Gardenia Terrace

4.6
164 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Fresh Mediterranean served in a lively and inviting environment.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.3
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4.4
ambience
4.3
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Daysii
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Not worth the price. Expensive for no reason. Food was horrible and just not worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

No other place I’ve been to has a 90 minute rule. I think it’s kinda outrages when you’re trying to relax and smoke your hooka in an hour. The restaurant never had the chance to have outside seating and indoor is much smaller so owner needs to stop being greedy. I get that he wants to turn more tables around but I don’t see the value of spending $200 every visit for 90 min. It also seems that they pick and choose tables to turn depending on how much money you’re spending. Not going back glad my usual spot PERGOLA is open.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I reserved a table for my birthday and I specifically asked that I wanted to sit inside and called the host beforehand the day before. The server was extremely rude and she said there’s no tables then after 20 min they finally sat us inside . It was hard to place a drink order because the server barely checked on us . We had to get the bussers because they were more attentive than the servers . Every drink that we placed took about 15 min and then I realized she was smoking cigarettes and touching dogs outside than being attentive to the tables. They sang happy birthday with the cake that was upon request which was nice but when I came home I opened the cake and more than half the cake was eaten by the staff and they cut us four slices which were pretty small . This place was highly recommend but it wasn’t what it was meant out to be . They advertised an ice hose and a fruit base which they don’t have . If I could give this a 0 star I would. When the server brought out our bill she never said it’s included I work in hospitality and I have never been to a place where I just didn’t feel comfortable there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We were given a check and got rushed out supposedly because they have a time limit for tables, however they were still people there who got there way before us.

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vipSalazar
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We had food, a couple of drinks, and then by the time we wanted to get hookah, we got kicked out.

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JaquanM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

This place was worth the experience. Food was great; ambience was good; next door establishment played entertaining music! My ONLY con is that my guest and I waited nearly 10 minutes, if not more, for plastic straws. Otherwise, service was exceptional.

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Excellent
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I loved the food, the service and the ambience, I will definitely return in future

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LauraM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and LOVED it!!! Will certainly be back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and care from the staff! They are so friendly and reassuring! Would definitely recommend for a social setting! Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t say enough good things! Food and hookah was on point! And the service was outstanding! If you need a nice classy place for food and hookah with friends, this is gonna be your SPOT

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foodsnob
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I am appalled that they even put us down with OpenTable that we dined there.

We had a reservation for 8. I called at 7:30 saying that we are running late. The host told us that she can hold the table until 8:15 but not after that. We got there at 8:16 and checked in with the host. She told us to give her a few minutes to get the table ready for us and told us to go outside. We waited for over 10 minutes. In the 10 minutes, they kept passing by without acknowledging us. They did say hi to other people who were arriving after us. People who were arriving after us seemed to be getting seated but we were not.

I went to ask about our table again and the host told me that they are paying so a few more seconds. So I said fine and went back outside on the sidewalk. Another 15 minutes passed and nothing. Again, nobody giving us updates, just ignoring us completely as they kept walking by.

Finally, I got on the phone with my friend who made this reservation for us and started discussing the rudeness of the situation and one of the hosts came up and said just few more minutes. So we waited another 10. Then when we realized that they just wanted to Jeryll us around the whole time, we just left.

45 minutes of waiting outside on the sidewalk and no service. That’s what this place does to you. It’s fine if you don’t want to seat us, but you should be telling us that from the beginning. Not give us false expectations and make us wait.

The most rude experience in nyc ever.

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vipPhilip002
London
37 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Fun Middle Eastern inspired fare. Food was good and good value. Pandemic seating was in a little deserted enclave on 10th Avenue which was surprisingly comfortable. Service was very pleasant, except for one waiter who clearly didn't want to be bothered. In fact, a lot of staff for very few tables. Why it was so difficult to get a booking slot, I don't understand!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, nice atmosphere, good prices

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NateM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Was inundated with hookah smoke throughout meal from neighboring tables. Particularly in COVID-19 times not a great feeling. The food is v good and value though

