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19 Pasta Destinations in NYC

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New York City is a town known for its top-notch Italian, which means pasta is a specialty. There are plenty of places to get this addictive food, including neighborhood trattorias and destination dining. Here are some stellar places to get pasta in NYC.

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1. Celeste

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502 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(212) 874-4559
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Celeste is the Italian choice of Upper West Siders for its old-school charm, affordability, and reliable pizzas and pastas. Many are handmade, including the popular tagliatelle with shrimp, cabbage, and sheep's milk cheese. Cash only.

2. Boulud Sud

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20 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023
(212) 595-1313
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Here’s a spot for late night dining, when pastas are half-priced for pasta happy hour in the bar and lounge, starting at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10. p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant from Daniel Boulud makes pastas in-house, and options change seasonally but have included a lemon saffron linguini with bottarga, a lobster risotto with lemon, and braised wild boar rigatoni.

3. Union Square Cafe

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101 E 19th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 243-4020
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The pastas change regularly with the seasons at Union Square Cafe, the flagship restaurant from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. Options might include a squash tortelli with sage brown butter, a lamb ragu pappardelle, or a ricotta gnocchi topped with pecorino romano and a tomato-basil puree. Pastas range from $25 to $45 but include tip, and for an extra $10, get a bigger portion. 

4. Via Carota

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51 Grove St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-1962
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Rita Sodi and Jody Williams’ homey restaurant in the West Village excels at rustic Tuscan cuisine, with a regularly changing menu with dishes worthy of sharing. Via Carota is particularly known for its vegetables, but the pastas can be addictive, too. The cacio e pepe — made with thick, chewy tonnarelli noodles — is one of the city’s best. Expect waits at prime times, though it’s a perfect spot for late-night Italian.

5. John's of 12th Street

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302 E 12th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-9531
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Few Italian dishes deploy multiple forms of pasta, but this one does. Brought to the U.S. by southern Italian immigrants, pasta e fagioli (“pasta and beans”) is a quintessential peasant dish, made by stewing beans with odds and ends of dried pasta found in the cupboard. The result is a savory vegetarian soup guaranteed to fill one up when times are hard. Find a perfect version at East Village old-timer Johns of 12th Street.

6. Porsena

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21 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-4923
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Chef Sara Jenkins’ neighborhood restaurant has a simple approach to its decor and pasta menu. There are everyday staples like a cacio e pepe and a pappardelle with hen of the woods mushrooms and a feel-good brown butter and sage sauce. But the star is her anelloni topped with spicy lamb sausage, mustard greens, and bread crumbs.

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7. Fiaschetteria "Pistoia"

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647 E 11th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 777-3355
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With rickety tables, tin ceilings, and crumbling walls, the décor at this Tuscan restaurant might be termed East Village rustic. In the back corner stands a table outfitted with a pasta-maker, and one of the cooks often steps out of the kitchen to tend it, turning out delicious pastas like the spaghetti con bottarga. The wines by the bottle are quite nice and priced right.

8. Bar Primi

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325 Bowery
New York, NY 10003
(212) 220-9100
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The general rule that an Andrew Carmelini restaurant will please a crowd applies at this late-night Italian restaurant on the Bowery. A meticulous pasta menu here pays careful attention to over ten different pasta shapes, smartly paired with combinations like crab with squid ink or sausage and broccoli rabe with orechiette — each one no more than $25. Do not sleep on the linguine with its four cloves of garlic and breadcrumbs, or the casarecce with mushroom ragu.

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9. Emilio's Ballato

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55 E Houston St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 274-8881

The old-school Italian restaurant is known for being a celebrity hotspot — with everyone from Rihanna and Naomi Campbell to Barack Obama having visited. Emilio Vitolo serves solid fare, from the tagliatelle Bolognese to the spaghetti and meatballs. Good luck getting a seat during prime time, but the scene and the food make it worth the wait.

