Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

This NoLIita restaurant pays homage to the coastal cuisine of Italy.

Dinner Tues.-Sun.
  • Dress code: Casual

* Click here for rating key

Gran Tivoli, New York, NY

Gran Tivoli Restaurant Review

About the restaurant & décor: Australian restaurateurs Jason Scott and Robert Marchetti’s first NYC restaurant, in NoLIta, serves coastal Italian-inspired food. The space is long and narrow, with moody lighting, dark wood, and a bar that runs about half its length. There’s also a cocktail bar called Peppi’s Cellar down a flight of stairs from the dining room.

Likes: Polenta with crab meat, veal schnitzel, raspberry and grappa tart.
Dislikes: Can get crowded and noisy.

Food & Drinks: In this era of short and sweet menus, Gran Tivoli’s offers more than 40 dishes, from meat to seafood to plentiful veggie options. One of those is a Calabrian salt-baked baby beet salad, tossed with cashew cheese, sorrel and pickled strawberries. Steamed king whiting cartoccio is baked in a paper bag with a turmeric-fish bone broth and hedgehog mushrooms, and cheesy polenta is topped with a generous mountain of sweet crab meat. For the carnivores, salt-crusted bistecca Fiorentina and juicy veal schnitzel finished with anchovies and chilis are both first-rate options. Save room for the raspberry and grappa tart with vanilla mascarpone, or a cheese plate with Pecorino or Taleggio. The mostly Italian wine list includes a few selections from France, California and Australia.
Check out hip and new NYC restaurants to try right now
New & Hip NYC Restaurants

Check out what's new and trendy on NYC's dining scene with GAYOT's list of restaurants to try right now.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.