Gente

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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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4.0based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
4.1
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vipItoman
New York Area
33 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 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

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vipLmdjr
New York Area
7 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.

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StephanieP
New York Area
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.

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MatthewM
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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vipNell
Yorkshire
32 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.

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vipLSNeats
New York Area
22 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

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

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vipmartini
New York Area
140 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent salad with salmon and good decaf coffee

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vipGus1
New York Area
21 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

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vipPAFoodie
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Paul
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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TSD13
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic Getaway

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Victorloo
New York Area
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

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AlmaC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Location would be better if it were closer to the theater district

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PattiS
New York Area
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always we be eaten here many times

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vipTatesbug
New York Area
100 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

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vipzfood
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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JUNIORF
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT. had large group. owner was very very nice. good luck

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shitalp
1 review
Dined on December 29, 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.

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TheresaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall an excellent experience! We highly recommend it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Everything is cooked to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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.

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Martee
New York Area
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.

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RayM
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KristoferK
1 review
Dined on December 22, 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.

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ArleneK
New York Area
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.

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SM220
New York Area
5 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.

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vipjaneth
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

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Executive
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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vipSTACEYK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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EricB
New York Area
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

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vipJFinNYC
New York Area
6 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.

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Firebird
1 review
Dined on November 23, 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.

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cmt1
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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TerryB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

JC
JoanneC
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 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 739 OpenTable diners.