Monte’s Restaurant

Restaurants, Italian Greenwich Village
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Monte’s Restaurant
Monte's Restaurant
Old-Village nostalgia brings the crowds to this 1918 holdout. Most diners seem to be die-hard regulars; they receive hugs and handshakes while newcomers have plates slammed down in front of them, along with a few cursory grunts. Everyone gets the same sloppy, garlicky, saucy fare. Yet for each Marsala-smothered chicken boccaniere (thin breasts rolled around mozzarella and shrimp) and red-sauce-oppressed lasagna, another dish demonstrates restraint—like a generous portion of shrimp scampi lightly dressed with garlic, or a lemony, gently battered veal francese. Each is as surprising as one of the waiters cracking a smile.


Venue name: Monte’s Restaurant
Address: 97 MacDougal St
New York
Cross street: between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts
Opening hours: Mon noon–11pm; Wed–Sat noon–11:30pm; Sun noon–11pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, V to W 4th St
Price: Average main course: $16. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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This old school, northern italian trattoria offers a solid, yet traditional option in the West Village. I was walking around feeling nostalgic and wanting some classic italian that felt like Little Italy yet didn't taste like Little Italy (sorry, not a fan). I stumbled across Monet's and althought it seemed super touristy given the location (prime McDougal) I decided to give it a shot - everyone inside seemed like a returning local so hey, why not?

The staff is as authentic as it gets, the Italian chef walking around making sure every table is good and chatting in italian. I ordered the Caprese salad and the linguini with pesto and neither disappointed - simple and straight forward yet extremely tasty. The wine was delicious and the pricing reasonable. It's not fancy Italian but it is yummy, affordable Italian. If that is what you want, don't hesitate to eat here since it is absolutely worth it.