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Gemma - 30 Reviews - 335 Bowery, New York, NY - Breakfast Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 505-9100

Gemma

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335 Bowery
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Reviews

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Best

Not sure if they've worked out the service kinks (because I've heard from several that the service was not-so-hot) but I went tonite and service and food were perfect. We had the ...

Worst

The service and ambience really work well at Gemma. The Bowery Hotel is beautiful, and the location is smoking hot. Unfortunately, the food just isn't up to par. Bland flavors tha...

Gorgeous space on the Bowery, where al 6/27/2012

Gorgeous space on the Bowery, where al fresco dining is the best spot to enjoy decent Carpaccio and solid pastas. A safe menu of classics more

They serve food here? 5/21/2010

Headed here after work on a Friday and could barely recall my dining companion or the food. The scene is just outrageous. There are so many beautiful people milling around- it is absolutely worth the trip to sit outside and not just people watch, but gawk. The hotel next door is constantly spitting people out more beautiful than the next. We did enoy a goat cheese salad and margherita pizza. Both were fine, nothing memorable. But of the scene. Am ready to go back next week and enoy their outdoor space, and oh yea, their food. Pros: Scene more

they just don't try, and it shows 12/1/2009

I would not go back. This place has a nice setup and is very large, but the service and food are abysmal. The waiter was horrible and rude and I could have thrown together a better meal on the fly. Going here made me feel like I was throwing my money away. Pros: ambience Cons: everything but the ambience more

So much potential. 10/18/2009

The service and ambience really work well at Gemma. The Bowery Hotel is beautiful, and the location is smoking hot. Unfortunately, the food just isn't up to par. Bland flavors that were often too bad to eat. Great people watching spot, perhaps with a drink, but that's all. Pros: Ambience, area. Cons: Food more

OKish Food, beautiful interior 10/17/2009

It's a beautiful atmosphere to have a nice dinner with great wine, but if your a true foodie it would be better to just walk down the bowery to DBGB. Pros: The decor is simply amazing, great wine Cons: Some of the food was boring more

Great place for thin crust pizza 10/14/2009

This is my go-to spot for when my friends come to town. Delicious food at great prices and great atmosphere. You can't book a table in advance but I have been able to get large groups for dinner in for no hassle. Oh, they also have great Bloody Mary's! Pros: Thin Crust Pizza, atmosphere Cons: Can't book a table unless you stay at hotel more

Huh Citysearch? 2/20/2009

My review has nothing to do with Gemma. I am a frequenter of citysearch, visited the site tonight to check out Gemma bc friends just suggested we go... At first glance, I saw the 4.5 stars (very nice!). Then I saw the break down of ratings, which included 10 one star ratings, and 4 five star ratings and 4 four star ratings. Now, I've certainly had a few glasses wine already tonight, but my basic math instincts tell me that there is something fishy going on here. Cityseach playing favorites much? Or maybe the little man behind the website is enjoying the benefits of kick backs... more

Expected the worst, but received very good service. 1/26/2009

Went to Gemma's for a birthday dinner. Everyone's order came out pretty tasty and deliciouso. I ordered the scallops with mushroom risotto (can't go wrong). A few of the other orders went with either the salmon, sea bass or pasta, which were all very good. Our waiter would come back to ask for refills and the bus boys were very efficient with clearing our plates for the next dish. The waiter would also come back to let us know that our plates would be out in a few minutes. It took longer than we expected but we had plenty of conversation to keep us distracted.\r \r Prices were average and actually less than what I had expected. more

Worst. Service. Ever. 12/8/2008

Went to Gemma and the Bowery Hotel last night with five friends and were treated appallingly for no reason. We were prepared to spend quite a bit of money on wine and received nothing but grief after we asked for a specific bottle of wine in the fireside bar that was only available in Gemma. Apparently good service has been replaced with utter disdain at Gemma and the Bowery Hotel. My friends and I have never ever experienced such abhorrent service, but then I guess that's what you get when the managers of both Gemma and the Bowery's fire side bar are unprofessional egomaniacs. Steer clear of this pretentious hell hole. Pros: The exit Cons: Service, unprofessional bar managers more

