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Gemma

335 Bowery, New York, NY, 10003
at 3rd St.
212-505-9100

Avg. Rating

6
Food: 6
Service: 4
Décor: 8
"Mixed Reviews"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

41% would go back.

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Inept Hostess Desk - where is management???

By kstiles99 on 9/29/2007

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: (NA)
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

We went to Gemma last nite. Hostess told us 45 mins for a table for 2. That is fine, however they don't take reservations! We told hostess we were going elsewhere for a drink as their bar was packed, said we'd be back for our 45 min slot. We went back 40 mins later and she said "ok, you are making progress, its about 30 more mins"!!!! Unacceptable. We went across the street to Sala (Spanish food) and had a delightful meal.

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155 out of 336 people found this review helpful.

Boring food, but overall great experience...

By nydent on 10/2/2007

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

If you're a person who likes to experience new flavors and admire a chef's creativity, you might find Gemma's food a bit boring. You won't find anything on the menu that you haven't seen somewhere before, but that said after a couple of visits nothing has tasted sub-par. Most, in fact, has been quite good. Add to that an amazing decor, a good scene and really unpretentious service, and Gemma becomes a real crowd pleaser. Those who appreciate good food won't be let down, and those who go out more for a scene/experience won't be put off by a 'for foodies only' menu. Don't expect a dining experience thats on some kind of new level, but look forward to good food and service in a place that, I think looks better than most other restaurants in town.

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182 out of 337 people found this review helpful.

Fun place

By Lola318 on 3/29/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have been here twice and both times were great experiences. I prefer to sit at the bar, where attentive bartenders bring you water with your drinks and even gave a man a napkin after a sneeze! The food is not over the top, but the staff was wonderful in helping us select the above average dishes. Overall, a great scene where the people watching and service but expect to deal with crowds and a wait.

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67 out of 135 people found this review helpful.

WHO ENJOYS WATERED DOWN DRINKS?

By ALANINNY22 on 7/29/2008

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

WE WERE A TABLE OF 10 WHO IS INTO DRINKING. THE DRINKS WERE SERVED AFTER A 20 MINUTE WAIT. NOT ONLY THEY WERE IN VERY SMALL GLASSES, BUT EXTREMELY WATERED DOWN. THE SERVICE WAS ALSO EXTREMELY SLOW AND WE WERE FORCED TO PAY THE 18% RECOMMANDED TIP AT THE END. NEITHER I OR ANY OF MY FRIENDS WOULD EVER STEP INTO THIS PLACE.

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83 out of 155 people found this review helpful.

Appetizers and atmosphere

By Ny_ny10019 on 9/29/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I had been reading about Gemma for a while and 5 amazing cheeses for $20 dollars did the trick for us. We dined outside for a late lunch/ early dinner. Splitting a bottle of wine, cheese plate, pizza and a salad was more than enough food and drinks for two. The restaurant is beautiful and the staff was very accommodating and friendly. Cheeses were amazing and we are pretty critical. I expected the bill to be more than it was, the prices are in line with the quality.

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71 out of 140 people found this review helpful.

Worst Service Ever

By brooklyn92104 on 10/6/2008

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: (NA)
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I went to Gemma the other night for cocktails with a few friends. The inside was adorable and the menu looked interesting. However, I will never go back because it was some of the worst service I have ever had. We sat at the relatively empty bar and after waiting 10 minutes for someone to come over, we had the menus thrown at us, shortly followed by three coasters zipped through the air. The hostility was so apparent that it drew questioning gazes from the other people at the bar. It even prompted a man sitting next to us to ask what we did to the waitress. It was a horrible experience all around.

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77 out of 152 people found this review helpful.

Mediocre food, HORRIBLE service

By brooklynsloper on 10/27/2008

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

While I am pretty patient with waiters, Gemma really tested my patience. Our waiter spent 15 minutes chatting with some ladies across the way, completely ignoring our table, forgetting to bring drinks and even bringing the complete wrong dish for one of us. When we were lucky enough to have his attention, he was extremely unfriendly and unhelpful. The brunch was mediocre, the presentation lacking, and many of the dishes came with no sides - no toast, no potatoes, and, of course, no warning from our unhelpful waiter.

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108 out of 216 people found this review helpful.

Santa was poisoned here.

By West4th on 12/26/2008

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

A Christmas eve dinner that went wrong. I really wanted this place to be better. Pretty cool location and it looks great. I had an above average breakfast here once and was hoping for a great dinner. I found our waiter way too moody for a recession and the food was very average and very pricey. We had the $30 lobster risotto that made us both ill the following day, the spinach pasta was extremely average and they forgot to bring one of our sides. The interior heating was constantly being turned on and off. Way too much attitude for a place that turned out to be extremely average. If you want rustic Italian try Supper or Frankies on Clinton St.

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128 out of 265 people found this review helpful.

Go somewhere else

By elizabethstreet on 2/24/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Below average Italian food in a city filled with great Italian restaurants. Poor service to boot.

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161 out of 305 people found this review helpful.

Enjoyable Brunch

By christinah on 6/13/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Enjoyed an unrushed relaxing brunch

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136 out of 273 people found this review helpful.

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