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Posted by Anonymous on 11/29/2005
We went with family that was in town for Thanksgiving....I was excited to try a new spot in the village but was sorely disappointed with our selection of restaurants. The food was nothing to write home about, very over rated. There are so many charming, quaint spots in the village and I was hoping this could be included as a new favorite spot but was disappointed. The entrees were quite pricey and did not have good flavor or many selections.
Posted by Sherantz on 10/16/2005
It was terrific. Thoughtful food, flavors that stood out in their pure simplicity. Had a nice bottle of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. The service was good, knowledgeable...even though our server was on her first week, she knew her stuff. Other than a hostess trying to pull the "if I stare at you, you will get up so I can turn the table" it was pretty recommendable. I'd go back [in fact, I will be going for lunch this week-interesting to see how it compares to the dinner experience]. Don't miss the stuffed squash blossoms, fantastic with fragrant basil, ricotta...we also had a seasonal salad of golden beets with fennel, cress, grapefruit...and fried artichokes which were potato-chip crisp on the outside yet tender, fleshy and sweet on the inside. Entrees? Well first we had a mid-course of a shared risotto with lemon, basil and parmesan...perfect portion and the lemon blossomed as you ate, simple but intense. I had the signature meatballs, which are made with pine nuts and raisins and served in a light tomato sauce, a classic. My wife had the veal short ribs and claimed they were among the best she had had, meaty yet not too heavy. Our friend had the salt cod in tomato with chick peas, apparently that was superb as well. Dessert was consistent, a smooth pistachio gelato that was fragrant but not so much that you forgot about the nuttiness. The lemon panna cotta with berries was light and fresh. My tiramisu was a dense creamy concoction that I enjoyed but it was a little more coffee-intense than I like...if you like coffee it will be divine.
Posted by kikidee on 10/05/2005
Wandering the hood last night for dinner (tues 10/4) and this restaurant was perfectly full- with only one table open outside (we'll take it!)....checking out the menu was pointless because the delicious aroma from the dishes on the sidewalk tables had already convinced us. I had never heard of this place before. Hostess was perfect, waiter was perfect. Bread, olive oil, heirloom tomato salad, meatballs, pancetta pasta, chianti = perfect. conversation, weather, candlelight, people dining at nearby tables (fancy & casual and even some with dogs!) = perfect. and the bill? not bad at all...we really felt like we had cheated somehow by stumbling into this 'neighborhood' fine dining experience of unpretentious perfection....i absolutely can not wait to bring everyone to my new favorite place in the west village.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/03/2005
As "out of towners", we are always prepared to spend seriously for great meals in NYC....not necessary when dining at Gusto! We found it to be some of the best EVER Italian food....stuffed squash blossoms are a must! The fish was perfectly grilled, simple. Service was attentive and professional. This restaurant is on our "tops" list!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/23/2005
Gusto is a fabulous restaurant with fabulous food, fabulous people, and fabulous decor. GO.
Posted by Californian in NY on 09/15/2005
I've been really really happy with Gusto - I've been twice now. Depending on what you order, the cost can be very reasonable, given the great ambiance and decor. It's a great place to bring out of town visitors you want to impress (but who would not be impressed by outrageous NY prices). So, to sum up, great atmoshphere and food at moderate prices! P.S. Get the fava bean salad - it is sooooo good!!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/05/2005
To all those people who have not had the chance to dine at Gusto you don't know what you are missing. All the dishes have only the finest ingredients which is why I eat there daily. Lemon risotto, meatballs and the dover sole are my favorite items. Always ask the waiter what the specials are! Besides the fantastic food one of the managers is so fantastic that I would go into Gusto just to see him, The one downside is that it is incredibly difficult to get a table. You need to call at least one week in advance for prime dining hours.