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Osteria Laguna
Osteria Laguna

Osteria Laguna Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.osteria-laguna.com
  • Phone: (212) 557-0001
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Osteria Laguna offers a wide variety of dishes that can be catered to an offsite location. The menu offers fresh homemade pastas, vegetarian dishes, hearty entrees and much more. Please contact us for your next catered event.

    For more information please contact: Jung Kwon, Banquet Manager, (212) 557-0001 or j_kwon@verizon.net.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
  • Public Transit: The 4, 5, 6, 7 & S Subways to 42nd Street/Grand Central.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking on the street available after 7 pm.
A word from Osteria Laguna
Find the refined and easy elegance of Venice in the middle of East Midtown in Manhattan.

Osteria Laguna named for the beautiful waterways of the famed Italian city offers a spacious and stylish contrast to the busy workday bustle of 42nd Street. Located steps away from the New York Helmsley, United Nations and the Chrysler Building, this charming northern Italian space is easily accessible to business and tourist crowds alike. Floor to ceiling front doors, antique country tables and a classic 30 foot mahogany bar lend a sense of relaxed refinement to this airy and spacious getaway.

Osteria Laguna’s menu offers contemporary sensibility and flair to the classic tastes of Northern Italy with an emphasis on fresh wholesome foods. From classic to cutting edge, there’s something for every appetite. Perfectly balanced pasta dishes, mouthwatering risotti, or the amazing array of piping hot dishes coming out of the charming brick oven at the center of the restaurant.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Very good pasta and salads. We had the spinach salad, the ravioli di al pomodoro and the spaghetti alle vongole. All of the dishes were excellent. The pomodoro sauce was very light and the pasta was very fresh. The restaurant layout is also very welcoming with large farm tables that are well spaced. The service was very attentive. I would recommend it for both lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Ordered lasagna and it was basically mush. The lasagna noodles were so overcooked all I could taste was cheese and the meat sauce. I mentioned that to waitress and was told that's how lasagna is supposed to be! I could have just ordered meat sauce with cheese and saved the calories of the noodles."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had dinner with our two kids. Pizza and pasta (with lamb ragout) were really good craftsmanship, delicious and very much à point. Desserts (chocolate creme) rich,sweet and tatsty (apart from this very nice to see). The wine list is not very long (and does not show an appropriate picture of Italy) but has some good choices by the bottle and by the glass. Service was experiencend and at the same time open-minded and friendly. Tables (like the Michelin already stated) are very small, so be careful with sugos and glasses."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This restaurant is by my office, and is always a first choice. Love the staff, the food, the ambience...you can always count on it!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Met an old friend there, he had never been there and absolutely loved it. The food, the atmosphere and our waitress was great. Very attentive and we were very pleased. My friend and I agreed to come back and work our way thru the menu. We especially loved the ricotta focaccia."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I love the freshness of the ingredients. The food is very tasty and the wine list provides a good complement. Appetizers are a good size, with interesting combinations. Pizzas are always are delicious with light crust and savory toppings. Decor works both for business and special occasions."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Took a first date here based on reviews and a it's close proximity to Grand Central Station. Was a little nervous about places in that area being over-priced and crappy. This place lived up to it's good reviews; good Italian food, nice presentation, friendly and smiling staff. If you're in the area and wanna know a safe bet try Osteria Laguna!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "It took us a long time to decide between the wonderful menu items, then we heard the specials...even better. The house made pasta was incredible and the scallops special my wife got was a work of art. Scallops with fennel, two colors of beets, grapefruit, mixed greens. It was fantastic and a reasonably priced meal."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "A nice oasis in the middle of the city. Great location near Grand Central. Food was very good for all three diners."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "So loud I couldn't hear my friend or the waiter. Tables on top of each other."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food was pretty good and it is a great price range for this neighborhood which can get way too pricey. We went later in the evening so it was quiet and we were not rushed. However, the service was not great may our waitress was tired after a long shift. there were a number of really nice priced bottles of wine and we had a delicious Pinot Grigio for $39!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food was ok, nothing special. During our meal there was a drip from the ceiling air conditioning vent. When we pointed this out to the staff, they were completley indifferent. The person who was affected by the drip was able to move to a different seat at the table, but the staff offered no help, no sympathy and no offer to move us to a different table. That is not good customer service."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Always a good choice for meeting friends and colleagues."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Very good restaurant, food is good, wine list is ok, service is ok, nothing to add"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great restaurant in the Grand Central area for any occasion - a business meeting or meeting friends!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "This was the best Italian food that I've had in ages! The gnocchi was amazing. I'm going back again before my trip to NYC is over and I never double dip! Great find!!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I was going to have dinner with a friend and found this place online. The decor/ambiance was nice. The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable of the menu. We ordered two appetizers to share with each other: mozzarella di bufalo caprese and bruschetta al pomodoro. The mozzarella was amazing. Our waiter mentioned that it's fresh mozzarella imported from Italy. The bruschetta was OK...I've had better. As for dinner, my friend had ravioli di salmone and I had the lasagna alla bolognese. My friend loved the ravioli, she wiped the plate clean! I loved the lasagna, the sauce was very creamy. I can't comment on the desserts as we were too stuffed to eat anything else. Overall we had a wonderful dinner. I would definitely recommend this place!