Gente

4.3
739 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Quiet Conversation
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Gente Ristorante Italiano offers a touch of Milan in New York City on 45th Street. We serve authentic Italian food. Our soups are freshly made daily using all vegetarian ingredients. We serve Panini, Pasta, Pizza, and Salads that are all natural. Our Gelato, Sorbetto, and Dolce are flown in from Milan. We have an array of specials everyday. Second courses, such as chicken and tuna, are available for dinner and delivery. Take-out from Gente is available as well. Our unique space is perfect for private parties, client presentations, or product introductions. Gente also has a fully licensed bar with a wide selection of alcohol from Grey Goose to Jack Daniels.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 557-5555
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Jay B. Mitchell
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Private Party Facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, can accommodate all your special event needs.
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Private Party Contact
Jay Mitchell: (844) 756-8722
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Catering
"Buffet alla Milanese" - Our buffet includes three daily chef-selected pastas, three chef selected salads(specials and menu items included), an assortment of fine desserts and our homemade breads. Please contact us for pricing.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Between 3rd & Lexington Avenues
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Public Transit
Subway: 4/5/6, S, or 7 at 42nd Street - Grand Central Station.
Bus: M101, M102, M103, and M98 at Lexington Avenue and 45th Street or 3rd avenue and 45th Street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Take Away, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

I always get the ceasar salad with chicken. The chicken is very flavorful and tender and the salad is fresh.

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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

This is my near Grand Central go to restaurant for meeting friend for lunch in the city. I’ve been going there for years for personal and business lunches. Food is good and pricing average for midtown Manhattan. Generally not too overcrowded. It can be noisy do get a table nearer the window or back wall if you can

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LM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

I was surprised that I was not accommodated with the following easy requests:
1. Can I have gluten free pasta - waiter said "it will take at least 25 minutes to prepare" What? cooking times are same for regular pasta.

2. can we have half meatball appetizer with cheese, and other half without? waiter said " the chef will not like that, no it's not possible." again, horrible service and when we got 4 separate bread pieces of apps, my request could have easily been accommodated.

This is unacceptable in NY let alone anywhere else.

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SP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The eggplant mozzarella was good but the shrimp asparagus risotto was as bland, closer to paella style rice than risotto - not at all creamy.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Unfortunately, in speaking to owner to learn business is closing soon. Matt

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N
Yorkshire
26 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Genuine Italian restaurant, good food very flexible in allowing you to order exactly what you want.
Very friendly staff.

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LS
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

As always, the service was terrific, and I love that the kitchen is always very accommodating for special requests. The Chicken Marsala was the biggest hit on the table with chicken tender enough to cut with a fork.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

Possibly the worst Italian food I've ever eaten. Saffron in a mushroom risotto? What?

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m
New York Area
138 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent salad with salmon and good decaf coffee

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G
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and the food was very good. Nice atmosphere, no pressure to order. We had a great time

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PA
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed Gente again this trip from the salad to the dessert. Will be back.

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P
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Authentic Italian in a nice atmosphere. We were served quickly and staff was friendly.

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TS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Romantic Getaway

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

Loved it! Attentive service! Great food and portions. Not too soendy for NYC. It will be one of my go to spots

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AC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Location would be better if it were closer to the theater district

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

Consistently good.
The food is good, the service and the ambiance also good.
I have brought both clients and friends here and everyone always enjoys the place.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food as always we be eaten here many times

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T
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It feels like a restaurant that’s been in the family for generations. The food was fresh, authentic and first class

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z
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Service was attentive, but given my sleepless night the decaffeinated capacino I ordered at lunch wasn't.

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JU
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

GREAT. had large group. owner was very very nice. good luck

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s
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Very small space. Table was rocking not steady. Service very slow only two waiters for the restaurant. Food took long time to come. Very expensive and small quantity.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall an excellent experience! We highly recommend it!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food. Everything is cooked to perfection.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We came back after having an amazing experience a couple years ago. Food was as good as we remembered! We love it here! Best Italian outside of our time in Italy.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Portions are ridiculously small for the price. $25 for chicken marsala and pasta which came on one plate. The chicken was a one half of a small breast and the pasta was overcooked.

