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Gradisca

4.4
353 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
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."
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation


Dinner:

Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 691-4886
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Enzo Neri
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 6th Ave. & 7th Ave.
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Public transit
14 St. (1, 2, 3)

6 Ave. (L)

14 St. (F, M)
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 353 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

My second time at Gradisca and I expect to return. The tortellini is made right in front of you and it is simply the best. This night I tried the striped bass special. The fish was amazingly fresh and the portion was generous. The wine list offers many selections from all regions of Italy.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The cavatelli was phenomenal. The older woman making pasta up front was one of the best parts. We all loved the ambiance and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Amazing food and service, as always!

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This was our first visit to Gradisca. We made an early dinner reservation on Saturday as part of my birthday celebration. The food, while very over-priced, was acceptable. However, the techno music was much too loud and sounded like tinny noise played through a cheap sound system. We asked several times for the music to be turned off or turned down but the volume kept creeping up. Since only one other table was occupied, we thought this a reasonable request. Combined with the high-pitched screams of a child at the other table in the restaurant, our dining experience was unpleasant and we were out of there in less than an hour. We let the wait staff know that it wasn't a great experience, but they shrugged it off saying we should come during the week when the music was different. There are too many restaurants in New York that we already know are welcoming and concerned with our experience for us to bother giving Gradisca another try.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We have been going here for a few years now and Gradisca is still our favorite Italian restaurant in the city. The service is always great, the food exceptional and the wine list is great as well. We've tried many things there and so far have not had a bad choice. At this visit we tried the creme brûlée appetizer option for the first time and it was simply delicious!!!!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Absolutely delicious ... fresh, handmade pasta as good as any anywhere. I had a pork loin cooked perfectly. This place is a neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

What a great restaurant. Great ambiance with an excellent and friendly staff.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Always wonderful. Never miss a visit to Gradisca when in NYC. All entrees are great.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Awesome experience which started as soon as we opened the door and we were immediately greeted. Service was impeccable, food exceptional, and a special dessert was created to celebrate my friend's birthday. We even saw Katerina, straight from Italy, handmaking tortellini - what an added treat

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

There are really no negatives here. Food, wine, staff, you name it's all very good at Gradisca. The coolest thing is the sweetest, little lady stationed in the front dining room. You get to see her make the greatest homemade tortellini. I would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Friends visit

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Gradisca has the most autentic italian food in NYC!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

The meat tortellini is amazing whether in cream sauce or broth. Had the chocolate gelato dessert in wine. I wanted to like the cup!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Always an excellent choice and never disappoints! The authentic Italian cuisine along with the variety of menu options make Gradisca a terrific choice for any night of the week.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Love this place. One of our steady spots to go for easy dining.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Went here for Valentine’s Day. We’ve been here before (my girlfriend loves the Carbonara). The place is firmly lit as the ambience is really nice. Our waiter, on the other hand, sucked. She took our order with ease, but we didn’t get our first entree until an hour later, and never asked how we’re were doing or explained what the hold up was. She stopped by the table next to us twice to check on them as we sat there still waiting patiently. Mind you, the table next to us arrived later than us, ate their appetizer and entrees and order dessert before we even got our first dish. When we asked where our food was she didn’t even know we didn’t receive it. That’s not an good, attentive waiter. Get it together. Food is amazing, and we usually get epic service but not this time. The other workers were on point though. Water was filled before I could even finish a glass. Plates were removed super fast. Good job to the other workers!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious pasta. Wonderful ambiance. Didn't feel rushed at all. Perfect for a date night.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We used to come here quite often but haven't been here in quite a while. We ate here last week and remembered why we love it so much. The pasta is heavenly! We had the homemade gnocchi and pappardelle as well as the carbonara. We had a wonderful time and the service was impeccable as always. The only downside is that it is not inexpensive but in Manhattan nothing is! I would highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Love this place especially on nights when Grandma is making pasta in the alcove! Also the bar is an underrated neighborhood gem for a predinner martini.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great handmade pasta dishes ! Don’t miss the grandma making the fresh pasta when you walk in.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Cozy morern Italian cuisine spot. Delicious food and desert. Intimate atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Overall the food was good but the restaurant needs to redo its menu so it could be honest to the customer. There is an option of a half order of pasta on the menu (no restrictions). I couldn't order the pasta with wild boar sauce except as a full order. When I got it it was so small I thought it was a half order but was full price. I ordered fish with capers, lemon, oil and tomatoes and it came in a tomato sauce. When I said I wouldn't have ordered it if it said tomato sauce I was told but it did say tomatoes. When I asked if the flourless chocolate cake was really a molten lava cake (which I hate) I was told it wasn't. Bu tit was and it went back.
How can a restaurant miss inform its customer at every course!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Gradisca has become my family's go-to place for the past couple of years. Whenever my parents visit, we would have our last meal at Gradisca before they leave. We love their food, extensive wine list, bears and the Brooklynesque ambiance in the heart of Union Square. The place is very clean, most of the staff seem to be from Italy and they have great knowledge about their menu. It is also surprisingly not so loud at all considering it is located in Union Square where there's a ton of foot traffic (although the place is usually full even on weekdays). I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a classy and quality Italian restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

It was a very enjoyable experience starting with the gracious hostess . The food was fantastic from start to finish . The waiter was very attentive . The atmosphere was very friendly and warm.

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1.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Vastly overpriced for just acceptable food. Would not recommend.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Have been here many times with my daughter always great but last night it was exceptional. Also brought my son and family and everyone agreed a memorable evening

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The fresh pasta’s are worth the trip. Great ambiance of historical landmark brownstone; cozy and hip. Bartender very professional, waitress and all staff extremely nice , attentive but not overbearing.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

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1.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Severely understaffed and unorganized. We waited 45 minutes for our drinks!!! Was a complete mess and I would never return to this place again.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

The staff is welcoming and friendly and the food is fresh and amazing

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3.0Dined on December 15, 2017

First time early for our reservation, but the host said we could eat at the bar. The service at the bar was good, bartender friendly and attentive. Very loud around the bar in addition to the band playing in the back. However, the food was above average. The pastas were el dente and very tasteful.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was good albeit from an abbreviated menu. Service was friendly, attentive without hovering. As someone else has written, backroom can get loud, but it's a cozier space than the front room. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing homemade pasta. Among the best I've ever had

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Met here with my wife, son and fiancé to have dinner and talk. Food was very good, waiter was great, service was great, ambiance was also very nice. Noise level in the back room was off the chart LOUD. The loudest I've ever experienced. Couldn't talk to other than the person sitting next to me.
If I go back I'll try and sit in the front room!

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

We love Gradisca’s fresh pasta and ambience. Everything on the menus is excellent. Its small and quaint. Its our favorite Italian in NYC.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

This is the second time we have eaten at Gradisca and we enjoyed it immensely both times. The food is well prepared and delicious, accommodated vegetarians in our group, the wine was great, the service prompt and friendly, and the gelato is unparalleled!

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2017

The place for northern Italian. Save room for dessert.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2017

Consistently excellent Italian food made with love. Fast becoming one of my favorites. Bring your appetite.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Great hand made pasta! Recommend for pre theater dinner when you plan to go Joyce Theater!

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

We love Gradisca. Have eaten there many times over the last several years and are never disappointed. Wonderful fresh Italian dishes exquisitely prepared. I recommend it highly.

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