Apizz

4.2
896 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Apizz is a restaurant in the lower east side of Manhattan and serves American, European and Italian cuisine. Apizz offers food and alcohol and can accommodate large groups. Start off with the popular quattro formaggi bianca and end with a delicious dessert. Popular options on the entree menu are the veal bolognese, ravioli con zucca and fazzoletti e granchio. You can also choose from the gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.

The bar at Apizz is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a beer, cocktail or glass of wine from the special drink menu. The restaurant accepts reservations in advance for groups of any size.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 6:00pm-11:0pm
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Phone number
(212) 253-9199
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John LaFemina
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Cross street
Stanton and Rivington
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Public transit
F train 2nd avenue stop
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking
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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

This place gets great reviews everywhere, so I was pretty surprised when I walked in and the ambiance was like a bad sushi restaurant.... with brown carpet, weird lighting and hotel lobby music. The food was good. But it was really hard to overlook the ambiance...

SE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food, very friendly staff, and beautiful charm

JB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was spectacular enough to distract me from the overly warm room. I had the oven-roasted whole fish, which was very, very good. Others tried the signature wild-boar lasagna, open squash ravioli, and meatballs. The oenophiles in our group ordered an expensive bottle of wine but ended up sending it back; they said it had probably been improperly stored. (The staff were very gracious about it.) If you love Italian, try ápizz.

YK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicely dimmed lights, woodburn fire from the oven that you can see from dining room! Place pretty laid back and romantic. Service was really nice so as food. Wine list was pretty good as well. You can find nice bottle with a good value. Overal is a great experience. My fiancée and I just stopped by for dinner but felt like we on a date.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the first restaurant I've ever been to where everything was perfect. Went to celebrate a special occasion & it was impeccable; the food was amazing, the wine (Malbec) was amazing, the space was amazing!

We had the gnocchi & the bolognese. Wow the bolognese was the bet I've ever had, the flavor a surprised me because it was that good.

I highly recommend this place!

SE
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food, and atmosphere.

PB
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a birthday dinner or any occasion! The food, service and ambiance was fabulous. Can't wait to come back! This restaurant was recommended to me and now I will recommend it to all my friends!! Wonderful experience.

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I really enjoyed Apizz. Great food, nice atmosphere, friendly service. We loved the lamb ragu and the polenta/mushroom appetizer.

g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, small bar but great bartender. Warm, cozy place to go on a date or with someone special

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to try this restaurant when visiting New York because i had read John's book "a man and his meatball" which is the story of the chef and owner of Apizz.

I have to say that the restaurant was phenomenal and we will definitely visit again.

The meatballs are second to none and the ricotta cheese and bread were a delightful touch.

You will not be disappointed with this restaurant.

t
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Veal bolognese was the BEST! Loved the atmosphere of the restaurant.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We came here for the meatballs and we were not disapointed! They are amazing!! They're big though i'd consider sharing next time....but what i enjoyed most was their tomato sauce!! Best tomato sauce i've ever had!! Very nice place!!!

s
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We love the pizza, salad and grilled fish at Appiz. We also manage to find parking in the streets that makes this place accessible for us since we are uptown. The food is tasty and the service is great. The prices are very popular and affordable.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy quaint restaurant. Romantic environment with delicious food and excellent attentive service.

D
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Apizz is a warm and cozy setting with delicious food. We were startled,however, to be subjected to a kind of loud and dated disco beat-- boom,boom,boom-- that is not really even music in my opinion.
Even though we realized we weren't the only people dining, and didn't wish to be egocentric, it seemed hard to believe that the other diners were enjoying their food more because of the intrusive sound. We find it much more relaxing not to have to continually raise your voice at your dinner partner.
Fortunately, our waiter was kind enough to turn the volume down. We left him extra tip for this deed that ensured that our evening, instead of being ruined, ended well.
By the way, the bronzino and the gnocchi were excellent!

J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here a few times and loved it, so I decided to have my birthday dinner there with a couple friends. The food was delicious, as usual, and the service was great! They really made my birthday dinner special. Notable plates are the gambero, the short ribs with gnocchi, and the meatballs. Thank you Apizz for another great dinner!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food and the interior/environment was very pleasant. The restaurant is a treat and the exterior wouldn't necessarily draw you in, but we were very happy we did.

