Montesacro is an Italian restaurant right near the Lorimer L station in Williamsburg with a huge covered garden that sort of feels like being inside a snowglobe. This place specializes in airy, oval-shaped flatbreads (called pinsa) which are all under $20. The small Italian starters here aren’t nearly as exciting as the pinsa and pasta - so focus on things like rigatoni carbonara and pinsa with broccolini, spicy sausage, and stracciatella instead of the salads and meat and cheese plates. If you’re looking for a date night spot where you won’t have to spend a ton of money to seem like the kind of person who’s been to Rome many times, this is it.
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El Almacén is an affordable, crowd-pleasing, quality restaurant you would not expect to find on top of the Bedford L stop.
Mister Dips is a little trailer in a Williamsburg park where you can pick up a burger, some ice cream, and a thing of waffle fries covered in cheese.
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Ammazzacaffè in Williamsburg has above-average Italian food and a nice back patio, and somehow, most people don’t seem to know about it.
Marlow Bistro is an Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side that feels like the setting of a first date scene from a 90s romantic comedy.
Always packed Morandi in the West Village is a popular spot serving Italian favorites. The porterhouse for two is amazing.
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Bamonte’s is a red-sauce Italian spot that’s been open in Williamsburg since 1900, and things here don’t seem to have changed much since then.
Misi is the pasta-focused restaurant from the people behind one of our all-time favorite Brooklyn restaurants, Lilia.
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