The 9 Best Italian Restaurants in NYC, According to Foodie Magician

Lara Dreux | November 5, 2020 | Food & Drink Lifestyle culture

The Best Italian Restaurants in New York City

“Best Italian restaurants in the city? That’s a tough one, the list of phenomenal places is endless.”

So says Josh Beckerman, also known as the Instagram-famous food blogger Foodie Magician. He spends night and day trying food across the city, and Italian cuisine ranks among his favorites. Beckerman has curated an exclusive list of standout eateries featuring tempting dishes from Italy’s diverse geographical regions.

Whether you are in search of an unforgettable plate of pasta or a fresh platter of seafood, you'll find a wide range of dishes from Milan, Emilia Romagna, and Tuscany. Savor traditional ravioli or experiment with a modern twist on mushrooms and ricotta. You are guaranteed to leave the city with a full belly and a happy heart. Enjoy our list of New York City’s best Italian restaurants.

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Rigatoni diavola, san marzano tomatoes, chilies, oregano, pecorino #ChoosePasta

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Lilia

567 Union Ave., Brooklyn / Website

Beckerman describes this restaurant as his “favorite restaurant in America,” adding that they make the “best focaccia in the country.”

Chef Missy Robbins is a master at her craft, so come sit down at this sophisticated location in Brooklyn and enjoy her immaculately crafted dishes (if you can snag a reservation). Lilia is known for its wood-fired seafood and mouthwatering pasta delicacies. Try one of Josh’s favorites, the sheep’s milk agnolotti with saffron, dried tomato and honey, and leave wanting to come back the next day.

INSIDER TIP Those in the ‘know’ will order the off-the-menu dessert called The Italian Job. A refined and delicious vanilla gelato with honey, fennel and olive oil.

Rezdôra

27 East 20th Street / Website

Home to many regions, climates and cultures, Italy is a country with a wide array of cuisine depending on where you go. Rezdôra brings the specialized Emilia Romagna chefs d’oeuvres to New York with dishes so authentic you will travel closer and closer to the region’s tuff houses with every bite. From the delectable menu, Beckerman recommends the ravioli filled with egg and ricotta, supreme in their simplicity.

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An @aifiori favorite, now at home with us. The signature Trofie Nero is available at dinner!

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Marea

240 Central Park South / Website

For an upscale dining experience, enjoy this Michelin Star restaurant’s beautifully-lit interior as you indulge in their tantalizing entrées. This location is renowned for its Northern Italian seafood, including the lavish lobster burrata dish and fusilli with red wine-infused octopus and bone marrow. “I consider myself an uni addict,” admits Beckerman, highlighting their unique crostini with uni al lardo appetizer.

Carbone

181 Thompson Street / Website

“If Frank Sinatra were alive today, he’d go dine here.” This timeless Italian restaurant is a venerated institution known to most New Yorkers (even if they can't secure a reso). "Their spicy rigatoni vodka is one of the best in America,” claims Beckerman. Also noteworthy is the outstanding veal parmigiana and the fresh and aromatic mozzarella.

INSIDER TIP According to Beckerman, the next two spots on the list boast the best lasagna in town

I Sodi

105 Christopher Street / Website

Decorated in a simple and rustic fashion, I Sodi places all focus on the food. The menu boasts planty of fresh and flavorful creations, including fried artichoke antipasto, tagliatelle with caramelized onion and parmigiano, and— of course— their juicy lasagne a sugo.

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Q: Are we over sourdough yet? A: No, as evident in our Sourdough Pasta Cacciatore, available indoors and out!

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Don Angie

103 Greenwich Ave. / Website

Meticulously crafted to please both your eyes and palate, Don Angie’s courses convey passion and culinary art in their taste and presentation. In addition to their famous lasagna, try the excellent sourdough pasta cacciatore.

Emilio’s Ballato

55 E Houston Street / Website

“Expect to spot Hollywood stars at this place, it’s a celebrity hang out.”

Travel downtown to Soho, sink into this restaurant's old-school, eclectic atmosphere and add your name to its long list of celebrity clientele. This lowkey spot boasts of timeless classics such as spaghetti alla puttanesca and vitello alla milanese.

L’ Artusi

228 West 10th Street / Website

Named after acclaimed Chef Pellegrino Artusi, this West Village restaurant opened its doors in 2008. Enjoy their modern take on Italian cuisine, combining tradition with creativity. Start your night at the cheese bar and select the perfect bottle of wine to accompany the heavenly main courses. “They have amazing pasta here, but my favorite dish has to be the roasted mushrooms with pancetta-fried egg and ricotta,” says Beckerman.

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Spaghettini with Maine lobster, tomato and basil.

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Altro Paradiso

234 Spring Street / Website

“I’ve been blown away here, Altro Paradiso deserves to be on the list.”

You don’t want to leave New York without stopping by this downtown Italian gem. The setting is inviting and laid back, welcoming all with open arms and appetizing aromas. Customers travel across the country to enjoy the beloved fennel salad with provolone cheese.

INSIDER TIP Foodie Magician highly recommends their steak, elegantly presented in a wagyu burger with caramelized radicchio and gorgonzola.



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