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Gradisca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://gradiscanyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 691-4886
  • Hours of Operation:


    Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: John Creger
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 6th Ave. & 7th Ave.
  • Public Transit: 14 St. (1, 2, 3)

    6 Ave. (L)

    14 St. (F, M)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Gradisca
Gradisca is an authentic Italian restaurant with sexy, vibrant ambiance and genuine hospitality. Committed to offering the most authentic Italian dining experience outside of Italy since the opening in the fall of 2000, Gradisca captures indeed all the charm and warmth of a true trattoria.
The menu is classic Italian with a modern twist, using the freshest organic and local ingredients possible, and featuring fresh pastas hand-crafted daily. The Wine Spectator-awarded wine list is all Italian and includes more than one hundred wines from all of the twenty regions of Italy.
As Eric Asimov of the New York Times wrote soon after its debut, "Gradisca may be of the moment, but its appeal is timeless."
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Diner Reviews
  • "I thought the restaurant was delightful. It seemed very neighborhood- ish. Low key, intimate, with excellent service and outstanding food. It was a delightful meal and I will definitely go back. The servers were really nice and were eager to please."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food here was very tasty and the service was good too."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I ordered a daily special , pasta for main course in shrimp/lemon/cream sauce, there were 3 or 4 tiny rock shrimp in the sauce. I left the restaurant hungry. My husband and daughter ordered a $96 steak for two that they loved in terms of flavor, however it was clearly a steak for one not two and they both left the restaurant hungry. The prices were high and the portions were tiny. The decor was dark, everything was dark, diners eat on dark brown laminated wood tables. The restaurant was nothing special. . . . . for the money go somewhere else."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "What a disappointing evening! Two if the three of us were gluten-free, and excited by the reports of gluten-free-friendliness. The food, both gluten-filled and gluten-free, was undercooked, under spiced and utterly forgettable. Our waiter brought us appetizers with bread despite our reminders, and things went downhill from there. While the wine list is extensive, there are so many other better restaurants in NYC that can offer a great wine selection. Don't bother!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Everything I've ever had at Gradisca, over several visits, has been exceptional but the pasta is phenomenal!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "the food was tasteless, the music was loud, the seating uncomfortable. even the lauded pasta was only okay. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I was married to an Italian in the restaurant business, so I know great Italian when I see and taste it! Superb food and delightful atmosphere. The absence of pretense is also a nice perk!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The wait service and bar staff is wonderful! Delicious food from apps to entrees to desserts! A must-go!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Went with friends, returned the next weekend to bring other friends. Good food, appropriately priced, friendly and knowledgable staff. Check this place out!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Simply amazing. Our waiter was not but the food was sooooo good that we kind of forget all about it."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The main dish that was$34 was awful. The wait staff were not attentive "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Love watching Mama make the pasta -- her gnocchi and tortellini are ethereal. A bit pricey, but a friendly, comfortable dining experience."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I don't live too far from here and have always wanted to try. Whoops Service - at best, it was okay. From the hostesses just staring at us when we arrived, they said our table was ready but then kept chatting. I had to ask if we could sit, after which, we were sat after being passed off to several people. Food - We left most of the food on the table, despite ordering 4 apps and 4 entrees -- and drinks. The food was mostly tasteless, and was as if no seasoning had been used. Ambiance - Loud. Must scream to communicate."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We love this place. Food always outstanding. Great for a private night or group dinner"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This place tastes pretty authentic! Didnt hurt that they had seated the super cute "Mama" at the front, where she made the pasta. We started with the roasted tomatoes with goat cheese and ravioli to start, had the lamb pasta and breaded veal as main courses and the tiramisu + flourless chocolate cake for dessert. I could taste the "home-made" in everything. yum. Lets just say I didn't fit in my dress when I left. Service itself was just okay. My boyfriend and I are a young couple and the waitress seemed a bit dismissive. Despite the restaurant being quite empty upon arrival, my boyfriend and I were seated right against the front door, where there was a constant draft as people went in and out. But maybe I'm just being sensitive."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The pecorino crème brule and lasagna bolognese were tasty. The grilled green tomatoes and butternut squash/mushroom lasagna were fine. It was the service that was terrible. The waiter didn't come over to ask how our appetizers or entrees were. I had to find another server to ask for a glass of wine with our entrée and didn't receive it until we were practically done with our meal. We ordered the choc molten dessert which was okay and our waiter came over when we were half way done and tried to take it away after not seeing him all night-didn't make any sense. It was also very noisy. Probably wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Wonderful meal. One reservation is that the restaurant can be very loud. Our table was in the back and left of the restaurant and we heard a lot of noise of clanging plates and silverware in the servers's area behind us, as well as noise from adjacent diners."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Had high expectations, but the experience was so poor. Several items were sent back to the kitchen, including the octopus app which was inedible and the pasta we ordered which came out cold, and was sent back to the kitchen, and still came out too cold the 2nd time. the service was weak, and the restaurant was not even half full."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We walked into a warm and inviting room, low light, but not too low to read the menu. The waiter was friendly and patient as it took the six of us awhile to plan our ordering. The wine list was an amazing combination of high end wines and excellent choices for $40. Outstanding dishes included butternut squash soup, pasta with boar, arugula salad, short ribs, and flourless chocolate cake. We'd definitely return."