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Osteria al Doge - 20 Reviews - 142 W 44th St, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 944-3643

Osteria al Doge

142 W 44th St (at nr. Sixth Ave.)
New York, NY 10036
(212) 944-3643
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Osteria al Doge - New York, NY
Osteria al Doge - New York, NY
Osteria al Doge - New York, NY
Osteria al Doge - New York, NY
Osteria al Doge - New York, NY
Osteria al Doge - New York, NY


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Went to Osteria Al Doge tonight to dine with a date and it fulfilled and surpassed all my expectations! It had been two years since I had last dined there and it is as great as I...


The pasta is average, the pizza and salads are below average. I try to discourage my clients from ordering from Osteria because the service is terrible, and the person who answer...

Go for the pasta, skip the pizza 3/4/2011

We requested to be seated on the upper level as it tends to be quieter up there. The olive oil on the table for the bread was very good. We ordered the personal pizzas as appetizers. I found the crust to be too thin and in some areas, burnt. My entree was the beef lasagna. It didn't look like a very large portion but I couldn't finish it. If I didn't have any bread or pizza, the portion would've been just right. For dessert, I ordered a custard, Italian flan. Okay place for a business lunch. more

A Gem Near Times Square Serving Excellent Italian Food 4/4/2009

Went to Osteria Al Doge tonight to dine with a date and it fulfilled and surpassed all my expectations! It had been two years since I had last dined there and it is as great as I remember. Our first interaction was with the hostess, although we didn't have a reservation and walked in off the street she went out of her way to arrange a table for us with only a few minutes notice. After being seated our waitress approached, the immensely charming and constantly smiling Maria, who made us feel immediately comfortable and at home. When I asked for a wine suggestion she suggested a bottle that turned out to be superb! After ordering our mains we settled in to chat and enjoy the atmosphere. In my experience restaurants can be vibrant or can drain the life out of the evening depending on the staff and decor. Everywhere around us people were truly enjoying themselves, smiles abounded, conversations were lively, La Dolce Vita was certainly alive here!. Our courses arrived and each was delicately balanced, abounding in flavors that weren't weighed down with heavy oils or sauces, pure, simple, and obviously made with the best ingredients available. The whole time the staff was attentive to our needs neither rushing us (we were there for three hours), nor making us feel unattended at any time. This is certainly hard to find in New York where more often than not the waiters try to speed towards dropping the check and turning the table. We finished our dessert and said goodbye to the table next to us who we had shared a few laughs with. As we made for the door there was our waitress Maria, still smiling and exuding such a positevly wonderful energy that my date and I were helpless in resisting a big goofy smile that carried us out the door and down the block! I highly recommend this place for a date, dinner with friends, or a party I'm sure you will love it! Pros: Great Service, Staff, and Atmosphere more

Good choice for pre-theatre dinner 12/5/2008

Although it was crowded and noisy for pre-show dinner like most theater districts places, I found Doge worthwhile for two reasons: tasty food and the good service. My friend and I both ordered pasta dishes, which were cooked al dente (and in properly salted water!). Nothing was drowning in sauce and everything tasted of fresh ingredients. The staff clearly understood their mission -- to serve us a nice dinner and gets to the show on time. We especially appreciated their timing. Drinks, entres, dessert, check all came just as they needed to. We never felt like we going to be late or rushed out the door. Would I pick this place if I wanted a leisurely meal over a few bottles of wine? No. Wrong neighborhood entirely. Will I go back the next I'm looking for a good pre-show dinner? Definitely. Pros: Good food, fast service Cons: Crowded more

