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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.
Posted by Aaron Krohn on 09/05/2010
This is a good restaurant. It will not knock your socks off but it is solid. Some nice wine choices and a few dishes (Kale salad) are terrific. Give it a chance
Posted by real italian on 08/31/2010
I have wanted to come here for years due to the countless solid reviews I have encountered. Turns out, most people are downright clueless when it comes to food. Wine was terrible, pea salad was drowning in salt and therefore inedible, cacio pepe was the worst I ever had, hands down. The waiter removed the cacio pepe from the bill considering I did not eat any of it, and as we were leaving, I saw the owner giving waiter a lot of crap for removing this UNEATEN dish from our bill. So, I approached the owner and explained to him how horrid the dish was and that it was not the waiters fault (even though the waiter was incompetent, yet cocky) and he said that it's everyone's favorite dish and how could I not like it. One of the worst dining experiences I had had to date (I have been living in New York for 30 years).
Posted by anon on 06/29/2010
This is my go to spot. Thankfully they've opened up and expanded their space so the wait isn't as long. Great value for a steal- I would recommend to anyone looking for delicious food! No need to look any further even if you can afford to.
Posted by Marjorie on 05/27/2010
The poorest service ever. The wine was undrinkable so I returned it and the waiter asked me what he should do with it! I was about to tell him, but common decency prevented me. Stay home, open some decent wine and boil your own pasta!
Posted by UWSFOODIE on 05/12/2010
Gennaro's is fabulous. There is no better place to dine on the UWS. Though it is sometimes noisy the food is delectable, original and fun. Try the specials (especially the raw kale salad -- One of the best things i have ever eaten) Enjoy!!!
Posted by theresa on 04/21/2010
Food taste and quality is top notch. They don't spend time decorating or plating but who cares, I just want to eat. They use the right blend of ingredients and everything is fresh! The specials are amazing! And you can't beat the cheap prices. Now, just remember to bring cash and your patience because the service is poor. Everyone is in a hurry all the time and forget things like silverware, napkins, and water. And yet, I will still go back because the food is just that good!