Gemma - The Bowery Hotel

4.5
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58 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Gemma is an Italian Trattoria located on the ground floor of The Bowery Hotel. Chef Carlo Bigi pairs rustic, seasonal cuisine with an extensive Italian wine list in an ambient setting.

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Gemma is open for Christmas Day! Please call for reservations. 212-505-7300

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Gemma is open for New Year's Eve! Please call for reservations. 212-505-7300

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 58 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
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4.6
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4.2
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an intimate birthday dinner here with friends,we enjoyed the festive atmosphere, very friendly and helpful staff, super quick service despite appearing very full and busy. DELICIOUS food. Absolutely wonderful dining experience.

MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Gemma food is a 2/10. You could not seriously envisage to serve that kind of food in Europe. My pizza was a sponge, pasta cooking was ok but why putting pistachio in the sauce? Doesn’t make sens. Antipasti lack of taste.
Service is kind.
The room is Disneyland in Tuscany.

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere in a beautiful bistro

RA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was mediocre at best. The pizza was disappointing.

CY
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great hospitality from the hostess and waiters. The booth seating can be tight for tall people, but overall a nice local gathering spot.

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I was a little bit late and they were very kind and still gave me a nice table on a very crowded night. This restaurant has a great vibe

OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gemma is a MUST try if you’re in NYC. If you’re looking for authentic, rustic Italian this is the place to go!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food delicious

MO
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service. Table was ready when we arrived, we were promptly attended to and the dinner was great.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A delicious meal, boyfriends 30th bday he got the NY strip steak and could not stop talking about how amazing it was (also he’s had pretty much every steak in nyc) so this one must be good. The montepulciano wine was delicious and great value for the bottle!

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Never ate so bad! Even mineral water was not ok.
Can’t say one positieve thing.

SA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food lovely ambience great service. Will return again and again. Thank you!

s
Miami
69 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We thought the menu selections were a bit limited and most menu items were not made to order except to boil pasta and cook salmon or steak. Not that not made to order is a bad thing though. It just seemed like dinner was not a special customized event for us. Service was good as everything came out in ten minutes.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. We sat outside on a beautiful fall day. I can't wait to get back again.

LE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a very challenging group of guests. With one impatient and very hungry toddler and 1 infant we were hopping up and down, playing musical chairs for most of the meal. How our waiter kept his cool I really don't know. Thanks so much for making us feel welcome and allowing our extended family to have a marvelous and almost civilized dining experience.

We will return!

G
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Wait staff were rude, and food was too salty. Overall a very unpleasant experience and would not ever go back

EZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very nice place
I am Italian and for me the food was very good.
Next time I will go again.
You have to go.

AC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager, Nicola, was great! We loved our experience there and love the delicious food!

N
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really great experience. Food was very good......atmosphere was lovely....we were at a back round table and it could not have been more conducive to wonderful conversation and fun times. Service was fine. No complaints.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Worst food and service I've had in NYC in 15 years - easily. I was just there in April and it was great. No idea what happened but I will never be back.

v
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food not as good as it used to be much smaller menu
less choices

C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Atmosphere and interior decor were really beautiful and romantic. Good wine selection. Food options are expensive for the quality (it's good, but not $20+ good) and the variety is limited, especially for vegetarians (no options with vegetarian protein). Wish they had more pasta options!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal.

a
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

poor service and poor food. This restaurant has gone down from years ago. Cocktails were not strong enough, it's like they used 1/2 of what they should of. Appetizer with the tuna should have been sent back. just bad

AJ
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience1

The staff was wonderful
Waiters are superb too

k
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I LOVE this restaurant BUT won't sit outside again. Too many distractions!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Extremely rude waitress

RC
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The hostess is just dreadful. We stopped by for cocktails appetizers and desert and the hostess had the nerve to tell us unless we were ordered dinner to we couldn’t sit outside even though almost every table was empty. We left stepped outside booked a table with open table then went back inside. Furious she was forced to sit us outside. She stared at us the entire time giving us dirty looks all through dinner. $180.00 later we left. What a horrible miserable person just chasing patrons and money away from this establishment. It’s people like this who put a place out business.

k
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

This used to be one of my favorite spots. Now there is a new chef. Menu has changed and the old staples don’t taste as good. Took away the polenta fries and ruined the focaccia. Such a bummer. Antonio is the only good bartender there. If he leaves, I’ll have no reason to ever go back here.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Food was very bad

DR
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent Brunch - original and tasty. However, lack of fresh orange juice missed perfection.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We were around 12 of us - vibe was great, food was good. Service not so much. Waiters were quite rude even though we ordered more than enough for the table.

MM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Horrible Service, the host and waiter had such rude attitude like there better than us and or like whatever do you want to order or not.

I've been to Gemma few twice before but this was the worst experience in dinning I had in nyc in a while, the worst part of It all I had guess visiting from London and Italy and they were sooo shocked how bad this place was, made me look bad thanks!

Hope others have a better experience but I am never going back! Go to scarpetta!

OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful caprese salad and pizza. Great wine line list and ambience. Highly recommend!

EP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

One of the worst dining experiences I have ever had in my life. Took my little sister for her birthday. I ordered a drink at the end of our food order. Server barked that everyone else needs to show their id's as well. Informed him that no one else had even ordered a drink yet or planned to.
Food took absolutely forever. Ordered a second drink, never came. When I inquired, server informed that it was getting made that moment. There was no one behind the bar....
Then went and congregated with 4 other servers at the bar. Carried the drink to the table from the TOP of the cup. Disgusting.

Food finally came out after a good 45 minutes. By the way, restaurant was empty...and zero music or ambiance. Pizzas were COMPLETELY cold. Sent it back along with the pastas.
Still got charged for dishes we sent back.
Some of the worst service I have ever experienced.

I don't usually eat at tourist driven restaurants with food that matches, but I was hoping for a way better experience than this. You don't go here for the food at all....note taken.

HC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Limited lunch menu. Not very attentive service.

HD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Server was not attentive and kitchen was uncomfortably slow

JS
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in South Florida, but every time we come to New York we make it a point to dine at Gemma. It's one of our "go to" spots to eat in Manhattan!!!

S
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My roommate and I had a wonderful first experience at Gemma. We had the Truffled Polenta Fries to start - they were absolutely incredible. I had the Penne Arrabbiata and my roomie had the Gnocchi di Zucca and both were divine. We ate outside to enjoy the beautiful weather, and our server was an absolute delight ~ very attentive and even gave menu/wine suggestions. Thank you for the amazing lunch, Gemma & family. :)