Maialino

4.7
4151 reviews
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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.

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.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Love this place but this time round I wasn’t as impressed. The food was good but not as good as past experiences.
The service was poor I felt. The waiter had 0 personality but you can get over that, he wasn’t very efficient, left us sitting waiting at least 4 times and came across looks he didn’t want to be there. Will be back for the atmosphere and food but my wife and I both left feeling a little underwhelmed, especially for a 350 dollar price tag. USC is streets ahead.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pasta in NYC, embrace the pushing the envelope with testarella, trippa and squid ink pasta. As all DM restaurants fantastic and accommodating service.

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D
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is reliably very good, quite authentic or in the Roman style. Dishes are made with top ingredients and executed well. The room is pleasant, open, and strikes just the right balance of comfortable and proper.

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OT
New York Area
140 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I finally made it here and it was a great experience. The waiter called me a pro for picking up the pigs head and using my hands to eat it!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food!

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R
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great, food , service and decor. We were here for brunch and the choices were many and different. Worth the time, go and enjoy.

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T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and we were able to sit and talk without being rushed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service. Courteous and professional waitstaff.
Food was ok.

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KM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Bit of a disappointment. Portions incredibly small, as were the cocktails. Tried 2 pastries, one pasta item (which was shared and provided one bite each) and three breakfast entrees. The most substantial was the porcetta sandwich. Had to ask for water several times which was surprising because service is usually spot on.

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BW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for conversation and excellent food.

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CP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time having breakfast here, and I could eat this particular breakfast every day--perfectly poached eggs with roasted vegetables--simply delicious!
I LOVE the ambiance!! Everything Union Square Hospitality does is stellar, very rarely disappointed in anything. And they truly succeeded at making this an authentic Italian trattoria. Service is superb!! Thank You, Maialino! WIll be back soon!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made the reservation about 1 month in advance for our 3 year anniversary. They called and confirmed with us and then congratulated us in the occasion. We arrived about 5 mins early and were told to wait at the bar (there were no open seats and no standing room available). We waited a total of 45 minutes to just never be sat. At one point a seat opened up at the bar and I tried to sit, but the bartender told me I couldn't it was reserved (no one sat in it for 15 mins). We checked with the hostess about 4 times while waiting and they kept saying the tables had all paid but no one was getting up. At 855 (our res was at 815) we left and went to find food somewhere else. I was texted at 9pm saying to come check in my table would be ready in 15 mins (a full hour after our reservation).

To have the audacity to make customers who reserved in advance (and confirmed with 48 hours) wait this long was extremely unacceptable. We heard such positive reviews about here, but waiting over an hour to sit is the worst way to start a special occasion dinner. Luckily, we found a better restaurant down the street. I'll never give them my business again.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to wake-up in the morning. I feel like a civilized person whenever I start my day there.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent start to finish.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food, wine and cocktail program. Service exceeded expectations even for a USHG restaurant. Outstanding.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Services was too slow

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in NYC. Have to have the pasta

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Waiter made multiple mistakes with our order. He was nice about it, but the replacements actually took a while and I had said we need to leave by a certain time. It was my husband’s bday and my daughter had to leave them before we did a candle etc. we always love food and ambiance but was not the best of our many great experiences there

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D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For many years it’s been my go-to place in NYC for consistently top-tier Roman comfort food.
Great wine list.
Never disappoints.

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a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Attended a birthday dinner with 3 friends. We arrived at 5:20pm for a 5:30pm reservation. The dining room was not available so we had to find space at the wine bar. We stood there until our table was ready. Although the servers were polite, it took over a half hour for our first course to be served. and another long wait for our main course. The martinis were served in the smallest glasses I have ever seen. Another guest had Scotch on the rocks - filled with ice and the smallest amount of liquor. Very over priced and the wait was too long. The staff is very attentive and knowledgeable. Not sure we would return.

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JC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The timing of the service was off. The servers gave us our entree before we finished our appetizers. They were holding the plates in front of us for us to remove our appetizers to the side. I told the waiter and he apologized. However, I felt he should have given more concentration on his station as it was not that busy. Otherwise, the ambiance was nice. Excellent wine list. Food was good, and the desserts delicious.

All in all, I would recommend this restaurant.

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C
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have a breakfast meeting. Excellent food and a fairly quiet atmosphere.

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LS
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellently prepared martinis, wonderful service, and an overall magical experience. The 2 of us started lunch with the prosciutto and mozzarella bufala. Absolutely delicious. We then shared a "tour" of 3 pastas. Perfect amount of food and memorably delicious. Our favorite was the oxtail mezzelune followed by the malfatti. Amazing flavors, prepared with precision. Again, the service was exceptional. We're definitely returning the next time we're back in NYC.

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J
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience all around and the server Somm and bartenders were great.

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AL
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Did not like the wines bye the glass

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The table was a bit cramped and many people passing by kept on bumping to our chairs. Service was also a bit disappointing - our waiter threw out plates and tried to take them away when some of us were still eating. Food was ok - nothing special nor terrible. Likely won’t be returning.

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TM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so great! Customer service and food all was incredible!

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m
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Maialino never disappoints.
Over the years we have loved every meal, every experience here. Food is always top quality and delicious. The approach is unfussy but full of flavor. I am obsessed with their Malfatti and have that pasta dish almost every time we are there. This time my husband tried their cream sauce black truffle rigatoni and that was unbelievable. We seem to go back for our favorites here because they are always SO good. The octopus appetizer, the radicchio salad, the brussels sprouts side and the mushroom side. All amazing, perfectly prepared and satisfying dishes. Our server this was particularly charming and lovely. It was a fantastic night.

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KM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience in every way—exceptional wine list and sommelier Love the no tipping!

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LP
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the minute we arrived at Maialino, my sister and I felt immediately welcomed by the staff. Both beautiful young women, one who graciously took our coats and the other who returned them to us, were genuinely charming and sweet. They made us feel like we were in the presence of old friends yet remained professional and efficient all at the same time. Our server who I can't quite recall his name, (good looking blonde gentleman, so I should remember) was absolutely wonderful. He was attentive and personable and made sure my sister and I were having a great time. His suggestions were on point and he helped us pick out two delicious Italian amaros I hadn't tried before. The service really stood out and made the night memorable. The food was great and you have to try all their pastas! Hard to pick a favorite. We will definitely be back when visiting New York again. Thanks to the whole team!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent - really good food - only downside was some truffle shavings on pasta cost $30. We didn’t request it, they just served it to us!

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l
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding anniversary. Complementary drinks. Excellent service.

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CA
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food. Extraordinary service. Elegant. Delicious . Perfection.

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B
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s my neighborhood favorite, I love the food but I come for the staff too who treat me like family.

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NC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ordinary. Menu does not have many main course options. Ratings suggest food is much better than we experienced. Dissapointing.

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JP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Maialino always delivers a top quality meal with attentive service. We had brunch for our first wedding anniversary here and they couldn’t have been nicer bringing out special dessert and some takeaway cookies to end our meal.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maialino is to die for! The service was so friendly & attentive & made my birthday feel so special.

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MP
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The food wasn’t that good. We all ended up leaving half if not most if our food on our plates

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibes and great food

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BB
New England
23 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday. The restaurant has been in my list of places to try for years & finally made it. (I live in Boston & used to live in Hong Kong.). It was a fabulous meal - octopus salad followed with the cavatelli with pork ragu. The waiter suggested an Umbrian red to go with it which was a great match. My husband had the suckling pig which was delicious. Loved the restaurant!

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