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Inspector Picks: 6 Favorite New York City Italian Restaurants

October 13, 2021
Craving Italian food on your New York City vacation? You are in the right place. AAA inspectors hand-picked these restaurants, from Lower Manhattan to the Upper East and West sides, for your dining pleasure. Enjoy traditional pastas and pizzas, creative seasonal dishes, luscious desserts and the perfect wines to pair with your meals. New York City is a haven for foodies.

Amarone Ristorante

686 9th Ave.
AAA Inspector 592:


775 Washington St.
AAA Inspector 592:
Felidia/Kelly Campbell


243 E. 58th St.
AAA Inspector 592:
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The Leopard at des Artistes

1 W. 67th St.
AAA Inspector 592: Dining by the iconic Howard Chandler Christy painted wall-murals of heavenly nymphs at this famed small eatery is an sublime and charming experience.
The Great Recession brought down the historic original ‘Cafe des Artistes” found here, but the dining room re-emerged with a new name - and with the angelic wall murals of frolicking nymphs remaining proudly intact. Refined service in a renewed, comfortable interior brings across a menu of both updated Italian favorites and seasonal selections. One of the very most romantic small restaurants in town, the atmosphere is spirited yet sophisticated, which is no easy feat after over 100 years. Attached to a historic artist's residence building next to Central Park, the address is a favorite of Woody Allen, who has used the eatery as a location in his films. It is not uncommon to see some other familiar faces from cinema and the business or political world eating at this storied spot.
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Lincoln Ristorante

142 W. 65th St.
AAA Inspector 592: Having a meal on the grass lawn atop the roof overlooking Lincoln Center is a memorable experience, to say the least.
Located within the Lincoln Center complex, dining here places you in a strikingly beautiful glass-walled restaurant at the epicenter of New York City's cultural hub. A menu of creative Italian dishes revolves around fresh fish, veal, antipasti and house-made pasta. Health conscious platings exhibit a subtle restraint, which falls perfectly in line with the exquisitely modern surroundings and open kitchen concept. Recommended.
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Quality Italian

57 W. 57th St.
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