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18 Excellent Places to Eat in Nolita

Superlative pepperoni pizza, Michelin-starred Thai, and plenty of red-sauce Italian fill this compact ’hood

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Wedged between Soho’s chaotic, retail-filled stretches and Disney-ish, tourist-clogged Little Italy’s hit-or-miss dining options lies Nolita. Home to dozens of quaint restaurants and equally twee boutiques, there are an impressive array of worthy meals to be found, mostly in charming digs housed in former tenement building storefronts.

Some of the city’s best cheap eats, like Xian Famous Foods, Prince Street Pizza, and Taim, are here, and so are finer dining hot tickets like Estela and Pasquale Jones. Check out 18 standout dining options wedged into the pint-sized neighborhood, ahead.

Note: This map is arranged geographically from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Estela

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1st floor, 47 E Houston St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-7693
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The compact restaurant from partners chef Ignacio Mattos and beverage director Thomas Carter has gained plenty of accolades since it opened in 2013 in a living room-like space with a bar perfect for second dates up front. The small plates-centric Mediterranean menu includes lots of innovative, umami-packed creations; highlights include a superlative beef tartare with sunchoke and delicate ricotta dumplings.

Estela’s mussels escabeche toast Tuukka Koski

2. Emilio's Ballato

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

This thoroughly old-school Italian joint has been a celebrity fixture for years, feeding the likes of Rihanna and David Bowie — and more recently, it garnered buzz for hosting Barack and Malia Obama. The vibe and owner-chef Emilio Vitolo’s personality are big draws, though the menu includes solid versions of classic, hearty pastas like tagliatelle Bolognese. 

3. Chefs Club

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275 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 941-1100
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A constant rotation of buzzy chefs from all over the country do residencies at the cavernous, slickly appointed space that can last a couple weeks or a few months. Most recently, Chef’s Club hosted J.J. Johnson, formerly the executive chef at Minton’s. The next chef-in-residence is Jeremiah Langhorne, from The Dabney in Washington, D.C. Note that the pop-up restaurant space is closed on Sundays.

4. Cafe Gitane

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242 Mott St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 334-9552
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This cute, pint-sized French- and Moroccan-influenced bistro lures in big crowds at brunch, but it’s a solid bet — and pretty affordable for the area — for dinner as well. In addition to its beloved avocado toast, Café Gitane’s menu includes a merguez sausage and baked egg sandwich, smoked trout salad, and Moroccan couscous.

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5. Prince Street Pizza

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27 Prince St A
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-4100
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This casual counter-serve spot dishes up some of the area’s best pizza, made with higher quality ingredients than the average slice joint. Don’t miss the glorious grease bomb of a pepperoni slice: a crispy, square pie laden with thick-cut, curled-up pepperoni disks. The grandma slice is also beloved. Lines can get long on weekends and around dinnertime, so try to go at an off hour, or opt for delivery or takeout.

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6. Parm

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248 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 993-7189
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This Major Food Group (Carbone, The Grill) OG still delights with great renditions of red-sauce Italian staples. Family-style apps like mozz sticks and fried calamari are followed by stellar classics susch as meatball parm and chicken cutlet. Those sandwiches are on a roll or hero, or sans bread and flanked by salad or spicy pink sauce rotini that’s quite similar to the spicy rigatoni with vodka sauce at Carbone — for a fraction of the price.

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7. Rubirosa Ristorante

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235 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-0500
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The perpetually packed Mulberry Street spot has some serious pizza cred: It was founded by third-generation pizza maker Angelo “AJ” Pappalardo, who died at age 40 in 2015, and his father, Joe Pappalardo of Joe & Pat’s in Staten Island. The crisp, thin crust pies include a standout vodka-sauced iteration, and are supplemented by a slew of classic housemade pastas like a chitarra vongole and cavatelli with broccoli rabe and sausage. The cozy space has a warm, throwback feel, with quaint wallpaper, bright red booths, and old black and white photos framed on the walls. 

