Via Carota

Via Carota

Italian Restaurant$$$$
West Village, New York
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    Chad H.
    "fried rabbit even if rabbit"(11 Tips)
    Simran D.
    "The Pappardelle & Cacio Pepe were both really good too."(10 Tips)
    Saarim Z.
    "Chopped steak is super rich and delicious!"(7 Tips)
    Vikash R.
    "Best Pappardelle al Ragu Di Cinghiale in the city"(5 Tips)
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  • Fred W.heart icon on user image
    Fred WilsonJune 23, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Swing by 2-3 hours before you want to eat and put your name in chalk on one of the walls. Then come back and have an amazing meal. Works every time
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 12, 2017
    Swing by Via Carota's bar and get a late-night rarity in New York: tripe, braised with tomatoes and pecorino, meant for scooping up with crusty grilled bread. Pastas are simple and trend vegetarian. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterDecember 3, 2014
    Fried rabbit, crispy artichokes, and fresh fruit are on the menu at this new restaurant from the West Village power couple. It's sort of a French bar meets an Italian country home. Read more
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissDecember 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The Buvette chef's take on rustic Italian small plates with rustic West Village decor. Equally tasty, great value ($90 dinner for two with wine), and the perfect date spot. Crostini are all great.
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedySeptember 30, 2019
    That dinner was about as perfect as dinner in the West Village can be. Loved the artichokes, mushrooms, and literally any pasta. Put your name in around 5, come back at 8 to check your spot in line.
  • Chad H.heart icon on user image
    Chad HornerSeptember 28, 2016
    love Via Carota (from the chefs at Buvette and I Sodi, both a block away); get as many of the pastas as you can, and go for the fried rabbit even if rabbit isn't normally your thing! it's delicious
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonNovember 18, 2018
    PRO-TIP: Skirt the inevitable long waits at dinner and come for weekend lunch. Same menu, and you'll have the place to yourself if you arrive between opening (10am) and noon.
  • Dianaheart icon on user image
    DianaJuly 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Wonderful staff and the food/drink is fresh and delicious (extra points for the unique vegetable dishes). Save room for dessert! The next best thing to flying to the Italian countryside.
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 29, 2017
    Its sidewalk cafe, tucked beneath the restaurant's awning, is a prime place to watch the world go by over a few small plates of French-Italian fare. Read more
  • Dan M.heart icon on user image
    Dan MoneyJune 20, 2019
    Carrots and charred leeks are both excellent in the vegetables section. And the cacio pepe is indeed superb. Get there around 6 to get your name on list and then get seated around 7:30. Great negronis
  • Milo B. A.heart icon on user image
    Milo B. AdamsJuly 4, 2018
    the cacio e pepe is an unexpected trip to Rome. whoops!...forgot my passport! authentic and delicious. just the way the Roman's prepare it - sans-international airfare!
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissJune 20, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Perfect outdoor seating on a quintessential WVillage block. Good value and very tasty Italian, get the lamb ribs, all the pastas, and the grilled artichoke. Great date spot.
  • Elizabeth I.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth IrizNovember 26, 2016
    Rustic, delicious cuisine that will leave you feeling satisfied & definitiely have you coming back for more! Listen to the specials before you decide or you might miss the option with white truffles.
  • Alex H.heart icon on user image
    Alex HunterAugust 30, 2021
    There’s a reason this place always has a line! The insalata verde is a must and the grilled artichokes are insane. The cacio pepe has a nice kick to it. Not to mention the ambiance and service!
  • Alex H.heart icon on user image
    Alex HennesseyAugust 23, 2015
    Chicken liver crostino is delicious but the simple stracchino cheese + sundried cherry tomatoes is the true winner. Fried rabbit for your entree and you've got a nice little meal for yourself.
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonNovember 21, 2014
    Love love love this place. Everything I had was great: octopus, cauliflower, rabbit, raspberry crostata...and the best lasagna ever! I can see many a late night here...again and again!
  • Valerie S.heart icon on user image
    Valerie SApril 28, 2021
    Excellent homemade and authentic Italian food with friendly service. Their outdoor seating is no great too- very comfortable and adequately spaced out. Fantastic dining experience.
  • David A.heart icon on user image
    David AmbroseFebruary 9, 2020
    so many amazing plates and hard to pick but brussel sprouts salad, carrots and spiced yogurt as well as Tuscan beans are great ways to start the dinner!
  • Elyse E.heart icon on user image
    Elyse EstradaJune 2, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    This is a sleeper hit. Always great. The fava salad is so flavorful and large! The tortellini w smoked ricotta is perfectly cooked and the meatball is moist and delicious. Grab an outside table!
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    KatDecember 18, 2020
    Had an amazing outdoors dinner date here during COVID. The cacio e pepe was fantastic, as was a raspberry dessert. We also had burrata, artichokes and a great grilled fish dish. Service was stellar.
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonJanuary 21, 2016
    Like Buvette, it gets crowded and the tables are tight. Definitely get the stracchino crostini. Ask your waiter to help you balance out your meal, as it's easy to over-do it on rich dishes.
  • Julie B.heart icon on user image
    Julie BlinbaumMarch 27, 2016
    Cozy ambiance, absolutely delicious food, and friendly knowledgeable servers. Would go back again tomorrow if I could to taste everything on the menu we didn't get to. This one's a real New York gem.
  • Johnnie Skywalking
    Johnnie SkywalkingJune 24, 2017
    Lots of great veggies but mushroom is definitely the best. Smokey cheese makes mushroom as good as it could ever be. One reason to keep coming back here.
