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This hidden Italian-food gem is overseen by former fashion executive Rita Sodi and chef Michael Genardini (L’Impero). The toque’s homey menu favors simple dishes like a delicious lemony artichoke salad with shaved Parmigiano, or an entrée of tender, satisfying fried-chicken chunks. Avoid more extravagant dishes, like a $52 langoustine special, which doesn’t live up to its price tag. Rusticity also rules the pared-down desserts: An ingenious chocolate “salami” combines Grand Marnier–laced chocolate and graham-cracker crumbs, mimicking the look of the cured meat.
105 Christopher St
|Cross street:||between Bleecker and Hudson Sts|
|Transport:||Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq|
|Price:||Average main course: $19. AmEx, MC, V|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 6–11pm; Fri, Sat 6pm–midnight|
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