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Posted by Upper West-Sider on 02/23/2005
When I ordered, the hostess didn't mention the 45 MINUTE MINIMUM required for delivery -- though I live three blocks away. An hour later, after I'd called to find out what the story was, my food arrived. I think it would have tasted pretty good, if it had been warm.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/16/2005
I've dined at Gennaro's thrice now and it's been great every time. Best to go at off hours to avoid the wait and the packed house. They open at 5, so we like to go before 6 or after 8. The gnocchi is incredibly delicious. The seafood risotto special is fantastic. Even their crusty peasant bread (gratis) with olive oil is wonderful. One of the Upper West Side's best.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/14/2005
We moved to the UWS from Astoria where there are many Italian food as good or nearly as good as Gennaro. The thing that we noticed is how non-customer service oriented this restaurant is. Maybe they feel they don't have to be as the place is packed nearly every night of the week. Buyer beware.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/16/2005
You won't regret it. Instead of battling the crowds, just order in, and you'll have the same fabulous meal. The pasta with eggplant never ever disappoints.
Posted by Jilliemurph on 12/10/2004
Be prepared and bring cash. The good thing is that the corkage fee is only 10 dollars, so bring a bottle of quality wine unless you prefer their mediocre Italian wine. The food is hearty Italian, usually excellent soups and appetizers. Good homemade pastas, be sure to ask which ones are homemade, not all are! The service is actually pretty poor. I've been their about 7 times now and each time the manager hustles you out the minute he knows you won't order anything else. If you linger over your cappucino, he will rudely continue to ask/badger you "need anything else otherwise we need to seat more people."
Posted by UWS on 10/05/2004
Great restaurant with great food. If you can, just order in and avoid the lines. Make sure you get the Antipasti Platter for 2 - it's excellent!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/23/2004
Our first visit here two years ago was wonderful. But we've gone back 3 times since then and each time the food has been saltier than the time before to the point that our last meal made both of us ill! Our most recent meal (grilled sausages over polenta) was so salty that it gave us msg-like headaches all night. We'd like to like this place--the menu is creative and the offerings are delightfully different from most of the red sauce joints on the UWS. But the execution of the dishes simply isn't up to scratch. They look pretty but... For us, $75 smackers and headaches for a modest meal for two is too high a price to pay.