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Misi

Perfect For: Date Night Eating At The Bar Impressing Out of Towners
NYC

Misi

Perfect For: Date Night Eating At The Bar Impressing Out of Towners
PHOTOS: Evan Sung

When you sit at the counter overlooking the kitchen at Misi, the new Williamsburg Italian restaurant from the people behind Lilia, you feel like you’re watching a highly-trained pasta army. There’s someone dropping in sheets of tagliatelle one by one into boiling water, another tossing pasta in a pan full of tomatoes and butter, and at least four people grating cheese or grinding pepper or sprinkling herbs all at the same time. It’s something we’d rather watch than roughly 85% of Netflix shows - because we know that pasta is going to end up on our plate. Similar to the pastas at Lilia, these are perfectly-cooked, with simple, excellent sauces, and the vegetable-focused appetizers are just as good, if not better - like the plate of roasted peppers that comes with thick grilled bread slathered with whipped ricotta. With its lower ceilings and higher number of bar seats, Misi feels slightly more casual than Lilia - and also doesn’t have quite as much charm (probably because it’s located in an apartment complex that looks like it could become a robot at any moment). But it’s definitely still a place that will impress just about anyone. Do not, under any circumstances, skip the gelato.

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