- Critics’ Pick
- Italian $18-$31
105 Christopher St.
New York, NY 10014
- Neighborhood: West Village
- Phone: 212-414-5774
On paper, the food seems generic — a grilled strip steak, fried chicken, 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 a plate of salumi and cheese at the bar. In other words, the perfect restaurant, period, in the West Village or anywhere else.
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