Mon-Thu, noon-2:15pm and 5:30pm-10pm; Fri, noon-2:15pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sat, 5pm-11pm; Sun, 5pm-10pm
4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.
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What began as a raucous eighties-style grand café has mellowed over two decades into a trusted American classic with Alfred Portale relentlessly pursuing perfection in the kitchen. Settle into a cocoon of informal but informed service. Then, depending on the season, rediscover Portale’s discipline in a lush risotto with sweet turnips and duck confit, or in seared yellowfin propped against pappardelle rolled around caponata in which each vegetable is like a jewel.Prix-Fixe Menu
Three-course lunch, $33