Mon-Fri, 8am-midnight; Sat, 11am-midnight; Sun, 11am-4pm and 5pm-10pm
1, 2, 3 at 14th St.; 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.; A, C, E at 14th St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Bleecker St. to 18th St., Seventh Ave. to Washington St.
This easygoing, sophisticated spot, with square black tables, caramel-colored Modernica chairs, walls of white brick, and an elongated, 14-seat bar, serves chicetti-style small plates (the Northern Italian version of tapas) along with mix-n-match selections of salumi and cheeses. Construct your own three-crostini sampler; white beans with salty duck prosciutto, creamy ricotta, and spiced-up tuna with capers are big winners. The main piatti portion of the menu mingles salads and mains (including a swoon-inducing, béchamel-rich lasagna); look to the friendly servers for guidance. Over twenty-five Italian wines, most available by the glass, and a Bossa Nova soundtrack contribute their own gifts to the warm-cool vibe.Recommended Dishes
Antipasto grande, $22; poached salmon with salsa verde and lentils, $22; lasagna Bolognese, $20