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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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, 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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  • 54
    Very good
  • 24
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  • 15
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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
Large groups need reservations

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Bath, Maine
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

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

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 

Orlando, Florida
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1,027 reviews
395 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 733 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We took a group of students there this past weekend and they absolutely loved this place. This restaurant was established 96 years ago and has such a flare about it. The Manager Joe and his staff took great care of our students and the service was fast and very friendly! We even had live music where the students had the... More 

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

Thank you for the great feedback! We are happy to hear the students had such a great time and enjoyed the food. We hope to see you back soon. Best regards, Joe More 

New City, New York
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156 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

A MUST "gotta go" restaurant!! The restaurant was established in 1919 and well updated with colorful scenario paintings on the wall and televisions. The staff and service is tops. Outside and inside sitting is available and I suggest to make reservations for large parties. We were a party of 8 and had good seats at the door in view of... More 

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Magog, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

4 woman from Montréal looking for everything thing in New York , good and not to expensive ....this restaurant gave us satisfaction . We set at the terrasse and enjoy the foods, service and atmosphère .

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Pago Pago, American Samoa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Three weeks ago our program instructors took us to Puglia for dinner, saying it's a tradition for Close Up students to eat at Puglia's. The food was excellent, so was the entertainment! The Napkin Song will forever be bus one's theme song. Thank you Jorge :) - all the way from American Samoa .

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I was travelling in a group of 30 from NW Pa to NYC on a bus tour. One of our dinners was at Puglia's restaurant. The food was served family style and there was plenty of it. Loved the garlic bread. Jorge serenaded us and we sang along. Be prepared as he asks for tips as he personally passed the... More 

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Miami, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

As a local and now as a NY transplant living in Florida, I know I can count on Puglia ristorante for a good time! The Little Italy landscape has changed dramatically during the years but one thing is constant- Puglia delivers a great atmosphere, good food, and GREAT entertainment! i go for one reason only and thats's JORGE BUCCIO! He's... More 

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

Thank you! We are so glad to hear you are a frequent guest and appreciate the great review you have written! We look forward to seeing you again. Best regards, Joe G. More 

Westland, Michigan
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Despite calling in advance, Jorge, the singer, was not there to perform. The roaches were. The food was mediocre at best. This was going to be a highlight of our visit to NY, but instead was the biggest disappointment.

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Hello, Sorry to hear of this poor experience. We have not had any roach complaints from any other diners here at Puglia. Our "A" displayed in the window is something we take very seriously and work very hard to keep the establishment at that status. Also, you wouldn't be told that Jorge would be there if he wasn't going to... More 

KIrkland, United States
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57 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This is quite the experience! You get a show, singing, handsome waiters and THE BEST Italian food I have ever had the privy to eat! I have never eaten Garlic Bread where the butter perfection dripped down my chin and the Fettucine Alfredo was OMG the BEST! And to be sitting at the Picnic Tables where all is welcome, you... 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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