Piccola Cucina Estiatorio is a good place to have some excellent Sicilian food whenever you catch yourself taking things too seriously, or if you want to embarrass someone on their birthday. The staff at this cramped little Italian restaurant in Soho flicker the lights, bang pots and pans, and sing for about three consecutive minutes whenever they feel like it (and especially if it’s someone’s birthday). Mostly everyone in the dark room shares big plates of fried or grilled seafood before moving onto personal pans of pasta. And at only $26, the lobster pasta is something to celebrate. It comes with spicy red sauce, huge chunks of meat, and it never seems to end.
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Niche Niche is a dinner party inside a Soho townhouse, where there’s a different wine list and menu every night.
Hampton Chutney Co.
Hampton Chutney Co. is a counter-service spot in Soho where you can get a sandwich, a salad, or a dosa the size of your arm. Try it for a quick lunch.
Pepe Rosso To Go
Pepe Rosso To Go is a tiny Italian takeout place in Soho that has a few tables inside and does a pretty decent plate of pasta.
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Boutros serves a mix of American, Middle Eastern, and Italian food and is worth checking out if you’re looking for a date spot in Brooklyn Heights.
Fred's at Barneys NY
Why on earth are we reviewing a famous department store restaurant? Because it’s hilarious, that’s why. Nowhere else will you find such an entertaining mix of blown-out 55-going-on-22 moms, burnt-out post-college city natives, and people who think they look like celebrities but most definitely aren’t.
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This West Village Italian spot is starting to feel just a tad dated - but the food is as good as ever. Try it for a special dinner, and order pasta.
Carbone is red sauce Italian restaurant theater, and it’s a show you shouldn’t miss. This is one of New York City’s absolute best restaurants.
The only thing that is keeping Rubriosa from being one of NYC’s classic Italian restaurants is time. Let’s eat vodka sauce pizza while we wait.
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