Best 10 Pastas in New York City

We are turning to popular Instagrammer @EatingNYC to disclose the top “Instagrammable” and tasty pasta dishes in the city:

As you catch yourself drooling on your phone screen in the middle of the day, any victim of the food Instagram knows that there are certain foods that are guaranteed to perform well on Instagram. Want 100+ likes? Post a photo of a Fruity Pebbles ice cream cone from Emack & Bolio’s, Avocado Toast from Café Gitane or some Tuna Tarts from Bond St if you’re really trying to get fancy.

To put it in a nutshell, the way we think about food and the way we interact in the digital sphere has transformed tremendously- largely due to Instagram. In an attempt to stray from the obvious, I’ve compiled a list of iconic dishes, all of which encompass a very important food group: pasta. After all, did you really eat that Spicy Rigatoni Vodka if you didn’t post a photo of it?

Here are the top 10 most memorable and delicious pasta dishes in New York City:

  1. Scarpetta’s Spaghetti:  With all the truffled and Uni pastas out there, Scarpetta’s tomato and basil spaghetti reminds us that sometimes, the simplest foods are the most delicious (and photogenic).
  2. Bar Pitti’s Truffle Pasta:“Bar Pitti?” “That’s the place with the Truffle Pasta, right?” Right. If you’ve been here, you probably know that their most popular dish isn’t even on the menu, which clearly doesn’t matter. This simple spaghetti is topped with thick shavings of black truffles.
  3. Antonioni’s Chitarra: There’s a lot to love about Antonioni’s Chitarra Pesto (and Antonioni’s all together). For one, this pesto pasta is topped with shoestring fries. It also only costs $15.
  4. L’Artusi’s Bucatini: The majority of restaurants in NYC are Italian, and since 2008, L’Artusi has remained one of the best spots for a bowl of pasta in town. Bucatini for the win.
  5. Carbone’s Spicy Rigatoni VodkaNo-brainer. Even if you’re not “into food,” you’d probably still recognize these tiny little logs or at least heard of them.
  6. Marea’s Fusilli: There’s no denying that this plate of fusilli is the most decadent, delicious and memorable in NYC. Michael White’s timelessly trendy dish is made with red wine braised octopus and bone marrow. If you are scared of these things, don’t worry, you won’t be able to tell once you start eating (photo below).


7. Parm’s Baked Ziti: Don’t skip out on the meat gravy when ordering this hefty monster of goodness. It also comes as a side if you order a plate of the Meatballs, Chicken Parm or Eggplant Parm.

8. Upland’s Estrella: Though Upland opened just a few months ago, their pasta dishes have quickly made their claim to fame on Instagram. The most popular of them being the Estrella: a  flat, thick and star-shaped tube prepared with chicken liver, sherry, rosemary and sage.

9. Osteria Morini’s Cappelletti: Chef Michael White makes it on this list twice, this time with the Cappelletti, a truffled ricotta ravioli prepared with melted butter and prosciutto.

10. Perla’s Black Spaghetti: Skate is pretty hard to like all the time, but this black spaghetti with skate, cauliflower and habanero kicks it up a notch showing the world how to truly serve this fish with pasta.