Hey, all, just had a few questions as I'm planning a day of eating with a friend of mine.
Otto - Is there a consistently less mobbed time for lunch? I've heard it's very crowded and loud at dinner, so I thought about trying it out for lunch, maybe noon-ish? Regarding the menu, we were thinking something like this:
4 or 5 antipasti (I'm not sure how big the portions are and it seems difficult to tell from pictures)
Penne alla norma for each of us
5 or 7 cheese selection
Possibly gelato/sorbetti, but I'm thinking about trying Cones out.
We are fairly big eaters, so I'm thinking this will be fairly satisfying, but I'd love to hear any recent experiences. Also, if there is another place similar to Otto (cheaply priced pasta, a large variety of antipasti, etc.,) feel free to suggest. It seems the most common sentiment is that the pizza is mediocre and that the antipasti and well-priced pasta is the way to go.
Farmers markets - I've never been to one in NYC. Honestly, I did not want to wake up terribly early (I'm catching the train from CT) to visit before going to Otto and was hoping to go afterwards. Is there a certain time when say, vendors at Union Square begin packing up their things? I was looking to find a cider doughnut (doesn't have to be US, but it seems to the biggest, right?), which is my favorite sweet to eat in the fall, although I'm sure I wouldn't be able to help myself trying out other prepared food.