This is an old-school Italian spot in every sense. It’s been open since 1932, and it’s one big room with big tables and white tablecloths - so it feels like the kind of place where you’d eat with some 1960s ad execs, or before catching Our Town or Hello, Dolly! on Broadway. The service is friendly, and while the menu is full of classics like a caesar salad and chicken, veal, and shrimp parmigiana, the steak happens to be very good, with a thick, crispy char on the outside. Get one the next time you have a group meal planned with your in-laws, or you need to eat alone at the bar after a long day in Midtown. (Pro tip: the bar has free peanuts.)
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Farida is a casual Central Asian restaurant in Midtown with excellent food and a fun atmosphere.
Shake Shack Times Square
We’re happy to report that this increase in Shake Shake quantity has had no ill effects on the quality. Just be aware going in, Shake Shack Times Square is quite the tourist attraction.
PizzArte is not just another pizza joint. It also happens to be an art gallery. That must have sounded awesome in the business plan.
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LaRina Pastificio & Vino
LaRina is the Fort Greene neighborhood pasta spot that will make you want to move to Fort Greene immediately.
Saggio is a casual Italian spot in Washington Heights where you’ll want to become a regular.
Rossopomodoro isn’t the best Italian restaurant in the West Village, and it isn’t the second or third-best either. But it’s still a useful place.
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Bamonte’s is a red-sauce Italian spot that’s been open in Williamsburg since 1900, and things here don’t seem to have changed much since then.
Patrizia’s Of Williamsburg
Patrizia’s is a fairly standard neighborhood Italian restaurant in Williamsburg, and they offer a $50 prix fixe that’s popular for birthdays.
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