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General Info
Rustic and Modern blend together in a magic atmosphere at Giano Restaurant in New York City's East Village. We use only fresh and seasonal ingredients in each of the handcrafted dishes on our traditional and contemporary menus. From a classic American brunch with a twist of Italy to indulgent desserts that are sure to delight, our one love for our customers and our food always shines through at Giano Restaurant. The Art of Food is tradition and innovation. Tradition because it is tied to culture, to history, to place, to a timeless art much like the world itself. Innovation because this involves research and experimentation and, at the same time, a bit of provocation. It's like the history of man: a look towards the future, to progress, without forgetting the experience of the past. To experiment requires knowledge; to innovate requires possession of the techniques from the past. Innovation and tradition are two sides of the same face. The face of Giano.
Hours

Regular Hours

MonClosed

Extra Phones

Phone: (212) 623-7200

Payment method
all major credit cards, discover, amex, cash, master card, visa
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Downtown Manhattan, East Village
AKA

Giano Restaurant

Categories
Italian Restaurants, Bars, Take Out Restaurants, Fine Dining Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Cuisines: Fine Dining, Mediterranean, Caterers, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Beer, Yes, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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kfarrin

09/13/2009

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Overall
Excellent food and service

Took some friends here after reading the positive comments and was not disappointed. What a charming spot! Food was excellent - the server recommended the gnudi and it was melt-in-your-mouth good. Cheese plate and eggplant in puff pastry appetizers were lovely and the mint panna cotta dessert was perfect for summer. It was nice to see that almost the entire staff was Italian, and that Italians were eating there as well. Both the bartender and server were extremely friendly and helpful. An overall great experience - can't wait to go back.

rushroosh

08/03/2009

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Overall
Great food and service

Thanks to the previous CitySearch reviews, my boyfriend and I dined here on Saturday night. We were delighted with the service, the menu selection, the ambiance, and the outdoor seating area.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the owner and seated immediately. Our server was very knowledgeable about the specials and made the right entree recommendations. I chose the red snapper and finished every last bite! My bf enjoyed the NY Strip special and polished off his plate!

Just a very lovely experience overall. We both agreed that Giano made our favorite restaurants list. We'll be regulars for sure!

ttooma

12/24/2008

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Overall
Great discovery in East Village - Truelly ""Authentic"" Italian Restaurant in NYC

Had dinner last nite with a few friends and we were plesently surprised with the quality and authenticity of the food. We started with some antipasto (cheese, salami, olives) and then ordered our appetizers. The polenta and eggplant parm with buffalo mozzarella was fantastic. we then had some pasta which was excellent. Our main courses varied from Lamb Shank to Red Snapper and everyone of us polished his plate. Finally we had some awesome tiaramasu for dessert and amazing cafe latte's. Dinner for 5 people with 6 bottles of wine was very, very reasonable for NY.

High recommend and look forward to going back again.
TT

Francesca79

10/17/2008

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Overall
Authentic Italian restaurant. Cool place and delicious food!

I just celebrated my birthday at Giano. I had an unforgettable party! Great ambience, delicious food.
The service was very accurate. We enjoyed so much having a fabulous dinner.
We had Vitello tonnato (simply amazing!) Pappardelle and Monk fish (lovely both!!).
As dessert, Tiramisu'...I'm still dreaming on!
Authentic Italian food in NYC!
Thanks! GIANO deserves all the best.

katu917

10/03/2008

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Overall
Seriously, THE BEST Italian in Manhattan!

My boyfriend and I have been regulars at Giano since it's opening - and let me tell you, we keep coming back and always bring guests that are so impressed in the end of the meal! The atmosphere, the staff, and most importantly, the FOOD!!! Amazing!! (and now that they take credit cards we love them even more!)
My boyfriend is a big lover of italian cuisine and has visited Italy a number of times, and he says that pasta with pesto sause 9on the contemporary side of the menu) is just the same as the one that he had in genova in Italy. It is a ""fool-proof"" place if you have guests, date or even business dinner - we recently had a party of 8 and it was accomodated greatly! And mozzarella cheese is ALWAYS fresh, unlike in some other restaurants, if you order Caprese salad, you will feel the difference. My personal favorite changes every time, for now its a risotto :)
I highly recommend this restaurant - love you guys! Will see you soon!

