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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)
New York, NY 10017
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
btwn 2nd and 3rd Ave.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Grand Central Terminal
Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
Grifone Ratings and Reviews
Our waiter was excellent. Our food was out of this world good. The decor was 1970's JC Penney. The food was so good you forget was the surrounds look like. We had nice appetizers and delicious main dishes, swordfish, veal, scallops, etc. Each of us would total recommend!
It is always a delight to dine at Grifone. The food is exceptional, the owner is attentive to his guests, the ambiance is quiet and respectful of guests, and the wait staff is very obliging. We enjoy each and every visit, and take our friends and family here for celebratory occasions.
The place just looks tired. The bathroom was so outdated and was not working. The salads were great but the entrees were just okay. Side pastas were bland. They were slow to refill water and did not ask if we wanted a refill on our wine until the meal was over - which was too late. They need an update bad
An old time gem on the East Side. Food never disappoints, always fresh, always spot on! Authentic Northern Italian cuisine as can be attested by their superb sauce preparation. While I had a simple, delicious baked Branzino w/evoo, garlic/parsley; my guests had pasta w/ragu' sauce and a chicken w/eggplant prosciutto and fontina cheese. Exquisite, on all counts. Desserts were awesome! This is Italian!
Staff is professional, well versed in the make up of each dish. They are well schooled and one feels at ease with their recommendations. They know their food & preparation methods. Wine list is compiled well, offering diverse selections at a wide price range. Something for everyone.
Mario, the proprietor, takes close care and personal attention to your every need. Friendly, expeditious service is the norm. I make it a point to dine here as frequently as possible. The food is simply superb! Way to go Mario!
As is always the case when we go to Grifone, the food and service were excellent, and the ambiance was perfect for a family dinner with my youngest sister and her family. The kids loved their food, the salads and soup were excellent, and the entrees were all superb. Grifone is a neighborhood gem, and we take many of our friends and family for dinner when they are visiting. The owner is always gracious and welcoming, and the second time we went to the restaurant, he pointed to me and said, "I remember you because you carry yourself as if you are a French woman." Needless to say, I appreciated his comment.
We've been dining here for special occasions for over 15 years. Mario, the maitre'd, is an institution. Red wine choices are top-notch. Occasionally one gets the pretentious waiter, which is why I rated service as only "good." Seafood and pasta are prepared to perfection.
Don't let the worn sign outside or the sparse lobby/stairs scare you because once you enter the restaurant it's first class all the way. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable and added to our overall positive experience. Try the Lasagna Bolognese if you're lucky enough to have it as a menu option.
Two blocks from the UN, Grifone is a authentic North Italian restaurant with a charismatic and attentive staff. If you want to actually have a conversation, it is wonderfully quiet. It is not a trendy or fashionable restaurant, which is why I like it so much!
Mario and his team at Grifone deliver food and service that is second to none in NYC. If you need a place to go for lunch or dinner - whether personal or business - this is THE place. Known for amazing Veal and Fish dishes with wonderful appetizers and desserts - all prepared fresh! Local places like Grifone - run by first class people like Mario - are the gems of NYC. Much better than the big names and certainly better than any chain. Go here - you won't be disappointed! Tell Mario that Andy sent you!
This is my favorite restaurant in New York City. The old time charm and staff are fantastic. Food is fresh and made according to what you specify. I go for special occasions and always leave feeling like a queen. The owner Mario is a fantastic and caring host. I will continue to dine here for special occasions. They are open for lunch so I will try to come more often.
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