Caffe Buon Gusto - UES

4.8
716 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
This charming Upper East Side café exudes comfort and conviviality, with parchment shades that soften light from sconces that warm the room. Eager to please, the kitchen uses high-quality ingredients for its mix-and-match philosophy. Patrons can choose their meats, their pastas (dried or, for a slight surcharge, the restaurant's own homemade), and their sauces (from a simple marinara to a more complex carbonara) as they create their own dishes.
For dessert, you can't go wrong with a cappuccino or a chocolate tartufo all served up with a smile.
During this time, the Restaurant staff is taking temperature of diners and a phone number from one member of the party for contact tracing . Plexi-glass dividers are set up for both inside and outside dining areas.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 716 people are saying
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Emd73
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding service and food! Such a friendly and cozy place to catch up with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, chef was really nice ! Got to meet new people , recommend this restaurant for couples if they wanna go out ! I will be here again for sure !

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vipJulia
Detroit
31 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

They have a great covid friendly set up out front. Pretty warm and very vibey. Food is great and reasonably priced. One critique would be the service was a bit slow especially toward the end but it was a really busy night

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MichelleB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was beyond amazing from our appetizers to our main dish to our desserts it was so so amazing I can’t wait to go back already been wanting more! Definitely will be coming back real soon!

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vipShushka
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant did a great job separating the tables for Covid. We enjoyed a lovely evening. I had the squash ravioli which had a unique nutmeg or cinnamon flavoring. WIne was great too.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. We’ve lived in this area for 5 years and it was our first time. We are already planning our next time back!!! Thank you to the whole staff, especially Marcelo and Giovanni for making our evening the perfect night out!!!

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RichB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice outdoor setup.

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vipIanH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

great, intimate (but very approachable) homemade pasta place on UES

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vipmaryAnnC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant created an excellent outdoor experience. Each table was divided by a partition and had their own heat lamp. Even though it was cold outside, we were able to eat with our coats off. Service was excellent. The staff really hustled. Food was served very hot. Several choices to choose from. They did not have a different outdoor menu. Specials were delicious as I choose to order from their daily special menu. Prices are very reasonable. We had a lovely experience.

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AndreaH
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good outdoor set up. Tasty food and lots of fresh pasta options. Also great wine list

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lindsayh
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing and can't beat the prices! will be back !

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AshleyV
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to eat outdoors on one of the coldest nights this winter and were perfectly comfortable. The heat lamps were toasty warm and the tables were spaced adequately with plexiglass between them as well. Will definitely be returning!

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JoseleiC25
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious! Service is great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing service!! Great food, they have heaters which was nice but obviously still cold with outdoor dining and looking forward to going back when indoor dining opens back up

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vipCarleigh
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor setup with lots of heaters

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vipNikoli
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Nando! He’s a great host and the food is fantastic! It was very warm outside and the food was decadent and delicious. Yummy tiramisu. Highly recommend!

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JoeS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a good outdoor setup with heaters close to the table. And the food is fantastic.

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vipfritzNYC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating. Warm and segregated tables

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Great food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although it was outside dining the owner of this establishment made it as comfortable as possible for his customers. The food was amazing and the service was great. It was cold but good. Hoping the city opens back up so we can have the full experience.

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Emd73
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor setup, plenty of space, and always incredible homemade pasta and pesto.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lunch, amazing food, everything was fresh and great.

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rmf11
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service and food; will absolutely be returning. Such a warm and welcoming atmosphere from the owners.

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JesseE
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pasta and friendly staff!

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vipAmyW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t believe for years I never came to this restaurant. They have a great set up for Covid and the food is delicious. What more can you ask for.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The patio in the back was completely covered, felt more of being inside. It was also super cold and the heaters they had were nit strong enough and only blowing hit air. We ordered the appetizer that was suppose to come with peaches, but gave us a mellon instead. I ordered the lobster linguine carbonara and it was terrible. The fish did not taste good at all. Another dish we ordered came with a different type of pasta.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Got the pesto linguine with mozzarella on top and it was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service - they never disappoint!

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vipBschul
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious. Loved how each outdoor table had it's own personal heater. The service was average at best. We asked for specific items multiple times (water, bread, etc.) that never came to the table. Additionally, the waiter was not too friendly. Would still come back as the food was delicious.

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vippeterk
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Selection was very varied and appealing. Food was good and serving sizes were generous. All around, well done! Recommended.

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vipJJNYC
New York Area
149 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Don't know why I haven't eaten here, will definitely go back. Everything was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

7pm reservation restaurant was pretty empty. Had to beg for a table under the tent rather than narrow sidewalk. Waited 56 minutes for our two salad appetizer’s when people who came after us got their hot appetizer’s before us. Maitre’d was quick to blame others but we are pretty confident he didn’t put order in. After the salads which were bland on my opinion we shared fish and black pasta with seafood fra diavolo and was VERY surprised we had to crack open the lobster mixed into the pasta. By end of the meal maitre’d poured us two glasses of complimentary wine for the inconvenience which we didn’t drink RATHER than comp us for the drinks we ordered. Would not go back for many reasons. There are plenty of better restaurants in the neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The service was wonderful as well. I truly felt at home!

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vipBryanK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn't have a chance to even sit down. Even though we booked an outdoor table they tried to seat us inside. When we said we were not comfortable they said there were only tables for four available. Was excited about trying but experience was disappointing. Doesn't even look like they are using open table to manage reservations... Went to UVA and had a nice time.

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AlexandriaB
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love having dinner here!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Reasonable prices. Good service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great Covid outdoor dining setup and delicious food

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LauraW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I LOVE this place for it's food and ambiance outside of COVID so I had to stop by recently because I needed some good pasta. They have done a beautiful job with distancing the seats and the outdoor seating (with heaters). I was mislead when seated with the wine menu. I was told that a certain section of the menu was half off. Don't be fooled, it was full price on the bill. Just make sure to ask.

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HalieA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The pasta was melt in your mouth delicious...and cheap! A rare gem for UES locals.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! I love love love this restaurant

FAQs

Caffe Buon Gusto - UES does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Caffe Buon Gusto - UES is rated 4.8 stars by 716 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.