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55 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10012-2712
+1 212-274-8881
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 12:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is unassuming but delivers a great, and I mean great, quality of cuisine and service. A classic Italian menu that is executed with superb result. The Zucchine Fritte is fabulous, light and delicious. It is a prime example of true and proper Italian cooking. The Pollo Milanese is a perfect, succulent and not over cooked. This place offers... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is incredible, the meatballs are the best. As an added bonus, when we were there for dinner over President's Day Weekend, Whoopi Goldberg was a few tables away! I am a huge fan, so this made our dining experience extra special.

Thank happytrvlr140
Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

beautiful room, amazing service, beautiful food. A highlight and we certainly will be back. It's one of those New York secrets that need to be kept

Thank Janet H
Seattle, Washington
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

From the second you walk in you are transported back in time to a place where Italian food is made with love. Omg everything and everyone is amazing. This is the choice of A list celebrity's and now mine. The walls are filled with The Who's who of the world.

Thank Eric S
New York City, New York
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83 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is one of the best Italian hidden gems in New York. We arrived a day that was almost empty. My father had the best meatballs he has ever tasted and I know his standards are high. I wanted to invite him and my mother and I'm glad i chose this place . The place is beautiful, the service... More 

Thank jul i
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59 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

I would normally never order meatballs in a restaurant,boringggg.......but took a friends suggestion and did it. All I can say is wow wow wow. The best meatballs ever ,trust me you won't be disappointed. The chicken parm also TO DIE FOR.... The menu is somewhat limited but everything is prepared fresh ingredients wholesome food and with love. The place is... More 

Thank Judy G
Southern california
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170 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Being a faithful TripAdvisor reviewer, I know I can't keep the best places secret. It's just not right. So with more than a dollop of regret, I introduce you to Emilio's Ballato. News of this restaurant reached me through a family member who recommended it for a Christmas Eve family dinner for ten people. We called to inquire, and were... More 

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Essex, Vermont
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Who knew that plain old ravioli with red sauce could be so amazing? Emilio's Ballato may have spoiled me for other Italian restaurants. My friend and I walked around Little Italy and considered several places. But it was a Tuesday night and they were empty. Ballato, was packed with locals and we knew it must be good. The place is... More 

Thank snorkelandsnorkel
Salerno, Italy
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

We have spent a beautiful night in this place I read a lot of reviews...I can only confirm that everything is true. We are very glad with everything..the menu is short but good food. Excellent spaghetti with meatballs and ravioli Thank you EMILIO ps in NYC is very difficult to find a real italian restaurant ..this is real!!!!

Thank Laura P
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

One of the best food I have ever had, Service fantastic Yes very good I will be back for 2017 Thanks for the food

Thank Sigurður H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10012-2712
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Nolita
  • Neighbourhood: Nolita
  • Phone Number: +1 212-274-8881

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Nolita

Neighbourhood Profile
Despite being just off of busy Houston Street, Nolita maintains a low-key vibe that makes it a pleasant retreat in the heart of lower Manhattan. Short for “North of Little Italy,” Nolita was once considered to be part of Little Italy. Today, the neighbourhood is popular with young fashionistas popping in and out of the chic independent boutiques that line Mulberry, Mott and Elizabeth Streets. In addition to shopping, there are cozy restaurants and sidewalk cafes serving everything from new-school Italian food to the world-famous cronuts. While small in size (Nolita stretches just a few blocks in each direction), it’s a great neighbourhood to spend an afternoon people watching, window-shopping, and grabbing a bite to eat.
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