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Giovanni Venti Cinque Restaurant
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Ranked #2,550 of 14,913 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: US$ 0 - US$ 80
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Our last experience here wasn't as good as last year -- service was still attentive and the decor and cleanliness were both excellent.

The food, not so much, varying from too much sauce and spice with the fish dish and too little taste for the veal. The food trumps other advantages of the restaurant: close to the Met, a "hushed" atmosphere that makes conversation pleasant, a good Italian wine list, a propensity for Tuscan cuisine.

We both suggest trying the place for lunch, rather than dinner -- we agree with other reviewers on that point.

We will search further for a favorite Italian restaurant.

At the moment Per Lei at Second Avenue and 71st Street is a contender as is Nicola at 83rd and Third Avenue. More research is needed. :)

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Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Had luncheon there today with friends. It was simply wonderful. Perfect cooking, excellent service. A real treat.

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Reviewed 5 August 2016

This is the quintessential "neighborhood restaurant" with a style and panache that is surprising. Ate dinner here with friends. It's small inside, very intimate spaces, but welcoming because of the great staff, who made us feel very good from the moment we walked in. We enjoyed a tasty bottle of Chianti, and thoroughly ransacked the menu for all kinds of delicious things: caprese salad, beet salad, calamari. I was so busy devouring my fettuccine Bolognese I didn't pay much attention to my dining guests and what they were eating, but the general consensus was: everything was very good. Cheesecake and espresso for dessert finished things off. We'll be back, as this was a thoroughly delightful and enjoyable dinner!

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Reviewed 2 August 2016

Great food! we started with the Asparagi Gratinati and had as the main course a tagliolini pasta with clam. Both were great. The service was perfect. Love the ambiance and the location.

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Reviewed 27 May 2016

We go to this restaurant often when we are in New York because it is close to where one of us grew up and the parents still live there. We have only been for dinner. Lunch is a very good value with a $29 menu. Dinner is far more expensive. The Upper East Side has lots of residents for whom price is immaterial. They seem to be the target audience, although we frequently see people coming in for dinner on Friday or Saturday from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, just a block away on Fifth Avenue (the restaurant is just west of Madison Avenue). At dinner, prices are high. The food is fine, some dishes better than others. We have never had a bad meal here. On the whole, the pastas, made in-house, stand out as the better quality options based on multiple visits. The wine list is decent, if also a little pricey. The reason to come here is that the room is very comfortable and sound levels, even when the restaurant is crowded tend to be sufficiently low that you can actually carry on a conversation at your table without raising your own voice. Service too is professional, as it usually is in New York, where wait staff at expensive restaurants can apparently earn enough to make a career of it. We have seen the same dining room staff for a number of years now. We cannot say this restaurant is a good value, but the food is decent, and in some cases (especially the pastas) quite good, and the service and ambiance are quite good. On the whole, if you are willing to spend you will enjoy the overall dining experience here, though for the money, you can find better food at any number of high-end northern Italian restaurants in Manhattan.

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