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About Grifone

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)

244 E. 46th St.
New York, NY 10017
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
btwn 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 490-7275

Website:
http://www.grifonerestaurant.com/

Public Transit:
Grand Central Terminal

Additional:
Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Grifone Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
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Cozy (11)
Authentic (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Business Meals (8)
Romantic (8)
Great for Lunch (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Comfort Food (3)
Casual (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Fun (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Grifone seems a bit like a relic from the late nineties with good Italian food, very attentive service, and plenty of beige decor. Unfortunately, it was completely dead — literally more staff than patrons on a Saturday night — and the fare didn't come close to warranting the price.

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 (Miami)·Dined 4 days ago

Incredible hospitality and unparalleled Italian cuisine. Will be returning here everytime I'm in the city!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I went here yesterday for dinner and it was awesome. The service was excellent and they were very friendly and let us sit wherever we wanted to. The food was excellent - we had seafood fettuccine and lasagna bolognese. I would recommend if you want a quiet romantic dinner with great service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

A fabulous spot! Great food, very helpful and knowledgeable staff, brilliant choices - a must on everybody's list that is looking for genuine and friendly Italian!! A neighbourhood gem!

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Always a treat where they'll accommodate whatever you'd like that makes you happy. Convivial, quiet dining where you can always hear what your tablemates have to say and service that's par excellence. The sine qua non of fine New York dining.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I had Osso Buca and my wife had the calf’s liver special. Outstanding and the service was awesome. As good as it gets for Italian meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on December 30, 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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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·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

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Warm and wonderful place, and loved the owner/manager..

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Cozy, Romantic
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 (El Paso)·Dined on December 4, 2017

This restaurant is a gem in a bustling and lively city. It is small, cozy, and quiet. Our group of seven had a lovely meal. We were able to converse with one another, while enjoying a delicious dinner. The service was great. Our waiter was attentive and spent time explaining the specials. Such a nice experience. Would definitely recommend it!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Absolutely wonderful in all regards. Food superb, service warm, timely, and professional, ambiance classic. My first time here was our visit December 2nd, 2017. This is my new NYC favorite. Just a first rate, classy spot all around. Mario the host was wonderfully engaging and he made us felt like we had been customers for years. One of the best restaurants, not only in NYC but anywhere in the country.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

A classic and well run Italian Resturant that is down to earth.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great place. Traditional old style Italian. Wonderful food & service.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Sleeper legit Italian food. Mario will make sure you have a great enening

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food was extraordinary and the service was prompt. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable.
The owner made us feel at home and surprised us with a special treat, “creama fritta”. My favorite NY Italian restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Traditional and old world. This is a cozy restaurant on the East side.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Amazing in every way. Food is from scratch, service is top notch. You feel like a celebrity with how well you are treated.....and don't miss the desert and home made grappa

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Small, local neighborhood traditional Italian restaurant. Great professional wait service team. Broad Menu selection and several specials. Worth experiencing.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2017

I have been to this place more than 20 times but it was the first time I was treated so badly (insulted) with the server. There were a very friendly server but he was not there on the evening unfortunately.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 30, 2017

In from out of town and it happened to be around the corner from our hotel. Very pleasantly surprised. Will put in on our list to go back to

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Very disappointed. I ordered the pasta primavera and the vegetables were over cooked. Wouldn't be surprised if they were originally a frozen medley. The other diner ordered a veal dish which was good, but no sides were included, not even pasta.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Great service and superb food. The dinning booth is comfortable and designed to facilitate intimate conversation. Mario, the owner, is a wonderful fellow and fun to be with. A really great place to visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Savannah)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Fresh pasta, tender veal all prepared like a fine restaurant in Florence IT! It is a cost quiet spot for intimate dining.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Food is good but expensive relative to what the place has to offer

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Just me and my two daughters in law. Food, service and environment all perfect

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Great food...tons of specials (each sounding more delicious than the next). there is something for everyone!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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