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Ballato's

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Nolita
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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: Lunch, Late Night, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 103
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  • 28
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 3
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  • 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
Wonderfull address..

This is a wonderful Italian restaurant. No reservations possible but you are able to get a table if you arrive before 19:30. Worth the trip, best meatball I have ever eaten.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
Michael F
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Switzerland
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Switzerland
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3 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This is a wonderful Italian restaurant. No reservations possible but you are able to get a table if you arrive before 19:30. Worth the trip, best meatball I have ever eaten.

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Thank Michael F
springfield, pa
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68 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Small, noisy, brash and unapologetic, this place offers authentic Southern Italian fare at fairly reasonable prices. Don't be afraid to ask for a good bottle of wine for under $50 as their wine list is quite pricey and if you don't ask you'll probably not be offered their house red blend which goes for $50/bottle---I don't believe it appears on... More 

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Thank brandbridgeltd
Tucson, Arizona
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

The Pasta sauce was so perfect I thought I was in Italy. Delicious pulpo appetizer, great wine. Even a lot of men like some local Italian restaurants. Go here and you will not be sorry.

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Thank elleg53
Austin, Texas
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We were here in mid December 2015 to meet some friends. We wanted some good Italian food and we were not disappointed. The place is pretty small and most tables were taken. We were luck to get a seat fairly quickly. We started with the Caprese, then the Cesare Salad (one of the best, must try). For main we had... More 

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Thank atx518
New York
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263 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Everything here is excellent. This is simple, well prepared, tasty southern Italian cooking. The pastas are all homemade as are the sauces. The desserts -- particularly the cannoli -- are terrific. No reservations taken, but there is usually not a wait. This place gets more than its fair share of celebrities from major movie stars to the top rap singers.... More 

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Thank Antionio10
New York City, New York
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

The owner of this restaurant is a James Gandolfini type who screamed at us for five minutes when we pointed out that his waiter had charged us an extra $19 for our veal parmigiana. The menu listed chicken or veal parmigiana for $23 with another price scribbled out next to it. I thought they had decided to charge the same... More 

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Thank Jason K
New York City
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Classic traditional Italian restaurant with excellent food, excellent service and excellent atmosphere, especially the Sinatra music! Even on a normal Monday night, the restaurant was full. It's exactly how a traditional New York City Italian restaurant should be.

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Thank MikeFromQueensNYC
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117 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

I've been to Rome, Florence, Naples, Venice & Pisa.... And (I'm 99% sure) the dish I had was the best Italian dish I've ever had! Linguine with shrimp. Perfect. Simple and sooooooooo tasty. The atmosphere was lovely, friendly and welcoming. We were left to enjoy but not to wait. Couldn't recommend this place highly enough! I found out about it... More 

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Thank Emma J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

From the decor to the authentic cuisine, to the great wine list this is my choice over anything else in little Italy. It's a truly hidden gem

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Thank Timber217
New York City, New York
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

Went with two families including there teens. Service was greta and food was excellent. Very nice ambience for a relaxing meal.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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