Nino's Fine Italian Cuisine

★★★★☆
Come join us for a great evening of fine wine & excellent Italian Cuisine
  • 1354 1st Ave

    New York, NY 10021

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  • 212-988-0002

About Nino's Fine Italian Cuisine

Hours
Mon-Thu 11:45am-4pm and 5pm-11pm; Fri, 11:45am-4pm and 5pm-midnight; Sat, 5pm-midnight; Sun, 5pm-10pm

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Excellent service! Waiters are always predicting your needs and you feel like they know just how you like things the very first time you dine at the restaurant. The food spectacular, their signature lobster fra diavolo is excellent. The lamb shank, grilled salmon, and penne with eggplant are also some of my favorites. The wine list is first-rate as well. Overall 5 star restaurant!! And the live music is always appreciated!

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★★★★★

Excellent service! Waiters are always predicting your needs and you feel like they know just how you like things the very first time you dine at the restaurant. The food spectacular, their signature lobster fra diavolo is excellent. The lamb shank, grilled salmon, and penne with eggplant are also some of my favorites. The wine list is first-rate as well. Overall 5 star restaurant!! And the live music is always appreciated!

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I have been to other of Nino??s restaurants and it is a pleasure to say that the First Avenue branch lives up to their high standards.

The piano player was excellent and everyone must try Nino??s osso boco or their branzino grille. If this is finished with a double expresso and a slice of chocolate mousse cake, then you have indeed had a very fine meal

Unfortunately, we managed to get a waiter who was not up to snuff. We should have realized something was amiss, when he confused or forgot the specials of the night. While other waiters mixed the cesaer salad in front of patrons, he brought out ready made plates. Our waiter was AWOL during our very nice meal, (luckily there were attentive bus boys), but he did managed to fill in a very nice fat tip for himself, when he presented our bill.

Dinner for four with an inexpensive bottle of wine is about $ 300 and well worth it, but get a different waiter.

For more see www.ditmasestates.com

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★★★★☆

I have been to other of Nino??s restaurants and it is a pleasure to say that the First Avenue branch lives up to their high standards.

The piano player was excellent and everyone must try Nino??s osso boco or their branzino grille. If this is finished with a double expresso and a slice of chocolate mousse cake, then you have indeed had a very fine meal

Unfortunately, we managed to get a waiter who was not up to snuff. We should have realized something was amiss, when he confused or forgot the specials of the night. While other waiters mixed the cesaer salad in front of patrons, he brought out ready made plates. Our waiter was AWOL during our very nice meal, (luckily there were attentive bus boys), but he did managed to fill in a very nice fat tip for himself, when he presented our bill.

Dinner for four with an inexpensive bottle of wine is about $ 300 and well worth it, but get a different waiter.

For more see www.ditmasestates.com

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I have been to other of Nino??s restaurants and it is a pleasure to say that the First Avenue branch lives up to their high standards.

The piano player was excellent and everyone must try Nino??s osso boco or their branzino grille. If this is finished with a double expresso and a slice of chocolate mousse cake, then you have indeed had a very fine meal

Unfortunately, we managed to get a waiter who was not up to snuff. We should have realized something was amiss, when he confused or forgot the specials of the night. While other waiters mixed the cesaer salad in front of patrons, he brought out ready made plates. Our waiter was AWOL during our very nice meal, (luckily there were attentive bus boys), but he did managed to fill in a very nice fat tip for himself, when he presented our bill.

Dinner for four with an inexpensive bottle of wine is about $ 300 and well worth it, but get a different waiter.

For more see www.ditmasestates

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★★★☆☆

I have been to other of Nino??s restaurants and it is a pleasure to say that the First Avenue branch lives up to their high standards.

