Grifone

4.4
367 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Taking its name from the mythological lion-headed, eagle-winged monster—Grifone's statues and paintings inside depict the restaurant's namesake—this cozy Northern Italian restaurant flies below the radar. It is all about sauces, with many dishes reflecting the restaurant's regional roots with wine or butter-and-lemon sauces. A thin glaze of seasoned white wine sauce adds a sharply intense flavor to the large slabs of swordfish, while the tomato and cream sauces do more than just complement the various pastas, they add a finely calibrated sweetness. — David S. Hirschman (nymag.com)
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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Grifone closed for renovations. Open Table should make sure you don’t take reservations when restaurants are closed.

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j
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific food - and great service. Wonderful atmosphere.

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G
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my all time fav restaurant. I would go every night if I could. The food is superior with the best ingredients. The staff is professional and accommodating to your every wish.
The owner makes me feel like a princess. The owner Mario has been in the business for many years and pays attention to each customer. The ambiance is tres old time New York
Kathleen abbott

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R
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A hidden gem. Amazing service and food. Super quiet and easy to enjoy a super private evening.

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OT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Heartily recommend.

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved our experience. Said we would definitely return. Wish we could go more often but we don’t live in the city but we are definitely returning when we visit the city again.

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MT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food. Great seating. Great service. And above all, quiet. One can have conversations here!

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O
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was very pleasantly surprised. Food service everything was fabulous.

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b
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Nice, tranquil long time dining spot in Midtown East. Met a friend to celebrate our birthdays! As usual, Mario the owner, greets everyone at the door as a long lost friend. This is Northern Italian food at it's best. it all boils down to sauces and there's nothing to complain about here. delicate flavors blend together like a fine painting. No obtrusive flavors "pepperoncini" unless you request them. It's about delicacy, mildness, complementing food flavors, not drowning the food with sauces. Really well done. The chicken dish was great! split an appetizer, pasta with veal ragu sauce that was superb. strongly suggest Grifone for a great business meeting (lunch or dinner), a date night or quiet evening with a special other. You will enjoy it!

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JV
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall very good food and service; a little overpriced, particularly the specials vs the comparable menu items.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The best Italian restaurant in New York. Mario is a gem.

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j
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Grifone's has been around for many years and I believe it continues to be one of the best hidden gems in midtown that is so easy to find! Located on East 46th, Grifone is a small venue that gives you the atmosphere to have a quiet and productive lunch or dinner meeting for business, or a quiet interlude with your significant other.
The food is CONSISTANTLY fresh, well prepared, and served with an attentive smile.
Whenever I have an important meeting, or just an excuse to have a high end lunch/dinner, this is one of my top choices in New York City.
If you haven't been there in a while, why not?
If you have never been, why wait?

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t
Kansas City
43 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food, outstanding atmosphere, outstanding service. The owner truely cares about taking care of his customers with great food and great service. I feel fortunate to have found this neighborhood gem.
Picture a fine small Italian restaurant and you will see Grifone.

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RB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious but the big difference from other restaurants is the care of the owner and wait staff!

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SS
Memphis
10 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mario, the matre ‘D was awesome. Oslo bucolic outstanding

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RF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

The strongest things about this place are the service and the low sound level. It's great for after work drinks and conversation, but although the service is top shelf, the food is hit or miss. I ordered risotto, which should be made to order, and what I got was a ball of gummy rice which looked like it had been prepared hours ago and served with an ice cream scoop. My osso bucco was tasty, but its toughness indicated it probably should have stayed much longer in a dutch oven at low temperature until it was falling off the bone. And the lighting in the place is terribly unromantic, much too bright.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Grifone. Always great service, friendly and familiar. Comfortable and quiet.

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EH
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Decor could use a little update - but wonderful food and service makes you feel like a guest in someone’s home.

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JU
New York Area
198 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I have been going for years. The food is always great and standard Italian fare the service superb. Good wines as well

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

After the dinner the waiter who was serving us created an incredible difficulty when I asked him to split the bill, saying that I should have told him about it previously.
Other embarrassing moment was when the coat keeping woman asked for tips. I wasn’t informed that was an extra service and I felt extremely offended by the way I was treated.
In a few words: the restaurant service is horrible.

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d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is fantastic
Service is great
Ambiance cozy

Love this place.

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t
Kansas City
43 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another wonderful experience at this italian gem. Food was wonderful as usual and the service was as well. The owner does a great job of seeing that the customer is well taken care of.

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BM
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Food was average for what we paid! Restaurant looked nice and they had a cloak room for coats which was a nice touch! Staff were friendly, but overall, way too expensive for the food and experience! Won't go back anytime soon!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always excellent

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V
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very lovely dim lit restaurant with great ambience. The food was deliciously light for an Italian restaurant, and service was impeccable.
Would definitely recommend this restaurant , and would hesitate to return for enjoyable nite out.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Atmosphere is perfect if you are looking for a quite setting. Service is on point and food is delicious. Truly enjoyed the fresh seafood salad..... and the gnocchi was perfection.

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M
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Old School Italian-decent food but way overpriced-no alcohol-bill for two over $100 for lunch-there are much better choices-seafood salad was made with mostly muscles and squid and too much oil-

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AN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Two of us went there for a special lunch and were surprised to be one of only two tables filled for lunch. That lack of attendance is usually the kiss of death, but in this case, the crowd is very wrong!
What wonderful food they serve! Authentic, delicious northern Italian cuisine . The waiters were excellent- friendly and knowledgeable
While lunch was expensive, it was very worth it and I plan to come back with a larger crowd in the future
I really think this is a hidden gem

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GD
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Decent food this time, but the pasta was over cooked. Terrific tomato sauce. We were the only customers at lunchtime; it was still hard to get our waiter’s attention as he constantly seemed too busy with his smartphone.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is some of the best food and most elegant dining in NYC. We celebrated my parents 50th anniversary here and it was amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my family from Texas for an authentic NYC Italian meal. Grifones never disappoints.

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JU
New York Area
198 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I have been going to Girfone off and on for probably 20_ years and have never ever been disappointed. From the warm greeting at the door, to the recitation of daily specials (I think I have only ordered out of the menus once or maybe twice). It is worth going out of the way to visit

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

They did not make it clear that the side dishes were not included with each entree. They charged us $12.00 for mashed potatoes. The dessert was a small piece of cheesecake which was $14.00. The food was okay but we felt taken advantage of.

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G
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic!
Treated like a princess!
As always top service , constant attention and scrumptious food.
The best steak ever with mushrooms. The schrimp cocktail was fresh and crispy.
The berriesdo fresh and juicy
Old time New York elegance!
Stay around forever
Mario the owner gives individual attention to all
Ksthleen

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is amazing. I first went as part of a business meeting 15 years ago and started brining my family annually as part of a holiday trip. If I lived in NYC I’d eat there every week.

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MR
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Classic Italian Restaurant. Superb service and delicious food.

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FC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very friendly and inviting staff with some amazing dishes to go along with the service.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

Men’s bathroom was disgusting, ruined experience for several in group. Food varied, half of us liked very much, others found sauces too watery.

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LC
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been going here for years and finally wanted to say that this is likely THE BEST authentic Italian food in the area. This is old school Italian at its best, from the maitre d', to the staff, to the specials menu to the regular menu. The food is excellent. They will literally make you anything you want, but if you cant find something from the specials, you likely don't know good Italian. The staff is extremely attentive. They are on my short list of good restaurants in this part of NYC. Perfect for anyone that has to commute home to the burbs since its just a couple blocks from Grand Central.

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FK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience

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