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281 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013 40.720992 -74.004867
nr. Lispenard St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-966-9983 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$$

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Mon-Thu, noon-4pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

A, C, E at Canal St.



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Reservations Not Required


  • Full Bar




“I’ll have city water and a glass of Chianti,” a square-shaped man says to a server, who then hops three steps across the room to answer the phone with a perfectly enunciated buon giorno. Pepolino is a film scout’s dream, the kind of trattoria that the movies tricked you into thinking lurked on every block of Manhattan. Reliably busy on peak nights, two diminutive dining rooms (one upstairs) all but demand you cozy up with your dinner date, which is of course the point. Pepolino is here for your nice-but-not-too-nice Lady and the Tramp moments, and just as such moments are eternal, so is the menu and genial service; little has changed since the Tribeca restaurant opened its doors in 1999. For best results, go heavy on pasta: the pesto is silky and perfect snuggled around delicately flexible fusilli, and sheets of maltagliati are cooked to exacting al dente before meeting flavorful veal ragù. Other parts of the menu don’t match up and show their age—does that polenta truffle mousse really need to be unmolded from a ramekin that shows the plastic wrap stretch marks?—and glasses of wine are more pricey than they ought to be. But for date night, good carbs, and impeccable warmth? That’s amore.

Bread Service

Don’t skip the tomato flan that’s served with your bread basket.

Recommended Dishes

Maltagliati with veal ragu, $19; homemade fusilli with pesto and ricotta, $18.50

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