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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, Late Night, 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
  • 25
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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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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I ended my Weekend Jaunt to NYC at this restaurant. The food is delicious and the entertainment is over-the-top fun! Two singers, a keyboard and backtrack to party classics. A bunch of women out for a girls night heard the music from inside the restaurant, formed a conga line and danced in and out of the restaurant. The vibe was... More 

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Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

My mom and I were in NYC for a conference a few weeks ago and decided to venture down to China town for some Chinese food. Nothing grabbed our fancy so we decided to head over to Little Italy for some Italian. We were greeted by multiple hosts and hostesses telling us about their lunch specials and that they have... More 

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Centerville, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Food not good, Service poor, Sent back my Chicken Parm but never was credited on the bill. Will NOT be back. The atmosphere has a lot to be desired.

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Coal City, WV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We were there this past Thursday and enjoyed ourselves. We were a group of 44, and they sang Country Roads for us. The food and entertainment was great. We had people standing up dancing the music. We really enjoyed it.

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

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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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 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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114 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 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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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

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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Staying in Little Italy

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Little Italy
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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