All Reader Reviews of...
175 Avenue B, New York, NY, 10009
nr. E. 11th St.
A true gem!
By jwolfson on 9/18/2010
I live on the UWS and made the 45-minute trip to Spina last night, and it was absolutely worth it! The staff was as friendly as can be, knowledgeable about the wine list, and intent on making it a good night...since our wine arrived late, we were treated to free dessert wine at the end of the night :) The inside is homey and spacious, and fresh pasta is made before your very eyes. We had a 30% off discount, so the food was more-than-reasonably priced, but even without a discount, their happy hour deal until 8PM is the beans...basically a boat of mussels for $5, side plate of meatballs for $3, $3 beers, and half-off glasses of wine. You MUST try the truffle-infused tortelloni! (Vegetarians take note, it comes with bits of ham, but can likely come without). The mussel app and tropicale salad were fabulous. The smoked mozzarella app tasted a bit burnt, but we still gobbled it up. I would recommend this place to anyone! Dates, friends, families....anyone.
Check your bill!!!!
By bruceo99 on 8/25/2010
Even if the food is good, prices on the menu are not correct, therefore you may have an unpleasant surprise at the end of your dinner... So please double ckeck your bill!!! Service could be improved, you have to wait a lot for everything, and waiters prefer to discuss together instead of taking care of you.. Last point, even if the place is nice, it's really noisy...
I hope the curse is lifted!
By Chris Rovzar (NY MAG) on 4/25/2010
As noted in the review, this very charming space has seen a lot of restaurants cycle through in the past few years. It's on a stretch of Avenue B with some really stiff competition: Barbone, Back 40, 26 Seats, Pizza Gruppo, Rue B, etc. But it is really a sweet restaurant, reasonably priced, with a great wine list and very friendly staff. It's not a star, but would be a wonderful place to take parents who need to be convinced that Alphabet City can be warm and inviting.
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