Gabriel's Bar & Restaurant

4.9
1080 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian

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Gabriel's Bar and Restaurant has been a NYC staple for over three decades. Specializing in Northern Italian Cuisine, Gabriel's brings the quintessential flavors of this region right in the heart of Manhattan. Established in 1991 by Gabriel Aiello, his restaurant is known for providing excellent service and great food throughout the years and being home of many famous personalities. With rare dedication towards his craft, Gabriel will still find time to greet you at the front of the house and make your experience memorable. Now at our new home at 40 Central Park South, we are proud to continue the same tradition, with the same sensibility and care.
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vipHenryG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the warmth and importance that everyone gives plus the great food selection is a true bargain

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vipBassett
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Small potions fir the money. I will not return.

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viplulu124
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super attentive service. Lovely ambience. We ate outdoors but walked indoors. The interior is really nice!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Food was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t wait to visit their new location! It’s is a beautiful art filled elegant space. Had my favorite dish and my guest had the tuna and loved it! Perfect evening out.

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JudithL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second experience at Gabriels. I will be back!!

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MillingRm
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Newly reopened Gabriel’s is back with a bang. Hooray! We tasted nearly everything on the menu (in preview) and everything was delicious especially the Ravioli Zucca (butternut squash), the Tagliatelle Bolognese, the Tonno Grigliato, the special Risotto with Peas and Proscuitto, and the Rice Pudding. We didn’t get to try but heard rave reviews from other diners about the Cozze alle Gabriel’s (mussels), Gnocchi Sorrentina, Linguine alle Vongole, and the Costolette do Agnelo (lamb chops). The atmosphere is light and convivial with a little bit of stardust. Bravo Gabriel Aiello and team!

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MelissaL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very charming hosts! Outstanding service and ambience.

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vipHoboken
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad Gabriel’s is back. NYC’s dining scene was much poorer without it!

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AlexaMichelleW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! Nice atmosphere as well!

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vipCHZM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabriel’s is the same excellent food, drinks, service and atmosphere, but in a much better space. They did a truly excellent job bringing this necessary restaurant back. The very best, especially for a pré -theatre dinner. Thank goodness!

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Liesl
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

So glad Gabriel's is back, and still serving their reliably delicious Italian food. The service is solicitous w/o being intrusive, lovely fresh flowers adorned the table. The new 'room' is not quite as homey as that at the old location, and the bar is generic compared to the wood and dark lighting, old NYC style, in the prior spot — but all still good. And when we did get a drink at the table, an excellent gin & tonic arrived that was generously poured. Welcome back and so glad you are back! Great spot for foodies who want to talk to each other.

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vipHalAT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A spectacular return to form for Gabriel’s.
Delicious food, terrific/attentive service and an elegant environment make for a great dining experience.
Welcome back!!
Highly recommend.

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vipDave
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing to have this place back on the scene! Meal was excellent, Gabe was glowing, and Ill be back!

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JudithL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Congratulations to Gabriels for their new space (warm but elegant), their new menu (delicious preparation) and the friendly neighborhood service and ambience that made them popular!
So happy for CPS and NYC that they are open! Happy eating!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful evening out and the gnocchi was the best I ever had!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabriel is warm and generous and caring. That makes the dining experience very special. Great new location. Great staff. Great food. Great chef. Great dinner. Great restaurant. Bravo!

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vipdinah
New York Area
332 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service are fabulous. Can't wait until they re-open in their new location.

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viprachael
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience4

We came for a birthday dinner. 2 people sat 10 minutes before us. When the birthday boy and I joined it took 15/20 minutes for a server to come pour us water or take our drink order. Then I ordered Bolognese- my favorite. The noodles were not even close to al dente. Mush. And the sauce was NOT a traditional Bolognese sauce. It was creamy and too creamy at that. When I asked for more of meat sauce with pasta it came back with tomato sauce and NO meat. I ate my main when everyone else already finished and was NOT enjoyable. The best part was the celebrity star sightings. How disappointing to spend almost $400 and have a mediocre experience with sub par food :( not what I expected.

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vipAlexis2
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening... excellent food, great wine and warm, intelligent, and caring Service from Raoul & Eddie....
a most treasured place for memorable evenings in New York.

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HerbG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the restaurant very much good service ,food was very good. I would like to go again in the new location when it is ready.

