The Best Italian Restaurants in New York City

The OpenTable Team

New York City and Italian food go hand-in-hand, like spaghetti and meatballs. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Italian immigrants flocked to NYC looking for opportunities in the New World and brought their culinary traditions along with them to neighborhoods that later became Little Italy and Hell's Kitchen. Drawing on ingredients and simple techniques used in the Motherland, dishes such as saltimbocca, braciole, lasagna, cacio e pepe, and pesto sauce became commonplace items on Italian menus for those looking for a taste of home. Today, the best Italian restaurants in NYC draw inspiration from classic dishes while also adding modern, locally sourced touches. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:LArtusi, Nello, Harry Cipriani
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:West Village, Upper East Side

LArtusi

$$$$·Italian·
West Village
2,404 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Named after an 1800's Italian cookbook writer, Pellegrino Artusi, the foundation for L'Artusi lies in its attention to regional food and wine. Diners will find an extensive wine liRead more
96% recommended
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Nello

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
402 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Say hello to Madison Avenue's Nello, an upscale eatery that is among the best Italian in New York. The extensive menu, divided into a first course and main course, has a variety ofRead more

Harry Cipriani

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
1,399 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
Tracing its roots to Venice, Harry Cipriani's NYC location is an almost exact duplicate of its transatlantic sister, Harry's Bar, home of the Bellini cocktail. Sidle up to the bar,Read more
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Altesi Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
553 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Great for Lunch
Altesi's Spring Street Downtown location has an authentic Italian touch not seen in many NYC kitchens — a wood-burning pizza oven. Combining the restaurant's unique blend of flour,Read more
88% recommended

Sant Ambroeus - Madison Avenue

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
641 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Cozy
With locations in the West Village, Madison Avenue, and SOHO, Saint Ambroeus prides itself on Milanese cuisine. The Madison Ave. location has an exclusive white truffle menu, allowRead more
88% recommended
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Lincoln Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Upper West Side
5,629 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Exquisite Lincoln Center, with its reflecting pool, and Henry Moore sculpture, are the backdrop for Lincoln Ristorante, among the best Italian in New York City. The Negroni, a clasRead more
94% recommended
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Il Mulino New York - Uptown

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
1,438 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Authentic
Uptown Manhattan's Il Mulino, Italian for “the mill,” draws inspiration from the rugged and pastoral region of Abruzzo, east of Rome. Staples of Abruzzese cuisine include bread, wiRead more
90% recommended

Antonucci's

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
204 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
For diners seeking an authentic experience where the locals like to eat, Antonucci's on the Upper East Side is among the best Italian in New York. Warm, attentive service and unpreRead more
88% recommended
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San Pietro

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown East
276 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Good for Birthdays
Truly a product of the American dream via Salerno, San Pietro is a family-owned and run restaurant that looks to carry on the culinary traditions of the Bruno family. The recipes hRead more
100% recommended
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Bice Cucina FKA Bistro Milano

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
902 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
The origins of BiCE Cucina began with a small trattoria in Milan headed by Beatrice Ruggeri, which eventually became a well-known Italian restaurant after the city's fashionable poRead more
90% recommended

Masseria dei Vini

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
1,829 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Neapolitan-style pizzas with a world-class wine menu? Si, per favore! Masseria del Vini's pizzas have earned the coveted DOP mark, meaning that its authentic ingredients are guaranRead more
92% recommended

Locanda Verde

$$$$·Italian·
TriBeCa - Downtown
2,285 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Neighborhood taverna Locanda Verde, located in trendy TriBeCa, is a bright and open space inside the Greenwich Hotel. Translating to “green inn,” its location at the hotel is aptlyRead more
86% recommended
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Toscana 49

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown East
1,111 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Restaurants can offer an escape from the busy outside world, and Toscana 49, located in Midtown Manhattan, does exactly that. Slide into the restaurant's cream-colored interior andRead more
92% recommended

Lil' Frankie's

$$$$·Italian·
East Village
746 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
Want old school charm and flavors? With a name like Lil Frankie's, it's sure to have both. First off, it's a cash-only establishment, so be prepared to hit an ATM before arrival. NRead more
93% recommended
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Sfoglia

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
1,387 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
A charming, rustic, brick-walled trattoria on the Upper East Side, Sfoglia's flower-lined farmhouse tables are the perfect date-night retreat or cozy get-together location. SfogliaRead more
95% recommended

Felidia

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown East
5,508 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Open since 1981, Felidia is the flagship restaurant of celebrity chef and best-selling cookbook author Lidia Bastianich. The menu is designed to invite patrons into Lidia's kitchenRead more
81% recommended
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Santina

$$$$·Italian·
Meatpacking District
1,433 reviews
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Light, festive, and sunny describe Santina, among the best Italian in New York City. Located under the High Line in a glass box, the bright interior takes its cues from the vibrantRead more
87% recommended
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Leuca

$$$$·Italian·
Williamsburg
897 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Inspired by Southern Italian cuisine, Leuca occupies a sunny corner space in Williamsburg. Beginning with “la scarpetts” — Southern Italian dips served with pane Siciliano — dinersRead more
86% recommended
Hot Spot in Brooklyn
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Marea

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
7,748 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Business Meals
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: In the hands of chef Michael White, Marea charts the tide for restaurant culture, with eRead more
93% recommended
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Giorgione - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
SoHo
689 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Owner Giorgio Deluca, one half of the upscale food purveyor Dean and Deluca, founded Giorgione as a spot where he would like friends and family to sip, savor, and enjoy the best ItRead more
90% recommended
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