Went to Merge's (W. 10th St) "Sopranos style Italian dinner" last night, and despite the persnickety host and a bartender full of attitude, we enjoyed the meal. For $25, it was a great value--so much food. Here's a listing of what we ate (what I remember at least): A rice ball, mussels, eggplant, asparagus, mozz & tomato, salami & provolone, prosciutto & melon, calamari, frittata, peppers, mushrooms, caesar salad, rigatoni, platter of meatballs, sausage, and braciola, and cheesecake. We were plesantly surprised by the quality--definitely not the assembly-line Italian we half expected. They only do this Sunday nights, before the Sopranos, and I believe that the chef has his mother from Brooklyn in to cook that night. Oh, and I might add that our waiter was very pleasant--a stark contrast to the welcome we received in the front of the house.