The review I hoped not to write. My Italian wife and I frequented Da Andrea as our neighborhood Italian joint. Good food, nice service, pleasant ambiance back then. So, we made the trek yesterday to Da Andrea's new location on 13th Street, excited to see our old friends and settle into a good meal. Sorry to say, somewhere between Hudson Street and 13th, they lost their way. The new space is noisy with music ringing from the stereo, chaotic with tables (no longer with tablecloths) scattered randomly, the service surly. Still, the meal started well with fresh bread and the mussels in red sauce appetizer. However, the main courses were abysmal. The zuppe di pesce looked and tasted like a boiled, lackluster and random bowl of seafood overwhelmed by salt and a strong bitter note (perhaps due to dried versus fresh herbs). The tagliolini was clumped together in short pieces, making it very chewy, the sauce bitter and overwhelming and the clams unappealingly thrown all over the bowl. Looking around the restaurant, meals appeared over sauced and over oiled, not at all characteristic of authentic Italian cooking or the old Da Andrea. Our waiter (new to this location?) acted aloof and surly, and hardly made us feel welcome (though we were warmly greeted by holdovers from the Hudson Street locale). The search for a new, authentic Italian joint starts anew.
Pros: Proxmity to Quad Cinema, good bread
Cons: Poor food, chaotic ambiance, impersonal service