photo credit: Peter Murdock

Cucina Alba review image

Cucina Alba


515 W 18th St, New York
View WebsiteEarn 3X Points

The look this Chelsea restaurant is going for is “urbanite’s Italian holiday,” which means you should expect a bright space with pops of pink, floor-to-ceiling windows, and sightings of mid-level celebrities whose own European holidays consist of snagging invites onto richer people’s yachts. The summer-fling feeling of the space could be appealing if your seasonal depression has already hit, but the food won't inspire you to start planning a trip abroad. Cucina Alba feels like any other Fashion Week-friendly spot where eating is secondary to being seen. The menu is a mixed bag, and most things look good but end up tasting just OK. If you do go, skip the smoked lemon cacio e pepe (the smoky flavor really does not work) and the TikTok-friendly burrata with black truffle shaved tableside, and stick to the silky agnolotti and fluffy whipped ricotta.

Sign up for our newsletter.

Be the first to get expert restaurant recommendations for every situation right in your inbox.

By signing up, I agree to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Featured in

Suggested Reading

Which TikTok-Famous Restaurants In NYC Are Actually Good? guide image

Find out whether any of the spots blowing up your TikTok feed are worth visiting IRL.

Arthur & Sons review image

Arthur and Sons is an Italian restaurant in the West Village where you'll always have a good time, even if the food isn't that memorable.

Locanda Verde review image

The Tribeca restaurant is less of the celebrity scene it once was, but still makes very good Italian food.

Bar Blondeau review image

Bar Blondeau is a French-style wine bar inside the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg.

Infatuation Logo
2023 © The Infatuation Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store