Gabriel’s is a quiet stalwart that has managed to survive decades of the fickle local dining scene. This is all thanks to their great Italian-American cooking and the regulars who love it. Guests enter through a wide area outfitted with a dark wood bar, and are then led into the sunny-yellow dining room adorned with contemporary art. The menu focuses on classic dishes as well as a few daily specials. Nothing here seems to be making a statement, yet the items are hugely popular. House-made pastas are prepared with great care, as are sauces like the umami-rich duck ragù with porcini, tomatoes, and the smart addition of black olives. Desserts like tiramisu are always satisfying, starring Marsala- and espresso-soaked ladyfingers with mascarpone-zabaglione.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors