If you like Aria Wine Bar in the West Village, you’ll be into Cotenna. They look the same, they have the same menu, and the vibes are only a little less rowdy at Cotenna. And maybe that’s because Cotenna is about one-third the size of Aria. Plenty of people still come here for cheap appetizers and $12 pastas, however, so expect a crowd. This place is on a little side street in the lower West Village, and the location, decor, and reasonable prices make it ideal for either an early-in-the-game date or a casual late-in-the-game outing.
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I Sodi serves excellent, classic Italian food and is a place where you’ll want to become a regular.
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Elephant & Castle is a well known West Village Chronic Brunch establishment, with a unique menu and possibly the single greatest brunch invention of all time: Eggs ’n Apples Benedict on French Toast With Maple Syrup.
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A little Italian cafe and sandwich shop on the Upper East Side near Central Park. We love the sandwiches, but hate how much they cost.
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