after denying the writing on the wall for many years and struggling to relinquish my fond memories of snacking at veniero's in my youth, i've had to begrudgingly admit that this place is nothing more that a tourist rip off joint. there never seems to be anyone working on site who is genuinely concerned about the customer's experience and the food has gotten progessively worse with each passing year. last night i had the worst sicilian cheesecake made in perhaps the history of new york city. and, like too many places in manhattan nowadays, the owners don't care and don't have to care. they're making so much money off of tourists that they can serve dreck and get away with it. after taking a bite of the cheesecake and leaving the rest on the plate, no one asked if everything was okay or even took the time to notice that we were displeased with our food. they just don't care anymore, and it shows in the service, the attention to detail, the taste of the food.
after returning year after year despite the evidence of radical decline i must now woeful admit that the place is dead to me. RIP veniero's. you've betrayed the people who loved you and stood by you for years. shame on you.
342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003