A, C, E at 42nd St.-Port Authority Bus Terminal
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On a nondescript block near the Port Authority, Pesce Pasta is a quiet, reliable spot for its namesake seafood and pasta dishes. At first glance, the cozy dining room feels generic: butcher-paper-covered tables, framed maps, and landscapes of Italy, with specials written in marker on gilded mirrors. But an exposed-brick wall, low lighting, and the dark hardwood floor make for a warm, settled atmosphere that’s a notch above the noisy kitsch of dime-a-dozen Little Italy and theater-district clones. On the plate, Pesce Pasta deliversthe poached rings of calamari and plump steamed shrimp are ocean-fresh, and the Maine lobsters and daily fish specials satisfy. Not to be overlooked are the land-bound dishes; marble-size gnocchi are tender and dense, and hefty chicken parmigiana comes in a flattened portion as round and huge as a clock face, the meat still tender under a subtle layer of breading. Though this is a hub for after-work and pre-theater folks, stranded Port Authority travelers wouldn’t regret wandering in.Recommended Dishes
Linguine shrimp calamari, $16.25; gnocchi, $14.50; chicken parmigiana, $16.75