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Nanni Restaurant

121 reviews
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$50 and over
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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Nanni's Restaurant is an Italian restaurant that is casual and perfect for date night or a small group gathering. Enjoy one of several dishes of antipasti like the carpacio a piacere, peperoni arrostiti con acciughe, asparagi con vinegrette or vongole oregante. Nanni's serves pasta dishes that include capellini alla primavera, tortellini mantecati, gnocchi alla piemontese, linguine ai frutti di mare and risotto ai porcini. Dine on a seafood dish like the snapper sautéed with red sauce, or swordfish with capers. Try the chicken with garlic, tomato and peppers or the veal with eggplant and cheese. Nanni's Restaurant serves desserts of sorbetto al limone and sorbetto al mandarino along with espresso or American coffee. If you are unable to make it to the restaurant to dine, there is a take-out option available.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 697-4161
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Silvo Sclano
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Private party facilities
Can accomodate up to 15 persons in the front room.
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Private party contact
Vittorio Miriel: (212) 697-4161
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Cross street
Lexington Avenue
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Parking details
Parking on the street after 7pm. Also a parking garage across the street.
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Public transit
Grand Central Station
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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StephenH (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

Good menu, but it seemed like the same sauce was used on most of the dishes. Veal meatballs were rubbery and the veal scallopini disappointingly tough. Porcini pasta was rough and heavy. Even though service was good, the experience was disappointing for such a highly rated restaurant.

vipadamw (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on October 19, 2015

Food was solid, but nothing one cannot find in other Italian restaurants. Service was disappointingly inattentive. We ordered Caesar Salads that took forever to arrive, and finding someone to simply refill a water glass was maddeningly frustrating. The tables are so close to one another and the space in parts of the restaurant is so cramped that one sits "back-to-back" (chairs bumping into one another) with someone at the next table and it is difficult to maneuver one's way to and from one's table.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on October 7, 2015

The food was excellent but the service was horrific. We ordered soup for appetizer and it took one hour to arrive (no joke). The main course did not come for another 45 minutes (after I asked the waiter twice). When it did come, both myself and my dining partner did not receive the side pasta. When the waiter brought them, it was the wrong type of pasta. It took another 10minutes to get the right type. It is very expensive which is not unusual for a mid-town Italian restaurant, however, to justify the price you need both the food and service to be optimal. The food was the service was not. There are too many other good options to take another chance. It is a shame because I always liked Nanni's and used to come quite often a few years back.

PAWnAustin (Tallahassee)
5.0  Dined on September 18, 2015

Our friends who formerly lived in NYC sent us here, and we're so glad they did. The staff was old school charming and the food was amazing. Whatever you do, get pasta with the Nanni sauce to try.

vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on September 4, 2015

Everything was fantastic! This restaurant is a must for anyone who lives life, food and wine!

BDCal (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 29, 2015

With the number of 5 star rankings, I was ready to be impressed -- but wasn't. The food was good, but not great, with the saltimboca a bit oily. The service was gruff, although that didn't really bother me. The wines by the glass were very limited, an okay Chianti as the only red, but the pour was generous.

MikeVin (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2015

It's a charming restaurant, a bit small but it definitely makes up in the food quality, friendly and excellent service and very moderrate prices.

Kathy (Tallahassee)
5.0  Dined on June 19, 2015

At least twice a year, my husband and I dine here. He waits all year for the Nanni sauce and capellini!
I had the nightly special, baby soft shell crabs - fabulous!

Pops (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on May 22, 2015

I've been coming here for 35+ (I think) years when I'm in NYC and have never been disappointed.

vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
3.0  Dined on May 21, 2015

The food was good but I'll never return to the restaurant because the noise level was so intense that conversation was impossible without shouting. This made for a miserable evening.

vipPickypicky (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on May 6, 2015

Exactly what we were looking for. But you forget old school Italian food comes with old school Italian owners and staff. So unless you're a regular do not expect to get treated well. But I guess it's part of the charm. The food was good though and hit the spot.

vipparmenion (London)
3.0  Dined on May 6, 2015

Its a bit cramped in here so be prepared to get to know your neighbour! The food and service were fine if a bit rushed.

vipTommyG (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 4, 2015

Never disappointed and always go there looking forward to another great meal.
I have been going to Nannis for about 25 years and it feels like home.
Great pasta, great fish and meat dishes and great waiters.
It feels like home and I recommend it to all my friends

DAN0123 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on May 2, 2015

Figured is was on its way out. No one dining among us. Food was awful and service poor. Not surprised it closed.

vipCharliep (Miami)
4.0  Dined on May 1, 2015

The food was very good, the bread excellent, the service good also. The wine list is very small and the lowest priced bottle of white wine, a Sicilian Chardonnay, was $55 which I think is very expensive for what it was.