Little Town NYC unabashedly hearts New York. Of its three restaurants, two are located in iconic Manhattan spots: one in Union Square, the other on Theater District’s Restaurant Row. Little Town’s fancy for the Empire State shines through on the menu, too, with homestyle dishes such as the Adirondack chicken pesto and an Angus beef burger topped with crispy Berkshire bacon. The Suburb Backyard BBQ platter is piled high with enough buffalo wings, Nathan's hot dogs, and other locally inspired fare to feed a family of four.
Little Town NYC also takes great pride in its beer list, which features more than 100 local brews, including IPAs and amber ales that hail from breweries in Long Island, Ithaca, and Saratoga Springs. At the Restaurant Row location, you can enjoy a pilsner from Coney Island while sitting in a booth constructed from the beach’s old wooden boardwalk.
Mario and Anna Abitino emigrated from Naples to the U.S. in 1972. Mario quickly found work in the pizza business, and the couple eventually opened a restaurant of their own: Abitino’s Pizza and Italian Kitchen, in Midtown Manhattan. That was more than 20 years ago. Today, the couple and their three sons, Dominick, Mario Jr., and Salvatore, run six New York pizzerias bearing the family name. Each offers an expansive menu of signature pizzas and other Italian entrees, such as gnocchi sorrentino and pasta stuffed with fresh littleneck clams. Their pizzas and calzones use dough made right on the premises, and their tomato sauce is also housemade—with tomatoes from Naples, naturally.
iAdventure sends urbanites on a variety of excursions in and around the Big Apple, inspiring them to branch out and try new experiences in the do, see, eat, and drink categories. The organizers draw from a variety of interests and a large pool of connections, allowing them to orchestrate outings ranging from walking tours of millionaires' homes to mixology boot camps. Many of iAdventure's events focus on helping out charitable causes or celebrating lesser-known holidays, such as Bastille Day.
Massimo Scoditti left the comforts of his home in Mesagne, Italy, for New York City with the intention of increasing the prominence of Italian food in the Big Apple. Accomplishing his mission is his restaurant, Brio, which opened in 1990 and has since become something of a staple to Upper East Siders. In fact, it had so many fans that Scoditti expanded Brio in 2011 to include a second location in the Flatiron District. Brio Flatiron upholds the original location’s allegiance to high-quality italian ingredients. Its menu features some of New York magazine’s favorite dishes from the original Brio, including salmon tartare served in a balsamic reduction and linguine smeraldino—a bed of black-ink pasta cradling shrimp and bell peppers. Yet the restaurant also forges a new path with menu items of its own. The cavatelli romanesco, for example, brings the heat with calabrese-chili flakes and Esposito’s sausage crumbled over handmade pasta and cauliflower. Alternatively, the battuta d’agnello features thin slices of lamb served with confetti tomatoes. The second Brio also differentiates itself from the flagship location with a sleeker interior and refusal to answer to Junior.
The warmth of rustic Old World cooking meets the elegance of modern metropolitan living at Circolo45. Executive Chef Daniele Sicuranza leads the kitchen as he and his team create upscale renditions of iconic Italian comfort foods. Beginning with handmade pastas and locally sourced produce, the chefs forge home-style florentine meatballs as well as dishes that showcase a more refined approach, such as spaghetti with decadent black summer truffles and a whole, salt-crusted branzino served with sautéed vegetables. Surrounded by a setting that features brown leather banquettes, orange and gray walls, and tables custom-built from distressed wood according to The Village Voice, diners can enjoy their meals with a bottle or glass from the restaurant's six-page wine list, which predominantly features Italian producers, yet still includes selections from California, New York, Oregon, and the wine-spewing geysers of Washington State.
O Lavrador means "the farmer" in Portuguese, making it an apt name for a restaurant that serves Portuguese food, as Portugal is often described as a "garden planted by the sea." The Iberian menu at O Lavrador Restaurant & Bar's actually combines both Portuguese and Spanish culinary traditions, and has been doing so for 33 years, often showcasing seafood. In addition to saut?d lobster, mussels, and octopus, the menu also includes garlic and spicy piri-piri, seared filet mignon, and grilled rosemary lamb chops. Inside the space, hanging lanterns cast patterned light against brick walls, a wooden canopy, and hand-painted murals, swaying gently above diners enjoying traditional desserts, such as port-poached pear, sweet mousse layered with "bolacha maria" cookies, and caramel flan.