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a plate of baked clams from Gene's.
7.8

Gene's Restaurant

Italian

Greenwich Village

$$$$Perfect For:Eating At The BarClassic Establishment

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Gene’s is always packed, even on a Tuesday. This old-school Italian spot in Greenwich Village opened in 1919, and it’s not just Sarah Jessica Parker’s favorite restaurant, it’s a lot of people's favorite restaurant. Many of them have been coming here for half a century, wearing their furs on a weekday because this isn’t just any old place—this is Gene’s. The dining room in the back has white tablecloths and servers in vests, but if you can snag a bar seat up front, you should. It’s a coveted spot for heavy pours of red wine, and garlicky baked clams under a thick layer of golden brown breadcrumbs. Add on the veal parm, and end with a raspberry cordial parfait with chocolate ice cream that’s boozy enough to make you feel eternally grateful to live in New York, and can take public transportation home.

The dining room at Gene's with tables with white tablecloths and dark wooden chairs.

photo credit: Alex Staniloff

A bowl of linguine with clam sauce and a plate of baked clams.

photo credit: Alex Staniloff

The exterior of Gene's.

photo credit: Alex Staniloff

The dining room at Gene's with tables with white tablecloths and dark wooden chairs.
A bowl of linguine with clam sauce and a plate of baked clams.
The exterior of Gene's.

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