Agnese Mezina (Giorgione) and Dino Castri (Corton) are behind this 60-seat Italian crudo bar. Along with Kumamoto bluepoint, Fanny Bay Island Creek and Skookum Fisher Island oysters, Puglia-born Castri serves a whole-baked branzino; grilled octopus with grape tomatoes and olives; and spaghetti with sea urchin in orange mascarpone cream. Off-the-turf options include orecchiette over braised chickpeas and seared filet mignon alongside baby mushrooms. The dark-wood bar features an all-Italian wine list of 35 bottles—with 20 by the glass—as well as beers from the Boot, including Moretti and Peroni. Burgundy walls and gold drapery color the space, with rustic brick walls and amber-lit chandeliers.
492 Fifth Ave
|Cross street:||between 11th and 12th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri noon–11pm; Sat, Sun 10am–2am|
|Transport:||Subway: F, G, R to Fourth Ave–9th St|
|Price:||Average entree: $28. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|