Mon-Sat, 10am-2am; Sun, 10am-1am
C, E at 23rd St.; 1 at 23rd St.
American Express, Discover, Visa
16th St. to 26th St., Fifth Ave. to West Side Hwy.
Nestled on a pleasant block of Ninth Avenue, Pastai is an attractive Italian eatery with high-top tables and wooden bar stools. Here, Italian owner Melissa Muller Daka focuses her energy on inventive, rotating homemade pasta creations matched by an extensive Italian wine list. To prep your taste buds for the carb feast, Pastai offers a few appetizers like fried olives stuffed with pecorino cheese and an Italian cheese board with grilled bread and honey—but it’s the small piattini di pasta that really shines. The Busiate con salsiccia—whole-wheat twisted pasta tossed with chicken sausage, broccoli rabe, grapes, and spring onions—is light, savory, and flavorful. A beautiful red tortelli di bietole, or beet ravioli, is stuffed with a decadent mixture of ricotta, gorgonzola, and fontina cheeses, and served under a creamy walnut pesto and brown butter sauce. The lasagna, made differently each day, is served in a generous rectangular portion and is always a crowd-pleasing favorite. Wash down your pasta feast with a kiwi and gin cocktail, or a glass of Italian wine from the approachable and varied list.Recommended Dishes
Tortelli, $13; Busiate, $13