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Posted by Chris on 03/09/2008
FYI, for regulars, there's a new host at the door - ten minutes means fortyfive and be prepared to be skipped if there's a larger party coming. Food's still great, but at a restaurant with no reservations, when the wait is not managed (and rudely at that!), the dining experience turns sour. Fingers crossed that it will get better soon!
Posted by Jen on 02/01/2008
My husband and i have been going to Genarro's for 2 1/2 years now and we love it. It's not the best Italian we have ever had but it's really good. Yes they only accept cash only which is a pain but you can get through it. The no reservations thing is also annoying but can be avoided. When we go we shoot for a 6:30 arrival or later than 9:00. There is barely a wait if there is one. Now for the service, there are exceptional waiters at Gennaro's, you just gotta know where to sit which is NOT on the left side of the restaurant. Always right cause that's where the good waiters are, venture on the other side and you will have your meals thrown at you and be told to leave because the lovely waiter needs to make more money for the night. Try the guitar strings, the butternut squash soup, the frisee salad or one of their gazzillion specials. All are to die for. Also throw in a Peroni and you will not be disappointed.
Posted by upperwesteater on 12/29/2007
I think the food here is subjective. I thought it was great, while other reviews claim that it is bland. This is a difference of opinion. The reviewers seem to agree on a few points which is not a matter of opinion, but mere facts. The cash only policy is silly and inconvient. The no reservation policy is as inconvient and a major deterrent. It seem that it helps the restaurant advertise and gain notoriety for always having crowds outside, but it does not work for the customer. Thirdly, it is SO packed inside that it literally is a fire hazard. My table of 2 had to wait for the table of 2 next to us to leave so that we could get out. If you are not getting a clear enough visual, think of the subway at rush hour. Since they are so busy and crowded the waiters are not so friendly or patient. I know I have listed a lot of negatives, but I would return here b/c the food is that good, and in the end it really is all about the food.
Posted by John on 11/30/2007
Went here after all the rave reviews but must say I was disappointed - although the service was good and the interior cozy, my risotto was bland and undercooked. The rest of the dishes we had were average and the bill was 200 dollars for a group of 5 which makes it ridiculous not to take a credit card. Bottom line: overrated.
Posted by kevin & nicole on 11/24/2007
sure, the food was pretty good, nice cozy atmosphere (read: crammed in like sardines), but when the whole meal is wrapped up by the server saying "oh, cash or check only", then having to go up the street to a deli atm, then coming back and paying...it just plain puts a damper on the rest. what kind of restaurant in this day and age doesn't take credit cards?? so, for me...they just kinda ruined it for themselves.
Posted by DAS on 11/17/2007
$20 minimum..hmm, a red flag I missed. The Tortino di Patate e Funghi was ok, the ingredients were not balanced--but passable, a bit heavy on the chevre, and bottom heavy with the potatoes. A gentlemen in my party had breaded chicken--I could actually thump the chicken with my fork and make a sound. Overcooked, not properly prepared, and unappetizing presentation. Myself, I have habit of orders appetizers, that's where all the creativity hopefully is,so out marches my Carpaccio with Parmesan and arugula. Wow, what happened to decent presentations? It was dreadfully amateurish. Alot of very small argula (at least it was not the bitter end of the argula season), but it had such LONG 5-6" stems on the arugula it was impossible to eat. Grief, any basic restaurant would carefully observe when their argula was below average--they would compensate by snapping off the LONNNNNGGG stems. I had to constantly ask about refilling water glasses, and asking for olive oil for the decently crusted bread. Does this menu ever change? It seemed like production food. The waiters were quite rude and impatient--it was all about turning over tables.
Posted by Jen on 11/09/2007
Gennaro's is really worth the trip...even for Kevin Bacon (he was there one of the nights we went). My husband and I love their large antipasto and the gnocchi is out of this world!!