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Puglia Restaurant

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Little Italy
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189 Hester St, New York City, NY 10013-4776
+1 212-966-6006
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome Place food was great little small but still nice place was packed everything was good enjoyed the whole day and night. Recommend.

Thank Louis D
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We took a group of kids here to eat on a Friday evening. The atmosphere was great! The songs, the interaction with the audience, and the tasty food was perfect for our group. The kids really enjoyed the experience. The food was table sized portions and we had plenty. The only downside to the experience was that we were packed... More 

Thank Alcpowell76
Bloomington, Indiana
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined here during our trip to NYC in December 2016 and were very pleased. The staff was very friendly and food was delicious! Our favorite was the house red wine, it was wonderful! I had the lobster ravioli in vodka sauce and my husband had veal parmesan - both entrees were fantastic and we left full!

Thank Brittany B
Joe G, Owner at Puglia Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. Please visit again when you are back in NYC. More 

1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Traveling with a student group, so the visit was pre-planned through a tour company. They were ready right at our reservation time of 7 PM. Salad was good, bread was burned, pasta was plentiful and decent. Dessert was mini-cannolis. There was a singer that provided much fun entertainment for our group. Unfortunately at 7:30 our dishes were being cleared (even... More 

Thank Hollee E
Clemson, South Carolina
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

I took a group of high school kids here and everyone had a blast. The food was great and everyone had an awesome time.

Thank Henry T
New York City, New York
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We went with a group of 11 and they were able to easily accommodate us all. Lively, fast service and friendly staff. The food was DELICIOUS! Pizza, lasagna, soup, the special of the day, fettucini, veal, eggplant...all was ordered at our table and met with rave reviews. The garlic bread....mmmm. Great prices and large portions. We left in a carb... More 

Thank Ginger D
North Carolina
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Happened along this gem this cold day while visiting Little Italy. Good food good prices and we're lucky enough to be here for a singalong with Jorge Buccio. Must visit for family and friends.

Thank Martha T
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

This place is great to go with a group of people. Two years ago, we went here to celebrate my husband & sister-in-law's 50th birthday with my siblings and our 20 something y.o. kids. The kids are still talking about it. When you go with a group, it's a set menu. It's a little expensive but well worth it! We... More 

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Pennington, New Jersey
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66 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

It was very disappointed to be turned away for a party of 4. Apparently half of the restaurant was a private party, however they had about 3 tables for walk ins and one of the 3 tables was empty which probably sat 8 people. We had walked like 5 blocks in the rain and we were looking forward to a... More 

Thank worldtravel29
Joe G, Owner at Puglia Restaurant, responded to this review

Sorry to hear you could not get a table at Puglia. Please understand that even if tables look empty we can't seat guests if we have reservations arriving. What day did you come in? We would hope you understand if you made a reservation weeks in advance you wouldn't want anyone to take your table. We have no reason to... More 

Bournemouth, England
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123 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Very average Italian. The waiter didn't speak English well at all and we struggled to order. The red wine arrived absolutely freezing cold which was strange but that was trumped by the very weird entertainment, a guy called Jorge very loudly playing his keyboard and "singing". Was so loud you couldn't actually talk. Then he came round at the end... More 

Thank Jon K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 40
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 189 Hester St, New York City, NY 10013-4776
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Little Italy
  • Neighbourhood: Little Italy
  • Phone Number: +1 212-966-6006
n 1919 Gregorio Garofalo came over from Italy to begin his American dream...
He rented a basement, put in his coal stoves, and sprinkled saw dust on the floor. With his knowledge of creating homemade wines, and his passion for cooking, Gregorio's dream began....

The name ..."Puglia" is a region in Southern Italy from which he immigrated.
People came from far to indulge in the delicacies Gregorio prepared; Capuzzello (sheepshead), Tripe (the lining of the stomach of a young ox), and Pasta E Fagioli (pasta and beans), but what they loved the most was the way he treated everyone like his own family.

Today with his 3rd generation carrying on the recipes and the values he taught them,
Gregorio is smiling....
All of us at Puglia thank you for making Gregorio's dream a reality.

Buona Sera

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