Ribalta is a big space in an area that’s definitely not short on restaurants, and yet it rarely ever has room for walk-ins. Probably because it’s a fun group dinner spot that’s convenient for everyone and not too expensive. The Neapolitan pizza is pretty good, there are a bunch of bottles of wine for around $40, and during the day, they project soccer matches on the wall.
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What we have found at Blind Tiger is a New York City bar that actually has an extensive microwbrew selection AND excellent food. Unfortunately, the place gets very crowded at times.
Casa Apicii is the West Village Italian restaurant you hit up when you need to feel like an oligarch. An oligarch who loves pasta.
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Gigino at Wagner Park
Gigino at Wagner Park has a big outdoor space and classic Italian food that feels more refined than a lot of other places on the edge of FiDi.
ViceVersa is an upscale Italian restaurant in Midtown with a nice backyard space and a bar where you might see someone drinking a martini at 3pm.
Il Gattopardo is an Italian restaurant in Midtown that feels like a very expensive living room and makes good pasta.
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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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