Giorgio’s of Gramercy is located in the Flatiron district, at 27 East 21st Street. Zagat’s describes this gem as “The epitome of a ‘true sleeper,’ this longtime Italian-American ‘class act’ in the Flatiron features "consistently good" cooking.” A short walk west from Stuyvesant Town for 3.5 blocks brings you to an unassuming building and a restaurant front featuring granite pillars topped with scrollwork capitals. The awnings and overstuffed planter outside may not seem to offer much promise, but step inside and enjoy some of the best Italian and American food available.
The Reviews are In
From Zagat’s to Trip Advisor, Giorgio’s of Gramercy consistently gets top marks for its food and service. The ambience is relaxed, not trendy, and diners repeatedly comment on the cozy atmosphere and attentive staff.
Arrive in business casual attire, but make reservations ahead of time. Even in midweek you may find no open tables without reservations. Weekends are predictably packed. Executive chef Alejandro Reyes is justifiably proud to offer eclectic, good food at reasonable prices, and everyone from tourists to restaurant critics agree: the food is a great mix of surprises and old standbys, the kitchen can take the pressure of Restaurant Week and still deliver, and every item from the Bigeye Tuna to the dessert brownie gets equal attention.
Zagat’s ratings (out of 30 points) give a snapshot:
- Food: 22
- Decor: 19
- Service: 22
Trip Advisor’s tourists and locals alike provide 165 reviews, 90 of which are “excellent,” 44 of which are “very good,” with only three negatives. You cannot please everybody, of course, but for reliable, honest food at good prices, Giorgio’s of Gramercy is dependable and ready to please. The restaurant is family-friendly, too, which can solve the problem of multigenerational dining.
What to Eat?
Appetizers, pasta dishes, many entrees and a small selection of side dishes, with an emphasis on seafood and Italian specialties. The baked macaroni and cheese, the quintessential comfort food, uses fontina, smoked cheddar and asiago cheeses with broccoli, leeks and garlic for flavor. You can have chicken, chorizo, prosciutto or lobster added.
Pork chops, New York strip steaks, salmon, tuna and a rack of lamb will delight and sustain, each cooked as requested. For example, the salmon is featured as cajun seared, but the chef can prepare it a bit less blackened or a bit less spicy as you desire. Giorgio’s prides itself on attention to customers, so the waitstaff is very attentive.
Whatever you order, leave room for the S’more Bread Pudding. Made with premium French Valrhona chocolate, marshmallow, caramel sauce, vanilla gelato and graham cracker, it has just the right amount of sweetness to end the meal perfectly without being too rich.
The delivery menu features salads and sandwiches (these transport well) in addition to the pasta, fish and meat dishes.
When to Go
Giorgio’s of Gramercy is open for lunch Monday through Friday noon to 3:30. Dinner hours are a bit of a jumble:
- Monday through Wednesday 5:30 to 11
- Thursday and Friday 5:30 to 11:30
- Saturday 5 p.m. to 11:30
- Sunday 5 p.m. to 10:30
The whole place only holds 65 diners, so plan accordingly. If you have a big crowd, Giorgio’s offers a semi-private 30-seat space. You can also order online for take-out or arrange catering.