Rubirosa Daniel Krieger

8. Taïm

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45 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-0600
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It’s the sort of fast-casual dining that puts most Chipotle-riffing outfits to shame: Chef Einat Admony’s addictive Israeli menu has fresh, intensely flavorful falafels and bright, punchy salads. There’s counter seating, which is cramped but makes for prime people watching, and the spot does brisk takeout business, too. Find excellent and slightly pricier Middle Eastern food in cute confines at nearby Balaboosta, Admony’s first full-on restaurant after Taïm.

Falafel platter with hummus, Israeli salad, tabbouleh, and pita Photo: Taim

9. La Esquina

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114 Kenmare St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 613-7100
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Count on well-executed tacos with fillings like sliced rib eye, grilled mahi mahi, and seared cauliflower, plus dishes like quesadillas, tortilla soup, and grilled corn, from these compact corner taqueria digs. In the downstairs brasserie space, there’s an expanded menu — queso fundido, a shrimp BLT, various ceviches and tostadas, and more — along with a full bar in the brick-walled space, accented with colorful mismatched chairs, lots of candles, and antiques.

10. Uncle Boons

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7 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 370-6650
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Per Se alums Matt Danzig and Ann Redding have been whipping up exceptional Thai fare in an intimate, always buzzy Nolita space for the past four years. An essential order is the rotisserie chicken with green mango salad (a dish typically served at Muay Thai boxing arenas, as the menu notes). Other standouts among the mix of Northern and Southern Thai dishes include green snail curry, stuffed betel leaves, frog legs, and a number of charcoal grilled sausage, satay, and seafood options. When waits get into the over-hour range — as they often do — simply walk around the corner to counter-service spot Uncle Boons Sister.

11. Mother's Ruin

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18 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

A cozy, unpretentious cocktail bar that’s a reliable choice for drinks and light snacking. In the warmer months, the frequently rotating frozen spiked slushy creations are a hit, along with well-made cocktails. Food options include shareable dishes like pimento cheese dip, spicy fried chickpeas, and Thai pork sliders. Bigger dishes are also available, like a cheese-spackled French onion soup grilled cheese and Frito pie.

12. Epistrophy

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200 Mott St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-0904
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This is the answer to date night, casual group dinners, and other low-key drinks situations that aren’t full-fledged meals but could benefit from a small plate or two. The Italian menu at this quaint, romantic wine bar runs the gamut from shareable plates like seared squid with mushrooms and zucchini or ricotta croquettes, to heartier choices like cacio e pepe and wine-braised short ribs with polenta. Drinks-wise, there’s a range of cocktails in addition to a primarily Italian wine list and numerous aperol spritz iterations. 

13. Pasquale Jones

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187 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
(917) 472-7230
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Ultra-polished pizza is the M.O. at this second act from the team behind Charlie Bird. The excellent clam pizza is a highlight, and in addition to charred pies, there’s heartier carnivorous fare like braised pork shank and duck Bolognese-filled lasagna. The extensive wine options are a hit, too, and they’re also very accessible, thanks to half-bottles offered at half the list price. 

14. Xi'an Famous Foods

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68 Kenmare St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 786-2068
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This Flushing-founded chainlet is compact, sometimes a little chaotic, and quickly serves up addictive, affordable Western Chinese fare. Don’t miss the liang pi cold-skin noodles, packed with julienned cucumber and delicious, spongy wheat gluten slabs in a vinegar and chili-spiked sauce. Other standouts on the brief menu include the cumin lamb burger and a few permutations of hand-ripped noodles (stir-fried as well as in soup form); the stewed pork is particularly great. 

