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Chicken parm at Cafe Fiorello.
7.6

Cafe Fiorello

Italian

Upper West Side

$$$$Perfect For:Eating At The BarPre-Theater Eats
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Cafe Fiorello might be Lincoln Center’s best-kept secret. It’s not a chain like The Smith, and it’s not as hot as Tatiana, but it’s one of the best spots to grab a drink and a quick meal before the opera, especially once you’ve been made aware of the price of champagne inside the theater. (It’s $26, which we learned the hard way.) The Italian spot takes reservations, but we’ve also had luck walking in and grabbing a bar seat. Order a Negroni and the chicken parm, which is great for sharing: as big and round as a personal pizza, topped with dollops of burrata. It’s a speedy operation if you’ve only got 30 minutes before the opera starts, but you could also linger at this just-loud-enough spot, or come by after a show for a nightcap, since they stay open until 11:30pm on the weekends.

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