Lella is a casual Italian spot near the Lorimer L stop that’s popular with locals, and if you stop by on a nice day, you’ll probably see some people outside hanging with their dogs. And once you get past all these dogs, you’ll find a nice, homey space filled with vintage toys, old pots and pans, and a yellow rotary telephone. The employees wear bright red beanies like Jacques Cousteau (or Steve Zissou), and they’ll make you a good cheesy flatbread sandwich or a bowl of vegetables with a poached egg and a chunk of burrata. Grab a table, hang out for a while, and try to become a regular.
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