Cavatappo Grill

Restaurants, Italian Upper East Side
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Cavatappo Grill
Venue says Luca's Jazz Corner - Live music on Mondays 7/10pm no cover, Tuesdays 8/10pm cover, Thursdays 9/11pm cover, Saturdays 12:30/330pm no cover

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
Saturday February 25th 2017 12:30/3:30pm no cover
Gabrielle Stravelli Trio
Gabrielle Stravelli - vocals
Josh Richman - piano
Pat O'Leary - bass
Limited Seating R.S.V.P. 212.987.9260

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"Luca's love for music is infectious. It's a joy to create jazz in such a positive atmosphere and to be so close to the people too! Enjoying a great bowl of pasta and listening to world class jazz is the only way to go."
-John Pizzarelli, Grammy® nominated world-renowned guitarist and singer

"Luca's Jazz Corner is like heaven on earth - great jazz, great food."
-Ralph Lalama, three-time Grammy® winning tenor saxophonist

"An intimate jazz venue with amazing food and wonderful music. One hell of a swingin' restaurant. An upper eastside gem!"
-Konrad Paszkudzki, acclaimed pianist

"I love playing at Luca's Jazz Corner. Luca truly loves jazz and he values and respects the musicians that play in his restaurant. Because of that, he has cultivated an audience that respects and appreciates the music, so it's always a joy to play there. Plus, he's serving some of the best Italian food I've ever had, and that's saying a lot coming from an Italian!"
-Gabrielle Stravelli, Awards winner jazz vocalist
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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.