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Map & Directions 55 E. Houston St.
New York, NY 10012
  • Italian
  • Daily 12pm-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Private Party, Prix Fixe, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer
  • Recommended for Large Parties, Accepted
  • No Parking


Village Voice's Description

This ancient Italian beanery has remade itself into a modern restaurant, with romantic flickering candles and a new green-and-buff sandpapered wall treatment. The food is much better than it needs to be, featuring generous appetizers of fried zucchini and red-sauced tripe. Pastas remain the center of the menu, and you need make no apology about treating them as your main course. Best are tagliatelle in a rich porcini sauce and spaghetti alla matriciani, and in the Italian-American manner, there are four other choices featuring spaghetti. Our favorite secondi, hands down, are a stunning eight-chop rack of lamb and a humble platter of plump grilled sausages sided with broccoli rabe.

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  • Food Network on 03/30/11

    When I'm craving fabulous Foccacia, Bolognese, and Cannolis – I go to Emilio's Ballato in NYC. – Chef Anne Thornton, Dessert First

  • For a tasty (and affordable) white wine, opt for the Roero Arneis. The arneis grape variety, native to Piedmont, delivers good acidity, bright fruit, a bit of smoke, and a distinct mineral streak.

  • Zack D. on 11/15/12

    Bikers, don't lock your bike outside on Ballato's bannister. These assholes will slash your tires without warning.

  • Michael L. on 01/01/12

    The best meatballs I've ever had...ever. Sorry grandma.

  • Meika H. on 11/21/11

    This place is the most insane secret of all of downtown new York. Come eat pasta like you should.

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    "It's better than french fries," my date exclaimed, launching another crisp shoestring of fried zucchini mouthward. Indeed, the immense haystack of... More on Ballato »


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