La Ginestra - NY

4.8
218 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Sicilan and Italian fare coupling family recipes and innovative specials
with an extensive wine menu. A cozy ambiance and accommodating staff have
helped make La Ginestra a favorite amongst north shore diners for the past
27 years.
What 218 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.6
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EL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s always great. Yummy food. Excellent service.

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L
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent delicious food. Owner Enzo and Gus always welcoming and accommodating to any dietary needs.

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OT
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our reservation was honored right on time. The restaurant was very busy-not an empty table-but service was gracious, prompt & non-obtrusive. Food was absolutely delicious. Was a little noisier than our last visit because it was so busy but we were in a lovely corner table and you could still have a conversation without raising your voice. Tables are well spaced. Excellent dining experience. We have been there before and will definitely be back.

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LJ
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!
We always arrive a bit early to relax and enjoy a cocktail before going to the table. Wonderful service.
My favorite appetizer is Carpachio of Salmon, topped with fresh cheese over shredded greens.
Entrie whether pasta, poultry, beef, veal or fish all great anyway you order.
Great wines, espresso and biscotti.
Super servers. 5 Star!

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SM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always get a delicious meal there. The service is amazing

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AL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This place has been showing up on the Open Table email recommendations so I figured I’d give it a try. First off they made me wait 15 minutes to seat me. The acoustics and noise were piercing The food was mediocre at best and was overpriced for the quality The place is also right out of central casting for the Sopranos but I can assure your Artie Buco is not the chef The bartender was equally as unremarkable too. Pass on this place.

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S
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Charming place. Great mix of food and service. We will be back.

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m
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, an absolutely fantastic evening! Atmosphere, service and most importantly the food were at the absolute highest level! One of the best restaurants on Long Island!

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R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and very good service

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good - food was delicious , service was great. This is what we always expect and what we’ve always received

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT ON LONG ISLAND
My wife, friends and I have be going to La Ginestra for years. The food has always been excellent. Last night the dinner for four was superb. My friend had the Pollo Scarpariello. Not only did he say it was the best Scarpariello that had ever had, but also said "I finally know how this dish should taste." I had the Zuppa di Pesce. The seafood was perfectly cooked. My wife is always a fan of the Insalata di Long Island and the Linguine con Vongole. Gus is always there to greet you with a smile, a handshake and there to say goodnight. Julie is one of the hardest working waitress I have ever seen. She is always sweet and she makes certain that the food arrives promptly .
La Ginestra, is without question the best Italian restaurant on Long Island.

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You feel like you're in the city at a real Italian restaurant and not a Long Island knock-off

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R
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This was the first time we went to this restaurant and enjoyed it very much. Will return.

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n
New York Area
161 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

took my wife for her birthday on a wednesday night, we were greeted at the door cordially by the owner Enzo and a wonderful evening commenced. we started with vokda martinis, a wonderful full pour, next a special eggplant lasagna, excellent. my wife's dover sole superb, and my veal chop perfectly cooked excellent. but desert, a home made napoleon, the best. attentive but not intrusive wait staff. all in all a great dining experience

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e
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. The service, food and ambiance are always fantastic.
Denise Silverstein

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Valentines Day. Waiters did very well to keep up with the crowd. Love this place! Owner very attentive!

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n
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best!!

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d
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never misses a best even on Valentine’s day service and food were both outstanding

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AM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding ... it was our first time to the restaurant and everything was amazing...the food, service, wine, etc. We will return and share our experience with our family, friends and colleagues.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. The service and food was outstanding.

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M
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Ginestra is one of our favorites. We come back time and time again, sometimes for weeks on end, just because everything they serve is delicious, beautifully presented and professionally done. We always feel at home and are never disappointed. We were there Saturday night and plan to return with friends this coming Saturday night.

We used to live relatively close by, and now travel nearly 30 miles each way to continue to enjoy this wonderful place. Need I say more??

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D
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Have dined here several times and it has been good
On my most recent visit we placed our order and one hour later still did not have our food inquired with server she flippantly said it was being plated. The people across from us had appetizers and mains before we finally got our appetizer. We waited another 40 minutes before telling her to cancel our main and bring check. She said there would be no charge however the owner on the way out said “sorry the waitress messed up and didn’t put
Your order in”
That to me is WRONG as a business owner you never throw your staff under the bus. You apologize for the bad experience and ask the people to come back another time (on them) to attempt to save the customers business.
Bad move on the part of this restaurant. Will never go back again

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food,service and the ambience are almost perfect on a weekday night. I have eaten here many times and every dish is perfect. This is one of the great restaurants in Nassau Countu

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EP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! We loved it-it’s always fantastic

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r
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place

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LA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Ginestra is a fabulous restaurant for any occasion. I’ve been there for many of them and I’ve been going there for 30 years, never a bad meal. The attention to keeping customers happy in every way has been something I’ve experienced all this time! I will continue to go to my favorite place and hopefully it will be for many more years to come! Good Luck

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JE
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have s fantastic meal @ La Ginestra

It is one of my favorites

Food is great, service amazing

I love La Ginestra for any occasion

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M
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as we have come to expect in our long history of dining at La Ginestra. We have NEVER been disappointed with any aspect of our dining experience on this wonderful north shore Italian cuisine.

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SM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go here all the time Always great food! Great for bug groups or just a date night

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LO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, always consistent

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SN
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our special occasion go to restaurant. The food the service everything as usual was wonderful.
Love Love Love LaGinestra

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, our new best place

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LJ
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great knowledgeable staff.
Creative menu and everything delicious!

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CT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth the price! Entrees included veggies and starch no alacarte. Casual to dressy. Very friendly staff. Food was fresh and delicious.

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l
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, nice atmosphere

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome awesome awesome
Nothing less than Stellar

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. We always enjoy our meal

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MR
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. Dinner was outstanding. The dishes we ordered were prepared perfectly. Service was courteous responsive and attentive

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to dinner on Friday evening and had four fantastic dinners. Everyone had a different meal. I had the grilled veal rib chop and it was done to perfection. Everyone else enjoyed their meals without complaint. It was not an inexpensive restaurant.

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