Gemma - The Bowery Hotel

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Gemma is an Italian Trattoria located on the ground floor of The Bowery Hotel. Chef Carlo Bigi pairs rustic, seasonal cuisine with an extensive Italian wine list in an ambient setting.
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MO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks and service. Table was ready when we arrived, we were promptly attended to and the dinner was great.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A delicious meal, boyfriends 30th bday he got the NY strip steak and could not stop talking about how amazing it was (also he’s had pretty much every steak in nyc) so this one must be good. The montepulciano wine was delicious and great value for the bottle!

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Never ate so bad! Even mineral water was not ok.
Can’t say one positieve thing.

SA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food lovely ambience great service. Will return again and again. Thank you!

s
Miami
68 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We thought the menu selections were a bit limited and most menu items were not made to order except to boil pasta and cook salmon or steak. Not that not made to order is a bad thing though. It just seemed like dinner was not a special customized event for us. Service was good as everything came out in ten minutes.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. We sat outside on a beautiful fall day. I can't wait to get back again.

LE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a very challenging group of guests. With one impatient and very hungry toddler and 1 infant we were hopping up and down, playing musical chairs for most of the meal. How our waiter kept his cool I really don't know. Thanks so much for making us feel welcome and allowing our extended family to have a marvelous and almost civilized dining experience.

We will return!

G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Wait staff were rude, and food was too salty. Overall a very unpleasant experience and would not ever go back

EZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice place
I am Italian and for me the food was very good.
Next time I will go again.
You have to go.

AC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager, Nicola, was great! We loved our experience there and love the delicious food!

N
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really great experience. Food was very good......atmosphere was lovely....we were at a back round table and it could not have been more conducive to wonderful conversation and fun times. Service was fine. No complaints.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Worst food and service I've had in NYC in 15 years - easily. I was just there in April and it was great. No idea what happened but I will never be back.

v
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food not as good as it used to be much smaller menu
less choices

C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Atmosphere and interior decor were really beautiful and romantic. Good wine selection. Food options are expensive for the quality (it's good, but not $20+ good) and the variety is limited, especially for vegetarians (no options with vegetarian protein). Wish they had more pasta options!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal.

a
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

poor service and poor food. This restaurant has gone down from years ago. Cocktails were not strong enough, it's like they used 1/2 of what they should of. Appetizer with the tuna should have been sent back. just bad

AJ
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 1

The staff was wonderful
Waiters are superb too

k
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I LOVE this restaurant BUT won't sit outside again. Too many distractions!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Extremely rude waitress

RC
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The hostess is just dreadful. We stopped by for cocktails appetizers and desert and the hostess had the nerve to tell us unless we were ordered dinner to we couldn’t sit outside even though almost every table was empty. We left stepped outside booked a table with open table then went back inside. Furious she was forced to sit us outside. She stared at us the entire time giving us dirty looks all through dinner. $180.00 later we left. What a horrible miserable person just chasing patrons and money away from this establishment. It’s people like this who put a place out business.

k
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

This used to be one of my favorite spots. Now there is a new chef. Menu has changed and the old staples don’t taste as good. Took away the polenta fries and ruined the focaccia. Such a bummer. Antonio is the only good bartender there. If he leaves, I’ll have no reason to ever go back here.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was very bad

DR
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent Brunch - original and tasty. However, lack of fresh orange juice missed perfection.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We were around 12 of us - vibe was great, food was good. Service not so much. Waiters were quite rude even though we ordered more than enough for the table.

MM
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Horrible Service, the host and waiter had such rude attitude like there better than us and or like whatever do you want to order or not.

I've been to Gemma few twice before but this was the worst experience in dinning I had in nyc in a while, the worst part of It all I had guess visiting from London and Italy and they were sooo shocked how bad this place was, made me look bad thanks!

Hope others have a better experience but I am never going back! Go to scarpetta!

OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful caprese salad and pizza. Great wine line list and ambience. Highly recommend!

EP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

One of the worst dining experiences I have ever had in my life. Took my little sister for her birthday. I ordered a drink at the end of our food order. Server barked that everyone else needs to show their id's as well. Informed him that no one else had even ordered a drink yet or planned to.
Food took absolutely forever. Ordered a second drink, never came. When I inquired, server informed that it was getting made that moment. There was no one behind the bar....
Then went and congregated with 4 other servers at the bar. Carried the drink to the table from the TOP of the cup. Disgusting.

Food finally came out after a good 45 minutes. By the way, restaurant was empty...and zero music or ambiance. Pizzas were COMPLETELY cold. Sent it back along with the pastas.
Still got charged for dishes we sent back.
Some of the worst service I have ever experienced.

I don't usually eat at tourist driven restaurants with food that matches, but I was hoping for a way better experience than this. You don't go here for the food at all....note taken.

HC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Limited lunch menu. Not very attentive service.

HD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Server was not attentive and kitchen was uncomfortably slow

JS
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in South Florida, but every time we come to New York we make it a point to dine at Gemma. It's one of our "go to" spots to eat in Manhattan!!!

S
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My roommate and I had a wonderful first experience at Gemma. We had the Truffled Polenta Fries to start - they were absolutely incredible. I had the Penne Arrabbiata and my roomie had the Gnocchi di Zucca and both were divine. We ate outside to enjoy the beautiful weather, and our server was an absolute delight ~ very attentive and even gave menu/wine suggestions. Thank you for the amazing lunch, Gemma & family. :)

JN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Recommendable but don't expect the best food experience - it's fine but not exceptional. Ambience is perhaps better than the food.

J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the banana bread that comes with brunch - it is delicious!

SC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great evening at Gemma, great food , fab service and we all had the best evening . Thanks all

k
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The salads and pizza were terrific. Fresh and well seasoned. The only exception was the watercress, fennel, citrus salad which had so taste... it didn't even seem like there was dressing on it and was a huge disappointment. The burrata architchoke dish as excellent as was the roasted cauliflower. Would go again but will just skip the fennel, watercress citrus salad.

B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family dinner for 5. Interesting interior design, cocktails prompt, and service excellent. Food was delicious. B

LH
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was not what was experienced in the past. Lengthy time getting appetizer to table. Food came out wrong, and check incorrect.

m
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant was extremely hot. We asked if a window or door could be opened & they said no. We were seated in the elevated space in the corner. No circulation of air.. Several people in our party had to go outside to cool down several times during the meal.

KR
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great. We were a group of 6 except one meal only came out when we were all already finished :(