Gemma at Bowery Hotel

Gemma at Bowery Hotel

Italian Restaurant and Pizza Place$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Karen C.
    Karen Cooper1 week ago
    The Aperol Spritz was on point, the espressos as authentic af and every single thing we ate was a delight. Service was excellent to boot (it was a weeknight) and we loved sitting outside. I approve!
  • K2
    K2September 20
    What more can I say. Delicious.
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 29
    Springtime is heralded as soon as this Bowery restaurant unveils its patio. Ten years since opening, Gemma’s sidewalk cafe is still one of the most popular in New York. Read more
  • Christine Weihe K.
    A favourite! Always a pleasure 👌🏼
    Upvoted Aug 17
  • Anuj M.
    Start with a focaccia robiola pizza -- creamy robiola and white truffle oil between two thin layers of focaccia.
  • Alex S.
    delicate stuff but non impressive food
  • Tavo D.
    Amazing place. Very good octopus
  • PureWow
    PureWowApril 25
    This not-so-secret gem is hopping at all hours of the day, and it’s not hard to see why. When we can have burrata-topped pizza and an eclectic crowd in equal measure, we’re happy campers. Read more
  • Wejdan
    WejdanApril 24
    Nice atmosphere good service. Food was alright.
  • Mitu K.
    Amazing food (try the polenta fries, brunch bowl, or eggs, polenta and mushrooms) at prices much lower than most restaurants of this caliber & style.
  • E
    EJanuary 22
    Great ambiance - good for big groups
  • Magnus J.
    Magnus JernDecember 14, 2016
    Wow! Love this place. One of my favourite hangouts in the east village.
  • Sanaz E.
    Sanaz EhsaniDecember 14, 2016
    A little pricy for what you get. Good average food.
  • Chelsea M.
    Chelsea MurrayNovember 2, 2016
    What a "gem" - salads, pastas, and pizzas all good!
  • Julian A.
    Julian AndrewsOctober 24, 2016
    Just NO! Stereotypical, unauthentic decor. Poor service (unhygienic menu, had to get our own forks, superficial and dismissive attitude). Most of that could be forgiven had the food not been mediocre.
  • Julian A.
    Julian AndrewsOctober 24, 2016
    Menu was dripping wet with a long dark hair on it. When I told the server, she dismissively said 'I know' while turning away. Meals were served with no forks. I had to get them for the table myself.
  • Jillian
    JillianOctober 12, 2016
    Spot a model or two and create a scene with the Nutella calzone.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DeVitoSeptember 25, 2016
    Outdoor brunch on Bowery. Great for parents in town.
  • LaDawn P.
    LaDawn Penigar-MitchellSeptember 10, 2016
    This place is so rustic and charming and the rigatoni is absolutely amazing
  • Max F.
    Max FlashenbergSeptember 7, 2016
    Came here for a birthday dinner. Quickly became one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the city. Atmosphere is tough to beat. I usually try not to repeat restaurants, but this one is an exception!
  • Umi A.
    Umi AkiyoshiAugust 3, 2016
    The protein breakfast is a great option for healthy eaters. I always get it when I come here for brunch.
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerJune 19, 2016
    $10-16 brunch outdoors!
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmMay 20, 2016
    Mediocre brunch in a good location with outdoor seating. More trendy than quality.
  • Leslie T.
    Leslie TengApril 25, 2016
    Blueberry pancakes are filling, and vanilla butter very good. Definitely get hot cocoa -- you get your own pot!
  • Colin A.
    Colin AdamsApril 25, 2016
    Diverse brunch menu with something for everyone. Cheaper than I expected and great food!
  • Adrien
    AdrienApril 15, 2016
    nice crowd on the sidewalk seatings
  • Alex S.
    Alex SongApril 10, 2016
    The spicy pizza
  • Sara M.
    Sara MarshApril 5, 2016
    Great atmosphere, especially if you can get an outdoor table!
  • Jessi W.
    Jessi WalkerMarch 14, 2016
    This is my favorite restaurant in NYC. I love the vibe, decor and absolutely delicious Italian food and wine.
  • Karima
    KarimaFebruary 6, 2016
    The truffled polenta fries, breakfast pizza, burrata and complimentary banana bread w apple butter are all the reasons I keep going back.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DamkalidisDecember 6, 2015
    Loved the bread/cake they serve with ginger butter!
  • Off The Menu
    Off The MenuOctober 15, 2015
    Gemma Club: Chicken, avocado, tomato, arugula and bacon served with a side salad. Read more
  • Kt L.
    Kt LacasseOctober 12, 2015
    Honestly such a disappointment. Although the décor is exquisite, the food falls below average. I had the eggs a la Gemma (eggs benny) which was prepared bland and noticeably without passion.
  • Gabriel R.
    Gabriel Ruas Santos-RochaSeptember 30, 2015
    Everything is excellent here, including the service!!
  • Jane P.
