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The 16 Best Restaurants to Order Pasta in NYC

 From luxe linguine to modernized cacio e pepe.

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One could argue that pasta is almost everyone’s preferred comfort food. Just think: Do you know anyone who dislikes it? Here in New York, it’s available in a dizzying variety of styles, from swanky restaurants’ must-try dishes to unique options from buzzy new cafes. For one of the city’s most sought-after foods, you’ll need a rundown on the best of the best so you won’t have to waste your time on trial and error.

Ahead: some of our favorite restaurants to score seriously delicious pasta, all available on DoorDash for your ordering convenience. Sample the wide world of noodles without ever leaving the coziness of your couch.

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1. Rao's

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455 E 114th St
New York, NY 10029
(212) 722-6709
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Nestled on a quiet corner of 114th Street is Rao’s: a 10-table Italian staple. Known for being exclusive, elusive, and filled with New York’s VIPs, the NYC icon has it all, from creamy pasta alla vodka and chicken parmigiana to linguine topped with garlicky chopped clams. Ordering for a fam? Try the trays of chicken marinara or a half pan of gemelli pasta topped with pesto-covered grilled chicken slices. You may not spot a celebrity from home, but the food is A-list enough.

Italian food in white serving dishes spread out over a wooden dining table Courtesy of Rao’s

2. Parm

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235 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023
(212) 776-4921
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Locals already know that this is “the spot,” so let us tell you what’s worth the wait. Crispy chicken parm hero sandwiches, the restaurant’s specialty, are practically perfect, and there are tasty mozzarella sticks, bundles of buttery garlic bread, and Italian fries for fantastic side options. Feeling hungrier than hungry? Opt for bowls of pesto rotini or penne scampi.

pesto covered pasta shells in white dinner bowl Courtesy of Parm

3. Sant Ambroeus

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1000 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 570-2211
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The pasta choices at this great Italian restaurant (there are five locations in Manhattan) have remained true to Milanese origins — and it’s damn genius. So are the traditional bolognese bowls, spaghetti carbonara, pan-seared Faroe Islands salmon salads, and Swiss cheese sandwiches. You can order their in-house extra virgin olive oil, too.

Delicious plate of spaghetti alla carbonara Courtesy of Sant Ambroeus

4. Felice 83

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1593 1st Ave
New York, NY 10028
(212) 249-4080
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This hip restaurant has romantic vibes, and you can still capture that feeling when enjoying the lush meals during a date night at home. Fettuccine alla bolognese and fresh artisanal fusilli make for perfect entrees, after shared plates of housemade veal meatballs and sauteed garlicky spinach. Owner Jacopo Giustiniani knows you’ll feel and taste the flavors of Tuscany here.

pesto gnocchi in a brown bowl for dinner Courtesy of Felice 83

5. dell'anima

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600 11th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 366-6633
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Tucked into a tiny corner on 11th Avenue is dell’anima — a decade-old Italian eatery that usually draws in upscale New York folk. If you can’t squeeze in a reservation, then ordering in is the next best thing. Feast your eyes (and your stomach) on popular dishes like confit potatoes, roasted red pepper ravioli, and risotto topped with housemade sausage and pecorino romano.

Plate of fresh spaghetti with a glass of red wine Courtesy of dell’anima

6. Ruby's Cafe

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442 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 300-4245
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Established in 2002, Ruby’s prides itself on using fresh, local products with an Australian culinary twist. Despite having an assortment of cuisines (like sandwiches and rice bowls), Ruby’s has earned a devout following for its expertly crafted pasta selection. Go for creamy chicken pasta or Blue Swimmer Crab linguine, made with herb butter and charred scallions.

White bowl of delicious meat pasta noodles

7. Eataly

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200 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 229-2560
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Eataly needs no introduction. With locations across New York City, this Italian-focused marketplace also can be found on DoorDash for home delivery. Prepare for an evening of comfort food with all the pizza your stomach can handle — from sausage-covered to classic Margherita Verace. And, don’t miss the beloved antipasti options, ranging from burrata to housemade focaccia.

