Restaurants, Italian Upper East Side
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Owners Ladislav Kulisek (La Cava)—from the Czech winemaking town of Mikulov—and Pavel Srbecky focus their airy Upper East Side eatery on vino, offering 40 bottles and 16 by the glass. Along with the grape varietals, the reclaimed-wood bar pours cocktails named after the neighborhood, including the East 77th (jasmine-tea-infused Grey Goose, strawberry, lemon juice and club soda) and the Daises (tequila, peach liqueur, cinnamon syrup, blackberries, egg white and lime juice). Perch at a high-top table for bistro fare from consulting chef Manuel Solario: truffle mac-and-cheese, salmon cioppino, filet mignon and lamb chops.


Venue name: Vella
Address: 1480 Second Ave
Cross street: at 77th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5pm–2am; Fri 4pm–2am; Sat, Sun 11:30am–2am
Transport: Subway: 6 to 77th St
Price: Average entrée: $21. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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