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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, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 95
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 10
    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
Authentic Italian.

Nothing fancy here but good honest Italian food. Everything looks and tastes like it was made from scratch, just like how mama used to make it. Had the grilled octopus to start which was a decent sized portion and thenthe veal chop for an entrée. It came bone in, breaded, and panfried – delicious... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Nothing fancy here but good honest Italian food. Everything looks and tastes like it was made from scratch, just like how mama used to make it. Had the grilled octopus to start which was a decent sized portion and thenthe veal chop for an entrée. It came bone in, breaded, and panfried – delicious. Not an extensive wine list but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I stopped in for a quick lunch with a colleague and had never been here before. We both had a great lunch. I had the Gamberi Oreganate which is baked shrimp with garlic, bread crumbs and linguine. I want to return when I have more time.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This place is unassuming from the entrance. There is no waiting area either. Once you are seated you will be treated to a true Italian experience. Yes the service is what you would be more likely to find in Italy rather than most US restaurants but the food is fantastic and very very reasonably priced.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We visited Ballato's on our 6 day trip to NYC, we had been looking fro an authentic Italian and stumbled across this place which from the outside is it little hard to tell what type of restaurant it is. We ordered the Calamari - which was excellent and easily fed 2 as a starter, I then had the lasagne special... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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