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Love interior. Half dish option for some plates. Flavors you don't expect. Pleasant surprises. Relaxed atmosphere.

GC
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Met up with two friends for a nice quiet dinner to catch up. Only caveat was limited choices on the desserts

KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food, friendly and polite service, extensive wine list

c
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Apizz is not new -- but continues to be an attractive and terrific Lower East Side restaurant. One might be tempted to walk right past the unassuming entrance and miss a delicious meal -- unless you knew the lovely place with a wood-burnin oven that is inside. Its a quick walk to or from the Sunshine Theater. And you won't leave hungry or dissatisfied.

f
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Salad was delicious, seafood risotto was amazing! My boyfriend ordered the chicken which ended up being a breaded cutlet and seemed pricey at $27 or so. Cocktails were ok.

e
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I came here for our first "real" date, and literally fell in love over the butternut squash ravioli and the riccota-stuffed meatballs. We came again for our first anniversary with a group of 10 of our favorite couples, all of whom loved the place. And just last week, we went for our fifth anniversary, two days before we were to be wed. We love the food, service, and ambiance as much as we did on that first date. This restaurant will always have a very special place in our lives and it's certainly quite the place to add to ones history. I can't imagine having a single bad thing to say about it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2015
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Would like better quality in the food - large portions and too pricey for the quality, unfortunately

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local spot, always seem to be able to get a reservation and the food is outstanding. They will also do half portions of the pastas for appetizers.

l
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were visiting NYC, and a friend who lives here said it was his favorite date spot so we tried it out. It was absolutely delicious- definitely on my top 10 best dining experience list! Very romantic atmosphere, amazing food and service. We had a fantastic time.

V
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaraunt was surprisingly quiet on a Sunday evening. A cozy attractive space with good not great food and decent service.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant has a nice look and feel inside, but it was WAAAAAY too hot. This is the second time I have had this experience there, and it really takes away from my appetite. Most of the food is good, but the appetizers seem to be the best part of the meal. I would not recommend the Gnocchi - too sweat and poor consistency. The server was pleasant and knowledgeable.

TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Every time we go to Apizz, we wonder why we don't come here more often. Food is consistently great! The branzino, meatballs and lasagna are favorites. And portion sizes are plentiful...even the salads are big enough to share. Service isn't bad but they're not that attentive so you may be waiting a while to order more drinks. That said, we will be going back sooner rather than later!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2014
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

lovely space, great service, food good not great. few options for gluten free diners (one appetizer, one main, salads)

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

really good Italian food. definitely worth checking out apizz. get the veal bolognese

LN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This spot gets me every time. When you bring someone there they say "where are you taking me?" They are always pleasantly surprised!!!

m
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

from start to finish it was a great meal. the service was fantastic, and the food was really good. the wine list has a little for everyone. the wine prices weren't over the top and reasonable compared to other restaurants in nyc. everything we ordered was on point and wasn't disappointed on anything. all around a great meal. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. thank you for a great evening apizz.

JG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Just around the corner from Katz's Deli, Russ & Daughters, and the Landmark indie film theater, this neighborhood Italian is a little gem. On what looks like an almost abandoned block just below E. Houston, you find a warm, almost intimate interior of woods and warm fire light. And "where's the fire"? Emanating from a large brick oven where almost everything is cooked - not just the flat pizza-apps. The service is attentive - the atmosphere relaxing, even pretty - and the food is outstanding and imaginative (a Veal Bolognese with bow-tie pasta is brilliant). Not "gourmet" - but a real find.

a
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Good food but the whole thing feels a little dated now. We were pretty much left to our own devices in terms of service. They were polite on the rare occasions that we saw them.

s
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Bronzino is grilled in their open hearth oven. You get a whole grilled filleted Bronzino. Perhaps the best fresh and juicy fish I ever ate.

F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely exquisite. Will return frequently.

N
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner was very enjoyable. Apizz is one of a few restaurants that never seems to disappoint us. The food and service was very good.

TB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

If you're walking too fast, you'll walk right by this great little spot so slow when you smell the wood burning. A good wait staff try their best but need to up their game to keep up with the great food. With that said, I recommend to Italian food lovers and go often.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great date night! Veal bolognese was delicious! Can't wait to go back

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