Carmine's is a family-style restaurant offering exceptional value to its guests through the many dishes of Southern Italian cuisine. Restaurateur Artie Cutler crafted the Carmine's concept with a singular vision; bringing his guests "wow-factor" sized portions and making any meal feel like an Italian American wedding feast. Platters of homestyle antipasto, pasta, decadent seafood or meat entrees, and of course homemade desserts are all staples at Carmine's, meant for sharing amongst friends and family. When great food and wine are supported by friendly and knowledgeable service, the results are magic - we want every day to feel like a Sunday afternoon at Grandma's!
Carmine's first location opened August 14, 1990 at 2450 Broadway on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The classic decor of this flagship Carmine's evokes the image of marquee New York restaurants that made this city into what it is today. With elements drawn from America's "Golden Age", Carmine's has the quintessential NYC feel, resonating with its customers and looking like it has always been a part of the Upper West Side- and always will be! The interior style at Carmine's started a trend in Italian dining rooms around the country, and the eclectic, spirited environment has become the perfect place for family celebrations.
The restaurant was an immediate hit. Long lines of hungry diners became a nightly occurrence on Upper Broadway as word got out that something exciting- and tasty- was happening. The great food spoke for itself, but customers also marveled at the huge portions available at reasonable prices. Each dining experience was enhanced by the long lineup of cocktails spilling over the edge of enormous glasses, and a wine list featuring great value and a strong selection of varieties from Italy and the rest of the world. The Upper West Side could not get enough, and Carmine's became the New York institution it is to this day.
Business was booming, but Artie Cutler began to look for more. Ever the visionary, Artie felt that the Times Square district in Midtown Manhattan would soon rebound from a decade-long period of despair and prosper once again. He secured a sprawling space at 200 West 44th Street, and in June of 1992, Carmine's Theater District opened to good crowds and better reviews! The 44th Street location has established itself as one of the area's best bets before or after a show, and is currently one of Broadway's longest running hits!
In December 2004, Carmine's opened its first restaurant outside of New York City, at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City. It has become a favorite of the boardwalk's frequent visitors and residents of Southern New Jersey alike. As an anchor attraction of the Quarter at the Tropicana, Carmine's AC is a perfect place for a special dinner on the shore. No matter your luck at the casino tables, a dinner at Carmine's table is always a winner!
Carmine's Atlantis opened to instant success in July 2005, and remains a top restaurant at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. The family style dining is loved by vacationers who love maximizing their experience and getting the most for their money. You don't know paradise until you've enjoyed one of Carmine's famous meatballs in the shadow of a palm tree!
Located steps from the National Mall and the Verizon Center, Carmine's opened in our Nation's Capital, Washington D.C.in August 2010. The largest Carmine's yet includes nine private dining rooms and 700 seats! From politicians enjoying power lunches to hungry tour groups dining after a day at the monuments, Carmine's D.C. makes private groups a priority.
Carmine's is moving forward with its latest edition in 2013 with Carmine's Las Vegas. Located in the The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Carmine's will fit right in among the classical Roman theme of one of the greatest resorts in Las Vegas. Adding 700 seats in the desert means even bigger things are coming to the Carmine's empire!
Artie Cutler dedicated his life to creating restaurants throughout Manhattan and the rest of the world. His endless efforts cemented his legacy, and without him Carmine's would not exist. Today, The Alicart Restaurant Group, led by Artie's wife, Alice, and CEO Jeffrey Bank, further that legacy through Carmine's, as well as its sister restaurant, Virgil's BBQ, which has locations in NYC and Atlantis!