Giorgio's of Gramercy-Review
I have been meaning to try this chowhound favorite for a long time and finally had the chance to eat there the other night with my wife. What a nice, relatively hidden, gem. It has a wonderful ambience, a nice tranquil retreat. What I enjoyed was that unlike so many recent experiences where you seem to be sitting on top of your fellow diners with the tables spaced an inch apart, Giorgio's seating was more spread out where you could have a private conversation without 4 other tables hearing every word. I also enjoyed the very attentive service from waitresses and staff that actually seemed happy to be there. I would highly recommend this place for anyone looking for a nice quiet or romantic evening. THe food was very good and my wife and I enjoyed the following:
Appetizers-We ordered the beet salad and Giorgios antipasto. They do a very nice presentation of the dishes. My wife enjoyed the beet salad and the contrast of the apples and gorgonzola. The antipasto was good but nothing special.
Entrees- We both ordered from the menu. My wife ordered the Linguini with lobster. This was served with cherry tomato, lobster oil and a at least a pound of lobster meat. The portion size was generous and my wife could only finish half. She loved it. I was unable to decide between the risotto and baked macaroni and cheese so I ordered a hald portion of each. The mac and cheese was baked with fontina cheese, spinach, leeks, garlic and topped with baked parmesan cheese. It was good but had too much spinach in it for my taste, more spinach than pasta. The Risotto, however, was terrific. It was served with parmesan cheese, garlic and lemon zest, a nice simple dish that was outstanding. I wish I had ordered a full order of that.
Dessert-We were both stuffed but my wife ordered the Baked Alaska. It was very good but we were so full we could not enjoy it as much as we would have liked.
The best part of the meal was the bill. The 2 appetizers, 2 half entrees,dessert, a few glasses of red wine and a few soft drinks added up to $88.00, including tax. The quality of the service, the presentation of the food, the secluded, romantic atmosphere, and the food itself could have easily commanded a much higher price. I put Giorgios in the Le Zie and Da Andrea category of places that just seem to combine it all. Highly recommended. Thank you for the tip chowhounds!