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Posted by L`M_NY on 02/22/2007
The prices are a bit too high for the amount of food given, however, the taste of the food is deserving of a return visit. Tim, the waiter, is also, a good reason to return. He remembers you upon your return and makes you feel welcomed with a warm hug and a concern of how you've been. His service is always exceptional. Thank you Tim! The cook has always been able to make special orders for me just the way I like them prepared. He does a great job. I don't know his name but he does in fact have gray colored hair and is a slim gentleman. Thank you Cook! As for the crowd, they give you the impression your part of the television sitcom, CHEERS! Everyone is always friendly and you get a smile when you walk in from anyone who might be sitting at the bar. The most interesting feature of all is the bathroom. You have GOT to see this bathroom. It isn't your normal everyday type of bathroom. We can't forget Sammantha the little four legged pussycat who comes out after everyone has left and checks out the place for inspection before she goes back down into the cellar and stands guard. Well, if you're ever in NYC. This is one place if even for historical purposes, you should put it on your "to do" list.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/06/2007
I have been going to Arturos ever since i was born. My parents grew up on Thompson st. and they remember when Arturo's was a local club for kids. The pizza there is the best I have ever had in New York city. What makes it so good is the crust. But the best thing about Arturos that does not get much credit is their CALZONE, by far the best Calzone in the world hands down.
Posted by QueenBoo on 01/16/2007
This is the best Italian place I have ever been to. I lived in NYC for 5 years and this was one of my regular places to eat. Now when I visit, it's mandantory that I eat here. It's really the most amazing!! If there is a wait, it's well worth it!!
Posted by TheKid! aka Tobias on 12/21/2006
This is the greeting you will generally receive when walking into this excellent example of old-New York Family Style Italian dining. The Chef is what I call an over achiever, the specials are far more delicious then what you might expect to find at a "Pizza Bar". Although the Pizza is very good the real values are the sandwiches, salads and Clams Arturo. THEN THERE IS THE JAZZ! With no cover charge! It is simply the best in NYC. The Harry Whitaker Trio is usually in session and always has special artists sitting in. The waiters sing as well. Jimmy, who is more of a host then waiter, is by far the last great waiter in NYC. He remembers your particulars, comps and deserves the highest tips you can pay. As mentioned by others, you can also eat at the bar. Tony your bartender, who looks like Al Pacino, fills all drink orders. He also takes bar food orders and closes out every cash receipt himself, without a hitch. The crowd literally varies in age from the ancient to the very young, but the patrons are generally the 30-somethings and the NYU hip. Every local NYC celeb knows about this place and occasionally as well as inconspicuously drops in. Did I mention the KITCHEN IS OPEN LATE and they DELIVER! Arturo recently left us but Here's to Arturo’s forever!!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/29/2006
I grew up eating at Arturo's, John's (on Bleecker St) and Lombardi's, having spent my live living in the South Village (now called Soho) area...I even had my 8 year old, after school, Pizza party at John's. And remember Arturo's before it moved from the corner of MacDougal St and Houston to its present location on the corner of Thompson and Houston. Arturo's is simply the BEST! Reasons... All three have great pizza but Arturo's has much better appetizers and entrees so even if you aren't (dare I say it) a fan of Pizza, there is something for everyone. I have brought people from all over the country and EVERYONE enjoyed it. If you don't like Arturo's food you simply don't like down to earth, grandma style, Sunday Italian cooking. If you grew up eating New York Pizza you will love it...If you grew up eating Domino's you will think you died and went to heaven! Then there is the atmosphere which while a bit boisterous, is helped by the downtown, live, make shift, style Jazz music and unpretentious atmosphere. While not the best service the staff's quirkiness is very entertaining and they do get the orders out right. Not the place for a first date but definitely a third, fourth, fifth and so on...Oh and is the Pizza expensive, yes (especially if you are used to corner neighborhood pizza shops), but is it worth it...YES!
Posted by New to NYC on 09/11/2006
This is the place to go to really experience a real, down to earth, NYC restaurant. The Pizza is by far the best Pizza in NYC (You will love Arturo's Pizza if you love Patsy's and John's). You can also eat at the bar if you like.
Posted by thomas on 09/10/2006
Went to the place around Easter 2004 with a New York friend. Really good pizza and really nice music that evening. I get back to NY in a couple of weeks and will absolutely eat there another time. Don´t know how much you expect to pay for a pizza in the states. I find it a lot more expensive than in Europe but it´s worth a visit.