Restaurants, Italian Williamsburg
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You go to a fancy red-sauce purlieu like Bamonte’s for old-school strengths, not creativity: Here the chandeliers are spectacular, the waiters longstanding professionals. Start with superb clams casino—the bacon’s smokiness perfectly counterpoints briny clams. Entrées include seafood Fra Diavolo, a jumble of spicily sauced shrimp, mussels, clams and tender calamari. Lamb and veal chops and shell steak from the grill are charred on the outside, flavorful and juicy on the inside. Linger over coffee, or swirl a snifter of brandy or grappa.


Venue name: Bamonte’s
Address: 32 Withers St
Cross street: between Lorimer St and Union Ave
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Thu noon–10:30pm; Fri, Sat noon–11pm; Sun 1–10pm
Transport: Subway: L to Lorimer St, G to Metropolitan Ave
Price: Average main course: $18. MC, V
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3.5 stars

Ok, I'm not going to hide the fact that my friends and I ended up here after binge watching Master of None. Aziz made a really great job of making me dream about that red sauce. As a result, expectations might have been a little too high...

The place itself is super charming - the setting and decorations make you feel like you just walked into a scene from The Sopranos. Yummy wine flowing, and the menu is as American Italian as it get: Antipasti, fried calamari, parm dishes, pastas, chicken francese, you know the drill. As for taste, I was underwhelmed, but I do understand that this is what American Italian tastes like. I was looking for deeper flavors, and this is not a place you come to for that.

Overall I would have given it 4 stars, if not for the price - this place is expensive. For what it is, I did not expect the average price of an entree to be $25 plus (for pasta and chicken parm? come on).

Definitely worth a visit if you're feeling nostalgic, but there is much better Italian food to be had in the city (at much better prices).