The Top 10 Italian Restaurants in New York City – It is said that you can ask any New Yorker how many restaurants there are in the city and they will be able to tell you without hesitation (an astounding feat since I don’t even know how many are in my neighborhood!). Just how many restaurants does New York City boast? According to the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, some 23,499 active restaurants existed as of April 2010! How does one even begin to get their arms around finding recommendations in general, much less by cuisine? Well, we here at IWalked Audio Tours have compiled our favorite recommendations for Top 10 Italian Restaurants in New York City (NYC).
Opened in 1998 in a former coach house in Greenwich Village, this place has been a hit since day one. With a simple décor and menu you can enjoy a blend of Sicilian cuisine with Italy’s Almafi Coast. Be sure to try the pasta tasting menu—a selection of 5-6 pastas with 2 desserts.
Felidia is located is a multi-level former townhouse and boasts an exhaustive wine list. Specializing in dishes reminiscent of Northern Italy, Felidia maintains an intimate setting (as it has since 1981).
A true food connesuiers dream, Scalini Fedeli provides a blend of Italian with French highlights. Be prepared to book a month in advance if you wish to dine here on the weekend due to its extreme popularity. Their wine lists provides some unique selections by focusing on small speciality vineyards.
Marea specializes in Italian coastal cuisine, meaning it serves a spectacular variety of seafood dishes for which it is well known. It’s bright and airy ambience is the perfect dining experience after a relaxing stroll through nearby Central Park.
A popular selection for Time Out Magazine, Falai somehow manages (successfully) to blend intimacy with modern décor. It’s dimly lit dining room will provide the ultimate romantic experience.
Brooklyn gets into the mix of our top selections via Al Di La Trattoria. The first thing you need to know prior to your visit is they do not accept reservations. The second thing you need to know is that it is well worth the wait. Kill your time at the wine bar and be sure to sample the beet ravioli.
The 3rd-floor views of Central Park and Columbus Circle alone are worth the visit…but don’t leave without trying the spaghetti alla chitarra.
Located in the heart of the Theater District, Esca (translated from Italian is “bait) is the perfect choice for a pre-show dinner. Try one of their numerous seafood specialties or delectable Southern Italy dishes.
Another Greenwich Village staple, Il Mulino has been voted the #1 Italian restaurant in New York City by Zagats for two decades. Two notes for advice. One, ensure you have an extra notch in your belt as the portions are ginormous. Two, bring a breath mint in you plan on kissing her later as Il Mulino loves their garlic.
Scarpetta translated from Italian means, “little shoe” (as in like how a loaf of bread looks…don’t worry, we’re a bit confused as well). If you’re looking for a great mix of low key and upscale (contradictory but totally possible as demonstrated here), check out Scarpetta in the trendy Meatpacking District.