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Like going to a friend’s house for dinner, except your friend is from Naples and really knows how to cook.

13-27 Jackson Ave., Queens, NY, 11101


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The lowdown

Going to Manducatis (from the Latin for glutton) is like going to a friend’s house for dinner — except your friend is from Naples and really knows how to cook. And while the place may be known for its dining room, it feels more like one big living room, complete with lace curtains, houseplants aplenty, a wood-burning fireplace — and a fully stocked bar. Since 1977, this is where Vincenzo and Ida Cerbone have hosted the curators, sculptors, and painters from PS1 Contemporary Art Center. Usually a place puts photos of its favorite (or famous) customers on the wall. But in the case of Manducatis, the reverse has happened: Previously PS1 exhibited 11 candids of Vincenzo and Ida surrounded by art types enjoying red wine and great food; the black-and-whites, taken by Howard Gross, date back to the late 1970s, when the school building was getting made over while the Cerbones were renovating a German bar two blocks away. As Vincenzo puts it, “They were working in one and I was working in another.”

What you need to know

Insider Tips Dishes are served on plates featuring photos of Ida as a baby — wonderful, but weird.

Recommended DishesProsciutto antipasto; eggplant rollettini; veal parmigiana.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized