Maiella - LIC

4.5
1715 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Maiella, a casually elegant restaurant located in the picturesque waterfront section of Long Island City, serves authentic Italian dishes with a modern flare and the freshest ingredients. Maiella sits at the base of the iconic Pepsi sign in Gantry State Park, and features spectacular city views. Designed by a leading New York City Architecture firm, Bluarch, the rustic space features seating for up to 180 guests inside and almost 100 guests in the outdoor terrace. The terrace faces Manhattan and Gantry State Park with views of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the 80 foot tall Pepsi Sign. Inquire about our private dining rooms as well as larger parties.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1715 people are saying
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4.6
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4.6
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4.1
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNewYorkaise
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Server was clearly more interested in the larger tables ordering tasting menus and several bottles of wine, than my three top. Food arrived late, cold, and they didn’t even offer us fresh pepper/Parmesan. We had to flag a waiter down and ask for it. The view was nice, but totally not worth it. Never going there again.

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vipCeanM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

tasty pasta and nice outdoor seating area to enjoy LIC views

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AnnaD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants, but sadly not anymore. We would drive over an hour just to go to Maiella. Food has become mediocre, small portions and overpriced. Their signature pasta dish is not even on the menu anymore. Seems like they changed chefs a little over a year ago and it just hasn’t been the same.

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vipMariaC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food was good, beautiful restaurant and service was great. Portions are way too small for price they are charging.

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vipReneF
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We went to Maiella for Father's day brunch. Food was delicious. We shared raw otters, pizza with sopressata and the best salad. My entree was the salon which was perfectly cooked. Wait staff were pleasant but service was slow

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vipuseramon
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, and great space

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vipVeronicaB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a pleasure to return to Maiella after the pandemic. The food, service and ambience was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fettuccini with truffle sauce makes your brain explode with taste.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! & Anthony’s playlist was 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

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Truthfully123
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The atmosphere was very nice, great food and the service was just ok. Our waiter was a little slow, water glasses were empty a couple of times and we found ourselves having to hunt our waiter down to get another drink or bring condiments for our food. A little bit of a bummer.

Also, there was a large party sitting behind us and there were at least 6 younger kids (9 and under, I would guess). They ran around, rolled on the ground, wrestled with each other and caused a ruckus. Very disappointing that kids aren’t taught better manners and I wish that management would have taken a more active role. They definitely were aware of the loud playground setting the outside back dinner area was becoming.

I’m not a person without kids, my husband and I raised 3, 2 of them with us for dinner. We joked about them being unable to act that way while dining out. We tried to make light of it, but it was most distracting. This was our first visit to Maiella and while the food was exceptional, I am not sure that we will return. Management should ensure that everyone enjoys their dining experience and sometimes they must deal with disruption and the service needs some improvement.

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MDama
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was phenomenal! It started with the manager coming over and greeting us. I informed him that my aunt and uncle were visiting from Peru and were so excited to dine at Maiella. He told us about a special order of lamb chops. They were delicious. Our main server was Luigi and he was an absolute sweetheart. He made the experience wonderful for my family and gave us great suggestions. The rest of the team was great too! It was an overall wonderful time and I will be going back soon!

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BellaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice ambiance and great service. The food portions are small though

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MelissaW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so glad to finally have a chance to eat here and they did not disappoint! Everything was phenomenal, from the production to the presentation. The cocktails and dessert were especially fantastic. I’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy Buen servicio , la Comida deliciosa

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food.

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ArlisP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time at Maiella. Came to eat here with my husband, my parents and my son. All the waiting staff for the restaurant were extremely friendly. The food is incredible and well portioned ! I think price wise is just fine for the quality of food and service you are receiving. I willing be recommending Maiella to everyone !

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vipnancyl
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to Maiella since the pandemic. Everything was excellent. All of the dishes our party ordered were outstanding, from the pastas to the fish and steak, to the cheesecake dessert. Our waiter was attentive. The maitre d is also fabulous. We couldn’t have asked for anything more from the restaurant. I only wish they had valet parking but we will be back regardless.

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Adith
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was alright nothing too special honestly, I would expect the bathroom to be nicer than it was they didn’t even have anything to dry your hands with. It’s mediocre

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maiella NEVER ceases to amaze. My wife and I have been coming here for years. The ambience of the restaurant, the stunning location behind the PepsiCola sign, and the nightlife of the area just make for a great experience.

To be honest in past years, we came for drinks and were lured in by the cheese wheel pasta that was so great! However the rest of the menu was "alright"

This most recent time (June 2021), we were seated and informed that the seductive cheese wheel pasta we had always been allured by was no longer available, as there was a new chef for the restaurant. Yes of course, no one wants to hear that there is no giant wheel of cheese, so we were a little sad.
HANG ON WITH ME HERE THOUGH!

The service was Outstanding. The rest of the menu is completely revamped and delicious! Some of the best Italian food I've ever had, and believe me, theres been a lot.

There is still a pasta tartufo that is pretty similar to the pasta that everyone used to get in the wheel tableside. Besides that I had what May have been the most flavorful and beautifully plated lamb chops of my adult life. My wife ordered Chicken Marsala. I know what you're thinking: Chicken Marsala DARE TO BE DIFFERENT! I thought the same thing. They took a half a chicken, deboned it, kept the skin on it, made it crispy and then made the dish with that! PHENOMENAL!

