1354 First Ave., New York, NY, 10021
nr. 73rd St.
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 $37 for many entrees, I expect great ambiance, great service, and great food.
By ElizabethJane on 1/29/2012
In terms of a restaurant week menu I found Nino's options to be very generous. Having six appetizers and seven entrees left room to try a wider range of dishes unlike most pre-fix dinner menus. The Chefs' soup of the day was mushroom and had a light and flavorful blend. The fedellini and baby shrimp was tasteful but there was too much pasta in relation to the shrimp. Between myself and the two friends I was dining with we tried each all three desserts on the menu. All three were drenched in chocolate sauce, caramel, or both. It was so overwhelming I could not enjoy the rich ending to my meal. In conclusion, Nino's Italian food was delicious but not worth it's regular prices.
By midtownwestfoodman on 7/28/2011
We came here on a Saturday night with a reservation and the hostess still made us stand in line for 30 minutes. It was our first time here and I heard the food was good. When I complained for the 2nd time that we had a reservation, the hostess said "I'm sorry, we'll seat you in a moment." She then went to NINO himself and told NINO the story and NINO whispered to her "just tell them to have a drink at the bar like everybody else" So while I'm waiting in line for your awful service (which i had a reservation for) I can ALSO spend 14$ on a watered down drink at your bar? Real nice NINO...we left and will not be returning...
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!