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeJuly 26, 2015
    Fantastic rustic Italian fare where everything on the menu has standout ingredients and is prepared perfectly. The strachiatella toast, fried zucchini, spaghetti, lemon risotto, chopped meat...
  • Madeline R.
    Madeline RJune 23, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious food and cocktails, friendly service. Can be a bit of a wait since they don't take reservations. Especially good: Tortelli with aged ricotta, fried rabbit, negronis, anything veggie.
  • Dan E.heart icon on user image
    Dan EMay 6, 2019
    Get the special pasta, no matter what it is. Also lots of great seasonal verdura, like the ramps with polenta and pancetta (veggies)
  • Ebee D.heart icon on user image
    Ebee DDecember 13, 2014
    Perfect Negroni. Excellent wine selection. Veggie options are plentiful and hearty and refined, seasonal and delicious. Ridichio (sp) so tasty. Sea Bream so so, lick the plate tasty. Ravioli = top!
  • Bin Y.heart icon on user image
    Bin YangDecember 12, 2014
    Great wine list and a fantastic selection of seasonal vegetables. The dishes are a tad salty in general. The chopped steak is fantastic. I'd recommend the lardo crostini and a vege or two to start.
  • Peter C.heart icon on user image
    Peter CucèJune 17, 2016
    Wonderful low-key all-day casual Italian. cavolo nero, carote lesse, coniglio fritto, sicilian meatballs, svizzerina are faves so far, but haven't had anything bad. Nice cocktails.
  • Jaclyn R.heart icon on user image
    Jaclyn RMay 10, 2019
    Cacio e Pepe is a must. Expect a long wait time but now they give you a half hour slot to come back for so you’re not stuck waiting there
  • Sam W.heart icon on user image
    Sam WinnickJune 18, 2015
    Amazing edition to west village. Good atmosphere and awesome food. Order the carrots, grilled artichokes, chopped steak and eggplant Parm.
  • Rebecca M.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca MaldonadoAugust 5, 2016
    Everything was delicious! You have to try their tornarelli cacio e pepe, so good!
  • Curtis S.heart icon on user image
    Curtis ShoungJanuary 17, 2016
    Two apps, two entrees, carafe of wine = $140 with tax/tip. It tastes good. Lively atmosphere, especially if you can sit at the bar. (not a 2 $ sign rating though as 4sq says)
  • DoubleDeuceheart icon on user image
    DoubleDeuceSeptember 21, 2021
    The ambiance is great, the foods are delicious and the staff is friendly. Definitely worthy of your visit for a fancy meal but show up early because without a reservation, you may wait for hours.
  • Murat B.heart icon on user image
    Murat BilgenMay 16, 2015
    Amazing service, everytime you glance at the menu a waitress appears next to you and asks if you need assistance. Food was delicious. For dessert definitely try the panna cotta.
  • Nick M.heart icon on user image
    Nick MisaniJanuary 13, 2017
    I just do yourself a favor and get the grilled artichokes (just as good sans aioli, for us vegans); they're a religious experience ✨🌳✨
  • Dustin L.heart icon on user image
    Dustin LeeSeptember 10, 2019
    I still dream about the Acciughe e Burro. The cacio e pepe actually lives up to the hype, do not miss it
  • Hannah G.heart icon on user image
    Hannah GMMarch 26, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Do yourself a favor and don’t overlook the cacio e pepe. Impressive negroni list, vegetables, and daily specials round out a succinct but delicious menu.
  • D L.heart icon on user image
    D LSeptember 17, 2018
    Cacio pepe was extra primo good as was the pork chop special w plums... Almond torte was also great for desert. Not a fan of the rabbit - deep fried and like skimpy chicken.
  • Rock Rainesheart icon on user image
    Rock RainesOctober 15, 2019
    Love the all-day format. Service is so welcoming and as refined as you can get without fear of teetering on the edge of being overbearing or pretentious.
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeAugust 22, 2019
    Ugh still one of the best meals in nyc. The mushroom scamoza and cacio e pepe
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouApril 12, 2016
    Named after the Tuscan thoroughfare. Basic cooking is no exception, redolent with whiffs of home kitchens and hands-on Sauté 101 classes. But the soulful Italian plates served at Via Carota. -TimeOut
  • Emily O.heart icon on user image
    Emily OwayniJanuary 31, 2020
    Best spot for fresh pasta and an amazingly simple green salad, worth the wait if you can time it right
  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerJanuary 13, 2015
    “Via Carota lacks many of the trappings we’ve come to associate with trendy restaurants—flattering lights, bacon with the Brussels sprouts ... Instead, what Williams and Sodi have is confidence.” Read more
  • Alex R.
    Alex RobertsonAugust 31, 2017
    heirloom tomatoes were just as oily as the rabbit was salty--both delicious. artichokes good too. hit that negroni
  • Adam E.heart icon on user image
    Adam EpsteinFebruary 21, 2016
    The steak, the stracci, the mushrooms and the the carrots are all amazing - but, that was everything we ordered so everything might be that delicious
  • Autumn C.heart icon on user image
    Autumn ChoiMay 30, 2019
    Cozy atmosphere. Creative yet simple menu. Decently priced and amazing flavors. The cacio pepe was worth the hype
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerJune 28, 2015
    Came with a friend, sat outside and caught up over wine, oysters, pancetta, and chicken. All were insanely delicious. Wait staff was overly accommodating.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GordonJanuary 22, 2018
    No reservations and the waits are long. But everything is good — pasta, veggies (mushrooms, wow), and meats, especially the fried rabbit.
  • Miche Z.heart icon on user image
    Miche ZenMay 1, 2019
    The rice balls , olive stuffed meatballs and Cacio Pepe
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