Best new restaurant: Locanda Verde chef Andrew Carmellini



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  • Locanda Verde (Photographs: Marlene Rounds)

  • Porchetta

  • Photograph: Marlene Rounds

  • Ice-cream sundae (Photograph: Marlene Rounds)

  • Chef Andrew Carmellini (Photograph: Dale May)

Locanda Verde (Photographs: Marlene Rounds)

OTHER NOMINEES The Breslin Bar and Dining Room, Marea, Minetta Tavern

This Tribeca trattoria packs in diners so tight, the scrum at the host stand is more raucous than midnight in clubland. It's no surprise, then, that this born-again destination (site of the short-lived disaster that was Ago) beat out the other impressive contenders. Andrew Carmellini's lusty cooking—featuring generously portioned and moderately priced dishes like succulent thin-sliced porchetta and garlic-sopped fire-roasted chicken—is one very good reason the place is still booked nightly. Karen DeMasco's sweets, such as lemon rosemary pastries in the morning and grown-up ice-cream sundaes at night, are another. Locanda Verde 377 Greenwich Street at North Moore St (212-925-3797)

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