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viparts
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Neighbourhood standby and survivor ! Totally reliable and satisfying re: food and attentive service. Also convenient for pre- performance at Lincoln Center.

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vipDGJx
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gonna miss this place when it moves😢

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vipgrbskis
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are enormously grateful to Gabriel for accommodating us in what amounted to a private dining room, after the disastrous loss of a walker wheel. We could not have been happier or more appreciative. The food was fantastic, better than ever. We loved our salvaged evening. A thousand thanks.

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vipRiskMan
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabriel is the most gracious of hosts. Food is always so well prepared and delicious and the service is impeccable.
We are out of towners but have been coming here for well over 25 years on almost every trip to the city.
Wish Gabriel well in the new location and will visit again soon.

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BabetteL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sad to learn it will be closing soon. Hope they will find a new location.

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vipMaryT
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

LOVE this restaurant and hope it reopens in a new location in future. Didn't have a fabulous experience on Wednesday. Didn't love the tuna crudo, not flavorful enough and giant chunks of tuna. Not sure hummus is the best garnish. Pasta of the day with shrimp and scallops was just OK, pasta was mushy and full of onions, which were not mentioned in the description. It wasn't as great a pasta as I have expected at Gabriel's.

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vipWestSider
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ate yet another great $35 three course lunch - delicious filet mignon cooked to perfection - love the ambience, most attractive room. Restaurant is closing this month and will re-open in different location in October/November. Suggest you eat there soon - am sad to see it move.

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lechwe
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

We had a very unfortunate conversation with the Maitre d'. Tuna was ordered med/rare, and it came to the table looking grey/beige, was the size and shape of a thick filet of meat, and when my guest cut it, it was not med/rare. Our waitress was very nice, but unable to do anything about it and had to ask the manager to come to our table. He was surly and argumentative, but finally agreed to take it back to the kitchen, and my guest ordered the veal chop instead. This conversation never should have happened! When anything comes to a table, and it was not "as ordered", there should be NO argument about it, and should generate an apology instead of an argument. It was very uncomfortable moment, and I was tempted to return his rudeness but did not, because I have been dining at Gabriel's since the mid-80s, and it's my "go to" restaurant more than many others. I've never seen such terrible service, as we experienced that evening. It was shocking. My Octopus, the wine and the veal shop were very good, and so was dessert. That's why I gave the experience a much higher rating than a wanted to.

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vipPickyeater
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I would rather have peanut butter and crackers. Terrible food. Ordered the veal Milanese special. It was gross. The butternut squash pasta was disgraceful. The “homemade” gelato so sub par.

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RobertW
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food and drinks, quiet, very pleasant ambience

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vipWestSider
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Attractive restaurant - good food - quiet - attentive service - great lunch special of 3 courses for $35 - I had the best filet mignon. Restaurant is closing 3rd week July and will reopen early November in Central Park South. I suggest you visit now - this is a special place.

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vipJGNYC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent. We have been coming here for years, it is always great.

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vipopinionatedinnyc
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Gabriel's for as long as it has been in this location--which was not a pretty address when it started--but is now pretty much in the center of the world. (Even longer a customer of Gabriel, himself, when he was downtown.) It was and is a glorious spot to dine, especially if you like the feeling of being in someone's excellent dining room, with friendly, reliable service from people you have grown to know over the years. It is a menu and a place sui generis. I doesn't look, feel or taste like any other place. And you can have a conversation, frequently, while sitting a few tables away from someone pretty famous. And oh, yes, the best Martinis in town.

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vipLynnLP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was awful. For a restaurant that is as expensive as Gabriel’s, I expected much more. Won’t be back.

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AdrienneG
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and amazing food. Took our CEO there while in town. He is very discerning and loves good food. We requested quick service and they delivered! Thank you

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RichJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Veal milenqse, lamb, superb! Great service. Family owned and they care!!

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vipkeithh
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Authentic bistro

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JosephC
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is very good; we tried a wonderful starter which was some sort of cold cucumber soup and our mains of seabass and gnocchi were very tatsteful. The tiramasu was a delightful finale. We left happy and feeling we had paid top dollar for such happiness.

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cath
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

sure going to miss the location and the ambience of my home away from home but look forward to celebrating when they are in their new location!

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Gabriel's Bar & Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 1080 OpenTable diners.

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