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Maialino Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://maialinonyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 777-2410
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 10:00am
    Lunch: Monday - Friday noon - 2:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Nick Anderer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our communal table in the private dining room seats up to 22 guests and is available for events and celebrations.
  • Private Party Contact: Amanda Kehr (212) 777-2410

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 21st Street
  • Public Transit: 6 train to 23rd Street, 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R & W trains to 14th Street/Union Square.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Unique Parking Garage is located on 21st Street between Park Avenue South and Broadway (1 block to the west of Maialino).
A word from Maialino
Maialino is a Roman-inspired trattoria from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, located in Gramercy Park. Maialino captures the warmth and comfort of a true neighborhood trattoria, with a menu that celebrates the restaurant's ongoing relationship with its local family of farmers and suppliers. Executive Chef Nick Anderer draws inspiration from the Roman cooking tradition to create soulful food, reflective of the rich culture of both Rome and New York.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Interesting menu that uses fresh ingredients and capitalizes on an interesting mix of ingredients (like pickled vegetables in a salad). There is a heavy hand in the kitchen with the olive oil/fat: way too much on the salad, in the pasta dish and sauce over the chicken entree which was completely unnecessary. My dining partner said the same was true of his selections. Too bad, because I would have raved about the food otherwise. Lovely ambiance (you can actually have a conversation in this restaurant), albeit with service that was a bit snooty. It was hard to get our wait person's attention after we were served. For all this, prices are steep, so probably won't go again."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "My fiance and I have heard about Maialino for so long that we decided to come during restaurant week. The restaurant did not disappoint and everything we had was delicious. In particular we felt that the chicken thigh and chilled corn soup were standouts. Also, unlike most restaurant week meals, the portions were sizable. We both left happy and full!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We have had Maialino on our list for several years now, and regret that it took us so long to get here. Four of us enjoyed a wonderful and delicious lunch there, in a truly lovely room, with 'just right' service. This place deserves a cel phone entry, for sure - and many repeat visits."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We goofed and didn't understand that although we had booked for lunch during Restaurant Week, it didn't include eating lunch on the weekends. Oh well. We had eaten there In the past and received great service and very good food, the menu was limited for brunch and the server was very forgetful."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We went for a Celebration lunch on a Sunday but menu was very much geared to Brunch. Disappointing for us as we were looking forward to the whole Maialino food experience. Will have to return for dinner to experience that."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Have been here many many times. The food is always fantastic and the place is a pretty good scene. This most recent time the service was pretty bad. Pretty poor experience overall. Quite an unpleasant surprise compared to my normal experience. The service was really slow, the waiter spilled a bunch of coffee. Disappointed. I'll be back but I hope the service improves."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Charming, modern European atmosphere and extremely professional well run restaurant with warm. friendly, welcoming staff. I have returned often and they set high standards for what a restaurant should be."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "First rate for lunch with friends. Wish the prices were a bit less---perfect to go during restaurant week, and very clever to have two price levels for mixing and matching. Also loved the $6 wines."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Went to celebrate a birthday with the fiancee recently and were very well taken care of. The service was absolutely fantastic from the minute we walked in and were wished a happy birthday, to the small note/card they left on the table to wish, and finally the dessert. Not our first time here, but each time the service has been unquestionably attentive and wonderful."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Lunch could hardly have been better. The staff was welcoming and friendly, the food delicious, and the service sincere, if not perfect."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We had lunch here during restaurant week- great food, great service. We appreciated their inclusion of $6 wine to accompany the special menu. It wasn't too noisy even after the dining room filled up though the bar area can be VERY loud so make note if you are sensitive to loud dining spots as we are and be sure to sit further back in the dining area."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The Chilean Sea Bass was unbelievable! The way it was served and its taste was like no other place I have ever seen! Everything was delicious!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We had great time at Maialino restaurant the food was great service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had heard great things...but were totally disappointed. The food was not good, and we felt that we got second class service for bringing our well behaved children. The waitstaff was SLOW and unhelpful. There was no pride in the menu or drink selections. Our waitress was completely disconnected from representing the restaurant in a positive light which attributed to our displeasure. Such a downer, given the great location and ambience. Sadly, we won't return."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great service. Make sure to order the pasta , really delicious and tasty especially lamb ragu bollognese pasta. The sorbet/ice creams are an excellent dessert choice. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We had a very nice lunch experience including great food, service and ambience. The artichoke appetizer was fantastic as was the orecchiette. The cherry tart was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Everyone I invite to Maialino is always delighted. It's just comfortable, the food is good-to-great, the servers are 'Danny Meyers'-trained and the ambiance is just right. Really a perfect place for just about everything. Even the beautiful babies at breakfast time.. : )) You will love it there."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We tried one of the restaurant's specialties, the braised suckling pig, it was delicious, we had the Insalata along with it and the combination of the salad vinaigrette and the pork were amazing. We started with the Salumi misti and a few drinks, the wine selection is good but I wished they had a greater selection (wines from other regions). For dessert we tried the Panna Cotta and the Torta della Nonna, both were excellent, not too sweet."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "If you haven't been to Maialino, you're in for a treat. This restaurant is magical, from the food to the ambiance, everything is perfect. The food though, is the star there for me: don't let the menu fool you, this is not your traditional, old-fashioned Italian restaurant. On the contrary, the dishes have been revisited to surprise even the most blasé customers. Everything served here is always impeccable, with extremely balanced flavors and delicate textures. My favorite dish here is the leg of lamb, and the desserts are all incredible. Go for brunch as well, and order their ricotta pancakes (texture like a délicate soufflé), scrambled eggs (extremely soft), toffee glazed brioche (a must!) or ricotta hazelnut bruschetta with honey!