I just moved to the city about month ago and have been relying pretty much on luck when looking for a decent restaurant/spa/grocery store etc. Tonight we went exploring again and decided to walk south from the 14th and 8th ave subway station to find an italian restaurant. ther weather was freezing and the restaurant's menu was posted outside. after looking over the prices we scooted in and asked for a table away from the front door that would be clear of the cold coming in along with fresh diners. we were immediately asked for our coats and then led to the back of the house by the brick oven and stayed warm the whole evening. the food was unexpectedly phenomenal and the service was not SLOW, it was simply relaxing. The waiters constantly filled out wine glasses and had the courtesy of letting us spend hours at our table. They understand that dining out is not just eating food, it is a social event and the two of us had a wonderful time. My seafood risotto was loaded with ocean creatures and my man's veal chop was great- lean, thin and plentiful. The salads are a little pricey as is the wine list (where ISN'T the wine list astronomical in nyc?) and even though the salad was forgotten before my meal, they brought it out upon discovering their mistake and took a few bucks off the bill- probably because I wasn't complaining. The food is great and CHEAP!- Average homemade pasta dishes- $15, risotto was about $20 and the veal was $27. Top-notch and just right. My new favorite place. Even with two large parties of 8-10 people, there was no moise and it was very pleasant.
Pros: Food! tasty, service, relaxing
Cons: not in harlem!