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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
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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  • 97
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  • 67
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great family restaurant

This place has a great fun and lively atmosphere. As a couple from Essex uk, the New York Italian accent takes a bit of deciphering but part of the charm. This was a straight walk in, welcomed and seated with charm and charisma. The pollo Antonio is really good, but you must like heat and garlic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Stuart W
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The best place to eat italian food in Little Italy, NY. Big portions, and dishes well presented. I loved the bruschettas they served us with some garlic touch and olive oil. The pasta is delicious, and is totally unexpensive. I would be back to eat at Puglia's for sure!

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Thank RPionono
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I brought my son and his friends here after our Mission Escapes game for lunch. I had visited just the day before to reserve the table for my party of 14. I was able to pre order my appetizers and entrees (a variety of several brick oven pizzas) with Joe (who was extremely helpful). I was prepared to leave a... More 

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Thank tiffanybridget
North Carolina, USA
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've eaten at almost all of the restaurants in Little Italy, and as many have said, most are tourist traps, but I lucked up and found a true gem. During the snow storm, I was surprised to find it open for lunch. The food was unbelievable. Garlic Bread, Soup (the best Minestrone! ) and Entree for $10.50 plus complimentary wine... More 

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Thank pamprdchftripper
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place has a great fun and lively atmosphere. As a couple from Essex uk, the New York Italian accent takes a bit of deciphering but part of the charm. This was a straight walk in, welcomed and seated with charm and charisma. The pollo Antonio is really good, but you must like heat and garlic it's got it. The... More 

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Thank Stuart W
San Antonio, Texas
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only had a few hours in NYC and my cousin took us here as she had grown up visiting this restaurant. The food, service and atmosphere were great. Even my husband, whom is not a fan of Italian food, enjoyed it. Hope to go back again next time we are in NYC.

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Thank Pamela H
New York City, New York
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Definitely a fun restaurant. Not my favorite in Little Italy, but I don't think anyone else would have the napkin song. Decor/Ambience: Meh. Not a great 1st impression walking in the door. In the back, however, it looks like they've done some renovations and it's a little nicer back there. Food: Food was good. I don't think you can really... More 

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Thank Jem575
New York City, New York
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

It's cold outside but the food and hospitality at Puglia's will warm you up. Been here several times before and Puglia's has always been a delight. Thanks!! Off to Ferrara's Bakery around the corner for desert.

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Thank vino0201
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

My family and I were just in NYC for my 40th bday celebration. On our last day, my sister suggested we goto Puglia in little Italy. There Rigatoni pizza was out of this world. The atmosphere and service were on point. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the city. You will not be disappointed.

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Thank Carolina G
Connecticut
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151 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

During a day trip to NYC with the family (9 people) we were in Little Italy and stopped in to Puglia's for a late lunch. The restaurant is quaint, family style seating and was quiet seeing it was 3pm on a Monday afternoon, but it is evident from the ambiance and pictures on the wall and the music stand prominently... More 

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Thank beachbum393
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Thank you for this great review and sharing your experience at Puglia! Come back soon! More 

Surprise, Arizona
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81 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Just walking through Little Italy trying to find a place that serves a couple slices of pizza, but decided to go in here instead. Was great!. Pizza was just wonderful. Nice thin crust. My husband also saw order of garlic bread come out for someone so he had to have some also which was so good. Very Festive, singing and... 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 40
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children

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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