K. & S.

giri71

09/11/2008

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Overall
Authentic Italian dining in an ultra cool atmosphere

My wife and I just came back from eating at this restaurant in the East Village for the 5th time and we can't wait to go back for the 6th time as it is simpy amazing ! The food is the best Italian cuisine I have had outside Italy and we have eaten at most of the top rated restaurants in NYC and have been all over Italy many times. The owners, the chef and most of the staff are all from Italy and you can tell by their passion that goes into everything from the stylish but relaxed atmosphere, attentive and friendly service, excellent wine selections and simply delicious food. The homemade pastas , including the Gnudi and lasagna, are so fresh and taste unbelievable- the best I have had in NYC. The veal was so tender and prepared perfectly. My wife had a special fish entree that she loved and she is very picky with fish. Ask the server or bartender for some wine suggestions to pair with your food and you will not be disappointed ! The homemade Tiramesu is the best I have ever tasted and the homemade cheesecake is right up there as well . On past visits, we had dined at the cool bar in the front and in the main dining room, but this time we sat in the patio in the back and it was like being in a outdoor cafe in Italy. Don't miss this authentic Italian gem , its worth the trip to the East Village. Prices are very reasonable and I think they even lowered them slightly from the last time we ate there- I'm not sure why as they probably could increase the prices for such great quality- but I'm not complaining at all. Bravo Giano !

jamesjoyceamnot

08/16/2008

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Overall
Great Patio Dining

This relative newcomer to the East Village, run by an old hand, has a kind of split personality, just in keeping with the name of the place. Giano (Janus) was the two-faced god of the Roman mithology. In front the bar, open to the street, with long tables for large parties, music that can be loud at times, a very active social scene. In the back a tranquil lovely East Village backyard/patio with echoes of an Italian trattoria but a distinct lower east side personality. Conducive to quiet conversation, romantic if you are so inclined. Great food, whether you choose from the traditional or the more creative list. Vitello Tonnato, my favorite, brings me back again and again , and is consistently prepared by the Italian chef. Gnudi, another great simple clean dish, a close second. Other entrees are up to par. Wines are good, if a little pricey, and there is an ample selection. Definitely worth the trip.

citilivin

07/07/2008

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Overall
Best Service I have had in NY... I think EVER... and Amazing Food!

Giano is a true gem in the East Village. They have a great dining room, bar and large back patio. They have a great wine list and the cuisine was amazing... offering both traditional and modern Italian dishes. We shared the strawberry spinach, and goat cheese salad, the Gnudi and the Tagliolini with Truffles. All of the dishes were absolutely delicious! Our wine and water were constantly refilled without us even noticing their presence at the table. We ended the meal with tiramisu which was the best I think I have ever had. They just started serving brunch so we will be back soon!

ash276

06/19/2008

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Overall
cute garden, fresh delicious food, friendly&professional staff

went here for the first time last week for an art event and fell in love with the exposed brick interior and the outside patio. my friend and i were intending to stay only for drinks but once we saw the menu, it was all over... the menu has one page of more traditional dishes, and another with more innovative, creative options. both traditional and non-traditional options are divine. i recommend the pasta with red pesto, the papardelle with lamb, and the stuffed pork chop. oh and don't miss the tiramisu which is to die for. have been back once since my first visit and fully intend to become a regular: staff is friendly and attentive, service is quick, prices are very affordable, food is delicious. highly recommended!

dg217

05/10/2008

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Overall
Quite simply the best new true Italian restaurant in NYC !

This place is truly amazing. Only tell your BEST friends about this new restaurant or soon you will not be able to even get a table. We have been back 4 times already since it opened and I usually never write reviews , but couldn't resist this time. The attention to detail with every aspect from the food, wine list, service , decor, and overall experience is incredible. The food is authentic Italian , both the classic and modern Italian cuisine on the menu. My wife and I have travelled all over Italy and being at this restaurant is the closest to being in Italy. The staff are so friendly and you can really see how much they care and want everyone to enjoy their experience like they are your best friends. Prices are very reasonable for the quality served. Wines range from very reasonably priced to some special bottles if you want to splurge, but you don""t have to as there are so many great options that are inexpensive and also rare to find. Fresh pastas are mouth watering, we have had several and they have all been delicious as well as the desserts- best Tiramesu we have ever had ! Can't wait to go back again.

watchmesparkle

05/02/2008

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Overall
Excellent food & Excellent Service!!

My husband and I visited Giano this past Saturday night, and it was fantastic!!! I ordered the cod dish and my husband ordered what I think was pesto nochi or something like that, and they were both really, really good!!! The wine list is extensive and well-priced, and I love how they have the wine menu on a big flatscreen that changes, its really cool! The vibe of this place is really urban and laid-back, I really enjoyed it. We are foodies, so we'll definitely be going back here! Also the owner was really, really nice and attentitive to us - we loved it! Highly recommended!

wanderlustroom

04/22/2008

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Overall
If your best Italian friends invited you over...

