Best Restaurants in NoLita

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants in NoLita. 

Emilio's Ballato
Italian · NoLita · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

The “food sings” at this “back-in-the-day” NoLita “red-sauce” joint that “looks like an Italian farmhouse hallway” and is “one of the last of a breed” (it's been around since 1956); owner Emilio is “always there” , and his presence “makes the evening complete.”
New American · NoLita · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.2

You “can’t go wrong” at this NoLita “hot spot” from Ignacio Mattos, where the “beautifully executed” American menu includes “highly original” Med-influenced share plates; the “small” , “loud” space is “less than thrilling” and bills do “run up” , but scoring reservations is still a “challenge.”
The Musket Room
New Zealand · NoLita · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

A “wonderful” Down Under “experience” , this NoLita “find” rates “excellent on all fronts” with “serious” New Zealand cuisine matched with a “Kiwi-focused wine list” , dispatched by a “top-notch” team; fans of its “sophisticated” yet “comfy” style are “hooked” despite the “high prices.”
Pizza · NoLita · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

“Amazing” thin-crust pizzas and “to-die-for” meatballs are the fortes of this “charming” NoLita Italian done up in “rustic-chic” style; “cozy” turns “tight” during prime times, and it can be “hard to get a table” , but “cool” vibes and “reasonable” tabs compensate.
Chefs Club
Eclectic · NoLita · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

At this “upscale but accessible” NoLita American from Food & Wine magazine, a “rotating cast” of chefs work the open kitchen and the “menu is always changing” ( “love the concept” ); its “dramatic” , “beautiful” loft space hosts a “fun” , “noisy” scene, all overseen by an “enthusiastic” staff – just the formula for a “festive” night out.
Pizza · NoLita · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.8

This 1905-vintage NoLita pizza “shrine” , which claims to be America's first pizzeria, still draws throngs with its “real-deal” coal-fired pies; it doesn't take plastic or reservations, and you may have to “tussle with the tourists to get a table” , but it's a true “slice of NY” – even though it “doesn't do slices.”
Uncle Boons
Thai · NoLita · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

Something “different from the norm” , this “cutting-edge” NoLita hangout offers a “new-school” take on Thai cuisine via “vibrant flavors” and very “serious spicing” ; an “attentive” team tends the “knickknack” -filled basement space, where “must-try” beer slushies can be ordered from the “cozy” bar; its tiny Mott Street sib is a counter-serve, credit card–only outfit offering a takeout menu based on the original, with some seating available.
Italian · NoLita · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.1

From the “warm” , rustic setting to the “fabulous” , wood-fired cuisine, this “unforgettable” Italian “outshines” many of its NoLita neighbors; “romantic” types on a “dinner date” finish up the meal in the “civilized” cellar wine bar for after-dinner drinks.