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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 94
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 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
Seriously the best meatball I've ever had

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Christopher R
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 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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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 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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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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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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Norway
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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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45 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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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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>  > Nolita
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 30
Cuisine: Italian

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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?

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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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