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Girasole

151 E. 82nd St., New York, NY 10028 40.776851 -73.957251
nr. Lexington Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-772-6690 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$$

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Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6 at 86th St.

Prices

$16-$36

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Business Lunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Romantic
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

This venue is closed.

Quieter than its cousins, Primola and Canaletto, near the Queensboro Bridge, townhouse-size Girasole—sunflower in Italian—is an extremely fine, and overlooked, eatery. Recessed lights in its low ceiling cast a warm glow on cornmeal-hued walls. Colorful Art Nouveau prints and paintings of sunflowers line the room. Meals here consist of dishes from all regions of the Boot, bookended by a complimentary plate of antipasti, a large basket of bread, and an assortment of house-made cookies. The Insalata Girasole is a bright pile of radicchio and greens, asparagus, mushrooms, artichokes, tomatoes, and French beans, and roasted red and yellow peppers. And while sautéed baby artichokes under a blanket of melted fontina are undersalted, that lets the vegetable’s unique flavor come through, so the result is advantageous. Pastas are tender and well-seasoned, and secondi are golden with head-turners like quail risotto and veal kidney with sausage and polenta. Italian bottles dominate the selection of Northern Italian wines, with reds and whites from California thrown in for good measure. 

Recommended Dishes

Tortino di carciofi al formaggio, $16; scaloppine di vitello ulivata, $36

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