Giano

4.8
789 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
This is the story of Paolo and Matteo, two guys from Milano who had an idea. Let's take the the heart of our tradition and fuse it with the exciting innovations happening in Italian cooking, they said. Inspired by the Roman deity Janus who looked to the future as well as the past, Giano respects tradition and embraces the future. Enter Simone Bonelli. After 4 years at a Michelin starred restaurant in Italy, he came to NY to where it took him about 6 months to earn 2 stars from Frank Bruni at a publication you may have heard of, The New York Times. As executive chef and co-owner, Chef Bonelli blends cutting edge technique & gorgeous flavors with outstanding presentation- and for those of you who think you've seen it all, trust us, you haven't. We like to think of our little corner in the east village as quite special, and hope you will too
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: 5:30pm - 10.30pm ; Fri-Sat 5.30pm - 11pm
Monday Closed
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Phone number
(212) 673-7200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matteo Niccoli
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Private party facilities
Giano can host your private event seating 64 or up to 120 people for a non seated event. Our garden is available during seasonal months. We host showers, weddings, birthday and corporate parties. We welcome your special needs and can cater a menu based on your event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
1st Ave & Ave A
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Parking details
6 train to Astor Place. F or V to Second Avenue. L to 1st Avenue 14th Street station.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 789 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Outstanding food and very friendly staff. Giano is our new go to restaurant!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food and suggestions by the owner! She was nice enough to notice that I got the wrong dish (although I was happily savoring it :P) and was super cheerful and polite. Definitely recommend for a nice, quiet meal!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Loved hearing my husband and owner speaking Italian to each other. Food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Giano was amazing and exceeded expectations. I last minute had to add two people to my reservation and they were very accommodating. We came early and they kept up busy with drinks at the bar. The owners are so sweet and personally explained the menu, took our orders, and made sure we were having a great time. The food was impeccable. One of the best Italian meals I have had in the city and for a reasonable price. Out of the five of us we each got a different pasta dish and every person was delighted with their meal. I personally had the ravioli special which was excellent. I loved my dinner here and would definitely come again.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Incredible food...superb service....authentic which is truly rare:)

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Special risotto and pomodoro pasta were excellent, as was the eggplant parmesan. Service was friendly. Wish they would figure out a way to make it a bit less loud and add a bit of light to the restaurant— dim lighting is taken to an extreme here.

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2.0Dined on July 22, 2018

It was out first time there. It was raining hard. They seated us near the front window which was open and didn’t want to close it even tho we were getting wet! They moved us one table over as a concession. Then we saw the next couple getting wet! The bread tasted like supermarket bread that wasn’t fresh, the calamari and octopus salad was tasteless. Very nice waitress but we’re never going back and wouldnt recommend it even though we live close by.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Everything was amazing. Will definitely go back

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

I had a great time, it had been a while since I have been back in the city to visit my niece, great attentive service with nice wine selection. The service is not pushy and is friendly. Definitely would go back

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Sat in back garden....great service great food. Nice casual atmosphere. Will go back again.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Great food but it was so dark I could barely see what I was eating.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Fantastic dinner as always. Giano never disappoints. Favorite restaurant in Manhattan.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Friendly, great food and service. Would definitely return

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Wonderful homemade pasta, superb tiramisu, great service and attentive waitstaff. Overall a lovely experience.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

I love this place. It is a dining experience not just a place to go have dinner. It is obvious that love, caring and creativity go into every aspect of this place.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

BEST ITALIAN FOOD EVER

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Great food. Waiter was really nice. He was working the bar too and was always on the move. Our service never suffered though. Wines were reasonably priced and tasted good. The food was tasty.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Instantly felt at home once we walked into the restaurant. Lovely table in the back garden. This was my third time at Giano and I cannot wait to return soon.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

This is one of my favorite spots in the whole city. Homemade Italian food for a great price. Most entrees are under $20, the rigatoni was spectacular and if you can catch the bacon wrapped asparagus appetizer special you'd be a fool to not order it.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Love this place! It’s a must go to for good Italian in nyc!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Fantastic homemade pasta. Will definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Beautiful evening! Food was delicious and the owner was super attentive and friendly!

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Food was great but service was a little slow. Made a reservation and was seated almost immediately however they didn’t have enough menus so we waited for awhile and they brought us some menus to share. It took a while to get a waiter to take our order as it seemed they only had 2 waiters. Food was very delicious. Only issue was having to search for the waiter for ordering and billing.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Best place in city

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

We had an excellent dinner at Giano. We sat out in the back patio area which was great. Food was excellent, our waiter was funny and attentive. It was an overall great experience.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

This is my favorite Italian in the city. The pasta and service are amazing!

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

One of the best Italian restaurants for years now. It keeps up with the good and solid work. Pasta with truffles is particularly amazing but everything is really great. Paolo is a fantastic entertainer and makes everything even better. Wine list can improve.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

It was very pleasant setting and sitting on the back terrace was amazing. Our waiter was also very entertaining.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The ambiance, the service, the food was very good. We sat in the garden outside and it felt like we were in Italy. Our server was from Milano and he was quite comical. The tomato confit and the pesto sauce complimented the pasta which was cooked to perfection. My family and I had a wonderful evening at Giano.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Lovely people and fantastic food! Definitely start with a spritz and end with the cheesecake.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great food and service

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The owners and the food were top notch. I have told everyone about Giano’s. The best pasta I have ever had. I want to dream in that flavor

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Our server was very charismatic and helpful! My friend says her dish was the best she's ever had.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

We had an amazing time at Giano's. Our server was a CHARACTER, and that alone was worth the visit. His recommendations and descriptions were on point and hilarious. And oh my goodness the food. SO fresh and delicious. Shout out to Giano's for a proper bolognese with tagliatelle (not spaghetti)! Their tiramisu was spot on, as was the wine recommendation. We will absolutely be back!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Excellent experience. Every single course was full of fresh flavour. Tiramisu was the cherry on top of a wonderful evening.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Terrific neighbor gem! Every dish was delicious. Great place for old friends to meet, talk and EAT!

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

always a great place and specials are always good. I have to write 50 characters but really don't need to say anything else.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Very Nice place, beautiful people. Great food, excellent service. Desserts are wonderful!

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Needed to find a table for 10 people (at a solid place) on a Friday evening with less than 24 hours notice. Giano made it happen. The food was great and even after 6 bottles of wine, the tab came to about $50 a piece with tip included (didn't even do the price fix). Very impressed.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Eccentric waiter, amazing food, and a very welcoming atmosphere!

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