If in the mood for cocktails, head to the second floor of this townhouse, where Bar Fortuna entices with a categorically stirring selection. Then dinner waits at Casa Apicii—run by the who’s who of NY dining, with resumes that include Daniel and Lincoln Ristorante. The main room is loud, but let's just call it "lively" since everyone here seems to be enjoying it. An alabaster fireplace, starburst chandeliers and leather seats fashion an ambience so welcoming that it almost lets you forget about the errors in service. The "mozzarella menu" is a statement of their dedication to both their house-made and imported cheeses. Other highlights include freshly made strozzapreti in an exceptionally rich tomato-based sauce of octopus, pancetta and bone marrow.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors