55 E Houston St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.724610 -73.994362
Neighborhoods: Downtown, NoLita
A genuine Italian romantic lunch – I reserved a lunch date for my girlfriend's birthday at this beautiful SOHO restaurant. The place was pretty much empty when I got there, but that made it better - more quiet, more romantic and with a sense that we were in a Italy. The bread was awesome, the food entrees were amazing. I recommend this place to those couples out there who need to getaway and enjoy a genuine Italian dish with quality flavors.
WHAT HAPPEN HERE ??? – This is my second time having dinner in this restaurant.
This time was very very bad !
Slow service, got expensive as Hell and no much to offer on the menu.
The portions of the food are also much smaller than I remember and I do eat out a lot !
Sorry, not the same good time as the first !
ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE ! – Tuesday evening with some friends out for dinner, at this delicious highly reccomended restaurant on Houston street serving older Southern Italian dishes,superbly crafted and "al dente " pasta's. the wine list is well organized and very reasonably priced.
You can drink some old world Italian Chianti for less then what a retailer would charge you.Service is nice and Friendly...the staff mmust had work there for ever @ MUST Try in the city !! Super !
wonderful! – Ballato's is consistently delicious authentic italian food. some of the best i have had in the city. the ambience is cozy and secluded with wonderful art on the walls. i love the pics of andy warhol when he used to frequent the place (he painted the ballato's sign in the window). Emilio, the owner, is often sitting in the front table greeting guests as they come and go. Going to Ballato's is like coming home and eating in my own kitchen, an absolute delight!
I guess things change here..... – A very long time ago I had the pleasure to be introduced to this little very unique Italian place....Saturday evening I went back...and it was not the same.
I found it overpriced, smaller portions and the service was not attentive at all.
Beside the fact that both me and my wife were in shock when we left the restaurant for the strong odor coming from the kitchen of strong fried food.
Is that something happen in this place ? I loved it one's ...but I don't think I would go back....
My Favorite.... – I have known about this secret for the last 13 years, Emilio(the Godfather) has continued to serve food and wine for the gods at mortal prices. If you go, try the marinara/arrabiatta sauce, the mozzarella en Carozza is mmmmmmmm..... everything is just delicious. Check out the secret back room. Old school meets New world. I pray it stays open forever. Thank You Emilio. Ciao Bella
You Can't Beat Ballato's!!! – You will aboslutely enjoy the food and service at this consumer friendly restaraunt. Emilio makes sure that you have the best time at his establishment! I would recommend this restaraunt to anyone seeking a very nice Italian dinner and great service!!! Keep up the great work!!!
Simply the best! – I've eaten at Ballato's a dozen or more times over the years.....both lunch and dinner. Bottom line: Their food is some of the best Italian I've ever had. (Born and raised New Yorker) Try the ravioli. It's light and always fresh. I've never had a bad meal nor a bad expereience at Ballatos and I look forward to my next dinner there in a few weeks. Thanks Emelio.....don't change a thing. Ciao!
Ballato's – Very good primarily southern italian food, though considerably more sophisticated than a typical red sauce joint. As mentioned above, the prices are not inexpensive, especially the wine list which could definitely add a few lower priced bottles, but they are what i'd expect for a restaurant of this caliber and style. The portions are big so you can split an appetizer. Has a very nice warm lofty look for ambience and i really liked the menu choices. The service is a little disjointed and the desserts are mediocre, but I'll definitely go back.
NOT $$ – We invited people to this restaurant thinking it was not ultra-expensive. Not sure why this place got $$, but it's more like $$$$. Not one bottle of wine was less then $35. No big deal to spend the money, but it's nice to know what to expect, esp. when you are inviting people there.
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