    Jane PoretskySeptember 16, 2015
    come for a celeb crowd and antipasti. The rest of the menu is mediocre. Get Peroni's, fritto misto (good deal at $15) and truffle fries. Once you've gawked, cross the street for drinks at the Wren.
  • Ashleigh B.
    Ashleigh BurnsSeptember 11, 2015
    Tortellini with spinach and ricotta in a sage and butter sauce was perfect to match the cozy atmosphere of the restaurant. It's a shame the service was awful
  • Tulin E.
    Tulin EAugust 31, 2015
    Pizzas @ meatball
  • Trae F.
    Trae FAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    We come here every time we go to joes pub for a show and we always leave satisfied. Obviously get the pizza. The kale salad is also delicious.
  • Asha B.
    The pesto fusilini was great!
  • Geoff v.
    Geoff van der MeerJuly 19, 2015
    The baked eggs make for a tasty breakfast, in a cosy surround.
  • David P.
    David PessahJuly 16, 2015
    Get in Truffle: eat the Focaccia Robiola.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMay 31, 2015
    Branzino roasted on cedar plank with sautéed garlic beans $25, prosciutto arugula pizza $15 & governors cucumber vodka cocktail &13
  • Rick V.
    Rick ValenzuelaMay 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pro Tip: eat at the bar. You miss out on people watching, but you are better for it due to good conversation w/the bartenders.
  • Sebastian P.
    The service and food were very good.
  • Aron S.
    Aron SchindlerMay 15, 2015
    Come for the sidewalk tables and people watching! Beautiful spot with Italian vibe. As for the food, 7/10.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchApril 29, 2015
    The sidewalk seating, baked eggs, and banana bread makes this brunch experience noteworthy, with reliable rustic Italian brunch options and a prime people-watching location. Read more
  • Tom J.
    Tom JosephApril 10, 2015
    Good food at reasonable prices
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PolotanApril 4, 2015
    Get the meat and cheese plate, chefs assortment. Nothing too stinky. For $19 you get 4 meats and 2 cheeses, which would cost $60 if bought individually.
  • Leah S.
    Leah SchallerMarch 29, 2015
    I've been here over 15 times. And that makes this probably my most visited restaurant in NYC. But with so many choices in this city, you know a place that's worth repeating is worth trying!
  • Sam W.
    Sam WinnickMarch 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Easy local restaurant with a trendy scene. Food is just ok.
  • Lynn Marie F.
    Lynn Marie FrancoMarch 23, 2015
    No shame in ordering bread and Nutella!
  • Mania S.
    Mania SamMarch 22, 2015
    The hostess was the worst. Rude and incapable
  • Mania S.
    Mania SamMarch 22, 2015
    The hostess was just incapable and rude. Service was slow.
  • Isla R.
    Isla RoseFebruary 26, 2015
    Brunch here: A+
  • Caroline L.
    Caroline LeFebruary 13, 2015
    A little on the expensive side, but oh so worth it. The food here is incredible as is the experience! A must visit while visiting or living in NYC.
  • Michael F.
    Michael Fox-RabinovitzJanuary 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great ambiance, polenta fries are great, as is chicken liver crostini and burrata. Try the spare ribs and scallop for main
  • David 🎉 L.
    David 🎉 LasterJanuary 16, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Focaccia rubiola is delicious and the best version I can find of the dish now that da Ciro is closed
  • Sooa
    SooaDecember 24, 2014
    Recommend you to visit the bar at the back. I never order special house cocktails but they're different.. Love them all. Bit pricy compared to other bars
  • Anita M.
    Anita MooreDecember 23, 2014
    Sexy cocktails. I love this place.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    IrmaZandl The OpinionatorDecember 16, 2014
    Great spot for breakfast.
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanDecember 7, 2014
    Great for a large group. Cozy atmosphere and delicious food. Service is slow expect to be there a couple hours.
  • rozi d.
    rozi dociNovember 15, 2014
    Polenta truffle fries & contadina pizza.
  • Jo O.
    Jo O'NeillNovember 9, 2014
    Perfect brunch spot.
  • Yaz M.
    Yaz MusOctober 9, 2014
    For a true taste of Italy, try Milano Green Vodka 🍸
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'SullivanOctober 6, 2014
    Yum pizzas.
  • David M.
    David MarksonSeptember 7, 2014
    Decent food and price, nice and trendy ambiance, although it can get very loud when crowded.
  • Sasha V.
    Sasha ValleAugust 16, 2014
    Polenta is on point for breakfast.
  • Elysia M.
    Elysia MannAugust 13, 2014
    Extra dirty martini.
  • Brett D.
    Brett DrakeAugust 10, 2014
    Baked eggs and Burratta are fantastic
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinAugust 4, 2014
    Only reason to come here is for the sidewalk seating or the weekend buzz. Gemma Salad belongs at Pizza Hut
  • Brad W.
