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About Permanently Closed - Gina La Fornarina - East

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Gina La Fornarina East is a fine Italian eatery that offers gourmet pizza and other upscale Italian fare. Delicious drinks are available with the brunch, lunch or dinner menu at Gina La Fornarina East, making it easy for guests to enjoy the elegant atmosphere and the great service.

The brunch menu at Gina La Fornarina includes organic kale omelets and brunch pizza. Try an appetizer with your drink such as minestrone or caprese, before enjoying an entr�e such as organic veal marsala or skirt steak tagliata. Fish, meatballs and pizza fill the menu with plenty of options for everyone in your party. Don�t forget to try the authentic handmade tiramisu.

1575 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10028
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:


Saturday/Sunday Lunch, Dinner: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Dinner: Daily: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM.

Cross Street:
82nd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 535-3300

Website:
http://www.gina-lafornarina.com/

Additional:
Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Gina La Fornarina - East - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

3.8

service

3.5

ambience

3.5

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (98)
Great for Outdoor Dining (82)
Good for Groups (80)
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Kid-friendly (79)
Great for Lunch (70)
Great for Brunch (58)
Fit for Foodies (47)
Hot Spot (45)
Late-night Find (38)
Vibrant Bar Scene (35)
Notable Wine List (33)
Romantic (28)
Special Occasion (26)
Good for a Date (3)
Authentic (2)
Fun (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Casual (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2016

The restaurant had closed down I'm not sure why this was still on open table and why I was able to make a reservation

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Even though I had booked a reservation,
when we arrived there, it was closed.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2016

I can't believe you took this reservation. The restaurant is closed for renovations!!!! It was a major inconvenience.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 3, 2016

Closed !!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 2, 2016

They closed the restaurant a day before we got there. No mention from open table or the restaurant that they closed their doors. Very disappointed!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2016

This restaurant is closed. We received an auto-response confirming our reservation, but the restaurant is shuttered and thee is broken furniture visible through the windows.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2016

The restaurant was dirty and messy, both on tables and on the floor.
The worst service I've ever experienced. When we got there they did not even knew about our reservation, and did not even bother to figure it out, even though I had the confirmation. No one even bother to come over to us when we arrived at the door, I had to go and grab a server. We ended up going to a different restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2016

The food was dry + overpriced and overall was not something i'd pay $100 for. Very disappointing and never going back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2016

I thought this place was great!
The food is great, the service is amazing but the ambiance and atmosphere is very very average

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 6, 2016

The food here is quite good and the restaurant appears to have many fans. Unfortunately, I had to wait 50 minutes and had great trouble getting the server's attention for a second glass of wine. To his credit, he was apologetic when I finally caught his eye and the explained that they were understaffed that night. I look forward to giving them another chance.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2016

I've been there many times. The service was not good!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2016

Just okay, food fairly good, did not have whole branzino as was on the menu.said they dont have the oven or facilities to prepare it. then it should not be on the menu.
Very noisy and too tight space.
never gave us more bread.
too expensive for what it is

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2016

Love this place we go there often, friendly staff, great management!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2016

This was our third time at the restaurant - we enjoyed the food, service, ambiance more the first 2 times. Salad was lackluster - salmon was small portion. Drinks were good and well priced. We definitely would return -

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2016

Very cute restaurant with good food and service. Waited a few extra minutes for a table outside but was worth the wait.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2016

A coy and friendly neighborhood place with attentive service and really good food. If they are running the homemade papardelle with wild mushrooms and truffle butter sauce, don't miss it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (London)·Dined on March 23, 2016

This restaurant is awful! The service was really bad. There was a birthday party taking place with about 30 people, and they were yelling and screaming. The manager was really rude. I will NEVER go back to this restaurant!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2016

Wonderful place for ladies lunch

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2016

This is a delightful small restaurant with wonderful food and a full wine list. Everything we ate was way beyond our expectations, homemade and delicious. The portions are grand. We were celebrating my cousin's birthday and ordered the apple tart. I gently mentioned to the server anout the birthday. Out came the desert with a fabulous shooting candle. What a treat. We can't wait to go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2015

This is one of my favorites on the uppereast side. The staff is very friendly, the food is great, and the ambiance is terrific. All around a great experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2015

Food was great. Artichoke salad was excellent. Our sever was very attentive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2015

Lunch salads acceptable but dinner entrees mediocre accompanied by indifferent service. Do not waste your time or money.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2015

Yum!!! Very good service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2015

