4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.
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This venue is closed.
The name Cinque Terre refers to five small fishing villages on the northern coast of Italy, where seafood, legumes, and risotto, not pasta, dominate the cuisine. A childlike, cheerful map of the region, complete with mermaid and small sailboats, adorns the back wall lest you forget the menu’s point of origin, but the rest of the interior of this restaurant at the foot of the Jolly Hotel Madison Towers is more formal than folksy with white tablecloths, low lighting, a formidable blond-wood wine display, and some black-and-white photographs of village life. Typical coastal dishes—such as wild salmon, baby octopus, lobster bisque, and black-trumpet-crusted yellowfin tuna—are carefully executed while for business associates looking to meet over meat, the grass-fed porterhouse steak and a rack of lamb are formidably impressive—a nice reminder that Cinque Terre is, after all, part of the Italian Riviera.Live Music
Wednesday and Saturday nights, the omnipresent Andrea Bocelli CD is replaced by a live jazz group.Recommended Dishes
Wild salmon, $23; porterhouse steak, $35