LauraR
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  • First Review
    January 2, 2014
  • Last Review
    April 21, 2014
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Located in one of the oldest New York City spots, on the corner of Peck Slip and Water Street, Acqua is an authentic Italian restaurant. It is a very cozy place with traditional Italian cuisine contained a large diversity of dishes based on the best recipes taken from all parts of Italy from North to South. <br /> Executive chef Ivan Beacco and his team try their best to give New Yorkers an authentic experience. The wine list spans over 100 bottles, all from small boutique Italian vintners. From 12pm to 11pm, you can enjoy your time with a glass of Pinot Noir, Soave, and other delicious wine along with very inspired antipasti, seafood dishes and authentic pastas. This place is definitely worth your attention.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/19/2014
 2005
Dined on 4/19/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 4/19/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem
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Opened in 1994, Nicola Marzovilla's warm and welcoming restaurant has been a favorite for more than 18 years for those in search of hearty, delicious Italian specialties. Its celebrated menu draws on the regional cuisine of the Marzovillas' homeland, Puglia. Nicola's mother, Dora, prepares hand-rolled fresh pastas daily. The restaurant is famed for its all-Italian wine list (expertly selected by Marzovilla), and the adjoining Enoteca offers lighter food and by-the-glass choices as well as a nightly happy hour from 3-8pm. I Trulli is a popular destination all-year round: diners can sit by the glow of the main room's rustic fireplace in winter, while in the warmer months are treated to the lush splendor of one of Manhattan's finest outdoor garden spaces.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Old standby
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/18/2014
 2005
Dined on 4/18/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I hadn't visited in a long time but was happy to find I Trulli just as I remembered it: warm and welcoming, quiet enough for conversation, and presided over by a doting host. The garden has always been the attraction for me, but this time we savored the fireplace--and the great food. Appetizers, pastas, and fish all perfectly done, generously portioned, and lovingly served. We won't wait so long this time for a return visit."
Dined on 4/18/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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Established in 1987 on the corner of Spring and Sullivan in the heart of Soho, Mezzogiorno has earned a reputation as one of New York's most alluring and genuine restaurants. Mezzogiorno’s exquisite menu is based on the authentic Florentine "cucina". A meticulous commitment to quality and detail is apparent in every dish.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/24/2014
 2005
Dined on 03/24/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 03/24/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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The Marais is reborn in Chelsea at Le Singe Vert, courtesy of the brass coat racks, long wooden bar, distressed mirrors and wicker chairs – all antiques owner Georges Forgeois sourced personally from his travels in France and North Africa. <br /><br />In addition to the allure of the authentic surroundings, Le Singe Vert boasts a unique duality as both an energetic bistro and romantic hideaway treasured by a variety of guests: Singles grabbing a bite before a night on the town, families relishing a three-course meal and enamored couples enjoying a quiet evening in a secluded corner. <br /><br />The menu of classic bistro fare appeals to this eclectic crowd, beginning with enticing offerings from the raw bar, to the outstanding steak frites, and of course the decadent chilled pot au chocolat for dessert. Although always festive, “Le Singe” is truly the place to be on holidays, especially for its legendary parties on Halloween, Valentine’s Day and Gay Pride. <br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/14/2014
 2005
Dined on 03/14/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 03/14/2014
 2005
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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The Smith is a casual American Brasserie with three upbeat locations in New York City: The Smith East Village, The Smith Midtown and The Smith Lincoln Center. Utilizing local products and purveyors, the breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner menus feature a selection of familiar bistro dishes. Diners at The Smith Lincoln Center can also choose from our hand-picked wine list and full raw seafood bar. The Smith attracts colleagues for a drink after work, business dinners, a quick bite or drink before a show, late night revelers, families for Sunday brunch and more. Offering private rooms at all locations, guests can stop by for all occasions. <br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/12/2014
 2005
Dined on 03/12/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 03/12/2014
 2005
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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Voted "Best Pizza" by Daily News readers. Pizza is taken seriously at this Lower East Side pizza restaurant. Chef/Owner Gigio Palazzo creates oblong Roman pies made with your choice of an ORGANIC MULTIGRAIN Crust or GLUTEN FREE crust. Palá is known for fresh, innovative pies such as "Zucca" pumpkin puree, pancetta and smoked scamorza cheese and "Bufala Cruda" oven melted cherry tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella and whole basil leaves. Pizzas are served on long wooden "Pala's" or pizza peels and are excellent for sharing in groups. In addition to pizzas, Palazzo serves up homemade specialties like "arancini" and "fiori di zucca" not to mention an impressive list of salads, pastas and desserts. GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN menus available. Wine, beer and a full bar top off the experience at Palá.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/28/2014
