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Gradisca is an authentic Italian restaurant with sexy, vibrant ambiance and genuine hospitality. Committed to offering the most authentic Italian dining experience outside of Italy since the opening in the fall of 2000, Gradisca captures indeed all the charm and warmth of a true trattoria.
The menu is classic Italian with a modern twist, using the freshest organic and local ingredients possible, and featuring fresh pastas hand-crafted daily. The Wine Spectator-awarded wine list is all Italian and includes more than one hundred wines from all of the twenty regions of Italy.
As Eric Asimov of the New York Times wrote soon after its debut, "Gradisca may be of the moment, but its appeal is timeless."
New York, NY 10011
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
Between 6th Ave. & 7th Ave.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
14 St. (1, 2, 3)
6 Ave. (L)
14 St. (F, M)
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Gradisca Ratings and Reviews
This has been a family favorite every time I have visitors since I moved to NY 12 years ago. Sadly, we were very disappointed this visit. There were so many bus people, the second we put down something, someone would rush over and remove it. Then another. Then another. It was bothersome and annoying. We kept our hands on our glass just so they wouldn't remove our wine! Too many busing the same table and only one server for the entire restaurant. I recommend one bus person per table. Every minute someone was interrupting our time together.
Gradisca is always consistent, although they changed their menu recently. There used to be a lot of vegetation options that were labeled as such. But now it appears that there are more meat dishes. I still think it's great. The wine list is extensive. The pastas are fresh and the risotto was excellent.
Went there to celebrate my Birthday and I couldn't have asked for a better evening. They were extremely accommodating with our big group of 10 and they were able to fit us in at the last min on a Sat night. The food was delicious and having a vegan in the party didn't pose a problem at all as they very graciously altered the dish to his requirements. The staff was very friendly and warm especially with having 3 kids with us. Overall we had a great experience.
Terribly average. Food is standard homemade Italian fare, but for the price range I was expecting something less plain. That's not to say the food is bad, it's simply OK. I also saw Mama. I don't know if she enjoys being a spectacle, but it made me sad seeing her behind a rope sitting silently at a table. Maybe she enjoys seeing people eat her pasta, but I wanted to tell her to rest easy! I believe you! It's handmade!
My partner and I got the tasting menu. Was pretty disappointed that I had to salt my own food and that salt and pepper was even provided to me in the first place. The courses were as follows: meatballs (not bad), octopus (rubbery despite being braised for several hours, had to pour olive oil onto it), dumpling soup (not bad), polenta and braised beef (ok), and tiramisu (ok). I think I had one more course but I can't even recall what it was. Meal was on the whole unmemorable. Ambience is great. Service was good.
Homey and unassuming with hip and upscale affectations. Mama's (I assume deliberate) public placement, dare I say, felt gimmickey. Food is uncool and the word of mouth is too much. Don't go with great expectations. Not worth the price, but I enjoyed sitting in the establishment the 2 or so hours I was there. Lots of wine to choose from if you care about that.
I have dined at Gradisca and its sister restaurants for years. Malatesta introduced me to the incredible service and cuisine, Piadina is a great romantic spot, and Gradisca is a livelier alternative. I remember Mosto in the East Village and frequest Malaparte now. At Gradisca, the wine list is varied and extensive and the menu contains fresh and authentic options. An excellent place for finding consistent, quality food and service.
The pasta at this restaurant is insanely good!! I am Italian and love Italian food and the pasta my boyfriend and I ate here is some of the best I've ever had. Incredible and super high quality. We had the tortellini - they were the best I've ever had - and the papardelle and both were extremely enjoyable! Highly recommend!
Went there for Valentine's Day dinner. But their staff was quite rushed due to being apparently short-staffed in the kitchen. Nearly every table sat for at least an hour for their dinner, with long waits between appetizers and main course. Luckily, the wait staff got it, and kept wine glasses full. They did their best, but were not supported by a timely kitchen. There was a cold going around, so perhaps a chef called in sick on one of the busiest nights. Couldn't tell. It was just 45 minutes too long of a meal.
When we finally go our food, it was quite good. The portions are European sized, not gobble gobble American, which is nice. The good food would have been better served had it been timely. As a result of the general wankery, the volume of the place seemed to grow every time a waiter got some dish out, so it's not an intimate quiet dinner type of place. The decor is great, but the stone and wood doesn't absorb sound, so it stays very lively. It's ok if you're old time Italian, but not if you've got a small voice.
Anyway, all that being said, I'm sure it was not their best night, but it seemed due to odd circumstance, rather than habit or poor management. I'd go back, but only if I could be sure to get the back room where the decor would absorb the sound better.
Very bummed. I've been there a dozen times in the last 8 years. Although this most recent visit was after about a 2 year hiatus. It was Valentine's Day, so understandly busy but we waited 50 minutes between our pasta and main entree. At that time, we pulled the plug and asked for our bill. The waiter was great and we felt bad for him but management should have staffed the kitchen/floor better. Not sure where the ball was dropped but with all the options in the city not sure when I will be back.
It was Valentine's Day, so perhaps that's why our food got lost, service was absent-minded and when the food arrived, it was wrong, and had to be sent back …more waiting. I was just glad to get out of there, no coffee, no dessert. I forgot to turn in my OpenTable certificate for $50 off as I just wanted out. So, this was doubly disappointing evening.
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