This week my boyfriend and I were invited to come back to Cucina Di Pesce (disclosure: we received a comp’d meal). Â Caryn had been there a year and a half ago, and we were asked to give it a try.
It was my first time to the restaurant, and after speaking with the manager, I learned that this is a family owned and operated restaurant since 1986 (um imagine the East Village in 1986?). The inside of the restaurant certainly looked romantic and perfect for a good date spot, Â but we thought outside was better for us. Â It was a warm summer night, and the people-watching in the East Village was certainly worth it!
We kicked off the meal with a bottle of pinot grigio ($32) and toasted meat ravioli ($9). Â The meat ravioli dish served 4 decent sized raviolis, and what I loved about it the most was the accompanying marinara sauce, which was sprinkled with hot pepper flakes. Â The sauce definitely had a kick to it, and I liked that the ravioli seemed to be a combination of both meat and cheese.
For dinner, I went with the seafood fettucini with scallops, shrimp and crab meat ($15). Â The dish certainly had a lot of shrimp and scallops, but could have possibly used a little bit more crab meat! I liked though that the dish had homemade pasta – you can certainly tell the different from dried pasta as it is a bit more chewier. Â Alfredo sauce was good and felt like a lighter sauce – I shockingly did not enter a food coma after eating it – so may be worth a try for those of you who like cream sauces, but don’t like the coma that can often come with it. Â My boyfriend went the more traditional route and ordered chicken parm ($12). Â He liked that it came with pasta on the side (dry pasta, not homemade pasta) and said he enjoyed the dish as well.
In true typical 89th and Broke fashion, we wanted to give you two reasons to check out Cucina Di Pesce:
1) Show this coupon on your mobile device between now and August 30 to receive 20% off your bill
2) From 4-6:30 pm, the restaurant offers an early bird special at $13.95. Â Enjoy a garden salad, soup of the day and an entree (with a side of pasta, if applicable), plus a glass of wine, soda, tea or coffee. Â Entrees include fish of the day, chicken parm, eggplant parm, linguini primavera marinara, penne with tomato and mushrooms in white wine and garlic oil sauce, or linguini with calamari and mussels in a fra diavolo sauce.
Posted by Caryn
This past weekend my boyfriend and I used aÂ LivingSocialÂ voucher to try out the Italian restaurantÂ Cucina Di PesceÂ in the East Village. Â We had some time to kill before our reservation and I remembered reading about a happy hour on the website, so we decided to see what it entailed.
Grabbing a seat at the bar, our bartender explained that the happy hour, which lasted until 8 pm, included two-for-one drinks and appetizers. Â Although the website claims half-priced drinks and appetizers (yes, I know it equals out to the same thing if you do BOGO), we didnâ€™t want to order two appetizers and instead asked if we could do one half-priced app versus two-for-one. Â Unfortunately the rule at the bar was that you had to order two appetizers, so I guess the website was wrong. Oh well, Â itâ€™s not like ordering two appetizers ever ruined anyoneâ€™s day.
I ordered a glass of red wine and my boyfriend had a Brooklyn Lager, all for $7. Â For our appetizers we were a bit limited since he doesnâ€™t like seafood (and the name of the restaurant obviously suggests a lot of seafood), so we ordered the spinach salad with blue cheese, apples and walnuts, and the caprese salad (for a total of $8). Â Both were delicious and I commented that I could easily order the spinach salad and add grilled shrimp for a
Opposite the bar was a small table with a metal catering dish that caught our eye. We inquired about it and learned that it was filled with mussels in a marinara sauce, complimentary for all guests during happy hour. I helped myself to a few and thoroughly enjoyed it, especially with the bread basket that they served for each patron at the bar (another nice perk).
We eventually moved to our table and ordered another round of drinks, as well as our entrees: the linguine with shrimp and grilled calamari for me (I swapped the garlic and white wine sauce for a fra diavolo sauce) and my boyfriend ordered the pasta special of the day, a tri-colored tortellini dish with grilled chicken, diced tomatoes, and other tasty ingredients. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals and I was particularly impressed that my fra diavolo sauce was actually spicy, too often it tastes just like regular marinara sauce to me.
Our voucher was for $30 worth of food and drink and we originally paid $15 for it, so it equaled out to a free entree. So in the end we got one free drink, one free appetizer, some free mussels and one free entree. Outstanding. And the food and service was good and the place was very cutely decorated and perfect for a date, so we definitely would have been happy with it even without all of these extra perks.
Although the LivingSocial voucher is no longer available for purchase, you can buy aÂ Restaurant.comÂ gift certificate for a little extra savings ($15 for $25, and be sure to use a 70-80% promo code when applicable). Also, for those dining prior to December 24th, you should receive a gift card and from December 25, 2010-January 31, 2011 you can bring it back in and ask the staff to see if you won a prize, ranging from a free beer with your next meal to a $250 gift certificate.The Basics Name: Cucina Di Pesce Location:Â 87 e. 4th Street Who to Bring: a Date, Family, a Friend Price: Regularly a good value, but you can make it super cheap, $$ Overall: 4.5 Stars, especially with the Happy Hour and voucher!