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Posted by Jimbo on 04/28/2009
The wife and I went for dinner at peak time on a Friday. We were expecting a casual italian/brick oven pizza dinner and were pleasantly surprised by a solid selection of traditional pasta dishes and full entrees. In addition, to the standard soup, salad, et al appetizers the menu also included a appetizer selection of cheeses and meats. We started with a cheese/meat platter and were quite impressed with the quality. Although we intended to have pizza (looked great), we decided on a full meal. The salmon and branizino were excellent and perfectly cooked. The junior wait staff seemed to still be in training, but were supplemented by two "brothers" in suits. As a result, the service was timely and attentive. Our only complaint was the somewhat clueless female junior maitre d'. We "walked in" and she quoted us 20-30 minutes. Fortunately, as soon as the senior maitre d' returned to the front podium 30 seconds later, he immediately sat us at a choice table. All in all a great meal.
Posted by DANO on 03/08/2009
First off my fault on being 10 mins late. But that is no reason at all to force our the rest of the party into a booth for a six top. And we were not small people. When my date and myself arrived I was seated out in the Isle. Okay I know it is NYC but it open with plenty of room.There were open tables. Also let me remark that we did try to make 6:30 reservations days earlier but they said first come basis. So on to when we arrived the waiter tried to get us to order our food before we sat down.. To our dismay we found out that the waiter made them order their whole meals. Then he ask us to order and I asked him for a menu. I do not like pushy waiters and the battle was on. I did have our order ready by researching it on the net. So I handed him my list and he try his u psale but I was stead fast!
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.