The subtly lit dining room and bar are beautifully appointed—dark wood, whitewashed brick walls, tangerine banquettes, Knoll and Eames furniture. No wonder Bottino draws local galleristas. But well-integrated decor doesn’t make the food less patchy. Starters (fritto misto, salads) are fresh and tasty, but main courses tend to be unimaginative; our pork loin with mashed potatoes and broccoli rabe was neither well seasoned nor particularly well cooked. The service (hands-off for nonregulars) could use some tweaking, too. The bittersweet chocolate pudding, or perhaps the ivied garden, may help to restore your faith.
246 Tenth Ave
|Cross street:||between 24th and 25th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon, Sun 6pm–midnight; Tue–Sat noon–3:30pm, 6pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E to 23rd St|
|Price:||Average main course: $20. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|