAugust 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    There's only a few gluten free options but the zucchini noodles are delicious!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 💎T
    💎TAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The mashed potatoes with basil oil is definitely one of my favorite sides.
  • Maridi N.
    Maridi NalleDecember 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Zucchini Limone dish is perfect! Pretend pasta made out of zucchini strands. Delish! W/ @lizmillernyc & @projectmattnyc
  • Karima
    KarimaFebruary 25, 2016
    Great for dates, good delivery, cozy vibes and more importantly, a most excellent peccorino kale salad + meatballs.
  • Shawn T.
    Shawn ThorntonFebruary 24
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the pasta and wine at this place. Place can get very crowded so I suggest you always make reservations.
  • Alisha O.
    Alisha OutridgeSeptember 18, 2012
    Nice, romantic Italian place in the LES, great prices & fantastic menu of food/wine. Try The Plank
  • Geoff R.
    Geoff ReinhardtAugust 21, 2014
    I had some incredible kale gnocchi, but you can't go wrong with classic spaghetti and meatballs either!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cara A.
    Cara AranetaJune 11, 2013
    Great neighborhood place. Everything tasty, affordable and seating outside is a perk. They take cards now too!
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BassinderJanuary 13, 2015
    Just amazing food. The Stars were the polenta and bolognese appetiser and the pana cotta dessert. Fab place.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Steve A.
    Steve AndroulakisAugust 9, 2014
    High quality pasta with 'proper' smaller portion sizes a la Europe. Get the ragu meatballs!!
  • Francis U.
    Francis UdlerJune 8, 2014
    So good. Perfect portion size and reasonably prized. Will definitely be back. Gnocchi are great.
  • Ariel V.
    Ariel VieraFebruary 16, 2014
    Music is mostly top 40 from 2007, which kills any romantic vibe in this beautiful Italian restaurant.
  • Ali
    AliJuly 28, 2013
    The house red is phenomenal- try the plank and the giant ball of burrata- you won't be sorry
  • 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.
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckDecember 16, 2015
    The Plank. And kale salad. Cool private room in back too.
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceSeptember 14, 2016
    Great wine, great vibe. Grass fed beef. Absolutely solid meal.
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CampbellSeptember 17, 2015
    Great music selection for dinner. Fun spot to go with a small group of friends.
  • James M.
    James MarshallOctober 16, 2015
    Everything is so good. Pastas all terrific. Sauces all tasty Chicken parm is great.
  • Lauren
    LaurenJune 2, 2012
    Don't be afraid of a classic! Go with the bolognese with house-made pappardelle. It doesn't disappoint.
  • sam k.
    sam kahn1 week ago
    Steak pizzaiola was super good. Burrata was off the hook but abbot huge for two people
  • Shayna K.
    Shayna KulikDecember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    In 2 visits it's become my favorite Italian restaurant on the LES. It's delicious, reasonable and new.
  • 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.
  • Rhea S.
    Rhea S.April 15, 2012
    Cash only, but worth it for reasonably priced handmade pasta with awesome marinara sauce!
  • Stephen G.
    Stephen GrazianoDecember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go without getting The Plank for two. It's not on the brunch menu but just ask.
  • Valentina M.
    Valentina MonteFebruary 15, 2015
    Burrata burrata burrata and raw beef w arugula 🐮
  • FitWAR
    FitWARNovember 20, 2011
    The polenta is served on an wood plank with a bolognese...they nailed it! Come check this place out.
  • Paul L.
    Paul LauNovember 25, 2014
    If truffles are an option, get truffles. If truffles are not an option, camp out until they are.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PavelichDecember 29, 2012
    Have the polenta on the plank. Absolutely amaze balls!
  • Fabiana R.
    Delicious homemade pasta and souce. It almost feels like you were in Italy!
  • Korye L.
    Korye LoganJanuary 13, 2013
    Eat the polenta and meatballs! Don't come on Friday or Saturday night. Don't get the fried zucchini. It sucks. The Dolcetto is great, Montepulciano is not. Music is too loud. Service is friendly.
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterAugust 5, 2013
    If you're salt-sensitive, don't get the grass-fed bolognese sauce, garlic bread, or the Grandmother's tomato gravy. It's super-salty!
  • Cole R.
    Cole RiseOctober 14, 2016
    Taste. So much taste. Meatballs are lovely.
  • Nate S.
    Nate SandfordDecember 18, 2011
    I haven't eaten yet but if the music and prices are any indication this will be a new staple of weekend brunches.
