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Permanently Closed - La Giara

3.7
172 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch

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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Established in 1996, the La Giara restaurant is a family-owned restaurant that serves authentic Southern Italian cuisine. Food served at La Giara includes Italian styled sauces and different choices of pastas. The restaurant offers appetizers, salads, and entrées. The La Giara also serves a variety of fine Italian wines and cocktails. The ambiance is cozy and the restaurant has a good service.

The calamari, garlic cheese bread, and eggplant parmesan are popular appetizers. In salads, the Caesar super salad is worth trying out. Some must have entrées are the Bruschetta al Prosciutto, Insalata Mista, Pappardelle al Ragu, Pappardelle al Ragu, pesto, lamb chops, mimosa, and salmon. Drinks include beer, martinis, margaritas, and wines.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am-3:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00am-3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday 4:30pm-11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday 4:30pm-11:30pm, Sunday 4:30pm-10:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 726-9855
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Emanuele Concas
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Catering
ALL OF OUR MENU AVALAIBLE FOR DELIVERY IN LARGE BUFFET STYLE PARCELS.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
34th street
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Parking details
EASY PARKING ON AVENUE AND STREET
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Public transit
101, 102, 103 BUS STOP IN FRONT OF RESTAURANT ON THIRD AVENUE.#6 subway train to 33rd street and park avenue, then walk 2 blocks east.
Additional
Corkage Fee, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.6
service
3.4
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on March 12, 2016

Only been once but good food, better prices than places around here.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2016

They were very helpful and receptive for our party of 10. Food was good, not great, but clearly a food value in the neighborhood. The pasta was fresh and the small plates wonderful.

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2016

Food is consistently good but not worth having to wear my coat while eating because no one would close the outside door when the temperature was in the teens.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2016

Don't know if owners or chef changed but very disappointing. Had to send bottle of wine back as well as one entree which was prepared wrong. Chicken parmesan was basically a chicken nugget with tomato sauce and service was very poor. Used to come often but not likely to return.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2016

The food is delicious. The service is great. The hostess is amazing. This has become our favorite neighborhood go to place.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2016

the owner is italian and he serves nice south/centre part italian food, great to have in the menu an unlimited sangria red or white, you can get as many caraf that you can drink within 2 hours!
His pasta selection/dishes very good!

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2015

Very clever concept: Italian small plates. We enjoyed our visit. Save room for the chocolate almond cake. Yum!

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2015

I was skeptical when we foud this place at 8pm during the holiday season and they had plenty of tables available. But the pasta was homemade and delicious. They offered 5 small plates for $39 but the "small" plates were huge. We especially enjoyed the calamari, meatballs, salmon, spinach and the Tagliatelli Bolognese.

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2.0Dined on December 12, 2015

I ordered the lamb shank and my husband ordered the chicken parmesan. His pasta was way overcooked so it was like eating mushy noodles, and the chicken had no flavor. The lamb shank was okay, but needed more flavor. The meat was falling off the bone like it should but it could've used more salt or something. It was definitely much tastier than the chicken parm though.

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3.0Dined on December 8, 2015

My girlfriends and I have been coming here every couple of months for a few years now for brunch and dinner and the food is always amazing. This past time it wasn't very busy so the manager (?) came over a few times but it was almost inconvenient and obnoxious, as well as one would think with it not being busy that the service would be great but it was a bit awkward and we had to ask for a few things more than once. I would definitely go back still because it is very easy for my girls and I to meet there but this particular visit was subpar. Again, food was amazing- just a strange atmosphere.

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2.0Dined on November 5, 2015

Surprised to find out that we were the only table during lunch hour. Food is Ok but not great.

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2015

Great pre marathon pasta meal!!! Greta service and I will definitely be coming back :)

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4.0Dined on October 27, 2015

Service is attentive and food, especially the fresh pasta, is very good. Restaurant is conveniently located on 3rd Avenue and 34th Street. A definite recommend.

