Maiella - LIC

4.5
1697 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Maiella, a casually elegant restaurant located in the picturesque waterfront section of Long Island City, serves authentic Italian dishes with a modern flare and the freshest ingredients. Maiella sits at the base of the iconic Pepsi sign in Gantry State Park, and features spectacular city views. Designed by a leading New York City Architecture firm, Bluarch, the rustic space features seating for up to 180 guests inside and almost 100 guests in the outdoor terrace. The terrace faces Manhattan and Gantry State Park with views of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the 80 foot tall Pepsi Sign. Inquire about our private dining rooms as well as larger parties.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1697 people are saying
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4.6
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEstelle
New York Area
165 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was wonderful as always!!! Love this place

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Bullfrog
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've enjoyed Maiella many times over the past few years and it's a place everyone should try. The food is always exceptional...the service is second to none...and the ambiance and experience makes the meal that much better! And I must admit it was a treat to enjoy indoor dining again...my first time in over a year! My guest and I felt safe and very well taken care of!

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AveryD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Will definitely be returning... staff was incredibly friendly and food was outstanding.

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maggieobrien
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner here with a good friend who was in town from LA and we could not have been more pleased. Above and beyond service mixed with great ambiance and great food. I’ll be returning very soon

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MarkD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We never made it to the table. The bartenders were so gracious and funny and professional. We decided to eat at the bar. The hostess was very attentive to us making sure we were taken care of and checked on us She was very sweet. The manager was the man and bought us a drink and we loved every minute The food was amazing the drinks were perfect. Absolutely recommend. We are coming back ASAP

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NatalyaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. The location is wonderful for an after dinner stroll too. Perfect place.

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vipAbe6
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We got seated upon arrival,service was very good,food was tasty but unfortunately it’s a very small portion for the money .My girl ordered a branzino and we were surprised in the portion size she only got half fish!!!!!
Also we order octopus for appetizer and we only got a small size leg ($25).
I won’t go back it’s a rip-off.
Definition it’s over rated.

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vipNYFoodie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience3

I love Maiella but I really wish they had better rules when it comes to private parties. I have been coming to Maiella for 4 years and the food is outstanding as well as the service, even after they changed chefs. However, they should implement proper dining etiquette for private events to avoid overly noisy groups that disturb everyone else’s experience. I was there yesterday with my family and they had 3 private events going on at the same time. Two of them were perfectly fine and normal noise level but one bridal shower was doing games and were so loud that it was impossible to enjoy our meal. The group was yelling like they were at a club and everyone around them was extremely uncomfortable.
I hope the team at Maiella can do a better job at setting the proper expectations for private events or simply just close down the restaurant for the other people while the events are going on.

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Groucho
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down this is the best restaurant in Queens or the greater NYC metro area for that matter.

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LinP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Normally I love Maeilla, but this time was disappointing. We waited almost an hour for our main meals. And it was just pasta, so nothing complicated. It was awkward sitting there with an empty table for so long. Eventually the food came and the portions were smaller than I remembered. A drink I ordered never arrived. Once we finished our meals, we were left there for another long while and were not offered dessert or coffee. We had to flag down our waiter to pay the bill and get out if there. There was a wedding going on outside. Perhaps they were busy with that? Either way, I won't be going back.

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vipJamesG
Miami
52 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were treated very well by staff and management. Very knowledgeable waiter. Good and drinks were very good. Not one complaint!!! Very good experience.

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AlyssaM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love going to Maiella. The food is amazing and the service there is top notch. Worth every penny.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Highly recommended.

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Mellisa
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Myself and my fiancé decided to enjoy a night out celebrating our anniversary and the worst decision we made was to dine at Maiella, we asked the waiter to recommend a fruity drink when the drink came it was beyond sour we couldn't even drink it we sent both of it back and the waiter said the bartender was new, my fiancé refused to have the same drink because of how horrible it was and I decided to give it another try the drink came back and it was just as bad as the first one, I pushed it aside and left it after taking one sip. The food came..... everything looked great and tasted good I got chicken marsala and one piece of my chicken had one nasty piece of black line along edge when we asked the waiter about it he was rude and said that's the chicken I thought to myself maybe that part of the chicken should have been cut out before cooking, he did not offer to comp anything off the bill not the drink that wasn't touched or the food that wasn't even eaten but because we wanted to enjoy our anniversary we paid our almost $200 bill and head out to the food trucks that was on center blvd. Trust me the food there was way way better. I'm highly disappointed and wish we hadn't wasted our money on a "fancy" restaurant. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone, they need proper training for their waiters because without people like us paying our money their business would have been closed, and in these hard times they should atleast appreciate the people that are still spending their hard earn money at their business.

