Although reservations should be planned far in advance, L’Artusi is well worth the wait. From the outside the cozy Italian eatery may seem nondescript, but upon entering you realize this bi-level restaurant couldn't be further from that. The West Village hotspot is the master of dichotomy—creating an atmosphere that is both energetic and intimate while delivering quality Italian food that is as creative as it is traditional. You would be remiss to not pair at least one pasta, such as the gnocchi with rabbit or the bavette with clams with a bottle of the restaurant’s impeccable selection of Italian wines.
228 West 10th St., New York City, NY 10014; (212)-255-5757