10. Osteria Morini Manhattan

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218 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-8777
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Chef-owner Michael White opened Osteria Morini in 2010 and has consistently served up excellent pastas of the Emilia Romagna tradition in a space full of decor from a dismantled Italian 1700s-era farmhouse, lending a cozy, rustic look to the casual but reliable restaurant. The ragu-sauced options stand out in particular, like the fusili with pork shoulder ragu and the squid ink pasta with sepia and shrimp ragu.

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11. Lilia

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567 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 576-3095
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Lilia was the city’s finest new Italian restaurant of 2016, with chef-owner Missy Robbins serving dishes you can’t find anywhere else, like the intoxicating sheep’s milk agnolotti drenched in enough saffron and honey to qualify as dessert and the ruffled malfatti ribbons where the fragrant pink peppercorns taste as luxurious as truffles. It’s very hard to get into, but worth trying to snag a reservation.

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12. Barano

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Bridgeview Towers, 26 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(347) 987-4500
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This low-key South Williamsburg spot from chef Albert Di Meglio has a stable of affordable pastas on the menu, with lots of more experimental options like green garlic shells with spicy goat ragu, gochujang, breadcrumbs, and cheese.

13. Faro

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436 Jefferson St
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 381-8201
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This Michelin-starred restaurant tucked into a Bushwick side street turns out a changing menu of pastas with rich flavors and enticing combinations. Chef Kevin Adey’s menu might include a squid ink spaghetti with crab, uni cream, and chile, or perhaps a ravioli with cloumage, carrot, and black garlic. They all fall under $24. 

14. Roberta's

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261 Moore St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 417-1118
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Though Bushwick standby Roberta’s is more known for its pizzas, the pastas here are almost always on point, with the torchietti with garlicky clam sauce holding its own as one of the city’s finest clam pastas.

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15. Frankies 457 Spuntino

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457 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 403-0033
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The charming neighborhood restaurant in Carroll Gardens nails Italian fare, including dishes in its short but solid pasta list. The fan favorite among adults and kids is the cavatelli with hot sausage and brown sage butter, which is a perfect pick to go along with the restaurant’s generous carafe of house red wine.

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16. Fausto

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348 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(917) 909-1427
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The warm, yellow-toned space, congenial service, and eclectic wine list at Fausto makes it a stand-out restaurant option to have a bowl of pasta and a glass of wine. The orechhiette with fennel-braised pork and the bucatini nero, with shrimp and soprressata, are both worth trying.

Whole wheat bigoli alla torchio, duck ragu, and piave vecchio at Fausto
Whole wheat bigoli alla torchio, duck ragu, and piave vecchio at Fausto
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17. al di la Trattoria

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248 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 783-4565
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Known as one of Park Slope’s finest restaurants, stalwart Al Di La is known for its northern Italian food and its petit and perpetually-packed space. Pasta standouts include the tagliatelle with ragu and the spaghetti neri alla chitarra, a squid-ink pasta with octopus confit.

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18. Aita Trattoria

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798A Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(917) 966-2670
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Aita Trattoria, a spinoff of Clinton Hill’s Aita, is a cozy little neighborhood restaurant in Crown Heights with a reliable menu of pastas that are traditional but far from basic, with lots of shapes and sauces represented, like a bucatini with pancetta and a scialatielli with a seafood ragout. Aita also has a strong selection of aperitifs and digestifs to pair with those pastas.

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19. Joe's of Avenue U

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287 Avenue U
Brooklyn, NY 11223
(718) 449-9285

Joe’s of Avenue U in Gravesend is Brooklyn’s foremost Sicilian restaurant and is known for its pasta con sarde, made with bucatini. It’s thickly sauced with sardines, fennel, and currants that give the sauce a slightly sweet flavor, along with the pungency of fennel.

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1. Celeste

502 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Celeste is the Italian choice of Upper West Siders for its old-school charm, affordability, and reliable pizzas and pastas. Many are handmade, including the popular tagliatelle with shrimp, cabbage, and sheep's milk cheese. Cash only.

