When it comes to Italian restaurants, New York City has some pretty amazing ones. Of course, it does not compete with the great cities of Italy, but it just may be the next best place. Regardless of the type of pasta you are looking for, there is somewhere to get it in New York.
While new restaurants will always be opening their doors, some pasta places will never lose their greatness. Here are my top five favorite places to get my pasta fix in New York City as of now.
I went out the other night for a friend’s birthday to Convivio, and decided this was my one of the best pasta places in all of the city. Located in Tudor City, Convivio is not a traditional pasta place with specials like gnochetti with crab and sea urchin.
When I want to have an epic Italian meal filled with some amazing ravioli and penne a la vodka, I go to Il Mulino. The original location of this increasingly popular franchise is unlike any other, and offers a true “old school” mafiosa Italian vibe.
No list of pasta places in New York City would be complete without mentioning a restaurant in Little Italy. If I’m looking for a great place to catch up with friends, we go to La Mela on Mulberry Street. Any place in Little Italy will get the trick done.
Located in the East Village, Barbone might be favorite place to go to on this list. It is a quiet, unassuming restaurant with fresh pastas made daily. The owner, Alberto, is a great guy and if you are visiting New York and want great food at an affordable price, this is a great spot.
Another place that is worth mentioning is Max. With three locations in the city, this place probably serves up the best pasta for the price. The portions are huge and you can get out of there for under $20.
One other place worth mentioning is Spina in the East Village. This place rolls their pasta fresh daily and has a constantly changing list of selections. A great place to try if you are in town looking for a cheaper option.