When it's nice out, Bar Pitti is quite the scene. This Italian spot on 6th Avenue has a big outdoor patio where people go to be observed—but, despite this restaurant's reputation for celebrity sightings, the classic Italian dishes are the real draw. Pay attention to the chalkboard specials, and, if they're available, get the veal meatballs, lasagna, and spaghetti with lobster.
The crowds out front might suggest that this place is impossible to get into, but it's really not as bad as it looks. Bar Pitti turns over tables like clockwork, and there's never that long of a wait. Although the gruff service and cash-only payments may turn some people off, it's all part of Pitti's charm.