502 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

2. Boulud Sud

20 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

Here’s a spot for late night dining, when pastas are half-priced for pasta happy hour in the bar and lounge, starting at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10. p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant from Daniel Boulud makes pastas in-house, and options change seasonally but have included a lemon saffron linguini with bottarga, a lobster risotto with lemon, and braised wild boar rigatoni.

20 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023

3. Union Square Cafe

101 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003
Read Review |

The pastas change regularly with the seasons at Union Square Cafe, the flagship restaurant from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. Options might include a squash tortelli with sage brown butter, a lamb ragu pappardelle, or a ricotta gnocchi topped with pecorino romano and a tomato-basil puree. Pastas range from $25 to $45 but include tip, and for an extra $10, get a bigger portion. 

101 E 19th St
New York, NY 10003

4. Via Carota

51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

Rita Sodi and Jody Williams’ homey restaurant in the West Village excels at rustic Tuscan cuisine, with a regularly changing menu with dishes worthy of sharing. Via Carota is particularly known for its vegetables, but the pastas can be addictive, too. The cacio e pepe — made with thick, chewy tonnarelli noodles — is one of the city’s best. Expect waits at prime times, though it’s a perfect spot for late-night Italian.

51 Grove St
New York, NY 10014

5. John's of 12th Street

302 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Few Italian dishes deploy multiple forms of pasta, but this one does. Brought to the U.S. by southern Italian immigrants, pasta e fagioli (“pasta and beans”) is a quintessential peasant dish, made by stewing beans with odds and ends of dried pasta found in the cupboard. The result is a savory vegetarian soup guaranteed to fill one up when times are hard. Find a perfect version at East Village old-timer Johns of 12th Street.

302 E 12th St
New York, NY 10003

6. Porsena

21 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
Porsena
Porsena
Photo via Porsena

Chef Sara Jenkins’ neighborhood restaurant has a simple approach to its decor and pasta menu. There are everyday staples like a cacio e pepe and a pappardelle with hen of the woods mushrooms and a feel-good brown butter and sage sauce. But the star is her anelloni topped with spicy lamb sausage, mustard greens, and bread crumbs.

21 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003

7. Fiaschetteria "Pistoia"

647 E 11th St, New York, NY 10009
Read Review |

With rickety tables, tin ceilings, and crumbling walls, the décor at this Tuscan restaurant might be termed East Village rustic. In the back corner stands a table outfitted with a pasta-maker, and one of the cooks often steps out of the kitchen to tend it, turning out delicious pastas like the spaghetti con bottarga. The wines by the bottle are quite nice and priced right.

647 E 11th St
New York, NY 10009

8. Bar Primi

325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003
Read Review |
Bar Primi
Photo via Bar Primi on Instagram

The general rule that an Andrew Carmelini restaurant will please a crowd applies at this late-night Italian restaurant on the Bowery. A meticulous pasta menu here pays careful attention to over ten different pasta shapes, smartly paired with combinations like crab with squid ink or sausage and broccoli rabe with orechiette — each one no more than $25. Do not sleep on the linguine with its four cloves of garlic and breadcrumbs, or the casarecce with mushroom ragu.

325 Bowery
New York, NY 10003

9. Emilio's Ballato

55 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012

The old-school Italian restaurant is known for being a celebrity hotspot — with everyone from Rihanna and Naomi Campbell to Barack Obama having visited. Emilio Vitolo serves solid fare, from the tagliatelle Bolognese to the spaghetti and meatballs. Good luck getting a seat during prime time, but the scene and the food make it worth the wait.

55 E Houston St
New York, NY 10012

10. Osteria Morini Manhattan

218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
Osteria Morini
Osteria Morini
Photo via Facebook/Osteria Morini

Chef-owner Michael White opened Osteria Morini in 2010 and has consistently served up excellent pastas of the Emilia Romagna tradition in a space full of decor from a dismantled Italian 1700s-era farmhouse, lending a cozy, rustic look to the casual but reliable restaurant. The ragu-sauced options stand out in particular, like the fusili with pork shoulder ragu and the squid ink pasta with sepia and shrimp ragu.

