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Benito One

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174 Mulberry St, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10013-3759
+1 212-226-9171
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Don't miss little italy! The food here was great. The owner accommodated us without a reservation. He gave up his table. We ate breaded shrimp with lemon sauce and homemade ravioli! I had the heaven drink of mixed drinks.

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Baldwinsville, New York
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stopped in there yesterday for a quick lunch! Amazing food and service. Everything was homemade and delicious. The staff was attentive and friendly! Would love to go back! Very affordable!

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Thank 4pattyc
Ottawa, Canada
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164 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped here for lunch, drawn by the $13.95 lunch special. We both had soup to start (huge bowl, full of fresh vegetables), then pasta (I had rigatoni bolognese and my wife had vodka penne), then we both had the chicken parmegana. We could NOT eat everything, though we were tempted because it was all great. Total was $30 after... More 

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Thank Gregsky
Harwinton
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Every time I visit NYC it is a must to have a meal at Benito One!! The authentic atmosphere and cuisine cannot be matched. There are numerous choices in Little Italy but this is the one you need to pick, hands down. It is a very small place but the people could not be more friendly or accommodating as to... More 

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Thank Jon L
Malta
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pretty average restaurant. Not even close to a true italian restaurant. Overrated ratings on tripadvisor.

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Thank Blank0021
james b, Owner at Benito One, responded to this review

You won't believe this, but when you walked in to my restaurant I said the same thing about you. Just an average person waliking in, not even close to the rest of everyone else who comes here. More 

Perth, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you had to pick an Italian restaurant that looks as if it we're lifted from the set of The Sopranos, then this would perfectly fit the bill, in fact I understand that the exterior may have actually featured in an episode. We visited on a quietish midweek evening but still found the place to have an excellent atmosphere. We... More 

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Thank Robbo456
james b, Owner at Benito One, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review.Looking forward to seein you again. We can chat some more. Sincerely James More 

Doncaster, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a family of three tourists from England we dropped in to this place early evening. A small cosy restaurant that simply radiates Italian American charm. The waiters are personable and efficient and the food is excellent. I went for the spaghetti meatballs in a tomato sauce. They were the size of tennis balls and tasted so good. My fellow... More 

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Thank Snowman16
james b, Owner at Benito One, responded to this review

I spoke with the Don and he thanks you. Also glad you enjoyed the meatballs, I make them. Sincerely James More 

Seabright, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I see that lots of other people liked this restaurant. We went at noon and asked for the lunch special, a salad, pasta and entree. It seemed like a good deal and maybe that was the problem. The salad greens were old, the pasta okay, and the entrees (Eggplant Parmigiana and Chicken Parmigiana) were not good. The eggplant was strips... More 

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Thank valery1082015
james b, Owner at Benito One, responded to this review

OK, so I was nice to the review before this one but not here. You had chicken parmigiana which is breaded and fried and topped with tomato sauce and cheese, tell me what color was the chicken???? Eggplant is sliced WITH THE SKIN LEFT ON. Then done the same way as the chicken. The only thing that was old, green,... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We both love Italian food and we were looking for the best restaurant in little Italy! We found it!! I had the ravioli which was delicious and my friend had the vegetable lasagne - lots of options for vegetarians which is great :)

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

Glad ypu 2 English Girls stopped in to Benito. Hope both of you come back. Sincerely James More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This intimate Italian restaurant is superb! Servers are courteous and attentive. The Mezzaluna is fabulous, and the Fettuccini Bolognese is the best thing I've ever eaten in my entire life, honestly! It alone is worth a trip to NYC. The restaurant is cozy and quite popular, so be sure to make reservations. After dinner, stop by the nearby Bella Ferrara... More 

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

Thank you for such a great review. Hope you come back soon. Sincerely James More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 25
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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
Description
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

Neighbourhood Profile
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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