Gente

4.2
701 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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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 701 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
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3.9
ambience
3.9
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Dinner was just OK. Expected more based on the ratings. Wine we ordered was stored at room temp and it showed.

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JC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was fair, had to call the waiter over several times to ask for service. Food was good not great

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p
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

What a find in Midtown East! The owner and his team love their customers. Perfect for lunch or dinner with a friend if you're price sensitive. Perfect for a business lunch or dinner business since the menu is diverse and diet preferences are a consideration. My guest preferred a martini while reviewing the menu - the cocktails are generous. I preferred Whispering Angel rose by the glass. My guest and I split the Insalata di Gamberi - mixed greens, asparagus and grilled shrimp - and the Antipasto Plate. The chicken piccata came with a side of penne, the piccata sauce was flavorful and fresh. My guest had the Veal Milanese - which was ample size and wasn't overcooked. Gente isn't "fancy", it's great food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Top notch food, quick service

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RO
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was tasty but portions could have been a bit larger. The service was good and staff was friendly

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SM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was so BLAND--no flavor at all--I was truly shocked that the restaurant had such a high rating (which is why I decided to make a stop there while in New York). The reality is the food was so flavorless, I am amazed that it is still open--unless New Yorkers thing this is what food should be--flavorless.

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ZD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were looking for a good Italian restaurant after the one we used to go to for lunch closed. We tried Gente and the food and service were outstanding. We will definitely be going back in the future.

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RM
New York Area
220 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service at dinner, a busier time, was less coordinated than the lunch hours. Caprese salad was a good choice, as was the carpaccio, though the meat had little flavor. Chicken piccata looked more like a pizelle than scallopine, but was flavorful with the capers. Salmon done a bit more than requested, and lamb chops good but nothing special. Attractive wine list at reasonable prices.

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RM
New York Area
220 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A good informal midtown Italian, with attentive staff and a number of fine selections for lunch. Caprese salad had fresh tasty tomatoes, and the half portion was plenty, particularly in view of the large portions for the main dishes. Ravioli with mushroom was nicely served, and the veal Milanese was plenty, the veal a bit overbreaded. A fully satisfactory lunch, encourages a return for dinner.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Staff was so kind !!!! Made the evening very enjoyable!

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A
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were very disappointed. My chicken marsala was bland and I had asked for vegetables instead of pasta but at first they brought pasta. Won't go again.

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j
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

I was at Gente for lunch and thought the food was quite good, and a good value. I was especially impressed by the fact that we were in no way rushed, even though my group was there at the height of the lunch hour rush. The service was fine, but we were never asked if we wanted our drinks refreshed. That being said, we could have gotten someone's attention if we did.

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J
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time. Good good, nice people.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Just ok food and ambience. Dessert better than main course.

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E
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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ST
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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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LB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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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DD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

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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RG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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PL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

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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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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e
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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DF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

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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SF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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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MF
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

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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JS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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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K
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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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AR
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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V
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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LE
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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KB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

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PH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Will return.

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KB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

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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VN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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