Practically hidden in the middle of NYU’s campus sprawl, this long-lived bistro lures locals whose student days (and budgets) are far behind them. While Louis Prima croons on the sound system, bow-tied waiters deliver generous bowls of crisp fried calamari with spicy tomato sauce, plates of saffron-gilded fettuccine with asparagus and tomato, or impressive rosemary-scented racks of lamb for two. The vino flows, and three nights a week, live piano music tinkles pleasantly. Hungry students will just have to wait until Mom and Dad are in town.
21 E 9th St
|Cross street:||between Fifth Ave and University Pl|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri noon–3pm, 5–11pm; Sat, Sun noon–3pm, 5–11:45pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq|
|Price:||Average main course: $20. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|