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Bar Veloce - 43 Reviews - 175 2nd Ave, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 260-3200

Bar Veloce

175 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 260-3200
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great cheese plates, best I've had in a long while- and nice vibe, scene, prices, --- a sure thing for the couple or maybe 3 or 4 size group. Pros: way Up Cons: none


This is a cramped East Village bar with an identity complex. I think the people serving here need to realize that it's not The Plaza, and they don't have any reason to be so snobb...

Sad to report Veloce and Carrera have gone down hill... 12/19/2011

Couldn't help but notice the dates on all these previous reviews are 2009 and older... know that there is a big reason for this. Bar Veloce and Bar Carrera use to be one of my top neighborhood spots for over 5 years until everything at each location went awry almost overnight. Last year I noticed quality went down big time in the food and service department. It got to the point where just getting a glass of wine took forever and I even had to specifically explain to a newer bartender what Amaro was and where to find mine behind the bar. Saw on Eater recently that the owners are being sued by the staff over illegally taking wages and tips from them. I already stopped heading to these spots on account of the fact that they've dropped off a cliff with respect to quality. Because of them stealing from their employees i know to never return... shame on you guys for ruining what were cool spots. more

YUM! 1/23/2009

great cheese plates, best I've had in a long while- and nice vibe, scene, prices, --- a sure thing for the couple or maybe 3 or 4 size group. Pros: way Up Cons: none more

Good (Italian) Selection, Helpful Staff 12/1/2008

I'm a big fan of Italian wine bar, especially ones that are close to my apartment. Classy atmosphere without being too pretentious, Veloce strikes a nice balance between traditional and modern. Great wine selection by the bottle or glass from all regions of Italy; appropriate selections of olives and meats also available. The long, narrow space is best enjoyed during the week when it isn't too crowded. Pros: Good Wines/Curated Menu, Relaxed Atomoshpere Cons: small, cramped when crowded more

Great for an early drink or even a Nightcap 5/7/2008

Frequently make a stop at Veloce - either early or late in the night. The staff is always attentive. Good selections of wine and the food is on par with the pricing. I love the desserts. Bartender always remembers who you are and usually remembers what you drank last time. more

Great Chill Atmosphere 2/13/2008

Great Italian wine, good cheese platter and awesome hazelnut dessert. Decor was modern simple and cool. The only service is the bartender, (he was great) and the place is like a train car w/ limited seating. However, even if every seat is taken, it is not a loud rowdy place...very chill. It' perfect for a few snacks and drinks w/ one or two friends. Pros: Good snacks & wine Cons: A little cramped more

This place ROCKS!!! 9/28/2007

The service was amazing! We don't like to be babysat, our bartender knew when to step in and when to leave our group alone. The atmosphere is well-respected, we appreciated the volume control because I personally, didn't want to hear loud nonsense throughout the evening. Especially after a long days work and the bar food and wine were the ingredients much needed to unwind and savor the flavors. Pros: Service, food, price, wines, atmosphere! more

Loved it!!!! 9/27/2007

Read about Bar Veloces' in NY Magazine. We visited both locations last night and fell in love with it. Our overall experience at East Village location was beyond what we expected - Cool service (the bartender didn't need to babysit us, Bar Veloce menu was self-explanatory, the description was helpful), straightforward bar snacks (just melted in our mouths, zesty and flavorful) and the wines were incredible and different in an exceptionally positive way. We've never had wine that tasted this good at other ""wine bars"", it's like, this place reminded us of Italy.. the space is warm and inviting. We ventured to Bar Carrera next door, and it was just a great way to end the evening, it was fun and we didn't think we'd have enough room for dessert, but we managed, happily so! Pros: Service, Bar Snacks & Desserts, Wines, Atmosphere more

Real cool wine bar 4/15/2007

We travel a lot. And we just keep finding ourselves back at this real cool wine bar. Thanks to the owner. We are grateful to come back to nyc and spend time at this 'pearl in an oyster' wine bar. Next stop, Bar Veloce Chelsea! more

Simply THE BEST! 9/21/2006

This is the place I want to LIVE!! The wine selection is amazing, the bartenders are friendly and always willing to teach you (in a non-condescending way) about the great Italian wines on the list. Yes, it is always crowded which means that you won't get as much of the bartender's time as you would like, but the atmosphere is congenial and it is alllllllllllll FUN! Also, PLEASE ORDER THE PROSCIUTTO & FIG BRUSCHETTA as it will CHANGE YOUR LIFE!! Seriously, this bar is one of a kind and a really amazing place. Even if you are on a romantic evening it might be fun to stop here even though it is busy--you'll be forced to get close and put your lips to each other's ears so that you can have your conversation! And the energy around you will be hopping and delicious and fun. What more could you ask for? Pros: Ecclectic, fun, vibrant energy--incredible vibe! Cons: Crowded--you'll wish you could have the place all to yourself! more

