I passed by this restaurant on the northeast corner of 13th St. and Av. A while taking a walk yesterday. It looks like a moderately-priced serious Tuscan restaurant and, for whatever it's worth, it got a very good review from Grimes in the NY Times' Diner's Journal. Have any of you been there? What do you recommend: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, all, none?
Also, do any of you have any comments on some of the new places that have been cropping up on Av. B lately? Is Max better than older places like Frutti di Mare? What about the bar/restaurant that I think was on the southeast corner of B and 5th and seems to have a Louisiana influence? Also, there's another Italian restaurant across Av. A from Il Covo del Est. It got a mediocre review from Time Out NY, which they posted on their door in such a way as to discourage reading; I'm planning on skipping it.
Finally, I was surprised to find while walking on 9th St. between A and 1st that my neighborhood apparently can now support a genuinely expensive Italian restaurant (about $20 per secondo), I Tre Coppi or I Coppi, which is on the south side of the street. I looked in at the elegant brickface walls and the traditional Italian ceramic pottery attached to the wall. Unless some of you think that it is a great restaurant, I won't go there. Is it great?