Mon, 4pm-midnight; Tue-Thu, 4pm-1am; Fri, 4pm-2am; Sat, noon-2am; Sun, noon-midnight
1, A, B, C, D at 59th St.-Columbus Circle
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47th St. to 63rd St., Broadway to West Side Hwy.
Brothers Enrico and Robert Malta own over a dozen midrange restaurants in Manhattan, most of them clustered in the theater district. They've expanded their holdings with Bocca di Bacco, a collaboration with chef Kristen Sollenne. Bocca calls itself a wine bar, which explains the 40 selections by the glass, the mixed olives, the meat and cheese plates, and the little nibbles like rice balls and marinated sardines. But its identity as a full-fledged, neighborhood-friendly Italian restaurant is substantiated with pastas like chestnut lasagnette with chickpeas and sausage, and entrées like lamb shank.