This popular old-time Italian restaurant attracts tourists and locals looking for a taste of Little Italy's past. Offering good, standard fare at ... More
Original Vincent's (The)
This popular old-time Italian restaurant attracts tourists and locals looking for a taste of Little Italy's past. Offering good, standard fare at modest prices, outstanding service and the type of throwback ambiance one can only find in an old building like this one, it is a rare bargain for New York. Outdoor and sidewalk seating are available. Pastas like ravioli and linguine with shrimp are featured, as well as calamari, soft-shelled crab and scungilli (conch). Vincent's rich red sauces, especially one with garlic and oregano, are well admired.
This place is old school Italian American Comfort Food. I was in New York this past weekend and my wife and I happened upon Vincent's by accident. How great an accident it was!! We had great service in an incredibly crowded restaurant. The food was terrific. My pasts and my wife's lasagna was cooked to perfection. The sauce and meatballs were to die for! Vincent's sauce was amazing. It is offered three different ways and we had the medium spicy that was tasty and spicy. We found a new favorite for our NY trips. My compliments to the chef and don't change a thing! As for those that hated this place or the food....seek therapy!
20 years ago this was the restaurant to go to. There used to be an Italian singer with a beautiful voice toegther with a violin player strolling through the tables. The cooks were italian, the wait staff (all male) were italian. The fish was fresh from Fulton's and the pasta homemade. You could order carafes of their delicious homemade wine, white or red (that would stain your teeth). They were also famous for their fresh fried calamari with a coating that was unbelievably light and perfectly seasoned. There was at least an hour wait for a table for an early Saturday dinner. So for a restaurant to take my parent's for their 50th wedding anniversary, I thought of Vincent's. My first concern should have been the lack of patrons while all the other restaurants were packed. First - there is no italian music anymore live or cd just old Madonna and disco songs being played on a tinny speaker system. The tables no longer had table cloths, the walls and floors were now shabby and dirty. The bored wait staff that is almost all spanish speak and horse around with each other loudly, and for the most part ignore you. The famous calamari is gone along with the italian chefs. It was - you need a sip of water after each bite - dry, like a rubber band and with absolutely no taste. I thought I was going to crack my veneers off trying to bite into the biscuit that came with it. The mariana sauce looked like it had just struck oil. My father ordered the pasta with meatballs. It came with one - single - meatball, as hard a bocci ball. Both my mother and myself ordered the pasta with shrimp. My mother's linguini was one solid piece of pasta stuck together. She spent the time cutting it into squares like brownies. I used half a jar of the parmesan cheese trying to add taste to mine. We would have complained if our waiter would have come back for even 1/2 a minute but he was nowhere to be found until he gave us the check, which I had to ask the busboy to get. The final discharming feature - the bathroom was also dirty with no handsoap or toilet paper or mirror to check your hair. It was sad to see this iconic landmark fall to such neglect. You can tell the owner now in his 60's spent alot of time and money on his hair implants and face lift, he should care as much and do the same for his restaurant.
First of all a big disapointment..,,gravy
sucked big time.,..their broccoli parmesean
was horrible...I will never go back there
again. The service was horrific. We sat
outside for 20 min. before someone helped
us. I had to go inside for a waiter. I
will not reccomend this dump to anyone!!!!
The food is awesome!!!!!!! Its not so expensive, plenty of photos on the wall of celebrities who have been by. The pasta is wonderful, cooked al dente and the sauces are delicious. We love vincent's sauce!!!! Its got to be the best sauce in the world, and get it spicy for that extra kick.
I have eaten at Vincent's 4-5 times (everytime I visit NY)and each time has been a real delight. The service and food are awesome. The dessert menu is limited, but the desserts are great!!! I had the unfortunate experience of dropping my wallet on my first visit there and I did not realize that I had dropped it. I had written the wallet off as gone. An employee found the wallet, contacted me and even shipped it to my residence!!! Everything was still in the wallet!!! Wow.
I worked in lower Manhattan for nearly my entire career and frequented Vincent's when it had its cafeteria feel and huge portions of the best fried seafood over linguini with choice of mild, medium or hot sauce. I brought everyone I knew to Vincent's because the food was dependably excellent, reasonably priced and it was quick to reach in Little Italy.
My heart broke the first time I ate at Vincent's AFTER they renovated it. First of all, the cafeteria-like setting was part of its appeal. Second, when you start charging for a little bit of extra sauce - this is when I tip my hat and exit.
I prefer to remember Vincent's the way it used to be and make my own fra diavolo. Some things are better left to the memory than any attempt to recreate something that has been irrevocably changed.