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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.
Posted by Nathalie A. on 04/10/2005
After trying to get to that place a couple of times, and not being able to get in because of long lines & wait, I figured this place would be exceptional. Well... The food was ok, I would have liked the taste of it for a lower price I guess - and certainly a better service. The specials were much better than the menu, which is weird , and the portions a bit disappointing. Our biggest draw-back was the lack of service. The appetizers came out pretty quickly, but then we waited about 25 minutes for the meal. Ok - but doesn't live up to the expectations.
Posted by Eric and Christy on 04/04/2005
We have visited this restaurant a few times over the past couple of months, and definitely plan to go back. However, delivery is the best due to the small dining area. The mussels were delivered piping hot and were---superb! The penne pasta and grilled salmon were fantastic too. Gennaro's is definitely a must try. Be prepared for the cash only payment method.
Posted by Kristen & Brian, Upper West Siders on 03/10/2005
On the plus side. . . wonderful, hearty, authentic Italian food with TONS of delicious specials. (Recommendations, you ask? For sure! Polenta. Bread salad. Gnocchi is out-of-this-and-several-other-worlds. Tiramasu. Ok, it's all yum.) On the minus, however. . .cramped, super-rushed seating with no proper hostess to manage the flow and treat incoming customers like customers, no reservations, no credit cards, $20 minimum, bright lighting, and a harried and unhelpful staff who will not let you linger. All of these, however, can be avoided by dialing Gennaro by placing a takeout order. (tip: call an hour or more before you would like the food. . .it takes that long, and go over the order with them once or twice to ensure you get what you order).