Pasta alla Norma in dinner plate Courtesy of Eataly

8. Da Umberto

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107 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-0303
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If you’re looking for an old-school joint, then look no further than da Umberto. It’s one of NYC’s top Italian restaurants (since 1987), so you can expect all the traditional dishes to taste as good as they smell. Balancing old-world charm with contemporary twists, the menu boasts spicy vodka-sauce pennette, spaghetti with clams, and truffle ravioli.

plate of fresh classic spaghetti Courtesy of Da Umberto

9. Charlie Bird

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5 King St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 235-7133
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This restaurant’s expertly crafted menu was developed by Chef Ryan Hardy: a pasta-maker, pizza designer, and overall food connoisseur. Expect dishes that are distinctly Italian with a New York twist, providing fans with entrees like gnocchi rosa, spicy ragu cavatelli, and rich agnolotti topped with charred corn and black garlic.

Triangoli with Crescenza, Black Trumpet & Kale Courtesy of Charlie Bird

10. Forma Pasta Factory

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14 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 349-2009
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Forma is a unique spot. For one point, it all began in a quiet Brooklyn basement. For another point, the pasta is manufactured every day, out in the open, making it a true pasta factory. (Chef Amit Rabinovich has crafted a dough that cooks as quickly as fresh pasta but features the sturdiness of dried noodles.) Diners can choose from dishes like pipette ragu with a creamy herb sauce, fettuccine with sauteed wild mushrooms, and classic spaghetti topped with fresh basil. 

Two plates of Italian food on a black and white placemat Courtesy of Forma Pasta Factory

11. Rubirosa

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235 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-0500
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Bridging the gap between old Nolita and new, this cozy eatery has become a staple for the neighborhood. Inspired by family recipes, AJ Pappalardo’s menu offers plenty of choices for pizza and pasta enthusiasts. A slew of Italian favorites like pesto gnocchi, ricotta ravioli, and sausage rigatoni round out the options.

Chitarra alle Vongole with clams Courtesy of Rubirosa

12. Barano

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26 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(347) 987-4500
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Helmed by seasoned chef Albert Di Meglio, Barano is South Williamsburg’s wood-fired Italian restaurant utilizing wood-burning ovens and open-fire grills. Putting a spin on the classic dishes he grew up eating, Di Meglio’s handmade pasta (like cacio e pepe ravioli, spaghetti alla chitarra, and bolognese with braised dry-aged beef) is worth an order. For shareable apps, try the dry-aged meatballs, house-pickled vegetables, or traditional caesar salad.

plate of egg-topped pasta noodles Courtesy of Barano

13. Frankies 457 Spuntino

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457 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 403-0033
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Enjoy all that Tuscany has to offer without ever leaving your apartment. Opened in 2004 by Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, this restaurant is considered one of the top spots to grab authentic Italian cuisine. And it lives up to the hype with ricotta cavatelli, vegetarian lasagna, and braised lamb served over ribbon pasta. Deciding what to order is the hardest part. 

A fresh bowl of bolognese pasta Courtesy of Frankies 457 Spuntino

14. Via Carota

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51 Grove St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-1962
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Cherished downtown chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi helm this spot, cooking deeply appealing Italian food. In true gastroteca fashion, this spot is open all day long — the perfect place for ordering comfort food after a night spent dancing. Here, you’ll find the menu is as vast as the wine list, with pasta options ranging from tagliatelle topped with fresh peas and prosciutto to cacio e pepe.

creamy pasta on white plate Courtesy of Via Carota

15. Lil' Frankie's

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19 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 420-4900

There’s a dish for every type of eater at this old-school Italian eatery. Besides traditional New York dishes like saucy pizza and wood-roasted chicken, pasta-lovers will be elated to know Spaghetti Limone (noodles tossed in lemon and Parmigiano-Reggiano), fresh penne, and chicken Parmigiano are on the menu. Order yours with a side of crispy garlic bread.

A white bowl of spinach-stuffed ravioli covered in sauce. Courtesy of Lil’ Frankie’s

16. L'Artusi

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228 W 10th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-5757

With a food menu as vast as the wine offerings, you won’t order from L’Artusi and feel dissatisfied afterward. The restaurant offers a modern take on traditional Italian cuisine, and the options available to your door are just as delicious. Order homemade jars containing Bolognese, mushroom ragu, and spicy tomato sauce with pancetta to perfect your at-home pasta game.

