NYC Spotlight: Carmine’s Is A Dining Institution

Carmine's NYC Restaurant story by Julien Blanchard - LATFNow is the perfect time to visit New York City. The fall air is crisp, the Broadway shows are in full swing and Central Park is beautiful. 

I recently visited the Big Apple and wrote about all of the ‘must see’ places in the city. But while the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty were at the top of my list, Manhattan is also known for their restaurants. 

You simply cannot visit NYC without dining at Carmine’s. It’s practically an institution. Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, Carmine’s first location was in August 14, 1990 at 2450 Broadway on the Upper West Side. Restaurateur Artie Cutler had a vision and that vision is still realized today: “wow-factor”sized portions like an Italian American wedding feast! 

We visited the Carmine’s theater district location in the heart of Times Square. This is definitely what you call a family restaurant. Inside, the large old-fashioned space is filled with happy energy. Perhaps it was because the 50 contestants running for Miss America were dining the very same night we were there! 

Carmine's NYC Restaurant story by Julien Blanchard - LATF

Carmine’s is the perfect restaurant for large dinners with friends and family. The portions are simply enormous and meant to share. I guarantee you will be completely satisfied by the end of your meal, especially if you’re a European like me! We’re not used to large appetizers and entrees!

They have so many delicious dishes to choose from. Be sure to start with the thick garlic bread. Prices range from $18 to $39, but remember how much food you get. I recommend: 

Their famous Chicken Cutlet Parmigiana: Perfectly pan-fried breaded chicken with oozing mozzarella and home-made marinara sauce.

We also tried their Pasta of the day: bow-tie pasta sauteed with chicken, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, etc. Simple and scrumptious. 

Other popular dishes include their Shrimp Scampi, Veal Parmigiana, Penne Alla Vodka, Lasagna and… of course, the Pasta with Clam Sauce
After you take your final bite, it’s difficult to imagine ordering dessert.

But, alas, you can’t miss their Tiramisi and Chocolate Torte. Don’t worry, they have to-go boxes. 

It may have been a Monday night, but it certainly felt like a Sunday afternoon at Grandma’s!

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