Gennaro Restaurant

Italian Restaurant$$$$
Upper West Side, New York
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  • The experts at Michelin Travel & Lifestyle and Eater recommend this place
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  • anna W.
    "Thanks for adding the delicious Kale salad to the menu!!"(3 Tips)
    Murillo H.
    "Also the appetizer with polenta and mushroom is really good."(2 Tips)
    Giulio d.
    "Very good, authentic Italian food from Sicily."(2 Tips)
    Chelsea B.
    "#FabuLIST #DubiDO carpaccio and mushroom ravioli #DubiDONT spaghetti"(3 Tips)
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  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangApril 22, 2013
    Hidden UWS gem that's cash only. Great desserts and always packed. Don't even bother looking at menu, just listen to the list of daily specials that usually contains 10+ things and order from there.
  • Giulio d.
    Giulio del BufaloOctober 8, 2012
    Very good, authentic Italian food from Sicily. Lamb chops were amazing, pumpkin ravioli also great. Try the cannoli too! Cash only and no reservations but totally worth the wait.
  • Leigh S.
    Leigh SansoneJune 22, 2013
    I didn't read the tips, but I shoulda. BE AWARE - CASH ONLY. Ridiculous for a restaurant like this, considering the big wine list and the entrees all priced over $9.95. But the food is Awesome
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 18, 2010
    An Upper West Sider's secret, Gennaro is no reservations, no cash and no frills. But its straightforward pastas and main proteins never disappoint at this off-the-cuff dining option. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Liz D.
    Liz DellAugust 12, 2012
    Super pumped about another upper upper west side dining delight! Kale salad is amazing- not to be missed as is polenta and mushroom app.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Start with the antipasto and move on to the solidly Italian inspired paste. The entrées are quite generous and offer enough to take home. - Inspector
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BoydAugust 3, 2014
    So so good. Pasta is homemade and the portion is perfect. One of my favorite italian spots in NYC.
  • Murillo H.
    Murillo HortaOctober 14
    Excellent!!! Try de caccio pepe! Also the appetizer with polenta and mushroom is really good. True italian!
  • Kirsten S.
    Kirsten SmithJuly 23, 2010
    Try the shared antipasta plate. Best specials. Staff is helpful and friendly, though it is cash only, if you are a regular they remem your name. THAT is why it is so beloved.
  • Biff B.
    Biff BuffaloMarch 24, 2013
    Go early,especially on weekends. The food and service is so good, it gets crazy busy. No reservations.
  • Liz F.
    Liz FitzgibbonMarch 29, 2015
    Brussel sprouts salad special was genius, also the Ravioli Di Vitello. Eat it. Immediately.
  • Jose S.
    Jose Salas RushfordJanuary 4, 2013
    Get the veal shop parmigiana. To die for. Skip the appetizers. Tiramisu is decent.
  • Alison B.
    Alison BJanuary 17, 2012
    Cash only really isn't a big deal. Good wine list and food. Great wait staff and service.
  • Hector
    HectorJanuary 31, 2016
    Cash only, listen to the specials and pick one of the fresh homemade pastas.
  • F C.
    F ChMay 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Gnocchi's are spectacular! Very authentic Italian Trattoria.
  • ✰ David M.
    There is nothing bad on this menu - come back again and again for authentic home cooked italian
  • Jenniffer D.
    Jenniffer DiazJanuary 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Italian food cash only! Try the kale salad is amazing.
  • jonathan h.
    jonathan haffMay 10, 2012
    despite their fancy names, all of their food is from a Betty Crocker cook book.
  • Dinesh
    DineshJune 30, 2010
    If venison is being offered as one of the specials for the night, order it rare without hesitation.
  • Felicia M.
    Felicia MSeptember 3, 2013
    The housemade pastas are exceptional. The rest are okay. Tiramisu can be hit and miss.
  • Keren V.
    The free fried olives at the bar are a nice, unexpected treat.
  • Sophie Z.
    Sophie ZhengAugust 27, 2012
    Best grilled octopus ever!
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesAugust 15, 2016
    Waiter was kind of pushy. Cash only
  • David I.
    David IgnellMarch 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Regular bartender is Joe. Engage him in a conversation , and he'll remember you the next time.
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NgoSeptember 14, 2014
    Don't get the tortellini dish. I literally only had six tortellinis on my plate. 😒
  • Metin
    MetinJune 21, 2016
    Great Pasta! Don't eat the breads
  • Helen L.
    Helen LinDecember 7, 2011
    Try deep fried squash blossom filled w/ ricotta
  • Clarissa
    ClarissaFebruary 17, 2013
    Delicious fettuccine bolognese!
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda ProcaccinoNovember 10, 2011
    Get the big antipasto platter!
  • anna W.
    anna WienerSeptember 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Thanks for adding the delicious Kale salad to the menu!!
  • Beth L.
    Beth LewisMarch 28, 2010
    Loved the potato goat cheese appetizer. Highly reccomend.
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BalkanMay 18, 2013
    #FabuLIST #DubiDO carpaccio and mushroom ravioli #DubiDONT spaghetti
  • Michael M.
    Michael MontrellaJune 9, 2012
    Delicious polenta!
  • Rafael T.
    Rafael ToledoSeptember 29
    Great service and food
  • qɹǝʇʇ s.
    qɹǝʇʇ sǝıʇzMarch 15, 2010
    always amazing, great rustic italian cooking
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren ColemanMarch 17, 2013
    A neighborhood gem
  • Ben G.
    Ben GDecember 29, 2012
    Cash only.
  • Lindsay K.
    Lindsay KaplanJuly 14, 2010
    No credit cards. No bread plates. No understanding why this place is so beloved in the neighborhood. No coming back.
  • Vincent Y.
    Vincent YoungMay 28, 2010
    Cash only place
  • jonathan h.
    jonathan haffMay 10, 2012
    suck my credit card mr. gennaro.
  • Jedelson P.
    Jedelson PereiraMay 8, 2014
    O lugar tem duas peculiaridades nada boas que são raras em ny: naum recebem cartão e a gorjeta é inclusa na conta. Comida é razoável, não vale o que cobram.
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