Las Vegas import Alessandro Stratta, a contestant on Top Chef Masters season three, stakes his claim in the West Village with this Italian eatery. A wood-fired oven is the focal point of the 84-seat restaurant, which also features birch-wood tables, a marble bar and exposed brick. Dig into hearty fare, like 24-hour duck confit, red-wine–braised oxtail and orata (a rich, meaty fish) with a brown-butter-and-lemon sauce.
Bigoli Ristorante & Bar
|Venue name:||Bigoli Ristorante & Bar||Contact:|
140 W 13th St
|Cross street:||between Sixth and Seventh Ave|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Thu, Sun 5–11pm; Fri, Sat 5pm–midnight; Sun 3–9pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 14th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $27. AmEx, MC, V|