Paying $10 for a pair of fried zucchini flowers and $20 for a plate of spaghetti is a tough sell if you’re used to dining on cheap neighborhood Italian. Just do it: The splurge will buy you a seat in Beppe’s charming, Tuscan-inspired dining room and a painstakingly crafted meal. Those crisp zucchini flowers go straight from the farmers’ market to the fryer. And that $20 spaghetti is tossed with a rich chianti-and-tomato sauce and bits of pork. Lest you forget where you had such a meal, the staff sends you home with a muffin packed inside a Beppe-labeled box, a parting gift that further helps justify the bill.
45 E 22nd St
|Cross street:||between Broadway and Park Ave South|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri noon–10:30pm; Sat noon–4pm, 5:30–10:30pm; Sun noon–4pm|
|Transport:||Subway: N, R, 6 to 23rd St|
|Price:||Average main course: $29. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|