John's of 12th Street
Veteran, old-school Italian restaurant
Italian · East Village · $$
The Zagat Review
“Upholding the art of Italian cooking” since 1908, this East Village “institution” endures thanks to “no-nonsense” red-sauce meals (plus some vegan selections), all at “fair prices” ; no credit cards and “nothing-fancy” decor – think Chianti bottles and “melted candle wax” – add to the “time-warp” vibe.
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hours Open Today · 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
3:30 PM - 10:30 PM
location 302 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003, USA phone +1 212-475-9531 website directions Get Directions
Google Reviews
Delicious chicken parm and ragu. Big portions too. The famous meatballs were tasty but I don't think worth $18.95. The ambiance is old school with most staff very friendly. It did get confusing though with different people involved with our meal-one taking drink orders, another telling us specials and then taking our order, others bringing our food. The man who took our order never checked back again but maybe he isn't supposed to. All I know is that we had no idea who to ask about wrapping our food or for the check. Another odd thing is we had a Blackboard Eats deal for free meatballs. It said very clearly that it was one per couple with appropriate purchase but we were told it was one per table. When we pointed out that wasn't what was written we were kind of blown off saying "then it's a mistake" without looking at it or explaining the mistake. Overall, though, very high quality food (the chicken was amazing by itself much less with the sauce and cheese) and I could see eating here again.
Susan Knipper · April 18, 2018
As soon as you walk into that restaurant and the door closes behind you, you become a part of John’s family! The ambience and the service is brilliant, food is extra class and don’t bother to tell the waiter any extra wishes! They really take care of it! Grandioso!!! Anytime again!!!!
Martin Zocher · March 24, 2018
New owner, introduced himself and was very pleasant. He made it a point to make sure we were enjoying our meal and having a good experience. We got there late, and there was no pressure to get us out. They wanted us to take our time and enjoy the meal. I suggest leaving room for dessert!
Karen Juhasz · January 31, 2018