Apizz

www.apizz.com    –   217 Eldridge street

Apizz is located on a hidden LES street call Eldridge Street (a few blocks from Cutie Room ); it is from Chef-owner John La Femina, the former partner of Peasant. Let’s start with the food – great menu, and the food is delicious. One shocking dish I discovered my last visit here was Beef Short Ribs Gnocchi… I really don’t order gnocchi, gnocchi is just not my thing. But I really have to say this dish is exceptional !!  The oven baked fish is also amazing and ‘a must order’. One small negative comment I have is their famous flat bread pizza…. it’s not all that !! They do have many choices of wonderful salads, for instance Octopus Salad and Crispy Prosciutto Pear Salad, but during this visit I was sharing plates with a friend and I behaved, going more conservative, so we had boring Romaine Hearts Salad “(>_<)”.  No comment on whom has this boring taste in food…..Lol. For the atmosphere, it is a warm inviting decor accentuated by an open stove that warms the place.  The ambiance is just right for a winter meal that begins with a glass of wine. There are separated rooms, but the best room is the main dinning room so make sure you don’t get a table side room or downstairs  (^_^).  

Overall Food Atmosphere Price
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♥♥♥1/2 $$$$
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Razza oven baked skate fish, white wine, lemon, capers, herb breadcrumbs, crispy herb potatoes $24 – ♥♥♥♥    

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Gnocchi Con Ragu Di Carne homemade gnocchi, honey-braised prime beef short ribs, tomato ragu $24 – ♥♥♥♥   Dsc01853

Pizza prosciutto, parmigiano-reggiano, baby arugula $15 – ♥♥♥   

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wood-burning oven at main dinning room

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Insalata Di Formaggio romaine hearts, drunken goat cheese, tomatoes, croutons, creamy sherry vinaigrette $14 – ♥♥  &frac12;

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Bacaro

 www.bacaronyc.com       136 Division Street  New York, NY 10002

Explore LES and try Bacaro the next time you go! This place is a sure thing for a group (select one of the great private rooms) or a romantic date without hurting his wallet as every dish is so reasonable under $20. Though it’s maybe not great for the parents as it’s a bit too hipster LES, take them to chef-owner Frank DeCarlo’s other restaurant Peasant or Apizz (owned by his former partner). Bacaro restaurant is hidden on tiny Division St at the edge of LES and the beginning of Chinatown. Once you step inside Bacaro, the first floor has a cute bar and black wall with white marble tables but wait until you see the cavernous space downstairs which is sooooo special!!! As soon as you start down the stairs you are in an old world Italian castle fashioned with exposed bricks, pillars, a wonderful ceiling, old style tall candles, wine cellar and a bunch of interesting rooms. Food is not as great as the chef’s other restaurants but price & atmosphere will make it up big time so Cutie Patroller is still giving this Venetian style Italian restaurant 4.5 stars.

Overall Food Atmosphere Price
♥♥♥1/2 ♥♥♥
♥♥♥♥1/2
$$$
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Cannolichi razor clams with white wine & lemon $10 ♥♥♥

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Spaghetti Nero pasta with cuttlefish ink $14 ♥♥♥  

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Fiori Di Zucca Ripieni stuffed zucchini blossoms $12 ♥♥♥

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Fried oyster ♥♥♥

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Stinco Di Maiale pork shank over polenta $18 – flinstone size (^_^) ♥♥♥1/2

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Rabbit Lasagna $15  

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Flourless Chocolate Cake ♥♥♥

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Upstairs bar

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