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I usually go here with a friend and I love it never had an issue. However; I took about 8 people here the other night as I had visitors from out of town and the service was simply horrible as it was also so hot. I had to keep asking the waitress for things she never came over to see how we are doing and of course the tip is included when you bring more than 6 people so they she probably didn't care. That annoys me. Food is always amazing."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This restaurant is a lovely, warm inviting spot; I loved the natural wood tables and white candles. Seating on and near the sidewalk looked beautiful and romantic, but we sat inside which was also lovely. The owner/manager was very solicitous and courteous to the elderly woman in our party, and our wait staff were very competent. We had salads and pasta dishes which were delicious. This is a restaurant I would be happy to visit again. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Very good food! Perfect spot for lunch! I would go there in the future"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I was looking for a $$ place near GCT and found it here. Arrived early and seated immediately. Had I thought it through though, I would have asked to be moved further back due to the noise level (looked like it got quieter further from the bar area). The decor and service were warm and welcoming; the food was good, not great; nice portions. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere, with good food and good service. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We were referred originally by the Hilton Manhattan East and keep returning. Always gracious, accommodating and enjoyable evening"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food could've been better. Big portions but missing flavor and appearance. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Be sure not to waste any here. I booked a reservation, was there on time and the gentleman that seated me was at best rude. Is was not busy as I ate early, so why was he Rufe? Food was no more than average. I had pork tenderloin with pear and asparagus, the pear was really good but the pork was over cooked and the sauce salty. The potatoes that were served were not real definitely from a box. So many great Italian places in New York I would find another to try next time. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Given it's location on 42nd street - they serve better Italian than we should deserve. Its friendly, lively and the menu covers the basics and more - and does so very well. I had the PAPPARDELLE CON RAGÚ D’AGNELLO - and it was lush with big pieces of lamb. My lunch date had the GRIGLIATA MISTA DI PESCE which was overflowing with seafood. Both were delicious and much better than the average pasta joint (puts Esca to shame). So if you want enjoyable Italian on East 42nd st. this is the ideal choice. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Osteria Laguna has great food and the wait staff are always willing to accomodate your requests if at all possible. Great place to take or meet friends for a friendly view of New York."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "I have no clue why some people like this place. There were three of us and we all shared eveything, and all agreed about the quality of the food. The seafood pasta, had old, overcooked seafood. The pizzas weren't good at all. The service was poor. I would not recommend this place to anyone. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I have visited this restaurant approximately 5 times over the past 8 years and they served a wonderful dinner each time. Some aspect has always exceeded my expectations; the other night it was the tomato and buffalo mozzarella appetizer - so much better than most would expect. Very convenient location, near Grand Central. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Cooked to perfection. I also asked for no mussels and so they gave extra clams."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Pleasant traditional decor, staple dishes with some flair and attentive service make this a good business lunch spot in midtown. The corner banquette for two is in the back is my favorite seat in the house."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "This is an excellent mid-town restaurant with a very professional staff. The food is well prepared and delicious, nicely presented and delivered in a timely fashion. The wait staff is knowledgeable, friendly and available. We have had parties of 12 and dinner for 2 at the restaurant several times and have never been disappointed. This is a hot spot when it comes to quality, service and location. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We were seated for 10-15 minutes before even being asked if we wanted a drink. The waitress was lovely, but the service was sporadic. We were a group of 5, and all of the food was excellent. I go into the city fairly frequently, and this is the best food I've had at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Came highly recommended but was seated in the back area. The oven noise was terrible and the service was not attentitive. Food was not inspiring."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Have been to Osteria Laguna on many occasions and they continue to raise the bar. Hostess professional and welcoming, good conversation at the bar and a mouth watering menu."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "great place for a business lunch -- fast service and very good food."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We celebrated my daughter's 21st birthday. While the food and service was very good, it was not over the top. The restaurant is not exciting but we had a good time and a very good meal."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "When my husband and I travel back to the city we always dine here. The food/service even the bartenders are great. Thank you.... we'll be back soon."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "2nd visit, a month after first. Still pleased with ambiance & service, and food "solidly" tasty -- 2 out of 3 in the party had grilled salmon and considered it "first rate". Only complaint -- restaurant was very warm, leaving us too uncomfortable to linger post-dinner for coffee, etc. Bar looked pleasant and surprisingly un-crowded on a Friday evening; plan to come back and check it out."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Gnocchi were homemade like mom's from argentina- grilled calamari salad was perfect. Portions are just right- great place - will return!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014