I was pleased with the food, however the wait staff was sub-par. We sat to eat and look over the menu and then was asked to move tables so that the windows could be opened, meanwhile other tables stayed seated. Then the waitress was borderline rude when we asked for more bread for our cheese platter and continued to give questionable looks when we ordered. I would go back for the food and hopefully better service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2015

Servers were very friendly. Eat at Gina's often and it's good for a casual evening out with friends. However, they need to do something about cooling the indoor area when the windows are open for outdoor dining. It was sweltering inside the restaurant.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2015

I discovered it on the west side, and now tried the east side. I don't know if it was the different locations, but I ordered the exact same food in each place (steak tartare and watermelon/feta cheese/mint salad) and it was much better on the west side. I did find the east side location more roomy. The drinks were great - cucumber martini super for a summer eve! I tried the vanilla ice cream w/ Amarena Fabbri (Vanilla Gelato topped w/ Sour Cherry Marinated in Sherry) and I highly recommend it!! They even added a sparkler for my birthday, which was beautifully done. The restaurant is accommodating to families with small children as well :-)

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2015

I took a large group here as part of a corporate outing. It was one of the few places in the area that was willing to accommodate a large group without making us pay extra to reserve a private room. The waitress decided to wait until we were ready to order before telling us that there was no ravioli or gnocchi that day. I was extremely annoyed by this - we were hungry, and it already takes forever to wait for everyone to be ready, and now several of us had to hurry up and figure out what our second choice was. 10 minutes after we put our order in, the waitress came back to tell one of our party that her order was actually also out. The situation just seemed really disorganized. Once the food actually came, everything was really good. We were all passing our food around, sharing, and so I got to try everything, and everything was good - the pizzas, the fish, the salads, the pasta and the cocktails. I'd definitely go back again, but hopefully I'll get a different waitress next time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 5, 2015

I have been here a few times and this time was disappointing. Food did not really have too much taste. Staff was a little rude.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 17, 2015

I went here for the first time and it was very good. The service was excellent and the food was very tasty. I had the pasta with squid ink and lobster but if I went back I would definitely order a pizza since that's what they specialize in. Nice, lively atmosphere. Good for kids and families too!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2015

Cute place with well prepared dishes and a good wine list to match the entrees.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2014

My family and I enjoyed our meal at Gina La Fornarina. The gracious host totally satisfied my grandchildren's quirky food preferences. All of us devoured the freshly prepared Italian cuisine, although I don't understand why the restaurant could not substitute pasta for potatoes (they served the potatoes and charged extra for the spaghettini. Even so it was a good experience

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2014

We were very surprised at how cozy this some restaurant was. The food exceed our expectations as did the friendly and accommodating service.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2014

Second Ave truck traffic rumbles by, but worth it for great food and caring service.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2014

The service was extremely slow. The restaurant was not busy it took forever even to get my water fill. Food was nothing to brag about. Would not go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2014

Great environment, great food, great fun. One issue is the restaurant knew it was our birthday and did not go out of their way to do anything. Even though we were clearly celebrating.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2014

This is a great find by my daughter's new apartment. Good food and great wine. However, seats are close to each other making it a little crowded. Also, we wanted a substitute as we had a party allergic to one of the items that was part of the entree and they wouldn't make a change I found this a little upsetting. However, the food is delicious. I went back again last night with my daughter as it is very close to her apartment and a great place to have dinner together.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2014

We were a group of 9 ranging from age 18 to 83. We came in at 5 for an early dinner and we were seated and served very promptly. Pastas, paninis, pizzas, calzones and salads are all solidly good. A dish sent back due to an unexpected ingredient (not the restaurant's fault if diners don't know that truffels are mushrooms :) ) was re-done without the offending ingredient and with a smile. Biggest complaint is that this place is really noisy. We were sort of half-inside and half out. Second avenue is ridiculously loud with a bus stop right out front, but even inside, this is not a place to expect quiet. There are lots of kids and loud groups of 20-somethings.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2014

I went to Gina's with 3 other people, and none of the entrees were good. We had flank steak with arugula, pappardella with mushrooms, chicken piccata, and zucca ravioli. Nothing was particularly flavorful; the flank steak was tough and bland; the ravioli was way too sweet. I would not go again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 9, 2014

Although the restaurant looks almost like an ice cream parlor (bubble gum pink awning, lawn chair type seats), the food is very good and the service was friendly and attentive. The special burrata salad was tasty, and the sangria was boozy!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2014

The food is phenomenal here. The service is just so-so, and the noise level can be REALLY high, especially since there can be a lot of kids running around. The prices are a little steep, but honestly the food is so damn good, I don't care.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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