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55 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10012 (Manhattan)
(212) 274-8881
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Ranked #141 of 11,584 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $30
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Italian
SoHo / Nolita
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Wigan, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We decided to visit this restaurant as it was in the guide book. Unfortunately it didn't live up to expectations. We were ushered into the back room by the waiter wagging his finger at us to follow him. It was so noisy we couldn't have a conversation. We had to keep on repeating ourselves and shout at each other. We... More

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Little Rock
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We view Emelio's Ballato (not Ballato's as the listing suggests) as a "can't miss" Italian restaurant in New York. It couples a warm, inviting, relaxed feel with authentic, carefully prepared Italian food such as an Italian grandmother might serve. The menu is not extensive or adventurous, but we have never been disappointed in anything we have ordered. On our visits,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Every time I come to New York I have to visit this place. Absolutely fantastic. Good service. Great food. Today I had a Pasta dish with meat and a sausage. Gorgeous. I visited last week and had their meatballs - also good.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I brought my husband and friend for a meal here and promised them they would love it. They did, both said it was the best meal they'd had in a very long time. Will be back again the next time I'm in NYC. Delicious food, great staff and another wonderful evening.

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Hollywood, Florida
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I've been going to Emilio's Ballato for nearly twenty years. It was, for the longest time, the best kept secret in New York. The New York Times and a host of celebs changed that, but the charm remains the same. Located at the entrance of Little Italy and owned and operated by Emilio himself, this world-class Cucina Italiano never fails... More

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New York City, New York, USA
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

One of the best Italian restauranrts in NYC. Have eaten there over a dozen times in the past two years and have always been very pleased with the food and the service. Authentic and engaging menu. Also love the looks and the 'feel' of the restaurant.

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Gassville, Arkansas
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

One of my best friend and I took her daughter to New York when she turned 15. We were walking around and happened upon this little piece of heaven. Thee bread was crisp and fabulous. The meal...heaven! The chef came and sat with us while we ate, conversed and sipped wine. They brought out cake for Celeste which was a... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

Although the place is beautiful, the choice is poor and very expensive for such tiny portions. Moreover it was so noisy, we couldn't have a conversation and we left the place all stressed-out. The restaurant is not representative of Little Italy.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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93 reviews 93 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Ballato's was recommended by a friend. This friend's culinary credibility immediately shot to the top of the chart. I've lived on the left coast, where there is seafood, and I live in Santa Fe now, but letmetellyou: you just can't get Italian food that can incorporate sea food like you can at Ballato's, anywhere I've ever been in the USA.... More

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The bread alone was worth the trip - fresh, warm, slightly chewy/crunchy crust, texture, flavor...and that was just the beginning. The bean pasta soup and seafood pasta special was out of this world. Regardless of where you are in NY, it's worth a trip to Houston Street to visit this restaurant.

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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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