Novitá - New York City, Manhattan

4.7
2249 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 2249 people are saying
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vipKevin
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food, service and atmosphere. We were treated as special guests from the minute we entered. Thank you to our gracious host!!!

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NYCnick
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I have been to Novita several times and I think with the expansion of outside dining, the quality of the food has suffered. Sat in a small room behind reception/bar are... no ambiance and crowded. Took a long time to even get a drink. Tables are closer together in main dining room. Novita is capitalizing on the pandemic and has stretched their kitchen to serve more patrons..... but food has suffered.

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vipNYCfoodiemama
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Restaurant was very crowded. Tables were very close together and they barely gave our vaccine info a glance which gives me pause. The food was good but service was very slow and indifferent.

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vipOut2Eat
Tampa
31 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Novita continues to be outstanding from a great meal to outstanding service. This is why I continue to return and to bring friends to.

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MaryE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the shrimp and scallop entree with brocoli rabe!

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Michael
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was excellent, but the service was not particularly attentive. It was disappointing because we had a much more positive experience when we ate at the restaurant last year. I left this time feeling that the experience was not worth the money.

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vipT50NY
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Have been dining here for years….both in-person and takeout during COVID. On Wednesday 11/24, the night before Thanksgiving, the restaurant was full and there were NO waiters!!! We were seated and then no one approached us for 25 minutes….not to order drinks nor food nor to talk about any specials….so disappointing….for $75-$100 per person, better service is expected. There are other restaurants in the Gramercy area (Union Square Cafe, Isabelle’s , etc) that have plenty of wait staff now. Not really sure what the issue is here, since neither of the hosts bothered to offer any explanation.

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vipLuv2dine
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had reservations for 3 but, at last minute our friend canceled. We were already seated with cocktails, wine and bread when approached by staff to change tables since we only had 2. When I declined he clearly was annoyed & treated us with disdain throughout the meal. Novita is one of our favorite NYC restaurants that we visit every time we are in the city. We have often graciously accepted a less than perfect table and would have done the same tonight if we weren’t already settled in. I was quite appalled at the behavior….very unprofessional but, to report to open table that we were a “no show”. That’s crossing the line. Get over yourselves

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing and the host was so thoughtful. Best pasta dishes that I have ever had. Anyone who goes needs to try the Shrimp and crab pasta. Lovely ambiance. I think I might need to go there at least once a month.

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vipSayre
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went last Saturday. It was five stars. Our waiter was Michelangelo. He was extremely attentive and helpful. He spent time as we chose wine and food even though the restaurant was very busy. We chose an Italian Sauvignon Blanc by Piere that was lusciously full bodied. After tasting it I didn't want to order the Oso Buco which I had wanted. I asked if they had Halibut. They didn't have it on the menu but he went in and asked and the chef made me Halibut wrapped in potato skin that was out of this world. I will go back for the Osso Buco and some red wine!

I just want to caution anyone coming for the first time. It is cramped inside, yet it has a nice atmosphere. The waiters manage to glide between the tables as if there were plenty of space. It is lively. Please understand that this place serves spectacular food prepared by the owner chef from Piemonte. They do have spacious outdoor seating but it is getting too cold now.

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ColinW
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Walked out after waiting almost 30 minutes for a waiter

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Jordg
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing staff, worker who greeted us was one of the nicest guys ever, real authentic Italian feeling

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vipgstarnyc
London
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!! I always feel as if I'm' eating in Italy.

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MelissaN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Novita is our place. Our favorite restaurant for the food and the service, both superb. The staff, from waiters to busboys, and the food, it’s authentic Italian cuisine.

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Jayne
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Novita is the most pleasant and continuously enjoyable restaurant in an area of Manhattan where there are at least a half dozen of the city's most highly rated restaurants. It is unusually gracious.

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Chris
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was great. The service was uneven. The bus boys were great and my server, the hostess, was nice and filled in . The others were inattentive.

They certainly were busy with the number of diners. Popular place.

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DeborahV
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ate in the little gazebos and it was lovely although cold but we managed

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was amazing. Food and staff. I went after work for dinner with a friend and it was very quiet. Around 8pm it does get very packed and it’s a bit hard to get out of your seat to go to the bathroom, but def worth it

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salpsichi
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is the first time I have dined at a NYC restaurant since everything pretty much shut down in March 2020. I have dined at Novita many times, even enjoying my retirement party there. The restaurant is unpretentious, which I like. I was sorry to see it so empty on a Sunday, but happy to see that it has survived and hope it will be back to full-throttle status soon.

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vipmegH
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everything was great they were extremely accommodating and friendly and nice!
Its a fun and happy restaurant.

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ScottH
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Great Food Outstanding Restaurant!!!!!!!!

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RRRT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in we were warmly greeted and treated with exceptional care. We’ve been going to Novita for many, many years and they continue to produce wonderful food with great service in a nice setting. What ultimately made our night was the high level of service we received by the entire staff. Prego!!!

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vipvincenth
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent! Service slow , maybe due to Covid, but otherwise great!

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vipMarieM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Very nice place to gather with family and friends for a DElicious dinner.

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MichaelK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday . What a wonderful experience from food to service. I would recommend it as a 5 star experience to sll

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent, waitstaff friendly.
Noise level high.
But I would definitely go back

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PierreF
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is on elf my favorite places for many years. It never disappoints.

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vipkgh23
Oklahoma City
70 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. The wine list provided some good choices to pair with the pasta as well. Definitely recommend!

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vipAngelaStulley
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my absolute favorite Italian restaurants in NY. Elegant, delicious, amazing service. I take guests often, including picky, foodie NYers, and everyone loves it. Beautiful outdoor space.

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vipKathleenB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal!

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vipMaryellen
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful lunch with friends. Great food and wonderful, friendly service.

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vipJasonO
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Attentive service.

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vipChristopherO
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food, service and overall charm / hospitality was terrific! Novita is the quintessential consistent and high quality NYC Italian restaurant. Love this place!

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JohnF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Waitress got order wrong and waiter did not bring the right utensils. Food was very good.

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vipCatCurryW
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food every time! Try everything. You won't be disappointed!

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MatthewK
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful food, great ambiance and terrific service!

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vipAllenK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Ate outside. It was a pleasant evening. The pace of service was slower than we all would have preferred. The food was, as always, excellent. Overall, terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The food was horrible. They screwed up very simple dishes such as Carbonara for example. Their fried items were soggy. No technique at all. Pasta sauces watery and flavorless. Fish was good. I think the quality of the ingredients themselves are good but the preparation and overall resulting flavor I would give zero stars.

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Mike
Argentina
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite. Staff is wonderful, attentive and accommodating your special needs. Highly recommend

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vipSebastianVenable
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Waited over 45 minutes for check after dinner.
Requested 3 times.
Came and was wrong.
Credits not issued 4 days later.
Unacceptable

FAQs

Novitá - New York City, Manhattan offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 677-2222.

Novitá - New York City, Manhattan is rated 4.7 stars by 2249 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.