This bustling West Village eatery showcases two granite bars, one for drinks, and one facing the open kitchen where chef Gabriel Thompson (Le Bernardin, Del Posto) dishes out modern Italian dishes. Pasta is hands down the best thing on the menu—thin tagliatelle ribbons luxuriate beneath a textbook bolognese ragù, and squid ink linguine was lavished in a deeply flavorful calamari sauce. Other dishes proved problematic, such as chicken al diavalo that suffered from a paprika overdose. Hang in there till dessert: The panna cotta, with hibiscus-pear syrup and fennel marmalade, is stellar.
38 Eighth Ave
|Cross street:||at Jane St|
|Opening hours:||Mon noon–midnight; Tue–Fri noon–2am; Sat 11am–3pm, 4pm–2am; Sun 11am–3pm, 5pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $22. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|
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When you want to get your pasta/carb fandango on, this spot does it right. Their carbonara is a mainstay for a reason, and the gnocchi are rustic and fulfilling. Fun bar to sit at for a glass and a bite too--good for a date. Don't miss a taste from their amaro selection at the end of the night.