Sun-Mon, noon-11pm; Tue-Sat, noon-midnight
A, C, E at 42nd St.-Port Authority Bus Terminal
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
39th St. to 49th St., Sixth Ave. to 12th Ave.
This snug Theater District wine bar from the restaurant group behind such dependable Italians as Puttanesca and Il Bastardo transcends the typical crostini, salumi, and cheese. Sturdy wood-shutter tables, straw-seated chairs, and beamed walls anchor the one-room space, which also boasts a spot for communal dining. The expert kitchen finesses Italian comfort classics like succulent meatballs in parsley red sauce and a bountiful fritti of calamari, zucchini and shrimp with just the right amount of batter, salt and oil. There’s a dish of incredibly light gnocchi and braised cabbage-dressed short ribs. Desserts are just as delicious: A strawberry-spin on “tiramisu” sneaks fresh berries between fluffy layers of mascarpone cream and ladyfinger crumble. A list of over 150 wines keeps theater-goers and post-work locals busy at the white stone bar, but with satisfying portions averaging $17, the food here is one of the area's best deals since TKTS.Recommended Dishes
Meatballs in parsley tomato sauce, $12; short ribs with braised cabbage, $19; strawberry tiramisu, $9