Hand-pulled spicy cumin lamb noodles being lifted with chopsticks Nick Solares

15. Cocoron

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37 Kenmare St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-0800
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Tuck into excellent soba, offered dozens of ways, at counter seating and a handful of cozy tables. In addition to buckwheat noodles in myriad broths and dipping sauces, appetizers include housemade silken tofu, mochi and spicy cod roe spring rolls, and raw octopus with wasabi. Next door, the Cocoron team also runs Geomon, a Japanese curry house, and there’s another Cocoron outpost a couple blocks away, on Delancey. 

16. Seamore's

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390 Broome St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 730-6005
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The bright corner space from Meatball Shop restaurateur Michael Chernow serves up a light menu of sustainably sourced seafood dishes. “The Reel Deal” lets diners choose from a daily selection of fresh catches and a range of sauces, served with grains and veggies. There’s also a slew of pasta, taco, salad, and sandwich offerings, like a blackened fish burger or shrimp amatriciana rigatoni, plus apps like clam fritters and poke. Perpetually packed and relatively affordably priced, Seamore’s has spawned a second location in Chelsea with the same breezy, low-key seaside vacation-worthy ambiance.

17. Mimi Cheng's Dumplings

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380 Broome St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 343-1387
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The second outpost of the Taiwanese-inflected dumpling spot started by sisters Hannah and Marian Cheng features a more expanded menu than the East Village original. Choose from a handful of dumpling options, like the namesake style, filled with chicken and zucchini, as well as a veggie version and a pork and bok choy option. Special fillings created with buzzy restaurants and chefs also crop up from time to time. Past collaborators include Emily and By Chloe for burger-inspired dumplings.

Mimi Cheng’s Patty Diez

18. Greecologies

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379 Broome St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 941-0100
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Homemade Greek yogurt with toppings like chai-roasted apples or olives, cucumber, and tomato is the main attraction at this airy, souped-up café with a big backyard. There are a couple solid lunch options, like an excellent Greek salad layered with tangy feta and crouton-like Cretan rusks drenched in quality olive oil and oregano. Also of note: great matcha lattes, like an excellent rose version featuring petal-filled preserves blended in — an ideal alternative to nearby Cha Cha Matcha when its Insta opp-seeking queues are absurdly long. Plus pick up prettily packaged jars of the excellent preserves, in flavors like bergamot, quince, and carrot, which are great for gifting.

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1. Estela

1st floor, 47 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012
Estela’s mussels escabeche toast Tuukka Koski

The compact restaurant from partners chef Ignacio Mattos and beverage director Thomas Carter has gained plenty of accolades since it opened in 2013 in a living room-like space with a bar perfect for second dates up front. The small plates-centric Mediterranean menu includes lots of innovative, umami-packed creations; highlights include a superlative beef tartare with sunchoke and delicate ricotta dumplings.

1st floor, 47 E Houston St
New York, NY 10012

2. Emilio's Ballato

55 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012

This thoroughly old-school Italian joint has been a celebrity fixture for years, feeding the likes of Rihanna and David Bowie — and more recently, it garnered buzz for hosting Barack and Malia Obama. The vibe and owner-chef Emilio Vitolo’s personality are big draws, though the menu includes solid versions of classic, hearty pastas like tagliatelle Bolognese. 

55 E Houston St
New York, NY 10012

3. Chefs Club

275 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

A constant rotation of buzzy chefs from all over the country do residencies at the cavernous, slickly appointed space that can last a couple weeks or a few months. Most recently, Chef’s Club hosted J.J. Johnson, formerly the executive chef at Minton’s. The next chef-in-residence is Jeremiah Langhorne, from The Dabney in Washington, D.C. Note that the pop-up restaurant space is closed on Sundays.

275 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

4. Cafe Gitane

242 Mott St, New York, NY 10012
Cafe Gitane Cafe Gitane

This cute, pint-sized French- and Moroccan-influenced bistro lures in big crowds at brunch, but it’s a solid bet — and pretty affordable for the area — for dinner as well. In addition to its beloved avocado toast, Café Gitane’s menu includes a merguez sausage and baked egg sandwich, smoked trout salad, and Moroccan couscous.

