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Gaia Italian Café

251 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10002 40.721732 -73.985262
nr. Norfolk St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
646-350-3977 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Coffeehouse, Italian
  • Price Range: $

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  • Critics' Rating: ***

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    10 out of 10

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    1 Reviews | Write a Review

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Official Website

gaiaitaliancafe.com

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.

Prices

$5-$11.25

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • BYOB
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • WiFi

Alcohol

  • BYOB

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

Gaia Bagnasacco serves homespun, absurdly affordable Italian salads, sandwiches, and pasta; bakes her own focaccia and pastries; and runs daily specials that belie the casual setting and $13-and-under price point. Be sure to heed the unwritten rules of the house: Dinner is served only on Friday and Saturday night, when the kitchen is open until 7:30 and 9:30, respectively, and if you plan to visit then (anytime after 4 p.m., really), make a reservation; the 18 seats go fast. BYO (Discovery Wines is around the corner, on B and 2nd). Order at the counter. And be patient: As Bagnasacco is fond of saying, this is not fast food. You will want at least one baked pasta, cooked and served in a sort of tin camping pot, like the spinach-ricotta gnocchi barely bound by flour; one panino, like the Sano, with frittata, pesto, and Parmesan; and whatever special Bagnasacco has just scribbled on the board.

Note

Takeout not available Friday and Saturday.

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Recommended Dishes

Spinach and ricotta gnocchi, $7; Siciliano, $5; arugula with cherry tomatoes in pesto sauce with Parmesan, $7; brioche with Nutella, $2

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