Restaurants, Italian Harlem
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Photograph: Courtesy Lido

Chef and James Beard Award–winning author Serena Bass helms this Harlem restaurant serving modern Italian fare. The seasonal menu follows the Italian tradition, splitting dishes into primi, secondi and dolce courses. You might be tempted by the grilled octopus with cannellini beans, shallots and fresh oregano ($14) to start, or perhaps the crostini with ricotta, gorgonzola, pear, prosciutto and balsamic ($10). Pasta options include a wild mushroom lasagna with sage pesto ($20) and spaghetti with veal meatballs and San Marzano tomatoes ($19). For your more substantial second course, there’s a pan-seared pork chop with creamed spinach and currants ($24) or steamed mussels served with grilled bread ($18). Dessert fiends might want to try the chocolate budino enriched with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt ($9) or red velvet cake with lemon-scented mascarpone and vanilla gelato ($10). Plus, there’s plenty of white and red sangria ($9 for a glass, $29 for a carafe) to wash it all down. 


Venue name: Lido
Address: 2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave)
Cross street: between 116th and 117th Sts
Opening hours: Mon 11:30am-10pm, Tue-Thurs 11:30am-11pm, Fri 11:30am-midnight, Sat 10:30am-midnight, Sun 10:30am-10pm
Transport: Subway: B, C to 116th St
Price: Average main course: $22. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Once again, I found myself at an Italian restaurant that serves gnocchi.

Although a little too oily, it was delicious. Just needed some bread to soak it up -- a pretty good quick fix. 

The service was okay. I'll be back....especially to try those bottomless mimosas everyone keeps raving about.

Frances Smolenski

How come only 2 stars?. The cooking at this place is absolutely SUPERB! You must have hit a very rare off night. The perfection of everything we ate there was astonishing - and also surprising for such a small and unpretentious restaurant. The crisp and melting way a humble potato was roasted was nothing sort of perfection - plus the seasoning and amount of reduction to the sauces was immaculate. This place beats many of the best restaurants in France where I lived for several years. Thoughtful and friendly service...... I recommend you go back straight away and try again!

Freddie Foodie

I'm not sure if the Time Out reviewer went to the same Lido that I go to. If I haven't loved everything I've eaten at Lido, then I've liked the few things I haven't loved very, very much. I think the chef is creative without being overwhelming and adds a personal brilliance to each dish. Lido is my favorite restaurant in Harlem (amongst many great restaurants) and one of my favorites in all the five boroughs.