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151 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY
718-855-1545
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    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Love simplicity

Wonderful filling Sicilian food without the frills. I love everything they have especially their Arancini and spiedini ... Made fresh and enjoy with a Manhattan soda or 2. Yummy hidden jewel off the beaten path.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, Usa
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, Usa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Wonderful filling Sicilian food without the frills. I love everything they have especially their Arancini and spiedini ... Made fresh and enjoy with a Manhattan soda or 2. Yummy hidden jewel off the beaten path.

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Flemington, New Jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Ferdinando's is true, authentic Sicilian food. I've been eating there for over 50 years! My favorite is the Frutti di mare (mixed seafood salad), followed by a Panelle Special sandwich!!! Their riceball special is also fantastic. If you are really adventurous, try the vastedda sandwich. That's a spleen sandwich....definitely an acquired taste. Everything on the menu is freshly made, and... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I love talking to the locals. I always get the low-down on all those hidden gems around NY & BK. After a chat with a local antiques dealer, His Lordship and I made the 40 minute trek down to Ferdinandos. After all, if it was good enough for Frank Sinatra, then it was going to be good enough for us.... More 

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30 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

As far as panelle and potato croquettes,egg plant parm go,this is the zenith.The store has been here for 90 years so it has to be good.BTW my mom worked here in the 50's learned how to make the specialties at home.I ate good.

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Sydney, Australia
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162 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Popped in here as part of a tour. The arancini and cannoli we tried were really good. Simple, authentic flavours. Mmmm.

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Bronx
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157 reviews 157 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I visited Ferdinandos today with my wife after seeing it on the Travel Channel. It was everything I expected and more the menu had many choices of delicious Sicilian foods the waitress Debbie was friendly and full of information regarding the one hundred and ten year old restaurant The owner came over when he heard I was from the Bronx... More 

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Monroe, New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Best chick pea panneles around. Also Manhattan Special(coffee soda) on tap. Only place I have ever seen that has it on tap. Great rice balls. Staple of downtown brooklyn.

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Brooklyn, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Ferdinando’s. Beyond excellent. The best Italian food I have ever had. Possibly the best food I have ever had. The veal, is like butter. The sauce (gravy, whatever you prefer to call it) is smooth, so, soo, sooo smooth. The cannoli. Heaven. The coffee… prepare to be up all night, baby. And the portions are generous, so there is no... More 

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Bradenton Fl
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62 reviews 62 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Been coming here for 40 yrs & my folks before me another 40. Recently came to B'klyn and of course, had to come & dine. I was pretty surprised at the change in the sauce (gravy). Obviously, a huge difference in the taste and not for the better. What a shame! Most of the usual food was still quite good,... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Indescript storefront houses (hides?) the oldest Italian restaurant in Brooklyn. Go there to enjoy the old time flavor, have a conversation with the owner, relax, look at the celebritiy pictures on the wall or re-live the old Brooklyn in pictures. But, it is a restaurant - you go there for food and ambiance. You read about the ambiance; now about... More 

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  • Address: 151 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Brooklyn
  • Phone Number: 718-855-1545

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