Maialino

4.7
3988 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Maialino is a Roman-inspired trattoria from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, located in Gramercy Park. Maialino captures the warmth and comfort of a true neighborhood trattoria, with a menu that celebrates the restaurant's ongoing relationship with its local family of farmers and suppliers. Executive Chef Jason Pfeifer draws inspiration from the Roman cooking tradition to create soulful food, reflective of the rich culture of both Rome and New York.

Maialino is a non-tipping restaurant. Hospitality Included.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 10:00am
Lunch: Monday - Friday noon - 2:00pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 10:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 777-2410
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
21st Street
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Parking details
Unique Parking Garage is located on 21st Street between Park Avenue South and Broadway (1 block to the west of Maialino).
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Public transit
6 train to 23rd Street, 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R & W trains to 14th Street/Union Square.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.3

Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Park Roman Italian restaurant is better than we initially thought, especially for a date or an upscale brunch.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 3988 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit - first brunch! The food never disappoints. Loved the house pastries - especially the yummy croissant with cinnamon. The Frittata Bianca with butternut squash was a perfect combination - a little salad to be healthy, egg whites for my waistline, but sweet butternut squash so it felt decadent and different. Cacio pepe dishes also good. The Bloody Marys are spicy so watch out!

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F
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome dining experience. The food quality and rich flavor combinations exceeded our expectations, which were very high to begin with. Pasta was perfectly al dente. Service was excellent, although it was a bit slow to get started. The somm Cory took lots of time with us to find the perfect bottle of wine from their extensive (and exclusively) Italian wine list. Very energetic atmosphere. All tables and the bar were still packed when we left after 11pm. I will absolutely be back when in NYC again!

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G
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again Maialino delivers expertly prepared Northern Italian cuisine. Pasta is made fresh on the premises as are the deserts. When there must order the Malfatti! Service is warm and professional. High grades for this gem.

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GN
Italy
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice place!
Good food and fun environment.
Definitely to try if you are in the city!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent - as ever. We had a great booth, excellent service and amazing food as always! Many thanks

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G
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is exceptional but know the portions are very large, especially entree size pastas!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best.
Pancakes.
Ever.

In general, very nice food and service. It is expensive, though, even for NYC standards

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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food and ambiance was excellent as per usual, but service was lacking...my friend did not receive a side dish, which ruined her main dish. They were apologetic though.

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NY
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great lunch with outstanding service. The pre-fix is a steal given the prince along with quality of the food, service and ambiance. Looking forward to experience dinner during my next NYC adventure .

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this local Gramercy gem! The spicy squid ink pasta is a standout and the wine list is incredible! Only frustrating part was that they cancelled my reservation because I couldn't answer the phone during a meeting to confirm it. Otherwise, fantastic experience and the Rose Bar is a great spot for a drink before or after!

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PP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. Pasta dishes were outstanding. Took a long time to be seated. Service at the bar was superb.

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OT
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Good enough- but I’ve had better food there. I feel it’s slipping a bit. Sadly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great service. Great space. Decent food, but nothing memorable.

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RT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, as always! Love this place.
The food, the service, the ambiance, everything impeccable!

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PL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Mailalino is (has become?) the sort of place you wish did everything just a little better. It's an expensive restaurant, so you understandably expect excellence. But you generally never get it on any of the stuff that matters: service is aloof, the food is OK, and the overall experience is underwhelming.

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is great for breakfast business meetings and makes for a pleasant dining experience with great service and food offerings.

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EZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The carbonara is terrible, salty, greasy, the pancetta chunks completely at odds with the texture of the soft scrambled eggs. The Malfatti was just okay. The vinegar flavor was too pronounced and the suckling pig was a bit tough. Pasta was perfectly al dente though.

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KL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Really disappointed with the service. I work in hospitality and understand demands of a busy service but this was really I excusable. Especially with gratuity added to price. Think Danny Meyer miscalculated on this model being effective. There is no incentive for the server to go above and beyond.

