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Ballato's

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55 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10012
(212) 274-8881
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations

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  • 92
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Italian

Favorite red sauce Italian food. Cool place, lots of fun as the night gets late....celebs and wannabes. Excellent choice of wines Solid place, great service...amazing food.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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125 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Favorite red sauce Italian food. Cool place, lots of fun as the night gets late....celebs and wannabes. Excellent choice of wines Solid place, great service...amazing food.

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New York City, New York
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690 reviews 690 reviews
417 restaurant reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This was an exciting visit to a long time Italian standard on Houston Street. It stands almost as an unnoticed also ran on Houston street but behind the curtain is a fabulous beacon of craftful cuisine. Emilio sits guard at the front table watching all those who wish to enter. This place has the absolutely best Italian outside of a... More 

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Norway
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We would not have walked in here, located on dirty and noice E.Houston, unless we had looked it up in Tripadvisor. But it was more than well worth it. It was as taken out of the above films, even with a private room behind the kitchen, where 'they all met' Small front room with abt 30 seats and walls decorated... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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60 reviews 60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

You will love it as soon as you walk in the door. Old time Little Italy. There is a mirror up on the wall, so when you walk in, Emilio has his eye on you. I brought my mom,son and my soon to be for an excellent meal after a Broadway play. Emilio Ballato's made a perfect ending to a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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229 restaurant reviews
251 helpful votes 251 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is one of those restaurants that if you don't know where it is you won't know about it. Hidden behind a little old red awning, and a shaded window stands Emelio's Ballato. Once you walk in the door for the first time you might just think about walking back out. The front room is all you see and the... More 

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New York City, New York, USA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Ballato's is my favorite "classic" Italian-American restaurant in NYC. The food is always superb,the service is good, and I love the "look" of the place. And importantly diners can have conversations with their friends.

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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352 reviews 352 reviews
278 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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
37 helpful votes 37 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 55 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10012
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Nolita
  • Neighborhood: Nolita
  • Phone Number: (212) 274-8881

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: Italian
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?
 

Staying in Nolita

Neighborhood Profile
Nolita
Despite being just off of busy Houston Street, Nolita maintains a low-key vibe that makes it a pleasant retreat in the heart of lower Manhattan. Short for “North of Little Italy,” Nolita was once considered to be part of Little Italy. Today, the neighborhood is popular with young fashionistas popping in and out of the chic independent boutiques that line Mulberry, Mott and Elizabeth Streets. In addition to shopping, there are cozy restaurants and sidewalk cafes serving everything from new-school Italian food to the world-famous cronuts. While small in size (Nolita stretches just a few blocks in each direction), it’s a great neighborhood to spend an afternoon people watching, window-shopping, and grabbing a bite to eat.
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