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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, 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
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 23
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  • 15
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent Saturday night entertainment, mediocre Italian food

I was disappointed with the Veal Sorrentino. It was very tough for $17.95. The Fresco Pizza for $13.95 was also disappointing. My wife and daughters were looking forward to some excellent New York Pizza. They did think the baked clams were very good, but thought the antipasto was mediocre. I... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
David from La Palma
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La Palma, CA
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Miami, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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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Westland, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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joe g, Owner at Puglia Restaurant, responded to this review

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
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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La Palma, CA
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186 reviews 186 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I was disappointed with the Veal Sorrentino. It was very tough for $17.95. The Fresco Pizza for $13.95 was also disappointing. My wife and daughters were looking forward to some excellent New York Pizza. They did think the baked clams were very good, but thought the antipasto was mediocre. I paid $38 for a bottle of Robert Mondavi Merlot that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Visited This restaurant on our trip to New York in February. My wife was looking forward to a Italian meal in Little Italy, We were not disappointed. We visited during early afternoon and had the daily lunch special. My wife had the lemon chicken, kids had the meatballs which were enormous and I had the Broccoli, sun dried tomatoes and... More 

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I have never been to NYC that I didn't have a meal here since my first visit in 1993. The restaurant used to have cloth napkins and real glasses. The highlight was always Jorge, who dresses a little like Elvis and sings "the napkin" song. As the years have gone by, so have the napkins and glass which have turned... More 

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

Very sorry for this poor experience. Were you with a very large group? We don't use plastic glasses and only did this time based on accommodating this large group in order to be finished in a timely manner. Jorge is still singing here and was on vacation. Debra sings along with him now and will sing alone when he is... More 

Clemson, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I chaperoned a group of 47 teenagers and this place was a hit! The food was delicious and the entertainment was wonderful. Teenagers are hard to please and everyone enjoyed their visit.

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

WE arrived en masse, a bus tour of 50 people. We ate, we drank, we sang and we danced on our chairs. (get up, get up, get up and shake your napkin....just do it!)The servers were accommodating, offering up a house wine, which was delightful. The food was served "family style" which means platters of food are brought out and... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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61 reviews 61 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Lovely food, after few days in New York we were craving European style food, and this was a perfect place. Great food, tasty and very affordable. We had a 3-course lunch menu plus dessert plus glass of wine for 25 dollars!

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Hepburn Springs, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Our family of 5 had lunch here the week before Christmas and it was one of the highlights of our USA holiday. The garlic bread was the best ever. A must have. The lasagne just as good and we all left with full stomachs, but no large dent to the wallet. $70 which was very reasonable. The real highlight was... More 

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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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