To get everyone through the dog days of summer, we've asked our readers to tell us about a favorite, somewhat oddball restaurant, bar, or place of note that perhaps exists mostly off the radar. We'll be running submissions throughout the week, so please send in further recs to email@example.com
Spigolo, 1561 2nd Ave., Upper East Side
Even though the winelist there sucks, Spigolo on the UES deserves way more love than it gets. It must be overshadowed by the celeb-magnet uptown Italian Sfoglia, but it's every bit as good. I nominate them for some attention in your upcoming column for sure.
Cafe Doppio, 55 Broad St., FiDi
I work in the financial district, known for its dearth of food choices. A gem however is Cafe Doppio on Beaver St, close to Broad Street. It's a charming family owned Italian cafe with killer breakfast sandwiches and lunch soup options. Their ingredients are fresh, prices are low and the service is superb. Please, please, please write about them.
Cacio e Pepe, 182 2nd Ave., East Village
Instead of Babbo, try Cacio e Pepe. Excellent neighborhood joint that would probably be busier or more beloved if it were on a pretty side street instead of 2nd Avenue. Yes it's on an ugly stretch of a block better known for bars and mediocre cheap eats (forgettable Thai, forgettable pizza, and so on), but inside it is beyond charming. Lovely exposed brick with plenty of candle light, delicious handmade pastas, sweet staff of Italian expats, nice list of off-the-beaten-path vinos, and a garden outside as a sweet bonus. Like that perfect little spot you stumble upon in Rome and spend your life trying to replicate that experience - here it is kids. On fricking 2nd Avenue.
181 Cabrini, 854 West 181st St., Washington Heights
181 Cabrini on the corner of Cabrini and W 181st Street. Neighborhood favorite that’s worth the trip uptown.