Novitá - New York City, Manhattan
Novitá - New York City, Manhattan

Novitá - New York City, Manhattan

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://novitanyc.com/
  • Phone: 2126772222
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Marco Fregonese
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties are available at the restaurant in a private room for up to 12 guests, or the entire restaurant is available for up to 60 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park Avenue South
  • Public Transit: 6, R & W trains to 23rd Street.
  • Parking: No
A word from Novitá - New York City, Manhattan
Novita is a vibrant 60-seat trattoria serving a seasonally inspired, modern Italian menu. Chef owner Marco Fregonese’s innovative take on classical, regional cooking begins with the finest, artisan ingredients and freshest, seasonal products. His distinctive light and flavorful dishes are pure and satisfying and perfectly complemented by a select list of wines from superb Italian specialty and boutique growers. Novita is located a few steps down from a quiet tree lined street in the Gramercy Park neighborhood. The setting is warm and elegant and the mood quintessentially Italian. In pleasant weather, sidewalk, alfresco dining is offered further adding to Novita’s year round appeal.
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Novitá - New York City, Manhattan reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (62)fit for foodies (38)romantic (33)special occasion (30)great for lunch (17)great for outdoor dining (17)notable wine list (12)hot spot (8)good for groups (8)great for brunch (4)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food ok.Not as good as previous occasions.Seated @ table by the rest room & kitchen entrance by an unfriendly maitre-de.Did not request a move, as one of the party has great difficulty in moving about.Waiter was oblivious to us-he needed to be called over a few times,as his back was mostly turned to us.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • John
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Tucked away off Park on 22nd you immediately get the sense this is more of a neighborhood place rather than the big noisy eateries right on Park. White table cloths and cream walls glow under the pretty sconces. It's Italian of course and it's all prepared very well. All dishes more than satisfied the 5 at our table. Service was friendly but not intrusive. Just the way most people like it I assume. In all it seems like the perfect place to have a lovely meal with good friends surrounded by others who appear to be doing the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Outstanding food in a small room with lovely lighting. (Tables are very close together and place can get very noisy.) Nevertheless, one of my favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roselynd
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I'm sorry to say I would not recommend this restaurant. I ordered portabella salad - it was very bland . My entree of scallops and shrimp was not enjoyable. The shrimp were over cooked and without taste. My husband had the crab cake to start and enjoyed it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enzo
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Food was good, well prepared,but nothing special.Maybe just what I ordered, the chicken was bland.Very good service, nice, buzzy space.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Novita is consistently one of the city's best Italian restaurants. Its decor is minimal, tables are jammed together, but who cares? Prices are reasonable, and the food is flat-out terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food and service were excellent and we were not rushed
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I've dined at Novita dozens of times over the years and never -- never -- been disappointed. The menu and specials seldom change, but such wonderful and dependable cucina! Manhattan may have a dozen trattorias as good but none is better. Novita's decor is severe, and seating is cramped. But who cares? The food is magnifico.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had an amazing time at novita! Great service and food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently great restaurant
    kdwnk
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great restaurant. Always consistently good with great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not just a neighborhood gem
    pinkbugVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Although we live around the corner and eat here regularly, it isn't only because of its convenience. The food is always superb and the authentic waiters are genuinely caring.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Novita always is wonderful!
    ALS9
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I live in the same building as Novita and have been dining there since they opened many years ago. It has always been my go-to place for contemporary Italian food. Whenever I try a different Italian restaurant, I'm always disappointed and wish I had spent the money at Novita. I have even brought friends from Rome there and they were surprised how authentic the food is- and we're not talking spaghetti and meatballs. The staff is thoughtful and lovely. In fact, I just was there for my daughter's 16th birthday, and they brought us free drinks (hers nonalcoholic) and dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated....
    RosemaryChicago
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Good food but overpriced-and when entrees did not arrive and it was clear our order had been misplaced, there was nothing offered but am offhanded "sorry"- (We have dined in lovely restaurants where we have been offered a glass of wine or a dessert as an apology for such an oversight)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4th visit here.
    SeraVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I live right down the street and have visited this place a few times. The good: Black spaghetti is amazing! Lovely with fresh, plentiful seafood. One thing I really appreciate about Novita is the emphasis on freshness. Both our appetizers and entrees were lightly seasoned and NOT swimming in oil or extra preservatives. I ate at Babbo, supposedly one of the best pasta restaurants, the next night and again ordered the black spaghetti. At Babbo, it was swimming in butter/oil. No thank you. Ambiance is quiet but friendly, good for groups and couples alike. My one gripe is that the wines by the glass are on the more pricey side. They had one $13 red wine and the rest for $16. For a neighborhood drop-by, that's a bit much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This is my favorite neighborhood restaurant and I eat there several times per month. The food is always fresh and delicious - especially the fish.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • our mistake?
    jbrbVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I walked into the restaurant and it smelled outrageously delicious. I was with a friend and we each had an appetizer that was just okay. My entree sea bass was very nice but the artichokes it came with were not at all . She had the tuna with pasta which she said was also just okay Maybe we made a mistake by not having just pasta
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and authentic
    coffeedrinker
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The ambiance was great. Salad was good, but entrees were just average. I ordered one of the specials, pasta with truffles and there was three small flecks of truffle and not much else on the noodles. My husband suspected something hen he saw me go after the salt and pepper for a third time .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucky enough to get a table!
    SuprinaVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Then you are in for a treat! It is wonderful. This is coming from a foodie. You will see many reviews written by me for here. With all the places to go in NYC this is one of the few that merit making it a habit! For warned the shrimp and crab salad is addictive!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Plopping the bill during dessert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had a wonderful meal and was having a great time until the middle of dessert. During our dessert the waitress plopped down the bill. I guess it was a sign we had to leave. Very rude and disconcerting for us. What a way to end the meal. If we were going to have an after dinner drink that went by the wayside. Yuck. Incredibly disappointing way to end a wonderful meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting younger
    SoleburyArts
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    After a dozen enjoyable dinners over the years this time it felt much more crowded, we were 5 but squeezed into table for four; too loud
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Small tight place, decent food
    Noojes
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We were a group of 6 on a round table which was a bit too cozy. It was obviously not meant for 6 people. Our waitress was VERY nice but the servers were a bit rude. Overall a good experience but more of a neighborhood place and I definitely won't come there with 6 people again. Probably a cute cozy place for a couple.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simple heaven
    patdan
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Super food with blessed simplicity shows a great respect for the ingredients. And all hail the chef who doesn't drown the dish in sauce! Oh---those mushrooms!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Novita is a favorite. The food is reliably toothsome, the service is professional, and there's little nonsense about the experience. The decor is ho-hum, and space is tight, but Novita's Italian kitchen is so good that nothing else matters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must try the Shrimp and Crab Salad!
    SuprinaVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Novita is wonderful. All who work there have a passionate way of creating a wonderful experience for each dinner. You are not just getting what they are serving! They are serving you. Awesome wine by the glass selections.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Italian in Gramercy
    Dermmom
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner-had scallops and shrimp over broccoli rabe and some pastas and salmon. The tagliatelle was tasty but my favorite part of the meal was the goat cheese arugula salad with a toasty creamy round of cheese atop the greens. It was divine-I shared it with my aunt but there was plenty for a appetizer portion. Initially we found the tall server to be a bit curt-perhaps he was annoyed that we didn't order wine?-but he warmed up a little towards the end. The other waitstaff were very pleasant. We will return but I might order pasta next time as I think my taste of my daughter's was better than the seafood I ate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would come back any time!
    foodieGentoo
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food is excellent, portions are generous, and service is friendly and professional. An early reservation is best to ensure a quiet experience to celebrate a special occasion or have a good conversation, while a later one is better to enjoy a lively ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server was pushy and annoying
    zaza
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Terrible service. Waiter was pushy on ordering more food and continuously interrupted to ask despite having told him after a few minutes into appetizers that I'll let him know when we're ready to order. Also couldn't really explain any of the 4 reds they offer by the glass. He just told me which one was his favorite. Food is good, but tomatoes weren't very flavorful which made anything we had tomato-based a bit lackluster.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    A recent discovery of ours, Novita always seems to be full, even early on a Tuesday evening. Lots of families and groups of friends seem to dine here, and the generous portions are at least part of the reason. Decent choice of bottles of wine at the $50 mark too. The menu offers a lot of variety too. It's quite cramped in the dining room, as the tables are very close together, but that's a minor gripe.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The whole staff needs to get over themselves. This is a nice restaurant but not near as cool or as good as they think it is. The host and waiters are way too snobby and think they are too cool for school for a nice neighborhood restaurant like this.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service Lacking
    Dousedwithwine
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We have dined at this neighborhood restaurant periodically over the past few years. The service this time was abrupt, rushed, and sloppy. The most irritating moment was when our server came to pour more wine and my guest raised her hand covering her wine glass and the server proceeded to pour the wine over her hand! Without apology, the server didn't even offer to bring a damp towel for her to clean her hand! The waitress was awful!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was indifferent
    FoodDoctorVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This is the 2nd time I've eaten here. I was seated in a small side room even though the main room wasn't full. The wait staff was kind, but not terribly attentive. The food was delicious which is why I went back, but there are more than enough italian restaurants to choose from.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Novitá was a wonderful dining experience. Appetizers were amazing with large portions. We had the stuffed zucchini flowers which I recommend highly. All the main courses were very good. Can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Novita 6/19/2014
    Marmotman
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Food was excellent. Host, waiter, and bus-persons were all polite and attentive. Great wine, but fairly pricey - I had two glasses of pinot noir at $16/glass. The tables are packed in a little tight, which can be "cozy" or "crowded" depending on how you look at it, and how busy it is - I never felt crowded, personally. Nice buzz when the room filled up. My only complaint was they cranked the AC a little too high. There were outdoor tables, but the sidewalk on 22nd St. seemed just a little too narrow - I didn't want to eat quite so close among the passers-by with their dogs and strollers, etc. Overall, I would definitely recommend Novita. Great for a romantic date.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fantastic
    MelK
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The food here is among the best in the city. The pastas are fresh and fantastic! Can't beat the menu. Really a great spot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The food and service were good. Our table was isolated among four walls although we have made a reservation. The prices could be considered high for the offered overall services.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Excellent
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Novita is a consistently excellent Italian restaurant. The room is cozy and chic, the food is delicious, and the service is always impeccable. It's a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best seared tuna!
    Gusta
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My first time here. The food was outstanding, service fine but not notable, got very noisy when restaurant was 100% full (on a Thurs.) Tables are pretty close together, so if you like a spacious feeling, you may not like it. If you're there for great food, you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't bring a cane
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Not very hospitable with an early reservation. I was walking with a cane - they wanted to give us a table all they way in the back. crammed the 3 of us at a small table for in the front with staff and diners banging into my chair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for catching up
    nm9293
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    A bit over stuffed inside (even for NYC standards), but was able to catch up with a friend and enjoy delicious food. Great location as well! Just wish we weren't sitting on top of the couple next to us!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 68 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 770 reviews are from the Novitá - New York City, Manhattan reviews archive.
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Novita's superlative food trumps its spartan decor and uncomfortably cramped seating. The glorious Italian cooking redeems everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.