Had a great experience at Gjusta on Sunday. Had gone to gjlenlina previously and had terrible service and mediocre food, so I've been really hesitant to go to a restaurant owned by the same ownership group. However, the encouraging reviews from this board really piqued my interest.
The sardine toast, salads, salmon belly on bialy, and house cured ham with mostarda were all mostly delicious. I would agree with lot of posters that a lot of the food runs quite a bit on the salty side, also the asparagus salad with bottarga was a bit off (didn't taste any bottarga, just tasted like asparagus with olive oil). I would say I really enjoyed their breads; the baguette, bialy, and their country bread were better than any of the breads I've had at Lodge, seemed to have the same crunch and slight browning without the burnt bread char that lodge offers.
Lines and the ordering system were out of control, but the guy who took are order was really cool and very patient with explaining the dishes and answering our questions. Additionally, the wait for some of the prepared dishes took a long time but the staff were all pleasant which made up for that. Can't imagine what the crowd is like during a peak lunch/brunch time.
Glad I gave this restaurant group another try will definitely go again!