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Pala

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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 8
    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 England
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64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Very friendly server, and a good hostess! And the gluten free crust is great. We got two pizzas and took one back to where we were staying to have for breakfast. We chose the Pizza Valtellina $22 Bresaola, arugula, parmigiano cheese, truffle oil, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese and the Broccolina $20 Pork sausage, sauteed broccoli, braised fennel, shaved potatoes... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I think the only reason to eat here is if you're desperate for a gluten-free pizza. It's small and trendy but overpriced for what it is. Yes, it's Manhattan but $14 for a very small glass of wine is extortionate no matter where in the world. The pizza was good, the chilli oil could have done with some actual chillies... More 

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New York City, New York
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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Came for a friend's birthday. Great selection on gluten free and vegan dishes. The waitress made sure if we wanted gluten free by asking everyone individually ( a bit excessive since you know if you want gluten free pizza). I ordered the grilled lamb chops, which were very good. The rest of the group ordered pizza. One of the pizza... More 

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San Diego, California
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Westchester County, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 330 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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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
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113 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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 to $30
Cuisine: Pizza

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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 to $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

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

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