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55 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10012 (Manhattan)
(212) 274-8881
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Ranked #74 of 11,866 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood:
Nolita
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Greenwich, Connecticut
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325 reviews 325 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

My friend David had been raving about Ballato's. I have been to many Italian restaurants. This was truly one of the best. It was authentic and realistic old school cooking. To start had the baked clams. They were outrageously good. David raved about the pasta fagioli so we tried that. At first it looked a little different in color from... More 

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Nova Scotia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We found this place quite by accident and haven't stopped raving about it since. We arrived for an early dinner and the restaurant was almost empty. We were seated in the front part (I'm asking for the back room next time) and we were not disappointed with anything. Our waiter was knowledgeable and provided great recommendations. Emilio held court at... More 

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Cheshire
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Took the family there on New Year's day. First impressions was that the decoration was 'over distressed' and it was quiet. We ordered bolognese and had the canolli's and cheesecake for dessert. Lots of celebrities had signed the sheets on the walls and had their photos with the manager. We really enjoyed the food and the staff were very friendly... More 

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It's hard to believe it will be good when you walk in this small restaurant, the wall are dirty and full of picture and sheet, the ambience is not the best I've ever seen, but when you seat and start to be comfortable it turn to an amazing experience, the food is excellent, the service is typical Italian, the selection... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Food was excellent and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. This place felt like I walked into my Grandmothers kitchen back in Italy. Very warm and cozy!!

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Stamford, CT
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Went here with a group of 10. Got seated in the back room through the kitchen. Perfect area for a big group, could probably go even bigger if you made a reservation far enough in advance. Food was awesome. Calamari, Caprese salad and fried zucchini were all very very good. Bread and olive oil is served as well. Chicken parm... More 

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New York City, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Walk into the past in this small, unpretentious Italian dining room to treat yourself to original old world soups, pastas and great Italian recipes that have been a staple in this kitchen for years. The service staff knows food and wine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Consistently outstanding! This is a hidden gem of an Italian restaurant. Enduring one of a kind mom and pop business. If you are looking for great food and a warm and friendly family atmosphere this is the place.

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Oh my this place is to die for....... Service very good, the atmosphere was relaxing, the waiter new the menu, the food was oh so wonderful and the wine.....great! Just wish this was our local restaurant! Next time we are in New York this will be our first stop, it's a must.

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Brownsville, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The food was delicious! The service was excellent! Can't wait to go back! This will definitely be added to my list of must visit every time I'm in NYC.

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Additional Information about Ballato's

Address: 55 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10012
Phone Number: (212) 274-8881
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
Cuisine: Italian

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