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Simone Martini Bar
Nearby Subway Stops
F at Second Ave.; L at First Ave.; 6 at Astor Pl.
- Bar Scene
- Late-Night Dining
- Private Dining/Party Space
- Full Bar
This venue is closed.
Simone Martini Bar’s a prime example of everything that's wrong with dining in the East Village. From the by-the-numbers, cheap-brothel vibe (everything's red! Chinese lanterns!) to the clientele of silver-haired tourists and travel-averse NYU types, the place proves the truth of “location is everything,” in the worst possible way. Simone's menu seems curiously wrong-minded, featuring dishes like a clammy cold-cuts plate that your cheapest boss would be embarrassed to set out at a lunch meeting. Martinis are plentiful but saccharine sweet; the Key-lime martini is indistinguishable from a margarita save for an unidentifiable dollop of flavorless foam. The one thing Simone has over similar East Village eateries is friendly and attentive servers, equally gracious to customers and street hawkers wandering into the bar with glow-in-the-dark rubber gimcracks. Like the bar itself, sociably indiscriminate.
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