Gente

4.2
687 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Quiet Conversation
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
Gente Ristorante Italiano offers a touch of Milan in New York City on 45th Street. We serve authentic Italian food. Our soups are freshly made daily using all vegetarian ingredients. We serve Panini, Pasta, Pizza, and Salads that are all natural. Our Gelato, Sorbetto, and Dolce are flown in from Milan. We have an array of specials everyday. Second courses, such as chicken and tuna, are available for dinner and delivery. Take-out from Gente is available as well. Our unique space is perfect for private parties, client presentations, or product introductions. Gente also has a fully licensed bar with a wide selection of alcohol from Grey Goose to Jack Daniels.
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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 557-5555
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jay B. Mitchell
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Catering
"Buffet alla Milanese" - Our buffet includes three daily chef-selected pastas, three chef selected salads(specials and menu items included), an assortment of fine desserts and our homemade breads. Please contact us for pricing.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 3rd & Lexington Avenues
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Public transit
Subway: 4/5/6, S, or 7 at 42nd Street - Grand Central Station.
Bus: M101, M102, M103, and M98 at Lexington Avenue and 45th Street or 3rd avenue and 45th Street.
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Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mon - Fri 11:45AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Sat 4:30PM - 9:00PM

What 687 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Friends from several cities on the East Coast were getting together and one recommended Gente. We were so happy with the restaurant for several reasons. It was quiet enough for us to have a great conversation. The service was terrific. The food was wonderful. We opted to share an appetizer of very succulent heirloom tomatoes, very fresh burrata and crispy artichokes. And then we all ordered the veal milanese that was tasty, with the variations of texture from veal that was coated but not greasy and fresh rugula and chopped tomatoes on top. I can't wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Love this place food is absolutely amazing wish i lived closer so I could go there more

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

We had a wonderful pre theater dinner. The kobe meatball crostini app was delicious. Out entrees, homemade mushroom ravioli and veal scallopini were both very good. We enjoyed the cappucino gelato desert....delicious. The servers were attentive and very pleasant.

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Love this Italian place but was not satisfied with my meal this time. Was a salad(presented as a meal)Portion too small.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

A great find while visiting NYC. The rosotto was amazing.

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2.0Dined on July 26, 2018

They were on NYC restaurant week website, when we sat they said theey didnt have a restaurant week menu. We were already stuck basically. Food was not good

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2.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Dispite the fact that Gente was eligible for 100 open table points when I made the reservation, upon being seated I received an open table text indicating the reservation was ineligible for points. I arrived just behind two guys who did not have a reservation and they were seated at the last remaining window seat rather than saving it for the next reservation party which would have been my party of 2. The waiters were not professional, the food was average, it was really loud and it took forever to get the check.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Great service, friendly waiters, great tiramisu, laid back staff with a sense of humor, good fixed price menu,

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1.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The food was nowhere near authentic Itisn. They served minestrone soup as a clear broth with celery, carrot and potato bits. Nothing else. The grilled salmon arrived with cold broccoli and overcooked potato slices that were fried to the maximum. The waiter was rude when I said that the chef cannot be Italian, serving food like this. The chef was not Italian I found out. Only the chef above him had visited Italy yet still allowed such disgraceful meals to leave the kitchen. Then a different waiter did not bring the dessert menu. He rudely brought the bill. I did not leave any tip for disgusting food and awful service.

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2.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Leider große Enttäschung! Schlechtes Essen zum unfassbaren Preis. Grüner Salat mit ein paar Hänchenstreifen, praktisch ohne Dressing, Nudeln mit undefinierbarer Soße ( sollte Pesto sein), dazu Glas Wein ( schwacher Fusel) und Eistee ( Achtung, kalter ungesüsster schwarzer Tee), zusammen für stolze 80 Euro. Der Koch hat offensichtlich von Italien nur mal gehört. Restaurant Samstag Abend fast leer, kein Wunder, da keine Stimmung

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Gente is just a stone's-throw from Grand Central on 45th St. Owner Jay Mitchell prides himself on discovering authentic Italian recipes and fresh ingredients, and the menu changes with the seasons. The food is always great, atmosphere is casual and the service is prompt and professional. Vegetarians will enjoy the house-made minestrone soup, pasta primavera, and ravioli choices, along with salads. A great place to eat in a great location.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Repeat visit, good food and great service. Loved the tiramisu

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

It was a great Date with Mom. The service excellent and the food Delish. Omg! The Limoncello dessert amazing!!!!

