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The best Nolita restaurants in NYC

Above Little Italy, you’ll find the best Nolita restaurants in NYC, from Israeli cafes to pizza parlors

By Christina Izzo

There’s more to the best Nolita restaurants in NYC than just Italian food, though the neighborhood’s got New York pizza bona fides in spades. (The first pizzeria in the United States can be found in Nolita). You can find Thai restaurants, top-notch Japanese food and some of the best bagels in NYC. Need proof? Check out the best restaurants in Nolita.

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Best Nolita restaurants in NYC

Ramen Lab
Photograph: Courtesy Ramen Lab

11. Ramen Lab

Restaurants Japanese Nolita

The superior strands at this 10-seat educational slurp shop from the Sun Noodle team have been a secret weapon in noodle houses on both East and West Coasts—including NYC’s Momofuku Noodle Bar, Totto Ramen and Hide-Chan, among countless others—for three decades.

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

12. Rebelle

Restaurants French Nolita

Branden McRill and Patrick Cappiello look like any two guys you’d find walking down the Bowery—plaid-shirted, sporting stubble and, in Cappiello’s case, serious arm ink. But despite such slacker appearances, the young guns are behind two of the most impressive wine programs in the city: first at ambitious Nolita dining room Pearl & Ash and now this neobistro sibling next door. And like its owners, Rebelle seamlessly blends East Side edge with sommelier sophistication.

Photograph: Courtesy Balaboosta

13. Balaboosta

Restaurants Mediterranean West Village

The word balaboosta connotes an endearing Jewish type: The homemaker who possesses just the right touch in everything—a true domestic goddess. Israeli chef-owner Einat Admony—also of the falafel joint Taim and Bar Bolonat—embodies that multiplicity. She’s well versed in the ingredients of India, Europe, South America and of course, her native Middle East, combining them in dishes at this Nolita spot.

Prince Street Pizza
Photograph: Courtesy Prince Street Pizza

14. Prince Street Pizza

Restaurants Pizza Nolita

Grab a Neapolitan- or Sicilian-style slice at this pizza joint, located in the space where the original Ray's Pizza once stood. Four signature pies boast neighborhood-inspired names like the thin-crust Mercer Margherita, made with fresh mozzarella, basil and marinara sauce, and the Spicy Spring, topped with Fra Diavolo sauce, spicy sopressata and fresh mozzarella.

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