The piano player was excellent and everyone must try Nino??s osso boco or their branzino grille. If this is finished with a double expresso and a slice of chocolate mousse cake, then you have indeed had a very fine meal

Unfortunately, we managed to get a waiter who was not up to snuff. We should have realized something was amiss, when he confused or forgot the specials of the night. While other waiters mixed the cesaer salad in front of patrons, he brought out ready made plates. Our waiter was AWOL during our very nice meal, (luckily there were attentive bus boys), but he did managed to fill in a very nice fat tip for himself, when he presented our bill.

Dinner for four with an inexpensive bottle of wine is about $ 300 and well worth it, but get a different waiter.

For more see www.ditmasestates

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I was with my wife tonight at NINOS at first ave, we order and i had chicken and i asked waiter i think my dish is mising some thing and he answer i think is ok, but he asked us what i can do for you and i told him i thought my dish is with potatoes to (oh i can ask our chef for potatoes he is the best) and the hostes come and says you are allright have to come with potatoes and the bartender come and say that you are wrong because in menu it's not any veggetables, why i should have all this people at my table, i just dont get it, i was very upset. rude people. 0 stars

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★☆☆☆☆

I was with my wife tonight at NINOS at first ave, we order and i had chicken and i asked waiter i think my dish is mising some thing and he answer i think is ok, but he asked us what i can do for you and i told him i thought my dish is with potatoes to (oh i can ask our chef for potatoes he is the best) and the hostes come and says you are allright have to come with potatoes and the bartender come and say that you are wrong because in menu it's not any veggetables, why i should have all this people at my table, i just dont get it, i was very upset. rude people. 0 stars

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I was just reading a great article from Behind the Burner. com on Nino's

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★★★★☆

I was just reading a great article from Behind the Burner. com on Nino's

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This restaurant has lost it's charm. I'm not sure who's doing the cooking, but the food is not worth the price you pay. Not a restaurant I would recommend.

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★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant has lost it's charm. I'm not sure who's doing the cooking, but the food is not worth the price you pay. Not a restaurant I would recommend.

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: Bad food, overpriced

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With the CW's $50 free gift certificates, Nino's is even better! If you go to cw11 com/diningpix, you can buy two $50 certificates for $50. Not to mention that the food here is incredible! Even Regis Philbin eats here! And it is great when it is made more affordable by Dining PIX!

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★★★★☆

With the CW's $50 free gift certificates, Nino's is even better! If you go to cw11 com/diningpix, you can buy two $50 certificates for $50. Not to mention that the food here is incredible! Even Regis Philbin eats here! And it is great when it is made more affordable by Dining PIX!

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I go here often for with friends and/or clients. I always order the ravioli with veal, which was superb and filling. Alot for your buck. Pleasant atmsophere. It is a small, inviting, comfortable place and Nino is always around to check on your service. You feel like part of the family.

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★★★★☆

I go here often for with friends and/or clients. I always order the ravioli with veal, which was superb and filling. Alot for your buck. Pleasant atmsophere. It is a small, inviting, comfortable place and Nino is always around to check on your service. You feel like part of the family.

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Went last week during restaurant week. Was shocked when we received the bill...no longer serve "free water" which is what they advertise, the house red wine was $14 a glass, and a refill on a cup of coffee was additional. The water and wine, we didn't argue but a second cup of coffee we did. The manager took the coffees off the bill-but what a disgrace! I will never go back and neither will my friends.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went last week during restaurant week. Was shocked when we received the bill...no longer serve "free water" which is what they advertise, the house red wine was $14 a glass, and a refill on a cup of coffee was additional. The water and wine, we didn't argue but a second cup of coffee we did. The manager took the coffees off the bill-but what a disgrace! I will never go back and neither will my friends.

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Wonderful high-end authentic italian restaurant. Best italian in th city. Atmopshere is great, and piano players are enjoyable.

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★★★★★

Wonderful high-end authentic italian restaurant. Best italian in th city. Atmopshere is great, and piano players are enjoyable.

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I took my girlfriend here for our anniversary on a week night. Surprisingly busy, prompt seating and warm greeting at the door. The place setting was very outdated, it felt as if we were sitting to a flash back of a 1970's italian eatery. The uniforms of the all male wait staff was vest and bow tie, the decor of the restaurant is in dire need of an updating, and there was a generally old crowd of what appeared to be regulars (being greeted all with hand shakes and kisses). The food was good, but the presentation was very 1970's. Two big dollops of whipped potatoes on top of each other, and everything came with a bed of asparagus. Very outdated, nothing fun or risky. The service was dismal, on top of having the wrong appetizer brought, although the replacement was very quick to come, I had to get out of my seat three times to pour myself another glass of wine from our $75 bottle to which then a member of the staff came running over to take it from me, too late. And no one came to our table side to see if everything was satisfactory. When time came for the bill the wrong appetizers which was brought was still on the till.
Overall this place was average, where the food excelled, the presentation and service/decor brought it back to the middle of the road. It was a fun experience in that we found ourselves laughing at how corny the piano/electric organ player in the corner was, and the fact he was singing "bailamos". The same waiter never came back to our table, and i had to pour my own wine and no one checked in to see how everything was. Personally i would not return.

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★★★☆☆

I took my girlfriend here for our anniversary on a week night. Surprisingly busy, prompt seating and warm greeting at the door. The place setting was very outdated, it felt as if we were sitting to a flash back of a 1970's italian eatery. The uniforms of the all male wait staff was vest and bow tie, the decor of the restaurant is in dire need of an updating, and there was a generally old crowd of what appeared to be regulars (being greeted all with hand shakes and kisses). The food was good, but the presentation was very 1970's. Two big dollops of whipped potatoes on top of each other, and everything came with a bed of asparagus. Very outdated, nothing fun or risky. The service was dismal, on top of having the wrong appetizer brought, although the replacement was very quick to come, I had to get out of my seat three times to pour myself another glass of wine from our $75 bottle to which then a member of the staff came running over to take it from me, too late. And no one came to our table side to see if everything was satisfactory. When time came for the bill the wrong appetizers which was brought was still on the till.
Overall this place was average, where the food excelled, the presentation and service/decor brought it back to the middle of the road. It was a fun experience in that we found ourselves laughing at how corny the piano/electric organ player in the corner was, and the fact he was singing "bailamos". The same waiter never came back to our table, and i had to pour my own wine and no one checked in to see how everything was. Personally i would not return.

Pros: Tasty Food, Warm greeting at the door

Cons: Service, Presentation, Decor

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Tried this place out last night and I had a terrific time. Dim lighting makes it romantic and they even have a live singer singing love songs all night long...just lovely! For appetizers I had their baked clams, and imported buffalo mozarella. For entree I had their lobster with fettucine. It was a 4lb lobster fresh from the tank. For dessert I had their chocolate mousse cake which melted in my mouth. Everything was tasty and wonderful. I was so stuffed I couldn't even touch the complimentary fruits they gave us. Service was attentive and excellent. They even offered complimentary drinks toward the end of the night.

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★★★★☆

Tried this place out last night and I had a terrific time. Dim lighting makes it romantic and they even have a live singer singing love songs all night long...just lovely! For appetizers I had their baked clams, and imported buffalo mozarella. For entree I had their lobster with fettucine. It was a 4lb lobster fresh from the tank. For dessert I had their chocolate mousse cake which melted in my mouth. Everything was tasty and wonderful. I was so stuffed I couldn't even touch the complimentary fruits they gave us. Service was attentive and excellent. They even offered complimentary drinks toward the end of the night.

Pros: service, food, ambience

Cons: none

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We went to Nino's for Valentines day dinner. There was a fixed menu. The options were scarce, and there were no italian options to speak of. The "scallops" in my appetizer were in fact not scallops but skate, the linguini was like cardboard. My chicken was overcooked, dry and flavorless and my tiramasu was stale. We wound up spending over 200 for a bad meal. I would never go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Nino's for Valentines day dinner. There was a fixed menu. The options were scarce, and there were no italian options to speak of. The "scallops" in my appetizer were in fact not scallops but skate, the linguini was like cardboard. My chicken was overcooked, dry and flavorless and my tiramasu was stale. We wound up spending over 200 for a bad meal. I would never go back.

