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John's of 12th Street

Map & Directions 302 E. 12th St.
New York, NY 10003
  • Italian
  • Sun 4pm-10:30pm, Mon-Thu 4pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-11:30pm
  • cash, check
  • Takeout, Delivery, Private Party, Order Online, Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Recommended, Accepted
  • No Parking, Street


Village Voice's Description

This is some seriously old-school Italian-American food. How old? The restaurant opened in 1908. Luckily for New Yorkers the place still maintains its subtle, Old World charm with a multitude of flickering candles, oil paintings and spotless white tablecloths. Burgundy banquettes and wooden tables provide seating for the East Village crowds that have been coming here for more than a century. The menu features classic Italian-American dishes such as baked lasagna, shrimp scampi, fettucine alfredo, saltimbocca, veal Parmigiana and Italian sausage, with a variety of three-course prix fixe menus also available. The small, affordably priced wine list is made up almost entirely of Italian wines, with a house wine ringing in at under $20 per bottle; you can also order from the full bar or choose from a variety of imported and domestic beers by the bottle. Vegetarian and vegans don't have to feel left out; John's recently unveiled a meat-free menu prepared on a separate set of cooking utensils.—Keith Wagstaff

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  • Jon S. on 06/08/12

    this 'candle' was started to celebrate the end of prohibition!

  • Village Voice on 03/14/11

    Their eggplant rollatini is one of the greatest: eggplant fried either with crumbs or without, rolled around snow-white ricotta cheese, smothered in tomato sauce, then mantled in mozzarella.

  • Daniel M. on 08/20/11

    They have a second, vegan menu!

  • Marnie Ann J. on 04/27/11

    The avocado tomato bruschetta special is astounding. When it's not a special they hide it on the separate vegan menu. Order it, you won't be sorry!

  • H. Alan S. on 01/14/11

    The best waitstaff in the East Village.

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