• Critics’ Pick
  • I Sodi

  • Italian $18-$41
  • 105 Christopher St.
    New York, NY 10014
  • Neighborhood: West Village
  • Phone: 212-414-5774
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It isn’t the unapologetically traditional menu that distinguishes I Sodi, or its spare, classic design. It’s not the eight riffs on the Negroni cocktail, or the deep Italian wine list, or the civilized, civilizing mood of the room, which is convivial but never cacophonous. It isn’t even the signature lasagna, which you’ll see some nights at every other place setting—a tall construction of crisp-edged sheets melded together into a supple, jiggly mass. It is all of those things combined, filtered through the singular vision of Rita Sodi, a self-taught chef who opened the place as an extension of her own home table and a tribute to her mother’s country-Tuscan cooking.

On paper, the food seems generic—a grilled strip steak, cacio e pepe, branzino. But everything is carefully cooked, restrainedly seasoned, and tasting precisely of what it is, down to the soft-bordering-on-mushy (in proper Italian fashion) spinach and peas. The bar is always full, but the place never feels overrun, and though the occasional celebrity has been known to frequent it, so do locals who are happy to keep it to themselves. It’s the perfect neighborhood restaurant, the perfect meet-the-parents restaurant, the perfect restaurant to drop into for wine and cheese at the bar. In other words, the perfect restaurant, period, in the West Village or anywhere else.

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  • Hours

    Daily, 5:30pm-11pm

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  • Special Features

    Design Standout Dine at the Bar Notable Chef Take-Out Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef Online Reservation Romantic

  • Alcohol

    Full Bar

  • Reservations

    Accepted/Not Necessary

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