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Overpriced commercial italian food. When the phrase "the water is free" is etched into your water glass - you know there will be nothing authentic about your meal. The food is fresh, but not impressive and the waiters try way to hard to fake italian accents. Although we left a generous tip (above double the tax) the waiter made a scene as we were leaving the restaurant, forcing to leave more. The restaurant is conducive to conversation, but you won't be talking about the food since its just regular and there are many more places in the City for better italian at a fraction of the cost.

1
★★★☆☆

Overpriced commercial italian food. When the phrase "the water is free" is etched into your water glass - you know there will be nothing authentic about your meal. The food is fresh, but not impressive and the waiters try way to hard to fake italian accents. Although we left a generous tip (above double the tax) the waiter made a scene as we were leaving the restaurant, forcing to leave more. The restaurant is conducive to conversation, but you won't be talking about the food since its just regular and there are many more places in the City for better italian at a fraction of the cost.

Pros: decor, fresh food, environment

Cons: overpriced, unintersting food

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I recently had a 50th Wedding Anniversary Party for my parents at Nino's. The restaurant was very accomodating with a specially designed menu and even made the desert cake. All the extras at the end of the meal were overwhelming. The abundance of food, wine, and service were first rate and I couldn't thank Nino himself and his staff for making it a memorable evening!!!

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★★★★★

I recently had a 50th Wedding Anniversary Party for my parents at Nino's. The restaurant was very accomodating with a specially designed menu and even made the desert cake. All the extras at the end of the meal were overwhelming. The abundance of food, wine, and service were first rate and I couldn't thank Nino himself and his staff for making it a memorable evening!!!

Pros: Outstanding Food, Great Service

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I have ate here on multiple occasions and its always very warm, and the service is very prompt...The mussels in marinara are a must, and the caesar salad is also very good....if you have any money left over try the bananna desert

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★★★★★

I have ate here on multiple occasions and its always very warm, and the service is very prompt...The mussels in marinara are a must, and the caesar salad is also very good....if you have any money left over try the bananna desert

Pros: Service, Food

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We went during restaurant week for lunch and I was disappointed. The food was good, but nothing better than I've had at other Italian places on the UES (Luca, Sotto Cinque). Our waiter snubbed us when we asked if there was dessert (there wasn't), and my meal would have been the same price had it not been restaurant week. Better value, same food elsewhere.

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★★★☆☆

We went during restaurant week for lunch and I was disappointed. The food was good, but nothing better than I've had at other Italian places on the UES (Luca, Sotto Cinque). Our waiter snubbed us when we asked if there was dessert (there wasn't), and my meal would have been the same price had it not been restaurant week. Better value, same food elsewhere.

Pros: no lunch crowd

Cons: , price

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This is one of the best all around places to eat in New York. The food is about as good as you get and can compare with any Italian place in the City. The prices at Ninos are a bit high, but you end up leaving with a feeling that you got your money's worth everytime. Service is great and the team of waitstaff make your meal enjoyable. Great experience that is highly recomended.

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★★★★★

This is one of the best all around places to eat in New York. The food is about as good as you get and can compare with any Italian place in the City. The prices at Ninos are a bit high, but you end up leaving with a feeling that you got your money's worth everytime. Service is great and the team of waitstaff make your meal enjoyable. Great experience that is highly recomended.

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Crowded and loud. Upon entering the restaurant my thoughts were "Ugh, this place is tacky and ugly." We were seated and were practically on top of the other tables. My mood started to change when the food arrived as it was very good. Also the service is very good and very attentive. The biggest problem i have is the room, at these prices(top-end) there are many other nicer italian restaurants on the upper east side(Primola, Campagnola, Lusardi's, Elio's to name a few).

