Gradisca
Gradisca

Gradisca

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://gradiscanyc.com/
  • Phone: 2126914886x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner:

    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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Gradisca reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)romantic (8)fit for foodies (6)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (2)special occasion (2)great for outdoor dining (2)good for groups (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Consistently great!
    Out2Eat
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I always plan an outing to Gradisca asI know the food will be great! Friendly staff, and welcoming. No pretense here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • summer night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Though we were assured the air conditioning was working normally it was hot inside. When we noticed our guest wiping his head with a handkerchief we felt awful. I mentioned the heat a number of times but was told the AC was as low as possible. We have been here before and enjoyed it. The portions are small, but the food is generally good.
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  • Romantic but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This restaurant is very romantic and has great ambience. The portions are very small and pricey. My dish was amazing and unique but my husband's just tasted like something I could make at home. The tiramisu is the best I've ever had! The tables are super close together too...in case that bothers you!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GVillagerVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The small chicken from the specials menu was very nicely flavored. The wine recommendation worked very well. Pleasant ambiance. It helped that it was a week night and that we were there before it became crowded, so the noise level was ok.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rose624VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food here was very tasty and the service was good too.
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  • tiny portions-overpriced!
    jake
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
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  • Don't Bother
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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!
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 38 reviews are from the Gradisca reviews archive.
  • Incredible Pasta
    SantaFeCookVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Everything I've ever had at Gradisca, over several visits, has been exceptional but the pasta is phenomenal!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • go elsewhere
    sturpegVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    the food was tasteless, the music was loud, the seating uncomfortable. even the lauded pasta was only okay.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carbonara heaven
    md2020
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I have been on a mission to find the best Carbonara and I think I may have done so. It was delicious as were the cocktails and the wine and the rest of our meal. Lovely, intimate outdoor dining area and fun, larger indoor dining and small bar at the back of the restaurant (where the bartender actually gave me a backup portion of the lovely cosmo he made a bit too much of....I love this because why waste it, right?). Service-great, menu-classic, food-excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian Delight
    deepazkid
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Goodeats6
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The wait service and bar staff is wonderful! Delicious food from apps to entrees to desserts! A must-go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    Foodisgood
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian at his best
    blanchka
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Simply amazing. Our waiter was not but the food was sooooo good that we kind of forget all about it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprised
    FunnynewyorkerVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The main dish that was$34 was awful. The wait staff were not attentive
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  • Mama Rules!
    BetsyVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Love watching Mama make the pasta -- her gnocchi and tortellini are ethereal. A bit pricey, but a friendly, comfortable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a let-down
    gabe
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
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  • Wonderful
    JerryVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We love this place. Food always outstanding. Great for a private night or group dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tastes like Italy
    Caro
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Disappointing Service
    lm1015
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful meal. One reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a disappointment
    AMTinNYCVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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.
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  • A REAL FIND
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greatly Dissapointed
    chefsturdo
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    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.
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  • Quaint Restaurant
    NYCCitySlicker
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Village gem
    DeboVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambience but...
    0xFEE1DEAD
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Exquisite & Romantic
    Hudcnyc
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went to Gradisca for Valentines
    DrLeeVIP
    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"...
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was a lovely place for
    Deenster
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was a lovely place for our valentines day dinner :) great three course dinner!
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Stay away from the wagyu beef
    KloudVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    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.
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  • Always great
    LuvvinoVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Low lighting, high decibels
    Roda
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday, Jan. 10, 2014
    Adrienne
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Accomodating
    GirlWhoEats
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our new FAVORITE
    WHEEZER
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great meal
    Jks1111VIP
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    SouthernSmith
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic