Three longtime Greenwich Village favorites are hitting their marks. Da Andrea has earned a loyal following with homey, comforting chow from Emilia-Romagna and gracious, unpretentious service. “I love the place,” declares mrnyc, who considers it one of the city’s top neighborhood Italian spots. Pastas, especially house-made pappardelle with sausage ragu and a dash of truffle oil, are a smart choice. Some other standouts: grilled calamari with lemon, gnocchi with Gorgonzola and arugula, and braised lamb shank with cannellini.
Prices are reasonable. Cate says her budget-minded party of four enjoyed a festive birthday dinner–two appetizers, four pastas, two desserts, two bottles of wine–for just $130 before tip. Highlights: veal-spinach ravioli in cream sauce with mushrooms and prosciutto; beef carpaccio with arugula and hearts of palm; steamed mussels in lightly spiced tomato sauce with terrific garlic focaccia. Wines–a Dolcetto and a house red–were especially affordable.
A few blocks south at Bar Pitti, crowds brave an inevitable wait for solid Tuscan food in a cool, casual setting. Bar Pitti, too, is affordably priced. Pastas are dependably good, especially the house special rigatoni with turkey sausage in tomato cream sauce–“awesome!” raves netmover. Others recommend taglierini with leeks and artichokes or simple, satisfying ravioli Bella Vista (filled with spinach and ricotta). Be sure to check out the blackboard for specials like burrata, black truffle linguine, and tender, light veal meatballs. For dessert, go for panna cotta or torta della nonna (lemon-almond cake). Detractors find the food uneven and not worth the wait.
On Cornelia Street, cozy Le Gigot remains a reliable spot for bistro standards like charcuterie, steak au poivre, and the eponymous leg of lamb with flageolets. erica reports a very good dinner highlighted by outstanding Pacific Northwest oysters, crab cakes (lots of lump crab and little binder atop crisp baby greens), duck confit (with haricots verts and creamy mashed potatoes), and reasonably priced wines by the glass. This is the kind of spot she wishes existed in her neighborhood.
Da Andrea [West Village]
557 Hudson St., between Perry and W. 11th Sts., Manhattan
Bar Pitti [West Village]
268 6th Ave., between Bleecker and Houston Sts., Manhattan
Le Gigot [Greenwich Village]
18 Cornelia St., between W. 4th and Bleecker Sts., Manhattan