DO NOT GO HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 12/6/2008

If I could give it no stars I would. This place was awful. The food was pedestrian. It was worse than what I would have gotten from my local pizza joint. The pasta was not fresh, nor was it cooked well. The steaks were overdone. The service left a lot to be desired. The waitstaff is happy to serve an overpriced, bad bottle of wine but not to come back and refill your glass. A friend couldn't even get a steak knife to cut his pork chop with. The portions are extremely small. I felt ripped off walking out of there. There are so many great places to eat in NYC. This is not one of them. Cons: Too many to mention more

DON'T GO!! 12/1/2008

one of the worst places I have been to in NYC. Been in the restaurant industry for years and this place is flat out bad. Waiters and Managers walk around with blindfolds on and weren't taught to speak when they were young. There are little twin boy band looking managers that also talk on about a 3rd grade level. Everyone is completely rude, no one knows anything about the food or the wine list. Tried many of the appez. I think I got two thin slices of tuna and a couple beans for about $15. Overpriced, oversalted everywhere. Do yourself a favor and walk right by this place. Can't even express how crappy this place is. Pros: nothing, don't go Cons: everything more

Mediocre brunch, horrible service 10/27/2008

While I'm pretty patient with waiters, Gemma really tested my patience. Our waiter spent 15 minutes chatting with some ladies across the way, completely ignoring our table, forgetting to drinks and even bringing the complete wrong dish for one of us. When we were lucky enough to have his attention, he was unfriendly and unhelpful. The brunch was mediocre, the presentation lacking, and many of the dishes came with no sides - no toast, no potatoes, and, of course, no warning from our unhelpful waiter. Pros: Ambience, outdoor seating Cons: Horrible service, mediocre brucnh food more

bad food in a theme park restaurant 10/22/2008

I can honestly say that the worst meal I have had in a very long time was at Gemma. When you have a short wine by the glass list-there is no reason that each wine shouldn't be very good. All glasses ordered at my table were not good including 15-18 dollar ones!. From poor wine selections we progressed to bad olives! Next a salad of artichokes and truffle oil that was murky over done and sour. Next course dismal pizza with no flavor at all- no salt in the crust -not fresh ingredients. The service however was very good especially the bus boy. \r Gemma is an overdone fake theme park that has more in common with chains restaurants than real Italian ones. more

Good Food, Service Not So Good 8/29/2008

We have been to this restaurant several times and feel the food is good and the service not so good. The wait staff was friendly, but often apologized for having to wait for food/bread/wine/water. The hostess was a brat and on more then one occasion. She was dismissive, too immature and unprofessional for the job. The dining experience should begin at the door. We would return for the food, but be embarrassed to bring guests with us. more

Nice date place 8/25/2008

Had dinner here last Friday night. It's a cute Italian place. Liked the ambience a lot. Food was h i t or miss--I thought the arugula salad and the rigatoni dish with prosciutto was amazing. The margherite pizza was blah to me. Gelati was heavenly--i think they get it from some gelati place downtown. Service was decent. No complaints. If you come, stay away from the pizza and get anything else I guess. I'd come again, but wouldn't wait if there's a line (we didn't have to wait on Friday night at 8 pm--but maybe cuz a lot of people were out of town. they dont take rsvps). Pros: gelati and rigatoni pasta dish Cons: pizza dish more

Great food! 8/1/2008

Not sure if they've worked out the service kinks (because I've heard from several that the service was not-so-hot) but I went tonite and service and food were perfect. We had the salad with artichokes, truffle pizza, 2 crostinis, and gelati for dessert. Everything was delicious and the wine by the glass was great too. Love the outside area. Will be back! more

