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Grifone

4.4
279 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 279 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAnonymous (Dallas)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Dining at Grifone is never disappointing. Mario treats everyone as family. Food and service are spectacular! Have several friends and business partners frequenting the restaurant now as well! Always a favorite.

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vip46thStFoodie (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

This restaurant is very dated. They are quite nice but it is in desperate need of a renovation. It always seems to smell bad and the food is mediocre at best.

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Trecs (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

I should not have been able to make a reservation for 2:30, because the restaurant closes at 3:00 before opening a couple of hours later for dinner. The restaurant accommodated us, but it was uncomfortable.

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Rolando (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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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Paul (New York Area)
5.0  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!

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vipConsigliere (New York Area)
4.0  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.

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vipSamuelS (Memphis)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic Canada)
3.0  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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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 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!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
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 (New York Area)
4.0  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.

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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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vipBern (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (El Paso)
5.0  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!

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vipWjm1234 (Phoenix)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2017

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

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vipSamuelS (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  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.

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Leslie (Indiana)
5.0  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!

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Warren (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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vipTheDiner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  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

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