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In this Ask Eater, an out-of-towner is looking for Italian-American with a nice atmosphere


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Hi Eater,

I’m traveling to NYC for a girls vacation with another friend. For our first night, we’re looking for something with a nice atmosphere, view is a plus! Probably looking for Italian or American food. Cool vibe, but nothing too fancy. We'll be staying downtown and getting in earlier that day so probably something below Midtown. We both love spicy food and a great cocktail. Any suggestions?


Girls Vacation

Hi Girls Vacation,

You know, you sound like a girl after my own heart, so I have a pretty good feeling you’d really like Barbuto in the West Village.

The chef, Jonathan Waxman, is a pioneer of California cuisine, and the menu here leans towards what I now know are two of your favorites: Italian and American. Start with any cocktails on a very solid list, or ask for a perfected Negroni. Since you also mentioned you both love spicy food, the gemelli with spicy sausage and pecorino seems like an easy choice. Oh and the pollo al forno is the dish all the other tables around you will be eating. Just get it, ok?

You probably didn’t know this, Girls Vacation, but Barbuto sits in a former garage and when it’s warm out, they open the garage doors all the way, guaranteeing you lovely vibes no matter where you sit. And since you’re also looking for a view, I’d head over to The High Line after dinner, only about a four minute walk from the restaurant.

My last tip: Since you are getting in early, head over to Barbuto around 6:00 p.m. when they open. They don’t take reservations for two ahead of time but you can likely snag a walk-in table. Go ahead and sip that negroni while you wait.

I hope you enjoy!

— Patty


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