Cozy and Secluded 5/16/2006

We love this place! The bartender was terrific, and the wine list is fantastic! Bar Veloce is small, yes, but it's also cozy, quiet, and romantic. We ordered a cheese plate which was delicious, a couple of glasses of Sicilian wine, and found that this is probably the only bar we've ever been to where we could have a conversation without shouting. Definitely bring a date here for a glass of wine before dinner, it's a very low-key, relaxing atmosphere. Pros: Quiet, Romantic Cons: Small more

best in the village 5/4/2006

i've been coming here for years on dates and when my parents visit. when you can get seat (it gets busy on weekends and the space is on the small side) you just can't have a better ny bar experience. the prosciuto panini with mushroom and truffles is to die for. the wine is always fabulous and the staff - decked out in suits and ties - is courteous and professional. there aren't a lot of places women can go for a quiet drink and conversation and not feel weird or have guys bothering you, but thank god this is one of them. bar veloce rocks. Pros: wine, food, atmosphere Cons: small space more

Not worth it 3/27/2006

This is a cramped East Village bar with an identity complex. I think the people serving here need to realize that it's not The Plaza, and they don't have any reason to be so snobbish. Though the wine I had was good, it definitely wasn't worth the attitude that I got from the bartender or the incredibly cramped surroundings. With so much more to choose from in the area, I won't be wasting my time here again. Pros: good wine Cons: service, price, cramped space more

Best bar in NY! 1/13/2006

Stylish yet unpretentious, great attention to detail and top quality! more

cant get enough 2/12/2005

what can i say about this matter what somehow i always end up at bar veloce...this place is perfect... my husband and I always like to come here either after work, or befor dinner on the weekends, relax and sip on some amazing wine. the place has a very professional feel, without any of the attitude, its a great place to unwind. the ambience is romantic and mature. i never have to worry about the place being bombarded by obnoxious little kids. its a great place to have good conversation... the lighting and the music really make the place complete....i love this place and insist on anyone who loves wine to check it out........ Pros: great wine , great ambience, great music more

Fierce 1/19/2005

Hadn't been back to this location in ages. Met up with friends to catch a movie next door and having just visited their Chelsea location, this place was just as refreshing. We started the evening with an Italian version of ""champagne cocktail."" Then moved on to bruschettas (toasted bread with toppings), might I add THE BEST BREAD ever. Tantalizing paninis, melted in your mouth! Excellent meat and cheese plates w/ warm bread. Then finished the meal with insalata (in Italy, you end the meal with salad). We had a fuzzy buzzzzz when we left, to prepare us for the chilly weather outside. Pros: Accomodating, Charming, Menu more

Punch and Zest 10/3/2004

I've been going to this place since it opened in 2000. It's nice to know that it hasn't lost its punch and zest. Still delivering excellent products and service, still the same great crowd. Love the small space, a ""mom and pop"" shop sort of feel. Pros: Menu, Service, Atmosphere more

nutella to die for 8/30/2004

Bar Veloce is one of those places where you can go back to again and again and not get bored of the menu or ambiance. It has a wonderful selection of wines, great paninis and knowledgable and friendly staff. I highly recommend the nutella dessert with the vanilla gelado! belissima! Pros: inexpensive, good for dates, great music more

hot spot 7/23/2004

A hot spot next to the movie theater, a pleasant mid-evening event. My girlfriend and I enjoyed sharing the piatto veloce- (italian selections of cheese and meat- and two paninis w/ a couple of glasses of distinct wines, and espresso. Service was pleasant, the whole experience overall. Pros: bar menu, prices, service more

Citysearch? 5/22/2004

We've never been to Bar Veloces and stopped in last night. Highly recommended to even the ""claustrophobics."" We read Citysearch's editorial review and we didn't gain a sense that this wine bar was trying to fool patrons into thinking the place was bigger than it was? We actually quite enjoyed glancing at the patrons in the room, which reminded us of traveling throughout Europe. We don't like to be doted on and the service we received last night was accomodating and professional. Nor did we think the atmosphere was ""frat-friendly."" In fact, we avoid those types of bars at all costs. The food was perfect with our wines and sipping a cordial after our meal was much appreciated. The crowd was engaging and most of all, we could relax and have fun! Pros: Service, Products, Vibe more
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  • In Short
    One of three Veloce outposts, this sophisticated Italian wine bar is surrounded by a sea of frat-friendly, cheap beer-serving locales. A late-20s crowd listens to instrumental...

  • 3/3/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Sun 5pm-3am
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, East Village