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Bianca - a nice meal (longish)

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Bianca - a nice meal (longish)

wurstle | Mar 8, 2004 10:13 AM

Bianca is a small neighborhood place on Bleecker Street between Elizabeth and Bowery that is a good neighborhood restaurant. By this I mean that the prices are moderate to inexpensive - many dishes were below $15, the place is charming with exposed brick and soft lighting, but a bit small and cramped, the crowd, at least between 7pm and 9pm on a Saturday night, was primarily 30 to 60 y.o., not fabulously beautiful and not extraordinarly wealthy looking, and the food was good without being phenomenal. The kind of place that you could go to when you didn't want to impress anyone, be it business, friends or a date, but wanted a simple relatively inexpensive meal. (Not a place that I would recommend to 20 something trendsters looking for a fun spot for a birthday party or to Cabrales or anyone looking for 'Cesca, Babbo or L'Impero or a Little Italy type Italian restaurant).

To the chow: between the four of us, we split a bunch of dishes (we all love trying everything so we make our own tasting menu this way) - a spinach salad with walnuts and apples (apples nothing to write home about, but they aren't exactly in season either), spinach was baby spinach - fresh and not gritty and the dressing was light and tasty; mussels - a bit on the small side and the broth was a little salty, but they were fine and we devoured them all; cheese plate - not on the menu, but we love cheese so they made one up for us - TINY plate - 4 teeny pieces - the best of which were the pecorino and the taleggio; lasagna - made with a bechamel sauce - one of the best dishes we had with a crisp top, lots of layers, great sauce and cheese; lamb special - a bit small, but nicely done simple roasted lamb - no complaints and could have had a lot more - a filet of beef entree - thin slices of beef that were very bland - and for dessert - chocolate mousse cake and a chiambella with mascarpone - the chocolate mousse cake was good, but entirely too rich and chocolately for our blood (and it's rare that we say that) and the chiambella was like a thin slice of dry lemon pound cake with mascarpone spread on top - fine, but not outstanding. Came to $70 including a bottle of wine, 1 espresso and 2 cappucino for the 4 of us before tip. And we were full and satisfied.

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