Equal parts grocery store and aperitivo bar, Misipasta is the casual offshoot of Misi and Lilia, two of the city’s top Italian spots (and toughest reservations). It's located near the Williamsburg waterfront, in a bright white space with a few bar seats, a leafy back patio, and a section where you can shop for fresh pasta and tubes of whipped ricotta. Served from 11am to 10pm, the dine-in menu consists of 10 snack-sized dishes, like a grilled artichoke sandwich and a plate of smoked anchovies, with a single pasta available. Stop by for a few exceptional small bites, drink a negroni, and, if you really want to immerse yourself in the culture of 21st-century Williamsburg, grab a $28 jar of housemade pesto on your way out.
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