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

Had a wonderful meal with friends at Gente. Service was great and food was wonderful. Would definitely go back.

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KK
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

It was good food. Could of given us a little more though on our plate. I got the chicken parm and my fiance got eggplant parm. The sauce was really good. As far as service they were really nice. The bathroom was a little iffy but overall it was a pretty good restaurant. We would go back there. A little on the smaller side so if you dont care about ppl laughing or having convos it's fine.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Rushed to order and waiter came to clear table when one person was still eating.
Floor under my seat was dirty. Ladies room was dirty.
Will not return.

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SM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Have had a lot of pizza in NYC. Mostly good, some bad, this was by far the worst. Think it may have been a Celeste frozen pizza for $18. Meatballs tasted like they were just defrosted and heated up. The mains we got weren't as bad as the apps but for $22-$28 expected much better. Skip it.

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j
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service was wonderful. Chicken marsala melted in your mouth.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Foods was mediocre, very disappointed overall. Ordered a squid ink pasta w. jumbo shrimp - the paste came out crumbled together, dried and was only three split shrimps on whole plate. Decent multi-grain pasta light tomato sauce with zucchini, broccoli, and tomatoes - like a plate of spaghetti in vegetable soup. Both grilled chicken breast w. herbs/spices and sea bass w. white wine, olive oil, lemon, slivered almonds were just average - nothing 'wow' about them, especially they were thinly sliced and lacked of flavor. Surprisingly, the saffron risotto w. sauteed mushrooms was delicious - the best of all dishes I ordered. Don't order antipasto plate - it looked like mix of foods from cafeteria piled up in one plate - two thinly sliced roasted beets, half cut portabella mushroom, stockpiled of string beans, spinach, and a tomato with fresh mozzarella cheese. In the end, the check came out with two double charged of similar entrees, and waiter didn't even realized it until I inquired about the charges. First time and the last time.

I thought to give it a try at Gente, but La Pecora Bianca Midtown is still the best in neighborhood.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Service was not great. Food mediocre at best. Really bad choice to go there.

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ST
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service & food never disappoint & Jay, the Owner, is friendly and always accommodating.

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EB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

very nice quiet place with great food and service. tables not too close together so was a nice place to catch up with family

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JF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

If you're looking for average Italian-American food and so-so service, Gente is just fine. My friends and I were attracted because of Gente's Instagram account, which boasts that the restaurant serves the largest raviolo in all of NYC. Of course, Gente doesn't actually have this on the menu (and they couldn't tell us when we could get it). They also heavily advertise a chicken parm burger on social media, but they don't actually make that either. The regular menu is very standard Italian-American fare, prepared in a mediocre fashion. The kobe meatballs on the crostini were dry. The texture of my risotto (which, to be fair, had a nice flavor) was all wrong. It wasn't creamy -- it was a solid mountain plopped onto a plate. While I would still be keen to try that jumbo raviolo, there's no guarantee I'd ever get it, so I won't be back. I serve better Italian food in my own apartment.

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F
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came into NYC via train from upstate NY to meet my son and his girlfriend for dinner and looked for a restaurant close to Grand Central Station and googled restaurants and Gente looked like a nice restaurant. There were five of us including my wife and step-daughter. I feel Gente was a great choice. Food was great and was able to have good conversations quietly. We had our meals and then dessert. Service was great. Highly recommend Gente. Will keep in mind the next time I visit NYC.

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c
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Goor food, nice ambience, and very convenient to Grand Central.

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TB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Dinner was just OK. Expected more based on the ratings. Wine we ordered was stored at room temp and it showed.

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JC
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Service was fair, had to call the waiter over several times to ask for service. Food was good not great

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