151 E 82nd St, New York, NY | Directions 1002840.776826 -73.957032
Mon. - Sun. 12am - 3pm
Neighborhoods: Upper East Side, Midtown
Girasole is best Italian on UES – My wife and I live on the UES and Girasole is, hands-down, our favorite restaurant in the neighborhood. Girasole offers a dynamite combo of incredible food, phenomenal service, and a friendly atmosphere. The quality and attention to every last detail clearly begins at the top. Girasole's classy owner Zoran absolutely blew away our (already lofty) expectations for our recent rehearsal dinner. Our guests loved every course, especially the orecchiette primavera, lobster ravioli, halibut and chicken. Zoran and his team of first-class waiters made sure our guests had a blast and ate well. Food and drink are extremely generously portioned. We're already looking forward to returning to Girasole for our next occasion (or Tuesday night craving)!
Improving – This place has gotten the hint that it needed an attitude adjustment.The food has always been good,now they run the business in a much more welcoming manner.It doesn't hurt that they offer 35% off after 8:30..
A great find – We were drawn to Girasole on the strength of its 35% off policy for dining at 8:30pm or later, but once there, we were very impressed by the flavorful food, the bistro ambience and the good service. Its Italian fare is innovative in its mix of flavors and textures and it is also very reasonably priced. We will definitely be back.
worst Muscato d'asti – The food was very average. Centolire has far better pasta. The manager offered us a free glass of Muscato d"asti after dinner. We, of course, were thrilled until we tasted the flat wine he attempted to pawn off on us. Average service. Average ambience. Average food.
NUTBALL OWNER...DO NOT PATRONIZE – I don't use alcohol and it's my custom to order a large bottle of sparkling water and a burgundy glass. Last night, at Girasole, I took a sip and had just put my glass down when the owner came flying through the dining room, swooped down and grabbed my glass and started screaming at the waiter that this was a red wine glass.....not a water glass....and took it away. Screaming all the way to the back of the restaurant. The waiter told him that I'd requested that kind of glass and I shall not dignify his response. When I wrote my Zagat review of Girasole last night, I decided to read through the comments and saw that a huge number of Zagat participant/critics are taken by "the psychotic behavior", "the unpleasant behavior", this man's "gesticulating tantrums". Never before have I seen anything like it. We have been occasional clients of Girasole for 15 years or so and have noticed that this man occasionally yells at his staff. I chalked it off to a cultural thing. But last night was over the top and, of course, we'll never return. Surely, we can navigate two blocks further uptown to Nicola where they are extremely nice.
The best place ever! – Once you try the food at Girasole wherever you go after that is not taste!it's just the best food,and a perfect service!they always treat us great,never rush!it's more then just the BEST!I want to thank to the owner and all of his employs!very good job guys!:))
A Bad Time Had By All – Do not be a one time, two time, three time, or four time neighborhood customer.
You will be treated rudely by the owner unless you order wine, an appetizer, an entree, and a desert with the added restriction that you occupy a table for one hour only; no matter the size of your party. The private functions are even more ridiculous in terms of cost, service, and timing. As a poorer wall street executive where is the respect?
RUDE SERVICE INSULTING OWNER – Today I booked a business lunch for two at 1pm. The restaurant was empty and for a good reason. I asked the owner for a refill on my coffee, that I was having with my lunch, and he told me to ask the waiter(who was no where to be found),When I asked for a second refill with dessert the owner complained to me that "this was not a diner" .When I asked him "if he was joking?" he replied" no I was expecting too much for a $35 lunch", I was stunned and embarassed in front of my lunch guest. I really should have made a scene but instead I called him tonight,after the dinner crowd, to complain. He retorted"don't come back!"
Manager is a loser – I went there on Saturday night with my wife. The manager acted like he was annoyed from the minute we walked in, probably b/c the place was pretty empty. When he started loudly berating the busboy right in front of us, my wife told him that he was acting very unprofessional and he should lower his voice. He started arguing that he was acting very professional, at which point we decided to leave. While we're waiting for our coats, my wife started telling a fellow patron how rude the manager was to us, at which point he comes barreling up from the back of the restaurant telling her how she can't talk to his customers. She tells him she'll talk to whoever she wants to, at which point he tries to get in her face until I step in his way. He skulks to the back of the restaurant and sits there muttering under his breath and staring at us until I finally ask him what he keeps looking at. He yells across the restaurant that he doesn't need our business, I yell back that I think he does, and we turn around and leave. Unbelievable.
Manager is uncivilized!! – This would be a great place to visit regularly if was not for the manager.I have always made a reservation,but that does not make a difference.He portrays the place as a private club,so unless you are willing to visit quite often you will denied respectable service.I would think it would better in the current economy.
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