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Puglia Restaurant

189 Hester St, New York City, NY 10013-4776 (Little Italy)
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Ranked #2,586 of 11,648 restaurants in New York City
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Little Italy
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
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English first
Niagara Falls, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Excellent Italian food. Staff was wonderful and friendly. Authentic Italian food. Would recommend this restaurant to everyone that's looking for great Italian food

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My husband and I visited Puglia the week of August 4th. We had lunch there, and it was delicious! Even better for us, it was inexpensive! The wait staff was very polite and took great care of us. They are one of the few restaurant that makes its own pasta, if you love Italian food - go there!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

while in NYC i always make it a point to hit up LIttle Italy for my lunch meal. Overall the prices for lunches in Little Italy are so affordable and you get plenty of food. We came across Puglia awhile back and now this is our one and only stop for lunch. The garlic bread alone is excellent. I always... More

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63 reviews 63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Wanted a real Little Italy experience in New York City. Food was good. Great prices. And a big surprise with entertainment by Jorge Buccio. Enjoyable music with an unbelievable ending - The Napkin Song. Have to see it to believe it. Check out the You Tube video. Hilarious and so much fun ! So, New York. The only reason that... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

So we were a company of eight who decided to eat here since one of us is from the province of Puglia. So far so good. The food was not the slightest bit traditional Pugliese food, and was just satisfactory, far form exceptional. Moreover, the service was just average. The worst part came when we got the bill and the... More

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Bridgeport, Connecticut
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

After visiting Puglia for years, I decided to try to shoot an Italian Mafia scene in the restaurant and Joey let us do so....well, we recently put out our movie trailer for "JAMAICAN MAFIA", and are getting worldwide notoriety. I hope everyone comes out to see it....we are touring beginning in August of 2014--in New York on August 8th. Watch... More

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Santa Paula, California, United States
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75 reviews 75 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Had the experience of dining at Puglia on a group tour, and as such, we did not have the luxury of ordering off of a regular menu. We were given three options and my only complaint was that all options were of a red sauce variety. Spaghetti was very good, the meatballs were actually quite good. Another red type sauce,... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The lasagna melted in your mouth! The spinach ravioli was great. We ordered extra garlic bread to take home with us for a midnight snack. The lunch special was a great bargain AND you could view their menu without being pressured to come in and have a seat. They didn't need to, their food spoke for itself.

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Powder Springs, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Gotta love the family atmosphere, Italian singers, napkin waving, fresh Italian bread just out of the oven, etc. I had veal parmesan which was fantastic. There were times that the music was so loud we could not talk at our table, but I think it was all part of the experience. At one point the whole restaurant was singing New... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I came here with a large group. It was fun, with live music, a singalong, and some dancing. The food was great,especially the chicken parm and baked ziti. I was not a huge fan of the salad-- too much dressing--but the garlic bread was tasty. I would visit Puglia again.

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