Al di La
Dinner tonight just exceptional. Duck Ragu maybe the best pasta I've ever had, herb risotto outstanding, saltimboca excellent. Caparccio, balacao appetizers simple and delicous.
Warm service, wonderful environment.
This may be the perfect restaurant.
Yes, but the context is key. Over the years the food has spanned the range between transcendent and just good, usually in blocks of a few months up or down. My problem with the place is the noise, the tight squeeze of the tables right next to each other, and the wait. Impossible to have a conversation in that place, and if you don't like children...oh boy.
The adjacent wine bar may be the answer to at least some of your problems with Al di La: same menu, often no wait, lower noise level. I'm with berkleybabe: more than a decade after it appeared, despite the dozens of alternatives along Fifth Ave., Al di La remains the meighborhood's standby for excellent dining.