Mon-Tue, 4pm-11pm; Wed-Thu, 11:30am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-midnight; Sun, 11:30am-11pm
C, E at 50th St.
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42nd St. to 53rd St., Seventh Ave. to Twelfth Ave.
Slightly west of the main Broadway fray, this cozy Italian spot attracts a mix of locals and theater-goers. The menu highlights respectable renditions of classics with an emphasis on northern cuisine. Pastas for spaghetti carbonara, capellini primavera, and penne with vodka sauce are house-made; a few simple pizzas have pleasingly thin crusts. Standards like New York strip steak, chicken cacciatore, and veal scallopini taste as they should. With dim lighting and creamy, off-white walls, the atmosphere is pleasant and encourages dawdling over a post-dinner glass of wine, while floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides allow for people-watching along Ninth Avenue.