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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Canal Street Oysters
Canal Street Oysters is a big seafood spot on the Tribeca/Soho border that’s a good option for wine and oysters after work.
Souk & Sandwich
Souk & Sandwich is a Lebanese takeout spot on 6th Avenue where you can pick up a great sandwich filled with chicken, beef, or some kind of veggie.
A few years in, Soho’s The Dutch is better than it was when it first opened. These days, it might even be underrated.
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An alpha-dog hot spot that most people around town will passionately defend as the best of it’s kind, even though the service is cold and the food heavy handed and extravagant.
Bono’s excellent pizza and pasta and low-key atmosphere make it our favorite spot for Italian food in Harlem.
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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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