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  • Italian
  • 1354 1st Ave, New York NY10021 40.768115 -73.955328
  • (Btwn 72nd & 73rd St)
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  • (212) 988-0002
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User Ratings (Based on 28 reviews)

3.195
Food 3.4 Value 2.7
Service 3.3 Atmosphere 3.3

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(212) 988-0002
Fax:
fax
(212) 988-0004
Website:
www.ninosnyc.com
Place Order:
Order From Nino's for delivery & takeout
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc, DC ($15 min)
Hours:
Mon-Thu: 12pm-11pm Fri-Sat: 12pm-11:30pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Group Dining, Prix Fixe, Romantic, Live Entertainment, Happy Hour, Delivery, Online Reservations, Online Ordering, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Private Parties
Delivery Area:
65th to 80th St; York to Madison Ave

User Reviews

  • Nino's

    Posted by Randy D. on 01/21/2014

    Why has it taken me 35 yrs to eat here?

    I've lived in NYC for almost 20 years and have been visiting since I was an infant. I happened upon Nino's because I ignorantly forgot to make a reservation at Campagnola on a Friday evening in December. I love Campagnola, but not making that reservation was one of the best mistakes I've ever made. I walked past Nino's just one block south of Campagnola and whereas they were packed, the owner himself was there at the Maitre'D stand to welcome me and my party of 4 as if we were regulars (a good start). The fennel salad, cavatelli, and lobster fra diavolo (their signature dish) were my favorites, but everything we had was expertly prepared. The service was very consistently flawless, which is rare given the overwhelming crowds during the holidays. All in all, I will undoubtedly be back again and again.

  • Nino's

    Posted by Hannah on 07/28/2012

    Tasty but small portions

    The food is great -But we ordered delivery for the 1st time and we were disappointed at the small portion size. We spent $100 on food-but were still hungry?! We ordered 2 apps and 2 entrees. They barely put any food in the tin takeout containers. We won't order delivery again-but I'd eat there-you get more value for your money.

  • Nino's

    Posted by Jessica on 07/07/2012

    Not recommended

    There were 4 of us and we booked this table at Nino's with a 30% discount. Even though we told the waiter ahead of time (as we're told to do that) they knew we had the discount when we arrived. We had a 9:30 PM reservation at Nino's and there were about a dozen tables but we only had a choice of two. One right next to the very loud piano player or one in a very dark corner. The waiter started to take our orders even though I said I needed more time and then came back for my order about 20 minutes later. When I asked to substitute another vegetable for potatoes his response was that the chef makes no changes. With Nino's very pricey entries, we did not expect small portions and tasteless, over-salted food. From the poor service, to the tasteless food, to the very loud ambiance, there's nothing good about Nino's.

  • Nino's

    Posted by Zeke on 05/03/2012

    Big Disappointment

    Some friends made reservations here for a group of 8. The ambience was quite nice, but the food was a DISASTER. The specials sounded but great but were much more expensive than menu items and not well prepared. The arugula in the special salad was barely fresh. The soft shell crabs were mushy, tasteless and sitting in a puddle of goop, and had to be returned, as did an overdone steak. The deserts were mediocre at best - very large, but not well prepared. The chocolate desert was not very rich, and the crumbles on the apple crumb desert -- which should have been crisp and dry - were soggy and too large to be cooked to a proper temperature. This place puts on a good show, but the food was dreadful and the price was high -- skip it if you can.

  • Nino's

    Posted by Carlen on 03/24/2012

    Upper East Side Italian gem

    I finally checked out Nino's, a neighborhood restaurant that always intrigued me by walking by. Upon entering this restaurant, we were immediately greeted by the owner. I felt like that fact that the owner himself, checked us into the restaurant made the dining experience much more personal and special. The appetizer menu had so many good options on it that my dining partner and I had a lot of trouble picking one out, but were so happy to have the Mozzarella Di Burratta! Loved the Mignonette Rossini & the Pappardelle All Anatra. The serving of filet mignon in the Mignonette Rossini was a generous size and was cooked to perfection. It was just as good, if not better than steak I have had at many steak places. It was also a much better value than being at a steak place, because for the same price at a steak place you wouldn't get the foie gras, port wine reduction sauce, spinach, or potatoes. Those would all be extras! My dining partner and I both agreed the steak was awesome, as well as the sauce. The Pappardelle All Anatra had ragu sauce was extremely meaty and delicious! Nino's doesn't have a written dessert menu, and only offered up a list of homemade desserts that our server verbally told us. I am one that prefers seeing an actual menu rather than being told verbally whats on the list. So picking a dessert was a little more stressful than usual. We picked the zabaglione. Zabaglione is an italian custard that is made with milk, eggs, sugar, and alcohol of choice of the maker. Our server made the dessert right in front of us which I thought was extremely cool! It was like having a performer perform at your table. Our zabaglione had champagne in it and some other type of liquor and was served with fresh fruit. Although, it was a little on the watery side. I wish that it was a little thicker in texture so it wasn't like sipping on a soup. Otherwise, the taste of it was nice and light, and refreshing. We also were served homemade biscotti compliments from the kitchen. This biscotti was actually the best biscotti I have ever had. I am used to eating packaged biscotti, and these were very fresh and flavorful! They had a definite taste of almonds, with a finishing hint of licorice. A definite highlight! We also received a complimentary fruit platter which we loved! A definite place to check out if you live on the upper east side!

  • Nino's

    Posted by Tony on 03/02/2012

    The Complete Package

    In comparison to other restaurants that I frequent, Nino's is the front runner hands down. It's the complete package a wonderful dinning experience. On several occasions my wife and I were fortunate enough to be present when this gentleman with a powerful tenor voice began to sing at the table and to our amassment he was just a customer. He sang beautiful love songs in English and Italian. This was truly the Complete Package, delicious cuisine, attentive service and entertainment. We’ve been coming back ever since and hopefully you’ll be as fortunate as we were to be there when this tenor is present. Bono Appetite.

  • Nino's

    Posted by Lois G on 05/19/2011

    Poor restaurant experience

    For a celebration we went to Nino's and ordered a 4-5 lb. lobster. It arrived--perhaps 1.5 lbs.-in dreadful fra diabola sauce (minus the claws), was inedible, as well as a huge spaghetti portion, covering the lobster bits, removed from their tiny shells.We did not want or order the pasta but "that's how they serve it." As a gift, the meal had been paid for. The restaurant is tacky, smells of antiseptics, but has one virtue, a shame to be wasted here, a talented pianist, great at jazz and vocal renditions of Cole Porter. This, however, did not compensate for a costly, inedible meal and an indfferent, tacky maitr' d.

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