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Gente

4.0
4
663 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 557-5555

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jay B. Mitchell

  • 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.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Jay Mitchell: (844) 756-8722

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Cross street

    Between 3rd & Lexington Avenues

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Subway: 4/5/6, S, or 7 at 42nd Street - Grand Central Station. <br />Bus: M101, M102, M103, and M98 at Lexington Avenue and 45th Street or 3rd avenue and 45th Street. <br />

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 663 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. I

    Itoman

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    I always get the ceasar salad with chicken. The chicken is very flavorful and tender and the salad is fresh.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    This is my near Grand Central go to restaurant for meeting friend for lunch in the city. I’ve been going there for years for personal and business lunches. Food is good and pricing average for midtown Manhattan. Generally not too overcrowded. It can be noisy do get a table nearer the window or back wall if you can
  3. L

    Lmdjr

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2019

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    I was surprised that I was not accommodated with the following easy requests: 1. Can I have gluten free pasta - waiter said "it will take at least 25 minutes to prepare" What? cooking times are same for regular pasta. 2. can we have half meatball appetizer with cheese, and other half without? waiter said " the chef will not like that, no it's not possible." again, horrible service and when we got 4 separate bread pieces of apps, my request could have easily been accommodated. This is unacceptable in NY let alone anywhere else.
  4. SP

    StephanieP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The eggplant mozzarella was good but the shrimp asparagus risotto was as bland, closer to paella style rice than risotto - not at all creamy.
  5. MM

    MatthewM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Unfortunately, in speaking to owner to learn business is closing soon. Matt
  6. N

    Nell

    Yorkshire

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Genuine Italian restaurant, good food very flexible in allowing you to order exactly what you want. Very friendly staff.
  7. LS

    LSNeats

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    As always, the service was terrific, and I love that the kitchen is always very accommodating for special requests. The Chicken Marsala was the biggest hit on the table with chicken tender enough to cut with a fork.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Possibly the worst Italian food I've ever eaten. Saffron in a mushroom risotto? What?
  9. m

    martini

    New York Area

    142 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent salad with salmon and good decaf coffee
  10. C

    Commuter

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and the food was very good. Nice atmosphere, no pressure to order. We had a great time
  11. PA

    PAFoodie

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed Gente again this trip from the salad to the dessert. Will be back.
  12. P

    Paul

    San Antonio

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Authentic Italian in a nice atmosphere. We were served quickly and staff was friendly.
  13. TS

    TSD13

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Romantic Getaway
  14. V

    Victorloo

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Attentive service! Great food and portions. Not too soendy for NYC. It will be one of my go to spots
  15. A

    Alma

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Location would be better if it were closer to the theater district
  16. PS

    PattiS

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently good. The food is good, the service and the ambiance also good. I have brought both clients and friends here and everyone always enjoys the place.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food as always we be eaten here many times
  18. T

    Tatesbug

    New York Area

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It feels like a restaurant that’s been in the family for generations. The food was fresh, authentic and first class
  19. z

    zfood

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service was attentive, but given my sleepless night the decaffeinated capacino I ordered at lunch wasn't.
  20. JU

    JUNIORF

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GREAT. had large group. owner was very very nice. good luck
  21. s

    shitalp

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Very small space. Table was rocking not steady. Service very slow only two waiters for the restaurant. Food took long time to come. Very expensive and small quantity.
  22. TR

    TheresaR

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall an excellent experience! We highly recommend it!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Everything is cooked to perfection.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We came back after having an amazing experience a couple years ago. Food was as good as we remembered! We love it here! Best Italian outside of our time in Italy.
  25. M

    Martee

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2018

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Portions are ridiculously small for the price. $25 for chicken marsala and pasta which came on one plate. The chicken was a one half of a small breast and the pasta was overcooked.
  26. RM

    RayM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful meal with friends at Gente. Service was great and food was wonderful. Would definitely go back.
  27. KK

