Novitá - New York City, Manhattan

4.8
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Novita is a vibrant 60-seat trattoria serving a seasonally inspired, modern Italian menu.
Chef owner Marco Fregonese’s innovative take on classical, regional cooking begins with the finest, artisan ingredients and freshest, seasonal products. His distinctive light and flavorful dishes are pure and satisfying and perfectly complemented by a select list of wines from superb Italian specialty and boutique growers.
Novita is located a few steps down from a quiet tree lined street in the Gramercy Park neighborhood. The setting is warm and elegant and the mood quintessentially Italian. In pleasant weather, sidewalk, alfresco dining is offered further adding to Novita’s year round appeal.
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G
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was delicious and creative. Novita consistently delivers terrific meals at reasonable prices. Truly, it is a neighborhood gem.

F
Baltimore
41 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated at a lovely quiet table off the main dining room
We were already seated when we realized a patron was across from us with two small dogs on her lap. The dogs were quiet but then they emitted gas and the woman started fanning the odor
We already had our wine and appetizer by this time.
I think the hostess should have warned us that we would be sitting so close to dogs
I don’t think dogs belong in eating establishments unless they are truly trained guide dogs. It’s not sanitary
To be fair I asked to be seated in the little room but no one ever mentioned that there were dogs and I did not notice them until they smelled up the air

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. The food was excellent, would go again

OT
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Novita! The food is wonderful, the staff is exceptional. My “go to” Italian restaurant in NYC. The rollatino di tonno is spectacular.

BL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The excellent service is second only to the excellent food! The homemade pasta with shaved truffles and truffle oil was TO DIE FOR. Would have been too rich to have a whole dish of it, but split among 4 people as an appetizer was perfect! The pepper-crusted tuna was cooked perfectly (and delicious), and everyone was wowed by how good all the other dishes were! And did I mention the excellent service? Everyone is treated like a VIP -- and it's greatly appreciated!

AJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always delicious, and always accommodating. One of my favorites. Expensive but worth it.

GG
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely lunch with tasty food and attentive service. Place is is a great find for lunch with charming ambiance and great food selection at good prices.

TV
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit to Novita was our first, for my husband's birthday. Everything was exceptional- the incredible food, elegant ambiance, and gracious service. We truly had a special dinner. I knew that Novita had made an impression on my husband when, before leaving, he made a reservation to take his parents to dinner here to celebrate an upcoming milestone wedding anniversary. Grazie, Novita.

f
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valentines Day meal. Terrific menu well executed on a busy night. Small but well picked choices. We had two great appetizers: tuna and lobster salads. Mains of truffle pasta and Osso Buco. Great pour from a great large bottle of Brunello rounded out a great meal.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome spaghetti! It was a bit crowded but all the staff were very warm and welcoming!

KG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Wonderful service. Really loved the scallops.

RB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from cocktails to dessert, service , food everything was at the highest level.

JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This may have been the best meal myself and my girlfriend have ever had. We celebrated Valentines a little early this year and could not have had a better time. The service was impeccable and the food was absolutely incredible. From appetizer to desert every bite was so good it made me angry! No meal should be able to taste that good. Highly recommend.

RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Can’t wait to return.

JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be back! The good was absolutely delicious and the ambiance was very nice.

BD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Novita continues to be one of the best authentic Italian restaurants in the city. A must.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great evening. Thank you!

t
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good trattoria style food. Good quality products. Great service. Owner and servers give a very nice Italian upscale atmosphere .
I would recommend this restaurant.

j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful staff great food fair pricing! Best meal in New York in a while

DJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We arrived a precisely at 830pm for our reservation. Maître d’ checked us in but didn’t sit us. No tables were available. He didn’t say anything to manage our expectations. After 10 minutes I asked and got he told us that he didn’t know, that “thank god people like this place” and so no table were available and he couldn’t tell us when a table was going to be available but that was fine if we wanted to go elsewhere. Which we did.
In 20 years in New York I have rarely seen a maître d’ as rude and nonchalant as this one. This is the second time the exact same thing happens. We have gone to this neighborhood place for years - mostly for the convenience and the neighborhood feel to it, the food is only ok. But this maître d’ (who I believe is rather new) was one of the rudest I’ve seen and really makes a point of telling you he doesn’t care if you don’t stay. Wondering if discrimination is at play. Won’t go back there ever.

a
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Terrific, authentic Italian food. A wonderful pappardelle with lamb, a wonderful tuna entreé. Even the veal parmigiana seemed more "Italian" than "Italian-American." Festive place, but a noisy place. Perhaps those two conditions are inevitable. While the place is not inexpensive, it seemed fairly priced for the food and service. Personnel -- from the front door to the guys who poured the water -- were really friendly and pleasant. This was our first time there.

NY
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, accommodating managers, nice environment. Outstanding place with truly food Italian.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good! Excellent pasta, appetizers, fish, everything was great. Authentic Italian. Definitely recommend coming here.

AZ
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

We were visiting NYC for a conference. We had great service - thank you, Michelangelo! We enjoyed the bolognese, squash blossoms and carpaccio. Our only challenge was that the restaurant was very warm.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food! Pretty space but very tight seating space.

B
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Novita is the best! 5 stars everytime!

A
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Novitá never disappoints . It’s homely feel everyday dining or a date or a business dinner. Non intrusive service but up to the point. Friendly staff and excellent food.

MD
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever eaten in. From the greeting at the door to the end of the meal. I can’t say enough. The food is amazing! Our server, Carolina, was wonderful and very knowledgeable of the menu. She was sweet, attentive and very professional. There were 4 of us having dinner and everyone’s meal was outstanding. Can’t wait to return to NY for dinner. I’ll be sure to recommend Novita to all my friends

PT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service. Mixed drinks & wines are pricey. However the mixed drinks were excellent & the quality of wines are very good. The entire staff was very attentive, prompt & extremely cordial.

DT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Novitá is a wonderful small local restaurant experience. The staff is very friendly and helpful. the food is fabulous. Pasta is fresh made and perfectly cooked. The veal was out of this world. Turissini - San Daniele del Friuli!

c
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always. White truffle pasta - I might have well as been in Piemonte. Perfect / handmade pasta, fresh truffle. And my favorite Etna Bianco.

T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely ambience. Very attentive staff. Very good food and reasonable. Excellent carpaccio.

DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant which is well-lit with attentive staff. Food very good, especially the pasta.

M
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was friendly and perfectly attentive. Food was excellent. Pace of serving was perfect. Will defiantly return.

EN
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had the stuffed zucchini flowers with prosciutto for an appetizer - delish. And the carbonara for my entree, also very good. My friend had the veal chop parmigiana - excellent, and very pretty to see on the plate. The gelato sundae was divine. I will definitely return. The place needed more air circulating however - it was too hot inside while eating (and especially while having red wine). We were in the little room straight back from the entrance - it might have been a different story for the bigger part of the restaurant.

c
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am always happy to go to Novita. The food is superb, and the staff is genuinely wonderful.

EM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants! Highly recommend it.

ED
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've lived in NY for almost 10 years, and Novita has become my go-to spot when it comes to Italian. The food is great, and just as importantly, it's consistent. They have a good variety of pastas, and I'm pretty sure they're all made in-house. Would highly recommend if you're in the mood for great pasta. Excellent value too

M
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Over rated and over priced, service and food not worth the price!

DR
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our very favorites! Consistently outstanding