Holy gastronomica Batman! Family style gigantic portions for my huge appetite!
One of the few reasons to go anywhere near Times Square in NYC. If you are a real New Yorker you never really want to be in this part of town unless you’re there for a Broadway show or some sort of special event. As we were seeing Rock of Ages (awesome rocking show) not too long ago we decided to make reservations and eat here before the performance. Side note – sad to see the show bow to its final curtain. We saw it a few times and it was always a blast. Great music, plenty of laughs, wonderful memories, and a fun show to boot! Extra side note – never eat this much again if you plan on sitting in a small cramped Broadway theater to attend a show afterwards. I just wanted to lay down in the aisle and sleep after this carbo coma!
Carmine’s is known for ginormous family style portions, and they surely did not disappoint. The place itself is huge and boisterous. Plenty of pictures on the walls featuring Broadway celebrities and well knowns. Loud and full of people happily chowing down on some very decent plates of Italian style food. I would guess that 80% of the diners here that night were tourists. It probably is most of the time as it is located in tourist central, and many are in the area to either see a show or sight see. One thing for sure is that everyone comes here with an appetite and leaves satisfied.
I have to admit that we enjoyed our feast. Basket of breads were placed on the table, but no butter or oil? That was odd. We started with the stuffed artichokes which were larger than softballs and filled with a breadcrumb stuffing. Delicious and filling as an appetizer. The plate came with two of them. As a main course we split the pasta special of the night and when the plate came we laughed in fear at how monstrous it was! A mix of sweet and hot sausage, pastas, mushrooms, and a light cream based sauce. It was really terrific but way too much for two to eat. I did my best on it but had to wave the white flag and submit. I honestly felt as if I were going to explode from pasta carb overdose. Then it hit me that we had to get to the show after this and I almost wanted to cry. I really wanted my couch!
Service was attentive and friendly. Food was tasty and prepared as ordered. Prices are as can be expected in this area considering it’s Times Square, but not overly horrible. This is the kind of raucous place that is a good choice to dine at with a group, friends, or with a large Italian family like my mom’s side. Yes, my mom’s side were loud eaters, and the yelling, screaming across the table, heated arguments, and crazy laughter and joking was something to experience. I do miss those days, and they would have felt at home here.
Carmine’s – http://www.carminesnyc.com/