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Benito One

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$$ - $$$
Little Italy
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174 Mulberry St, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10013-3759
+1 212-226-9171
11:00 - 22:00
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was fantastic. Prices were more than fair. The staff was not just accommodating, but visited the table to make sure we were happy and enjoyed a pleasant conversation.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I know Benito One is popular, and it is for good reason. Tightly- packed in a good way. We had reservations and owner greated at door. Great service and the two different pasta dishes we had were fantastic. Little Italy is worth your time. Lots of great restaurants and culture and Benito One is my fave.

Thank Jimmyharcar
Syracuse, New York
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35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the pleasure of dining at Benito One on 4/1 while visiting NYC for the weekend to celebrate our son’s 10th birthday. On his wish list/agenda for the trip was a real Italian meal in Little Italy and boy did we get it! We also got a huge dose of hospitality and grace when, due to crazy weather in... More 

Thank martdm
Westford, Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Based on TripAdvisor reviews took family to Benito One today. If you value great traditional Italian food with generous portions and solid service all at a moderate price this is the place for you. The location is small and not fancy but they quickly accommodated our party of five. The menu had many choices around traditional Italian cuisine. We started... More 

Thank richsepe
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135 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here for evening meal in little Italy..loved the place small but got a feeling of warmth from the very well run establishment food,wine and service great..

Thank SAQ333
james b, Owner at Benito One, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review. Glad you enjoyes our restaurant Sincerely James More 

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31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Based on the TripAdvisor ranking Benito One was chosen as the venue for a party of three, including two Italians. Was greeted at the door with "no tables free, reservations only" but a few tables were clearly free and after some arguing a table was indeed found. Two carpaccio with parmigiano and rucola was ordered but that was not exactly... More 

2 Thank DanmarkBruxelles
james b, Owner at Benito One, responded to this review

Do you know what reservations mean? Well let me teach you something. It means that when you call to make a reservation I hold the table open for you. So when you see an empty table that means it's being held for someone with a reservation. So far the only unappealing thing here is you. I can't speak for Trip... More 

Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting NYC from the UK for the first time my trip would not have been complete without sampling spaghetti & meatballs in Little Italy and I'm so glad I came to Benito One to try it. Small family run establishment with the emphasis on genuine, quality Italian dishes all served by friendly, professional staff. The atmosphere in this small buy... More 

1 Thank stephen0654
james b, Owner at Benito One, responded to this review

Glad you will come back. We look forward to seeing you. By the way, I make the meatballs. Sincerely James More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Managed to get a table on our first night in New York. The atmosphere was great, really friendly, the service and the food was excellent. Would definitely go again

Thank Ruth C
james b, Owner at Benito One, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and looking forward to seeing you again, and again, and again Sincerely James More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the chicken parm... It has real mozzarella on it... So good. And very reasonable prices. The atmosphere is legit as well... Very hole in the wall/what you think you would get from little Italy. Seemed very authentic... Same with staff.

1 Thank gmayeux
james b, Owner at Benito One, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review Sincerely James More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My 7 year old daughter and I had dinner here to celebrate her birthday last Saturday and returned for dinner during the week. We had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed the food, the traditional Italian atmosphere of this cozy restaurant, and above all the warm hospitality of our waiter, Diego. He went out of his way to make my... More 

Thank marge8700
james b, Owner at Benito One, responded to this review

Diego had a big smile on his face when he read your review. Thank you and happy birthday to your daughter from all of us. Sincerely James More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 25
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 174 Mulberry St, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10013-3759
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Little Italy
  • Neighbourhood: Little Italy
  • Phone Number: +1 212-226-9171
The Original Benito One opened it's doors in 1968. Because of the reputation of Chef Benito it became an instant hit in Little Italy. It started out with only 5 tables in a tiny store front. It hasen't changed much over the years. The new owners are 2 brothers (Nick and James Bari) who have been in the restaurant business for over 40 years. Born and raised on Mulberry Street and now the proud owners of Benito. Out of respect of Chef Benito they kept the name and pretty much the same menu. The chef that is there has been working in Benito for over 29 years. Nick and James have kept the same cozy and family oriented look of the restaurant. All the pictures on the walls are of thier family, parents, grand parents and great grand parents. They will maintain the look and taste of the original Benito as long as they are there. Nick and James invite you to come and take a look and hopefully become a member of the Benito family.

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Staying in Little Italy

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Little Italy
While Little Italy is one of the city's smallest neighbourhoods, its streets are packed with visitors from around the globe, especially on summer weekends when the streets are closed to traffic. Stroll up Mulberry Street, the heart of Little Italy, for a dense mix of Italian restaurants with sidewalk tables, cafes, and old-school food shops. Don’t be surprised when the hosts beckon you to pay them a visit. Stop in for a coffee and a cannoli, or grab a streetside table to take in the scenery over a hearty Italian meal.
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