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Posted by anonymous on 01/24/2009
I had an amazing dinner at Gemma the other night with my boyfriend. The host and very attractive hostess were incredibly warm and welcoming. We were seated in a charming booth, and our waitress greeted us immediately. she was extremely friendly and charming and went to great lengths to answer all of the questions about the menu. she recommended an incredible bottle of wine for us which really complimented our food. we ordered the artichoke and the endive salads which were light and fresh and a perfect starter before the branzino and the lamb stew. the dishes were perfection. best stew of my life. it was rich, savory, and melted in my mouth. The branzino was light and delicate with a subtle smokiness from the cedar plank on which it was roasted. we finished our meal with a nutella calzone, apparently a specialty at gemma, which was out of this world. Our cheery and knowledgeable server was nothing short of a delight, and made the experience so much more pleasant. i would go back in a heart beat.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/08/2008
Overpriced and poor service
Posted by PWM on 10/28/2008
My friend and I had a great dinner here. We were seated right away at a prime dinner hour. The waiter was very eager to get everything correct, gave us samples of food if we were not sure, and couldn't be more accommodating. I had the gnocchi while my friend had the pizza, and everything was pretty great. The food wasn't overpriced by any means, and the atmosphere was warm. Overall an awesome meal.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/24/2008
My dinner at Gemma last evening was wonderful. We were seated promptly. The service was top notch - one of best that I have had in Manhattan. The food wonderful - the pappadelle pasta melted in my mouth and the tuna appetizer as well. We had a lovely evening and would definitely go back as well recommend to a friend.
Posted by K. Kat in the City on 10/22/2008
Went there last night with a friend. The food was tasteless. We had a mushroom pizza with no flavor at all. We sent back the artichoke salad, as it tasted not fresh. Wine was mediocre and expensive. The service snotty. Although the bus boy was working very hard and did a good job. He was vigilant on keeping our waster glasses full. The decor of this place does nothingwhat are they striving for a Bowery version of the Olive Garden? Actually Olive Garden is probably better.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/28/2008
I saw this featured on a TV show and they made it seem great. We ordered Bloody Mary's that came in tiny glasses for $11 and sour tomato juice. I ordered a frittata with goat cheese and I substituted avacado for spinach. The dish barely had any goat cheese and the avacado came on the side. For $11 I got flat dry eggs with no flavor. On the upside, the chicken apple sausage was good. They removed the bloody mary's and my egg dish fortunately but I wouldn't go back.
Posted by Downtown on 09/24/2008
The problem with Gemma is that the hostesses think they're working the velvet rope at a club, its just a restaurant folks nothing more nothing less. Don't be afraid to open your mouth and ask for the manager if you notice a lot of empty tables. Once you get passed the nitwits at the door the food and service is pretty good.