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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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.
A classic New York City gem, still standing from a time when horse and buggies were bringing people here to drink. Eat the chicken club sandwich, drink a Stella from the tap, and imagine that you’re about to head off for a sweet vacation aboard the Titanic.
Most everything on the menu at Charlie Bird is fantastic. They do service and wine better than almost anyone else.
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Il Gattopardo is an Italian restaurant in Midtown that feels like a very expensive living room and makes good pasta.
The Saint Austere
The Saint Austere is a casual Mediterranean spot in Williamsburg with housemade pastas and a good Happy Hour.
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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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