Da Silvano

Restaurants , Italian Greenwich Village
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Da Silvano
As is the case at too many of New York’s see-and-be-seen hotspots, the food at this West Village mainstay takes a back seat to the scene. The fashion and media elite regularly feast on a lineup of pastas and Tuscan staples like an oddly flavorless osso buco, all listed on a sanctimonious (“no cheese served on seafood at any time”) menu—groundbreaking when the restaurant opened in a sea of red sauce joints in 1975, but not enough to lure latterday diners away from nearby Morandi. One redeeming dish: The lobster gnocchi features sweet, plump shellfish dispersed among exquisitely doughy dumplings. If weather permits, queue up for a table in the sprawling sidewalk café, still presided over by the restaurant’s ebullient owner, Silvano Marchetto.
Venue name: Da Silvano
Address: 260 Sixth Ave
New York
Cross street: between Bleecker and Houston Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu noon–11:30pm; Fri, Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–11pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, V to W 4th St; 1 to Houston St
Price: Average main course: $26. AmEx, MC, V
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