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jerryk
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Advertising views of the city. Hardly.
A bit overpriced.

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Kk1212
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious food. Great music! Beautiful views. Definitely worth the trip!

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vipNoname
New York Area
181 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as it always is. Service was spot on. The weather was chilly but the enclosed patio was warm and comfortable.

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JessicaV
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service- can't wait to come back!

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RichardP
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had the chicken Marsala. It was like no chicken marsala I've ever had before, such an incredible twist on it! Loved everything.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful place. Food was delicious and staff was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The space was beautiful — refined and cozy at the same time. There were options if you we’re looking to spend moderately— like pizza and a glass of wine — and the portions were worthy or the price. Absolutely perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The place had a nice ambiance. Food tasted great. A little pricey, but would recommend this place to all.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Spectacular as always! So nice to see some of the old staff(pre-COVID) and meeting some new people. Even though there’s a new chef the food did not disappoint.

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vipFranklinK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always - our family is the biggest fan of Maiella and all of the staff!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect from the food to the staff. Just the parking situation was a bit crazy

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LFlan
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Two of the dishes had too much sauce. The chicken had a nice crisp glaze to it which was tasty, but the vegetable on the plate couldn't be recognized and was largely tasteless. The lobster pasta was dry and while it had a fishy taste, there was no recognizable lobster flavor. My son had to send the plate back and get the branzo instead which was better prepared. For the price, it was overall mediocre fair. It was much better the first time we visited last February.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The place it's nice, the food it's really tasty, but it's not the perfect place for a date. The music it's too loud, I literally had to scream to her to try to have a conversation. And it's a little bit too expensive. No valet parking. Overall it's a 3 stars 🌟.

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ErikaM
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner, drinks and service! I will recommend this place to anyone. I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent! My favorite spot!

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Anna
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing but was a little disappointed since we booked an outdoor patio table but they sat us inside because of an event. Not sure why they didn’t let us know in advance and even let us book an outdoor table. And it was our anniversary!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Reservation for a table outside that the restaurant did not hold. 1.5 hours for outside table. 30 minutes wait for inside. Service was fine after.

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ElaineP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Maiella previously and it did not disappoint this time. The food was absolutely delicious I ordered the lamb, so so tender. It was a beautiful evening so sitting outside as delightful. A bit noisy but to be expected. A nice walk along the river afterwards. Wonderful evening with friends.

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DeepakR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food, fun place for larger parties

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ErickaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience2

Very disappointed that Maiella no longer has their signature pasta from cheese block. One of the best dishes I’ve had in NYC. Food overall was not good, cold and salty. This used to be our favorite restaurant, but we were highly disappointed. Will try again but it is NOT what we expected. I also wrote it was a birthday celebration on the reservation and they did NOT acknowledge.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience, love the food, the ambiance and environment is exclusive and one of a kind. Food is spectacular!

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Nikitas11
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you all for a nice experience. We’ll be back. Stay Safe.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and location. Staff was very attentive!

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Naomi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 5 had the best waiter, Mr. Eric! He had great suggestions for all of our likings and we loved everything he suggested. Remember to always trust your waiter!!! The music/ambiance was right up our alley. I suggest you try too!

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JillG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

It was very very expensive and the food just wasn’t memorable. The drinks were great though. Also, I went on Mother’s Day and the menu was prix fix, which I hate. The ambiance was good, but the view of the city was pretty bad.

I would not go there again. It was 600 for two children and two adults to eat. I had two drinks and my mom had a beer, so the bill wasn’t alcohol heavy.

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vipMrLeigh
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

food was great but a bit pricey. beautiful location. Waiter forgot multiple items and had to be reminded repeatedly

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Maiella - LIC is rated 4.5 stars by 1697 OpenTable diners.

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