Great ambience!! 7/1/2008

After much deliberation, I finally chose to take my visiting family to this Italian favorite of my roommate. I needed the ambience to be good since we would be spending a lot of time catching up, the noise level needed to be accommodating to conversation, especially for my hard-of-hearing dad, and the food needed to be good! This restaurant delivered on all. I was a little skeptical because of its touristy location, but I would recommend this place to everyone. I'm surprised at the price level according to Citsearch- I'd put it in the lower range... most entree's are between 18-25- very reasonable for a midtown restaurant. The service was a bit terse, but oh well, it's New York. I had the salmon, my dad had the penne, my mother had the eggplant mezzalunas, and my brother had the lasagna- all were delicious. For dessert, we indulged in the tiramisu, fresh berries w/ ice cream, and fruit tart... again, all were very good. Pros: Ambience, menu variety Cons: Service, bread basket more

Won't return again 12/4/2007

Expected fine food and good service. We were very satisfied with our dinner, service was prompt, but our waiter , Daniel, had a terrible attitude. He seemed annoyed with us. We were a group of 10 people,women and young adults. It put a damper on our experience. Won't return to the restaurant again. Pros: Close to area attractions Cons: Evening ruined by our waiter more

Our lost secret 3/1/2006

As theatre goers Osteria al Doge is a regular and pleasant stop. The food and service has remained consistently good over the years. The brodeto and carpaccio di tonno was great as usual, my wife had the halibut which was amazing. Our favorite theatre district stop seems to have been discovered by quite a crowd. It can at times be very busy but remains charming. Pros: Good food, Good service, Well priced Cons: Very busy more

Went Downhill 9/29/2005

Used to really like this place for pre theater or Birdland jazz shows. THe most recent visit was terrible. Saturday night at 7:00PM and it was a ghost town so apparently I am not the first to be disappointed. The food just wasn't good anymore,bland and not fresh. A 50% decline from previous visits..too bad Pros: atmosphere, location Cons: food more

Great Food and Charming Space 9/15/2005

We arrived with a reservation to dine before a broadway show. The ambiance is an old world type of charm with subtle music and rustique design. The service was attentive and the wine selection was quite extensive. I was really surprised that this high quality restaurant did not carry Bombay Sapphire Gin, but beyond that the drink menu was reasonably priced. The pizza we had was very fresh and delightfully quick in receiving. The chocolate molten cake presented with style and was one of the best I have had in the city. Great experience yet not pretentious. Pros: Quaint, Charming, Good Service Cons: Need Bombay Sapphire more

Vacation Reminder 9/14/2005

Osteria al Doge was recommended to us by friends for pre-theatre. Got there a little late but they kept our table. The place is busy and a little noisy but a charming atmosphere. The staff got to us promptly and recommended a venetian fish stew for my wife and a homemade pasta with lamb ragout for myself, both wonderful. The visit reminded me of our vacation in Italy. We shall definately be back and pass the word on to our friends. Pros: Great food, Lots of parking, very cosy Cons: little loud more

Overrated! 12/1/2004

The pasta is average, the pizza and salads are below average. I try to discourage my clients from ordering from Osteria because the service is terrible, and the person who answers the phone is abusive. I don't imagine they get many return take out orders as a result of this person. Note that if they make a mistake on your order, they will not correct it. I have removed this menu from our database. more

Enjoy the Night 10/1/2004

This restaurant deserves it's high rating. The waitress was informative and pleasant. The specials for the evening included a halibut prepared in a balsamic, lemon and mint sauce. This dish was perfectly prepared and attractively served. The fish was cooked (not seared) yet moist retaining its delicate taste and texture. The dessert offerings were a perfect ending. It is always enjoyable a when everyone around you seems to be having a good time. Not just another Mid-town Italian pasta house. more

