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Posted by Pace on 06/14/2013
. . . in the best way! In business for over 100 years, this place feels like Old NY. Owned by 2 brothers, one of whom is there every nite; a classic bar and bartender, who knows how to make all the old timey classic cocktails; regulars who you'll see every time you go; and a clientele who'll make you feel young even if you're not! We take all our friends there and they all love the food -- including foodies, gluten-freers, kosher eaters, the adventurous and non. The menu is broad and the kitchen is VERY accommodating. Love that it's NOT in Zagat. A true neighborhood place.
Posted by John R. on 07/16/2012
We ate here this week and had a great meal. You could actually taste the tomato in my salad. Everything we ordered tasted fresh. The stuffed veal chop with it's mushroom gravy was superb. Dessert was really good too. The waiters were attentive. The atmosphere was not loud. Overall a really nice time. We'll return.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/12/2012
Pleased by the food and the waiters who actually delivered the dishes ...Shocked by the negative attitude of the snarly host/head waiter who makes you feel the opposite of welcome. I am just used to the more civil and relaxed manner of the younger hosts of the upper west side restaurants who are more positive toward their job. We were a party of four and I would hesitate to recommend this otherwise good quality restaurant to friends colleagues.
Posted by Leslie L on 08/24/2011
Have been coming here for 20+ years after a village-born friend recommended it. My husband's Italian and loves their veal. I don't eat meat, but recommend all of the fish dishes, pastas, and desserts: poached pear with ice cream is my fav. Have celebrated many birthdays, father's days, and other holidays.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/10/2011
Having recently moved to the west village, I haven't found my favorite spots yet. This one just topped the list! I was craving some Italian and menupages told me Gene's was just down the street. I strolled over and spent the next 80 minutes enjoying the food and atmosphere, completely unrushed. My server suggested one of the daily specials, veal with mushrooms, a side of spaghetti, and a glass of red wine to complement it. For starters, he suggested the cesar salad and mentioned the dressing was homemade. I got it all. And so glad I did. Everything was excellent! I probably shouldn't have, but I got dessert too....some vanilla ice cream on wafer/sponge cake things and drizzled with chocolate syrup. I know my ice cream and chocolate and this stuff was legit! Absolutely what I was looking for tonight. I will undoubtedly be back.
Posted by Jack H. on 10/03/2010
Yes , this place is "old school". It's demonstrated by the quality of the food it serves and service it gives throughout its history. Never been disappointed here by either...my review is based on going there about once or twice a month for 8 years.
Posted by Local fan on 09/07/2010
Gene's is as reliable as it gets. Their meat and fish dishes are fantastic; some of the best veal parm and picatta in the city! Their prices are very reasonable considering you get a large choice of side and very good bread/crudité. Only issue as others mention is it's not a youthful environment but the food MORE than makes up for it!