    KristoferK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    It was good food. Could of given us a little more though on our plate. I got the chicken parm and my fiance got eggplant parm. The sauce was really good. As far as service they were really nice. The bathroom was a little iffy but overall it was a pretty good restaurant. We would go back there. A little on the smaller side so if you dont care about ppl laughing or having convos it's fine.
  28. AK

    ArleneK

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Rushed to order and waiter came to clear table when one person was still eating. Floor under my seat was dirty. Ladies room was dirty. Will not return.
  29. SM

    SM220

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2018

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Have had a lot of pizza in NYC. Mostly good, some bad, this was by far the worst. Think it may have been a Celeste frozen pizza for $18. Meatballs tasted like they were just defrosted and heated up. The mains we got weren't as bad as the apps but for $22-$28 expected much better. Skip it.
  30. j

    janeth

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was wonderful. Chicken marsala melted in your mouth.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2018

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Foods was mediocre, very disappointed overall. Ordered a squid ink pasta w. jumbo shrimp - the paste came out crumbled together, dried and was only three split shrimps on whole plate. Decent multi-grain pasta light tomato sauce with zucchini, broccoli, and tomatoes - like a plate of spaghetti in vegetable soup. Both grilled chicken breast w. herbs/spices and sea bass w. white wine, olive oil, lemon, slivered almonds were just average - nothing 'wow' about them, especially they were thinly sliced and lacked of flavor. Surprisingly, the saffron risotto w. sauteed mushrooms was delicious - the best of all dishes I ordered. Don't order antipasto plate - it looked like mix of foods from cafeteria piled up in one plate - two thinly sliced roasted beets, half cut portabella mushroom, stockpiled of string beans, spinach, and a tomato with fresh mozzarella cheese. In the end, the check came out with two double charged of similar entrees, and waiter didn't even realized it until I inquired about the charges. First time and the last time. I thought to give it a try at Gente, but La Pecora Bianca Midtown is still the best in neighborhood.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service!
  33. E

    Executive

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was not great. Food mediocre at best. Really bad choice to go there.
  34. ST

    STACEYK

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service & food never disappoint & Jay, the Owner, is friendly and always accommodating.
  35. EB

    EricB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very nice quiet place with great food and service. tables not too close together so was a nice place to catch up with family
  36. JF

    JFinNYC

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    If you're looking for average Italian-American food and so-so service, Gente is just fine. My friends and I were attracted because of Gente's Instagram account, which boasts that the restaurant serves the largest raviolo in all of NYC. Of course, Gente doesn't actually have this on the menu (and they couldn't tell us when we could get it). They also heavily advertise a chicken parm burger on social media, but they don't actually make that either. The regular menu is very standard Italian-American fare, prepared in a mediocre fashion. The kobe meatballs on the crostini were dry. The texture of my risotto (which, to be fair, had a nice flavor) was all wrong. It wasn't creamy -- it was a solid mountain plopped onto a plate. While I would still be keen to try that jumbo raviolo, there's no guarantee I'd ever get it, so I won't be back. I serve better Italian food in my own apartment.
  37. F

    Firebird

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came into NYC via train from upstate NY to meet my son and his girlfriend for dinner and looked for a restaurant close to Grand Central Station and googled restaurants and Gente looked like a nice restaurant. There were five of us including my wife and step-daughter. I feel Gente was a great choice. Food was great and was able to have good conversations quietly. We had our meals and then dessert. Service was great. Highly recommend Gente. Will keep in mind the next time I visit NYC.
  38. c

    cmt1

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Goor food, nice ambience, and very convenient to Grand Central.
  39. TB

    TerryB

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Dinner was just OK. Expected more based on the ratings. Wine we ordered was stored at room temp and it showed.
  40. JC

    JoanneC

    Houston

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Service was fair, had to call the waiter over several times to ask for service. Food was good not great

FAQs

Gente offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 557-5555.

Gente is rated 4 stars by 663 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 3rd & Lexington Avenues

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jay B. Mitchell

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 557-5555

  • 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.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Jay Mitchell: (844) 756-8722

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