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55 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10012-2712
+1 212-274-8881
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“baked clams” (7 reviews)
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55 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10012-2712
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Arriving at about 6:30pm at this small restaurant without a booking we had no problem in getting a table. Just 20 minutes later it was packed and people were queueing to get in and I can completely understand why. This is a typical New York,...More

Thank NeilVernon
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We were in New York visiting our son for his birthday.We live in Boston and visit the many outstanding Italian restaurants in Boston's North End. It was our first visit to Emilio's Ballato.The service and food was excellent.The front room is more casual and open.We...More

1  Thank Barry G
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Other than the fact that at most "normal" dinner times you have to wait for a table, this place is the real thing. A limited menu and an indifferent host shouldn't discourage you from enjoying authentic italian cuisine in a basic but comfortable environment. Nothing...More

Thank DanoNJ
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Fell in love with the place at first glance. It had the kind of atmosphere that we love. Small, but not too small, quirky, and intimate. Perfect for date night or a family outing. Not sure about taking children, that could be a problem (for...More

Thank Cloverleaf3218
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Have eaten here a handful of times and each time I return the food is always excellent. Their seafood specials should not be missed. Everything is prepared perfectly and their house wine is a must. I look forward to my next time!!

Thank MrDisnie23
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Having read many positive reviews about this place, we decided to have dinner here. What a disappointing experience it was. The place definitely has some atmosphere but the poor service really spoiled it for us. The staff displayed a total lack of interest, hardly spoke...More

Thank Arno S
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

As for the food, I thought it was good, but not amazing! Yes, many famous people go there, and the place is very beautiful, but I always judge for the food more than ambience and service. We ordered a lot and shared almost everything. Clams...More

Thank Blina S
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Old digs....cool Vibes....GREAT FOOD !!!!! No reservations .....NO Bar....but.... Nice staff....great people watching and old fashioned aromatic italian food! I orderd chicken parm...husband...meatballs....PERFECTION!!!! Fun experience.....do go!!!

Thank sandiShreveport_la_
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

Love coming here for their pasta with home made sausage, meat balls and brachiole. Their shrimp fra diavolo is superb as most of these old school masterpieces. Are made to order so be patient. Their salads are authentic and are perfectly constructed together. Not a...More

Thank Allan S
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Attentive service. Delicious salad and appetizers. Great house wine. Excellent entrees: ricotta ravioli and linguine with clams. Would go back in a heartbeat. Great Fathers Day dinner.

Thank Jenn R
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Response from NoraFrydman | Reviewed this property |
One of the reviews on Yelp did mention that the restaurant charged them $90 corkage fee. Keep in mind that this is a no-nonsense place, meaning the business is not threaten by guests, reviews, whatsoever. It's not a new... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10012-2712
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
  • Neighbourhood: Manhattan
  • Phone Number: +1 212-274-8881
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