Galli | New York City (Soho)

This past weekend Marian’s friends and I celebrated her (Marian) birthday.

We headed to Galli, a romantic, rustic restaurant nestled in Soho.IMG_3269

Galli offers Italian comfort food in a candlelit atmosphere, one that is warm, cozy, and intimate.
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I especially loved the charming little room situated in the back with imperfectly placed mirrors hanging against a brick wall.  IMG_3259

45 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10013

MENU: Galli Menu.
COST: $$
CUISINE: Italian
RECOMMENDED TO: Couples, Happy Hour, Small Groups, Casual Dining, Romantic Dining.
AMBIENCE: Romantic/Cozy/Charming

Both Marian and I started off with a cocktail named Lili’s Curves, such a pretty and unique name.  This concoction was prepared with muddled strawberries, Espolon tequila, housemade black peppercorn syrup, and lime bitters.  A little strong with the tequlia, but oh so delicious.  We both loved it!IMG_3255

We were also served a complimentary Bread Basket with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar on the side.  The EVOO was especially yummy!  IMG_3258

Marian opted for the Chicken Marsala – pan seared chicken, mushrooms, brown sauce, and roasted potatoes on the side.  Her dish was really good.  IMG_3265

I went for the Gamberi which was prepared with rigatoni, shrimp, broccoli, mozzarella cooked in a pink sauce.  Delicious!  IMG_3266

Marian’s friends – Kate and her husband ordered the…
note: I can’t comment on these 2 items since I did not taste them. 
Branzino – Mediterranean fillet, oven roasted herb marinade, asparagus, and cherry tomatoes.  Relatively healthy. IMG_3261

Chicken Francese – Pan seared chicken in a white wine, lemon butter sauce with organic garden vegetables. 

VERDICT: 4 / 5
I really enjoyed my time at Galli, it truly is Italian comfort food with good service.  You’ll find the most popular Italian dishes on the menu, Penne Vodka, Chicken Parmesan, Bolognese, Carbonara to name a few.  The food here is undoubtedly delicious, and all items are excellently priced for Soho.  I guarantee you will leave here happy.  Additionally, instead of white pasta Galli offers a choice of whole wheat pasta or gluten-free pasta, loved seeing that on the menu.  Lastly, this restaurant gets booked quickly, so call ahead and make reservations. 

Ratings Recommendations
Food: Very Good Gamberi, Chicken Marsala
Drinks: Excellent Lili’s Curves
D├ęcor: Very Good romantic/rustic/cozy
Service: Very Good helpful/professional
Value: Excellent reasonably priced for NYC.

TELL ME: Have you been to Galli?  What’s your favorite Italian restaurant in Manhattan?  What’s your favorite Italian comfort dish?


  1. Never been to this particular restaurant. Sounds like a good place to celebrate fun occasions though!

    My favorite Italian dish would have to be eggplant parm. Nothing beats the combo of eggplant, fresh tomato sauce, basil, and cheese (parm + mozzarella). YUM!

  2. The branzino looks delicious. I really must get down to Soho more often, I know there are many, many good places down there!

    My favorite Italian restaurant is Bice...been going for at least 15 years and everyone I take loves it too!

  3. Sounds like a terrific place! My niece lives not that far from there (east from there a few blocks and a bit south) -- I'll have to ask her if she's been. And maybe we'll all go next time we visit her! Fun review -- thanks.

  4. I've never been to Galli, but we love trying out new Italian restaurants! Have to go!

  5. Galli looks so cute and charming! I will have to try it out!

  6. Aw!! Just catching up now. Looks so cozy and delicious.

  7. Based on your reviews, I wish I was there to experience this wonderful dining experience with you gals. The pasta looks delicious. JC

  8. Always good to know of another restaurant to try in the city! Thanks for the review :)

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