Are you looking for the best Italian restaurants in Manhattan? Then you’ve come to the right place! Not only in Little Italy are there really good restaurants that bring Italy with everything we love so much, on the table. Where you can get really delicious antipasti, pasta, pizza, and co., you can find out here in my list of the best Italian restaurants in Manhattan!
And so you can quickly see which Italian restaurant is near you, you can find all the restaurants on a map.
By the way: you’ll find many more New York City spots in our Loving New York travel guides!
The 23 Best Italian Restaurants in Manhattan
Carroll PlaceItalian Restaurant in Greenwich VillageOur Highlight
Carroll Place on Bleecker Street has an exciting concept, as it’s both a gastropub and wine bar where you can enjoy Italian-inspired food. It’s one of our favorite spots when we go for brunch in New York. The atmosphere is relaxed, the vibe is always good and the food is delicious!
Our favorites have been the pizza with truffles and the Pasta Vongole. The fact that the pizza oven is wood fired gives the pizzas a taste like a pizza should have! By the way, next time try the Carroll Place Burger with Gorgonzola. This one looked mega delicious too!
My tip: if you want to go for brunch, be sure to reserve a table in advance!
Dante NYCBar in Greenwich VillageOur Highlight
When it comes to the best Negroni in town, there is hardly a way around Dante NYC. They are an institution in New York and have been serving their Negroni since 1915 (it’s an Italian restaurant with a small bar). You find it at the corner of Greenwich Village, SoHo and Hudson Square – here we are super-often when we are on the road in New York.
Gelso & GrandItalian Restaurant in Little ItalyOur Highlight
The Gelso & Grand is a successful mix of a restaurant (with excellent pizza), a bar and a small outdoor area. It is not only super stylishly furnished, but also has typically Italian good espresso. The audience is colourful: from families with children to couples and business espresso guests.
La MelaItalian Restaurant in Little ItalyOur Highlight
A good address if you want to go out for dinner in a relatively relaxed atmosphere. The food comes from the hands of a real Italian family. The mussels are highly recommended.
La Pecora BiancaItalian Restaurant in Flatiron DistrictOur Highlight
La Pecora Bianca, which translates to “The White Sheep” in Italian is a restaurant that focuses on farm-to-table dishes. Their ingredients are locally sourced letting them “shine”.
Lombardi's PizzaItalian Restaurant in NolitaOur Highlight
Lombardi’s is a pizza restaurant in Nolita and prides itself in being the first pizzeria in the United States. Here you can eat really well and enjoy a welcoming Italian atmosphere. Also make sure to try the Meatballs!
RubirosaItalian Restaurant in NolitaOur Highlight
Already from the outside the restaurant looks like a typical Italian restaurant. You will feel completely at home: there are great red wines, the atmosphere is pleasant and you are definitely among locals. The Rubirosa is one of the most popular Italian restaurants in town, because the food is fantastic. The pasta and also the starters (for example grilled calamari) remind you of Italy – not to mention the pizza.
If you are looking for a late afternoon glass of wine with some snacks or a quality evening meal this is definitely a good choice. There is also a pizza hour, where – you guessed it – they sell 2 pizzas for $16!
Serafina BroadwayItalian Restaurant in Midtown ManhattanOur Highlight
I love the restaurants of Serafina! There are now more than 10 spots in New York where you can enjoy great Italian food. The pizza is legendary, each of the Serafina restaurants is beautifully styled and offers a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere.
The burrata and heart-shaped lobster ravioli are unbelievably delicious. I’ve had several pizzas, all of which were delicious. I highly recommend both the simple Margherita pizza and the Portofino pizza with pesto & pine nuts!
Villa MosconiItalian Restaurant in Greenwich VillageOur Highlight
If you’re looking for an Italian restaurant with real vintage charm, you have to go to Villa Mosconi! This restaurant has been around for over 40 years and is still run by the same family.
Villa Mosconi restaurant offers authentic Italian food in a lovely ambiance and it’s family friendly and welcoming. No matter what (homemade) pasta you order, it’s guaranteed to be delicious. Another highlight for us was the Veal Milanese. And the best part? The prices are really reasonable!
For me, Villa Mosconi is one of the best Italian restaurants in New York, because we were not disappointed during any of our visits!
The Best Italian Restaurants in Manhattan on the map
A map with all italian restaurants in Manhattan can be found here – just click on “FULL MAP” if you want to see more. You can click on each restaurant on the map to find out everything you need to know.