Five Best Italian Restaurants in NYC

NYC_ItaliancuisineWhen people picture New York City, many things come to mind: The crowds, the shows, the shopping, and yes, the eating.  While you can find any type of food or drink from all over the world, Italian food is a favorite of New Yorkers like no other.  It is said that if you aren’t in Italy and you want Italian food, go to New York.  The statement is true!  New York boasts hundreds of Italian eateries – from Brooklyn, to the Bronx, to its famous Little Italy district on Manhattan’s lower East side, there is a place for you to find the best of Italian cuisine.  Below are a few favorites for Italian eating if you are visiting the Big Apple

 

NYC_babboBabbo
110 Waverly Pl. (Sixth Ave. & McDougal St.)
New York, NY 10011
212-777-0303
www.babbonyc.com

From the ruins of the Old Coach House, a New York landmark from the 1960s, into a modern Roman-style ristorante, Babbo is an inviting venue that captures the true Italy. The menu is a roster of Chef Mario Batali’s lusty creations, incorporating the best and freshest seasonal produce, Italian cheeses, meat, game and seafood, accented with fine Italian olive oils, traditional aceto balsamico and many unusual ingredients that will surprise and delight. The wine list represents one of the most extensive and intelligent collections in the city, and indeed the country, presided over by Bastianich and Beverage Director David Lynch and served by our expert wine and service teams. Babbo seats up to 90 diners in its split-level dining room, and has a lively bar area where patrons may enjoy a quartino (quarter-liter) of wine, or choose to have a full meal.

NYC_felidiaFelidia Ristorante
243 E. 58th St. (Second & Third Aves.)
New York, NY 10022
212-758-1479
www.felidia-nyc.com

Felidia is the acclaimed Manhattan East Side flagship of Lidia Bastianich, open since 1981. It is here that many of Lidia’s devoted fans find her greeting each guest with the same warmth and passion that she exhibits through her television shows and cookbook.  The bi-level restaurant is elegant and betrays a convivial love of all things Italian. Her chef is Fortunato Nicotra, who creates dishes native to Istria, near the Italian and former-Yugoslavian border from where Bastianich hails. There are always interesting foods to sample at Felidia, including a changing menu that highlights a particular Italian region and dishes selected to complement specific extra-virgin olive oils.

 

NYC_PeasantPeasant
194 Elizabeth St.
New York, NY 10012
212-965-9511
www.peasantnyc.com

Straightforward, traditional cuisine from Tuscany is prepared to near-perfection at this acclaimed restaurant. Much of it is prepared in an old-fashioned brick oven, giving that unmistakable wood smoke-tinged aroma and flavor. The hearty, baked-meat dishes are delicious and the wine list is almost completely Italian. This is a very enjoyable dining experience.  This is a fan-favorite of the New York Times, The New Yorker, Wine Spectator, and New York Metro.

NYC_abboccatoAbboccato
136 W. 55th St.
New York, NY 10019
212-265-4000
www.abboccato.com

Since its opening, Abboccato has brought true Italian cuisine to the heart of Manhattan.  The 75-seat restaurant serves time-honored Italian recipes elevated through the talent of its chefs and authentic Italian ingredients.  If you would like to dine outside, Abboccato also offers its “Terrazza” situated on 55th Street’s bustling sidewalk.

 

NYC_danicoDa Nico
164 Mulberry Street
New York, New York 10013
212-343-1212
www.danicoristorante.com

In the heart of Little Italy you will find Da Nico, a favorite of movie stars, New York Yankees, and former mayor Rudy Giuliani.  Da Nico’s is a wonderful, non-touristy place that offers Italian food from Northern and Southern Italy, an authentic Coal Brick Oven pizza, or grilled lobster, lamb and veal chops.  It has a casual, family-friendly atmosphere inside, while in the summer months you can enjoy their large outdoor garden seating.