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Local cuisine, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

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Push through this classic SoHo street, dotted with boutiques and coffee shops, and head straight into Rubirosa's narrow, dimly lit dining room simply t...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
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235 Mulberry street New York NY 10012
PRICE RANGE
$16 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed yesterday

happened upon this cozy spot around 5:30 the day we flew in. it was way past time for lunch. They had a space for us even though we had no reservation. Delicious food, good service, highly recommend.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a really cool Italian restaurant in little Italy. The place is compact and when we went on a Tuesday night it was busy with a great atmosphere. We ordered a three colour pizza, egg plant parmigiana and carbonara pasta. Delicious fresh bread was...also served with our meals. All of the food was spot on; the wine was superb and the service exceptional. The bill was also reasonable.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 13, 2022

We had a large party and had to cancel late due to some illness. Rubirosa was nothing but understanding and compassionate. No penalties, no guilt....just top notch customer service. We'll eat there again for sure!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 11, 2022

I can only rate the GF menu, but it was extensive, and a real treat for me. The Caesar salad was the creamiest ever, and I will never forget the gluten free pizza. The crust had a great texture , and the sauce was out...of this world. The server even gave me an extra lemonade as he noticed I was rather thirsty after cycling 30km on a hot day. Now on a train out of NYC, I only wish I ordered a whole other pie to go!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 5, 2022

We walked through the door of Rubirosa and were treated very nicely. With the exception of our server, who was also very nice, it went down from there. Granted we were there on a hot day, but it was very hot inside—I was constantly wiping...my brow. We started by ordering two glasses of red wine, which were too warm to enjoy. We’ve eaten in a number of NYC restaurants during this most recent heat wave and haven’t experienced this heat in a restaurant or very warm wine. We started with baked clams. We researched “best baked clams” in the NYC and Rubirosa popped up. I often go to the fish market and make baked clams—an old time NYC dish—so I was anxious to try them. Big disappointment: for twenty dollars you get six tiny clams and it was debatable whether there was clam meat in each shell. At best, they were the tiniest morsel of clam I’ve ever eaten. We ordered a pizza that was half tie-dye—a cheese pizza drizzled with pesto—and half arugula with slices of Parmesean, tomato and balsamic vinegar. The taste of the tie dye was good, not great. I thought the balsamic overwhelmed the arugula portion, which had an enormous amount of Parmesean. As far as arugula pizzas go, I’ve had better. I must also add, Rubirosa’s pizza is considered a style that is popular in Staten Island and features a crackery crust, which some folks love. I prefer a pizza that is a little chewy and can be folded. When folded this style tends to crack. So, for a pizza experience, it wasn’t what I expected and for $33—there are many good, lower-priced pizzas options in NYC—I expected an incredible pizza. For the amount of money spent, I was disappointed. One final thought, this is a young hip spot and the young folks really seem to be enjoying themselves. I’m a senior, and if, like me, you don’t enjoy the pounding beat of music throughout your meal, you might try another spot.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 25, 2022 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended and did not disappoint. Seating is limited and we were crammed against a wall with no air conditioning upon us. It was soooo hot, but no one wanted to leave in my party. So glad we stayed. Pizza was very good...even thought the thin crust was a bit burnt. We had pasta with mushrooms which was absolutely out of this world. I’m Italian and it was the best pasta I have ever had. Waiter was at rebrand really friendly. When I’m in I’m the area I will definitely return.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 23, 2022

PRO: Lively atmosphere, friendly servers, good service, they offer a nice menu of gluten-free pizza for those seeking it. CON: Ordered the octopus, which came out burnt. Sent it back and received another, almost equally over-charred. There's only one bathroom and the waiting line can...run along a couple of the dining tables, so watch where you are seated if this matters to you. Had to call repeatedly the week before to book a table (we had a party of 5 and Resy wasn't accepting our request) because the phone often went unanswered and there was no way to leave a message. The staff is really great, the food just okay for all the hype (there is much better pizza to be had elsewhere in NY). But based on all the rave reviews, maybe we will give it a second chance, and sit at one of the bar area high-tops to avoid the bathroom line.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Rubirosa M, General Manager at Rubirosa, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2022

Hi Girasole, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're sorry we missed the mark on your meal. Your sincere feedback makes a difference and helps us to be our best. We hope you will consider coming back to give us another...More