A hefty sampling of various Italian dishes, all on white plates. Courtesy of L’Artusi
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1. Rao's

455 E 114th St, New York, NY 10029
Italian food in white serving dishes spread out over a wooden dining table Courtesy of Rao’s

Nestled on a quiet corner of 114th Street is Rao’s: a 10-table Italian staple. Known for being exclusive, elusive, and filled with New York’s VIPs, the NYC icon has it all, from creamy pasta alla vodka and chicken parmigiana to linguine topped with garlicky chopped clams. Ordering for a fam? Try the trays of chicken marinara or a half pan of gemelli pasta topped with pesto-covered grilled chicken slices. You may not spot a celebrity from home, but the food is A-list enough.

455 E 114th St
New York, NY 10029

2. Parm

235 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023
pesto covered pasta shells in white dinner bowl Courtesy of Parm

Locals already know that this is “the spot,” so let us tell you what’s worth the wait. Crispy chicken parm hero sandwiches, the restaurant’s specialty, are practically perfect, and there are tasty mozzarella sticks, bundles of buttery garlic bread, and Italian fries for fantastic side options. Feeling hungrier than hungry? Opt for bowls of pesto rotini or penne scampi.

235 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023

3. Sant Ambroeus

1000 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021
Delicious plate of spaghetti alla carbonara Courtesy of Sant Ambroeus

The pasta choices at this great Italian restaurant (there are five locations in Manhattan) have remained true to Milanese origins — and it’s damn genius. So are the traditional bolognese bowls, spaghetti carbonara, pan-seared Faroe Islands salmon salads, and Swiss cheese sandwiches. You can order their in-house extra virgin olive oil, too.

1000 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021

4. Felice 83

1593 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028
pesto gnocchi in a brown bowl for dinner Courtesy of Felice 83

This hip restaurant has romantic vibes, and you can still capture that feeling when enjoying the lush meals during a date night at home. Fettuccine alla bolognese and fresh artisanal fusilli make for perfect entrees, after shared plates of housemade veal meatballs and sauteed garlicky spinach. Owner Jacopo Giustiniani knows you’ll feel and taste the flavors of Tuscany here.

1593 1st Ave
New York, NY 10028

5. dell'anima

600 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Plate of fresh spaghetti with a glass of red wine Courtesy of dell’anima

Tucked into a tiny corner on 11th Avenue is dell’anima — a decade-old Italian eatery that usually draws in upscale New York folk. If you can’t squeeze in a reservation, then ordering in is the next best thing. Feast your eyes (and your stomach) on popular dishes like confit potatoes, roasted red pepper ravioli, and risotto topped with housemade sausage and pecorino romano.

600 11th Ave
New York, NY 10036

6. Ruby's Cafe

442 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016
White bowl of delicious meat pasta noodles

Established in 2002, Ruby’s prides itself on using fresh, local products with an Australian culinary twist. Despite having an assortment of cuisines (like sandwiches and rice bowls), Ruby’s has earned a devout following for its expertly crafted pasta selection. Go for creamy chicken pasta or Blue Swimmer Crab linguine, made with herb butter and charred scallions.

442 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10016

7. Eataly

200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010
Pasta alla Norma in dinner plate Courtesy of Eataly

Eataly needs no introduction. With locations across New York City, this Italian-focused marketplace also can be found on DoorDash for home delivery. Prepare for an evening of comfort food with all the pizza your stomach can handle — from sausage-covered to classic Margherita Verace. And, don’t miss the beloved antipasti options, ranging from burrata to housemade focaccia.

200 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010

8. Da Umberto

107 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011
plate of fresh classic spaghetti Courtesy of Da Umberto

If you’re looking for an old-school joint, then look no further than da Umberto. It’s one of NYC’s top Italian restaurants (since 1987), so you can expect all the traditional dishes to taste as good as they smell. Balancing old-world charm with contemporary twists, the menu boasts spicy vodka-sauce pennette, spaghetti with clams, and truffle ravioli.

