Mon-Thu, 5:30pm-1am; Fri, 5pm-1am; Sat, 11am-3pm and 5pm-1am; Sun, 11am-3pm and 5pm-midnight
A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.
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This is what happens when a former Babbo sommelier and an ex–Del Posto kitchen whiz get together and open an unassuming little trattoria: mobs of salivating foodies and goggle-eyed scenesters clamoring to get in. The joint’s not really set up for group dining, but they’ll gladly convert three banquette tables into a cozy nook near the open kitchen for parties of ten. It’s a tight squeeze, but the bruschette, antipasti, primi, and secondi are so good, no one’s going to complain, and it’s easier to book a party here than at Lupa. For now, at least.