Mon-Tue, 5:30pm-11pm; Wed-Thu, 11:30am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-11:30pm; Sun, 11:30am-10pm
1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.; A, B, C, D, E, F, V at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.
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There's life after Mario Batali, the original chef-partner of this vest-pocket trattoria, where crowds still flock for affordable, enticing Italian fare. Chef Lee McGrath shares his predecessor's fetish for chili pepper, which punctuates everything from lemony anchovies over a bed of faro to a refreshing, Greek-like cucumber salad under a blanket of shaved ricotta salata. Pastas are generous and satisfying; lamb tastes char-grilled. Try to score a window table—it always feels like the most romantic spot in town.Recommended Dishes
White bean ravioli, $16