Giovanni Venticinque

4.6
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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 11:45AM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 7:30PM - 8:45PM
Mon - Fri 11:45AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:15PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Sat 11:45AM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:15PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

What 271 People Are Saying
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KR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
9 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
31 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
9 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
6 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
2 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
19 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
65 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.

RY
Atlantic City
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Quick lunch
friendly staff soup was not hot but food was very good !

JD
New York Area
136 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant. Everyone enjoyed starters, pasta and desserts. Great options of wine by the glass. Very accommodating staff who customized some of our choices. Only downside was a very loud man at the next table. Once he left, the sound level became moderate and we loved the restaurant. We will return and hope Mr. Loud stays away.

GP
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. Look forward to going back.

F
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular! This pretty well sums it up! Exquisite daily specials, memorable presentation, superb service, lovely wine list, and a varied menu to please everyone, all set in a cozy townhouse just down the street from the Met Museum.

SH
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our time. The service was excellent and our host was very attentive to our comfort. Food was delicious. It was not noisy on a Saturday night and we were not rushed. Would absolutely recommend Giovanni Venticinque for a lovely dinner.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They need a desert menu and drink menu with price transparent to customers. Food are good but overpriced for the quality.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was decent but definitely not worth the prices. Service was slow. They automatically added 20% tip (for a party of 3!), which I feel they did not deserve.

t
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Birthday lunch before visiting the Met. There is a prix fixe lunch for $29 (pasta as an entree) or $38 (meat or fish). Choices are good and the food is nicely prepared. Service is excellent! It was not crowded so noise was not an issue. We want to go back for dinner.

J
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We, as a family of four love this spot. They are attentive and sweet and the food is so fresh and authenticity Italian. They are also INCREDIBLE with dealing with our oldest sons numerous and sever food allergies! Love it there!

r
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Classic Italian restaurant with updated menu. Atmosphere is first class, including decor, layout, and spacing of tables. Service included modifying menu items to suit the taste of the individual customer.
Upper east side location in residential environment adds to its attractiveness. Agreeable and quiet clients

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best unsung Italian food in NYC. Family feel and perfect service. Authentic taste and ambience

JM
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

great place to eat after viewing the art at the Met or the Neue

D
New England
23 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This neighborhood gem consistently delivers outstanding meals in a refined atmosphere. The food here is on a par with the very best restaurants in town. Yet, perhaps because it attracts an elderly crowd and is not “hip” it rarely is crowded. I am of two minds here. While I am delighted to keep it as an undiscovered gem, the staff here deserves a sellout every night. And what a pleasure to go to a restaurant in which it is actually possible to have a conversation! One point of interest—there is a glassed in room which is sold out to one patron and is never made available to the other clientele. I sometimes see him and am told that he just insists that this room always be available for him.

GC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good food, typical Italian slow to serve professional waiters and way over priced for food.

A
Cancun
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful as always. I bring all my friends here and they love and return to it.

MC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious 3 course lunch! Service was great and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience

CM
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ultimate Go To Italian on the UES...menu changes keep it interesting with every visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was authentic. Honestly, nothing bad to say about this place. Also, for those who enjoy foreign languages, the waiters speak Spanish and Italian

M
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The lunch prix fixe is quite generous . The service is very attentive . The only flaw was the slightly over-cooked pasta .

r
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food. Warm, friendly , efficient service

DS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service.

s
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The best pasta Bolognrse in NYC. Yum. A special occasion treat.

CP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! Delicious food.
Spaghetti cacio e pepe was perfection as was the mushroom soup and veal dishes.
I would highly recommend.