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An awesome wine list greets you at this Mario Batali-style modern Italian spot, and many of the best bottles are also available in quartino (one-third bottle) portions. By sharing courses, one may easily pursue the three-course meal that is standard in Italy, and our recommendations are as follows: appetizer;truffled polenta with a runny egg on top; primo;chicken liver ravioli in a dark fragrant sauce; secondo;lamb cutlet served Milanese-style, breaded and fried with an arugula salad heaped on top. As a general rule, pastas trump the other two courses. The interior is exactly what you'd expect on Avenue B.
Barbone is one of the best Italian restaurants in NYC. It's a tiny neighborhood joint that serves great food at great prices. Was there with consulting colleagues and we chatted with the owner and he rolled out a 4-course prix fixe for us at a great price. The beet-gorgonzola ravioli (see pic) will be among the best ravioli you will eat anywhere, and the pastas and seasonal meat dishes (like osso buco) are also outstanding. Barbone has superb service; a decent wine list; a low-key vibe (no pretension); and accommodates reservations far easier than the more famous (hard to get into) Italian restaurants in NYC. Highly recommended for dinner with friends.
Babbo remains the hottest ticket in town. Patrons call months ahead for a reservation and wait for hours just to sit at the bar. You'd think there'd be dozens of new restaurants trying to clone its success. But most new Italian restaurants strive... More »
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