Wonderful - even the dessert 9/27/2004

WOW! We had grilled calamares, the big sirloin steak and a lemon tart. All were spectacular. What they did with the accompanying potatoes, spinach, and roasted garlic (w/the steak) was really miraculously tasty. Calamares were so gigantic we didn't even recognize them at first (""Oops! What did we order?!"") Spectacular. And super-spectacular desserts in an Italian restaurant? Yes! The lemon tart was the best I have had outside Europe. Can't wait to come back and try the Tarte Tatin. Even the music was perfect, a little trancy...certainly not that operatic or retro Italian stuff, and with the volume kept low enough to enable easy conversation. We were just delighted, planning to return again and again. We had to laugh tho when we found they had no 100% Agave tequila. May that be the worst thing that befalls us in NYC dining! We really enjoyed Osteria del Doge. Pros: Great food, Great service, Great dessert! Cons: , No 1800? No Patron?, Need 100% Agave! more

Loved it. 3/28/2004

great service, they knew we had theater tix, prompt w/out rushing us, numerous people asking how things were, filling water glasses, bread was great, fish & pasta entrees both very very good. Would definitely recommend again! Enjoy! more

It's okay 2/11/2004

The food is good, but the service is horrendous. They are not the friendliest of people and can't handle their customer load. I say, go somewhere else if you can help it... more

Theater District Standout 2/23/2003

My wife and I arrived a half hour late for our 6:00 p.m. reservations on a Friday evening but they had held our table and we were promptly seated. The service was outstanding and we were out in an hour on the way to see a show. The meal was great and is an exceptional value for the City. We each ordered pasta entrees, split an appetizer, dessert and a bottle of wine for under $90.00. We will definitely come back! more

Divine Digestion 1/24/2003

Osteria al Doge's warm and beautiful setting, offer winning compliments to sensational food. I have visited ""seventh heaven"" on several occasions at this mid-town station, and have brought along many friends and collegues to share in the spleandor that is Chef Salvatore Calisi's cusine. The food is authentic and simple, the flavors are rich and complex. The pasta's, all house-made, are each married harmoniously with celestial sauces divine enough for the Pope himself. Bravo ""Osteria al Doge"", dinner at your Great White Way galley is so thouroughly enchanting who needs a show! Pros: excellent food, great ambiance, excellent food Cons: you'll eat too much more

Great theater district spot 11/22/2002

Definitely one of the best values in the theater district. we had a reservation and were seated promptly. It was very busy and noisy but the food was great and came hot & quickly. Very reasonable prices too. more

Always good 9/19/2002

I eat here each time I am in NYC and whether it's for lunch of dinner, the place is great. Menu selection is good and the service is always pleasant although some of the waiters should probably take a lesson in prompt customer service. Only real complaint is the number of tables they squash into such a small area - you get to hear your neighbors conversation! Pros: Food, Price Cons: Service, Size more

Pre-Theater Perfection 8/13/2002

Prompt and courteous service. My sister and I were seated directly at 5:30 on a Friday night without a reservation. The waiter couldn't do enough for us, including making sure that we were done in time to see our show (which we were, including dessert!). The food is fantastic, lots of options. A little pricey, but impressive. A great place to bring a date. I'm not sure why the negative reviewers were so hard on this place, I found their accusations to be unfounded. I imagine the one reviewer who complained about not getting a table even though the place was 'empty' was probably improperly dressed (a t-shirt and shorts tourist?). Some people just can't be pleased, I imagine. But I was. Pros: great service, great food, Pre-theater speed Cons: expensive, crowded, small bathrooms more

Theater District Fave 7/25/2002

Not only is the food delicious, the staff welcoming, and the atmosphere warm, but Oseria al Doge provides front row center celebrity spotting. Ian McKellan was dining there the first time I visited, and Frances Sternhagen was there last time. In the winter, get the seafood risotto and a glass of red. This isn't just good Italian ""for the Theater District"", its good Italian...period. Pros: Celeb-Watching, Convenience to Shows Cons: Need more rest rooms more
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  • In Short
    With strong Venetian influences, the restaurant offers an abundance of fish dishes, including branzino with cherry tomatoes, olives and potatoes; a seafood stew; and house-made...

  • 9/8/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri, 11:30am-4pm
  • Payments:

    Diner's Club, Master Card, American Express, Visa, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Theater District - Times Square