665 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002540.791776 -73.971826
Monday 6:00 PM - 9:50 PM
Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:50 PM
Wednesday 6:00 PM - 9:50 PM
Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:50 PM
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:50 PM
Saturday 6:00 PM - 9:50 PM
Sunday 6:00 PM - 9:50 PM
Neighborhoods: Upper West Side, Midtown
Great Italian UWS – Great neighborhood Italian place. I've heard the wait it really bad though so I went with a friend at about 6pm on a Sat and there was no wait. Grilled Calamari Appetizer was amazing and the special pasta bolognese was very good as well. Had a great glass of wine for $7. Price is good overall but the specials are more than other pastas on the menu. Not my favorite Italian place on UWS but close - I'll def be back soon. And service is great but you feel a little rushed.
User review by dragonguy – Gennaro almost always has a wait from 7 p.m. onwards... Go before then! Food is excellent and portions are decent. Would suggest asking for specials before ordering but menu offers a good selection. Gennaro is definitely one of the best Italian restaurants on the UWS.
Mama's Cookin – I always enjoy the food here. Most, not all, waiters are friendly. Some tend to be a little lacking in communication skills. The lines can discourage you, but go during the week. The lamb shank, special pastas and frise salad are excellent.
would not recommend – This Italian resturant overall had good reviews on food which I must agree but their management and service deserves 4 out of 10. When I was there with a friend the waiter who served us was pretty friendly. When we were done, another waiter came up to us and tapped my shoulder without saying "Excuse me" and said "Are you done because we have people waiting." We were not offered the dessert menu and that waiter was so rude!~
I was very offended after a good meal.
Good for the neighborhood – I live in Harlem and Gennaro is the closest restaurant I've found with moderately inventive, flavorful Italian food. It probably doesn't deserve the reputation it has as a sacrosanct mecca for gourmet-inclined Upper West Siders, but it is a decent value in a restaurant-challenged neighborhood. With that said, the wait is often unmanageable and the interior noisy and crowded. The appetizers are tasty across the board but the entrees are, more often than not, uninspired. The service is warm, if a bit rushed, and the ambience is fine if you don't mind involuntarily eavesdropping on your neighbor's conversation. All in all, Gennaro is good for the neighborhood but pales in comparison to better Italian restaurants downtown.
It WOULD be cheap, if there wasn't a $20 minimum per person! But the food was excellent (how could it be cheap, when it tastes this good?). The goat cheese, portabella tart is AMAZING. There was a special pesto linguine that was also very very delicious. The Gnocchi are light and yummy.
Blame the Doorman, not the chef – If a restaurant is not going to take reservations, it is imperative that the person working the door maintains a list and does not whimsically show favoritism. The doorman is rude, condescending, and repeatedly lets anyone he chooses sit down, regardless of arrival time. This is fine at a club; not at an Italian restaurant. Unfortunately, the food is good, though no one should support any establishment that lets this clown run the door.
Skip the specials – I had read good reviews about the value and food quality at this restaurant, so I was not surprised to see a decently priced menu (pasta under $10 and entrees approx $12 to $15). When our waiter relayed the specials to us, they were a mile long and sounded better than the regular menu. So we ordered from there. Given the good value of the regular menu, imagine our shock to discover when receiving the bill, how expensive the specials were. The appetizers and entrees we chose were several dollars higher than the most expensive on the regular menu.
Overall, the service was decent, though a little rushed when clearing our table. The food was very tasty and it was a pleasant atmosphere. If you eat here, just keep in mind that the specials are much higher than the regular menu when ordering. And ask for the prices.
Go elsewhere. – Sure, the price is nice, but the food is just not worth the terrible service and unbelievably long lines. The pasta is mediocre at best; the hosts are always rude. There are far better restaurants on the Upper West Side to get a nice Italian fix; try Pomodoro or Carmine's instead.
Hidden Gem – One of the best hidden Italian restaurants in the City. Hidden away on the upper west side, Gennaro offers an intimate, homestyle atmosphere just like mamma's kitchen. Like any good Italian kitchen, the place is packed and full of action. The menu is full of southern Italian standards like bread salad with tomatoes and mozzarella, penne pomodoro and spaghetti bolognese. In addition, the chef's daily specials would bring olive oil tears to anyone's eyes featuring osso buco and other veal dishes. When receiving the bill, do not be fooled as there wasn't a mathematical error. Dinner for two with a bottle of wine shouldn't cost more than $75. However, there is one caveat, make sure to constantly let the maitre'd know where you are because just like in mama's kitchen, if you don't politely shove your way to the table, you might not get to eat.
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