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "A friend went here a year ago and recommended for me and a group of 5 others. It was incredibly overpriced for what we got. The food was ok even though we had to send back the scallops to get cooked."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our meal, I was in a group of 7 and everyone really enjoyed their food! Service for this size of group was excellent and waiter was very attentive."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "In this era of corporate, large-scale "scene" restaurants fronted by celebrity chefs, Gradisca is that Village gem one is always hoping to find:--an intimate, charming Italian restaurant with perfectly prepared and interesting salads, pastas, main courses, good wine list, attentive but not intrusive service. As good as the wonderful restaurants we've dined in in Italy!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "we were a little disappointed by the six-course tasting menu, which was a reiteration of the day's specials and kind of boring compared to the à la carte items. Also, the waiter was less than helpful when we asked about wine pairings. We were told a bottle of red wine would be great with our meal whereas white wine would have been the obvious choice since all courses were seafood based."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Very nice ambiance especially in the back for some intimacy with your date. Food was excellent and the wine choices by the waiter complimented our respective meals very well. I will definitely be heading back their with partner very soon."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went to Gradisca for Valentines Day dinner--pre fixe, many choices. complimentary glass of good Prosecco. Service was bright and cheerful, the mood was good (mostly couples, people were dressed for the occasion [especially the women of course, but the men too were tidy and trim), the feeling was festive; and the food was very good. Beef marrow appetizer: excellent; and the wagu beef was tasty and tender and well cooked. We had a very good time, and recommend the place, even if it's not a "holiday"..."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was a lovely place for our valentines day dinner :) great three course dinner!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The pasta was fair and we ordered the barolo 2004 by glass which was very smooth with fruit on the nose. The beef was outrageously fat. I had difficult to put it into the mouth. What makes it worse was during the night, I had very serious stomach issue - the same as what you would have when you had bad food. No I wouldn't come back to this restaurant again."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Love gradisca. Warm rustic environment. Food is consistently very good. The pastas are great. Excellent wine list. Never had anything less than a great meal here"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The lighting was very dim. Many people including myself needed flashlights to read the menu. When I first walked in the music was very loud. as the night progressed I believe it was lowered but then the noise had increased significantly. The food was very good and our server was very helpful. I'd love to go there again as it is in my neighborhood but dim lights and high noise level discourages me."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Very easy reservation system, and happy to have a call back as well. Would highly recommend restaurant and can't wait to return when I'm in the NYC again. So very glad I saved NY Times article featuring picture of 'Mama' and hope she'll be in town on my next visit so I can thank her for the wonderful tortellini."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I had a huge birthday party here this past winter on one of the coldest days of the year. They were so friendly, flexible and accommodating and everyone really enjoyed the food. They were every so patient with our changing numbers and with the checks at the end of the night. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We had passed Gradisca for years saying we would make reservation, but didn't, what a mistake. Maggie was great, well informed, yet never crowding us. The grilled octopus is the BEST we ever had anywhere, and quinoa salad absolutely divine. We both had the Zuppa di Pesce, fresh, light and delicate. Desert was a warm flourless dark chocolate cake, hubby would only give me one tiny taste, I had the anjou poached pear, also very good. A wonderful meal, we will be back. We arrived when they opened so we had some time to ourselves, when we left the place was packed, the staff knew all of the guest, as they appeared to be locals and return customers. The staff seemed very friendly and happy to be working with each other, even on Christmas Eve."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "I heard about Gradisca from my parents who saw it on a TV show. I made reservations for a holiday dinner with friends. The environment is very loud & dark. It was really hard to hear the person across from you. The air conditioner was leaking over one table next to us and the smell was a bit musty. I had the homemade gnocchi which was very good and the grilled octopus. The stuffed piadina's were also good. It was overall a good experience, but not sure it would be a return trip for me."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "I have been dining here for about a decade. Each time has been a very good if not excellent meal. Their menu is diverse, fresh, and delicious, and their cocktails are always creative. Definitely my favorite Italian in the city."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "The food was just okay. There is much better pasta at other places in the city. My squid ink pasta had no flavor, when it was described as 'very spicy'. The burrata with eggplant was actually deep fried eggplant with a smidge of cheese inside. It was disappointing, especially given the price."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Love this place Service excellent and everything I have had the pleasure of ordering here has been delicious I have been twice now and will be back again"
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "The restaurant does well with pastas, although all are standards (no innovation in the kitchen). Appetizers and entrees can disappoint."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "carinissimo... ci aveva convinti la foto della carbonara... ed effettivamente e' stata perfetta... tagliere di affettati veramente buoni, come il vino ed il resto. personale delizioso... da consigliare..."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "Interesting menu with good variety. Food was definitely tasty, but i wouldnt say outstanding. Ambience is the main perk here - its a very cozy, taverny feel."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Excellent restaurant with great food and unobtrusive service. Good wine list with a mix of price points. Would definitely come back"
    Dined on 10/13/2013