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★★★☆☆

Crowded and loud. Upon entering the restaurant my thoughts were "Ugh, this place is tacky and ugly." We were seated and were practically on top of the other tables. My mood started to change when the food arrived as it was very good. Also the service is very good and very attentive. The biggest problem i have is the room, at these prices(top-end) there are many other nicer italian restaurants on the upper east side(Primola, Campagnola, Lusardi's, Elio's to name a few).

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Great restaurant with fast service and quality food. I've eaten here almost 5 times and its been perfect every time. Definately make rewsrvations and its great for a large group.

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★★★★☆

Great restaurant with fast service and quality food. I've eaten here almost 5 times and its been perfect every time. Definately make rewsrvations and its great for a large group.

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The service was great and the food was even better. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

Order the special Lobster Fra Diavolo for 2, it is the best in the city

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★★★★★

The service was great and the food was even better. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

Order the special Lobster Fra Diavolo for 2, it is the best in the city

Pros: Great Food, Large Portions

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Whatever you do - do NOT miss the dover sole(Muniere - or as you like it) boned table side.

Geriatric crowd - you must have some cash to come here - but fresh flowers and lovely service and TASTY, YUMMY FOOD.

Get grandma to take ya!

2
★★★★★

Whatever you do - do NOT miss the dover sole(Muniere - or as you like it) boned table side.

Geriatric crowd - you must have some cash to come here - but fresh flowers and lovely service and TASTY, YUMMY FOOD.

Get grandma to take ya!

Pros: Yummy Food, Quiet Atmosphere, Excellent Service

Cons: A bit pricey

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I thought we were mistaken for someone else. We were treated like celebrities or friends of the family.
The food and service were as good as everyone has said but we also were treated to a wonderful complimentary desert and after dinner drinks. We were in a hurry to get to a show so we couldn't linger but I'm sure next time we'll make a night of it.

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★★★★★

I thought we were mistaken for someone else. We were treated like celebrities or friends of the family.
The food and service were as good as everyone has said but we also were treated to a wonderful complimentary desert and after dinner drinks. We were in a hurry to get to a show so we couldn't linger but I'm sure next time we'll make a night of it.

Pros: food, service, ambience

Cons: none

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I went to Nino's on a friday night with my family , the waiters made us feel like royalty. Lobster fradiavolo , flambe,hot antipasto ... everything was GREAT followed with a nonstop service. I definitely recomend this place .

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★★★★★

I went to Nino's on a friday night with my family , the waiters made us feel like royalty. Lobster fradiavolo , flambe,hot antipasto ... everything was GREAT followed with a nonstop service. I definitely recomend this place .

Pros: good food, good service, valet parking

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Great place. Excellent service and ambience, and delicious Italian cuisine. Highly recommend the risotto with grilled jumbo shrimp and the house red. Beautiful baby grand seated on the dining floor with good live entertainment.

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★★★★★

Great place. Excellent service and ambience, and delicious Italian cuisine. Highly recommend the risotto with grilled jumbo shrimp and the house red. Beautiful baby grand seated on the dining floor with good live entertainment.

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What a great experience. The service was unreal. No waiting for anything.Nino seated us immediately. Attentive, courteous but not overbearing. The kitchen was operating in supersonic speed. Before we knew it the appetizers were being brought and as soon as we were done with that, they cleared up and not a minute later were bringing the entrees. Everything was superb and hot. My compliments to Nino.

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★★★★★

What a great experience. The service was unreal. No waiting for anything.Nino seated us immediately. Attentive, courteous but not overbearing. The kitchen was operating in supersonic speed. Before we knew it the appetizers were being brought and as soon as we were done with that, they cleared up and not a minute later were bringing the entrees. Everything was superb and hot. My compliments to Nino.

 

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