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Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria is predominantly a fine dining restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine. The ambiance is truly enchanting, with subtle hints of Italian culture and tradition. All the dishes at this restaurant are made from local produce, which is fresh and absolutely tasty. Try the bread basket to take in the delicious aroma of the freshly baked bread, or try the crispy artichokes for a dash of flavor. The mains consist of various pastas and the house-made sorbets and gelato are perfect for desserts.
Serving wonderful, hearty Italian dishes, this jewel of a restaurant is perfect for a romantic evening. Formerly located in an antique shop, the dining room features rustic country tables bathed in candlelight. The fairly expensive menu includes seasonal appetizers, pastas, salads, and entrees, and are all worth the price. The wine cellar holds a special appeal for diners as well as literature buffs, as it was reputedly the cellar depicted in Edgar Allen Poe's tale "The Cask Of Amontillado" (long before the space was Il Buco). The atmosphere and dress is casual and the service is excellent.
From one of the most famous Italian pizzaioli, Gino Sorbillo, comes this eponymous pizzeria showcasing his immense talent. Sorbillo brings the legendary Naples style pizzas to New York. You can choose from classic, Gino style pizzas and still crave for more. Apart from the pizzas, you can also relish the pasta, contorni and meat dishes. Coming straight from the land of pizzas, you can be certain of Sorbillo not disappointing you.
Located in the Bowery Hotel, Gemma is worth a visit for its ambiance alone. Large, dripping candles swarm the entire restaurant, lending it warm, beautiful lighting and faux-trattoria panache. It's easy to lose a few hours in Gemma chatting with friends, a pastime facilitated by the tolerable noise level and wide, well-spaced wooden tables. The contemporary Italian menu is consistently nice, with items like the starter of ricotta-stuffed zucchini florets is delicious, as are the crisp-skinned oven-roasted chicken and the ubiquitously pleasing (and large) desserts. Gemma doesn't take reservations, so waiting times vary widely from several minutes to several hours. Diners will find they're so busy enjoying the congenial interior that they happily forgive a long wait.
Warm, friendly and inviting, Bar Primi serves up a delightful array of comfort classics. Though the main focus here is pasta specials, they have an equally attractive selection of appetizers and small eats. With a laid back, relaxed atmosphere it's a nice place to stop by for a quiet mid-day meal or dinner with friends. Pair your dish with a glass of wine, sit back and relax while tucking into favorites like spaghetti pomodoro, orecchiette with sausage and rabne, and stuffed meatballs. Daily specials are worth a try too, with dishes like zuppa di pesce and porchetta stealing the show. End your meal with the perfect Tiramisu, and don't forget to leave your diet at home!
Dominated by the huge bar in the center, the warm but trendy decor and plenty of space to mingle, Gato is celebrity Chef Bobby Flay's homage to Mediterranean cuisine. Featuring a Mediterranean-inspired menu, the restaurant opened to rave reviews, both from critics and diners alike. Whether you're looking for a place to unwind after work with colleagues, with a drink and small plates; or a more formal affair, Gato is a good option to check out. Popular items on the menu include the scrambled egg appetizer, porterhouse pork chop, kale and mushroom paella and roasted octopus. For reservations, give them a call.
Piccola Strada is a small Italian eatery in the East Village that serves up delicious home-cooked food. This restaurant has a friendly and intimate ambiance and is a perfect place for a birthday dinner with friends, or a romantic date night. Enjoy authentic dishes like Lobster Ravioli, Fried Artichokes and Squid Ink Salmon Pasta. Try the Tiramisu and Almond Cake for an indulgent end to your meal. This pocket-friendly restaurant is a BYOB with a USD5 corkage fee, so bring along a bottle of wine to have with your food.
Joe's Pub is a live music and performance venue at The Public Theater. Equipped with state-of-the-art sound and light systems, the pub has given a platform to many upcoming and established artists from varied genres. Alicia Keys called it her "favorite rock & roll venue" while the late Amy Winehouse made her stateside debut here. With its candlelit setting, rich velvet couches, lucite tables and minimalistic-yet-beautiful architecture, the pub envelops you into its warm, inviting ambiance. Dinner and drinks are available during each performance; expect delicious Italian fare with a full bar stocked with wines, beers, spirits, and specialty cocktails.