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Puglia Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Little Italy
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189 Hester St, New York City, NY 10013-4776
+1 212-966-6006
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Bournemouth, England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very average Italian. The waiter didn't speak English well at all and we struggled to order. The red wine arrived absolutely freezing cold which was strange but that was trumped by the very weird entertainment, a guy called Jorge very loudly playing his keyboard and "singing". Was so loud you couldn't actually talk. Then he came round at the end... More 

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New York City, New York
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133 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Am simply shocked this restaurant tries to pass themselves off as authentic, traditional Italian - it is only appropriate for the university age "all you can drink" crowd that can't boil pasta themselves. I have been to countless Italian restaurants throughout NY and Puglia may actually be the worst (even inferior to $1 pizza places). Regarding the food, the best... More 

Thank Bucky6478
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful food. Real Italian food. Great service great stuff great vibs alllllll greattttttttttttttt!!!!!! And big plates full of wonderful food!!

Thank dana a
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was out and about in crazy Chinatown and fell upon this charming spot. We enjoyed a super lunch (3 course) for $10.50. The food was great - warm garlic bread, followed by soup of the day, on this particular day a delicious Minestrone and a huge chicken salad. Lunch also came with a nice glass of red, although I declined... More 

Thank levineshe
Manchester, Connecticut
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79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

Went here after a busy day of walking so we were pretty exhausted. We had picked this restaurant based on history and menu prior to arriving and we were not disappointed. The food came out so quickly and was so good. The sangria was amazing. The owner came out to talk to us before we left and was so friendly.... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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79 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

As others have said, great fix price lunch menu with nice portions, soup or salad and garlic bread, even had complementary glass of wine on Wednesdays. We had a party of 6 with 2 kids and everyone enjoyed their entree. While we were tourists we are used to authentic Italian and while the restaurant was mostly filled w/ tourists and... More 

Thank Headhunter2001
Denver, Colorado
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

We recently had dinner here and it was fabulous! What a fun experience. The food was fantastic, the service was fantastic. They had live music and people were dancing on chairs! So glad we stopped in and they had a table for us! A must if you are in Little Italy in New York City! Cheers!

Thank Jennifer F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

They had an excellent prix fixe lunch for $10.50. We had the eggplant parm (steak size pieces!) and a chicken dish. All was excellent and the service was great. We shared a bottle of the home made house red wine, also a great choice. I do recommend!

Thank Croftcar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

the food was great the live music got everybody in my ten person party happy and soon enough everyone in the room was dancing. Just incredible

Thank Nicolas R
Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016 via mobile

Food lovely. Good value for money. Only downside service was slow even though only 2 other people eating. Waiter could have been friendlier

Thank Sandra G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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: +1 212-966-6006
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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Little Italy
While Little Italy is one of the city's smallest neighbourhoods, its streets are packed with visitors from around the globe, especially on summer weekends when the streets are closed to traffic. Stroll up Mulberry Street, the heart of Little Italy, for a dense mix of Italian restaurants with sidewalk tables, cafes, and old-school food shops. Don’t be surprised when the hosts beckon you to pay them a visit. Stop in for a coffee and a cannoli, or grab a streetside table to take in the scenery over a hearty Italian meal.
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