Vespa Cibobuono

Upper East Side

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:
Address: 1625 Second Ave
New York
10028
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
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