Doesn't have sidewalk seating, but (especially since it's now the dead of winter) I would still highly recommend a place in the West Village called La Focaccia (Bank and West 4th)...It's on a very cute little corner that is so un-New York that you could be in the middle of Boston on Peoria...
Great food, decent wine list, yummy focaccia, GREAT tiramisu...
Friendly service and a very cozy, romantic setting -- probably seats 30 people tops...wood-burning oven provides atmosphere and huge windows on 2 of the 4 walls are highlighted by wonderfully tall candles...
Go there on a date...go there whenever...
My girlfriend and i have now spent 2 of our last 3 new years there...
"Looking for a small cafe that won't break my wallet.
preferably with sidewalk seating. Thank you all for
For downtown dining, I have two suggestions: the tried-
and-true Brunetta's, at 190 1st avenue (between 11th
and 12th, 228-4030). This time of year, all their
seating is alfresco in the back garden, and their food
is reliably good Italian, reasonably priced. Cash only.
There is also Carmella's Village Garden, at 49 Charles
St. (242-2155), where I confess I haven't been in a few
years, but I've been several times with friends a few
years ago. It's BYOB (can I say that here?), the food
is also reasonably-priced, and the ambience is amiable.
Hope this helps.
re: Pete Feliz
Recently another chowhound recommended Moreno
Ristorante at 18th and Irving to me for a private
party. My party will be there in early October. I had
lunch there with a friend and it was very lovely. They
have nice outdoor seating and good food for moderate
prices (not cheap but not too high). The service was
great and we shared some courses and they handled it
well. The seating is not too close which I especially
enjoy. Thanks to the chowhound who recommended it.