Gente Ristorante Italiano
153 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 922-9094
Primary Phone: (212) 922-9094
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Delivery, Mediterranean, Caterers, Family Style, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza
Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
Good for Kids: Yes
Went for dinner with my boyfriend, food was pretty good but I feel over priced, but then again the place is in Midtown...wait staff was nice, had Nick as our waitor, very attentive. The hostess was gorgeous, nice & helpful even saw her clean up, set up a few tables and serve a few drinks for other tables, dont see that very often, very informative as well, she recommended the chicken marsala w/ veg & the lasgna which we thought was good. The owner Jay came out to talk to us, nice guy but didn't stop talking kind of wanted to enjoy my food instead of listen to him for half my meal. My boyfriend and I didn't like the fact that the wait staff was constantly snickering and making rude comments about customers in Albanian, we didn't say anything that we understood or that I was Albanian, but they should definitely limit that just incase other people like us come that do understand, I'm sure it makes other customers who don't understand uncomfortable too, otherwise no other complaints
09/23/2011Provided by Citysearch -
An overpriced restaurant claiming to be Milano style (but if you've been to Milan you know it isn't close). Jay claims he's been to Italy a 100 times but it's obvious his travels were as a merchandiser (his former job) for ladies fashion and not related to food. Nothing original about his recipes taken from others. So if you want to spend a lot of money, at a restaurant overseen by a merchandiser vs. a true food critic (not to mention chef), you might feel better contributing to your favorite charity instead.
05/05/2011Provided by Citysearch -
My friend and I have been going here for lunch and/or dinner for many years now. Atmosphere, service, food and staff are fantastic! We are now friends with the staff which makes our experience even better. Brushetta is wonderful. The chicken piccata is in a light sauce with capers - fantastic! The Cosmopolitans are the best we've ever had. They also have a huge wine selection. The atmosphere is romantic, but is also great for a group of friends hanging out after work. Dinner for two including appetizer, meal, drink and dessert is approximately $70-$80. Highly recommended!
01/12/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I was so pleasantly surprised to stumble upon Gente while I was in midtown with two friends recently. Usually, I eat downtown or in brooklyn and find midtown to be a hard place to find quality and affordable food. This place was amazing. We had a mozzarella and tomato salad that tasted like summertime in Italy, an amazing artichoke pasta dish and some side dishes that were flavorful, healthy and exquisite.. The wine was great; the place was quiet, relaxed with a nice ambiance and we felt comfortable enough to stay for almost three hours. I felt like the waiters tended to us and were aware of our needs but also left us alone to talk and catch up and didn't hover. The next day, I was still thinking about how good the food was, as good as anything I've had in New York! I highly recommend this place to Italian lovers and anyone else who finds themselves hungry in midtown.
06/06/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I had a dinner yesterday with my friends. I ordered Tuna Tartar and Seefood Spaghetti. They could not maintain the quality of Tuna as fresh as possible, and as Spaghetti was too much boiled with too much tabasco, the taste was very bad.
If this restaurant opens in the most competitive markets such as in Tokyo, it should be difficult to survive.
05/19/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Their bread and olive oil/balsamic was excellent. Started with the Minestrone which was thicker than most but tasty. For entree had the stuffed chicken (spinach,, prosciutto, fontina) topped with a mushroom marsala sauce with a side of pnne topped with their homemade marinara. The chicken breast was cooked perfect and the dish was good although I did find a small bone in the chicken. The marinara was way too salty for my taste and rather bland. They did top off my wine without asking and provided an after dinner Tia Maria both ""on the house"". Overall a good, not great, experience but enough to make me try it at least one more time.
03/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have been eating at Gente regularly since I moved offices near Grand Central. I can honestly say this place has the best Italian food in the neighborhood - HANDS DOWN.
The price fixed lunch menu offers a wide variety of selections, but my favorite dish is definitely the unique Artichokes, which will keep you coming back for seconds!
10/12/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The food was excellent, better than lot restaurants, could hold its own against any Italian restaurant in Manhattan with a very good price, and the service oh god you cant imagine everybody is very friendly from the owner to the sweet busboy specially Nick the manager he is the best. I can?t wait to go back next week to have a lasagna or
Risotto seafood with my favorite cosmopolitan that they make .