In a neighborhood overrun by oh-so-cool restaurants and lounges, Tello’s remains a serene classic. The narrow dining room is uncomplicated, with red-and-white-checkered tablecloths, a tin ceiling and vintage photos. This same sense of comfortable simplicity carries over to the food. A deep bowl of rigatoni Tello is sauced with a hearty mix of tomatoes, peas, zucchini, sausage and a hint of fennel. Swordfish steak is well complemented by capers, olives and garlic in a white-wine sauce. Dessert lovers will want to take a spoon or two to the crunchy hazelnut-chocolate tartufo.
263 W 19th St
|Cross street:||between Seventh and Eighth Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 5pm–midnight; Sat, Sun 11am–4pm, 5pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave; 1 to 18th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $16. AmEx, MC, V|