1 at Franklin St.
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Barclay St. to Canal St., Broadway to West St.
This venue is closed.
In the summer of 2009, Russell Bellanca and his chef of ten years at Alfredo of Rome, Mirco Grassini, opened Trattoria Cinque in the spacious digs that used to house Devin Tavern. The concept is simple: The menu, which changes five times a year, is comprised of five small plates, five big plates, five pastas, five desserts, five reds, five whites— you get the idea. The only thing that breaks from format is the bar menu. Nothing crosses the $30 mark, and the 25 wines are offered by the quartino (a third of a bottle) but priced as if by the glass. Like Spina putting a pasta-maker in their dining room, Cinque has hired a “Cesarista” to prepare tableside Caesar salads. (The practice is, of course, nothing new, though the annoying name seems to be.) No word as to whether fettuccine will also be prepared tableside, like at Alfredo of Rome. The sprawling room features two fireplaces and two private dining rooms.