107 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011

9. Charlie Bird

5 King St, New York, NY 10012
Triangoli with Crescenza, Black Trumpet & Kale Courtesy of Charlie Bird

This restaurant’s expertly crafted menu was developed by Chef Ryan Hardy: a pasta-maker, pizza designer, and overall food connoisseur. Expect dishes that are distinctly Italian with a New York twist, providing fans with entrees like gnocchi rosa, spicy ragu cavatelli, and rich agnolotti topped with charred corn and black garlic.

5 King St
New York, NY 10012

10. Forma Pasta Factory

14 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Two plates of Italian food on a black and white placemat Courtesy of Forma Pasta Factory

Forma is a unique spot. For one point, it all began in a quiet Brooklyn basement. For another point, the pasta is manufactured every day, out in the open, making it a true pasta factory. (Chef Amit Rabinovich has crafted a dough that cooks as quickly as fresh pasta but features the sturdiness of dried noodles.) Diners can choose from dishes like pipette ragu with a creamy herb sauce, fettuccine with sauteed wild mushrooms, and classic spaghetti topped with fresh basil. 

14 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

11. Rubirosa

235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
Chitarra alle Vongole with clams Courtesy of Rubirosa

Bridging the gap between old Nolita and new, this cozy eatery has become a staple for the neighborhood. Inspired by family recipes, AJ Pappalardo’s menu offers plenty of choices for pizza and pasta enthusiasts. A slew of Italian favorites like pesto gnocchi, ricotta ravioli, and sausage rigatoni round out the options.

235 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

12. Barano

26 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249
plate of egg-topped pasta noodles Courtesy of Barano

Helmed by seasoned chef Albert Di Meglio, Barano is South Williamsburg’s wood-fired Italian restaurant utilizing wood-burning ovens and open-fire grills. Putting a spin on the classic dishes he grew up eating, Di Meglio’s handmade pasta (like cacio e pepe ravioli, spaghetti alla chitarra, and bolognese with braised dry-aged beef) is worth an order. For shareable apps, try the dry-aged meatballs, house-pickled vegetables, or traditional caesar salad.

26 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11249

13. Frankies 457 Spuntino

457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
A fresh bowl of bolognese pasta Courtesy of Frankies 457 Spuntino

Enjoy all that Tuscany has to offer without ever leaving your apartment. Opened in 2004 by Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, this restaurant is considered one of the top spots to grab authentic Italian cuisine. And it lives up to the hype with ricotta cavatelli, vegetarian lasagna, and braised lamb served over ribbon pasta. Deciding what to order is the hardest part. 

457 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

14. Via Carota

51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014
creamy pasta on white plate Courtesy of Via Carota

Cherished downtown chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi helm this spot, cooking deeply appealing Italian food. In true gastroteca fashion, this spot is open all day long — the perfect place for ordering comfort food after a night spent dancing. Here, you’ll find the menu is as vast as the wine list, with pasta options ranging from tagliatelle topped with fresh peas and prosciutto to cacio e pepe.

51 Grove St
New York, NY 10014

15. Lil' Frankie's

19 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
A white bowl of spinach-stuffed ravioli covered in sauce. Courtesy of Lil’ Frankie’s

There’s a dish for every type of eater at this old-school Italian eatery. Besides traditional New York dishes like saucy pizza and wood-roasted chicken, pasta-lovers will be elated to know Spaghetti Limone (noodles tossed in lemon and Parmigiano-Reggiano), fresh penne, and chicken Parmigiano are on the menu. Order yours with a side of crispy garlic bread.

19 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003

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16. L'Artusi

228 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014
A hefty sampling of various Italian dishes, all on white plates. Courtesy of L’Artusi

With a food menu as vast as the wine offerings, you won’t order from L’Artusi and feel dissatisfied afterward. The restaurant offers a modern take on traditional Italian cuisine, and the options available to your door are just as delicious. Order homemade jars containing Bolognese, mushroom ragu, and spicy tomato sauce with pancetta to perfect your at-home pasta game.

228 W 10th St
New York, NY 10014