You will NOT be disappointed by the new menu. Go here ASAP.

To the staff and new chef of Maiella, Bravo!


P.S. I wish the valet was up
And running. Not sure if that was a COVID thing but LIC is a pain to park at!

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vipEstelle
New York Area
165 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was wonderful as always!!! Love this place

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Bullfrog
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've enjoyed Maiella many times over the past few years and it's a place everyone should try. The food is always exceptional...the service is second to none...and the ambiance and experience makes the meal that much better! And I must admit it was a treat to enjoy indoor dining again...my first time in over a year! My guest and I felt safe and very well taken care of!

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AveryD
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Will definitely be returning... staff was incredibly friendly and food was outstanding.

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maggieobrien
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner here with a good friend who was in town from LA and we could not have been more pleased. Above and beyond service mixed with great ambiance and great food. I’ll be returning very soon

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MarkD
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We never made it to the table. The bartenders were so gracious and funny and professional. We decided to eat at the bar. The hostess was very attentive to us making sure we were taken care of and checked on us She was very sweet. The manager was the man and bought us a drink and we loved every minute The food was amazing the drinks were perfect. Absolutely recommend. We are coming back ASAP

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NatalyaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. The location is wonderful for an after dinner stroll too. Perfect place.

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vipAbe6
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We got seated upon arrival,service was very good,food was tasty but unfortunately it’s a very small portion for the money .My girl ordered a branzino and we were surprised in the portion size she only got half fish!!!!!
Also we order octopus for appetizer and we only got a small size leg ($25).
I won’t go back it’s a rip-off.
Definition it’s over rated.

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vipNYFoodie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

I love Maiella but I really wish they had better rules when it comes to private parties. I have been coming to Maiella for 4 years and the food is outstanding as well as the service, even after they changed chefs. However, they should implement proper dining etiquette for private events to avoid overly noisy groups that disturb everyone else’s experience. I was there yesterday with my family and they had 3 private events going on at the same time. Two of them were perfectly fine and normal noise level but one bridal shower was doing games and were so loud that it was impossible to enjoy our meal. The group was yelling like they were at a club and everyone around them was extremely uncomfortable.
I hope the team at Maiella can do a better job at setting the proper expectations for private events or simply just close down the restaurant for the other people while the events are going on.

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Groucho
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down this is the best restaurant in Queens or the greater NYC metro area for that matter.

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LinP
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Normally I love Maeilla, but this time was disappointing. We waited almost an hour for our main meals. And it was just pasta, so nothing complicated. It was awkward sitting there with an empty table for so long. Eventually the food came and the portions were smaller than I remembered. A drink I ordered never arrived. Once we finished our meals, we were left there for another long while and were not offered dessert or coffee. We had to flag down our waiter to pay the bill and get out if there. There was a wedding going on outside. Perhaps they were busy with that? Either way, I won't be going back.

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vipJamesG
Miami
56 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were treated very well by staff and management. Very knowledgeable waiter. Good and drinks were very good. Not one complaint!!! Very good experience.

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AlyssaM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love going to Maiella. The food is amazing and the service there is top notch. Worth every penny.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Highly recommended.

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Mellisa
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Myself and my fiancé decided to enjoy a night out celebrating our anniversary and the worst decision we made was to dine at Maiella, we asked the waiter to recommend a fruity drink when the drink came it was beyond sour we couldn't even drink it we sent both of it back and the waiter said the bartender was new, my fiancé refused to have the same drink because of how horrible it was and I decided to give it another try the drink came back and it was just as bad as the first one, I pushed it aside and left it after taking one sip. The food came..... everything looked great and tasted good I got chicken marsala and one piece of my chicken had one nasty piece of black line along edge when we asked the waiter about it he was rude and said that's the chicken I thought to myself maybe that part of the chicken should have been cut out before cooking, he did not offer to comp anything off the bill not the drink that wasn't touched or the food that wasn't even eaten but because we wanted to enjoy our anniversary we paid our almost $200 bill and head out to the food trucks that was on center blvd. Trust me the food there was way way better. I'm highly disappointed and wish we hadn't wasted our money on a "fancy" restaurant. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone, they need proper training for their waiters because without people like us paying our money their business would have been closed, and in these hard times they should atleast appreciate the people that are still spending their hard earn money at their business.

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jerryk
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Advertising views of the city. Hardly.
A bit overpriced.

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Kk1212
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious food. Great music! Beautiful views. Definitely worth the trip!

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vipNoname
New York Area
183 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as it always is. Service was spot on. The weather was chilly but the enclosed patio was warm and comfortable.

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JessicaV
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service- can't wait to come back!

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RichardP
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had the chicken Marsala. It was like no chicken marsala I've ever had before, such an incredible twist on it! Loved everything.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful place. Food was delicious and staff was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The space was beautiful — refined and cozy at the same time. There were options if you we’re looking to spend moderately— like pizza and a glass of wine — and the portions were worthy or the price. Absolutely perfect.

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