218 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

11. Lilia

567 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Read Review |
Lilia Nick Solares

Lilia was the city’s finest new Italian restaurant of 2016, with chef-owner Missy Robbins serving dishes you can’t find anywhere else, like the intoxicating sheep’s milk agnolotti drenched in enough saffron and honey to qualify as dessert and the ruffled malfatti ribbons where the fragrant pink peppercorns taste as luxurious as truffles. It’s very hard to get into, but worth trying to snag a reservation.

567 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

12. Barano

Bridgeview Towers, 26 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249

This low-key South Williamsburg spot from chef Albert Di Meglio has a stable of affordable pastas on the menu, with lots of more experimental options like green garlic shells with spicy goat ragu, gochujang, breadcrumbs, and cheese.

Bridgeview Towers, 26 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11249

13. Faro

436 Jefferson St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Read Review |

This Michelin-starred restaurant tucked into a Bushwick side street turns out a changing menu of pastas with rich flavors and enticing combinations. Chef Kevin Adey’s menu might include a squid ink spaghetti with crab, uni cream, and chile, or perhaps a ravioli with cloumage, carrot, and black garlic. They all fall under $24. 

436 Jefferson St
Brooklyn, NY 11237

14. Roberta's

261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Read Review |
Roberta's
Cacio e pepe
Roberta’s/Facebook

Though Bushwick standby Roberta’s is more known for its pizzas, the pastas here are almost always on point, with the torchietti with garlicky clam sauce holding its own as one of the city’s finest clam pastas.

261 Moore St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

15. Frankies 457 Spuntino

457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Frankies 457 cavatelli Photo via Foursquare

The charming neighborhood restaurant in Carroll Gardens nails Italian fare, including dishes in its short but solid pasta list. The fan favorite among adults and kids is the cavatelli with hot sausage and brown sage butter, which is a perfect pick to go along with the restaurant’s generous carafe of house red wine.

457 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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16. Fausto

348 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Whole wheat bigoli alla torchio, duck ragu, and piave vecchio at Fausto
Whole wheat bigoli alla torchio, duck ragu, and piave vecchio at Fausto
Photo by Amber-Lynn Taber

The warm, yellow-toned space, congenial service, and eclectic wine list at Fausto makes it a stand-out restaurant option to have a bowl of pasta and a glass of wine. The orechhiette with fennel-braised pork and the bucatini nero, with shrimp and soprressata, are both worth trying.

348 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

17. al di la Trattoria

248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Al di la Photo via Foursquare

Known as one of Park Slope’s finest restaurants, stalwart Al Di La is known for its northern Italian food and its petit and perpetually-packed space. Pasta standouts include the tagliatelle with ragu and the spaghetti neri alla chitarra, a squid-ink pasta with octopus confit.

248 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

18. Aita Trattoria

798A Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Pasta on a white plate
Aita Trattoria
Photo via Aita Trattoria

Aita Trattoria, a spinoff of Clinton Hill’s Aita, is a cozy little neighborhood restaurant in Crown Heights with a reliable menu of pastas that are traditional but far from basic, with lots of shapes and sauces represented, like a bucatini with pancetta and a scialatielli with a seafood ragout. Aita also has a strong selection of aperitifs and digestifs to pair with those pastas.

798A Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

19. Joe's of Avenue U

287 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223
Joe's of Avenue U Robert Sietsema

Joe’s of Avenue U in Gravesend is Brooklyn’s foremost Sicilian restaurant and is known for its pasta con sarde, made with bucatini. It’s thickly sauced with sardines, fennel, and currants that give the sauce a slightly sweet flavor, along with the pungency of fennel.

287 Avenue U
Brooklyn, NY 11223

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