Need to go on a date in the East 70s that won’t cost you more than $25 a person? Did you receive an almost rudely last-minute text from your mom demanding you meet for dinner on the UES? Go to Caffe Buon Gusto, a casual neighborhood Italian restaurant with friendly staff, old chandeliers, and really good eggplant parm. A lot of the menu here revolves around choosing your sauce and your type of pasta, but as long as you pick the creamy vodka sauce, you’ll have a very good meal. The only catch is that most of the neighborhood will have the same idea as you (it gets pretty crowded here), so we’d recommend coming on the early side or reserving a table ahead of time.
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