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Mona Lisa Cafe
This venue is closed.
While Mona Lisa is deservedly well-known for its generous assortment of cakes, pies and tortes, it also offers fairly hearty, Italian- and French-inflected appetizers and entrées. Crepes, pizzas and pastas are the orders of the day and late night here, and while the food may not be ambitious, it does manage to be both flavorful and satisfying. The crepes, such as the Mona Lisa (ricotta cheese, artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes), and the Tunisian (tuna, capers, eggs and olives), are particularly good, as are the single-serving pizzas. Unlike many restaurants in the area, Mona Lisa is an unassuming, charmingly dog-eared place where whimsy is accumulated rather than manufactured. With its odd assortment of photos and rickety tables and chairs, it looks and feels like an old-school neighborhood haunt. Plus, its location across the street from the Lucille Lortel theater makes it an ideal pre- or post-show destination.
Portobello Mushrooms, $8.95; Mona Lisa Crepe, $8.95; Ricotta and Spinach Pizza, $8.95
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