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2.0Dined on May 23, 2018

It was my 5 time here. Today was the first timeme. Was disappointed. It took a long time for our meals to arrive. The appetizer took 40 mins and entrees took 50 mins.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Gente is a nice, unpretentious place. The eggplant rollatini appetizer was wonderful and the chicken marsala was very tasty. My friend had the grilled shrimp which was also very good. For dessert, I had gelato which was excellent, although available only in chocolate and vanilla. My friend had the grandma cake. The wait staff was friendly and cordial. Overall, we had a nice time and were able to converse easily. I would go back.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It Washington excelent , very friendly Services and good food.
Unfotunatly when they brought us the bill we noticed that they tried to charge us the gratuity twice.
The gratuity first charged in the bill, among the dishes, then at the end, as usual.
This ceases completely the confidence.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Really enjoyed our food; waiter was great. Was the night before Mother's Day and nice touch-passed out rose as I was leaving. Only negative was the music volume. Music itself was fine, Just way too loud for conversation. Many of the patrons enjoyed it though, so may have been just me. I was looking to be able to talk to my date and was too noisy for much conversation.

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Gente was a little bit louder than my friend and I had expected. We went on a Friday at 7 and could barely hear one another the music was so loud. The food was good, but the ambiance was just not for us.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Food was delicious and the staff was very attentive and professional.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Great experience -- food, service, ambiance was great -- but wine was way over priced -- paid $50 for a bottle that could be purchased for $12.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Great food and service! Don’t miss osso buco! !What a little gem!

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

They cannot toast the bread they serve with the oil. Asked twice but no can do!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great food and service. Will return.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Everything was very good we just didn't know that there was a DJ on Friday night. Was very loud and we were not able to really talk with out yelling. Food and service were excellent though.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

great food - especially the seafood spaghetti. they take the extra effort to make things nice. not their fault - but some out of town customers were yelling to be heard and cackling - like they were in a farm in the mid-west. new Yorkers are usually more aware of others around them. they turned up the music to help the other customers out. ridiculous people
their prix-fixed is a good value.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Very good Italian food. The service was prompt and friendly. You have to try the negroni 's they were great. Would recommend for a relaxing evening or before a show.

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1.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Terrible Food. Way overpriced. Go eat at a diner. That's what the food tastes like. Average dish is $35, and a prefix with small appetizer and desert is $45. Went with 4 people and bill was $240. After $160 off for Groupon, we still paid like $45 each. I ordered the Sea Bass. They put the pasta with sauce on the same dish as the fish fillet. Never saw such a measly portion of pasta. No taste. Fish tasted frozen. No comparison to Carmines or any descent Italian Restaurant.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Excellent food at good value prices.
Respectable wine list at reasonable prices. Excellent service. Welcoming staff. Will go again.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Pretty nice place with sensible portions, quick service and good food. It’s a bit pricey, but the food is a good quality.

We had the salad and risotto and it was good

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1.0Dined on March 29, 2018

I ordered the wrong thing. My friend ordered the pasta dish and it was full plate. I ordered the full salad with shrimp and there were only four medium sized shrimp. The price was $26 whereas my friend's pasta dish was $13. I would have expected my salad have more shrimp for the price.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Stable, well located Italian with good food and service. Reservations usually not needed. Pastas are first rate.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I was not impressed with the risotto I ordered. The staff was friendly.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Very good of the management to give us a round table in the corner. Service was good and food very nice.

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3.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Just ok. Not great value and food wasn't anything special. Good service and liked that it wasn't too crowded or noisy.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We had six people so we took the table on the far corner. All the people working there were very nice and responsive. It was not a very busy evening and we spent a great evening. We were all very happy with the food and services. Definitely would recommend the friends!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

A convenient place near Grand Central with traditional Italian favorites and friendly, attentive staff

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Enjoyable experience, great service (as usual) and excellent food. Will be back!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We went out for a family gathering. The service was okay, but nothing spectacular. Our waiter was never asked if we needed any help with the menu or told if there were any specials. He just handed them to us, asked if we wanted a drink and then walked off. I think part of the reason for the what seemed to be the cold shoulder might have been because of the barrier between demographic background between us. Regardless, our meal was great, the portions were good, and we were very pleased. The desserts were fabulous, and the espresso was very good too. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a great place to eat Italian that is off the beaten path.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Met friends for dinner. I had the spaghetti frutti di mare. Loved it. Service was great. Would definitely go again.

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4.0Dined on December 18, 2017

Reliable Italian food, good range of prices, excellent service.

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