Carmine’s is an old school family-style Italian restaurant with two locations in New York. We visited the Time Square location, and it is a huge space, but still very busy late at night. I originally removed it from my original wish list because I found out they serve the pasta family-style. Basically, I thought it wouldn’t give us much variation or choice.We were hungry, and I wanted pasta, so we decided to go anyway since we could not think of an alternative past 9PM. I’m glad we went though. And although they said it would be about a 20 minute wait, we only had to wait 5!
For our group, they said we’d be good with a appetizer, and one pasta to share. I didn’t really want to spend $25+ on a salad, so we ended up ordering a spaghetti and meatballs ($28.50) and a veal scallopini marsala ($32.50). We saw some plates around and they were quite big. We weren’t sure if we could actually finish.
The spaghetti and meatballs came on a large plate with 6 very large meatballs on top. The meatballs were huge, and still nice and light. Very good texture and flavour. The spaghetti was cooked perfectly, and the tomato sauce tasted nice and fresh. Nothing extra in the tomato sauce, just good tomatoes and herbs.
The veal marsala was very buttery. With the first bite, it kind of tasted strange as the flavours doesn’t mix very well with spaghetti. The veal was pounded quite thin, and was very tender. The sauce, was dark, rich, and buttery, and came with a bunch of mushrooms. There were 6 or 7 pieces in total.
All though we were all very stuffed, I forced my friends to order a dessert as well. Since this is also family style, I needed to make sure they could help me a little bit. We decided to order the Bread Pudding ($16.50). I thought the bread pudding was very large, about 6 inches high. Between the layers of bread, there was lots of chocolate. We all thought it was a bit too much chocolate. There were also a raisins, so for those of you who don’t like them, you’ll have to pick them out. Overall though, the bread pudding was pretty good, moist and decadent. Too much chocolate though, and very filling.
200 W44th St
New York, NY