Gaetana's

4.8
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25 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

Gaetana’s in West Village is a place where a love of Italian food and New York City combine into one unique setting. The interior is amazingly charming with its warmth and richness. Gorgeous dark colors contrast nicely against lighter colored walls and linens whereas dim lighting and candlelight add a sense of romance to the air.

Some of the delicious foods you can expect to find at Gaetana’s include cold antipasto, lentil soup, cheese ravioli and penne a la vodka to name a few. There is also an incredible wine menu that allows you to select just the right drink to help complement your amazing Italian meal. If you are unsure which wines pair best with your food, a friendly staff member is always willing to assist you. Pay a visit to Gaetana’s today for some out-of-this world Italian food.

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JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

this place is a gem, very old school and unpretentious, the feeling is one of timelessness, nobody was texting or taking pictures of their food for instagram

t
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great family restaurant with good food, nice atmosphere and great service.

TH
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, nice people. The hostess served us and tended to us as if we were family. An absolute sweetheart with a wonderful smile and very kind. I regret not remembering her name at the moment... We basically ordered everythinf she recommended and we loved it. Can't miss make sure to go!

K
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gaetana’s is AMAZING—we go here every time we’re in town!! The vodka sauce is to die for, along with their homemade cheese and olives. The service goes above and beyond and Frankie (the owner) is always around to make you feel extra special. They don’t mess around with their wine pour either!!

ST
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gaetana's was absolutely perfect! The management (owner?) greeted me as I came in, immediately asked what we needed. we had an extra person and he didn't even blink, added a seat. Water was on the table in seconds. They asked me if we wanted appetizers. i was being indecisive. he said "you want it family style?" and i said "sure". he mentioned a few of his favorites and i agreed and before i knew it they were on the table. bread, oil, drinks. the server was unflustered by 13 people (5 children), and was there for everything we needed. we never had an empty glass (water or otherwise) or empty plate. the food was fresh, light, and was cooked and prepared absolutely perfectly. All througout, the manage (owner) kept coming to me and making sure it was ok, tasted good and asking if i needed anything. for a friday night at 730 we weren't rushed or pushed out. we were able to talk and sit and have a great time with no pressure. I have and will suggest this place to anyone and everyone who asks. in a huge city with so many choices, Gaetana's is the top of the list.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

One of the worst dining experiences I've had in NYC in 41 years. I felt that I was a tourist in my home town eating at a nasty tourist trap. The food was barely edible and very overpriced. We had a reservation and was ignored until I got up to ask if there was a server who could take our order. It was early since we had to go to a show after and there was only one other table that had people at it when we came in. There are so many good restaurants in the W. Village and I looked this up and the reviews were good and I really don't know how. Terrible food -- everything was greasy, over salted and questionable as to freshness . The olives in the salad had mold on them, the putanesca was so anchovy flavored that it was inedible, the lasagna tasted like the meat had spoiled. I could go on, but what's the point? Just don't go to Gaetana's!

d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I liked the look of the place. But there was a distinct odor of disinfectant when I walked in the door. The food just wasn't very good and the service was slow. I'd never go back.

t
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant for any occasion. The owners Frankie and Michelle are delightful and very accommodating with any request. My only regret is that Gaetana's is not located directly my neighborhood.

MH
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Kind of place you can go with the family, friends, a group-- and all feel equally comfortable.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Frank and the team for making our dinner a wonderful experience. We’re coming back next weekend!

M
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Wonderfully old fashioned red sauce restaurant. Busy when we arrived at 815. Very quiet by 930 on Tuesday night. Service could have been more attentive in the circumstances

OT
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always super nice atmosphere in a genuine New Yorker Italian restaurant far away from tourist traps!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Frankie for an excellent dinner for my pals birthday 👍 god bless you my dear friend 🤗

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner is an outstanding guy. His hospitality is what will make me come back soon and make Gaetana’s one of my go to places.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Have been here before and the food was excellent - however this time almost everything seemed to go wrong! Particularly disappointing considering we came for a special occasion (my mother's birthday). Food was bad (cold, unsalted, poorly prepared/low quality) and the wine was horrendous (very cheap wine marked up 4-5X!). Service was good but not great - our waiter was extremely nice and attentive, but the restaurant was very short staffed, so we didn't have access to a server many times when needed. Sad to say our experience was disappointing this time!

CG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappoints! Love their gnocchi with gorgonzala. I'm always tempted to lick the plate clean.

c
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Lasagna with Marinara - It was outstanding.
We also tried the penne a la vodka and the pizza alla lara and both were delicious.
Frankie the owner makes you feel like you are a regular with the way he greets all the patrons.

M
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The owner is extremely friendly, and went out of his way to make our experience at Gaetana’s a great one. Would definitely return for the delicious food and fantastic service.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The coziest place with the best food in town! This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Frankie is the best. Enjoy the penne vodka!

S
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian! Great little spot excellent service.

CW
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here to celebrate my brother’s birthday and had an amazing time. The staff were warm and friendly, food was delicious and generously portioned. Strongly recommend!!!!

c
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Went here for birthday dinner w/ 8 people because everything was booked around greenwhich village. Have never been before. Food was terrible and cold. Service even worse. Not good

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, ambiance and service!!

T
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pesto sauce was fresh and excellent. The Negroni beforehand was perfect. Everyone loved having Sunday dinner here.