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Grata Restaurant and Wine Bar

3.7
109 reviews
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$50 and over
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Mediterranean
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  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

Grata Restaurant and Wine is an Italian restaurant having brick wall interior, exposed beams, mango wood and hardwood floors, providing a relaxed dining experience in a cozy setting. The word Grata in Grata Restaurant and Wine means welcome in Latin and the staff greets the patrons at the door in this way. The service is efficient and quick as well.

Grata Restaurant and Wine's menu includes salads, pastas, seafood, poultry meals and for a number of sides. Specials include chicken broccoli, sesame chicken, grilled beef skewers, classic Caesar salad and various homemade pastas.

Grata Restaurant and Wine has been permanently closed now.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12 noon - 4:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12 midnight
Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Brunch: Sunday: 12noon - 4pm
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Phone number
(212) 842-0007
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Hido Holli
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Private party facilities
Grata Restaurant is available for private bookings. Whether a celebratory occasion with family and friends or a business meal to impress, we look forward to making your party a most memorable and enjoyable experience.
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Private party contact
Craig Slivka: (212) 842-0007
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Catering
Have Grata cater your office party or home event and we will make it the most memorable and enjoyable experience.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between 58 & 59th Street
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Public transit
Lexington and 59th
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Entertainment
Tues 8-11pm Sandy Jordan sings the American Songbook
Wed 8-11pm John Weiss play piano dinner music
Thurs.8-11pm Sol Yaged swing his clarinet Benny Goodman style
Fri 9:30-midnight King of Soul/R&B Tony Middleton
Sat 9-midnight Sarah Hayes swings the standards
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Special events & promotions
Grata joyously celebrates all Holidays! Calandar Holidays, Birthdays, school/camp reunions, bridal showers, Bar-Mitzvahs, Confirmations, etc. are always a Holiday to Behold and Enjoy at Grata.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.8
service
3.9
ambience
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on November 5, 2014

Bruno, who owned and ran Pesce and Pasta until it closed, is now at Grata. It was great seeing him and he brought some of my favorite dishes with him. Very happy that he is back in the neighborhood.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2014

Thus us truly a neighborhood place w/o too many tourists, which my husband and I like. The food was good, service very accommodating, and vibe very homey. Our two appetizers were very good. The 1/2 plate if pasta I got was more than ample for my entree. My husband's ribeye steak was large but cooked more than he ordered. When we arrived most of the dining room was populated with a group waiting to surprise someone for their 40th birthday. We thought it was fun to be part of that. Would definitely come back again.

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2.0Dined on August 1, 2014

Wanted to give it 5 stars overall but had to hold back due to the food being overly salty. We ordered the meatballs, ravioli and salmon avocado and all three dishes were so salty that we ended up consuming more water and sadly had to stop ordering more. The service was outstanding... if only the food met the standards...

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2014

We have been here before. The music was nice. We had two appetizers which were very tasty, main dish was excellent as well.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2014

My wife and I had a lovely evening there over the weekend. The weather was fine, the front windows were open and a impressive jazz quartet was playing. The food was quite good and the service was attentive without being overbearing. I had a very nice veal chop and my wife had the salmon special. Both were quite good. I ordered a Chianti and though they were out of the particular vintage I chose, they were able to find a more than adequate substitute at the same price point. Altogether a lovely, romantic evening in a cozy place. Our waiter informed us that the restaurant would be converting to a steakhouse soon, though, so only time will tell if the ownership can retain the charm of the existing place as they transition to a new cuisine.

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1.0Dined on July 5, 2014

It was July 4th weekend, a good friend gave me a $200 gift certificate the he bought from this place.
Reservation was not an issue. We arrived to the restaurant at 7:30 to an empty restaurant. There was a single table beside us. My wife ordered 1 cocktail ( she said it was the only thing was worth $)and the rest of us ordered water.
Ordered appetizers. Calamari was cooked in burnt oil and served with tomato sauce witch you need a knife to cut through .
Salmo was the worst thing I have ever tasted. Served with kale and potato $28. Seafood special( the biggest ripoff in the history of restaurant, We orders 2 veal chop special( they came breaded and fried at $42 ea.
my 15 years old daughter missed the olive garden food. At $266.00 I

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2014

Delicious dishes. Can be a great intimate spot for a special occasion. A neighborhood gem.

