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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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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    Very good
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent meal at Puglia

7 of us chose to dine at Puglia and we all enjoyed. Excellent sangria! Delicious parmigiana, shrimp oreganta. Son said it was best fettuccine Alfredo he ever had and several said the potato croquet was excellent. We all enjoyed!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
Sandy P
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Marlboro, New Jersey
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Marlboro, New Jersey
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68 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

7 of us chose to dine at Puglia and we all enjoyed. Excellent sangria! Delicious parmigiana, shrimp oreganta. Son said it was best fettuccine Alfredo he ever had and several said the potato croquet was excellent. We all enjoyed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Looking for a perfect lunch (or dinner) while visiting Little Italy? Don't bother wandering around, head straight here. Amazing food, great service and authentic atmosphere. Reason enough to visit the area.

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New York City, New York
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This place will surprise you. It is certainly not pretentious. The food is simple and delicious. We had the lunch specials which came with a huge plate of hot garlic bread. The minestrone soup was filled with large, tender chunks of veggies and a flavorful broth. The house salad was crisp with field greens and a slew of vegetables. The... More 

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South Florida, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This old school italian eatery has been at the corner of Mott and Hester forever. It is worth it to visit just for the entertainment meaning aybody stands up and starts singing opera, play the piano, etc. On top of that, if you like artichokes, I have never had better. They also made a homemade house red served in old... More 

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California
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69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I will admit that we had chosen Puglia in advance because its a favorite of TV personality, Long Island Medium, and I am a huge fan of hers! It was Tuesday evening and had been a very long sight seeing day when suddenly there was a huge thunderstorm (no surprise to NYers). Our awesome cab driver gave us his own... More 

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joe g, Owner at Puglia Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your great experience here at Puglia. "Like old friends, or better yet family" is what we pride ourselves on and we want everyone to feel that way when they dine here. It's not just dinner, it's an experience and we are so glad you enjoyed everything. We appreciate you taking the time to tell... More 

Totowa, New Jersey
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102 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Gotta love this lively place. Family style seating. You sit with strangers who enjoy the love of food. Not a place for the hoity toity. Get the Zita alla Puglia.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

On Sunday, July 5, 2015, my wife and I were simply strolling through Soho NYC looking for a good slice of pizza. We wandered a little farther south and were soon on restaurant row on the famous Mulberry St. in Little Italy NY, NY. Many waiters attempted to flag us in with their almost for free menus. A little skeptical... More 

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joe g, Owner at Puglia Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the great feedback regarding your visit to Puglia! We take great pride in providing our guests with a great meal and entertainment! We hope you visit again soon. Best regards, Joe G. Puglia Restaurant More 

North Richland Hills, Texas
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I eat at this restaurant every time I travel to NYC since 1993 and it's always been great. In March 2015, I visited this restaurant and the food nor the entertainment were all that great. However, I visited there again July 2015 and it's all back up to par. Food was really good and Jorge was entertaining. However, I was... More 

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joe g, Owner at Puglia Restaurant, responded to this review

We are happy to hear you had a nice experience during your latest visit. Please note that a ramp is available for entry of wheelchairs. Next time you come please ask for it and we will be more than happy to provide it. You can also call in advance so it is ready upon arrival. Thank you and see you... More 

Bath, Maine
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Be sure to make reservations, and ask to have the guy that does the singing come soon. We had to request him once we got there, but he was great. Our food took a long time to be served. Don't get pizza. For whatever reason that took the longest to arrive. The did give us free cannoli which was a... More 

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Pennington, New Jersey
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51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

My mother was adamant about going to Puglias to celebrate her birthday. I had read the mixed reviews and was a bit hesitant. I was delightfully surprised. From the drinks (best Brandy Alexander and Piña Colada) to the food Mussels Marinara, linguini w/white clam sauce and spaghetti and meatballs. Our waiter was excellent....food reasonably priced. We will be back soon.

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Thank you for taking the time to tell others of your experience here at Puglia. We are glad you decided to dine here and appreciate the positive feedback! We hope you come back soon! Best regards, Joe More 

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Additional Information about Puglia Restaurant

Address: 189 Hester St, New York City, NY 10013-4776
Phone Number: 212-966-6006
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Little Italy
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
Average Prices: USD 40
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • 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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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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