Gente Ristorante Italiano

153 E 45th St, New York
(212) 557-5555

Recent Reviews


When they were open they had amazing food ! They are now closed as I was there today July 22,2019 and if you look at the picture their is paper on the window and sadly CLOSED. I loved this place when they were open. Closed so sad.

Pat C.

The closest we have had to lunch in Palau, IT sense we left our dream life behind 18 yr ago. They served the bread with olive oil AND balsamic just like 'home' and both the oil and balsamic were of good quality. The bread was exactly what was needed; crusty outside and chewy warm inside. The caprese, minestrone, and penne alla vodka were all on point. Great place for a quick lunch at least, food and service wise. Would definitely eat here again and highly recommend.


Was not sure about this place as some reviews were not great, but found it very good and reasonable price(for NY)

Jeanmarie Lally

Great food, good wine, attentive, amenable staff. We went twice in one week, we enjoyed it so much! Order the risotto or the ravioli and you won't be disappointed.

Wade Hickey

The bread, and NY steak were very good. The lasagna was some of the best I've had. The crème brí»lée wasn't great.The chocolate souffle and icecream were decent. The staff were pleasant. Paper covers the tables which is a bit odd. It's quiet, but very nice.

Colin N

Very good nice food good service wine expensive like 9rest of new York . Clean and tidy. Polite waiters.

Colin N

Very good nice food good service wine expensive like 9rest of new York Clean and tidy Polite waiters

Evren D.

Great food and service! One of the best Italian food in the city with reasonable prices

Georges Ferguson

Awesome service average Italian food. I make a fresh sauce and a can sauce that stomps the pasta on the side of my marsala. Try fresh basil for a pop. Get rid of your saffron mushroom risotto. It tastes like yellow rice with canned mushrooms. I hope you use fresh herbs and fresh mushrooms in your kitchen.

Jesse Dwyer

Service was terrific. Very friendly and accommodating staff. Brought 2 kids (ages 8 and 4). Very nice time and food was good.

Richard Mastrocinque

Nice people. Food was excellent. Service was great. Was very happy

Steve Wallace

Great food great service waiter was perfect at a great price will go back definitely you won't be disappointed


My second and most likely last visit to Gente. I thought I was unlucky furst time.. But not. Service so tired and so bored of his job. Menu and the note of special of the day looks like something from a fast food restaurant.Food ok. But the dessert was ready made from a factory in a plastic glass. Unbelievable. I would be surprised if Gente survives much longer.

Miguel T.

This place was pretty good for midtown manhattan. Being close to GCT for metro north is a plus as well. Came for a semi-late lunch based on a yelp review. Rating was 3 1/2 stars but wanted to try none the less. AMBIANCE - the place was cute but small maybe 20 tables and a small bar area. Nice wooden tables with a practical but not elegant setup. There were clips holding paper in lieu of table cloths. I'm indifferent but can see that paper lowers the initial impression MENU - not particularly large but enough choices to satisfy everyone. Surprisingly there were no lunch specials but not a show stopper. SERVICE - a solid 4-5 star rating here albeit we came at the end of the lunch hour rush. FOOD - a high spot here for what we ordered. Appetizers worth trying. "Kobe meatballs" and the "carpaccio arugula salad". Both were very good. Entrees were also very good. The risotto with a substitution of asparagus was perfectly prepared and flavorful with the chicken. The Osso bucco was ok but instead of a traditional sauce what was prepared was more like a Marsala sauce which if you wanted you could order veal Marsala instead. Still the veal shank was tender and the pasta side was a nice al dente. DESSERTS - have to try the lemon cello flute. Really good. Also the the Bella something lemon cake. That was really good OWNER - met the owner who was a pleasant and congenial individual who had some great stories to share. He worked the room and made you feel at home. Super engagement. PRICE - definitely not $$ more like $$$ to $$$$. For 2 people. With a nice tip, tax and a few drinks bill was $225

Tanya BG

Excellent food and very attentive service. Each of us in our party of 5 thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Tiramisu was the best ever!

Tony M.

This was such a great find! When I walked in and saw how bright the place was and the dated decor, I was skeptical. However, the food was surprisingly yummy! From the crusty Italian bread to the reasonably priced wine list, we totally enjoyed dinner. The carpaccio was probably one of the best we've had. Service was attentive and not rushed at all. I would have given it five stars but the bright lights and uninspiring bindi desserts made me subtract a star. Since the place is dated with worn tables and chairs, keeping the lights down would not only create better ambiance, it would also hide some of these "imperfections." Still, I would definitely come back!


This is a nice Italian spot in midtown with close proximity to Grand Central. Prices are high but this is to be expected. The prix fixe is reasonable. I recommend the chicken piccata.

Abhishek Mukherjee

Let me preface this by saying, I DID NOT go into the restaurant, this review is mainly for those looking to order delivery .

Theresa Marko

Chicken parm was great! Tasty and rich tomato sauce. They now serve a huge raviolo which was plentiful on ricotta and fresh italian parsley. We got it with the vodka sauce which was really tasty.