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4.0Dined on October 4, 2015

Overall, nothing spectacular but in a city where prices are generally crazy, we had a nice meal for a reasonable price in a pleasant setting.

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2015

Excellent service. Friendly owner. Good prices. Food is high quality, good portion sizes and delicious. Not a high end restaurant but a great neighborhood Italian restaurant. Not sure why there are so many negative reviews of this place. I've eaten here 4x in the past 2 months and have only had great experiences. I'm becoming a regular. Also Love their Sangria deals, as the Sangria is delicious too.

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2015

Restaurant staff tried hard to make dinner an enjoyable experience (the host/manager was particularly sweet and accommodating), but effort just can't overcome bad food.

There are way too many inexpensive and tasty Italian restaurants in NYC to bother trying La Giara again.

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2015

A delightful dining experience, starting with an Aperol Spritz, a popular Italian cocktail, which brought back happy memories of a recent tour in the Vicenza region.
I tried a trio of artisanal sausages, which turned out to be a very new feature. It's a winner. I had a wild boar, a lamb, and a "toulouse," which turns out to be a French pork sausage. I sampled just enough of my wife's roasted pear to recommend it highly. To close the meal, an assortment of crunchy Italian cookies came with a little pot of warm chocolate. What a great touch!
To make the meal all the more pleasant, we had a charming chat with one of the owners. We were well-fed, well-tended, and unhurried. A fine night out, and we will be back.

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2015

I've been to this location for brunch many times & it's never a let down! I was at first disappointed that they were offering sangria instead of mimosas for the unlimited brunch, but I have to say that the sangria was great & a nice change from the typical mimosa at every other brunch location. They let us stay for hours & kept filling our glasses because they saw we were having a "great conversation". The food was absolutely delicious as well. I'll be back!

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2015

Perfect pasta and terrific small bites, this is a wonderful casual treat. Perfect for families, we love to got there before catching a train to leave the city.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2015

The reason I picked this restaurant was to make my own bloody mary. Most places the mix is pre-made and it is too spicy. Here they give you a glass with ice and vodka. I asked for Grey Goose so it wasn't bottomless. Then you are given a bucket with all of the essentials to complete your drink. I would go back. They even made me something for brunch that is no longer on the menu.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2015

Great local place with good food and service. Very conveniently located and a good place for groups.

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2015

This is a nice place for a variety of appetizers and entrees for lunch special of only $14.99!!

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2015

I've been to LA Giara before and the food and prices never disappoint. On this occasion, though, the service was dreadful and the waitress heavily pushed a wine that was past its due and full of sediment. It wouldn't stop me from going back, but being more mindful!

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2013

We went to La Giara for brunch and lunch. We were not disappointed. La Giara offers a good menu and the food was delicious. It's a small, cozy restaurant with a charming staff. The only drawback was the music, it was slightly too loud and the music played was domestic pop and foreign rap.

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4.0Dined on November 7, 2013

A quiet place on a Thursday night but glad we found it through Open Table. Sea bass was outstanding, my husband loved the salmon. Only downside — just one Chardonnay on the menu.

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1.0Dined on October 29, 2013

When we arrived on-time for our 8:00 reservation, the area of the restaurant around the front door was packed with a slew of people standing around waiting for tables. When the host brought us to a table in the middle of this mob, I asked if we could be seated in a quieter section where there were two adjacent tables-for-two that could easily have been pushed together to accommodate us. The host refused, saying that he had to save those tables for parties of two. So we left and went next door to Cafe Cinema, where we had a very nice meal. We will not be back to La Giara.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2013

Fresh food, great service and always an excellent meal. I try to get to La Giara once every few months when I'm in NYC. I live in SF and always crave an authentic Italian meal. La Giara always delivers! The pasta is made fresh daily, there's always a fresh fish on the menu and a great meat dish. It's a comfortable place to dine alone, with your family or a small party. They also deliver in the neighborhood.

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4.0Dined on September 29, 2013

And the food was as good as the first! love the pasta!

