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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
  • Critics' Rating: ***

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Mon-Thu, 8am-7pm; Fri-Sat, 8am-10pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.



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


  • BYOB



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The Siciliano sandwich is one of the standouts at Gaia, with its fine sheets of raw eggplant layered atop crisp, house-made flatbread, tomato, creamy caciotta cheese, and bits of bracing parsley. Though there are plenty of meaty options, chef Gaia Bagnasacco’s plant-driven dishes shine, from homemade gnocchi filled with spinach and ricotta and dressed in a refreshing tomato sauce to spritely, if at times too vigorously vinegary, salads. The subterranean café squeezes in a handful of glass-topped tables along with counter space for rich pastries, like flaky, Nutella-filled turnovers, as well as imported Italian cheeses and cured meats. On the exterior, a landscape painted by a local artist evokes Tuscany's rolling hills.

Recommended Dishes

Spinach and ricotta gnocchi, $7; Siciliano, $5; arugula with cherry tomatoes in pesto sauce with Parmesan, $7; brioche with Nutella, $1