John's of 12th Street

Italian Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
  • Elizabeth P.
    "Delicious avocado bruschetta and fantastic service."(4 Tips)
    Kevin D.
    "Avocado bruschetta and veal meatballs are awesome."(5 Tips)
    Patrick K.
    "Seitan alla rosa is my fav!"(3 Tips)
    Nicole S.
    "This is actually one of the best restaurants in the city for vegans."(19 Tips)
73 Tips and reviews
  • Italian food
  • vegan food
  • bruschetta
  • veal meatballs
  • tuscan ragu
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  • Andra M.
    Andra MateraOctober 18, 2016
    Sardine sauce melted cheese. Parpadella pasta w braised beef
  • Caroline
    CarolineSeptember 17, 2016
    homemade pappardelle with beef ragu to sausage parmesan and heavenly veal meatballs.
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HurwitzAugust 25, 2016
    Veal meatballs. I can't figure out why the rating is so low. This is a landmark. Maybe the attempt to be vegan is skewing things?
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MusgraveJune 18, 2016
    Where else can you get a plate of vegan seitan parmigiana with old New York charm?
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FordJune 7, 2016
    Had the bruschetta and margherita pizza. The atmosphere is really cozy and romantic!
  • ben b.
    ben baileyMarch 5, 2016
    Cash only folks but really fun old style NYC Italian restaurant
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle ElliotNovember 3, 2015
    The perfect old school Italian, still at reasonable prices. Waiters are always so nice, and it has a full vegan menu in addition to traditional
  • Florence N.
    Florence NguyenOctober 8, 2015
    Cool bc it's where the gangster movies were filmed. And they have a vegan pasta menu
  • Laurissa
    LaurissaJune 12, 2015
    Love that they have gluten free options.
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PhillipsApril 3, 2015
    Food is always delicious. Very knowledgable staff. Ask about the candle in the back room
  • Selim V.
    Selim VarolMarch 2, 2015
    Vegan rules! Since 1908! #unbeleivable.
  • Max F.
    Max FlashenbergFebruary 1, 2015
    Can't leave without trying the Veal Meatballs!
  • MrsCorkster
    MrsCorksterFebruary 1, 2015
    Great gluten-free pasta choice and salads. Very old school and authentic. Should be fun for Boardwalk Empire fans (they've shot the series in the resto).
  • M. P.
    M. P.January 27, 2015
    It's cash only. Also, both the garlic bread and plain bread (which I tried on my second visit) were disappointing. Too bad. If you don't mind a heavy sesame taste, go for the plain bread. Nice servers
  • Elizabeth P.
    Elizabeth PaceDecember 23, 2014
    Delicious avocado bruschetta and fantastic service. A classic NY restaurant.
  • Nicole A.
    Nicole AptekarNovember 24, 2014
    The vegan cannoli is astonishingly delicious.
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DudleyNovember 18, 2014
    Avocado bruschetta and veal meatballs are awesome. Tuscan Ragu and chicken parm were very good. Staff was very attentive. Nice, quiet meal was just what we needed.
  • Arnaud R.
    Arnaud RéautéNovember 1, 2014
    Very expensive and not very good. You have to pay by cash. It smells like con people
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroOctober 19, 2014
    The carbonara is one of the better ones I've tried in the city.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MontemurroOctober 6, 2014
    Had a delicious zingy bottle of montepulciano for $22! Their vegan menu is so key! Delicious delicious vegan Caesar dressing on their fresh house salad!
  • Amelie L.
    Amelie LelargeSeptember 3, 2014
    Mozzarella was so good.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    The menu features classic Italian-American dishes such as baked lasagna, shrimp scampi, fettucine alfredo, saltimbocca, veal Parmigiana and Italian sausage. Read more
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    John's of 12th Street is a hidden Italian gem in NYC. According to Guy, the Marsala wine in the tender all-veal meatballs gives them a little sweetness that pairs well with the savory marinara. Read more
  • Michael J.
    Michael JJune 16, 2014
    High class, but not particularly pretentious. Everything was of superb quality. This place is a must.
  • Aaron E.
    Aaron EvansMay 31, 2014
    Affordable amazing and great service definitely going back. Excellent Italian food
  • Megan Z.
    Megan ZNovember 8, 2013
    No credit cards. No flavor, either.
  • Hilaire L.
    Hilaire Le gouellecSeptember 23, 2013
    Is it possible to do a more disgusting pizza ? I am really not difficult, but i never ate something that boring ...and the tomatoes !? Where do they find them !? Eurk
  • Deryck C.
    Deryck Caliman-BeySeptember 15, 2013
    Saw this spot on the food network...and the food was delicious.
  • Jeff G.
    Jeff GallantJuly 26, 2013
    Great food and service was outstanding. I had the filet bone in
  • Andy D.
    Andy DavidsonJune 30, 2013
    I'm not sure what all the fuss is about regarding this place. The service was good, the food was OK. In a word , meh!
  • Liz C.
    Liz CJune 16, 2013
    So good! The owner and his wife are so sweet too.
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsMay 30, 2013
    Best cheesecake (homemade in-house) that I've tasted in the city.
  • Cristina I.
    Cristina IavaroneMay 26, 2013
    Vegan bruschetta is a must! I'm not vegan but I will definitely be back for it! Serious Italian food, don't forget to try their famous veal meatballs!
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsMay 22, 2013
    Amazing fluffy house-made cheesecake.
  • Mario J.
