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Maialino

at Gramercy Park Hotel
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  • Italian, Cocktails
  • 2 Lexington Ave, New York NY10010 40.738546 -73.985772
  • (At 21st St)
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  • (212) 777-2410
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User Ratings (Based on 33 reviews)

3.055
Food 3.1 Value 2.5
Service 2.9 Atmosphere 3.7

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(212) 777-2410
Website:
www.maialinonyc.com
Notes:
Major Credit Cards Bar Hours Mon-Fri: 7:30am-12am Sat-Sun: 8am-12am
Hours:
Breakfast Mon-Fri: 7:30am-10am Lunch Mon-Fri: 12pm-2pm Dinner Sun-Thu: 5:30pm-10:30pm Fri-Sat: 5:30pm-11pm Brunch Sat-Sun: 10am-2:30pm
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Group Dining, People Watching, Prix Fixe, Tasting Menu, Trendy, Happy Hour, Bar Scene, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Maialino

    Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 08/25/2010

    Not up to Mr. Meyer's standards, service-wise

    To this point, Danny Meyer has been deservedly recognized as creating the finest restaurant service experiences in New York City. I have eaten multiple times at Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison and Union Square Cafe, and have always been struck with how genuinely caring the maitres d' and serving staff have been. Maialino is a different question altogether, much to my (unpleasant) surprise. I arrived on time for our 9:00 reservation, and asked if any of my other six dining companions had already been seated. The hostess said that they had arrived, but our table was not ready yet. When I asked where I might find them, she dismissively waved her hand, saying that she really didn't know. I found them in the lobby of the Gramercy, and we were seated 15 minutes later (and late!). Our waitress, the same I had during my previous visit, had improved somewhat: first time around, she refused to tell me the specials "before everyone is ready to order." This is not the MeyerLand I have come to love. The restaurant is also extremely noisy. On the bright side, however, the food is uniformly excellent: the pastas are wonderful, the tripe appetizer is spicy and delicious, and the off-the-menu pick is just what a maialino should be! A mixed blessing overall.

  • Maialino

    Posted by TastyPenguin on 08/24/2010

    Not up to the hype

    I was looking forward to truing Maialino as a destination place for a birthday dinner, but the experience was marred a bit by the faux exclusivity (the small army of seating hosts made us wait until it was the time of our 10:30 reservation on the dot, even though there were empty tables) and two rowdy, young crowds at large tables who seemed to have mistaken the place for a Bucca di Beppo in a mall. Ignoring the racket, the waiters acted cold and condescending to us, as if we didn't deserve to be eating there. But when we finally got to eat, the food was magnificent: a tasty, fresh sampler of meats and olives, a wedge of our favorite cheese, corn-filled ravioli that tasted like eating the farmer's market, and amazingly fresh and flavorful swordfish and steak entrees. The cappuccini and creative desserts are worth a visit on their own for (sage-flavored panna cotta? Delish!)

  • Maialino

    Posted by anonymous on 07/23/2010

    Why is everyone hatin'?

    Went last Sunday for a quiet birthday dinner for two. Our table was ready within 10 minutes and they didn't rush us from finishing our glass of wine at the bar. The service was great, food delicious (heirloom tomoatoes and mozz, sorpresata, lasagna and lamb chops). The prices were moderate. Not too noisy. AND, we had a celebrity sighting (2 actually: Sean Penn and Meg Ryan). We liked it and will be back.

  • Maialino

    Posted by Anonymous on 06/06/2010

    Fair-to-Middling

    The title of this review describes the food and the experience. Pseudo-Italian/Roman, both over-hyped and overpriced.

  • Maialino

    Posted by Kyle on 05/25/2010

    Stay far, far away

    Well here's a new one...the two little greeters /bouncers were so hideously mean that my guest and I decided to skip the whole ordeal. After we were stared down by the creepy greeters/bouncers we were informed that the wait would be forty five minutes at least. Considering the space was nearly empty, it seemed quite clear that we just weren't good enough. Oh poor us!

  • Maialino

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/02/2010

    Good scene but border touristy

    Dinner bar side tonight. Fried artichokes as an appetizer which took more than 1/2 to come, claiming it was because the kitchen had no more paper to print orders. Although bar tender was smart enough to say that he thought something was wrong, he said he made sure he placed the order, which I saw him do. He had good attitude and making it no big deal. Then the primo was fettucine with artichokes, Fava beans and mint in a butter sauce. Pasta should have been one notch thinner. No where were artichokes to be found. But it tasted good. They brought a big raviolo with spinach ricotta and egg yolk in a butter sage sauce filling was way too liquidy, to the point of being a choice of too wet of ricotta. Although this was a chefs compliment given the wait, it was disappointing. It's now month since opening and now I think the only safe find is the meats and cheese and vino. PS stay away from the guanciale tequila mix, nothing unique about it and not worth $13. $6 yes but $13, no.

  • Maialino

    Posted by John O'Callaghan on 04/27/2010

    Yuck

    we are from the neighborhood and have dined there three times now, every time thinking that "well, they just opened, things will be better next time". well, they have only gotten worse, much worse. we will never return, even if we got the meal for free. the waitstaff is a joke. the food is borderline disgusting and so uneven that it is hard to believe that you are eating at the same restaurant each time you go there. the first time we tried the lasagna it is over salted to the point of being inedible and served bubbling hot like lava, the second time warm around the edges and cold on the inside and tasteless. the house special, fried artichokes, are soggy, previously frozen affairs that arrive luke warm and gummy, the pasta vongole tastes like clams in dishwater, everything else is absolutely forgettable. only two pluses: the bread is passable and there is a very nice 30- something man who works at the reception desk, very nice and the only one who seems to have brought his brain to work that day. yuck, yuck, yuck.

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