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Brought my Fiancée there for her birthday. We had an amazing meal, but the service might have been the best I've ever had. Our waitress managed to divine the fact that it was a birthday celebration without us telling her and brought out a complimentary gelato. It was fantastic."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyable experience. You get spoiled if you eat in NYC a lot and your standards get higher; however, this one exceeded our expectations. We ordered lamb chops and pork belly which were both phenomenal. Also amazing proscuitto di parma appetizer. The best part of the entire experience is the wine list. If you are a serious wine lover like myself, this place has hands-down the most interesting and affordable selection of Italian wines in all of NYC. The ambience is unpretentious yet modern and sophisticated. This will be one of our regulars."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Maialino is always hard to get a reservation for, but on this fourth of July weekend, we succeeded! the service was terrific, the food superb. Even though it was brunch, the selection was good. My husband loved his lamb chops with an egg, and my cavatelli with lamb sausage was superb. We had a lovely bottle of wine and a terrific experience. Will definitely go back--that is, when we can get in!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had this restaurant highly recommended to us and it not only met expectations it exceeded them!! Top notch across the board nothing short of an exceptional dining experience!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "For our July 4th lunch it was very upbeat and pretty - nice food and service."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Would have been 5 stars if not for one issue. A very nice place with a good variety of menu choices, great ambiance and service. The primary issue relates to my aversion to vinegar in my food and finding it used liberally in several of the entrees and side dishes that did not seem to need it. Had there been any hint of vinegar on the menu I would have mentioned my preference to our server, but it did not seem to be necessary in this case. Our pasta course was excellent to start. I was then quite surprised to find my lamb chops with a strong vinegar odor. Even my wife who likes vinegar remarked surprise that her chicken was absolutely "doused" in it to the point that it dominated the dish. Great place otherwise, but just be aware."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We couldn't have been more pleased with the service and the special care that Roger and Ashley took to make our 40th Anniversary dinner at Maialino's more special. Including a card on the table recognizing our anniversary. Denise was very taken by the special care. Thanks you for taking the time to make this a special occasion. Terry & Denise Scussel"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Very cool setting. Decor is beautiful. Food above average but not great. Have had better high end meals than here."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Branzino among the best anywhere. Unique. Delicious. Server was not as good as she should have been. Slow and a bit surly. Sommelier was outstanding. Knowledgeable, keen palate, very helpful."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Pretty close to perfect. Very serious and authentic Italian (especially Roman) food, but completely without pretention. A very Danny-Meyer miracle combination of impeccable service with all the advantages of grand formality but none of the stuffiness. And the food was amazing, as always. Never had better rabbit in my life, and the tortelli with (among other things) liver were a revelation."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "marvelous food with a fantastic italian-focused wine list in the charming Gramercy neighbourhood."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Excellent wine list and very good food, but not extra special as you might think given some of the ratings. It's certainly above average, but most NYC restaurants are. Can't compete with Babbo/Marea - not on that level. Nice area of NY and a comfortable dining room, but really - good but not great."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Fantastic service via Dan for a working lunch of six people. Service knew how to manage the table with minimal interruptions. The food was excellent - accommodated a gluten-free diner who also had food allergies. Will be back."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I was looking forward to this evening and it seemed nice when we walked in. I thought the wait staff was dressed a little slovenly. The food was good but pricey for what was served. The room was very crowded with tables. It was not, in my opinion, the elegant restaurant I was expecting."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "From start to finish.... Service, food.... Just great. Can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The chef's tasting menu was a culinary triumph. It was a pleasure to sit back and let the kitchen choose the flavor profiles, from the salume to the lamb chops. Brava!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I had the pork with the pasta and arugula. I thought the sauce was a bit salty and the pork was average. Overall, we were somewhat disappointed in the food. Ambience was fine."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The waitress was utterly charming and soo accommodating. The food was superlative, from an appetizer that sounded like something your neighbor would serve (cut up veggies and dip), which turned out to be the freshest, most beautiful crudités and a savory aioli olive oil that was addictive. The soft shell crab was the best I've ever tasted. The fish entree was extraordinary and the trio of sorbets delightful. We tried to come back during our one-week stay, but couldn't get a reservation. Oh we'll, another reason to come back to New York City."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Old favorite. Emphasis on favorite. Slowing down. Service slow and haphazard. Pile-ups of guests at the check-in around noon, waits for table (getting changed from breakfast) can be 15 - 20 minutes, long waits for menus, service to get started. Cold pasta dishes, 'sides/garnishes' that were on dishes are no longer there. Forgotten, cost cutting? Still good, but.....not what it used to be."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Maialino never disappoints, always delivers. There was a slight problem, it was resolved with grace which was appreciated and we again appreciated the ethos of a Danny Meyer restaurnt...the customer is ways right. We were!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We visited Maialino about a month ago and had a less than pleasurable experience. I was pleasantly surprised to receive an e-mail and a gift card for a reduced tab from the general manager, Andrea. She implored me to try the restaurant again and even insisted she make the reservation. Well, I went ahead and made the reservation myself, as I didn't want the visit to be expected. Needless to say, my wife, my daughter and I were pleasantly surprised with the food and the attentive service. Our waiter, Jonathan, demonstrated impeccable timing in taking care of our table. The food was excellent. I didn't disclose the note from Andrea until we received the check. The excellence was unrehearsed. Mailaino is now on our "must return" list."
    Dined on 6/8/2014