You won’t find any thin-lipped wineglasses here: Vespa is a casual enoteca, and you’re supposed to guzzle your wine, not swirl and sniff it. A menu of seasonal dishes, like a summery gnocchi with red and yellow tomatoes, and a heartier house-made cavatelli with pancetta and heavy cream, successfully showcases the possibilities of plain old pasta. A squid-and-octopus salad was stocked with appealingly tender meat; steamed mussels were just as plump and briny as those you’ll find in the city’s best brasseries. The outdoor terrace is breezy, though not quite as much so as a ride on the namesake scooter.
|Venue name:||Vespa Cibobuono||Contact:|
1625 Second Ave
|Cross street:||between 84th and 85th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed 5pm–11pm; Thu–Fri 5pm–midnight; Sat noon–4pm, 5pm–midnight; Sun noon–4pm, 5pm–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $16|