Mon-Sat, noon-11pm; Sun, noon-10pm
6 at 77th St.; 4, 5, 6 at 86th St.
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69th St. to 90th St., FDR Dr. to Fifth Ave.
This Upper East Side trattoria, formerly the site of Butterfield 81, is named for its chef, Francesco Antonucci, whose rustic cooking showcases his native Venice, with an emphasis on slow-roasted meats and fishes. Antonucci’s previous successes include Remi (in New York and Los Angeles), and he's on a similar track here: Tender braised-beef short ribs are ably abetted by a Yukon gold potato puree. There’s an ample swath of protein on the menu, from decadent calf’s liver with caramelized onions to salt-baked branzino; risottos change daily. The restaurant’s two rooms feel open and expansive, with modern abstract-art prints and sculptural touches like a gorgeous hand-blown glass vase. At the bar, diners can nibble and sip while watching the open kitchen. During summer and fall, the restaurant expands to the quiet, tree-lined sidewalk.Recommended Dishes
Braised-beef short ribs, $30