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Nelly
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm so glad this restaurant survived COVID-19. My favorite businesses had went under, so I was hoping this wasn't one of them. I was relieved when I heard that they were open, and we're doing outside dining, because I've always wanted to come here. I love a good hookah, and I go to some of the best spots for it. I had one time made reservations before here, but never could make it. However, we celebrated my friend's birthday here, and I had a wonderful time. The only thing I wish they had was some music. We didn’t want to hear other people’s conversations, but we managed. We were on time for our reservations, and they had just started to open. "Ice" if I'm correct on her spelling was our hostess, and waitress, and she was very nice and accommodating. She gave great suggestions on drinks, food, and that's always a plus in my book. We had ordered to start our hookah which was the PALM BREEZE: vanilla, coconut, piña colada, milk base. Honestly! One of the best hookahs I've had in NYC. I've had suggested that saying it was smooth, and she didn't fail us on that! I order a glass of Prosecco to start, and my friend order Pinot Grigio, and the watermelon cocktail. (Forgot the name). Ice suggested that we should try the Central Park drink (sorry if I can't remember the name, but it had Ciroc red berry and some other things included. Very delicious! I started off with the watermelon salad and it was absolutely amazing. With hints of curry accents (I'm assuming) I could taste the fresh watermelon and feta cheese. While, my other friends ordered the wings (5 piece) I'd I'm not mistaken. For my entree I tried the SHAWARMA: slow cooked marinated lamb & beef, tahini. While my other friends all ordered the CHICKEN SHAWARMA PLATTER: Slow cooked marinated chicken, tahini, turmeric rice. Amazing! The ambiance was great, the service was phenomenal and I will definitely be back!

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vipFran
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at Gardenia is always remarkable. The food is amazing. This time we tried the platter with the kalamata spread and the hummus amongst the favorites that are always ordered. They definitely never disappoint. A+ experience all the time and the staff are equally as amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

After work meeting with staff. Quick service and nice outside vibe for NYC

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff

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KJMUMMY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place best hookah around and the food is amazing

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vipFran
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at Gardenia is always remarkable. The food is amazing. This time we tried the chicken wrap as well amongst the favorites that are always ordered. They definitely never disappoint. A+ experience all the time and the staff are equally as amazing

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vipFran
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and so are the staff. We were there very early as they only open at 3pm. They were very nice and took care of us. My favorites are the water melon, mint and feta salad, Octopus & arugula, quinoa and kale salad and this time we order the chicken wings. The sauce that accompanied it was spectacular!

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JessicaB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Server was rude . She gave us our order and never came back . I had to ask another server to replenish our beverages and clear the table . She gave us the check and of course never came back . She’s short with brown wavy, curly hair . Avoid her service if possible . It was my first and last time there .

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vipFran
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Fresh with an amazing citrus vinaigrette touch. Grilled Octopus and arugula salad, feta and water melon and quinoa and feta. Amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn’t like the food & hookah , the seating was terrible, bad service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff great food and drinks amazing hookah

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Like many other places the food has changed. The watermelon salad which is a staple item I get when I come here was completely changed. In the past it’s presentation was cute and given effort, now your just served a bunch of small chunks of watermelon in a bowl with a few feta pieces and tons of arugula (which isn’t on the description and wasn’t ever included before) mixed with a ton of dressing and it’s not even the dressing again that’s described as I have had this several times in the previous years. The servers seemed overwhelmed, it took over 20 mins for me to receive a drink I ordered. Even my friends octopus salad seemed underwhelming as it was more greens than anything else. I loved this place at one point and now I’m not so sure how I feel.

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vipICM310
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great, as always

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservations with open table , was told my reservations were made the day of and could not be accommodated

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AlexaL
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food is always amazing and the hookah is high quality! I love the music they play too, such a cute spots to go to with friends or a date night. The service could be a little quicker but all in all it’s a great spot! Definitely my new spot with my girlfriends!

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HOLLYJ
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Im glad I went will definetly return. Went with my guy and we enjoyed it. Upbeat but still sexy!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greatttt environment great food great hookah!

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JuliaT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like hookah lounges and middle eastern food, this is a nice place. Service is very friendly, and there are many flavors offered for hookah. Quiet earlier in the evening.

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PietroD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, priced appropriately, large sizes. Drink prices a little high but that's New York. Excellent hookah too and they come by to replace the coals without asking. Amazing ambience, amazing food. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very small place with 4x the capacity it should hold. Management is very rude and unprofessional.

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SpencerS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Pros: excellent hookah, good food/drinks, awesome trendy atmosphere.
Cons: customer service wasn’t horrible, but needs improvement.

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MONICAV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My preferred place for hookah in manhattan. I just wish it wasn’t so difficult to get reservations here or I wish they welcomes walk-ins better.

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Peter
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

On a Friday and Saturday night a reservation is recommended for sure. Food is phenomenal and so is the ambiance. Drinks are a little pricey (like everywhere) but the food is very reasonably priced. The staff could be just a bit friendlier but definitely not a reason to not go. All in all, 5 stars!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ! I wa a given the seat preference I wanted and catered to you

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vipNoelB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food was great but the service is horrible , they make you wait 10 mins to take your order. The girls thinks she owns the place by giving attitude like we there doing her a favor.

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Gardenia Terrace does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Gardenia Terrace is rated 4.6 stars by 164 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.