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Now that the High Line has been extended by more than 10 blocks, there’s more space for snacks, sweets and a few libations.
SIP & CHOW FAVES:
I happen to be in Murray Hill a few nights ago so I decided to roll by Inoteca. It’s the perfect spot for a glass of wine and a few small bites. I must warn you though, it’s always crowded and pretty loud. I have to say- I definitely prefer the LES outpost and the spot that started it all, Ino! Nevertheless, it’s a good option if you’re in the area.
Carbs are in full effect at this Italian wine bar delivering solid pasta dishes, paninis, bruschette, salads, meats and cheese.
Sant Ambroeus in the West Village has always been a lunch time go-to spot for me especially on a nice day because of the great outdoor seating. You can count on them for solid pasta dishes, yummy sweets (gelato and pastries), a perfect espresso and a touch of Italian glamour in a casual setting – and the same holds true for the original Upper East Side location. I recently went there for lunch following a morning at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum where I saw breathtaking pieces from the Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry exhibit.
Mario Batali’s cozy, high energy tapas joint always hits the spot! The collection of small plates are broad and inventive- delivering solid ingredients and robust flavors. Sitting at the counter overlooking the kitchen is always fun but don’t take it for granted- scoring a table is pretty tough. I highly recommend making a res! If there’s a bit of a wait, Bar Jamon, Casa Mono’s sister restaurant is right around the corner, it’s a great place to grab a cocktail and an appetizer or two.
Mario Batali does a great job of transporting you to a cafe in Spain- allowing you to sample tasty tapas and great wine.