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1.0Dined on June 27, 2014

The food was awful. Two veal meals were sent back, and two pasta dishes arrived which were no better.
Restaurant did not deal well with the issue just apologized and offered drinks

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3.0Dined on June 18, 2014

I took a coworker here for her birthday for lunch. The only other patrons were two table of ladies playing cards. It's a little expensive for lunch and the portions are fairly small but I enjoyed by food and the a/c! I might be back for happy hour.

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2014

Great neighborhood spot, off the beaten path in Midtown. Very good for business discussions, as typically quiet at lunch time. Atmosphere very comfortable.
Service very friendly and attentive. Pasta dishes were very good. Nice food selections.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2014

Nice italian restaurant, close to 59th street bridge.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2014

Lovely food, nice moderate portions, very pleasant atmosphere. i will go back.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2014

This secretive spot shouldn't be. Personalized attention to food and service make it a must-try. Good at customizing your order as well.

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2014

well prepared food and gracious service

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2014

It is a lovely restaurant...good for its food and its service.

The staff coule not be better, nor could the food. Love to go there. Betty Yarmon

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2014

the service is always excellent especially from Alex and Alejandro. the grilled octopus appetizer is out of this world! the Salmon is great too.
We have never ordered something at Grata and not liked it. Grata is beyond Great!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2014

Can't thank Dora and her staff for another great time out. The food and wine were perfect and the next time we are back to New York we we certainly go again. Maybe twice like we did this past week.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2014

15 adults and 2 children under 10 and we ALL enJOYed the ambience/ service and most importantly the food - I can highly recommend the meatballs as an appetizer staple - the fresh/warm focaccia bread is always a nice touch - from pasta to beet salad and roasted artichokes - duck medallions, steak and mussels in white wine the variety and taste-buds of everyone were truly satisfied - the coconut passion fruit desert was to live to

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2014

Manager came over and talked to us which she didn't have to. Made the night a little more special. Food was very good and we are going back again later in the week. Price was very reasonable. Good location.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2014

Loved the selection of food and the service was outstanding. Great place to take a group of people for any type of event, or special person.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2014

The last time I reviewed Grata I was concerned that the place had gone south..meaning it was going down hill and would eventually close. The food, at that time, was not good especially given the price point. Well, I went back the other night to give it a last try before I took it off my "place to dine" list. I was pleased to see that the food was back to being very good again. The service has always been top notch. I will definately be back and I am very happy to see that food experience has changed for the better. Keep up the good work.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2014

This is our second time back AWESOME FOOD and WONDERFUL SERVICE!!!!

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1.0Dined on March 8, 2014

Ordered the grilled shrimp salad. Salad came to the table without shrimp, endives, or any other ingredients listed on the menu.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2014

Upon arriving at Grata , the first thing we noticed was the decor. Very warm feeling, yet calm and cozy. The wait staff was very pleasant and attentive. We decided to share three dishes . We didn't have to ask to stagger the courses , the waiter suggested it.
We shared the barata salad, which was delicious. The handmade tortellini was delicate and filled with a pesto and had a buttery sage sauce. Then we shared Chicken Francaise. It was on a bed of tender spinach-the chicken was light and tender as well. The waiter brought us complimentary strawberries drizzled with blueberry sauce. Just the right end to this delicious meal.
Would definitely return. So glad this opened in the neighborhood!
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5.0Dined on February 20, 2014

We had lunch at Grata before going for a major medical procedure at a facility down the block. The owner came over and engaged us in some very delightful coversation!!Too bad we live in New Jersery or we would come in at night for the life jazz. He mangaged to calm me down (and even sang) for my procedure and we enjoyed a most delicious lunch to boot!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Nice Valentine's Day menu but the service could have be improved. It wasn't a lack of service but rather too many people all over us and a lack of coordination among them. If they could smooth out the edges and try to serve people a little more fluidly it would not result in bringing courses in the wrong order or a three people asking us for our drink order. It's a nice spot with great potential but they need to get it right if they want to be here next year on valentine's day.

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2.0Dined on February 12, 2014

Service was definitely off. Had to ask for wine list, had to ask for menus, had to ask for bread, and there were three people and they only filled 2 glasses with water. Waiters and staff seemed more interested in chatting among themselves than waiting on the tables. This often happens when it is a slow night. I've eaten there several times before so as I said this may have been an off night. Probably be awhile before I go back.

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3.0Dined on February 12, 2014

Restaurant was completely empty at 2:00 on Wed--which was perfect. My lunch date was late and I sat comfortably for 30 minutes looking at the lunch menu, the special Valentine menu and having tea. However when the other party arrived we had to seek the attention of the manager as there appeared to only be bus service and no waiters. The wait staff seemed to arrive @ 4 when we were leaving. In spite of this I must say the food was excellent - I highly recommend the fish soup. i suspect dinner service is better.

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2.0Dined on February 5, 2014

Something has changed and not for the better. The room is still pretty and the service is quite good . However, the food has taken a turn for the worst. I am hoping that is was an off night because I really like this place otherwise. My pasta, which was a special that night, was soggy and not al dente . The soup I had was odd because it tasted like flour. Others that I was having dinner with felt the same about their meals too. I really cannot forgive bad food even if the ambience and service is top notch. After all, I am there to eat. I have rated Grata highly in the past and felt that is was a great addition to the neighborhood. I hope that this night was the exception and not the new normal.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2014

Very accommodating and friendly service. Great food that was refreshingly different from the usual brunch fare. Ambiance was relaxing and just what was needed after a busy week. Enjoyed thoroughly.

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1.0Dined on February 1, 2014

Was a most unsatisfactory experience on a Saturday night. Apathy from the staff, lack of knowledge about the food and beverages, sloppy service, and unappetizing food. No acknowledgement from staff when 80% of an entree left untouched. Would not return, other than for a glass of wine to enjoy with the live music that is offered.

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3.0Dined on February 1, 2014

Excellent experience, nice place to have a drink at the bar before your dinner.

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2014

Old style restaurant with a hip sensibility. Excellent lamb special on the bone, large shank in a fragrant stew like sauce . Surprise of a live band and French singer . We felt like we were in Paris .

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2013

This could be off because of New Years. Soup took over an hour to be served and it was plainly obvious owners friends were getting preferential service. Appetizers were wrong, and cold. Pasta was gummy. Main course of Cornish hen was good, but osso bucco was cold. Mousse for dessert ok, fresh fruit looked like something they dumped out of a can.

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2013

While Grata is a little on the expensive side for a neighborhood regular it is lovely for special occasions. The food was very good and the service was attentive, as well. The room is very nicely appointed and it was very busy on the night we went. We waited at the bar 20 minutes for a 7:30 reservation. Unfortunately we were squeezed into a table for two where the waiters were constantly bumping into us and there was absolutely no light. Finally I got up and moved a chair to make it more accessible for the waiters. Overall it was a nice experience.

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3.0Dined on December 15, 2013

We went to Grata on Sunday night for the birthday celebration of jazz piano great Barry Harris. The band was phenomenal!! We hadn't been in before but if they schedule music nights often...we WILL be back!!
Our salad was fresh and good and the grilled octopus had nice flavor. I'd stick with the appetizers for sure and the sangria was nice. But the MUSIC! Awesome.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2013

The another review was not very good so I didn't expected they have very nice food. However they made us great surprise!
The home made pasta was so good, the appetizer was everything we order was very good, also their service was so nice.
I really recommend this restaurant for everyone.
The room was very clean and modern design so you can have a great date there.
Also this restaurant has enough space for big family party, too.

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2.0Dined on December 10, 2013

The maitre d' who sat us, also provided daily specials and took our food order. He was annoyed when we inquired how one of the specials was prepared and additionally was imperious upon greeting us at the door. Though the restaurant was only half occupied, the service was poor, such as appetizers being served to our table which belonged at another, as well as long lags between courses. This was our third time dining at this restaurant, however based on our last experience it will most likely be our last.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2013

We went for an early Sunday dinner (5 o'clock), so it was a quiet time, and I can't speak for the noise at true lunch, dinner, or later evening. Our food was delicious, the service excellent, and the ambiance absolutely lovely. I'll be happy to return and to recommend this to others.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2013

Grata's food and service is well above norm. An outstanding neighborhood restaurant.

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