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Posted by Lois G on 05/19/2011
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.
Posted by Larry L on 09/25/2010
Let’s start from the beginning; my parents were visiting me in the city so on a recommendation of a friend we chose Nino’s. I arrived and met my parents in the front who were reviewing a board announcing a price fixed meal for 35 dollars. We entered and were sat and after reviewing the wine list, ordered Chianti (56 dollar bottle); each bottle brought was at least a year or two newer than that stated on the wine list (CHECK YOUR WINE). After complaining to the waiter that the wine being brought was not that stated on the menu and the price should be reduced we were told that the wines were very good and that it just came in and lists hadn’t been updated. I know this is a very typical thing to look out for in NYC but the explanation was clearly nonsense as the wine list pages were folded and very old. The waiter brought the menu and listed the specials and left us, no mention of the price fixed meal advertised outside. After questioning this upon his return he snottingly told us people don’t’ typically order the price fixed on the weekends, so why the big chalk board outside? My parents split the ceaser salad for two, which for 22 dollars was a good size salad for one. I had the Chilean Sea Bass over asparagus and mashed potatoes, which although tasted very good punished me the rest of the night in the bathroom (I live 10 blocks away and barely made the walk home) I have to give kudos to a server name Paolu (sorry for the spelling if in error) he was very attentive, we didn’t see our waiter again until the check, hopefully the majority of the tip did not go to him. This restaurant is trying to create an atmosphere of something it is clearly not.
Posted by anonymous on 08/08/2010
I also came for the restaurant week menu. Loved the food! Cooked perfectly, lots of flavor, and creative pairing of ingredients Unfortunately, our experience was ruined by the rude, snobby waitress. My mother and I noticed she was acting rather rigid so we tried to lighten up the atmosphere by being friendly and joking. She rolled her eyes and overall acted that she was too good to be serving us. We ordered from the lunch menu but were charged for the dinner price on the check without warning. When I brought up that she should have notified us of the "manager's" change of mind after giving us the lunch menu and CONFIRMING that we could still order lunch, she was condescendingly unopologetic. However, she complained to us and then to the manager within our earshot for the 15% tip we decided to leave...
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/02/2010
What an excellent restaurant! My husband and i visited Ninos Restaurant over the weekend and very completely satisfied! The food is absolutely delicious. My husband had the fra diavolo whihc was prepared tableside while I had the pan roasted tuna. Both were just as tasty. The atmosphere is romantic with a live piano player and the wait staff was very attentive even on a busy night. We will definitely be going back to this upper east side restaurant
Posted by Fran on 03/26/2009
Pretentious hostess for starters, followed by disorganized and equally pretentious servers who aggressively pushed alcohol and who, at length, brought vast quantitites of extremely mediocre, overpriced food in the 'continental style' of the 1950's. Cheesy piano music of the same era drowned all attempts at conversation. The kicker? A $50 mistake in the bill for two which was corrected by a loud, condescending captain only after three requests.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/03/2008
last night, me and friends we went to Nino's on first Ave, we had a superb dinning experience, service was friendly and attentive. We enjoy the piano music in the background . They make us feel like royalty. Thank you NINO
Posted by Anonymous on 09/29/2008
Really expensive for moderate quality food. The service was good, but we felt really slighted by the end of the meal. I would rather go other places that return.