This venue is closed.
There’s no shortage of decent, mid-priced Italian restaurants downtown, but it’s unusual to find one that gets all the details right. A stone’s throw from Union Square, Buona Sera occupies the same block as a handful of other interchangeable-looking red-sauce places. But the difference is apparent as soon as you take a seat in the dining room, with its humble wooden tables and small bar made cozier by picture windows overlooking University Place—not to mention the Fellini film playing on the wall-set TV. Immediately, a waiter in a natty shirt-and-vest ensemble appears, whisks off your coat, and brings a basket of perfect focaccia—crispy-topped, warm from the oven, and served with a spicy roasted-pepper tapenade. Gnocchi are handmade and delicate. Desserts are less successful, but the panna cotta—tender, perfectly creamy, and redolent of vanilla—is delicious.Recommended Dishes
Pesce del giorno, MP