242 Mott St
New York, NY 10012

5. Prince Street Pizza

27 Prince St A, New York, NY 10012
A square slice of pizza topped with pepperoni Photo by Nick Solares

This casual counter-serve spot dishes up some of the area’s best pizza, made with higher quality ingredients than the average slice joint. Don’t miss the glorious grease bomb of a pepperoni slice: a crispy, square pie laden with thick-cut, curled-up pepperoni disks. The grandma slice is also beloved. Lines can get long on weekends and around dinnertime, so try to go at an off hour, or opt for delivery or takeout.

27 Prince St A
New York, NY 10012

6. Parm

248 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
Sandwiches from Parm Parm

This Major Food Group (Carbone, The Grill) OG still delights with great renditions of red-sauce Italian staples. Family-style apps like mozz sticks and fried calamari are followed by stellar classics susch as meatball parm and chicken cutlet. Those sandwiches are on a roll or hero, or sans bread and flanked by salad or spicy pink sauce rotini that’s quite similar to the spicy rigatoni with vodka sauce at Carbone — for a fraction of the price.

248 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

7. Rubirosa Ristorante

235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
Rubirosa Daniel Krieger

The perpetually packed Mulberry Street spot has some serious pizza cred: It was founded by third-generation pizza maker Angelo “AJ” Pappalardo, who died at age 40 in 2015, and his father, Joe Pappalardo of Joe & Pat’s in Staten Island. The crisp, thin crust pies include a standout vodka-sauced iteration, and are supplemented by a slew of classic housemade pastas like a chitarra vongole and cavatelli with broccoli rabe and sausage. The cozy space has a warm, throwback feel, with quaint wallpaper, bright red booths, and old black and white photos framed on the walls. 

235 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

8. Taïm

45 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Falafel platter with hummus, Israeli salad, tabbouleh, and pita Photo: Taim

It’s the sort of fast-casual dining that puts most Chipotle-riffing outfits to shame: Chef Einat Admony’s addictive Israeli menu has fresh, intensely flavorful falafels and bright, punchy salads. There’s counter seating, which is cramped but makes for prime people watching, and the spot does brisk takeout business, too. Find excellent and slightly pricier Middle Eastern food in cute confines at nearby Balaboosta, Admony’s first full-on restaurant after Taïm.

45 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

9. La Esquina

114 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

Count on well-executed tacos with fillings like sliced rib eye, grilled mahi mahi, and seared cauliflower, plus dishes like quesadillas, tortilla soup, and grilled corn, from these compact corner taqueria digs. In the downstairs brasserie space, there’s an expanded menu — queso fundido, a shrimp BLT, various ceviches and tostadas, and more — along with a full bar in the brick-walled space, accented with colorful mismatched chairs, lots of candles, and antiques.

114 Kenmare St
New York, NY 10012

10. Uncle Boons

7 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Read Review |

Per Se alums Matt Danzig and Ann Redding have been whipping up exceptional Thai fare in an intimate, always buzzy Nolita space for the past four years. An essential order is the rotisserie chicken with green mango salad (a dish typically served at Muay Thai boxing arenas, as the menu notes). Other standouts among the mix of Northern and Southern Thai dishes include green snail curry, stuffed betel leaves, frog legs, and a number of charcoal grilled sausage, satay, and seafood options. When waits get into the over-hour range — as they often do — simply walk around the corner to counter-service spot Uncle Boons Sister.

7 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

11. Mother's Ruin

18 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

A cozy, unpretentious cocktail bar that’s a reliable choice for drinks and light snacking. In the warmer months, the frequently rotating frozen spiked slushy creations are a hit, along with well-made cocktails. Food options include shareable dishes like pimento cheese dip, spicy fried chickpeas, and Thai pork sliders. Bigger dishes are also available, like a cheese-spackled French onion soup grilled cheese and Frito pie.

