The importance of Italian food in NYC shouldn’t be underestimated. When the first Italian pizza restaurant, Lombardi’s in little Italy, opened their doors in 1905 it drew a wave of change to what the typical New Yorker would eat.
Even before that, in 1892, when Ferrara Bakery and Café, the first so called Espresso bar appeared in NYC, the Italians have already started to set their mark on the town.
Today there are many Italian restaurants that have in their own charming way put a marker on the map. Still, there are a few that stand out from the rest. Here is a list of amazing restaurants you most definitely should visit.
(in no particular order)
110 Waverly Pl (btwn MacDougal Alley & 6th Ave), New York, NY 10011
Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich have managed to transform the Old Coach House, a New York restaurant landmark, into a flourishing Italian gem serving the finest wines accompanied with food of greatness.
Babbo’s elegant setting with the small bar pouring wines and the inviting upstairs dining room all finds its place and time. Go for the Pasta Tasting Menu if you are more on the adventurous side. The ultra tender calf's brain "Francobolli" and the barbecued squab with roasted beet "farrotto" are equally good choices.
228 W 10th St (btwn Bleecker & Hudson St), New York, NY 10014
You can summarize L'Artusi in a few words that have been true over the years, outstanding and consistent food, great service and an excellent wine list. This is why its one of the restaurant you must visit.
L’Artusi is the sister restaurant to Dell’anima, and it’s the larger, louder sister for sure. Not surprisingly they serve Italian cuisine, but what's more interesting is their ambition of going heavy on the "big flavors" such as garlic, olives, lemon. This comes out to be an absolute tasting heaven. Try the bone marrow, tagliatelle pasta and chicken, the beef carpaccio and the olive oil cake. To be said, all pasta are simply amazing.
240 Central Park S (at 59th St & Broadway), New York, NY 10019
Marea is a seafood restaurant, or you can say, more accurately, inspired by seafood. This is Michael White's comeback, or his continuing comeback from the national reputed Fiamma.
Marea is an extravagant restaurant with an enormous menu, well above average prices and a truly inspiring optimism. As soon as you walk in you know this experience is going to be incredible. The food, especially the pasta, is truly exquisite and that goes for the lobster burrata and the fussili with octopus as well.
181 Thompson St (btwn Bleecker & W Houston St), New York, NY
As soon as you enter Carbone you instantly feel that you are at a NYC red souce joint in the 1950's. You may argue that Carbone is a Little Italy portal to a alomot cinematic type of atmosphere.
Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick have made it clear that Carbone serves exceptionally well-prepared food in settings that are simultaneously elegant, comfortable and unpretentious. Expect baked clams, spaghetti vongole, rigatoni alla vodka, veal Parmesan and of course tiramisu.
51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014, West Village
Jody Williams and Rita Sodi's Via Carota is sort of an Italian country home, very warm and welcoming. Still, there's plenty of seating, between the rows of small tabletops and the long marble bar.
You can even sit next to a blossoming citrus tree. Via Carota is truly rustic Italian fare. Try the Naked Burger, on NY Mag's best of list, the vegetable stuffed lasagna or the shopped steak to mention a few.
24 Minetta Ln. New York, NY 10012, Greenwich Village
The Greenwich Village Italian restaurant from Gabe Stulman of Fedora, Jeffrey’s Grocery, and others has quickly established itself as a new classic. The speaker’s shouts hip-hop, there’s boob art in the bathroom and you got to love the plush leather seating.
Since they opened up in 2012 it’s all been about perfection, even if the décor has change somewhat over time and there’s a new chef, its still delivers. At Perla you should have pasta, as simple as that. That said you simply couldn’t go wrong when choosing what to dine. All dishes are simple but beautifully executed.
261 Moore St. Brooklyn, NY 11206, East Williamsburg, Bushwick
You can’t simply leave out the most important pizza joint in NYC when talking about Italian restaurants. Roberta’s food is simply outstanding, and has been since they opened up their doors over six years ago.
This hip spot has developed a lot lately so the best way to experience its greatness is to show up in Bushwick. And hurry up, it might not take long until we see Roberta’s popping up everywhere, which is great, but you want to have visited the original. Try the Bee Sting pizza, the Beastmaster or just the Cheesus Christ.
That's the list! No matter which one you desire to visit, in the above Top 7 Italian Restaurant in NYC list, satisfaction is guaranteed.
And as alway, here'e a NYC quote to think of.
“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald e.g. (The Great Gatsby)