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650 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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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"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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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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Mon - Fri 11:45AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Sat 4:30PM - 9:00PM

What 650 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Firefly (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

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

Cath (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

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

Andrew (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

My wife called it an Irish Pub masquerading as an Italian restaurant. Food was very good, a little pricey. Not a lot of beer options, but I was just happy to get a second beer because the waiter was so busy. So a lot of people go, but it’s not the quiet romantic place we were looking for. Everyone was really nice though.

vipRandB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

We have never been disappointed with Gente. Excellent polenta appetizer. Be sure to ask for it.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Desserts weren’t great and the service was a little slow, but very pleasant waitstaff and tasty entrees.

viprandarooo (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 9, 2017

it has been a few years since last visit. Was as good as I last remember. Very good lunch[ price fix options]. Food quality and quantity perfect. I will return.

viprandks (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

Gente is an adequate Italian restaurant, fairly close to Grand Central Terminal. We went somewhat late which might explain why it was so empty.
The positives were:
pleasant service
quiet - easy to converse
decent food
The negatives were:
food was indeed decent but quite unexciting
much too expensive for what we ordered or what it was worth.

vipeplau (London)
3.0  Dined on October 31, 2017

Menu a bit dated but wholesome classic food

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 18, 2017

For me, food is average, good on palate but not that as to wow you when you see it. But overall, it is okay and pretty relax, friendly staff.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

Gente is still a favorite after 15 years of reliably great Italian food and impeccable service. Thanks, Eddie, for making another wonderful memory for my 90-year-old mom! She hadn't been to Gente since we had her 80th birthday party there--an event for the ages!!!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

My wife and I brought my mother to NYC because she had never traveled there. Gente was down the street from our hotel, so it was very convenient. We had a 5:30 reservation. It was not very busy, so it was relatively quiet. For our meal we had the carpaccio, lasagne, veal Milanese with a side of pasta, a chocolate soufflé and a crème brulee. All of the food was quite good, and the staff was very attentive. It made for an enjoyable meal prior to departing the following day.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

The food was adequate but nothing special, and it was incredibly noisy, even when only 1/3 full.

vipMarkM (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

Food quality was excellent, service even better. Very reasonable for NY, you can't go wrong here. Give it a try!!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on August 24, 2017

One of the worst dinners I've ever had.