Vera lives in the shadow of Frank, the Italian restaurant at the same address that packs ’em in for dinner every night. But the lady deserves a little respect in her own right. On either side of the dinner rush, the pleasant bustle makes it a warm spot for an appetizer and a drink (the long wine list includes plenty of good, cheap Italians). Take a stool at the beautiful marble bar and ask for a plate of cold antipasti, assembled by the bartender.
88 Second Ave
|Cross street:||between 5th and 6th Sts|
|Transport:||Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave; 6 to Astor Pl.|
|Price:||Average drink: $6. Cash only|