The Greatest Italian Restaurants in NYC

Here are 20 of the best joints in town.

The following article, written by Bryan Kim, Katherine Lewin, and Hillary Reinsberg, appears on The Infatuation. 

The Best Italian Restaurants in New York

Outside of Italy, NYC is one of the best places in the world to eat Italian food. So, yes, this list could have been much longer than 20 restaurants. It also could have included places that specialize in pizza. But that’s a whole different list. So before you start tweeting at us about Di Fara, just know that we’re getting to that guide (maybe). For the most part, these are the spots where you go for a somewhat special occasion. Or maybe you just have some extra cash on hand and you want to sit at a bar on Wednesday and eat some bangin’ pasta. (Side note: lots of these places have great bars where you can eat.) Whatever the situation, if you want the very best Italian this city has to offer, you need only consult this list.


Greenwich Village, 110 Waverly Pl.

Babbo is one of New York City’s greatest Italian restaurants for many reasons, but the most important one is the pasta. If pasta is as close as you get to religion in your life, this Mario Batali-owned restaurant is your mecca. And even if it’s not, eating the pasta tasting menu here while drinking excellent wine while listening to classic rock music is one of the single best eating experiences you can have in the city. Save Babbo for a special occasion – or maybe even better, try your luck at a walk-in bar seat on a random night when you want to feel alive. A meal here will do the trick.

Pasquale Jones 

Nolita, 187 Mulberry St. 

Pasquale Jones could be one of the best Italian restaurants in New York based on its clam pizza and nearly-perfect pastas alone, but those dishes alone aren’t what make this restaurant a 9.5. It’s everything else that happens here. It’s the fact that they’ll serve you even an affordable wine in a $60 wine glass usually reserved for high rollers in fine dining restaurants. It’s the fact that they clean up your placemat with what looks like a whiteboard eraser when you drop some crumbs. It’s the fact that even though it can be tough to get a table here, they make you feel like you were personally invited to this party once you sit down. Pasquale Jones does great food, in a great little space, and they treat you like you’re a lot more important than you are.


West Village, 028 W. 10th St. 

Infatuation readers know there is a Correct way to do L’Artusi, and this is it: You come in a group of two, and you sit at the bar. You order the ricotta with homemade crackers and the mushrooms, and then you share two pastas. You drink wine. You go home happy. A dinner at this West Village restaurant is about as good a date night as they come. Continue reading at The Infatuation. 

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