San Marzano

Restaurants, Italian East Village
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Mix and match house-made pastas (pappardelle, garganelli) and sauces (bolognese, wild-boar ragù) at this Italian noodle shop.


Venue name: San Marzano
Address: 117 Second Ave
Cross street: at 7th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thur noon–11pm, Fri noon-midnight, Sat 11am–midnight, Sun 11am–11pm
Transport: Subway: 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average entrée: $9. AmEx, MC, V
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I almost don't want to write about San Marzano because I don't want it to get more crowded than it already is.  They have the best homemade pasta with great choices for sauces.  You can mix and match and really make the meal what you want.  I always start with the burrata appetizer and pretty much invariably get the wild boar ragu sauce.  The best part about this place is it is SO CHEAP for a nice homey, Italian feel.  Also they have gluten free pasta available!


We came to this place thinking it would just be a normal Italian restaurant but they have this awesome boozy brunch style deal for dinner with all you can drink sangria, wine or beer. The food was pretty standard, good portions. It was a Friday night and we were doing that fixed menu so I think our service experience was off and could've been better but as with any of those all you can whatever deals you get what you pay for, right? Good for groups though.

This place is pretty good. The prices are great. The service is fine. The location is great, right on the corner of 2nd ave next door to Moishes. 

I came here on a Sunday evening around 5pm, and the place was pretty empty. This usually scares me off, but I reminded myself 5pm is basically a late lunch for most people in Manhattan. It looks very new, decorated well, and cozy. I was surprised to see just how cheap everything on the menu was. We assumed the pasta dishes were going to be tapas style with the price tag (~$9) but the portions were big.

We started off with the buratta appetizer, which comes with some bread and cured meat. It was pretty good. Then we each ordered a panini with intentions to each try half -- we tried the meatball and the grilled chicken one. Also tried a pasta dish but I'm drawing a blank on which one. It was tasty.