126 E 7th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.726194 -73.984116
Fri 5:30pm-12am; Sat 12pm-12am; Sun 12pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Alphabet City, Downtown, East Village
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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!
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!
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.
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