La Ginestra - NY

4.7
233 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Sicilan and Italian fare coupling family recipes and innovative specials
with an extensive wine menu. A cozy ambiance and accommodating staff have
helped make La Ginestra a favorite amongst north shore diners for the past
27 years.
What 233 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Miami
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant!

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B
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

This used to be a neighborhood staple, but not any longer. The food choices are tired, the creativity is stale and the value simply isn't there anymore. Overrated and underachieving restaurant.

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M
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We felt rushed. The waiter was impatient. The food was of average quality. The martinis were tiny

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j
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent from start to finish. Food, service and seating was perfect.

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DM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were regulars at La Ginestra till we moved away over 30 years ago. Having returned recently, and being able to dine there with friends after such a long absence is a testament to the restaurants ability to maintain its high level of satisfying palates for so many years. Food preparation and service remain top notch. Owners were on site and still make it their business to greet you and seat you and prepare you for an excellent dining experience. This restaurant will hopefully remain tops on the list in the area as they truly know how to do it right.

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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great! Especially the food and the service

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b
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food preparation and very attentive service. Owners know what they are doing.

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TM
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

La Ginestra is one of the finest Italian restaurants, anywhere. My wife and I have traveled far and wide and dined at great restaurants in many places. La Ginestra is definitely in our Top 10 list. And we have the added advantage of having it right here in Glen Cove, where we live on Long Island. Highly recommended.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great menu with hard to choose selections. Friendly and professional service in a vibrant, comfortable dining room.
A Glen Cove jewel!

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CR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service!

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d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favorites. Food always delicious and fresh

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JR
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was excellent. Branzino was excellently prepared. Servers are always friendly and attentive.

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M
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is always one of the best on Long Island.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Consistently delicious food and great service. Highly recommend.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my first visit to La Ginestra- and a business meeting as well, so the pressure to impress was high.

La Ginestra came through with flying colors. The wait staff was attentive, the food, delicious, and the owner was very warm and congenial.

I will be back and so will my clients. Bravo, La Ginestra!!

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EL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It’s always great. Yummy food. Excellent service.

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L
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always consistent delicious food. Owner Enzo and Gus always welcoming and accommodating to any dietary needs.

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OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our reservation was honored right on time. The restaurant was very busy-not an empty table-but service was gracious, prompt & non-obtrusive. Food was absolutely delicious. Was a little noisier than our last visit because it was so busy but we were in a lovely corner table and you could still have a conversation without raising your voice. Tables are well spaced. Excellent dining experience. We have been there before and will definitely be back.

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LJ
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great!
We always arrive a bit early to relax and enjoy a cocktail before going to the table. Wonderful service.
My favorite appetizer is Carpachio of Salmon, topped with fresh cheese over shredded greens.
Entrie whether pasta, poultry, beef, veal or fish all great anyway you order.
Great wines, espresso and biscotti.
Super servers. 5 Star!

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SM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always get a delicious meal there. The service is amazing

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AL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

This place has been showing up on the Open Table email recommendations so I figured I’d give it a try. First off they made me wait 15 minutes to seat me. The acoustics and noise were piercing The food was mediocre at best and was overpriced for the quality The place is also right out of central casting for the Sopranos but I can assure your Artie Buco is not the chef The bartender was equally as unremarkable too. Pass on this place.

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S
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Charming place. Great mix of food and service. We will be back.

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m
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From start to finish, an absolutely fantastic evening! Atmosphere, service and most importantly the food were at the absolute highest level! One of the best restaurants on Long Island!

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R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and very good service

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L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All good - food was delicious , service was great. This is what we always expect and what we’ve always received

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RB
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT ON LONG ISLAND
My wife, friends and I have be going to La Ginestra for years. The food has always been excellent. Last night the dinner for four was superb. My friend had the Pollo Scarpariello. Not only did he say it was the best Scarpariello that had ever had, but also said "I finally know how this dish should taste." I had the Zuppa di Pesce. The seafood was perfectly cooked. My wife is always a fan of the Insalata di Long Island and the Linguine con Vongole. Gus is always there to greet you with a smile, a handshake and there to say goodnight. Julie is one of the hardest working waitress I have ever seen. She is always sweet and she makes certain that the food arrives promptly .
La Ginestra, is without question the best Italian restaurant on Long Island.

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

You feel like you're in the city at a real Italian restaurant and not a Long Island knock-off

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R
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This was the first time we went to this restaurant and enjoyed it very much. Will return.

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n
New York Area
171 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

took my wife for her birthday on a wednesday night, we were greeted at the door cordially by the owner Enzo and a wonderful evening commenced. we started with vokda martinis, a wonderful full pour, next a special eggplant lasagna, excellent. my wife's dover sole superb, and my veal chop perfectly cooked excellent. but desert, a home made napoleon, the best. attentive but not intrusive wait staff. all in all a great dining experience

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e
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this restaurant. The service, food and ambiance are always fantastic.
Denise Silverstein

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Valentines Day. Waiters did very well to keep up with the crowd. Love this place! Owner very attentive!

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n
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always the best!!

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d
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never misses a best even on Valentine’s day service and food were both outstanding

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AM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding ... it was our first time to the restaurant and everything was amazing...the food, service, wine, etc. We will return and share our experience with our family, friends and colleagues.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome. The service and food was outstanding.

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M
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

La Ginestra is one of our favorites. We come back time and time again, sometimes for weeks on end, just because everything they serve is delicious, beautifully presented and professionally done. We always feel at home and are never disappointed. We were there Saturday night and plan to return with friends this coming Saturday night.

We used to live relatively close by, and now travel nearly 30 miles each way to continue to enjoy this wonderful place. Need I say more??

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D
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Have dined here several times and it has been good
On my most recent visit we placed our order and one hour later still did not have our food inquired with server she flippantly said it was being plated. The people across from us had appetizers and mains before we finally got our appetizer. We waited another 40 minutes before telling her to cancel our main and bring check. She said there would be no charge however the owner on the way out said “sorry the waitress messed up and didn’t put
Your order in”
That to me is WRONG as a business owner you never throw your staff under the bus. You apologize for the bad experience and ask the people to come back another time (on them) to attempt to save the customers business.
Bad move on the part of this restaurant. Will never go back again

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food,service and the ambience are almost perfect on a weekday night. I have eaten here many times and every dish is perfect. This is one of the great restaurants in Nassau Countu

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EP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! We loved it-it’s always fantastic

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r
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great place

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