If I could eat one thing the rest of my life I think it would have to be pasta.
Growing up in an Italian family, I’ve been lucky to have some of the best homemade pasta dishes thanks to my Mimi and luckily here in NYC, there’s some of the best Italian spots in the world as well. Whether you’re craving something unique and different or just want a classic dish, I’ve rounded up my favorite spots for the best pasta in NYC, keep scrolling down for my recommendations!
THE BEST PASTA IN NYC: A FOODIE’S GUIDE
Lil Frankies has been one of our go-to spots since I moved to NYC almost five years ago. It’s been the spot for many birthday dinners, family visits and date nights because of one main dish: their lemon spaghetti. Creamy and refreshing, this is a must order anytime you go to Lil Frankies, whether you’re splitting or enjoying all of it for yourself!
If you’re looking for a truly special dining experience, L’Artusi is the place to go. While reservations are tough to book, grabbing a seat at the bar is always a great move as well. Every pasta dish is incredible and changes seasonly so you’re always guaranteed an amazing new special dish when you visit. Get a few dishes to share so you can try as many pastas as possible!
Everyone has their favorite neighborhood spots in the city and we’re lucky that ours is Il Brigante. A cozy, rustic Italian spot in the Seaport, Il Brigante has some of the best homemade pastas in the city. Our favorite? The Rigatoni Funghi e Salsiccia which is a creamy vodka sauce with sausage and mushrooms that we are constantly craving.
One of the hardest reservations to get, plan ahead and book for any night you can get! The entire dining experience is incredible. Start off with their homemade focaccia and end with their special olive oil gelato soft serve but of course, make sure to share as many pasta dishes as possible!
From the same owner as Lilia, Misi is their more pasta focused restaurant. While I prefer the pasta more at Lilia, Misi is still a great dining experience and perfect to celebrate a special occasion over some pastas (and their ricotta toast!) and a negroni.
For the best vodka in the city, there’s no dish better than Carbone’s Spicy Rigatoni Vodka. Rich and decadent, it’s worth the wait you may have getting into Carbone finally! Book a reservation when you can far in advance and get ready to indulge when you come.
If you’re craving vodka pasta and can’t get into Carbone, Bar Pitti is another favorite. Old school Italian and a classic NYC establishment, come in the summer to sit outside and celeb watch with a plate of their Pappardelle Alla Fiesolana, which is flat, large, homemade pasta with smoked bacon, cream, tomatoes & parmigiano.
This charming West Village restaurant is perfect for a summer night with its open walls and sidewalk seating. Share a bottle of wine and get their Spinach Gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce. Decadent and rich and a must have when dining here.
I love when you go to a spot and know you’re always guaranteed a classic and comforting pasta dish and Frankie’s 570 is a guarantee for always a great meal. My favorite is their Gnocchi Marinara with Fresh Ricotta. Little pillows of heaven!