T M.

Chicken parm was great! Tasty and rich tomato sauce. They now serve a huge raviolo which was plentiful on ricotta and fresh italian parsley. We got it with the vodka sauce which was really tasty.

Hunter A.

Great risotto. Great minestrone. Great atmosphere. Been going there for 8 years always solid and great customer service

Mike L.

This is a great little restaurant right off of Lexington Ave...good menu selections, wine list, staff very friendly and will help recommend some good ditties!!! Started with the salami tray...great selection mixed meats and cheese. The waiter then suggested a seafood pasta dish...although I WAS NOT a lover before, this might have converted me. Lol. Large pieces of salmon, shrimp, and oysters, with a red sauce over thicker than usual spaghetti noodles!!! YUM:) The meal was capped with a light-lemon/almond dish. So good!!!!! I'm not sure if this place gets busy or not, as it wasn't really crowded at prime dinner time, but it is worth a stop---very reasonably priced and great food!

Janet Werner-Ciciliato

Nice people working there. Food was very good. Portions were adequate. Comfortable atmosphere. They do not rush you to leave when your done. With went for a quarterly cousins dinner. Great location when your coming from different areas All 8 of us had good meals and would return again.

Ross MacKinnon

Completely empty place (only one couple seated). They said the restaurant was 100% full and wouldn't seat us. obviously it wasn't. Genuinely thought they were teasing us. Nope.

Arlene K

Food was good; nothing outstanding. Tried to have a leisurely dinner with friends but felt we were rushed to order and waiter came to clear plates while one friend was still eating.Ladies room was messy which is not a good sign.Will not return.

Carol-Ann D

If you're looking for razzle dazzle, this is not your place. If you're looking for very good food with a neighborhood atmosphere, you'll be more than happy. The staff and the owner do everything. And from our experience, the lasagne was just the way it should be - think thin leaves of pasta - not thick planks - with a fine red sauce and cheese and a wonderful tagliolini (thinnish pasta), black and white tossed with roasted garlic and olive oil and 4 jumbo shrimp which didn't resemble bits of pink rubber, is excellent. The price is right, the staff is delightful and professional and the food/wine are very good. Make reservations - otherwise a really good evening might be missed.

Janet H.

The food was fantastic. The service even better. They were so nice because we were late for our reservation due to traffic. They held our table and couldn't have been more accommodating. Chicken Marsala and salmon were terrific

Torhovytska E.

Pasta with seafood is very tasty! Pleasant risotto, mushrooms, cheese. Yummy. Great service. Attention waiters.

Jason Dixon

Service was almost non-existent unless you really like to drink water. The water guy was as the top of his game. Food was sub par and scarce. If you want to be overcharged for bland food, this is your place.

Anne G.

Delicious mushroom saffron risotto, and my dinner companion loved the meat lasagna. I've eaten here (always for lunch) half a dozen times and have always been very happy with everything I ordered -- no disappointments! And the limoncello flute dessert is scrumptious. Also, the service was nicely attentive but not smothering. No, I do not work for the restaurant and don't know anyone who does, and no one asked me, or paid me, to write this. I just really like this restaurant.

J F.

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.

Christy L. Smith

Gente has it all — cozy atmosphere, wonderful staff, and delicious food. The eggplant rollatini, shrimp and asparagus risotto, and Osso Bucco are standouts. The restaurant’s tomato sauce is to die for. This has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants in NYC.

Joanne Lombardo

Comfortable relaxing atmosphere ..great staff good food.

Orlando King

Loved the food best pasta I've ever had, fantastic service. Really friendly and helpful staff, would highly recommend it.

Sharon Woolmer

Great food and service. A little expensive. I will go back. Seafood was fresh and well cooked and presented.

Deeanne J.

The caprese salad, sea bass, and tirisamu were all very tasty. The cheesecake with raspberry topping is also delicious with a cappuccino. The atmosphere is intimate.

Johnny W

After passing by this restaurant (just outside my neighborhood) for years, I finally decided to give it a try. I had dinner here with a friend and we both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. I had a pasta dish and my friend had shrimp risotto. We each had a glass of wine and the wine was also very good. We were too full to try the desserts but they have a wonderful variety and I'm looking forward to trying dessert next time. The restaurant is relatively small and if crowded, can be a bit noisy but fortunately there is no blaring music and that is a wonderful thing.


We dined here whilst on holiday in New York from the UK. The food was OK, perfectly acceptable without being anything special, nice surroundings and pleasant service. Not happy that the bill included an 18% gratuity and then a suggested tip in addition of 18-22% !

Gene K

My ricotta ravioli was very good; my wife's chicken not quite so good. And although she was clear that gluten issues meant she could not have the accompanying pasta and instead wanted the vegetables, when her meal arrived it had the pasta. It was changed with no problem but with an additional wait.The restaurant is loud, so if you like the feel of energy it is fine. Service was friendly but on the slow side.

Roman Grinblat

Really good spot to sit down and have a good meal. No stress and really relaxing music. Perfect for a dinner after a stressful day