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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
Today
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, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 93
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 9
    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
Its the real deal

We came to NY in Feb when it was freezing cold but we were determined to see the city. Walking through the city we ran into Emilio's Ballato and it was awesome. The food was amazing, Emilio was there to take pics with us and suggest food.. It was a great time. Oh and get the meatballs!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
Amywco
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Denver, Colorado
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Brisbane, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The food is nice at this restaurant but I expected better for the price. One appetizer, two mains and a bottle of sparkling water (no alcohol) was more than $110. Calamari was overcooked and the prawns in seafood pasta were so overcooked you could barely chew them. Didn't have a reservation and were taken to the backroom which was empty... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We came to NY in Feb when it was freezing cold but we were determined to see the city. Walking through the city we ran into Emilio's Ballato and it was awesome. The food was amazing, Emilio was there to take pics with us and suggest food.. It was a great time. Oh and get the meatballs!!

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New York City, New York
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82 reviews 82 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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225 helpful votes 225 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 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
63 helpful votes 63 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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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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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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288 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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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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 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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