Malatesta Trattoria

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Malatesta Trattoria
West Village
The polished young people who jam this popular spot are certainly different from the adventurous sorts who once prowled these streets in drag and leather. The restaurant is noisy, inexpensive and ideal for large gatherings. Service is personable and accommodating, and the food gets better as the evening moves along (whether you have wine or not). Pear and caprese salads got things off to a so-so start. But spaghetti with tomato, basil and mozzarella is everything you want it to be: light and tangy, with a sauce begging to be sopped up with a slice of sourdough. The old souls who haunt the ever-changing Village would have related to the decadent tiramisu.
Venue name: Malatesta Trattoria
Address: 649 Washington St
New York
Cross street: at Christopher St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 5:30–11:30pm; Sat, Sun 11:30am–11:30pm
Transport: Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
Price: Average main course: $11. Cash only

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Tom H

In Manhattan it often can be really tricky to find a low-key, unpretentious, unstuffy and affordable place to have some traditional Italian food (especially in the West Village). That's what makes Malatesta Trattoria so awesome. Located on a quiet stretch of Washington Street (a few blocks away from Christopher Street station), the staff are chilled-out and friendly, the interiors are paired-back. We focussed on pasta - spinach gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce, tagliatelle al ragu, and the ravioli al formaggio. All really good.  A perfect spot for a long weekend boozy lunch with friends (and if they're too busy, either grab a drink at Automatic Slims while you wait, or go to their sister restaurant, Malaparte, just a few blocks up Washington)