The checkered tablecloths, wicker-wrapped Chianti bottles and animated staff may remind you of the Italian-restaurant scene from Lady and the Tramp. A crush of bridge-and-tunnel partyers are drawn by the kitsch; sometimes the roar of the crowd forces you to communicate with your waiter by writing with the provided crayons on the paper tablecloth. Start with the antipasti for a family-style serving of meats, cheeses and nicely grilled vegetables. Entrées are similarly generous. The scaloppine funghi is a tender cut of veal perched over creamy mashed potatoes and piled high with sautéed mushrooms; another crowd pleaser is pappardelle con salsa aurora, which weaves thick strands of fresh pasta around whole artichoke hearts in a cream-kissed tomato sauce.
Mangia e Bevi
|Venue name:||Mangia e Bevi||Contact:|
800 Ninth Ave
|Cross street:||at 53rd St|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Sat 11:30am–midnight; Sun 11:30am–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E to 50th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $16. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|