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38 Eighth Ave., New York, NY, 10014
at Jane St.
Perfect Dining Experience
By mbrenengen on 1/9/2009
Special thanks to our server, Matthew, who was friendly, accommodating and very attentive. The food was outstanding. We had the good fortune to be seated at the Chef's Table and got to watch to production. With a glass of wine, dinner for 2 was about $100 - more than we would normally pay, but an experience well worth it.
Idyllic italian in the Village
By HALLJ03 on 10/12/2008
This was just what I would expect an italian restaurant in the Village to be. Everything was delicious. The pasta was fresh and flavorful. The menu choices were unique and delicious. The wine paired beautifully with the food. We came on a warn fall night when we could still enjoy dining al fresco- perfect!
What happened to this place?
By SW9 on 8/14/2008
Have loved Dell'anima since it opened, I go with my husband/friends every couple of weeks. Last night, in the middle of a piece of my ravioli, which we ordered for an appetizer, I found a shard of plastic/glass, I have no idea which. I found it by biting on it. When the waiter took it he did not apologize and the owner/manager (Joey) never came to the table to say anything. Service at this place has gone down hill. Where was Katherine last night? The place always runs well when she is around!
Great dinner; too noisy; brunch just OK
By resnyc on 8/3/2008
Finally had dinner and then brunch for first time in same week. Definitely salty, but not as bad as previous reviewer claimed. Dinner food was completely amazing - most unique Italian I've ever tasted in NY. However, I couldn't hear what my friends were shouting across the small table from me, due to decor materials making an echo chamber. Why are restauranteurs hostile to good acoustics? Prices reasonable for this quality food. Brunch is another story. The food was delicious, but over-rich and bearing NO relation to the uniqueness of dinner, and priced too high for what it is. It's one thing to pay $3.50 for a great cup of coffee, but $6 for a cup of over-branded tea ("Chelsea"?) is an insult to one's intelligence. Lastly, it's hard not to notice that most all the wait-staff & hosts are petite blond women in their late 20s. Such obvious discrimination is offensive and sloppy. Attractive appearance is a legitimate hiring criterion for such positions, but not when carried to the extreme of personal tastes/biases which include age, race, sex, body size and hair color.
By mbarry999z on 6/16/2008
A very unique little spot in West Village. Imagine, street parking in front on Sunday. Pleasant reception, professional waitstaff, varied menu selection and choice wines, execution above average. Don't miss it...
By chefless on 5/31/2008
I can't say enough good things about this restaurant and I am shocked by the prevoius posting. As a professional restauranter visiting from Montreal dell Anima was one of my best NY restaurant experances. Food and service were excellent. My favorite kind of restaurant where the food and service are professional and not contrived. We were five people and we all agreed how tasty all the food was. The ricotta stuffed ravioli was taken to a new level, the house made salt cod!! Great great food in a relaxed envoirment. Thank you
Satisfactory in most aspects; great ambiance
By linrtt on 3/25/2008
This restaurant fits the bill on ambiance... there's a bar when you walk in, followed by the regular table seatings, then a back bar with an open kitchen. Sit here and you'll smell and see all the delicious things the chefs are whipping up for others. The Italian fare is pretty standard. The specialty is definitely the 'do it yourself' bruschetta. Spare no expenses here and go for the 5 dip sampler. You'll get the mix and match, and it's hard to go wrong with any of the combinations. As for the other dishes, the pastas are decent, although nothing I'd go out of my way to have again. They have an extensive wine list and are more than willing to let you sample around until you find a winner. Reservations are a must, unless you show up early and take gamble at getting a bar seat (good luck).
Arrogance Exudes in this Establishment!
By No_Reservations on 3/14/2008
We ordered the tagliatelle bolognese, the char fish and the venison. The food was extremely SALTY!!! When we asked the chef to re-do both the pasta and the main entrees for this same issue, we were rudely asked to leave by a not-so-subtle request to quickly move on to desserts. To our puzzlement, we asked why we were not allowed to have our entrees and were told that the chef pre-made the sauces and did NOT want to take the time nor put in the effort to remedy his mistake or try to appease his diners. Hubris! We seemed to have insulted the egotistical chef and proprietor by our dissatisfaction with our meal. Fortunately for us, there are thousands of restaurants in New York to choose from and we need not accept mediocrity in our lives. Don't believe the hype! Don't waste your time and money on this place. For understated elegance and QUALITY food, I'm still a big fan of the neighborhood restaurant Blue Hill!!!
By fauxbourdon on 2/6/2008
Went to Dell'anima last night with a friend. At 10 p.m. on a Tuesday, the place was still insanely packed -- take note... The decor -- dimly lit room, dark woods, wall sconces, totally open kitchen, was homey and understated but just classy enough. Which matched the food, which was wonderfully executed Italian, unpretentious and honest yet with just enough of a voguish New York twist to keep it interesting. The three-topping bruschetta was a riot -- I wish I had tried the five-topping! (Get the lily confit and the sultana mostarda toppings -- just amazing). The risotto alla pilota was not creamy and heavy like a traditional risotto, but light, fluffy, and studded with lovely bits of sausage and drizzled with pecorino. Incredibly comforting! My friend's squash ravioli was less original but perfectly done (warning: small portion). Cocktails were also surprisingly original and excellent -- the burnt orange negroni was just bitter enough and truly sophisticated.
Rivals the best in NYC....
By sesolf on 1/28/2008
The food here is just outstanding, and served at reasonable prices in a fabulous environment. It is a great late night spot, with fun energy and others who appreciate exceptional food. Although the menu seems simple, the tastes are extraordinary and well-thought out. Each dish seems better than the previous. The wine list is also among the best out there, with bottles in the $20 range right to the top (and all good). It is well worth the wait you may encounter, but the wine and the people make any wait go by quickly!
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