Cavatappo Grill

Restaurants, Italian Upper East Side
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Cavatappo Grill

Formerly known as Luca Restaurant, this classic Upper East Side spot has been cooking up Italian cuisine for more than a decade. Start with a complimentary basket of salty fried olives, or share one of the assorted cheese plates ($11–$21). The expansive menu includes both old world favorites—think gnocchi with veal ragu ($15), butternut squash ravioli ($15) and chicken milanese ($21)—and more casual offerings, such as a variety of sandwiches (each $15) and even a burger ($13). Crowd-pleasing desserts like the pear-almond tart ($9), ricotta cheesecake ($9) and tiramisu ($8) round out the meal—and one of their house cocktails certainly wouldn’t hurt, either. Drop by on a Tuesday or Thursday for live jazz featuring a rotating cast of local musicians, or check out the brunch offerings on Saturday and Sunday.

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Cavatappo Grill says
Every week, Mondays solo piano 7/10pm (no cover) - Tuesdays live show 8/10pm (cover) - Thursdays live show 9/11pm (cover) - Saturdays 12:30/3:30pm (no cover) Limited Seating R.S.V.P. 212.987.9260 for more information on our shows please visit or our facebook page
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Venue name: Cavatappo Grill
Address: 1712 First Ave bet 88 & 89
New York
Cross street: between 88th and 89th Sts
Opening hours: Kitchen: Mon–Fri noon–11pm; Sat, Sun 11am–11pm. Wine bar: Mon–Fri noon–1am; Sat, Sun 11am–1am.
Transport: Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St
Price: Average main course: $18. AmEx, MC, V
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Julie S

Cavatappo Grill is a fantastic neighborhood Italian restaurant. Besides delicious Italian food, they’ve got daily specials, a bottomless brunch, and tasty house cocktails. Sit inside where there is a cozy atmosphere and cool bar, or outside in the warmer weather to watch all the action on First Avenue. The menu is huge with options like salads, cheese plates, sandwiches, pasta, and main dishes. The tomato, cucumber, and onion salad is light and refreshing. The spinach and ricotta ravioli in butter sage sauce is heavenly as well as the rigatoni with eggplant tomato sauce, and ricotta salata. Try to leave room for desert, they have killer tiramisu.