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MeliJune 1, 2012
    Homemade pasta and Buffala mozzarella. Italian wine list. Excellent gnocchi.
  • Louise M.
    Louise MackeyApril 29, 2016
    Great atmosphere . Aussie waitress ! Great service and well priced
  • Renata G.
    Renata Gonçalves MotaDecember 27, 2013
    Delicious restaurant. Veronese is a good choice with a good wine.
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BarrezuetaAugust 11, 2014
    Hard to recommend anything in particular as everything is out of control good
  • Jackie L.
    Jackie LhoJune 5, 2016
    Disappointed with this place after following on social media. Flavor is decent but they overcook and use store bought pasta. Very unauthentic. Polenta was delicious though and that I do recommend!
  • Boniface L.
    Boniface LawAugust 24, 2014
    Great quality pasta, feels like a home cooked meal!
  • keeley p.
    keeley pattersonApril 28, 2013
    Awesome servers, eat outside, order the plank...its amazeballs
  • Collette S.
    Collette SJune 21, 2015
    3-for-1 drinks at brunch (about $10 for 3), but disappointed in my simple scramble eggs with toast. My friend's pancakes were good, though. Maybe this place is better for dinner?
  • Julia K.
    Julia KingJuly 27, 2013
    Delicious pasta dishes, friendly, fast service. Will be back!
  • Catherine E.
    Catherine EdwardsMarch 25, 2016
    I'm obsessed with the Kale Gnocchi!! Love the down home vibes
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrgelDecember 20, 2011
    Dad's Marinara Gnocchi Sorrentina + Polenta board bolognese. MUST EAT - you deserve it!
  • Raquelle J.
    Raquelle JessieJanuary 31, 2015
    get the pappardelle bolognese, meatballs & tiramisu SO GOOD
  • Susej P.
    Susej PerezNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing Wine.... Plus I love the staff here!!!! Martine Rocks!! Gus (kitchen) is sweetheart!! & Lee is my rockstar!
  • Mary G.
    Mary GorryJune 3, 2012
    OMG get the ragu meatballs...the FREAKING BEST MEATBALLS EVER!!!!!!!!
  • Mike F.
    Mike FabbriSeptember 17, 2012
    Gorgonzola gnocchi was unreal. Very filling. Side of meatballs was probably unnecessary
  • mina k.
    mina k 🐨October 5, 2012
    The red sauce gets mad salty here, so make sure to balance it with something blander (worst case, bread).
  • Xingyi L.
    Xingyi LenaNovember 29, 2015
    Love all Italian dish there. Especially the meatballs
  • Charrel M.
    Charrel MontalboDecember 6, 2011
    Omgg so fucking delish!!!!!! Try fried zucchini (drool). Stuffed peppers. And steak!
  • Kerry F.
    Kerry FarrellOctober 28, 2011
    What a fun, economical, delicious place to eat!!! Fantastic servers too!!!
  • Dazediva
    DazedivaJune 19, 2012
    Cash only restaurant. The service is not that great in my opinion. You have to ask for everything from salt, pepper, butter etc.
  • @irabrianmiller
    @irabrianmillerDecember 23, 2012
    Get the mozzarella... thing. So good.
  • Mike V.
    Mike ViscontiSeptember 14, 2016
    Nice neighborhoid pasta place featuring signature sauce daily.
  • Mel
    MelAugust 11, 2014
    Portions are small (good). Complimentary bread tasty.
  • MoRiza
    MoRizaMay 2, 2012
    Try the Arrosto Misto - Roasted Me@s sans sauce at Sauce.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinJuly 21, 2015
    Solid Italian restaurant, but there are many better spots in NYC
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJune 3, 2013
    Italian-American comfort food with a nose to tail ethos good for group dining.
  • JM P.
    JM ParveauxMarch 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food, music and people, price is very reasonable
  • Cultivora
    CultivoraOctober 12, 2012
    Try The Plank: soft polenta with grass fed bolognaise.
  • Notoriety I.
    Notoriety IncorporatedSeptember 21, 2012
    The stuffed roasted pepper is a MUST as a starter.
  • Diego B.
    Diego BaldinDecember 29, 2013
    Awesome Place & Great food! Peça um spaghetti com meatballs, a massa é caseira feita no próprio restaurante. Melhor comida italiana de NY, lembrou a comida da minha Nona.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HohApril 4, 2015
    Sehr gute Pasta. Leider Musik etwas zu laut und Tischaufstellung unpraktisch (Tische in Reihen, sehr eng).
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