Giovanni Venticinque

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$31 to $50
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Italian
The art of Italian cooking, just a block from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Specializing in house made pastas, seasonal truffles, wild game, Dover sole and Mediterranean seafood.
Established 1995. Zagat Rated Excellent
Great lunch destination - Prix Fixe Menu with a choice of appetizer, pasta and dessert $29
Prix Fixe Menu with a choice of appetizer, meat or fish and dessert $38

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:45PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM

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CT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious prefixe lunch - the pasta portions are modest but oh so delicious!

I
New York Area
184 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A traditional Italian restaurant near the Met Museum, Neue Gallery, Madison Avenue shopping. Holiday weekend Saturday noon lunch. Reasonably priced Prix fixe only. Bland warm asparagus soup. Fine arugula salad with blue cheese, mushrooms. Good veal Marsala with mushrooms and very good calf’s liver, both with an old fashioned scoop of mashed potatoes. Tiramisu wasn’t ready so had a scoop of rich dark chocolate ice cream. Good wine list.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Valentines Day dinner after a day at the Met. Decent food but terribly overpriced. Pre-fix pricing with one glass of wine came to over $100 per person. Would not recommend

GB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a congenial and welcoming small restaurant in New York's upper East side. the atmosphere is perfect for relaxed conversation and civilized dining. the dishes are classic Italian, beautifully prepared.

F
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular menu/wine list. Biggest problem is figuring out what to order. Everything served is stellar, right down to the toast in the bread basket. All pastas are home made. All available gluten-free. Mouth watering fish, veal and seafood. A word of caution: This excellence is pricey.

DS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service were outstanding. The prix fixe menu was wonderful. The waiters were perfectly attentive.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Waiter was timely with service but wasn’t hovering. Food was amazing. Will do again. Wonderful Caccio e a Pasta.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Owner appears to be very biased against anyone who does not fit the profile of his geriatric, privileged and Caucasian upper east side clientele and this attitude translates to many of his staff. Interesting that places like this exist in this day and age in NYC.

SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good service but it was definitely overpriced

MO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood spot. Reliably delicious well prepared food. Old world service. Never a bad step.

ES
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considerate and very professional staff. Excellent food

TF
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment you set foot in the restaurant you step into Italy.
Superb classic Italian cuisine. Their excellent chef mixes high quality ingredients into flavorful, yet delicate, dishes.
The grilled portobello mushrooms were simultaneously meaty, delicate & flavorful. The burrata caprese with basil were a perfect reminder of summer just before Christmas!
The veal Marsala & fegato al balsamico were again examples of delicate flavorful cooking.
I wish we could have tasted the squid-ink pasta with calamari & grilled sea bass.
The wine selection is excellent & priced correctly.
The desserts were perfectly made & satisfying.
I strongly recommend it.

PS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old style Italian restaurant - great food, space between tables (YAY), good service. Definitely will be back!

RR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian restaurant with excellent service and pleasant surroundings. A place where adults can meet and have a real conversation without being drowned out by loud music and talk.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Was rated high but, clearly a huge disappointment. Beet Gnocchi was ok, not exceptional. Special was just ok. Artichoke apple, just ok. Wine, ok. Pasta, ok. Seriously the most average dinner ever but my bill was like I had eaten at a 5 star restaurant!

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

My food arrived cold. The potatoes tasted as if they were instant. $46 for 3 small circles of veal!

F
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding Northern Italian restaurant housed in an E. 83d St. townhouse just a block away from the Metropolitan Museum. Outstanding menu + exquisite daily specials causes customer crisis in trying to decide what to order. Lovely wine list. Superb wait staff. A definite return-to location.

JM
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a sweet little restaurant with beautiful authentic Italian food. My branzino was amazing. We had a nice Chianti which was very good and very reasonable. I will definitely dine here again.

Z
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service and just a block from the Met...can't go wrong!

RM
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a nice quiet atmosphere
I will certainly return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a first date to this cozy, elegant place. The food was excellent and service very attentive. Good selection of red wine. Def. recommended!

F
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb neighborhood gem with a cozy townhouse feel. One block from the Met Museum. Exquisite pastas, beautiful fish and veal, excellent wine list. This one goes on your permanent list!

WP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giovanni’s is always exceptional. Food, wine, service and atmosphere are the best. The price is as expected for 93rd St, a block off 5th Ave.

KR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is absolutely delicious. My favorite is your crab cake appetizer. Fresh crabmeat and not stuffed with breading and other fillers. All of our main dishes were nicely presented and tasty. The Italian chardonnay we had was outstanding. The chocolate gelato however could be brought down a notch with the chocolate flavor. It was good but a little too rich. The service was excellent and we were not rushed. Our friends and me and my husband got to have relaxing evening with good table conversation and great food ! We will definitely be back soon !

JL
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always make a point of eating here during our frequent stays in NYC and have never been disappointed. The house-made pastas are authentic classics. Veal is a special treat. If you like “old school”, authentic Italian cooking in the best sense, you will be delighted. Espresso and biscotti to follow. Never have room for dessert so can’t vouch for that.
Service is correct and warm.

m
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Seemed tables were more crowded together, waiters nice but busy- had to ask for cheese/pepper for pasta, water glasses not refilled, one dessert forgotten, etc.
Food, however, good as usual.

S
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The recommended dishes were excellently prepared a fine dining experience. I liked the feel of it being a quaint neighborhood find. The cocktails were very well prepared which was a surprise because I wasn’t expecting a first rate bartender who knew how to make a dry martini and a lemon drop martini that was not sweet. I would definitely go back the next time in the area.

J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. A true treat.

G
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little expensive but worth a good experience. Everything was terrific.

RR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hate being in a frantic tourist spot restaurant? Love a sophisticated menu with many fresh specials of the day? This is a wonderful neighborhood spot. This is the authentic Italian not geared for the tourists but for people who want an outstanding meal in a place not too loud for a conversation and with impeccable service. It is a little pricey but well worth it. Fresh cooked prepared with care and presented beautifully.

D
New England
23 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A hidden gem which surpasses in all respects anything in the neighborhood.

R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meals and attentive service. Neighborhood gem. Had Dover Sole and bottle of Orvieto wine. Our go to place in the neighborhood

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious - very quaint restaurant

F
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s one of the best restaurants works for both a nice family meal or a special occasion.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable old works service. Accommodating to make any dish you are in the mood for even if it’s not on the menu !

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped in after spending all day walking around Central Park and the Met. It was a wonderful end to the day! The restaurant is small, expensive, but relaxed. The wait staff was attentive and friendly, but not intrusive. Our school aged children were treated respectfully, and not at all unwelcome. The food was excellent. We had three of the specials plus the linguine alle vongole, and each were different flavors, but equally delicious. The portions were just right. I would recommend this restaurant anyone seeking a fine Italian dinner without stuffiness (but don’t mind paying for it).

F
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very accommodating and food was all great. Only negative was that thought it was somewhat overpriced. Had a very enjoyable dinner!

r
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good neighborhood Italian Food is always good and room is cozy.

SK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect italian meal that meets all expectations without the pretense or fussiness of places offering a similar quality meal. Ill be back regularly.

JV
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Horrible. The waiter speaks little english. We ordered salmon. We got branzino. My profile says no beans/legumes we were served no sides. The mushroom appetizer wasn’t even one full size portobello. We has to ask for vegetables. Portions minuscule. Expensive. No food. I was starving afterwards. We went to another restaurant after. Truly ruined our celebration. It was deserted. No wonder.