Reviewed June 1, 2022

We heard about this restaurant on a food tour and decided to stop in for lunch. The place is small but inviting. The staff was warm and friendly. We ordered the tie dye pizza. It was a beautiful pie that tasted even better. The sauce...was flavorful and the crust was crispy. The 14 inch pizza was plenty for two. This restaurant will be a frequent eating spot for future NYC trips.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Rubirosa M, General Manager at Rubirosa, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2022

Hi Scott, We are so happy to have you as a customer! Thank you for sharing your positive experience with us. It means a lot to us and our entire team! We hope to have you dine with us again soon! Have a great day,...More

Reviewed May 30, 2022

Party of 4 ordered salad, pasta dishes and huge pizza. The service was great and the food was tasty. Known for their thin crust pizza, which is not very filling, so try a couple of pasta dishes which come in small or large portions. We...stayed at our table for 2 hours and never felt rushed. Food, beer and wine was all very reasonable. This seems to be a locals spot as it was referred by a family member in NYC. No reservations, so you may want to come early, pop in a bar on the street and wait to be seated.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Rubirosa M, General Manager at Rubirosa, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2022

Hi , We are so happy to have you as a customer! Thank you for sharing your positive experience with us. It means a lot to us and our entire team! We hope to have you dine with us again soon! Have a great day,...More

Reviewed May 5, 2022 via mobile

Loved the food was super tasty. Staff were really friendly and we ended up going back as we enjoyed our meal so much. Pizzas were great and would also recommend the rice balls.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Rubirosa M, General Manager at Rubirosa, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2022

Hi , We are so happy to have you as a customer! Thank you for sharing your positive experience with us. It means a lot to us and our entire team! We hope to have you dine with us again soon! Have a great day,...More

Reviewed April 4, 2022

A kind barber recommended this restaurant when we were on the hunt for authentic New York pizza...and it didn't disappoint. The pizza was delicious...you could taste the freshness in each ingredient. We also had the antipasto platter, crispy calamari, and rice balls. The Caesar salad...was to die for! I only didn't give them a 5 because the space is really tight and felt claustrophobic at times. Great service and great food.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Rubirosa M, General Manager at Rubirosa, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2022

Hi Laurell ! Thank you for taking the time to let others know about your amazing experience at Rubirosa Ristorante. We aim to make every guest as happy as you described! We are so gratified that you loved the food! We look forward to having...More

Reviewed March 31, 2022

To start, we got a reservation! Thank goodness! Service was amazing! Our server asked and the chef made an exception for a special dish for my son who is quite picky. It was super busy as always, so we were very appreciative for doing so....All dishes including the pizza were amazing. We also felt very well treated the entire time! I can't wait to go back!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Rubirosa M, General Manager at Rubirosa, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2022

Hi Lauren. At Rubirosa, we strive to satisfy every guest with amazing dishes and exemplary service. We were gratified to hear that we had met these expectations when you were our guest. Thank you for taking the time to review . Your kind comments are...More

Reviewed March 16, 2022

This is one of our favorite pizza places in NYC. You can make a reservation which a lot of the other pizza places in the city don't allow you to do. It's always really busy so be sure to reserve a table. Our favorite is...the tie dye pizza and we also like the supreme. A super fun place to hang out and enjoy a meal, highly recommend.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Rubirosa M, General Manager at Rubirosa, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2022

Hi Linda, we are delighted to hear of your great experience with us and hope to see you back again soon! Warmly, Rubirosa!

Reviewed December 8, 2021 via mobile

Read the reviews on TA and decided to have dinner here. It’s a cozy little restaurant on Mulberry. It’s popular as all tables were full at 5:30 on a Tuesday. I had the manicotti antipasti followed by the Butternut Squash Tortelloni. Everything was super flavorful....Since I was in Little Italy I had to have tiramisu. Oh so good.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed December 4, 2021 via mobile

Still hands down excellent Italian food in NYC. Can’t go wrong. Great service and vibe. New General Managers Michele and Eric are making things smooth. Excited to go back.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Response from Fish1609 | Reviewed this property |
I would book a table - we went on a week night and had to wait. It is a tiny restaurant (one bathroom).
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No idea, but it seemed like a place that would try to fulfill such wishes.
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Rubirosa is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4