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KL
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always fantastic quality and cooked to perfection. The fact they pay their staff well and its a non-tipping restaurant makes you feel good about eating there - service is better than the majority of places.

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D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have loved eating and celebrating here for a long time now! Find a reason to celebrate and go to Maialino! :)

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BA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Had dinner there tonight at 7. The food, as always, was fine. The service was poor. Took us 30 minutes to get our drinks. The entree was not served until after 8:30. Table cleared at 9. Didn’t stay for coffee and dessert. Lots of help. The problem seems to be in the kitchen.

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c
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful birthday lunch here. Staff was attentive, food was wonderful... I especially liked the burrata cheese appetizer and the suckling pig pasta was delicious!

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TW
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was outstanding. Service was not up to the typical Danny Meyer standard. Slow kitchen and inattentive wait staff. We have dined here previously and would probably return, but this visit felt too expensive when considering overall experience.

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M
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable. Excellent cuisine. Great food odors meet you as soon as you walk in and you won’t be disappointed.

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JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants for a special occasion and/or family/friends visits. I took my mom for her anniversary, and food/ ambience impressed her. More importantly our server surprised us both with adorable pig cookies!

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RS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cacio e pepe scrambled eggs and ricotta pancakes are a very popular combination for brunch! Banana bread was a great size for sharing. Service was excellent, food was great, beautiful location. Would recommend to anyone.

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KM
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is excellent

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SG
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience and the food was wonderful. The wait staff was very knowledgeable and helpful in the selection of wine and cocktails. Will definitely go back!

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L
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maialino is always a favorite when we are in the city. Thank you for another fabulous experience!

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KD
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary and it was definitely the perfect place to celebrate. The server told us about the truffles they just got in and we splurged and got it shaved over a to die for tortelli. 4 words. Brown butter, squash, hazelnuts. Everything seemed to be better than the last and she and I were beyond satisfied. We both work for the company but I highly doubt that’s what made them be hospitable and go above and beyond. Thank you for making it a night to remember!!

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A
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Visited Maialino this week for dinner, and while the food was delicious, I will not be rushing back. The service was terrible, and for a Friday night at a Danny Meyer restaurant I expect better. I was seated next to a waiter's station, and I overheard a somm bad talking a table that was inquiring about the barolo selection being promoted in the bar area. That's just not acceptable in my book, and if it weren't a no tipping restaurant my gratuity would have reflected it. The squid ink pasta with crab was delicious, though not anything mind-blowing. Disappointing experience in general.

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D
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance. Good food. Excellent service. Very accommodating.
Prices but not tipping.

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ER
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always outstanding! Maialino, on a Five Star scale, rates Ten Stars.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Go!
Best Cacio e Pepe and Carbonara hands down, amazing wine selection, polite and dedicated staff.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing, delicious food.

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ME
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for my husbands birthday. The food was good and the service was okay.

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A
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Food took over an hour to arrive from when we placed order. Table next to us sat down 10-15 mins after us but was served 10 minutes before us. I had to take my entire main course meal to go and leave my daughter - who’s birthday it was - to eat her meal by herself.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Overall the restaurant visit fell far below our expectations and actually what was not the same experience that told us by others.

Let’s start with the good things: nice atmosphere, great vine list (BUT a lot of vintage reds from Piedmont or Tuscany were not reasonably priced and just too high), food choice was nice, our service guy himself did an excellent job!

The negatives: our 3 course dinner took more than 3 hours (!), between primi and secondi we had too wait almost 60 Min! Despite our servant, the overall service crew was totally understaffed and thus they created some chaotic atmosphere in the restaurant. As main course my chicken diabolo was partially raw, a no-go for a quality restaurant. Thus, even though we made the best out of it and had a fun night the restaurant experience itself was disappointing.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was very impressed. The food was incredible -- both the pasta course and the secondi.

Highly recommend.

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DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The appetizers was great, we had muzzarela and italian ham. But as main course,
We had a Carbonara and Caio e Pepe that were very very salty...and I love salt but was really much above regular levels. My friend said the same, before I mentiined anything...

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