East Post Restaurant
Had dinner last night at East Post (billed as "homestyle Italian cooking") 92 Second Avenue 387-0065. I knew the place was small so I reserved for 7 p.m. for two. My friend had already been there and was impressed that the various pasta dishes with red sauces previously served to her party of four were all different and not from the same generic saucepot.
At 7 o'clock the homey space was very mellow and I asked if we could sit in one of the u-shaped booths that were really meant for four people. They graciously obliged. The waiter (who was very sweet and looked a bit like Al Pacino) didn't rush us into ordering drinks which most restaurants do to jack up the bill (like you've just schlepped in from the Sahara Desert!)
For apps we had a delicious and generous plate of carpaccio and very tender non-greasy fried calamari. For a main, I had tasty homemade spinach fettuccine Bolognese and my friend had a really good thin pizza with grilled radicchio. We skipped dessert and each had a rich-tasting decaf cappuccino. Other plates that passed by my Chowhound radar looked delish.
The atmosphere is cozy and looks like it's been there for 50 years in a nice way. The bathroom is campy with candles, family photos, and a credenza filled with glasses and dishes. Another plus were real towels to dry your hands - usually found in the ritzy places where a matron hands you one for a buck tip.
They have a full bar and most pastas were $10 and under. Their menu is not extensive with meat or fish. I would definitely go back but because the space is small, I'll opt to go by 7 before the crowds appear.