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Puglia Restaurant

189 Hester St, New York City, NY 10013-4776 (Little Italy)
212-966-6006
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Ranked #2,474 of 11,618 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
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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
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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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72 reviews 72 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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Tulare
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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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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 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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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I love little Italy. We came to this restaurant with a group, and that is definitely what they cater to. The food is average, but the live music is fun. I would definitely try one of the other more traditional Italian restaurants before coming here.

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Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

This is my third time to have lunch at Puglia and for some weird reason, I love the dated and cavernous feel to the whole place. The concrete floors. The very old and very basic tables. The vinyl table clothes. No fluff or frills here. Just sit down, have a beer or a cheap glass of bad Chianti and travel... More

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New York City, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

I was looking for a fun family style Italian place And a friend of mine told me about this place. It lived up to the hype!! Super fun and the good was amazing! Next time I go I will not eat until I explode and drink more.

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New York City, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

as with the other places in little italy the food is not traditional,its to americanized,my wife and i had the pizza,it was ok and nothing to write home about,the service is good,it seems that all the wait staff in little italy are albanians....maybe they should call it little albania.

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