Osteria Laguna is a solid, crowd-pleasing option within walking distance of Grand Central. You'll find pastas, pretty good thin-crust pizzas, and very rich polenta that's so cheesy it almost tastes like queso fundido - but also a space big enough to fit your entire extended family (including everyone’s SOs). If your group just includes you, a speck pizza, polenta with meatballs, and a glass of red wine, that’s cool too - you probably won’t be the only one in that situation.
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