10 Italian restaurants in New York from movies and TV shows

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Dine out in the Italian restaurants and New York pizza parlors that you've seen in TV shows or movies.

10 Italian restaurants in New York

What would New York be without its many Italian restaurants and pizzerias appearing in many movies? Like Spider-Man, Gossip Girl, Sex and the city, Seinfeld, Homeland, Goodfellas, Orange is the New Black and many other films and series have made your mouth water? We suggest you to go there to eat and to go there with the help of the New York guide of the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels.

1. Joe’s Pizza – Spider-Man

Italian Restaurants: Joe's Pizza - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Joe’s Pizza – Photo credit: Fantrippers

You can eat standing or in one of the few places along the walls decorated with celebrity photos, but Joe’s take-out pizzas have been a must since 1975. They even have the reputation of being the best in New York.

Address: 7 Carmine Street, New York, USA

2. Pete’s Tavern, one of the oldest Italian restaurants – Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Nurse Jackie, Ragtime, Endless Love

This historic Italian restaurant, open since 1864, is also the oldest in New York City. Its walls are covered with photos of actors or singers contributing to its unique character. A true institution, Pete’s Tavern has appeared in many films.

Address: 129 East 18th Street, New York, USA

3. Ferdinando’s Focacceria – The Departed

Italian Restaurants: Ferdinando's Focacceria - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Ferdinando’s Focacceria – Photo credit: Fantrippers

Pushing the door of Ferdinando’s Focacceria is time travel. Since 1904, the restaurant’s dishes have been reputed to be typical Italian dishes and their prices remain cheap, while the setting takes you back to the last century, with its magnificent tiled floors and brick walls adorned with old newspaper clippings.

Address: 151 Union Street, New York, USA

4. Rao’s – The Wolf of Wall Street, Law & Order

Difficult, if not impossible, to dine in this very select Italian restaurant in operation since 1896 but this incredible story deserves to be told here. Since receiving three stars in the New York Times in 1977, the place is always sold out! Only an invitation from one of the “owners” of one of the ten tables allows you to sit at it. For the record, Martin Scorsese has recruited 21 of the staff to play in Goodfellas.

Address: 455 East 114th Street, New York, USA

5. Bamonte’s, One of Brooklyn’s Italian Restaurants – Gotham, Homeland, Master of None, The Sopranos

Italian Restaurants: Bamonte's - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Bamonte’s – Photo credit: Fantrippers

Opened in 1900, Bamonte’s is in the pure tradition of American-Italian restaurants. The shares are huge, the cooking and decoration are typical of this style of place. A little time travel.

Address: 32 Withers Street, Brooklyn, New York, USA

6. Ben’s Pizza – Louie

Italian Restaurants: Ben's Pizza - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Ben’s Pizza – Photo credit: Fantrippers

Don’t rely on the old-fashioned frame of the place. This is one of the best pizza places in New York.

Address: 123 Macdougal Street, New York, USA

7. Rosario’s Deli – Orange is the new black

Named Dmitri’s Russian Market in the series, this Deli has also been an Italian grocery store since it opened in 1986.

Address: 22-55 31st Street, Queens, New York, USA

8. Lenny’s Pizza – Saturday Night Fever

Italian Restaurants: Lenny's Pizza - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Lenny’s Pizza – Photo credit: Fantrippers

Located at the exit of the aerial subway, Lenny’s small pizzeria has existed since 1953 in this still typical Brooklyn neighborhood. And the slices are delicious!

Address: 1969 86th Street, New York, USA

9. Sardi’s, one of the most select Italian restaurants – Mad Men

Sardi’s New York – Photo Wikimedia Commons by Luigi Novi

The large hall with its many caricatures by American artists will take you back in time. Located in the entertainment district, Sardi’s has welcomed many celebrities since 1927.

Address: 234 West 44th Street, New York, USA

10. Famous Ben’s pizza – Men in Black II

A cheap pizza place with generous slices. A poster of Men in Black II reminds us that a scene from the film was shot there.

Address: 177 Spring Street, New York, USA

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By Nicolas Albert

Saturday, May 13, 2017

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