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198 Allen Street, New York City, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)
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Ranked #2,678 of 11,840 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Cuisines: Pizza
Lower East Side
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between Houston and Stanton Streets
Transit: F & V trains to the 2nd Avenue/Lower East Side stop.
Description: Voted "Best Pizza" by Daily News readers. Pizza is taken seriously at this Lower East Side pizza restaurant. Chef/Owner Gigio Palazzo creates oblong Roman pies made with your choice of an ORGANIC MULTIGRAIN Crust or GLUTEN FREE crust. Pala is known for fresh, innovative pies such as "Zucca" pumpkin puree, pancetta and smoked scamorza cheese and "Bufala Cruda" oven melted cherry tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella and whole basil leaves. Pizzas are served on long wooden "Pala's" or pizza peels and are excellent for sharing in groups. In addition to pizzas, Palazzo serves up homemade specialties like "arancini" and "fiori di zucca" not to mention an impressive list of salads, pastas and desserts. **NEW GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN menus available. Wine, beer and a full bar top off the experience at Pala.
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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
206 reviews 206 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The relaxed converted garage atmosphere of Pala is inviting, the server was very positive and helpful and the food is reliably good. A group of six, we ordered the same number of gluten free pizza options with no repeats and thus achieved a representative sampling. When the quartered oval individual pizzas arrived at our table, my first instinct was to... More 

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I was nervous to come here because I am new to being Celiac / gluten free eating and haven’t dined out since I found out. After reading tons of reviews that clarified it being safe to eat here, I went for it. It’s a cool little spot on the LES, perfect for a date night. Our waitress couldn’t be nicer... More 

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92 reviews 92 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The selection of wood fire oven pizza's were imaginative with a wide array of veggie, meat and gluten free choices. After 15 minutes of staring at my menu I was stuck on four different choices and finally went with the Broccolina: pork sausage, broccoli, fennel, shaved potatoes and mozzarella. None of the items overwhelmed the others and they complimented each... More 

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

Pizza was amazeee. Service was not great at all. Put it this way, they totally forgot my food, but were gracious enough when they realized and the pizza was so great I would go back. The Parmesan and prosciutto pie is crazy good. Im vegetarian so I just had a piece with the Parmesan and it was so fresh. Obviously... More 

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Albany, GA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We had 4 in our party and requested outdoor seating. We were told we could be seated outside but that the table was reserved in an hour. We took a chance and we did not feel rushed. Our server was ok. She lacked enthusiasm and while she wasn't rude, she was not friendly either. We had the calamari appetizer and... More 

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Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I am thinking this was not just an "off day" for the restaurant, staff, and food. I met friends there for lunch recently and from the moment we walked in there was a strange odor about the place. That was a turn-off immediately. My friend and I were shown to the rest room where the lighting was so poor you... More 

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Monaco-Ville, Monaco
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The place is original, I like the concept. The vegan menu is extremely good, lovely vegan cheese on pizzas and pasta! Love the Italian authentic flavours! Don't miss the vegan chocolate cake, one of the best I ever tasted!

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San Diego and New York City
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Whether you're gluten free, vegan, vegetarian or omnivore, you will be able to enjoy a delicious meal here. Service is nice, bar is hopping too. There aren't many seats so I'd recommend making a reservation if you can. Portions aren't huge though so if you're a big eater keep that in mind ;-) They open up the front of the... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Excellent gluten free menu!!! Great service! I can warmly recommend even the gluten free pizza did not get the highest score from us.

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Succasunna, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Me and my girlfriend (who is gluten free) came here twice on our visit to the city, and they were great both times. Really great meals, and good service. They were wonderful about accounting for her food intolerances.

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Additional Information about Pala

Address: 198 Allen Street, New York City, NY 10002
Phone Number: 212-614-7252
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday 12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Pizza

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