Noticed a new pasta joint on the corner of 10th St. and 7th Ave, the former Japanese/Chinese joint, billing itself as BYO. Very few diners in there tonight, but menu looked interesting: many varieties of pastas prices at 10-12 dollars, salads for 5-8. Any CHs been there yet?
Even though Scalino is on our corner, the poorly lit, monastic interior; the presence of a "coldcuts" appetizer; and the fact that they use the quaint term "paste" in place of pasta on their menu make me wary.
Spirito on 9th St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues, however, was a recent pleasant surprise in the Italian department, and we'll definitely go back.
I second the emotion on Spirito. Was very pleased with our first visit.
However, I think the location is a bit optimistic: we know that developers are devastating the aesthetic appeal of Fourth Ave., taking away our beautiful car repair and flat fix shops and putting in their place palatial condo complexes. But, it may be a year or more before a significant influx of homesteaders move into the Fourth Ave. corridor.
In the meanwhile, I think the folks at Spirito have taken on a few thousand square feet too many. That said, their terrace seems nice.