Giano

4.7
940 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
This is the story of Paolo and Matteo, two guys from Milano who had an idea. Let's take the the heart of our tradition and fuse it with the exciting innovations happening in Italian cooking, they said. Inspired by the Roman deity Janus who looked to the future as well as the past, Giano respects tradition and embraces the future. Enter Simone Bonelli. After 4 years at a Michelin starred restaurant in Italy, he came to NY to where it took him about 6 months to earn 2 stars from Frank Bruni at a publication you may have heard of, The New York Times. As executive chef and co-owner, Chef Bonelli blends cutting edge technique & gorgeous flavors with outstanding presentation- and for those of you who think you've seen it all, trust us, you haven't. We like to think of our little corner in the east village as quite special, and hope you will too
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very consistent and delicious

AJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and even better food. SO happy we found this place and plan on making it our new go-to.

BZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our waiter was a nightmare. Phony and PUSHY and gave the same, ridiculous script to every single table around us - attempting to be funny and failing. New Yorkers do not need to be charmed by their "Italian" waiter. The bread was stale and the pasta was good. We were really pushed to buy expensive dishes and wine. It was off-putting and we will not be back.

A
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

On Saturday, August 10, 2019, we ate at Giano's. Giano has been in the East Village neighborhood for a long time, and one sees why--good food, friendly and attentive service, and reasonable prices for freshly-made pasta. We had the bolognese sauce and lasagna--just like Momma made. For dessert we had served Tiramisu--the largest piece ever! You must give this restaurant a try.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

AMAZING fresh pasta. So flavorful. Didn’t feel overly full after eating either! The owners are so kind and really make sure you enjoy your experience. Will definitely be going back!

IH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, employees were friendly. Waiter was entertaining and knowledgeable. They honored my request to add a birthday candle to the cake we ordered for my BF (a surprise) so thank you soooooo much!

PM
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent meal on the patio where it was quieter than inside. Highly recommend eating here when in the East Village.

SP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our group of six had a lovely dinner. Attentive Service and very fresh housemade pastas. The specials were really good.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charismatic waiter, great service and delicious food. We sat in the garden and it was lovely. Only too full to try the lava cake

RO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great homemade pasta. Reasonable prices. Excellent service.

LN
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant find in a neighborhood we don't normally go to. Giano was recommended by a friend who had been there before and she was spot on. Can't wait for a reason to go back.

AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Giano has a homey feel to it, and the staff treats you as if you are a part of the family. The daily homemade pasta is excellent.

MF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Best gluten free pasta I've had in NYC the past 4.5 years here. Burrata and Mediterranean salad were delicious. Would definitely come here again.

CP
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Italian quality food (I'm italian). Service is fast and friendly.
Ambient is quite and comfy.

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic Italian cuisine and atmosphere. There were even folks speaking Italian at the bar. Delicious food!

FN
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food can be found here, with a great staff!

JB
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always find the staff great as well as the food. I like the quiet setting and now they have added outside patio seating. Maybe they had that before but I did not notice in colder weather.

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wine.

DA
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Loved it. Definitely be back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good but not great. Not worthy of a 5 star review in New York City with the high quality of Italian that is available in the city.

MS
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our daughter’s 21st birthday here. We have been several times and it is consistently one of our favorite NY restaurants. Great food, owner is attentive and joyous, and prices are reasonable, particularly for the quality of the food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here 10+ times. Always a wonderful experience. The pasta dishes are like being in Italy. The backyard garden is a hidden gem.

l
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!!

DM
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was authentic and service was incredible and genuine. Outside patio has great ambience. I felt like I was back in Italy!

R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Homemade pastas. The garden is a delightful spot for outdoor dining.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my first time coming here with a couple of friends and it was delicious!
The service was amazing. The waitress was very down to earth and attentive. I had the chicken Milanese which was so good. Perfectly cooked and crispy.
The restaurant has such a neighborhood feel- the waitress knew most of the locals coming in and everyone was so warm and welcoming.
At the end of our meal they gave us an aperitif on the house which was delicious.
I will definitely be coming back!

K
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

came for my husbands birthday and sat outside in the back garden. The waiter was so nice and attentive and the atmosphere was so pretty. We started with the burrata special appetizer which was delicious. Then my husband had the tagliatelle bolognese and I had the shrimp pasta special and both were awesome. Would definitely come back!

K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We take all of our out-of-town visitors here! Always delicious food, amazing service, and a lovely atmosphere.

JZ
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Giano is my husband and my go-to Italian restaurant in the city for date nights and/or any time we have friends/family in town. The peach bellinis are an absolute favorite along with a great selection of reasonably priced wine. The staff is fantastic - energetic, genuine, and oh so welcoming! All of the pasta dishes are fantastic, the appetizers tasty (prosciutto wrapped asparagus) and the desserts (tiramisu) delish! HIGHLY recommend a visit!

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The evening was lovely; food, wine, outdoor area and service. However, right after we had finished paying for the meal, we were basically asked to leave so that people who were waiting could have our outdoor table. While we complied, I found it hard to believe that we were asked to leave. Additionally, I was surprised to find that no one was waiting for a table (only 3 people at the bar) and there were 3 empty tables in the front of the restaurant. Giano's is a lovely place but they should allow guests to enjoy their meals beginning to end.

K
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent and would make me come back to Giano. We were served a glass of wine that very obviously came from a bottle that had been open for a few days. Service was good, but nothing to rave about.

FN
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Paulo is the best! Great outdoor tables in the back. Super food.

NT
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Giano!!! The service is great and they really made us feel at home. Our server was entertaining and we had a lot of fun with him, but he was also intuitive and very helpful. We had a group with some food allergies and they were all well accomodated. The food is some of the best in the East Village— maybe the whole city. We’ve been twice and have yet to have a disappointment. We will be back!

TS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service and wonderful atmosphere. We sat in the garden and it made us feel like we were in Italy. Tried an appetizer special and entree special and both were luscious as well as the cheesecake and lava cake. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Nourriture : Simple et bon.
Restaurant : très mal décoré & trop sombre

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SC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Visit from overseas friends.

MD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service as usual ! Thank you Giano

JS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like being transported to Rome!

My family is from Naples, and I feel at home at Giano.

Food like my mother made!

SW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a nice and enjoyable evening. Food was delicious and the staff were great. Also, very affordable by nyc standards!

MA
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good Italian restaurant on East 7th Street. Pastas are great. Meatball appetizer was good, but meatballs were a little salty - the best thing was the risotto special, the burrata and the mushroom pasta - delicious! Restaurant is small and very loud - but a nice ambiance.

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