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Posted by vin d on 10/08/2013
The service at this restaurant is poor and the staff have major attitude. The food is o.k. but is very overpriced. It's across the street from Harry's and not too far from Little Italy but the prices reflect a quality restaurant on Park Avenue. Our waiter turned his back to us and talked to the coat check girl all night. His response was we work in teams. His team was the bartender. Go to Little Italy for better food and experience.
Posted by Mike L on 01/17/2013
I hosted a business lunch here today and we had a fantastic experience. The food quality was top-notch, the service was great, and the atmosphere was very appropriate for a business lunch meeting. It's a bit pricey, but you will leave here extraordinarily satisfied.
Posted by Linda from Livingston, NJ on 10/08/2012
We had our son and daughter-in-law's pre-nuptial dinner on Friday in this great restaurant find and it was terrific. Dealing with Benny for a couple of months prior to the event was great. He was most accommodating and a pleasure to work with both prior to as well as during our party. Phil worked directly with us at the party catering to our every need and request with a warm and friendly demeanor that made us very comfortable. And, then there was the food which was both delicious and plentiful. Special dietary requests were handled without a hitch. We could not have asked for more and everyone in attendance raved about it the entire weekend. We would go back in a heartbeat to dine in this fabulous restaurant!!
Posted by Ted on 12/07/2011
You will never happen upon this place. You must look for it, but it is well worth it! Great house-made fresh pasta, wonderful house-aged steaks and Italian Classics.Tthe service is terrific. The owner is always on site and you can rest assured your needs will be met and exceeded. Worth the trip well out of your way.
Posted by JA on 11/25/2011
My experience here was slightly disappointing. The food was good, but not great and the portion size was on the small size. If it wasn't so expensive I probably wouldn't mind so much. I am not against spending top dollar on a meal, but I expect the meal to be top notch. The service was not bad but you would expect more in this type of establishment. The restaurant had a nice decor and there was ample spacing between tables so you did not feel cramped. Overall, it was not bad but I expected more.
Posted by Bernard on 11/03/2011
We were walking in Lower Manhattan last Friday evening when we happened to pass by. The menu looked interesting, so we decided to give it a try. We were impressed all along in every respect. The service was outstanding; our waiter not only went out of his way to explain the dishes, but also did a great job removing all the bones from our whole fish. The food was excellent: I had the salmon, and my wife had the fish special. We shared chocolate cake for dessert. The total cost was perhaps a bit high, but well worth it. Will come again.
Posted by Tony on 09/01/2011
I having been working in the downtown area for 20+ years. Mant restaurants have come and gone over the years, with Giardino being one of the great ones. I owned my own Italian restaurant in NJ for a couple of years, so in addition to having high expectations, I know what it takes. The food is excellent, and always consistent. If the ingredients are the in the house, Benny and Nick will glady put a dish together for you, even if not on the menu (I do it all the time). The service, black tie, is classy, crisp, but not intrusive. A very professional team. These guys really know how to treat their customers and make you feel at home. I have had many functions at Giardino, ranging in size from 5 to 150, and all were handled with excellence. Many friends and colleagues are now repeat cutomers. It's a great place to go, even if you want to just have a few drinks at the bar with friends (Giardino's full menu is available at the bar as well), have a quiet dinner, or for larger groups (I highly recommend the private wine cellar room they have downstairs, which can seat around 20). Yes, there are many restaurants in the downtown area, but Giardino stands tall among them. It will be worth the trip, I gurantee it.