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Posted by ialwayscomeback on 09/16/2011
I've lived here for 30 years, have cooked professionally and have been to Gennaro many times, most recently last night-- and the food was perfect as always. Fava bean salad with radishes, pecorino, walnuts and arugula, followed by crispy-juicy lemon-roasted game hen with olive & sundried tomatoe mince, all over mash potatoes and broccoli rabe. Two of us, salads & entrees with good bottle of white--$75 Their waiters and the cash-only policy make me crazy, but the cooking beats the over-rated grub at Babbo and Esca hands down every time. Every time.
Posted by anonymous on 05/11/2011
I can't believe anyone would have anything bad to say about this place. I've been going here for about 3 years and it's one of my favorite restaurants in the whole city, definitely on the UWS. A tip: don't order the specials, they are overpriced. Stick with the menu and when in doubt get the lamb shank. You can thank me later.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/04/2011
Just back from a fantastic meal here where we sat at the bar. The service was attentive, knowledgeable and generous. The food was fantastic. We had kale salad, fava bean salad, branzino and lamb chops with a great bottle of red. It was all so delicious and because we didn't sit at a table we had lots of room, a nice view and a quiet place to talk. Highly recommend.
Posted by Brenda on 01/22/2011
The decor is "store-front meets Italian TGI Fridays" ugly and tacky. The waiter's order screen is smack in the middle of the dining room making the whole experience feel like a dive-thru. The waiter listed about a dozen specials (or more) very quickly with no mention of prices. There is no wine-by-the-glass menu. When I asked for a glass of red wine, I was brought what I assumed was house wine. It was pleasant enough and I ordered another. I later discovered that each glass was $17!!!! That is more than the price of the average entree. I complained to the manager and he offered me another drink. Hardly the point. I felt intentionally mislead and ripped off.
Posted by anonymous on 12/11/2010
Everything was delicious! We came in at 8:30pm on a Saturday night and told we would have to wait 10 - 15 minutes. It was exactly 10 minutes and we were seated. Service was great! Not pushy and gave us our space. The food was amazing! We got the gnocchi and the ravioli. They were perfectly cooked and delicious. The value was great! We enjoyed ourselves very much.
Posted by UWSAOK on 10/25/2010
I am somewhat surprised by some of the negative reviews here - we love Gennaro and bring a lot of our friends here for dinner. I can agree a bit with the service comments as they can be brisk and a bit cocky but I think the food is really good. I would argue that this is a solid neighborhood place and the line out the door pretty much every night seems to support that.
Posted by neighbor on 09/06/2010
i have lived next to gennaro for three years and have wondered why i never go. now i know. don't know if it's because i got takeout and they don't care what you find when you get home, but 6 undercooked ravioli and a shrimp salad with two shrimp and one canned artichoke heart is not exactly thrilling. had a glass of terrible pinot grigio also. and if you do go, make sure to bring cash. they don't take credit cards and don't tell you that till you get your bill. i asked someone why they don't have a sign out front saying they dont take cash and he said "we've been here 14 years. we don't have to". ok.