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Pala

#2,911 of 12,009 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Lower East Side
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198 Allen Street, New York City, NY 10002 (Between Houston and Stanton Streets)
F & V trains to the 2nd Avenue/Lower East Side stop.
212-614-7252
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Voted "Best Pizza" by Daily News readers. Pizza is taken seriously at this...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 17
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Safe, flavorful, gluten free dining

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 10, 2014
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New York City, New York
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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The food here was really good and the staff are very friendly and helpful. It's a great choice for vegan and gluten free meals.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Went for a large office dinner. One of my colleagues has a gluten allergy so we chose Pala for its ability to make all pastas and pizzas gluten-free. We dined family style so basically everything we chose was gluten-free and quite delicious. You would never know the difference. All dishes were very tasty and I didn't miss a thing. Nice... More 

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New York City, New York
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206 reviews 206 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
160 helpful votes 160 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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NJ USA
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

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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41 reviews 41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 198 Allen Street, New York City, NY 10002
    (Between Houston and Stanton Streets)
  • Public Transportation: F & V trains to the 2nd Avenue/Lower East Side stop.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighborhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: 212-614-7252

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

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.
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

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Lower East Side
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