Nanni Restaurant
Nanni Restaurant

Nanni Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nanninyc.com/Default.aspx
  • Phone: (212) 697-4161
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

    Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Silvo Sclano
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Takeout
  • Private Party Facilities: Can accomodate up to 15 persons in the front room.
  • Private Party Contact: Vittorio Miriel 2126974161

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lexington Avenue
  • Public Transit: Grand Central Station
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Parking on the street after 7pm. Also a parking garage across the street.
A word from Nanni Restaurant
Northern Italian cuisine, notably pasta with "Nannis sauce". Veal Sopressa, soft shell crabs, Branzini, and pasta with white truffles when in season.
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Nanni Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)great for lunch (8)special occasion (8)fit for foodies (4)good for groups (3)romantic (3)great for outdoor dining (2)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Not a good experience
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I have been to Nanni's many times over the years, but sadly, it seems to be going downhill. I asked for a table in the upper section because the lower section is so noisy. Although all of the tables in that section were available, we were not permitted to sit there (the host insisted that there were few guests expected and it would be quiet - but the place was packed and we had to shout to be heard). The wait staff was a bit rude and the service was sloppy - e.g., the soup was set down so abruptly it spilled (the waiter apologized, saying the bowl had been filled too full). The service remained unprofessional throughout the meal. The food was mediocre (the side vegetable appeared to be frozen peas). I won't be going back any time soon.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Unbelievable. Make sure to get the Cheese and Supprasatta to start and the Nanni Pasta. Had their chicken cutlet in lemon, white wine and a drop of butter which was so tender you can cut it with a fork. Highly Reccomend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Baba
    Baba
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Food is always great but the noise level makes conversation almost impossible. It seems a favorite for large business- expense account dinners, who generate most of the noise. The restaurant has been around a long time and the acoustics are either ancient and therefore, probably non-existent. Also, we have yet to ever see a wine list. The wine we get is always the waiter's choice which sometimes is not what we want.If we go again, it's only for the wonderful food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great food. . Small restaurant with great service and very good food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GCT Area Gem
    DRD41VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were very pleased with Nanni. We were in the vicinity of GCT and had to catch a 7 pm Metro North, so early dining was a necessity. The food was superb and the service almost too good (many seasoned staff hovering around). Even our normally finicky grandchildren (10 and 13) loved their pasta bolognese dishes. If we lived closer, Nanni would be a frequent destination.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Freedom
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were the last customers . I went to the washroom left my pashmina on the chair came back and it was gone. Maître d lied to me said my friends had it . They were outside and he locked the door on them I want answers you don't treat any customer like that
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • old school Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a great dinner on Saturday night! We ordered the pasta Nanni as appetizer, I had chicken & peppers dish, my husband had the chicken special and enjoyed a bottle of Chianti. We would definitely recommend this restaurant, and we will be back next time we are back in NYC!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time visit
    PeetieVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Delighted with the service and the food. The experience is like visiting a friend, an old favorite friend. Would go again when in NY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A disappointment
    diner
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Nothing impressive. It was just o k. Waiter was not much help in selecting the right dish. Food was just so so. Think they are banking on their past reputation which means nothing today
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cons1VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    where have the good waiters gone? I haven't been here in years but when recently and was very disappointed in the service. I had ordered a pasta appetizer and they gave me the wrong pasta, when I pointed it out to the waiter he said "tough, eat this" and didn't change it with the correct order......although the food was good, I will never go there again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italian in midtown
    LeeDVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Nanni's is largely unchanged after years in the same midtown location. Very friendly service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nanni's
    Eva2510
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Recommended by my brother who has been here several times, my husband and I made a reservation for a special dinner. It would be our last night in NYC after 14 days. Nanni's is everything my brother already said: good food, good wine (except I as a woman was not involved by the decision, my husband had to decide.....bit oldfashioned), but very good serving (with humor). We liked the atmosphere and when we come back to NYC we will certainly go back to Nanni's!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated!
    Okla2NolaVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We had a reservation but still had to wait 15 minutes for our table but the party of 5 that came in after was seated immediately. Our table was almost in an aisle way so waiters had to lift trays over our heads. Service was horrible. Noise level was off the charts & food was just ok...nothing special. Not sure why it received such a high score by Zagat.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old School Italian feel, Good Food
    Core
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I have been to Nanni on several occasions. The food is consistently good and the service is good. Going in you have to expect server suggestions and also ask their opinion on dishes, they are very helpful. I was with 2 business associates who can be very judgmental about restaurants (Italian in particular) and they were very happy with their meals. The location is small and subterranean, but it is well lit and does not feel cramped. You are going to Nanni for the food, not for the view. I would suggest ordering the specials, the veal and the gnocchi very good. Most dishes are not red sauce heavy Italian style, unless that is what you want.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 75 reviews are from the Nanni Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great old Italian
    ScottTNC
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The service was very good, with the waiters all speaking to each other in Italian. The food was excellent, with the waiter making a great recommendation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nanni No Mas
    MudmanVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I reserved Nanni because it was convenient to a meeting site-I had not been there for a number of years-needless to say I will not return-the restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived-there were 3 VERY old waiters who couldn't decide who wanted to wait on us-so none of them did! This comedy of errors continued-with one waiter taking our order and another returning to take our order -this despite the fact the place was empty. I ordered a house Chianti-it was undrinkable-I substituted a pinot Grigio which was OK-they did not charge for the Chianti-which was the high point of the evening. The food was passible-nothing extraordinary-tourist trap list.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Classic
    biztrp
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    As might be expected, this long standing Italian favorite was strong on the food and wine. The setting is predictably tight & noisy. Definitely keep it on the list for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing Italian!
    CarrieCanEat
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Nice place, great waitstaff, authentic AMAZING FOOD!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always great
    deanda
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I eat a lot in Manhattan ant some great restaurants. But, time in time out, Nanni's always delivers. Quality Italian in a great old school atmosphere. Not a red sauce joint, but not a small portion "gourmet" Italian. Always highest quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommended
    Jc1035
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    First time there and enjoyed Ninna's food and service. Cozy and warm suitable for all occasions. My girlfriends and I liked this restaurant a lot. Definitely will go back the second time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly and family like
    maanosuke
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I've been Nanni for more that 15 years and they still keep the style and tastes. Once accustomed, I like this family style restaurant very much.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicous Italian Food
    pickyeater
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    This restaurant was a gem. It has old world charm with fabulous service. The food was delicious and there were amny choices on the menu that I like. I am a picky eater and it was hard to decide!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nanni's waass great
    mikez1VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We were 4 people who went to Nanni's last wed night. Three of us ordered the pasta with Nanni sauce it was excellent, Tagliatelle and Ravioli. the rest of the meal was very enjoyable and tasty. I have been going on and off for years its always very good
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    VinceVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Had a great birthday experience at Nanni. The waiters gave us first class treatment and the food was outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better options in the area
    Jimbo
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Have had a couple of good lunches at Nanni so was a little disappointed with the dinner service. While the kitchen can produce some good dishes, the way too bright lights and indifferent service detracted from the experience.
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  • Old school
    racecarproVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Service was quick and lets get to it. Men 90% Women 10%
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nanni's sauce a must!
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    The Nanni's sauce on any pasta as an appetizer is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in Manhattan
    GTownBoyVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Authentic trattoria locaed on E 46th Street. I've eaten here for years. Love it and as close to how my Italian Mom would cook. Try the penne aribiata if you like spicy food. The bruchetta also filled with divine garlic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food, service and
    TrixieVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Fabulous food, service and atmosphere! We loved it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute environment, food only okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    The parpadelle was not a light and tasty as expected. The veal with eggplant parmigian was quite good. The service was lovely.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Consistent
    ALEMAN
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Whether a business luncheon or a leisurely dinner, the food is consistently good and the service very attentive. And yes, the tomato sauce is delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open table took the res, but
    Whatsthepoint
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    The restaurant was closed. Thanks for nothing, open table.
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  • Check the Health Inspection History
    NeighborVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Possibly the worst restaurant I have dined at in New York. Loud to the point of having to almost yell to be heard across the table. Food was mediocre at best. Fish was undercooked, vegetables had the consistency of chalk, salad was just a small plate of lettuce. The waiter was "too friendly" with my female guests to the point they were uncomfortable. After lunch one of my guests checked the New York health inspection history and it was very poor. I am embarrassed to have chosen Nanni's
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  • Hidden Gem
    Jimbo
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Although Nanni has been around forever, it remains less well known than many of the other Italian restaurants in the area. I'd like to see it stay that way as the under-the-radar dining experience is part of the charm. It's old-school style and it's good food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood joint
    pswbtr
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Great little Italian restaurant - wondeful service. Will return
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Italian
    gitalian
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Great Italian resturaunt. Small, excellent pasta and good service
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smile
    andrew
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    The waiters need to be reminded that sincere, pleasant customer service is as important as the food. One of our waiters just grunted. The ancillary service people were far more pleasant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good ol' fashion New York
    4NewYorkVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Our first time visit was for lunch. Good "old fashion New York" restaurant. Our waiter has been in his profession a very long time. So professional and helpful with detailed descriptions and lots of patience. Upon asking for suggestions for salads/sides, his asking about "flavors" we might like or dislike, his response..."I'll take care of it." What arrived were custom built dishes for each of us. We tried three different pastas; all wonderfully al dente; all delicious. The very small restaurant and popularity at lunch time results in the place being quite loud, but I can and will pass on that and look forward to returning. Next visit will be for dinner...but will return for lunch also!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service so bad and rude..turned
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Service so bad and rude..turned me off so much i couldn't even order food
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  • Cozy Italian
    Jerry
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    The restaurant is nice and small. It makes the dining experience feel more special. All of the food was very good, and the wines were very nice for the price. Great selection of food available. I can't see having a bad meal here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.