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John's of 12th Street

302 E. 12th St. New York, NY 10003 | East Village | 212-475-9531

Location Description:

This is some seriously old-school Italian-American food. How old? The restaurant opened in 1908. Luckily for New Yorkers the place still maintains its subtle, Old World charm with a multitude of flickering candles, oil paintings and spotless white tablecloths. Burgundy banquettes and wooden tables provide seating for the East Village crowds that have been coming here for more than a century. The menu features classic Italian-American dishes such as baked lasagna, shrimp scampi, fettucine alfredo, saltimbocca, veal Parmigiana and Italian sausage, with a variety of three-course prix fixe menus also available. The small, affordably priced wine list is made up almost entirely of Italian wines, with a house wine ringing in at under $20 per bottle; you can also order from the full bar or choose from a variety of imported and domestic beers by the bottle. Vegetarian and vegans don't have to feel left out; John's recently unveiled a meat-free menu prepared on a separate set of cooking utensils.—Keith Wagstaff


  • Cuisine(s): Italian
  • Hours: Sun 4pm-10:30pm, Mon-Thu 4pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-11:30pm
  • Price: $$, $$$
  • Serving: Dinner
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Accepted, Recommended
  • Parking: No Parking, Street
  • Payment Types: cash, check
  • Attire: casual
  • Features: Delivery, Kid Friendly, Order Online, Private Party, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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