... in their new place, this how it would be.
Recipe for a perfect evening everytime. Delightful decor, at once cool and cozy, impeccable food to fit your every mood, from traditional nonna's comforting fare to light, modern, even avant-garde dishes - an impressive, original selection of wines to match the eclectic menu... Cool music that is uplifting and mellow without being overbearing...Yet perhaps the best thing about Giano is the enthusiasm, passion and character of the owners. You cannot help but feel this is a friend's dinner you are attending tonight... Very cool friends indeed.

Twinkie324

03/13/2008

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Overall
enchanting, delectable & hassle-free

from the array of brilliant dishes to the clean and positive energy that flows throughout the well thought out decor of the restaurant/wine bar, it is no wonder you end up making friends so easily as the vast majority of first-timers come back for more.

the owners of the spot really FOCUS on the environment and service in order to not only enhance the quality of the plates but the experience of dining out as a whole. its a comfortable cozy spot that is hip and trendy as well. an overall fun place that brings a different energy to the collection of restaurants in the east village. definitely worth a try!

cas001

03/12/2008

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Overall
my first review ever for the best wine bar ever

i have been wanting to go into this place for ages but was somewhat intimidated by how ""cool"" it looks. while it is cool, the place is anything but intimidating. the owners are exceptionally friendly and accomodating and have spent a lot of time getting the wine list, menu and decor just right. The prices are totally reasonable and wine we had was very good. So, if you're thinking about going - definitely give it a try!

bennic

03/10/2008

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Overall
A night to remember!

We came here after a recommendation from a friend who said the food was great and atmosphere too. Giano certainly did not disappoint. We were greeted with a warm smile and a glass of champagne. We ate the caprese - buffalo mozzarella and tomato, both were of fantastic quality and fresh too. The skirt steak was tender and very tasty. I also had the menabrea rossa which is my new favourite beer. The owners are possibly the most hospitable people I have ever met. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to those seeking great wine, excellent food and a great night out. The salt bar looks classy too!

bsspinow

03/09/2008

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Overall
Italian for those who enjoy eating in Italy

The last time that I had pasta that good was when eating in Italy. We had the truffle pasta made with fresh pasta and it was to die for. The fragrance as it came out of the kitchen was just the beginning of a wonderful experience.
This new restaurant serves both contemporary Italian and great classic favorites. We ate from both menus and enjoyed each dish. The Tiramisu at the end of the meal was a perfect finish to a perfect meal.
Not only is the food delicious, but the decor, again, both modern and classic is beautiful and relaxing. the bar is an arc that is made from poured sea salt, you have to see it to appreciate its beauty. The staff was friendly and extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Ask them to play their Italian music and you will truly feel as if you are in Italy.

lwu51284

02/26/2008

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Overall
something fabulous just around the corner

this is a place where you will be enjoy great wine, fresh pasta, great cheese and meet all the interesting people.

if you have a terrible day, come for a glass of wine, little fresh pasta, and the energy of staff will cheer you up in no time.

it's a wonderful eatery.

patsyfa oulous

01/30/2008

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Overall
Great Food, Great Service, Great Staff and GREAT venue!

WoW! I am so glad this restaurant has opened just a block away from me... I went with my partner on Saturday and have already booked to go back this week! The concept of old and new based on the Roman God Giano is interesting and really works. The new modern bar at the front is perfect for a pre-meal cocktail or glass of wine while the restaurant decor of warm open brick and soft candle light is perfect for a romantic dinner. There is a separate area with a large table towards the back of the restaurant which is ideal for a family dinner or large get together with friends. The food was amazing - we mixed from the traditional Venetian menu and the Contemporary menu. We were not disappointed! Being vegetarian, it was great to have such a selection of more than 'Spaghetti Pomodoro' like the American / Italian restaurants in the City. I had the four cheese gnocchi which was delightfully fresh and soooo tasty! I'm looking forward to the Radicchio, Pear and Taleggio risotto this week. My partner had the lamb and cleaned the plate! He said it was perfectly cooked. The portions are extremely generous and the wine list was classy and great value. I can't wait for the garden to open in the Spring when they plan to open for brunch as well as dinner. This restaurant with 'real' Italian and Soho style food at East Village prices deserves to do well. Good luck Giano!

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