    Brad WeslakeJune 20, 2014
    Baked eggs for breakfast.
  • Stephanie I.
    Stephanie IsaacsonJune 17, 2014
    Not a good place for happy hour. They won't let you sit outside and just have drinks if you don't order food, which is cheaper than the drinks.
  • Anne-Sophie D.
    Anne-Sophie DutatJune 14, 2014
    Mini Mini salads
  • Ludwig N.
    Ludwig NäsvallMay 5, 2014
    Try the lamb!
  • Lou C.
    Lou ChiorazziApril 29, 2014
    This is a "be seen" place with lots of famous folks unpredictably in and out of the Bowery Hotel.
  • Nina G.
    Nina GraziApril 27, 2014
    Always celebs here on Sunday morning brunch time:) good brunch not amazing great atmosphere usually long wait for table for brunch
  • Pavle P.
    Pavle ParceticApril 21, 2014
    Excellent food and service!
  • Todd E.
    Todd EglowApril 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    All Good! Food, Wine and Service! And the occasional celebrity!!!
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley CohenMarch 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Must have the Focaccia Robiola Pizza and the banana bread...absolutely amazing!
  • Sasha R.
    Sasha Reyes-GuerraFebruary 23, 2014
    Having a good day? Having a bad day? Doesn't effing matter just come here and order the Fig and Berries cocktail!! WHABAM!!!
  • Stan S.
    Stan SyeFebruary 23, 2014
    Eggs gemmma was the shiz!
  • John B.
    John BigbooteJanuary 29, 2014
    "In" place. Pizzas and Chocolate torta
  • Anthony
    AnthonyJanuary 18, 2014
    Good scene, good crowd, good food, cool design
  • A Z.
    A ZJanuary 6, 2014
    And panna cotta for dessert!
  • A Z.
    A ZJanuary 6, 2014
    AMAZING Italian food. Polenta fries are a MUST! Truffle pizza and Rigatoni pasta are delicious 😍😍 will definitely come back here!
  • Rick V.
    Rick ValenzuelaNovember 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I used to be all about the salmon until I discovered the roast chicken. Big tip here is to ask for the house spicy oil, it elevates the chicken dish to the highest levels.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SNovember 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Brussels sprout truffles salad,truffle pizza,chopped salad (sans chicken), glass of Chardonnay and it's the perfect truffle fest meal.
  • Александр Т.
    Service is very, very slow...
  • amy p.
    amy pelletierAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Tasty steak & branzino, also go for the watercress salad.
  • Haley M.
    Haley MAugust 5, 2013
    Horrible service. Messed up our order and didn't even apologize. Food is good though.
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KarnofskyJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't come here and pretend that you're not going to have pizza. In the end you're not just going to have a margarita pizza... You're going to go for the truffle pizza. Just stating the facts....
  • David S.
    David SchiffmanJuly 4, 2013
    Plenty of celebrities at Gemma tonight.
  • Andrew J.
    Andrew JJune 16, 2013
    Gorgeous interior
  • Niki G.
    Niki GondolaJune 5, 2013
    I dined there last week before clubbing. The best Italian Restaurant in New York hands down. Ambiance, Food, and Service was impeccable.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HoilesMay 29, 2013
    The four seasons pizza, hanger steak and pappardelle bolognese were exceptional. My new favorite Italian in the city.
  • Karen B.
    Karen BMay 25, 2013
    Amazing truffle focaccia, polenta fries, pappardelle bolognese. #carbs
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly BellaApril 21, 2013
    Brunch was okay, not my favorite in the neighborhood. Four Seasons Pizza is awesome.
  • Hyomin K.
    Hyomin KFebruary 1, 2013
    Delicious meal from apps to dessert. But what made it outstanding was the excellent wine list & most amazing sommelier.
  • Erin
    ErinJanuary 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Always full of beautiful people. One of my favorite brunch spots (baked eggs, truffle frittata) and excellent for dinner (arancini, kale salad, can't miss crostini).
  • Katy A.
    Katy AoyagiDecember 30, 2012
    The truffle pizza with an egg on top... Perfection!
  • Patricia D.
    Tout est délicieux
  • Ana Flavia C.
    Saladas excelentes. Recomendo a de alcachofra c azeite trufado.
  • Biessa D.
    Biessa DinizSeptember 7, 2016
    Um dos meus preferidos em NYC. Toda vez que venho, peço o crostini de azeitona com queijo de cabra. Fico sonhando com ele no Brasil. Ambiente legal!!
  • Martin
    MartinApril 5, 2016
    Klassisk italienare om man är slut på alternativ.
  • Hande K.
    Hande Kozlu GültakanOctober 10, 2013
    Kibar ve sempatik garsonlar, inanilmaz lezzetli bir kahvalti, mutlaka gelinesi bi yer
  • Kinara M.
    Kinara MaharatuJune 3, 2013
    Huffttt..... -_- Membingungkan....
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