Giano

4.7
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1014 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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MF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar food at reasonable prices with amazing service!
Will be a regular!

S
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Italian restaurant in New York City.
The food was outstanding and the owners (who are Italian) super friendly.

I would really recommend this place to anyone who really wants to eat real Italian food.

Grazie :)

RH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality of food exceeded my expectations. Ambiance and service was wonderful. Only issue I had was the lighting was too dim and couldn't see the menu at the table we were seated at.

N
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best italian food in NY!! and so reasonably priced too. Also has excellent wine choices. We're in love with this place!

AJ
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem in the city. We received excellent service! And the food..OMG! I could’ve eaten there every day of our trip. Everyone In our group agreed this was the best and most authentic Italian they’ve ever had!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to spot in the East Village. Very consistent and authentic italian. The atmosphere also makes it great for a date night. Will continue to come back over and over!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fine time for Valentine’s Day!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding !! The wine, the pasta ,the atmosphere and service. Can’t wait to go back !!!

FN
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Paulo, one of the owners makes a meal at Giano a great experience. He is great! The food is consistently excellent. The wine list is pretty good. During warm weather, there is a small outdoor courtyard with tables in the back. The whole experience makes for a very enjoyable evening. Thank you Paulo!

KP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good! Just not great.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and great service. The owner cares about his food.

Good wine selection also

AE
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

I wanted to like this place. The service was great and the restaurant is very nice inside but the food was terrible. My tagliatelle tasted like something that came out of a packet. My boyfriend's salmon was dry and overcooked and our friend's lasagna was the driest lasagna I've ever seen. I was extremely disappointed in the quality of the food considering the price we paid and the reviews I read prior.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love this place. It is quaint and embodies a cozy feel. The service as one would expect from Italians is warm and sincere. Giano is owned and operated by a husband and wife team, both of whom are gracious and attentive without being too intrusive. I chose to dine here a couple of days ago to celebrate my birthday with a close friend. It was a memorable experience as we both took our time without being rushed.

We have patronized this spot numerous times for years and continue to return for it is a unique neighborhood destination which hits every point. I ordered the fried calamari with a side of marinara sauce as my app (make sure to squeeze fresh lemon on top) in addition to the rigatoni with pancetta in tomato sauce. The latter was so delicious that I wanted another serving. It was that good. This pasta dish melts in your mouth. Of course our meal wasn't complete without copious amounts of Sauvignon Blanc. Their wine selection is comprehensive, yet simple. Very easy to locate a bottle that will satisfy your palette.

Last, but not least, desert was served with a vibrant, sparkling candle on top of a chocolate lava cake along with creme brûlée. I can never say no to anything sweet really and both certainly delivered in terms of texture, taste and presentation. Our waiter was professional and kind. We never wanted for anything. The water was refilled. The table was cleared in between courses. As someone who served tables at many restaurants throughout Manhattan for over a decade, I have a different set of lens knowing what is happening around me. I can unequivocally say this place is the real deal.

Honestly, do yourself a favor, check them out, make a reservation, and enjoy a scrumptious dinner. Also, they have a gorgeous garden which opens during the warmer months. :)

JL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience as always. Our favorite restaurant in the city.

S
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

People are super nice
Salad and bread below average
Eggplant and pasta very good

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely be returning here—Matteo was amazing, food was outstanding! What a hidden gem!

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great experience at Giano’s this past Saturday Night. The place has an exciting vibe and our server was AMAZING! The food was delicious, service was fantastic and it was reasonably priced for NYC restaurants. Everyone (party of 6) was happy and satisfied. I would definitely return to this wonderful place!

SR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great authentic Italian food.

SF
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been coming here for years. Food and service are GEMS!

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, truly made my date and I feel amazing and the food was outstanding

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Giano! Their food, wine, and staff are all fantastic.

HT
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with super friendly host, who also described the food with ample enthusiasm and colorful words. They were pretty quick with taking away the empty plates on the table . The restaurant called ahead to confirm with us the reservation. Ambiance was pretty casual. Will definitely come back again.

BB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Great service but food was super average

LV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Every time we're in the city we go to Giano's. The food and staff are outstanding.

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was quite good but portion size was small. Our waiter, Paolo (this older Italian guy), seemed quite sarcastic, annoying and disrespectful at times. For example, the person I was dining with doesn't drink so we decided not to order wine and ordered soft drinks instead, to which he made a sarcastic remark. We felt like he was pushing us to order more throughout the meal. Also he was not helpful in making any recommendations. The staff could use a lot of work but I may give the place another chance for the food.

NS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Fantastic food, great value and terrific service. Charming simple ambiance, nothing fancy, no big scene here. I would have given the food 4 stars as mine was a 5 but my husband didn't love his meal so they get a 3. I couldn't decide between 3 dishes so I had our waiter pick for me and wow, he did not disappoint! The hostess , waiter and serving staff were extremely attentive and friendly. The wine was good albeit we ordered a 2013 vintage only to receive a 2017. This happens quite frequently at restaurants so nothing unusual. We will most definitely return and just suggested to my nephew and his wife.

JF
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Would not recommend for New Years Eve, came in thinking it was a good deal (65$ price fix menu) but food was very disappointing. Definitely not worth it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta I’ve ever had and not exaggerating. It was so fresh and each pasta dish was so flavorful. Great wine, apps, pastas and dessert!! Can’t wait to come back.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife, friends and I had the opportunity to dine at Giano on a recommendation. Paolo took great care of us that night and took the time to explain the cooking techniques used, which helped us greatly with our selections. We all really enjoyed our dishes and the creme brûlée was absolutely excellent. Highly recommend and try to be seated with the hilarious Italian with a man-bun!

D
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Paulo. He was funny , very helpful in food and wine selections. The food was so well prepared. One of the best Italian meals our family has ever had. The pastas were so fresh and cooked perfectly.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect for 8 friends getting together

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner. Great service. Great prices.

RR
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time and enjoyed our dinner - great rotating specials and an amazing menu. Very attentive staff - will be back!

c
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this restaurant while in New York! Fabulous food, wonderful wait staff and nice ambiance. Will definitely be back!

MG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Italian and service in the city. Highly recommended for date nights and special occasions!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was the best Italian we’ve had! Service was good too. Will definitely return!

AC
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect italian style restaurant, if you want to eat real good food you definitely have to try it. Fagnano olona caput mundi

RM
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giano's was recommended by a friend stating "this is the best Italian I've ever had even in Italy!" so with a statement like that I couldn't pass it up.
Giano's lived up to the recommendation. The homemade pasta was unbelievable, service was perfect and a great wine selection.
I will now recommend Giano's to anyone visiting NYC.

c
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had dinner with my family here on Saturday night. Great wine selection and the food was great. We ordered eggplant and meatball appetizers to start, then two different pastas, and a chicken dish. The pastas are made fresh everyday - they were GREAT! I cannot wait to return!