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1354 First Ave., New York, NY, 10021
nr. 73rd St.
Must Try the Rack of Veal
By andreaaguilar on 2/5/2014
Came here the other night with my boyfriend, and I was surprised, not only by how busy it was, but also, how good the food was. I know it sounds like I didn't have a lot of expectations, lol, but whatever I was expecting, I was impressed, especially by the rack of veal. Unfortunately, my husband is the one who ordered it. Not that I was upset with my Ravioli, as it was exquisite as well, but oh my, the veal. Worth the trip!
Great Neighborhood Italian
By jamesstjames on 1/20/2014
Came here last Thursday with my wife and her best friend from college, and all had an extremely enjoyable evening. Favorites among the table were the sauteed artichokes, the meatballs, the spaghetti carbonara, and the lamb chops. The crusted the lamb chops in herbs and mustard (at least that's what it tasted like) and the flavors blended really well. Everything we had was great, but the aforementioned dishes stuck out. The service was very good and we all felt well-looked-after, but not at all claustrophobic. I would recommend Nino's to anyone looking for a great meal on the UES and fully plan on trying some of his other spots.
Wonderful Italian restaurant for a romantic date
By Azelin on 12/9/2013
Visiting Ninoâ€™s is a charming experience which I find myself constantly recommending. Although I have only been there a few times I am always pleased by the excellent service, and friendly conversation with the owner who is almost always standing at the front to greet his customers. This is a romantic setting which is completed by a live pianist, the food was superb and served beautifully.
There's Nothing Good at Nino's!
By samporter on 7/8/2012
Four of us made a reservation with a 30% discount, and it was obvious that the host at Nino's knew of our discount prior to seating us. While there must have been 10 empty tables, he only gave us a choice of 2 - one right next to the VERY LOUD piano player, and the other in a dark corner just in front of the VERY LOUD piano player. I love how in Zagat's it says "Led by 'Nino himself', the 'charming' staff 'aims to please' at this..." Hah! Don't believe it! They're pretentious and could care less about their customers. This was obvious when I asked for lemon 4 times. This was obvious when I asked the waiter if he would substitute the potato for spinach and he said that the chef would not. While the waiter was still at our table, he asked to take the order. When I said I needed some time, instead of walking away, he proceeded to take everyone else's order, making me feel as if I had to find something else real fast. Since where we were sitting was so dark and I was having difficulty reading the menu, I told him to come back and 30 MINUTES later he did. Oh, we tried to get him before that, but he was no where around. So at this point we were not happy with the ambiance or the service. Then the food arrived (after too long a wait). We all ordered different dishes, and not only was the food tasteless, but it was way over salted. In fact, the next morning I couldn't see my ankles. For $37 for many entrees, I expect great ambiance, great service, and great food.
Great Dinner. Skip on the Dessert.
By ElizabethJane on 1/29/2012
In terms of a restaurant week menu I found Nino's options to be very generous. Having six appetizers and seven entrees left room to try a wider range of dishes unlike most pre-fix dinner menus. The Chefs' soup of the day was mushroom and had a light and flavorful blend. The fedellini and baby shrimp was tasteful but there was too much pasta in relation to the shrimp. Between myself and the two friends I was dining with we tried each all three desserts on the menu. All three were drenched in chocolate sauce, caramel, or both. It was so overwhelming I could not enjoy the rich ending to my meal. In conclusion, Nino's Italian food was delicious but not worth it's regular prices.
Don't put too much stock in the *happy* entryway pictures
By midtownwestfoodman on 7/28/2011
We came here on a Saturday night with a reservation and the hostess still made us stand in line for 30 minutes. It was our first time here and I heard the food was good. When I complained for the 2nd time that we had a reservation, the hostess said "I'm sorry, we'll seat you in a moment." She then went to NINO himself and told NINO the story and NINO whispered to her "just tell them to have a drink at the bar like everybody else" So while I'm waiting in line for your awful service (which i had a reservation for) I can ALSO spend 14$ on a watered down drink at your bar? Real nice NINO...we left and will not be returning...
I love that the CW has free $50 certificates here!
By EmilyNYC on 8/18/2008
With the CW's $50 free gift certificates, Nino's is even better! If you go to cw11.com/diningpix, you can buy two $50 certificates for $50. Not to mention that the food here is incredible! Even Regis Philbin eats here! And it is great when it is made more affordable by Dining PIX!
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