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251 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10002-1022
+1 646-350-3977
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible8%
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“lasagna” (6 reviews)
“bread” (7 reviews)
“antipasti” (3 reviews)
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251 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10002-1022
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I decided to have Italian food for breakfast. I ordered the basic salad (arugula, cherry tomatoes with olive oil), Spinach Ravioli in spicy tomato sauce, and a large cappuccino.I am not a big salad eater, but I decided to eat one because my doctor keep...More

Thank Albert W
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is a must, if you are staying nearby. A long-ish walk from where we stayed in the Lower East side, we only found this place towards the end of our trip and wish we had found it sooner! Some people may complain about...More

Thank Raymond C
Reviewed 31 August 2017

I have been to this place many times over the course of the past years and this cafe has really deteriorated along with the manners, or lack thereof, of its owner/chef. The food is fine, especially for the price, but the service is awful (it...More

Thank Philonous_XXI
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

If you want to eat authentic Italian food you eat at a cafe in Italy, you will enjoy gaia! The quality of the food is great, various vegetarian options and daily specials, affordable prices and an unpretentious environment. The chef/owner gaia and her team are...More

1  Thank Sapny
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

I read the many reviews on trip advisor which commented on the poor service provided at this restaurant and the negative attitude of the restaurant's owner before I went to the restaurant. My first thought was that I don't want to support a place like...More

3  Thank dbreschel
Reviewed 4 January 2017

The food and the experience and the prices are so good that I don't want to broadcast it, on the other hand I don't want some gentrified coffee bar chain to take over. SO, GO TO GAIA! The food is delicious, authentic Italian, served family...More

Thank gerritully
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

So the food is absolutely fantastic, could not fault it. But the very competent chef/owner yelled at me for wasting her time after a language miscommunication, in front of the whole restaurant, and went back for seconds at me for another minutes whilst I pleaded...More

Thank Luke R
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had lunch here today and plan to return again in a few days. This is not your typical restaurant. You must order and pay at the counter and help clear your dishes. The owner tells us she isn't a waitress. What...More

Thank KimGetIt
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I came for a large dinner with friends and had a good time here. Plentiful food. Clearly made with effort. The lasagna was nice. And a fresh made pasta in a sort of vodka type sauce. The appetizers of cured meats and mozzarella with pesto...More

Thank USCKaboom
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Gaia is the owner and chef, she along with her staff are making authentic fresh Italian food using quality ingredients in a home style environment. If you go to Italy and any mom and pop restaurant this place is reminiscent of that. She accommodates vegetarian...More

Thank Sapny
Lower East Side
Straddling the bridge between New York’s thriving
immigrant past and its modern transformation into a
beacon of global art and culture, the Lower East Side
is one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in the city.
The blocks of tenements that represented the promise
and blight of the Lower East Side immigrant experience
now command top dollar for new residents. Right next
to old-world delis, 24-hour bodegas, and the garment
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Takeout
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Open Hours
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 251 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10002-1022
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 646-350-3977
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