If you like Aria Wine Bar in the West Village, you’ll be into Cotenna. They look the same, they have the same menu, and the vibes are only a little less rowdy at Cotenna. And maybe that’s because Cotenna is about one-third the size of Aria. Plenty of people still come here for cheap appetizers and $12 pastas, however, so expect a crowd. This place is on a little side street in the lower West Village, and the location, decor, and reasonable prices make it ideal for either an early-in-the-game date or a casual late-in-the-game outing.
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Frankies (570) Spuntino
While this isn’t a must visit, Frankies 570 is a reliable option that will be consistently packed with carb seeking humanity who might just appreciate the fact that Grateful Dead’s American Beauty is playing in full.
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The Meatball Shop Chelsea
Reliable, delicious, and full of balls. If there's not at Meatball Shop near you already, there will be soon. This thing is about to go full Shake Shack.
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