Mon-Fri, noon-11pm; Sat, 5pm-midnight; Sun, 5pm-10pm
F, M at 23rd St.; N, R at 23rd St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
14th St. to 34h St., FDR Dr. to West Side Hwy.
Chef-proprietor Pietro Raimondi's menu is less fusion than a tribute to discrete cuisines. Distinctly Mediterranean-inspired entrees are built around grilled meats—lamb chops, veal, rib-eye steak—and, naturally, fish. From Italy are some fine pastas—pumpkin ravioli are coated in a decadent sage and brown butter sauce, with toasted pine nuts earthily complementing the sweet pumpkin inside. The simplest meals are among the best: Played exquisitely against the Mediterranean salad's sweet Roma tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion are tangy, sour notes of feta and lemon. The elegant mauve and greenish-beige dining room itself is a fine enough place to sample Raimondi's particular cuisine: Sinatra paintings and framed black-and-white photos of pre-World War II New York underscore the Italian-American theme. And in the back, festive lights and trickling miniature waterfalls animate the airy garden dining area.Prix-Fixe Lunch
Mon—Fri, noon—3pm; three courses, $22
Mon—Fri, 4pm—7pm; two-for-one drink specials on house liquors
Mediterranean salad, $11; pumpkin ravioli, $21