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Nearby Subway Stops
4, 5, 6 at 86th St.
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
- Dine at the Bar
- Private Dining/Party Space
- Full Bar
61st St. to 96th St., East River to Fifth Ave.
This venue is closed.
With a few coats of paint and some playful menu renovation, the Lentini brothers shed the stodgy skin of their namesake restaurant in the fall of 2006 and reopened a casual, contemporary version in its place. The UES red sauce faithful still serves their breaded veal chops, but they've added a raw bar and are also churning out dishes like saffron-tinged sea urchin spaghetti. The room, fringed with dangling foliage and awash in the warm glow of candlelight bouncing off polished mahogany, straddles the line between elegant and cheesy. While the meat and fish entrées stay true to Italian secondi simplicity, starters and pastas wander into quirkier realms—a toothsome pappardelle comes slicked with veal ragu plus a scoop of fresh pesto. Regulars are still greeted by their first name and seated at their favorite table, though a livelier, transient crowd frequents the bar to sample one of the 32 playful martinis, among them the Truffletini—a seasonal 74-ounce concoction that pairs Stoli Peach and Grand Marnier with fresh white truffle shavings for $174 a pop.Recommended Dishes
Carciofi ripieni, $12; pappardelle al ragu di vitello, $18; orata acqua pazza, $24
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