 2005
Dined on 02/28/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 02/28/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot
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Located in one of the oldest New York City spots, on the corner of Peck Slip and Water Street, Acqua is an authentic Italian restaurant. It is a very cozy place with traditional Italian cuisine contained a large diversity of dishes based on the best recipes taken from all parts of Italy from North to South. <br /> Executive chef Ivan Beacco and his team try their best to give New Yorkers an authentic experience. The wine list spans over 100 bottles, all from small boutique Italian vintners. From 12pm to 11pm, you can enjoy your time with a glass of Pinot Noir, Soave, and other delicious wine along with very inspired antipasti, seafood dishes and authentic pastas. This place is definitely worth your attention.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Never disappoints
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/07/2014
 2005
Dined on 02/07/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Acqua is our favorite neighborhood spot and seems to get better with every visit. This was our first time taking a large party there and it worked out well for that purpose--great service, energetic room but not too noisy to talk. The number of vegetarian dishes on their menu is a real blessing if you roll that way--try any one of the great pasta dishes, especially the tagliatelle with mushroom ragout."
Dined on 02/07/2014
 2005
Special Features: good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
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Merchants River House is a casual, family-friendly restaurant located on the Hudson River Esplanade with stunning views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty. We have 70 seats of indoor dining and 150 seats on two outdoor terraces, the perfect locale for enjoying sunsets over the Hudson. The decor features a copper top bar, bistro chairs and blue checkered table cloths in the dining room.<br /><br />Merchants River House serves moderately priced American Bistro fare.The expansive menu includes burgers, pizza, chicken, salads, and steaks. In addition, there are seafood choices such as Oven Roasted North Atlantic Salmon and Fish & Chips.Our Kid's Menu features kid-friendly choices such as mac & cheese, chicken fingers, and penne pasta.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Better than before
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/02/2014
 2005
Dined on 02/02/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I have always loved Merchants River House for the view--the food, not as much. Happy to report that they have some new menu items, including very good vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items. I can't say the food now MATCHES the view because that would be difficult, but it has come a long way and the staff is (as always) friendly and charming. Extra points for asking us if it was a "special occasion of any kind." I love the Manhattan waterfront!"
Dined on 02/02/2014
 2005
Special Features: scenic view, neighborhood gem
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Cucina di Pesce is the type of comfortably lived-in Italian restaurant that local New Yorkers love. Our focus on seafood has turned this city of foodies upside-down. Our flavors are absolutely contemporary. We pride ourselves on offering both the best service and freshest ingredients in Manhattan on a budget! From the pasta to our enormous spinach ravioli to succulent sun dried tomato fusili – our plates seduce the tastebuds of even the most well versed critic. Our seafood lives up to its reputation: sea scallops, scampi, salmon and much more are delivered on a daily basis. Stop by to enjoy unlimited mussels at our weekday happy hour.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
It's all about value
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 01/17/2014
 2005
Dined on 01/17/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I've been to Cucina many times over the years, mainly for its proximity to the theaters on the block. The food is serviceable, the ambience fine--but holy, moly, the early-bird special is a great deal! $14 for salad, soup, pasta and an entree? Try beating that at a diner. Perfect pre-theater meal, though you run the risk of dozing in your seat."
Dined on 01/17/2014
 2005
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Novita is a vibrant 60-seat trattoria serving a seasonally inspired, modern Italian menu. Chef owner Marco Fregonese’s innovative take on classical, regional cooking begins with the finest, artisan ingredients and freshest, seasonal products. His distinctive light and flavorful dishes are pure and satisfying and perfectly complemented by a select list of wines from superb Italian specialty and boutique growers. Novita is located a few steps down from a quiet tree lined street in the Gramercy Park neighborhood. The setting is warm and elegant and the mood quintessentially Italian. In pleasant weather, sidewalk, alfresco dining is offered further adding to Novita’s year round appeal.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/31/2013
 2005
Dined on 12/31/2013
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 12/31/2013
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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