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10 Best Italian Restaurants in New York City

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10 Best Italian Restaurants in New York City

Published Oct 6, 2016
Updated Dec 6, 2017

Since NYC is home to the highest population of Italian-Americans in the United States, it’s not surprising the city’s Italian food scene is the best you can find anywhere outside of Italy, whether you’re craving world-class New York-style pizza, mouthwatering pasta or a modern interpretation of Italian classics, here are our top choices for the best Italian Restaurants in NYC – Buon Appetito!

Ai Fiori: A Modern Italian & French Restaurant

Celebrating modern interpretations of cuisine from the Italian and French Riviera, Ai Fiori is located in Midtown Manhattan just a few blocks from the Empire State Building. The restaurant’s name translates to “Among the Flowers” in Italian and the menu features traditional regional dishes, from seafood to lamb, veal and poultry, to signature handmade pastas by Chef Michael White. The wine list at Ai Fiori represents the restaurant’s regional focus and features more than 1,000 selections that hail from Provence to Liguria.

Bistango at the Kimberly: Casual Italian Restaurant in Midtown

Also located in Midtown, Bistango provides scrumptious Italian fare in a casual atmosphere that has made this NYC restaurant a popular destination for visitors and locals alike. You’ll find this delightful eatery inside The Kimberly Hotel and the menu features a varied selection of amazing Italian dishes that can also be prepared gluten free – just ask! Inside Scoop from The Citiview New York: While here, be sure to check out Upstairs at the Kimberly, a stunning penthouse level bar and lounge.

Cellini: Classic Fine Italian Restaurant

Offering fresh seasonal ingredients that bring out the exquisite flavors of classic Italian cooking, Cellini embraces a passion for food that aims to give every guest a delightful culinary experience. Situated just four blocks from the Museum of Modern Art, it’s a popular choice for high-powered bankers, brokers and real estate moguls, as well as actors, writers and daily diners from around the world. The menu features a succulent array of fine wine and cuisine, from beef, poultry and seafood selections to prosciutto, pasta and handcrafted gnocchi.

DeGrezia Ristorante: Midtown Manhattan Italian

Hidden below street level in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the culinary experts at DeGrezia Ristorante have brought the best Italian recipes and fine wines to New York City. Aesthetically, the restaurant creates the perfect setting for a romantic dinner. The menu features an array of delicious Italian fare that would be right at home in Italy, along with more than 450 varieties of fine wine, while the pasta, bread and dessert is made in-house from the finest ingredients.

Il Mulino New York: Italian Restaurant in Greenwich Village

For more than 30 years, Il Mulino’s flagship restaurant in Greenwich Village has remained one of the top-rated destinations on the New York City dining scene. The restaurant places an emphasis on offering authentic dishes from Abruzzo, Italy, delivering expertly-crafted dishes. Standout menu items include the farm-fresh veal and shellfish, but everything is delicious and served in an always elegant and ultra-sophisticated atmosphere.

Lincoln Ristorante: Modern Italian Restaurant at Lincoln Center

Featuring sweeping, panoramic views of the reflecting pool and Henry Moore sculpture at Lincoln Center, this NYC eatery offers a fresh interpretation of modern Italian cuisine. Lincoln Ristorante regularly serves up the best local ingredients prepared with authentic Italian methods, blending precise technique with essential items like Parmigiano Reggiano and San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy, while the pastas, grissini, focaccia and pastries are all made in house.

Naples 45 Ristorante E Pizzeria: NYC Pizza & Italian Restaurant

This authentic Neapolitan pizzeria and Italian restaurant is situated in New York’s landmark MetLife Building at Grand Central Terminal. Naples 45 offers al fresco dining in the warmer months and a delightful mix of regional Southern Italian specialties with friendly takeout service and gourmet, brick-oven slices to go. Inside Scoop from The Citiview New York: Every weekday from 5-7 p.m. you can enjoy complimentary slices of authentic margherita pizza at the bar!

Patsy’s Italian Restaurant in NYC Theater District

A traditional, family-owned eatery open since 1944, Patsy’s is located in the heart of New York’s Theater District. Founded by Pasquale “Patsy” Scognamillo, the restaurant has been in its current theater district location since 1954 in a building next to the original site. Throughout nearly 70 years, Patsy’s has served up delectable signature dishes like veal chops Siciliano, spicy lobster fra diavolo, tender chicken Contadina and savory calamari.

Paul’s On Times Square: Unique Brunch & Italian Cuisine

Delivering a truly unique and always unforgettable experience in the center of the world at the Hilton Garden Inn on Times Square in New York, Paul’s offers a new twist on traditional Italian cuisine and a breathtaking view of the action down below. Known locally as a great brunch spot and a fabulous place to grab a cocktail or enjoy a romantic dinner, the restaurant is a formidable culinary destination near the City center.

Stella 34 Trattoria: Neapolitan Pizza in New York City

Boasting sweeping, sixth-floor views of the Empire State Building and Herald Square, Stella 34 is a modern Italian trattoria with three wood burning ovens that also serves as the culinary star of Macy’s flagship store. Executive Chef Jarett Appell creates masterful Neapolitan pizza with fior di latte mozzarella, Caputo flour imported from Naples and San Marzano tomatoes. The menu showcases al forno entrees, house-made pasta and signature Italian antipasti destined for sharing.

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