Let's take a moment to set the record straight here. If any of you happen to show up at a restaurant and see Padma Lakshmi sitting at a table, it is your duty as a citizen to let us know. Hit us up on Twitter, send an email, put up the bat signal or, at the very least, sedate her and tag her ear so we can track her whereabouts. But please do something. Just as I was about to write this review of Il Posto Accanto, a close friend tells me he was there on our recommendation and saw the Indian queen of food and sexy dining at the bar with a friend. He just didn't feel the need to tell us until two days later. How are we supposed to get a Friday Fives/start a family with her if our informants are sitting on info? I guess even though the intel is old, it does confirm that we have awesome taste. Il Posto Accanto is fantastic.
There is a good chance you've eaten Italian food on this block before, and if you haven't, it's time you do. This one street is home to not only Il Posto Accanto and it's sister restaurant, but also date night MVP Supper. But Il Posto Accanto is the one that nobody seems to talk about. It's the smallest, quietest, and least flashy of the three Italian spots on the block, and that's what makes it great. You can still roll in on a Friday night and get a seat because everyone else is trying to get a table next at one of the other twenty Italian restaurants in a two block radius. What they don't know is that Il Posto Accanto is home to some of the best meatballs and pastas in town, along with a great wine list and open air dining. We were honestly sort of torn about writing this place up, but you're a loyal reader and deserve to have it in your repertoire. Just promise you won't tell New Jersey.
Three to an order, swimming in a bowl of sauce. These might be the best meatballs in town. No matter what else you are ordering, get an order and split it.
Fantastically simple pasta, this is a long, wide noodle in a basic tomato sauce, and it's almost perfect.
Another favorite of the pastas, this is spicy and garlicky and will lay down a nice base for the gallon or so of wine you drink.
Don't try this one if you're not a fan of botarga, and we're betting you aren't. This is a nod to Il Posto Accanto's authenticity - a traditional Sicilian pasta with fish roe. Definitely an acquired taste.
The best things at Il Posto Accanto really are the simple pastas. These tortellini are delicate but stand up nicely to the hearty meat sauce.