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Benito One

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Little Italy
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174 Mulberry St, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10013-3759
+1 212-226-9171
11:00 - 22:00
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went to benito one Sunday night for dinner,had the most fantastic dinner best on our trip away,the portions were huge and very tasty,the lobster ravioli was delicious and the calzone melted in your mouth,the service was very good and the waiter from Ecuador can't remember his name but was really good and we enjoyed some good banter with him,the restaurant... More 

Thank David M
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Best food we had in New York! Lobster ravioli was amazing!! Very small, family style dining but Definitely recommend trying!

Thank Jules8776
New Haven, Connecticut
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very good food in an intimate setting, pleasant Little-Italy atmosphere. I endorse the sauteed escarole, to die for.

Thank Carl_LaFong_10
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A comida italiana é de longe a minha favorita e aqui em São Paulo temos maravilhosos restaurantes. Nunca imaginei que o Benito One seria melhor do que os daqui. Comi uma macarronada à matriciana (molho de tomate, bacon, cebola e pimentão) espetacular. Quem estiver de dieta nem pense em ir lá porque é tudo apetitoso e gordo. Sem dúvidas voltarei... More 

Thank Giuliana L
james b, Owner at Benito One, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review. Glad you would recommend us. Sincerely James More 

Houston, Texas
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

WOW, just wow,,, we walk in there not knowing what to expect. BUT let me tell you, Food was top notch. I think we even said that to guy name Jimmy there, he looked like an owner. He was amazing too, even give us free coffee just as thanks gesture (as Italians would do in Italy) for our compliment. We... More 

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james b, Owner at Benito One, responded to this review

Wow and just Wow to you, Thank you for a great review. Sincerely James More 

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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in after doing research on little Italy and reading the reviews, to be honest I'm not sure what happened but the food was not good. At all. Bland, under seasoned, distinctly below average, really really disappointed, it could have been the chef was having an off day and if you read my other reviews I try and give a... More 

Thank Johanna M
james b, Owner at Benito One, responded to this review

Well, you're right about one thing. We are all glad you will never return. No hard feelings. Everyone has a right to their own opinion. Reviews are opinions of everyone who ever visited and ate at Benito One. Can't please everyone. But I think for the amout of reviews that we have recieved so far ( over 800 ) we're... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I stumbled upon this amazing restaurant and how lucky were we! We fancied a bit of lunch whilst walking through little Italy. I had the meatballs and my husband had the carbonara and we shared some garlic bread and a bottle of red. Could not fault a thing, portion sizes were huge too! The waiter was so... More 

Thank Melissa J
james b, Owner at Benito One, responded to this review

Let me know when you return. I'll make sure you sit next to someone who can talk more football with you. Thank you Sincerely James More 

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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been to Italy many times and compared this restaurant to the experiences I had over there. First of all the Tiramisu was amazing. However the lasagne was just fine, pretty bland and I don't understand the choice for mozzarella on top, as one of the great parts of lasagne is the cheese (potential) crust. Further more the service could... More 

Thank Jeroen R
james b, Owner at Benito One, responded to this review

I'm not a bad sport. I have the same right as the person who writes a review to answer it in the same manner. When someone gives me a bad review just because the restaurant is small or doesn't like the seating arrangements then i will answer them in the manner I think they deserve. Sincerely James More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this restaurant because A) I'm Italian B) We were visiting SoHo, near Little Italy C) The reviews were really positive So as an Italian it's really hard to find an Italian restaurant that serves food up to your standard. This restaurant had dishes I have never seen being served in any Italian restaurant, that my Nonna (Grandma) cooks... More 

Thank epardani
james b, Owner at Benito One, responded to this review

I always respect honet reviews. That's how I know if there is something that needs to be looked after. Yes, those pictures are all real. Starts with great grand parents, grand parents, parents and down to myself and my sister and brother when we were very young. I am the owner and I am alway in the middle of the... More 

Broadview Heights
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were walking around Little Italy trying to find a new spot to eat and found this little gem. Its super small and very authentic and delicious. The staff was awesome and the food was even better. I highly recommend it and can't wait to visit again.

Thank Jessica Z
james b, Owner at Benito One, responded to this review

Glad you found us. Hope you remember where we are the next time you're in New York. Sincerely James More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 174 Mulberry St, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10013-3759
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Little Italy
  • Neighbourhood: Little Italy
  • Phone Number: +1 212-226-9171
The Original Benito One opened it's doors in 1968. Because of the reputation of Chef Benito it became an instant hit in Little Italy. It started out with only 5 tables in a tiny store front. It hasen't changed much over the years. The new owners are 2 brothers (Nick and James Bari) who have been in the restaurant business for over 40 years. Born and raised on Mulberry Street and now the proud owners of Benito. Out of respect of Chef Benito they kept the name and pretty much the same menu. The chef that is there has been working in Benito for over 29 years. Nick and James have kept the same cozy and family oriented look of the restaurant. All the pictures on the walls are of thier family, parents, grand parents and great grand parents. They will maintain the look and taste of the original Benito as long as they are there. Nick and James invite you to come and take a look and hopefully become a member of the Benito family.

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Staying in Little Italy

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Little Italy
While Little Italy is one of the city's smallest neighbourhoods, its streets are packed with visitors from around the globe, especially on summer weekends when the streets are closed to traffic. Stroll up Mulberry Street, the heart of Little Italy, for a dense mix of Italian restaurants with sidewalk tables, cafes, and old-school food shops. Don’t be surprised when the hosts beckon you to pay them a visit. Stop in for a coffee and a cannoli, or grab a streetside table to take in the scenery over a hearty Italian meal.
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