Need help narrowing down my italian restaurant choices - Po, Peasant, Barbone or Apizz or other recs
We will be seeing an early show in the West Village and looking for a great Italian restaurant, nice ambiance in either the East or West village or other downtown locations. These are four choices that I have found - want to know how the hounds feel about these choices or other recommendations would be appreciated as well!!
217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002
186 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009
I've had great meals in the past year or so at both Peasant and Po, so if I had to choose one of the two, I'd go with Peasant for ambiance (others might disagree, but purely on food, I'd give it to Po). Peasant is both sexy and cozy, with a roaring woodfire oven visible in the back (granted, that's less appealing when its 80 degrees out like today). However, I recently had an even better meal at Il Buco, which has a fabulous ambiance to boot -- it tastes and looks like you are in a farmhouse in Italy. If I had to choose one of the three, definitely Il Buco.
I'm assuming you're leaving out Lupa and Babbo because reservations are out of reach? If you have a while to plan, you might consider those as well -- they'll be closer to your theater. Babbo has wonderful food, but does get loud (if that's not the ambiance you want).
I'm sure someone will also suggest Scarpetta -- I haven't been so can't judge, but it's supposed to be excellent.
170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011
47 Bond St., New York, NY 10012
355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014
Po is not far from Grom (good gelateria), and if that doesn't suit, there are some old school Italian dessert places on Bleecker nearby (but I don't know if those are any good though). There was a Beard Papa right around there but I believe it closed. Can't think of anything particularly desserty (and good) near Peasant. There's Ciao Bella gelateria nearby on Mott, but I don't think its quite as good as Grom. There is also a newish bakery called Oro that looks like it could be good on Broome Street, but I haven't been. If you are willing to go further east, I like Sugar Sweet Sunshine for homey baked goodies. You could also trek up into the East Village and go to Chickalicious for a full dessert experience, but it gets packed so there might be a wait once you get there.
Sugar Sweet Sunshine
126 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
Broome Street Bar
363 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
2167 Broadway, New York, NY 10024