Mon-Fri, noon-10pm; Sat-Sun, closed
4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W at 14th St.-Union Sq.; 6 at 23rd St.
prix-fixe: lunch, $12.50; dinner, $16; special, $15, lunch, $18 dinner
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14th St. to 34th St., FDR Dr. to Seventh Ave.
House-made pasta is what’s for dinner (and lunch) at Lamarca, whose roughly 30 varieties share a bang-for-your-buck portion size and a tendency to be passable, if underinspired. Open weekdays only, the unpretentious, cafeteria-like space is decorated with posters of cyclists, well-known to favor pasta’s fuel for their long climbs. Orecchiette all’arrabbiata swirls pleasingly al dente corkscrew pasta in a chunky, chili-piquant tomato sauce that could use more onions and dry prosciutto, but tagliatelle ai spinaci benefits from thick green and white noodles, ample olive oil, and a just-right spinach cream sauce. A steady flow of delivery men suggests a bustling take-out trade. While it’s easy enough to grab or order a tasty, filling bite, purists and cucina-snobs might prefer their own home-made plate of Barilla.Recommended Dishes
Tagliatelle ai spinaci, $16