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Posted by real zagat on 02/18/2006
Food is over-rated at best - every item on the menu is a disingenious version of the of the true Italian dish. Believe me, there's no better critic than a first generation Italiano.....Ciao
Posted by Sarah on 02/18/2006
We love Gennaro! The food is really excellent. The regular menu is a little small so always ask for the daily specials; they have tons. Everyone we've taken there has loved the food. Lines are out the door at prime eating hours, so go early (especially if you have kids) or go late and you'll be fine. Or you can always order - we order from there about once a week and haven't gone wrong. The gnocchi is fantastic - I won't order it anywhere else. Yes the place is crowded and you may have to wait a while, but that's part of the experience. You can't beat the quality of the food and the value of the prices anywhere. This is definitely not a generic Italian place - and in our minds, that's a good thing.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/22/2005
Gennaro's has phenomenal food. Take this from a native of Florence who is generally dissatisfied with NY Italian food. No reservations. Eat early or late.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/15/2005
Okay, so to start off with it was my birthday. I brought a bunch of friends there, made a reseration. The service at that point was poor. They made us stand there cramped in the doorway for about 7 minutes while they decided who had the authority to do something. Once we were seated it was so cramped that we had to move the table so that my friend could get into her chair. Not only that but the appetizers were good, but so small it was not even close to enough. I got the pasta with swordfish. the swordfish was dry and the pasta was not cooked even close to what it should have been.
Posted by UWS Fan on 10/11/2005
I love this place. As does everyone I know. People try it, then run back for more. It may have its quirks but for excellent food, friendly service and a perfect price point, what more could you ask for? This is definitely one of Manhattan's prized possessions.
Posted by Brett on 07/05/2005
Gennaro is a delight, and is regarded as the best Italian in the neighborhood by anyone who knows the area well. Gennaro's atmosphere is not its selling point. It feels more like a small, Brooklyn establishment, with cramped spaces and little charm. "Quaint" is about the best compliment one can think of. But when it comes to food, this is the top of the top. Gennaro has at least 3 or 4 great entrees price under $12. Its food is authentic, delicious, and filling. The staff has always seemed friendly to me--unusaully so, considering the area. There aren't many options, but all are tasty. The Rigatoni with Eggplant is amazing despite its simplicity. No, it's not flashy, and not the place to take a tourist to impress. But the food is very worth the trip, the wait, and the journey.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/01/2005
This restaurant is admittedly very cute and cozy, but not enough so to excuse the poor service and the cutting of culinary corners. I was happy with my huge plate of mussels, but my friend ordered the special brasied osso bucco on risotto, only to find the meat mangled and the risotto comparable to mac n' cheese. We honestly wondered if the meat in her dish actually came from the bone they placed in the center of it--it was chewed and chopped, and sprinkled around to look like more. The risotto was a pale orange color (not because of saffron, oh heavens no) and tasted like it was either made of American Craft Singles or Velveeta. And to top it all off, we ordered the huge slab of tiramisu that everyone seemed to be eating, only to dig around and find that it was partly frozen, and lacking any actual marscarpone; we left, defeated, with a melting pile of cool whip on the plate.