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Jessica Nepomuceno May 25, 1999 01:37 PM

Has anybody else eaten at Gennaros? It's on Amsterdam
Avenue between 92nd and 93rd.

I ate there by myself three months ago, and I'm
debating if I want to try coming back with my
boyfriend. You see...he's very big, and the place is
very small. 25 seats, to be exact.

When I last ate there, there were no reservations
accepted. I persevered (and froze) on the bench
outside--because there's no foyer or wait space to
speak of. Mind you, it was maybe 9PM on a Monday
night!

I'm not in the habit of waiting slavishly in line just
because a place is trendy, but I really had nothing
else to do. The restaurant was filled with a
few families and couples from Columbia, but the wait
staff appeared to be very brisk and efficient. They're
also rather lithe, a necessary trait since they have to
maneuver through the tight space!

When I was finally seated, I had a nice glass of their
Chardonnay, and the potato, beet and goat cheese tart.
Just the right amount for an appetizer. The beets
absolutely melted on the tongue, and added an edge of
carmelized sweetness to the rich cheese and paper thin
potatoes.

As an entree, I had some sort of veal chop thing that
was toothsome and rich, with wonderful greens.

So--a good food experience, maybe great, when you
consider the barren strip of Amsterdam I was on (I
know-Gabriela's, Cafe con Leche, but no good Italian).

Do you fellow c'hounds think I should try a return
engangement? Has anyone visited recently? Has their
menu changed to reflect the change in seasons? Do
tell...

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    Jake Klisivitch May 26, 1999 11:21 AM

    My first dining experience there was a bit of a
    disaster -- the long cold wait, of course, and the
    food seemed mediocre. I had orecchiette with broccoli
    and provolone (which Asimov loved in his review) --
    which had been allowed to sit for too long and came to
    my table in a cooled-down, semi-glop stage.

    And the complete lack of elbow room! I was getting
    claustrophobic.

    So I did what any other misanthropic claustrophobe
    would do -- I started ordering out from there (they
    deliver!) and so far have no complaints. Their Cornish
    hen roasted with lemon is wonderful and a veal chop
    Milanese special was excellent.

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      stephen kaye May 25, 1999 03:13 PM

      we eat there every so often- food/specials are always good- get there 6-6:30 to avoid waiting

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        Dave Feldman May 25, 1999 11:44 PM

        Is Gennaro's open for lunch?

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          Jessica Nepomuceno May 26, 1999 12:23 PM

          No, I think Gennaro's is only open from 5:30 on. You'd
          think they would do lunch, considering there's such a
          demand.

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            Barbara S May 27, 1999 10:33 PM

            We eat there frequently, and usually have no wait as we
            go around 9:30 or 10. The food's consistently at least
            very good, often terrific. Go!

            My guess as to why they're not open for lunch: the
            chef owner probably wants a life. I think it's just
            him and three others in the kitchen. He's there six
            nights we've been told.

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