June 12, 2018 New York USA Americas

Maialino: A Salty Dinner in New York
Non-smokers friendly
Romantic Meetup

Phone Number: +1 212-777-2410

Address: Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010 ( 07:30AM - 10:30)

Website: http://www.maialinonyc.com

Price Range: 45-65 $


Welcoming: 3/5

Food Temperature: 9/10

Ambiance / Music: 9/10

Menu Choice: 4/5

Food Taste: 5/30

Architecture / Interior: 9/10

Food presentation: 9/10

Service: 7/10

Value for money: 6/10

Second time for dinner at this superb restaurant where I remember having the tastiest pancakes of New York and some unique pasta. Arriving at 10 pm, we were welcomed at the bar, served dinner and drinks in a restaurant loaded with people. I love it here, the mood, the vibes... the food was way better! What happened?


Inspired by the rustic cuisine of Rome’s distinct neighborhoods, Maialino is a trattoria reimagined for present day New York City, overlooking Gramercy Park. Chef Jason Pfeifer’s thoughtful Italian cuisine blends his passion for the Roman food tradition with a commitment to our local family of farmers and purveyors.

Seated at the bar facing all the restaurant, I enjoyed watching people smile. After a long day on planes from Beirut to New York, this was my first meal. Maialino is much more than a restaurant, it’s an experience. 

Prosecco was the choice of drinks, sparkling white wine from Italy, La Civetta is light-bodied, fruity and aromatic. Don’t order bread, it spoils the experience, hard and chewy; not the first impression I expected.


Food is way below expectations:

  • The burrata is too salty to be edible, a creamy ball served with a side of chewy bread. There is nothing exceptional about it and not worth trying.


  • The Uova salad looks nice, a poached egg on a bed of bottarga and asparagus. Strongly lemony and extremely salty, the salad would have been good without the salt. Don’t they taste their food in this kitchen?
  • I’m not sure what the problem is with salt! I was so hungry and couldn’t eat the carbonara. Extremely salty and extremely spicy, the carbonara is shocking! Crunchy pork bits, pasta cooked aldente but this salt! 
  • Black pepper and pecorino thick spaghetti; not bad but nothing exceptional to write about.

Bizarrely deceiving; did they change the chef? Bad bread, salty food and not the most attentive of service!


Suitable For: Romantic Meetup





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