Mon-Fri, 11:30am-10:30pm; Sat-Sun, 5pm-10:30pm
6 at 51st St.; E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.
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42nd St. to 55th St., First Ave. to Fifth Ave.
Caffé Linda is a refuge for homesick Italian expats as well as midtown desk jockeys hungering for good food and a warm welcome. Owner Claudio Marini graciously provides both: Every meal begins with complimentary bruschetta and ends with a stick of Wrigley's with the check. In between, there's simple, satisfying salads; sandwiches; a dozen or so impeccably al dente pastas; and dinner specials like stewed rabbit with mashed potatoes and sautéed calamaretti with avocado.Recommended Dishes
Grilled shrimp caesar salad, $15; penne arrabbiata, $16; risotto with shrimp and asparagus, $20