New York, are you feeling this Spring situation? Italian restaurants are flourishing and there’s enough pizza to make you want to screw bikini season even though you can’t and won’t—but maybe you will. Don’t worry, you are where you eat. The fitting room is right this way:
Because those vibes. Can’t say it enough, this place is bomb and everyone needs to experience it. Clam pizza, for sure, plus burrata and asparagus for good measure. // SoHo. Book now at PJ.
Because you haven’t had enough of Missy’s pasta, no joke. The 3-stars speak for themselves but, speaking of spring, now there’s outdoor seating in effect. // Williamsburg. Book now at Lilia.
Because, yes, yes, it’s hip to be square, especially when those are squares of Detroit style pizza. Also, have you seen their spicy chicken sandwich?! Mint ranch dressing and a pretzel bun and holy. // Williamsburg. Book now at Emmy Squared.
4/Cafe Altro Paradiso
Because you need some of Chef Ignacio’s modern Italian cuisine. They just might be the thing to finally get SoHo across Sixth Avenue. Pro-tip, pastas are the king of this castle. // SoHo. (646) 952-0828.
Because this place is serving an uni pasta next to a Japanese style rib eye and it’s unmarked and you haven’t heard of it. So that’s something. // Fort Greene. Book now at Karasu.
Because “lasagna bolo,” garlic pretzels, and choco-tacos. Are speakeasies back? // East Village. Book now at Dinnertable.
Because Barano is where Chef Al’s grandma is from and so he’s bringing South Williamsburg her pizza vibes and made-to-order mozzarella, too. Don’t leave without a scoop of Odd Fellow’s ice cream. // Williamsburg. (347) 987-4500.
Because it’s a movie theater, bar, and restaurant. Side dishes include scotch eggs and fried fiddleheads. They love quality ingredients, they love movies and they love to drink. #SAME // Bushwick. (718) 386-3399.
9/Very Fresh Noodles
Because they have very fresh noodles—for real, though. They’ll hand-pull them, slap them out, split them up and boil them for a few seconds before serving them to you with some amazing options, like Taiwanese beef shank soup or tingly cumin lamb. Chelsea Market, it’s all happening for you. // Chelsea Market. Walk-ins only.
Because, just like a cleanse, the healthy-tuneup did this restaurant good. Dig the warm, long-fermented long grain bread (served with butter, EVOO and whipped lardo). Also, the real-deal roast chicken and chocolate tasting board. // East Village. Book now at Hearth.
Because Hong Kong style egg waffles filled with ice cream and topped with Pocky Sticks, fortune cookies, breakfast cereal, condensed milk and more (plus some savory choices), is exactly what you need after a hearty dinner. YOLO for sho’lo. // Chinatown. Walk-ins only.