18 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

12. Epistrophy

200 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

This is the answer to date night, casual group dinners, and other low-key drinks situations that aren’t full-fledged meals but could benefit from a small plate or two. The Italian menu at this quaint, romantic wine bar runs the gamut from shareable plates like seared squid with mushrooms and zucchini or ricotta croquettes, to heartier choices like cacio e pepe and wine-braised short ribs with polenta. Drinks-wise, there’s a range of cocktails in addition to a primarily Italian wine list and numerous aperol spritz iterations. 

200 Mott St
New York, NY 10012

13. Pasquale Jones

187 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
Read Review |

Ultra-polished pizza is the M.O. at this second act from the team behind Charlie Bird. The excellent clam pizza is a highlight, and in addition to charred pies, there’s heartier carnivorous fare like braised pork shank and duck Bolognese-filled lasagna. The extensive wine options are a hit, too, and they’re also very accessible, thanks to half-bottles offered at half the list price. 

187 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

14. Xi'an Famous Foods

68 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012
Hand-pulled spicy cumin lamb noodles being lifted with chopsticks Nick Solares

This Flushing-founded chainlet is compact, sometimes a little chaotic, and quickly serves up addictive, affordable Western Chinese fare. Don’t miss the liang pi cold-skin noodles, packed with julienned cucumber and delicious, spongy wheat gluten slabs in a vinegar and chili-spiked sauce. Other standouts on the brief menu include the cumin lamb burger and a few permutations of hand-ripped noodles (stir-fried as well as in soup form); the stewed pork is particularly great. 

68 Kenmare St
New York, NY 10012

15. Cocoron

37 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

Tuck into excellent soba, offered dozens of ways, at counter seating and a handful of cozy tables. In addition to buckwheat noodles in myriad broths and dipping sauces, appetizers include housemade silken tofu, mochi and spicy cod roe spring rolls, and raw octopus with wasabi. Next door, the Cocoron team also runs Geomon, a Japanese curry house, and there’s another Cocoron outpost a couple blocks away, on Delancey. 

37 Kenmare St
New York, NY 10012

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16. Seamore's

390 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

The bright corner space from Meatball Shop restaurateur Michael Chernow serves up a light menu of sustainably sourced seafood dishes. “The Reel Deal” lets diners choose from a daily selection of fresh catches and a range of sauces, served with grains and veggies. There’s also a slew of pasta, taco, salad, and sandwich offerings, like a blackened fish burger or shrimp amatriciana rigatoni, plus apps like clam fritters and poke. Perpetually packed and relatively affordably priced, Seamore’s has spawned a second location in Chelsea with the same breezy, low-key seaside vacation-worthy ambiance.

390 Broome St
New York, NY 10013

17. Mimi Cheng's Dumplings

380 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
Mimi Cheng’s Patty Diez

The second outpost of the Taiwanese-inflected dumpling spot started by sisters Hannah and Marian Cheng features a more expanded menu than the East Village original. Choose from a handful of dumpling options, like the namesake style, filled with chicken and zucchini, as well as a veggie version and a pork and bok choy option. Special fillings created with buzzy restaurants and chefs also crop up from time to time. Past collaborators include Emily and By Chloe for burger-inspired dumplings.

380 Broome St
New York, NY 10013

18. Greecologies

379 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Homemade Greek yogurt with toppings like chai-roasted apples or olives, cucumber, and tomato is the main attraction at this airy, souped-up café with a big backyard. There are a couple solid lunch options, like an excellent Greek salad layered with tangy feta and crouton-like Cretan rusks drenched in quality olive oil and oregano. Also of note: great matcha lattes, like an excellent rose version featuring petal-filled preserves blended in — an ideal alternative to nearby Cha Cha Matcha when its Insta opp-seeking queues are absurdly long. Plus pick up prettily packaged jars of the excellent preserves, in flavors like bergamot, quince, and carrot, which are great for gifting.

379 Broome St
New York, NY 10013

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