I've been to this restaurant about 4-5 times and I've never been surprised by the fact that the taste of this restaurant's food has been seemingly mass produced. Carmine's has developed a reputation of being one of the best Italian Restaurants in NYC. Although I will not dispute the fact that the casual atmosphere provides for a relaxed dining experience for larger parties, the food itself does not match the seemingly magnified popularity of the restaurant. I will of course state that Carmine's is a wonderful restaurant for large groups (5 or more) and those whom are interested in consuming large portions of food. The wine selection itself is another highlight of this restaurant as their selection produces over 200 bottles from the larger vineyards ranging from California to Italy. Simply put, Carmine's is great if you're looking for quantity over quality.