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Max

181 Duane St., New York, NY 10013 40.717411 -74.010091
nr. Greenwich St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-966-5939 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Italian
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Official Website

max-ny.com

Hours

Mon-Wed, noon-10pm; Thu-Fri, noon-11pm; Sat, 4pm-11pm; Sun, 4pm-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1, 2, 3 at Chambers St.

Prices

$11.95-$16.95

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Kids' Menu
  • Lunch
  • Romantic
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

Battery Pl. to Broome St., Centre St. to West Side Hwy.

Profile

The craggy, two-dimensional map of Southern Italy—of which Calabria and Basilicata are the focus—hangs at eye level in the foyer of the Tribeca outpost of Max. The menu at this unfussy Italian spot centers on those regions, only occasionally straying northward to Tuscany and other regions, with touches such as truffle oil on the seared cod or bubbly aperitifs such as Prosecco-based Bellinis. Make no mistake: Max is Southern Italian and proud of it. You can see it on the wine list, with offerings like Aglianico, a delicious, dark 'n' stormy tempest of a wine from Basilicata and neighboring Campania, as well as in the tender, mildly garlicky meatballs, whose sauce brightens noticeably if you sprinkle a little peperoncini into it (it comes on the side). Max is good at doing a lot with a little, whether it’s this kind of flavorful attention to detail or the way it manages to make the tiny, two-level space feel cozy but not cramped with its mix of spare urban details, such as hanging lightbulbs and bare brick combined with tiny corner shelves of nona-like knickknacks.

Recommended Dishes

pan-seared cod fish, $19; fettucini with meat sauce, $14; rigatoni with eggplant, $14

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