55 E. Houston St.
New York, NY 10012


  • Sun-Thu 12pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 12am-12pm
  • $$$
  • Private Party, Prix Fixe, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
This ancient Italian beanery has remade itself into a modern restaurant, with romantic flickering candles and a new green-and-buff sandpapered wall treatment. The food is much better than it needs to be, featuring generous appetizers of fried zucchini and red-sauced tripe. Pastas remain the center of the menu, and you need make no apology about treating them as your main course. Best are tagliatelle in a rich porcini sauce and spaghetti alla matriciani, and in the Italian-American manner, there are four other choices featuring spaghetti. Our favorite secondi, hands down, are a stunning eight-chop rack of lamb and a humble platter of plump grilled sausages sided with broccoli rabe.

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