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Puglia Restaurant

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189 Hester St, New York City, NY 10013-4776
212-966-6006
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: n 1919 Gregorio Garofalo came over from Italy to begin his American...
n 1919 Gregorio Garofalo came over from Italy to begin his American dream... He rented a basement, put in his coal stoves, and sprinkled saw dust on the floor. With his knowledge of creating homemade wines, and his passion for cooking, Gregorio's dream began.... The name ..."Puglia" is a region in Southern Italy from which he immigrated. People came from far to indulge in the delicacies Gregorio prepared; Capuzzello (sheepshead), Tripe (the lining of the stomach of a young ox), and Pasta E Fagioli (pasta and beans), but what they loved the most was the way he treated everyone like his own family. Today with his 3rd generation carrying on the recipes and the values he taught them, Gregorio is smiling.... All of us at Puglia thank you for making Gregorio's dream a reality. Buona Sera
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Large groups

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Visitor rating
  • 51
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Awesome Time!

I chaperoned a group of 47 teenagers and this place was a hit! The food was delicious and the entertainment was wonderful. Teenagers are hard to please and everyone enjoyed their visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Henry T
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Clemson, South Carolina
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Large groups
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Clemson, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I chaperoned a group of 47 teenagers and this place was a hit! The food was delicious and the entertainment was wonderful. Teenagers are hard to please and everyone enjoyed their visit.

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

WE arrived en masse, a bus tour of 50 people. We ate, we drank, we sang and we danced on our chairs. (get up, get up, get up and shake your napkin....just do it!)The servers were accommodating, offering up a house wine, which was delightful. The food was served "family style" which means platters of food are brought out and... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Lovely food, after few days in New York we were craving European style food, and this was a perfect place. Great food, tasty and very affordable. We had a 3-course lunch menu plus dessert plus glass of wine for 25 dollars!

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Hepburn Springs, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Our family of 5 had lunch here the week before Christmas and it was one of the highlights of our USA holiday. The garlic bread was the best ever. A must have. The lasagne just as good and we all left with full stomachs, but no large dent to the wallet. $70 which was very reasonable. The real highlight was... More 

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Frederick, MD
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196 reviews 196 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

January 2015: I have always avoided walking into a restaurant that has waiters outside touting their place, but we (DH and another couple) were hungry and cold and were quite ready for a break from our touring around; plus we had already perused other menus (some very expensive) on display. It was a very cold and wet/slushy/snowy day. This menu... More 

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Puerto Rico
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

In our visit to NYC, our friends took us to this petite gem at Little Italy. The lasagna was delicious, the bread, the cold beer, the entertainer, the napkin song; little details to remember. The atmosphere was great. We sang, we laugh, we had a wonderful evening. That's amore!!!

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New York City, New York
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76 reviews 76 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Three of us dropped in for lunch the Sunday between Xmas and New Years. No problem being seated. Delicious food arrived in a timely manner, but original wine suggestion by waiter was disappointing and not acceptable. Second recommendation was fine. In the midst of our meal, a terrific singer came on and all the the diners joined in singing Xmas... More 

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New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Visited here yesterday for lunch and what a disappointment! We have been here several times over the past 8 years, but will NEVER go back after the treatment we received. After waiting for about 40 minutes, the waiter finally came over to take our order. I asked for a diet Coke and tried to place the rest of our order... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We ate here as a family of four for lunch and took advantage of the lunch for $10.30 for garlic bread, large salad and a main course. Everything was cooked fresh and the flavours were fantastic and large portions. House chianti was grorgeous ,. total bill was $75.00 all in.

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Tampa, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I grew up in NY and would go to this restaurant 40 years ago. I think they are celebrating 100 years. I visited December 2014 and very little has changed. It is still family style seating, wood fireplace (not working), and a keyboard player that sings all of the classic rat-pack songs. The food is very good home style cooking,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 189 Hester St, New York City, NY 10013-4776
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Little Italy
  • Neighborhood: Little Italy
  • Phone Number: 212-966-6006

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups

Description

n 1919 Gregorio Garofalo came over from Italy to begin his American dream... He rented a basement, put in his coal stoves, and sprinkled saw dust on the floor. With his knowledge of creating homemade wines, and his passion for cooking, Gregorio's dream began.... The name ..."Puglia" is a region in Southern Italy from which he immigrated. People came from far to indulge in the delicacies Gregorio prepared; Capuzzello (sheepshead), Tripe (the lining of the stomach of a young ox), and Pasta E Fagioli (pasta and beans), but what they loved the most was the way he treated everyone like his own family. Today with his 3rd generation carrying on the recipes and the values he taught them, Gregorio is smiling.... All of us at Puglia thank you for making Gregorio's dream a reality. Buona Sera
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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Little Italy
While Little Italy is one of the city's smallest neighbourhoods, its streets are packed with visitors from around the globe, especially on summer weekends when the streets are closed to traffic. Stroll up Mulberry Street, the heart of Little Italy, for a dense mix of Italian restaurants with sidewalk tables, cafes, and old-school food shops. Don’t be surprised when the hosts beckon you to pay them a visit. Stop in for a coffee and a cannoli, or grab a streetside table to take in the scenery over a hearty Italian meal.
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