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“Neighborhood gem”

Giovanni Venti Cinque Restaurant
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Ranked #2,837 of 14,316 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 4 September 2017

Giovanni's is located very close to the Met and is a perfect place for dinner after a day of museum touring. The location is quiet and unassuming in a neighborhood setting. We went on a Friday night, and the restaurant was fairly quiet when we ate at around 7:30. The service was impeccable, and the waiter offered several glasses of wine to test prior to making our selection. All of the entrees were outstanding. Although bolognese is basic it can frequently be ill-prepared. Not here - I still have a taste for more even a week after eating here. Completely loved this place and will definitely make a return trip. I've already recommended it to a number of friends. A very good value for the money as well.

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Reviewed 31 May 2017

I must have walked by this place thousands of times (I have a business contact around the corner from them), never entered it. It took a lunch in Queens (Via Trenta, separate review) to bring me here. But once I found it, I'll never leave it again.
We drop in around 1:30pm for lunch and are given the table of our choice. The soup of the day is mushrooms and its velvety smoothness fills up your mouth with an avalanche of aromas and pleasant sensations. The Caprese is with real mozzarella di bufala and fresh basil, nothing but the best. Grilled branzino is delicious, with its own roasted vegetables and some mashed potatoes. We drink a crisp Pinot Grigio from Friuly and top the food with excellent espresso served with biscotti. Prix fix lunch is $29, this includes choice of appetizers, a dozen choices for entree and coffee or tea with biscotti, all of this served promptly and professionally. I would have rated them excellent, if it were not for the greeter who was very condescending and nosy, both qualities not compatible with fine dinning. We are definitely going back there.

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Reviewed 26 April 2017

I went there for lunch after a visit to the MET museum. Delicious food- appetizer, veal dish with side dishes included and cappucino and biscotti. All for like $30

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Reviewed 15 March 2017

This is a restaurant where the food is so perfectly seasoned you don't even look for salt and pepper on the table. Entrees about $25-$36. Well worth it for a special night out. Only about 12 tables. The pastas are so perfectly created. The wait staff is worthy of note too. Parking garage available right next door (accepts Spot Hero , we paid $15) and across the street. Also right next door to the Met.

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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Chose this place to eat before going to an event at Met Museum, only a block away. Four of us, and we all enjoyed our meals. Squid ink pasta dish was excellent, tuna appetizer excellent, and the lump crab in pasta with saffron sauce - all terrific. We ate rather early before the crowd - service was prompt.

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