Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Bon Appetito


From Little Italy to Sutton Place, there are more Italian restaurants per square feet in this city to make you swear off carbs forever. But a new guard in Italian cuisine has recently made us all rethink our Zone deliveries; after all what’s more uncool than passing on dinner out for Cordon Bleu in Tupperware? Plastic is so passé. These new eateries reject the ideas that rustic food has to look rustic or come with a basket of greasy garlic bread. Whether you call them the anti-Del Postos or just plain cute, Mario Batali isn’t the only one who’s making pasta chic.

1. Falai
What: Closet-sized eatery with Phillipe Starck-esque décor.
Who: LES hipsters and the women who love them.
Where: Clinton between Stanton and Rivington
When: Summer, so you can eat in the private, white brick garden
Why: Their signature green apple foam atop grilled Branzino…to die for.
Tip: Ask the manager Alberto to suggest a bottle of wine.

2. Gusto
What: Art-Deco meets old Hollywood Glamour.
Who: Trendy families, chic gay couples and girls on a night out.
Where: 60 Greenwich Avenue
When: Anytime. They have sidewalk and indoor seating.
Why: The fritto squash blossoms, artichokes, calamari, should I go on?
Tip: Ask to be seated in the wine cellar; it’s Rome in the West Village.

3. Bivio
What: West Village wine cellar meets Upper East art gallery.
Who: Art groupies, fashionistas and the in-the-know couples.
Where: 637 Hudson Street
When: Fall/Winter, to soak up the cozy atmosphere.
Why: The wine.
Tip: Sit at the bar for a stylish dinner in solitude.

Final Word: Sure Stromboli will hit the spot at 4am, but if you’re looking for a bit more, these restos will make you say, “Basta!” to anything less.

9 comments:

Jack Shankman said...

cant believe you finally used "to die for" i have been waiting to see that in writing since i heard it for the first time in Miami...seriously that usage was...to die for...and yo whats up with my boy the truth. took his comment down because of the anonymous poster comment? who by the way is not me. i know you know it wasnt though. those were some harsh comments some of the time...actually im callin out the anonymous poster right now...whats up bro, def'o not a sis. seriously whats up, whats your problem...step up to the plate biiiiiiiiiiig man

Anonymous said...

It is a sis. And I stand by my comment about "the truth", the only truth about that Blog was that it was irelevant, uninteresting, and inappropriate. The Blackberrie isn't about how to OD, at least not on drugs!
I love the Blackberrie! And the girls who write on it - that's the truth.

Jack Shankman said...

fair is fair. i give this one to you anonymous part 2. the reason i say part 2 is because there was once back in the early days of the blackberrie before success was pouring out of the monitor all over my typing hands painting my nails a lovely scarlet hue, (see eazy e article about p didddddy party in hamptons)well before these days, there was a vicious anonymous poster and to anonymous poster 1 i say to you, you think you're too cool for school, but youre not. and if you're a girl...def'o fatty and if you are a guy def'o still living in parents basement with your parents names right under yours on your checks (if you have checks) with pictures of mario lemiux ( you are a front runner) and patrick ewing on your wall with no girlfriend still walking 2 miles to work because you spent all your money onnnn weed.

Anonymous said...

haha that's funny - I like you Jack.
From Anonymous PART 2

Anonymous said...

haha that's funny - I like you Jack.
From Anonymous PART 2

Jack Shankman said...

can i get a number? (switch comments to new post)

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