Gente

4.3
721 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
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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 721 People Are Saying
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4.3
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New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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JU
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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s
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall an excellent experience! We highly recommend it!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Everything is cooked to perfection.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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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RM
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KK
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

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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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

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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j
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

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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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

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ST
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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EB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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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F
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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TB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
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
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
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 on November 9, 2018
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
16 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
222 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
222 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
3 reviews
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
63 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
13 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
3 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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