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Puglia Restaurant

189 Hester St, New York City, NY 10013-4776 (Little Italy)
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Ranked #2,689 of 11,659 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $25 - $40
Sun - Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
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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Youngstown, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Had dinner recently at this location. Food was average. Wine choice was odd as there was only two choices and they were not labeled. White wine was alright. Service was fine, as we were with a large group. Went on a Saturday evening and they had a couple singing. This was NOT enjoyable. Loud and tacky. Not my style, I... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Really just wanted a good Italian meal. Love NYC and we were in SoHo shopping. This showed up as a local favorite in something I read on line. Food portions were generous for the price, I have had better Italian but it was good just not great. Service was only okay, not very friendly. While some might say that is... More

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Marietta, GA
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We met friends for dinner at Puglia. Since the weather was fabulous, we sat outside. What a lovely meal. Our food was really good. But the reasonable prices and terrific ambiance made the whole experience delightful. Next time you are in Little Italy, have a go at Puglia. You'll be glad you did.

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Niagara Falls, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Excellent Italian food. Staff was wonderful and friendly. Authentic Italian food. Would recommend this restaurant to everyone that's looking for great Italian food

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My husband and I visited Puglia the week of August 4th. We had lunch there, and it was delicious! Even better for us, it was inexpensive! The wait staff was very polite and took great care of us. They are one of the few restaurant that makes its own pasta, if you love Italian food - go there!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

while in NYC i always make it a point to hit up LIttle Italy for my lunch meal. Overall the prices for lunches in Little Italy are so affordable and you get plenty of food. We came across Puglia awhile back and now this is our one and only stop for lunch. The garlic bread alone is excellent. I always... More

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Wanted a real Little Italy experience in New York City. Food was good. Great prices. And a big surprise with entertainment by Jorge Buccio. Enjoyable music with an unbelievable ending - The Napkin Song. Have to see it to believe it. Check out the You Tube video. Hilarious and so much fun ! So, New York. The only reason that... More

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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
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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76 reviews 76 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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