All I have to say is this: Every Time.
What's that mean? Simple. Every SINGLE time I've been to this place has been a more pleasant surprise than the next. True, NYC has something to fit every mood, to fill every plate, please every palate and abide to every need. However, as long as I've been here, I still find it rare to find a place that encompasses all of these things at once. Living around the block has allowed me to sink into I Tre Merli Bistro on several occasions, and I find it does just that.
I have enjoyed Happy Hour drinks at their bar, extremely discounted lunch specials, incredible plates and fabulous wines. Better? I can afford it. Let's be honest, running around trying out all these places takes a toll on the wallet! This is someplace I would and have taken any guest to. From my sweet mother, to a romantic date, to a rowdy group of girlfriends, down to a co-worker and boss. It's intimate, but fun. Loud, but relaxing. Everyone has enjoyed it on each occasion.
Major Suggestion: The Cheese plate. Though I think it's something like $18, it should honestly be more. It has more cheese and flavor than I've seen on any sad excuse for a 'cheese plate' in a long, long time. Definitely not a rip off - THING IS HUGE!
Now I'm hungry.
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