Deep-black risotto, colored by squid cooked in its own ink, is a typical Venetian dish, and it’s frequently a special here. But the lively, playful space—designed by architect Adam Tihany—is your first clue that Remi isn’t too bound by tradition. Chef Francesco Antonucci’s cichetti, presented in whimsical angular plates, include fried stuffed olives and marinated octopus. His tuna-filled ravioli is a classic, and gnocchi with baby goat is spiked with olives and artichoke hearts. Semifreddo and gelato grace the dessert menu, but why be predictable? Choose the chocolate-banana tart.
145 W 53rd St
|Cross street:||between Sixth and Seventh Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon noon–2:30pm, 5:30–11pm; Tue–Thu noon–2:30pm, 5:30–11:30pm; Fri noon–2:30, 5–11:30pm; Sat 5–11:30pm; Sun 5–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D, E to Seventh Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $25. Three-course prix fixe: $30. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|