Condescending and Downright Nasty Waiter . . . 7/26/2008

I went to Gemma tonight with a few friends, and it was truly a terrible experience. When we arrived, we asked if the kitchen was still open, and the hostess said yes and sat us. From the moment our waiter approached us it was clear he wasn't happy to be serving us. He just had a sour, condescending look on his face and seemed annoyed that we were even there. When he came back with our water, my friend very congenially asked him how his night had been so far and he didn't even look at her--or any of us--directly; he just derisively spat some one word answer in an irritated tone, hastily poured the rest of our water (spilling some in the process) and got away from our table as fast as possible. We then had about four other people serving us over the course of the night, all ranging from irritated to just looking ready to go home (the original waiter never came back). We got there near the time the kitchen was closing (which they told us after we were already seated) . . . I understand that people have long days or whatever, but I would rather be told the kitchen is closed than spend money to be treated like a nuisance just for showing up. I've worked service jobs before and sometimes you end up working longer than you expected or wanted to, but that's no reason to take it out on the customer. We asked if they were still open, and we weren't the only ones there--if they didn't want us there, they shouldn't have let us sit down in the first place. Plus the fact that my friend was genuinely trying to be friendly and was met with such a mean-spirited attitude was just awful. I was so irritated by the terrible behavior of our first waiter that I couldn't even eat the food I'd ordered. My friends seemed to like the food enough, but I suppose I'll never find out if the food is any good for myself as there is no way I'm ever setting foot in this place again. Pros: decor Cons: service that goes beyond rude. more

awesome food, spotty service, lousy drinks 7/20/2008

we've been for brunch three or four times including this morning. we like to sit at the corner of the bar. every one there seem very nice, friendly, polite. just clueless. there must be a very high turnover at least at the bar because there always seems to be a new person there who doesn't exactly know the menu or where thing are. it's a it hard to get the the very nice bartender's attention even though we were one of very few people at the bar. the crowning disaster was the bloody mary. it was tasteless. we're fairly resourceful so i asked the bartender if he could bring me some horseradish, tobasco and worcestershire sauce. the horseradish and worcestershire appeared instantly. along with some pepper. he explained they don't have horseradish behind the bar because they use a mix for the bloodies. an abomination at a place this nice and not exactly cheap. someone competent really should take charge because it has all the elements of a great local restaurant. and unlike others we've never gotten the feeling we were eating at a hotel restaurant. the food is really, really good though. peace out. more

Loved it 6/29/2008

Got there at 9:30 on a saturday night and were told there'd be a 45 minute wait, but we were seated in less than 1/2 an hour. The service was good, as was the ambiance, wine, and food. We had the most delicious salad ever: fava beans, parmesan, radiccio, and mint. So lovely for a hot summer night. Pros: food, service, ambiance Cons: our table was tiny! more

WORST WAIT EVER!!!! 4/12/2008

I went to Gemma last night on a Sat we got there at 7:50 and expected to wait. (there were more than 5 tables open at the time) They said about an hour ok they never came to tell us it would be longer. an hour and a 40 min later they sat us at a 3 top table (we were 4) with no apologies or a free drink . When we sat down it took another 20 min just to get bread. the wait staff does not have enough room to walk. they accomadate people who stay at the hotel first and they let people sit at the table for more than 2 hours. The food was okay considering the wait. We had pizza at the bar. ""SO NOT WORTH GOING TO THIS RESTAURANT..."" Pros: the food is not bad Cons: You have to wait way too long with no help from the Maitre D' more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    If the Phantom of the Opera retired to a Tuscan villa, this is what his living room might look like: candelabra chandeliers, stalactites of dripping wax, rough-hewn wooden...

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Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sunday To Wednesday From 07:00 AM To 12:00 AM Thursday To Saturday From 07:00 AM To 01:00 AM
  • Payments:

    Discover, Diner's Club, Visa, American Express, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, East Village, Bowery
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