Old-Village nostalgia brings the crowds to this 1918 holdout. Most diners seem to be die-hard regulars; they receive hugs and handshakes while newcomers have plates slammed down in front of them, along with a few cursory grunts. Everyone gets the same sloppy, garlicky, saucy fare. Yet for each Marsala-smothered chicken boccaniere (thin breasts rolled around mozzarella and shrimp) and red-sauce-oppressed lasagna, another dish demonstrates restraint—like a generous portion of shrimp scampi lightly dressed with garlic, or a lemony, gently battered veal francese. Each is as surprising as one of the waiters cracking a smile.
|Venue name:||Monte’s Restaurant||Contact:|
97 MacDougal St
|Cross street:||between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon noon–11pm; Wed–Sat noon–11:30pm; Sun noon–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, V to W 4th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $16. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|