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2013

Great deal and even better the food was delish! Mimosas were truly bottomless, no time limit and service super friendly!

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4.0Dined on September 2, 2013

The gnocchi reminded me of a plate in Bolgnia Italy. Terrific!

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2013

Good food, great mimosa deal. Good for a large group. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2013

Nothing fancy, yet great food, fresh made pasta. AND affordable. a true hidden NYC gem. Going back for sure next time I'm visiting NYC

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2013

I found this place on yelp and decided to try it out for a Sunday Brunch. We came at 11:30 and I was surprised that it was basically empty, but I'm not complaining. The service was quick and the food delicious.

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2013

Came here for the 'bottomelss brunch', and they were very good about refilling my bloody mary- but after the first sip I knew it wouldn't pack a punch. Plus I think it is just tomato juice. When I asked for tobasco they gave me a big bucket of bloody mary seasoning- old bay, pepper, salt, horseradish, etc which was fun- but tiresome after the 3rd time. The food was good, and I really liked the wooden wine box wall accents

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2013

This place gets an overall score of 3 stars purely because it was a girls brunch! When the server came to take the order, on the menu one of the omelette options was "goat cheese, mushroom and spinach", another option was "tomato and mozzarella cheese." I asked the server if I could simply have an omelette with mozzarella and spinach. He told me the chef does not make anything that isn't on the menu. I then told him I would like the goat cheese, mushroom and spinach omelette with no mushrooms and please sub mozzarella. He told me no. I tried again, he said no again! Finally, I told him to ask the chef. The chef agreed to make my order! and did a good job!

The AC was barely blowing cool air throughout the place, It was a little sticky.

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1.0Dined on July 6, 2013

I found that the staff were rude. My friend is a vegetarian and there were only 1 option in the omelette section, she kindly asks for no mushrooms and to just have tomato and Goats cheese, the water pointed and said order whats there on the menu, she explains that she is allergic to mushrooms and doesn't like spinach. He points again, and she kindly said, can you please go and ask the chef please, and he ignores her. We should have walked out, but we were starving and it was to celebrate my birthday as well. He finally heads back and by this time we had been waiting 20 mins for the order to be taken. Our food arrives 20 mins later. The bread basket you have was awful too, the bread was stale, and drinks were rarely filled. Poor service.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2013

I was looking for a lower-key, inexpensive place to take my parents for dinner during a weeknight and La Giara was the perfect restaurant. We went on a wednesday night (made the open table reservation about 3 hours beforehand), and were pleasantly surprised! The ambiance is humble, feels homey and the food was delicious. Big portions, tasty sauces, and they served us great bruschetta and bread. Half-off bottles of wine on Wednesdays were a nice surprise as well.

Note, there was a big party at the restaurant during our meal, and though it was a little loud, the servers and owner were very attentive, checking in on us every so often to make sure we weren't disturbed by the party. 5 stars for this service!

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2013

We found this place on Open Table at the last minute when our original restaurant choice up the street proved too noisy for conversation. Food was very good and they prepared a special pasta dish for one of my sons who is a picky eater.

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2013

I had a longstanding reservation for 7 girlfriends for Sunday brunch at 11. No table was set for us. The place was empty and the music was blasting. I asked the waiter to lower the sound and he refused. Manager wasn't there and supposedly couldn't be reached. This made conversation difficult. The place eventually got busier and he lowered it a tiny bit. Food was decent, but nothing special. It was modestly priced, which was important. Note that while mimosas and bloody Mary's are $7.50 with unlimited refills, if you order one and switch to the other, you get charged again. Bread basket had some good choices. Bloody Mary bucket of fixin's made spicing to taste easy. I recommend looking elsewhere to find better service.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2013

This is the second time I've been to La Giara, and I was satisfied with both visits. The staff is friendly, the food is affordable, and the music is great. The portions left me feeling comfortable. Brunch did not feel rushed at all because the staff gave us our space, but made themselves available to us when we needed assistance. I would recommend La Giara, especially for Sunday brunch.

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