As is the case at too many of New York’s see-and-be-seen hotspots, the food at this West Village mainstay takes a back seat to the scene. The fashion and media elite regularly feast on a lineup of pastas and Tuscan staples like an oddly flavorless osso buco, all listed on a sanctimonious (“no cheese served on seafood at any time”) menu—groundbreaking when the restaurant opened in a sea of red sauce joints in 1975, but not enough to lure latterday diners away from nearby Morandi. One redeeming dish: The lobster gnocchi features sweet, plump shellfish dispersed among exquisitely doughy dumplings. If weather permits, queue up for a table in the sprawling sidewalk café, still presided over by the restaurant’s ebullient owner, Silvano Marchetto.
|Venue name:||Da Silvano||Contact:|
260 Sixth Ave
|Cross street:||between Bleecker and Houston Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu noon–11:30pm; Fri, Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, V to W 4th St; 1 to Houston St|
|Price:||Average main course: $26. AmEx, MC, V|