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Small, cozy and friendly - La Gioconda, New York, NY

La Gioconda

4.8
4.8
29 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
La Gioconda is an Italian restaurant with a rustic appeal. The dining room is cozy, with only about 12 tables filling its main seating area. The decor is quaint and charming, which leaves guests feeling that they could be in a small neighborhood diner somewhere in Italy. The food at La Gioconda is moderately priced with hearty portions, forgoing the smaller plates of fancier fine dining restaurants.

La Gioconda's menu is full of classic Italian dishes that guests will love. Each is made with the freshest local ingredients and careful adherence to the classic recipes that made the dishes iconic in the first place. One favorite is the slow-roasted short ribs ragout. La Gioconda also has a full range of Italian wines by glass to pair with its authentic cuisine!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 371-3536
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Midtown East
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

Experiences

  • $22 Two Course Prix Fixe Lunch!

    Multiple dates available
    We are offering a $22 two Course Prix Fixe Lunch. Plain of choices to delight you!
    $22 Two Course Prix Fixe Lunch! Photo
  • $30 Two Course Prix Fixe DE LUXE Lunch!

    Multiple dates available
    Join us for our delicious 2-course lunch Monday through Friday! Try our Gamberetti con pancetta or Saltimbocca alla romana and fall in love at lunch!
    $30  Two Course Prix Fixe DE LUXE Lunch! Photo

Offers

  • Happy Hour: 1+1= 3!

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Sat - 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    Every day from 5 pm to 7 pm with 2 glasses of wine get a free Italian tapas!

    Happy Hour: 1+1= 3! Photo

What 29 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York City

    Best Value

  • Manhattan

    Best Value

29 Reviews
  1. steaklover

    New York City

    139 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    139 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal. Everything was cooked fresh. Pasta was perfect. Reasonable prices for Manhattan. We will go back.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You should definitely try the pasta with braised rib ragout, the shrimp wrapped in Pancetta over cannellini beans, the risottos. All are amazingly good. They also have daily specials which are inventive and wonderful.

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  3. ChadZ

    Atlanta Metro

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great little east side Midtown gem! Quiet, relaxing and delicious. Service was very attentive, pasta was fresh and not overwhelming. Will be back

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  4. Lily

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great service, excellent value! Will definitely go back.

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  5. MDMSeattle

    Seattle

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a wonderful cozy place with great food and great service. Had the Branzino and it was delicious. Charcuterie plate was also delicious. Server was perfect - attentive and not overbearing. Overall excellent value especially for midtown where you can get mediocre food for expensive prices - this place is a gem!

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  6. bpcmom

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is incredible. We really love this place!!

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  7. maddie6887

    Atlantic City

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is one of my favorites places to stop by for lunch when I’m in NYC. It’s a wonderful neighborhood gem.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    A nice little gem! I stumbled upon this restaurant last night and what a nice surprise! The food was delicious and so reasonably priced!

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  9. johnc

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, food and value. Louis is a great host

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  10. CaoO

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A warm and welcoming small neighborhood place. The $21 two-course prix fixe lunch was great, with good menu selections. The food was delicious.

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  11. MatthewM

    Ottawa

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, everything was perfect. Service timing was just right and made for a very enjoyable evening.

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  12. DDDiner

    Atlantic City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The branzino was awesome. we got a free appetizer when we ordered two glasses of wine, which was a pleasant surprise. We will be back

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  13. Jerry

    New York City

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food snd service were very god. Lacking a bit of ambiance

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  14. Warren

    New York City

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    La Gioconda is like a small Italian Island in the sea of East 53d Street restaurants and like the Beauty for which it is named it brings smiles to the faces of those dining there. This small (around 24 peple) restaurant with excellent service, well made Italian favorites and a reasonabely priced wine list is worth a visit.

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  15. Foodf

    New York City

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The four of us ordered the lunch special which was two courses for $21.95. We ordered delicious bottles of wine. The waiter was very accommodating in turning down the music and also threw in some free desserts. Very pleasant lunch experience.

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  16. Luinthelou

    St. Louis

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Simply delightful evening. Delicious food and really great bottle of Amarone. The owners welcomed us like guests in their home. What a neighborhood gem. ❤️🍷

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  17. JorgeG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Small and cozy restaurant. Friendly service. Honest, typical and tasty food.

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  18. Chris

    New York City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly a hidden gem that I look forward to visiting again.

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  19. StamDiner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal and service in midtown New York location

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This reminded me of Italy. Oh my god it was delicious. I ordered the pasta with short rib Ragu and it was incredible. Portions are small compared to “normal” American portions but I’m completely satisfied. They bring bread with your food that added to the experience. I ordered a side that didn’t come and when my server realized he had forgotten he apologized and supplemented with something on The House. I will definitely be coming back.

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  22. flavio

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food served with a smile. Essential Italian fare with a good wine list.

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  23. TryingItAll

    New York City

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Mediocre food Not a pleasant space. In general not a place I recommend.

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  24. lovefood888

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    when one of the restaurant week dessert options was not ready in time for our meal, we were offer to choice from the general dessert menu. That was a nice gesture.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was super fresh and tasty the truffle was delicious and the pasta is freshly made

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant week options were great. Good portions, everything was delicious. Very small place. Relatively quiet.

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  27. operafansri

    New York City

    125 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Went for restaurant week. Very reasonable price for restaurant week lunch. Shared two appetizers and 2 main courses. Eggplant parm appetizer and caprese salad were both good. We got salmon and veal saltimbocca for our main courses, which we split. Salmon was good but a bit overcooked. Veal was tasty but too tough to eat. Small place, so gets noisy if too many people there. I've been before and really enjoyed it, but restaurant week lunch was just so-so. But would go back and do regular menu. Service is very good, and prices are reasonable, and food is usually very good.

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  28. mfnyc

    New York City

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Lots of choices on restaurant week menu, much more than most other restaurants offer. The place itself is pretty basic, and easy to miss on a street filled with other restaurants, but the food is good and prices moderate even with out the special menu.

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  29. Lisa

    New York City

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing food! Highly recommended splurge on more servers.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from La Gioconda using the Order Online button. La Gioconda also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 371-3536.

La Gioconda is rated 4.8 stars by 29 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for La Gioconda

226 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Midtown East
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
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