I had dinner on Saturday night at East Post, the new Italian restaurant on 2nd Ave. between 5th & 6th. Overall, it was a great meal and a place that I'll definitely revisit. We started with the tricolore salad (solid choice) and calamari, which was extremely tender, very lightly fried, and served with a zingy, lusty, garlic-heavy marinara. I had the special pasta, which is peccorara on Saturdays. The waiter described it as like a round gnocchi and said it was served with creamy tomato sauce, zucchini, and wild mushrooms. It was delicious, with doughy, slightly chewy little rounds in a very fresh sauce. However, there were no mushrooms or zucchini to be found. Instead, it was topped off with a mountain of fresh ricotta. Rich and flavorful, but also not what I thought I ordered! I asked a waiter what was going on, but though quite sweet he was also quite frazzled and didn't seem to know anything more than I did. My friend had the fusili siciliana, which was served with eggplant, tomato sauce, and shaved parmesan. The fusili was overcooked, but as with my dish the sauce was well-seasoned and very fresh-tasting. She isn't a drinker, so the wine list went unexplored. I had a few glasses of the house chianti, which was decent enough, and for some unknown reason when I ordered my second I was given a water glass filled nearly to the top! So no complaints on that front...The atmosphere is "rustic", with lots and lots of rough-hewn wood and more sputtering candles than I've ever seen outside of a cathedral. The staff was a bit harried as the place was jammed, but they were never less than gracious and we felt no pressure to hurry through our meal. As I said earlier, it was an all-around great experience. To compare, I don't think it's as good as Frank's when they're firing on all cylinders but I liked it much, much better than Max (which I've taken a sudden and violent dislike to). The bill with a 20% tip came to $51.