    Mario JMarch 22, 2013
    I'm definitely coming back. Mike, one of the owners, personally meets youand checks in on you periodically. The atmosphere is great, the staff treats you like gold & the food is five-star quality.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick ButlerMarch 15, 2013
    CASH ONLY. Great food. Fun waiters I love my side pasta in the white bowl
  • Tess Z.
    Tess ZaccardiMarch 9, 2013
    Garlic bread isn't good, avocado bruschetta is amazing
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsFebruary 23, 2013
    Tasty penne with meat sauce! Be sure to check out the massive cascading candle in the back!
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsFebruary 17, 2013
    Featured on the PBS show "New York Originals." Apparently Bogart once ate here... and it's been around since 1908!
  • TheGoodDoctor
    TheGoodDoctorJanuary 31, 2013
    Old school NYC italian joint, delicious chicken parm, super friendly staff, highly recommended.
  • nimajneb n.
    nimajneb nacobNovember 25, 2012
    As mentioned. Cash only but ATM inside. Also, sauces are a bit sweet to my taste. Add salt.
  • Kirsten
    KirstenNovember 24, 2012
    Shrimp and calamari over linguine, awesome!!! Best Italian restaurant I've been to yet.
  • Nate S.
    Nate SkinnerOctober 20, 2012
    Cash only - no credit cards. Great old fashioned Italian.
  • Tony A.
    Tony AshOctober 18, 2012
    They don't take credit and their ATM conveniently will only dispense $40 per transaction/fee. ATM is also frequently out of service. Walking to bank to get cash for takeout means your food gets cold.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel ModicaSeptember 24, 2012
    the tuscan ragu with homemade pappardelle is definitely what you should be getting.
  • Angera C.
    Angera CJuly 20, 2012
    Bruschetta and avocado! NooOoommmn!!! Order it!
  • Jon S.
    Jon SteinbackJune 9, 2012
    this 'candle' was started to celebrate the end of prohibition!
  • Annie B.
    Annie BanannieJune 3, 2012
    Try the coconut sorbet!!!!
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128May 29, 2012
    Established 1908, continuously operated. Well-worn original tile floors, red leather banquettes and a candle that has been burning since 1937. Heavy Italian food, both northern and southern.
  • Darrell W.
    Darrell WhitelawMay 20, 2012
    I feel that no matter how good the food and service is somewhere, it's unforgivable and tasteless to be cash only and put an ATM in your restaurant.
    Downvoted Feb 5
  • Justin G.
    Justin GurianFebruary 20, 2012
    Leaving a second tip on this. If you like olive garden you will be impressed.
  • Justin G.
    Justin GurianFebruary 20, 2012
    Wow. I think overrated is an understatement. Garlic bread was something my baby cousin could make. Service sucked. PASS
  • Greg B.
    Greg BarilaJanuary 7, 2012
    The sort of shithouse Italian people who don't know better think is authentic and good. It is far from it. the veal was lukewarm and swimming in lemon butter sauce. Rubbish
  • Pet S.
    Pet SJanuary 7, 2012
    Don't know what others were smoking when they wrote tips but this place is NOT good. Cosy atmosphere but food is totally average. Saltimbocca was bland, service scattered. Feels like a tourist trap.
  • Beth K.
    Beth KosteckiJanuary 5, 2012
    Beware it's a cash only establishment but they do have a ATM available.
  • Sean M.
    Sean MeadDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the baked clams! Chicken parm veal parm and lemon chicken are great!
  • Edward F.
    Edward FabilaSeptember 26, 2011
    Really digging the #vegan menu. The eggplant parm is awesome and made with daiya cheese! And don't forget to get the cannoli!
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McEwenAugust 20, 2011
    They have a second, vegan menu!
  • Rich G.
    Rich GallagherAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the ever-growing mountain of wax in the back as you enjoy a good italian meal that has kept New Yorkers coming back for over a century.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CraneAugust 5, 2011
    The vegan menu is amazing. The Seitan Alla Rosa is a must-eat. And finish off with a vegan canoli. One of the best restaurants in NYC.
  • Theresa L.
    Theresa LeeJuly 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great vegan menu!!!
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'DeaJuly 8, 2011
    The gigantic candle was started
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SolomonMay 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Their seitan is some of the best in the city. The seitan alla rosa is particularly superb. This is actually one of the best restaurants in the city for vegans. Save room for the cannoli.
  • Marnie Ann J.
    Marnie Ann JoyceApril 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The avocado tomato bruschetta special is astounding. When it's not a special they hide it on the separate vegan menu. Order it, you won't be sorry!
  • Felix L.
    Felix LungMarch 20, 2011
    Make sure to try the avocado bruschetta
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceMarch 14, 2011
    Their eggplant rollatini is one of the greatest: eggplant fried either with crumbs or without, rolled around snow-white ricotta cheese, smothered in tomato sauce, then mantled in mozzarella.
  • Derek D.
    Derek DeFilippoJanuary 24, 2011
    favorite italian place in the city. don't waste your time in little italy. also a favorite place of john lennon and peter boyle...
  • H. Alan S.
    H. Alan ScottJanuary 14, 2011
    The best waitstaff in the East Village.
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'DeaNovember 30, 2010
    Check out their totally vegan menu
  • Patrick K.
    Patrick KwanOctober 29, 2010
    Try the new vegan Italian menu! Seitan alla rosa is my fav!
  • Jason A.
    Jason AronApril 16, 2010
    go with the chicken parm
  • Anne
    AnneMarch 28, 2010
    Skip the garlic bread but def don't miss the tiramisu!
  • Tommy L.
    Tommy LeeMarch 7, 2010
    get the lobster meatball special!
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