Three of Cups

Restaurants , Italian East Village
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Three of Cups
You could be forgiven for being distracted by the pizza at this friendly eatery. There are so many tasty thin-crust pies coming out of the wood-fired oven that it’s easy to overlook other delicious offerings: risotto, about a dozen house-made pasta dishes, and robust treats like agnello stufato al Barolo (lamb stewed with Barolo wine and served over potato gnocchi). If you start with one of the numerous antipasti and end with a delicacy like the gelato snowball, you’ll be too full to get much done the rest of the night.
Venue name: Three of Cups
Address: 83 First Ave
New York
Cross street: at 5th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5pm–1am; Fri, Sat 5pm–2am; Sun noon–1am
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average main course: $12. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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The inevitable life cycle of any struggling culinary establishment usually includes a brief endeavor into the arena of bottomless brunch. Not to say that Three of Cups was scrapped for cash, but pizza + unlimited alcohol is a combination that seems too good to be true. 

In short, this otherwise unremarkable East Village joint actually features one of the best boozy brunches you've probably never heard of. Yes they do stick to the standard "mimosas or bloody's" formula, but both of these options they do quite well. And when I say "quite well", I mean "they do not for a second skimp on the alcohol". 2 hours goes fast, but not that fast. And assuming you're there for your friend's birthday (statistically speaking there's a 92% chance of that being the case), this will get the table nice and rowdy before the sun even thinks about setting. 

But the real reason for the high mark is the food. You don't normally think Italian when you think breakfast fare, but you will after coming here. In a nutshell, take every typical dish you'd order for dinner and replace the protein with eggs. Or say screw that and get the foccacia French toast, goes without saying. 

jeffrey f

Exuberance, Friendship, Community

After a play at the Metropolitan Playhouse we were walking up First Avenue and stumbled across the Three of Cups. There was a party exiting and we asked them how the fare was. They replied in the extreme positive. They were absolutely correct!

Three of Cups is a taro card that represents exuberance, friendship, and community. The feeling at Three of Cups Sicilian kitchen certainly rings true to those attributes. The ambiance is warm and inviting, candlelight lighting, exposed brick walls, pressed metal ceiling, very old Italian. From the host, to the servers the staff was knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely efficient.

We shared a Caesar Salad, had clam chowder, and a pizza. The salad was excellent, the dressing light and not overpowering, the chowder excellent, and the pizza crisp and delicious. The menu is large and extensive, with daily specials, and many vegetarian options. It offers an excellent selection of antipasti, salads, pastas, main courses, and pizza’s. There is also an extensive dessert menu, which we never were able to use do to the generous servings of our dinner. A brunch is offered on Saturday and Sunday from Noon-4PM, which includes 2 Bloody Marys or Mimosas. There is a lounge below that features live music, and as First Ave. seems to be in the midst of a Happy Hour War, extensive happy hours both in the restaurant and lounge.

It’s a great setting, super staff, and suburb food, all at very reasonable price. Strolling on First Avenue, stroll right in to Three of Cups.

Evelyn D

Cute restaurant with a performance area downstairs (I went to a comedy show there.) The food was solid, they have an Italian-focused menu. Chill atmosphere and good for group hang outs or dates.