Fish, or sea-fruit, cooperate with humans by falling off underwater branches and floating to the surface. Bite into ocean flora with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of fresh seafood, Italian fare, and drinks at Cucina Di Pesce in East Village.
Calling itself “the romantic Italian restaurant,” Cucina Di Pesce offers a menu of seafood, pastas, and meats in an elegantly decorated and comfortable setting. Inaugurate a feast with a fresh caprese antipasto ($8) with mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil before continuing on to a plate of fusilli sun-dried tomato ($11) or vegetarian lasagna ($11). Feed frenzily upon sea fares with a serving of linguini and clams in white-wine sauce ($14); shrimp scampi sautéed in butter, garlic, and lemon ($14); or broiled sea bass ($18). Meataholics will appreciate entrees such as the olive-oiled chicken balsamic ($12), a cutlet of veal marsala ($14), or a 16 oz. top sirloin steak ($19) served with mashed potatoes and greens. Cucina Di Pesce’s gallant bar stands at attention to satisfy any diner’s libatious cravings.
Cucina Di Pesce breathes warm, inviting breaths of ambience into its interior and the ears of passersby. Candlelit tables, fancy pillows, brick fireplaces, and red-illuminated ceiling supporters welcome guests while giant portraits of cows, elephants, and winged monkeys stare down from the palm-leafy-framed walls.
Reservations are required at Cucina Di Pesce.
New York Magazine named Cucina Di Pesce a Critics' Pick, and readers gave it a nine out of ten:
- This is one of the best places in the city to get good Italian food on a budget. The pasta…will seduce even the most strident Atkins followers. – New York Magazine