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For 2
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7:00 PM
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Grifone

4.4
270 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Taking its name from the mythological lion-headed, eagle-winged monster—Grifone's statues and paintings inside depict the restaurant's namesake—this cozy Northern Italian restaurant flies below the radar. It is all about sauces, with many dishes reflecting the restaurant's regional roots with wine or butter-and-lemon sauces. A thin glaze of seasoned white wine sauce adds a sharply intense flavor to the large slabs of swordfish, while the tomato and cream sauces do more than just complement the various pastas, they add a finely calibrated sweetness. — David S. Hirschman (nymag.com)
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 490-7275
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
btwn 2nd and 3rd Ave.
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Public transit
Grand Central Terminal
Additional
Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
What 270 People Are Saying
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4.4
  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Menu et menu du jour três intéressant. Qualité de la carte des vins et de la nourriture excellente. Decoration a besoin d'une mise a jour, odeur d'humidité dans le restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic Canada)
3.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

I love this place been coming here since I was a kind. Was very disappointed this time when had a good dinner, but my vegetarIan didn’t like her dinner (first time ever). More than half our bill was bottles of wine. We gave 12% including all the alcohol. I was disgusted when the came back and demanded we double our tip. Never seen anything like it before. This place is great but hate the experience I had this time.

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vipNYCMom (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on December 30, 2017

I highly recommend Griffone for a special occasion meal or everyday dining. The services is superb and the food absolutely delicious. You can have meals prepared any way you like. Will definitely go again and again.

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vipbogie (New York Area)
4.0
Dined on December 23, 2017

They always find a way to make you most comfortable upon arriving. You are treated like family. Mario the owner greets you like a long time friend and caters to your every need. He will prepare cocktails for you and recommend their daily special. Go with the special, it is exquisite, be it fish, veal or pasta. This is a traditional Northern Italian fare featuring Branzino, pasta, ragu sauces, veal, mushrooms. Perfect for winter months, a hardy fare.
Papardelle with veal sauce cannot be topped. Various veal and chicken dishes are flavorful and imaginative. Very nice wine list, compact and reasonably priced. Save room for dessert, the multi layered mascarpone filled, pastry is amazing! Great for pre-theater! Griffone is Northern Italy at its finest!

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OpenTable Diner 
2.0
Dined on December 17, 2017

Food ok and wine overpriced by a lot. All sides extra. So no value here

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OpenTable Diner 
2.0
Dined on December 15, 2017

Was really dissapointed. The restaurant is incredibly over priced for what you are getting. My shrimp dinner was average to below average and was thirty five dollars. The restaurant smelled very musty. The carpet looked old and worn. You enter and first thing you see is an old staircase with dirty carpeting that has a funny smell. Had the meal not been over 200 dollars for two people I would have not been as bothered by decor. But with prices like that the food and atmosphere needs a complete overhaul.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined on December 10, 2017

Great meal and great service, only problem we had was with the rude lady who takes your hats and coats, she really needs some customer friendly skills. Apart from that, very nice evening.

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vipRebaS (New York Area)
4.0
Dined on December 9, 2017

While the food was delicious and the service excellent, the charge of $38 for 2 coffees and 2 desserts seemed a bit outrageous

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vipnycadam (New York Area)
2.0
Dined on December 7, 2017

We had a very disappointing meal. The clams and pasta dishes we ordered were OK, but only average. My veal dish - a classic preparation that I often order - was terrible; the quality of the veal was fine, but the breading was partly burnt, and the dish came with very little sauce. When the waiter asked how my entree was and I said "not so good," he just walked away, he couldn't care less. Old-style Italian food can be wonderful; Grifone's food is mediocre. I don't understand the glowing reviews others have posted about this place. I know I won't be going back.

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vipMagicGoldDust (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on December 5, 2017

It's a old fashioned restaurant that runs like a family business. my colleague and I enjoyed the food. The service was personal and attentive. will go back again.

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